Here is every artist who has ever worked with the Festival. For those who have worked with us in the past few years, you can even find information about the performances and programs!

Kate Bass

soprano

Kate Bass, a recent transplant to Los Angeles from NYC and originally from Anchorage, Alaska, performs extensively across the country […]

Kate Bass

Instrument: soprano

Artist Website

Kate Bass, a recent transplant to Los Angeles from NYC and originally from Anchorage, Alaska, performs extensively across the country in many varying musical genres. She made her principal Off-Broadway New York City Center debut as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore and continues to tour nationally in the role for the past 4 years with the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. She appeared as Princess Ida in Princess Ida at the NY Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, and as the Musical Guest for 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company. She appeared twice at Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center; both as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Case Scaglione, and in the Emmy-nominated production of Carousel, televised on PBS’s “Live at Lincoln Center.” In recent years, she has sung at Carnegie Hall (Der Vampyr, The Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Elijah), Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center (La Farsa Amarosa), and has performed in recital at the 92nd Street Y, The Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Museum of the City of New York, among others. She has performed in cabaret at the Metropolitan Room and (le) poisson rouge in New York, and at the Rockwell, the Hotel Café, and the Regent Theater in Los Angeles. She has recorded as a soloist for numerous film scores by Arturo Cardelús, as well as for Persian singer Hafez Nazeri’s Grammy Award-nominated album “Untold,” released on the SONY Classical label. Kate Bass is also a composer and singer-songwriter; her debut album, “Maya,” was released in August 2012, and her first single aired on British radio in early September 2013. She released her new EP, “More”, in February 2016 and her new crowd-funded album, “Songs of the Open Road,” was released this May 2017 at the Hotel Café in Hollywood.

Events

06/16/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Tchaikovsky Amidst the Din of the Ball, Op. 38, No. 3
Barber Sure on this Shining Night, Op. 13, No. 3
Rachmaninov Me Po, Krasavitsa, Pre Mne, Op. 4, No. 4
Arensky Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 32
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35 for solo piano

Nancy Allen

harp

The daughter of a public school music teacher in the Carmel, New York district, she won numerous international competitions starting at a young […]

Nancy Allen

Instrument: harp

The daughter of a public school music teacher in the Carmel, New York district, she won numerous international competitions starting at a young age. In 1973 she won first prize at the Fifth International Harp Competition in Israel, one of the most prestigious international harp competitions in the world. Since 1999 she has been the Principal Harpist of the New York Philharmonic, playing under music director and conductor Lorin Maazel, and in her 20-year teaching career has trained many successful students as well as serving concurrently as head of the harp departments at the Juilliard School(where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees), Yale School of Music, and Aspen Music Festival and School. Her own teachers included Pearl Chertok, Lily Laskine, Marcel Grandjany, and her predecessor at Juilliard, Susann McDonald.

She has made numerous recordings (one nominated for a Grammy Award) and has performed solo concerts for thirty years.

Both her sisters are also noteworthy harpists. Her sister Barbara Allen is the principal harpist for the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and the Greenwich Symphony. Her sister Jane Allen is the principal harpist for the Eugene Symphony.

Nicolas Altstaed

cello

Born in 1982 into a family of German and French descent, Nicolas Altstaedt was one of Boris Pergamenschikow’s last students […]

Nicolas Altstaed

Instrument: cello

Artist Website

Born in 1982 into a family of German and French descent, Nicolas Altstaedt was one of Boris Pergamenschikow’s last students in Berlin, where he has continued his studies with Eberhard Feltz.

He has won a number of prizes and awards, such as the 2004 Landgrave of Hesse Prize of the Kronberg Academy, first prize at the 2005 German Music Competition, the 2005 International Domnick Cello Competition, Stuttgart, and the 2006 Adam International Cello Competition, New Zealand, the 2010 Kulturstiftung Dortmund prize and the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award 2010. He is a BBC New Generation Artist 2010-2012, a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, and he received a Borletti Buitoni Fellowship in 2009.

Nicolas Altstaedt has been suggested by Gidon Kremer to become his successor as the new artistic director of the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival from 2012.
Highlights of past and upcoming seasons are concerts with the Tonhalle Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, Camerata Bern, Kremerata Baltica, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestras Berlin, Stuttgart and Helsinki , the Melbourne- and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, Bamberger Symphoniker, the Munich, Zurich and Stuttgart chamber orchestras and the Haydn Philharmonie Austria/Hungary. He performs under the baton of David Zinman, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Neeme Järvi, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Andrew Davis, Mario Venzago, Andrej Boreyko, Adam Fischer, Dennis Russell Davies and Alexander Shelley.
He feels a deep commitment to contemporary music and performs with the composers Thomas Ades, Jörg Widmann, Matthias Pintscher, Fazil Say, Sofia Gubaidulina and Moritz Eggert. He has performed the Double concerto by György Kurtág at the composers’ 85th birthday concert 2011 in Budapest, played the Swiss premiere of G.F. Haas Cello concerto and will play Wolfgang Rihm’s Cello Concerto “Versuchung” for the composers’ 60th birthday this year. Commissions by Fazil Say, Thomas Larcher and Raphael Merlin had been premiered 2012 in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam amongst others.
He appears in concert around the globe with such artists as Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Janine Jansen, Daniel Hope, Leif Ove Andsnes, the Sasha Waltz dance company and is a regular guest at festivals such as Jerusalem, Kaposvar, Salzburg Summer and Salzburg Mozart Festival. His regular chamber music partners are Vilde Frang, Alexander Lonquich, Barnabás Kelemen, Pekka Kuusisto, Antoine Tamestit, Jonathan Cohen and the Quatuor Ébène.
Altstaedt has recorded several CDs for the Genuin, Naxos, Claves, Orfeo and ECM labels, performing music by Schumann, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and a recital of French music by Pierne, d’Indy and Boulanger.

Atar Arad

viola

Atar Arad was born in Tel Aviv, where he began his early musical education and violin studies. In 1968 he […]

Atar Arad

Instrument: viola

Artist Website

Atar Arad was born in Tel Aviv, where he began his early musical education and violin studies. In 1968 he was one of a few young artists to be selected to study in the renowned Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth under the patronage of the Queen of Belgium.

In 1971, drawn by the deep, warm sound of the viola and its broad but unfamiliar repertoire, he decided to devote himself to this instrument and its music. The following year, in July 1972, in his first appearance as a violist, he won the City of London Prize as a laureate of the Carl Flesch Competition for violin and viola. Two months later he was awarded the First Prize at the International Viola Competition in Geneva by a unanimous decision of the jury.

Numerous concerts followed — as soloist with major orchestras, and in recitals at some of Europe’s most prestigious festivals. Arad’s recordings for Telefunken are widely acclaimed. His Sonata per la Grand’ Viola e Orchestra by Paganini was considered by stringed-instrument lovers and critics alike to be an astonishing demonstration of the technical capabilities of the viola. His album in collaboration with pianist Evelyne Brancart, was praised by High Fidelity Magazine as being “…perhaps the best-played viola recital ever recorded”.

In 1980 Arad moved from London to the U.S. in order to become a member of the Cleveland Quartet for the next seven years. With this great Quartet he toured throughout the U.S., South America, Western and Eastern Europe, Israel and Japan, collaborating with many leading musicians (such as pianists Istomin, Curzon and Ax, violists Schidloff and Laredo, Cellists Ma and Rostropovich, flutist Gallway and clarinetist Stolzmann to name a few), recording for labels such as RCA, CBS and Telarc, and appearing in music festivals including Aspen, Berlin, Edinburgh, Flanders, Israel, New York Mostly Mozart and Carnegie Hall, Paris, Salzburg, and many more. During that time he held the position of a Professor of Viola at the Eastman School of Music.

Arad was an artist/faculty member at the Aspen School and Festival. He also taught at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, TX, and was an artist/lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

He currently serves as Professor of Music (viola) at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, Bloomington and in the summers he also teaches at the Steans Institute for Young Artists (Ravinia Festival) in Chicago, Domaine Forget Academy of the Art and in Keshet Eilon Music Center, Israel. He regularly gives master classes at the IMS in Prussia Cove.

Arad served as a regular guest artist in a great number of musical venues, such as Houston’s Da Camera Society, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Upper Galilee Chamber Music Days (Israel), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music International in Dallas, Sitka Festival, Chautauqua Festival, Ravinia Music Festival, Orford and Domaine Forget. A frequent guest with today?s leading chamber ensembles, Arad has performed, among others, with the Guarneri, Emersson, Tokyo, Mendelssohn, American, Chillingrian, Vermeer, New Zealand and the Orion string quartets.

Arad has published a number of essays: The Thirteen Pages (The American String Teacher, Winter 1988) dealing with the authenticity of Bartok’s Viola Concerto; Walton As Scapino (The Strad, February 1989), which reveals a number of unusual compositional procedures used by William Walton in his Viola Concerto; Scaling New Heights (Strings, December 2008) with new ideas on practicing scales. For Strings (March 2006) he also wrote notes on his own Viola Concerto.

A late-bloomer composer, Arad wrote his first musical composition – a Solo Sonata for Viola in 1992. The Sonata was premiered in 1993 as part of Arad’s recital at the Viola Congress in Chicago and was published by the Israel Music Institute (1995). His student, violist Roland Glassl, the winner of 1997 Tertis International Competition gave the London premier of the Sonata in 1998 at the Wigmore Hall.

In 1998 Arad completed his String Quartet, premiered in Bloomington on April 1999 by the Corigliano Quartet. He premiered his own Viola Concerto (2005) in Bloomington, Brussels and, recently, in Stockholm with conductors Uriel Segal, Ronald Zollman and Michael Bartosz, respectively.

Other Compositions Include Toccatina A La Turk for two violins (viewed by thousands on
YouTube), Esther for Violin and Viola, Tikvah for Viola Solo, commissioned by the ARD for the 2008 Munich Viola Competition and was included as well on the repertoire list of the Max Rostal International Competition in Berlin. “Listen (Three Poems by W.S. Merwin)” for Tenor, Clarinet, Viola, Cello and Double Bass was commissioned by the International Musicians Seminar and performed in September 2010 on its concert tour, including London’s Wigmore Hall, with tenor Mark Padmore singing.

Cellist Gary Hoffman premiered Epitaph for Cello and String Orchestra in 2011 Kronberg Cello Festival and Arad gave the viola version of the piece at the 2012 International Viola Congress in Rochester, NY.

In 2013 Arad Completed a set of Twelve Caprices, the first six of which he performed at the 2004 Viola Congress in Minnesota (along with the rarely played Tibor Serly’s Viola Concerto) while the set as a whole he premiered at the 2013 Summer Festival in Bloomington, followed by presentation of the set at the Steans Music Institute in Ravinia, Keshet Eilon Mastercourses in Israel as well as the Heifetz Institute.

Atar Arad plays on a viola by Niccolo Amati.

Arianna String Quartet

ensemble

Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. […]

Arianna String Quartet

Instrument: ensemble

Artist Website

Hailed for their outstanding musicianship, the Arianna String Quartet has firmly established itself as one of America’s finest chamber ensembles. Their performances have been praised for “tonal warmth, fastidious balance…expressive vitality” (Chicago Tribune) and “emotional commitment and fluent virtuosity,” (Pretoria News, South Africa). Formed in 1992, the ASQ garnered national attention by winning the Grand Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize in both the Coleman and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions, and were Laureates in the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. The Arianna Quartet has appeared throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia, with frequent visits to Brazil and South Africa. They have collaborated with many of the world’s finest musicians, including members of the Vermeer, Tokyo, Cleveland and Juilliard Quartets, and their live performances have been heard on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” and “Live from Music Mountain”, which broadcasts to 125 stations in the U.S. and to 35 countries. The ASQ has recorded for Albany Records and Urtext Digital Classics, and has a long-term contract with Centaur Records. Their most recent release of the two string quartets of Janácek, which has already received critical acclaim, is now available.  (“These performances of the Arianna String Quartet demonstrate how technical excellence, in alliance with imagination and the human heart, can come to create something truly transcendent.” – Fanfare Magazine) Highlights for 2014-15 include two trips to Brazil, for the Rio Chamber Music Festival and the FEMUSC Festival in Jaragua do Sul, live performances on Chicago’s WFMT radio, concerts throughout the United States, and a return to the Madeline Island Music Camp (WI). The ASQ also looks forward to the continuation of the Arianna Chamber Music Festival, held on the campus of the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where they have been full-time faculty since 2000.  The Arianna Quartet is also Ensemble-in-Residence at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, where they present their own series of concerts. Sought after for their highly effective approach to coaching and teaching as a quartet, the Arianna String Quartet has led the design and implementation of numerous chamber music programs including the Britt Quartet Academy, FEMUSC Intensive Chamber Music Program in Brazil and most recently, the University of Western Cape Chamber Music Institute, South Africa. In addition to intensive musical training for string quartets, this institute focuses on ideas of community, outreach and entrepreneurship, and helping students develop skills for a self-sustaining business that gives back to their communities through teaching and performances.

Events

06/28/2015
Concert Brunch
Event Description

This is a special, intimate Sunday morning event in a beautiful private Sitka home. Ticket price includes a lovely brunch and exquisite performances.

Program
Schubert Cello Quintet in C Major, D. 956
06/26/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478
Piatigorsky Paganini Variations for Cello and Piano
Beethoven Cello Quintet in A Major based on “Kreutzer” Sonata,Op. 47
06/25/2015
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Grieg String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 27
Wiley Concentric Circles
Barber Ballade Op. 46
Wiley Piece for West African prepared piano
Bach Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D Minor. B.W.V. 1052
06/24/2015
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way!

This is a free event, but with limited seating.

Program
Solos David Wiley, piano
Gubaidilina Quartet No. 2

Arnulf von Arnim

piano

Arnulf von Arnim, born in 1947 in Hamburg, studied in Frankfurt, Stuttgart and in Paris with Pierre Sancan. He took […]

Arnulf von Arnim

Instrument: piano

Arnulf von Arnim, born in 1947 in Hamburg, studied in Frankfurt, Stuttgart and in Paris with Pierre Sancan. He took masterclasses with Claudio Arrau and Wilhelm Kampff and won prizes at international music competitions.
He won 1st prizes at the “Viotti” Vercelli competition and the “Maria Canals” competition in Barcelona. He was also awarded prizes at the “Bussoni” competition in Bozen Geneva.
Arnulf von Arnim toured through most Europe, the USA and Japan with different orchestras. He was frequently broadcasted on the radio and television, and recorded numerous LP’s.
As a chambermusician he  worked together with Frank Peter Zimmermann, Ulf  Hoelscher, Saschko  Gawriloff,  Vesselin Paraschkevov, Kurt Nikkanen, Kurt Guntner, Paul Rosenthal, David  Geringas, Ivan Monighetti, Julius Berger, Ventseslav Nicolov, Rainer Moog, Jean Sulem, the Brodsky-Quartet and many others.
Arnulf von Arnim is professor at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen and guest professor at the Musashino-conservatory in Tokio. In addition he is the artistic director of the international Schubert-competition in Dortmund. He gives Masterclasses in Europe, Japan and the USA and is invited frequently as a jury member in international piano competitions.

Nadine Asin

flute

Nadine Asin leads a multifaceted performing career. She has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the […]

Nadine Asin

Instrument: flute

Nadine Asin leads a multifaceted performing career. She has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Great Performers Series of Lincoln Center, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Da Camera Society of Houston. She performed and recorded the world premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s flute concerto Enchanted Orbits and also commissioned and premiered David Schiff’s After Hours for flute and piano. She recorded Aaron Avshalomov’s Flute Concerto on the Naxos label. Her chamber ensemble, Pleasure is the Law (which includes AMFS faculty Elaine Douvas and Darrett Adkins), recently released its debut album on Boston Records. She is a faculty member of the Bard College Conservatory of Music and serves as adjunct faculty member at the Juilliard School. An active commercial recording artist, she can be heard most recently on the soundtracks of Julie and JuliaTrue GritTower Heist, Tintin, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. She debuted with the Baltimore Symphony at age sixteen and subsequently studied with Julius Baker at the Juilliard School, where she received her bachelor and master’s degrees. A winner of the Concert Artists Guild competition, she subsequently served on their board. She currently serves on the boards of Chamber Music America and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Maria Asteriadou

piano

Heralded as “an artist with intense personality, virtuosic flair, unusual poise and intimate contact with style” by The New York […]

Maria Asteriadou

Instrument: piano

Artist Website

Heralded as “an artist with intense personality, virtuosic flair, unusual poise and intimate contact with style” by The New York Times, Greek pianist Maria Asteriadou is an acclaimed soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue.

Her performances have taken her throughout the world, appearing in recitals and as soloist with orchestra in major concert halls throughout the United States, South America, Canada and Europe.  She has performed with the Moscow Radio Symphony, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony of Costa Rica, the Stuttgart Kamerata, Luxembourg Philharmonia, the Bucharest Chamber Orchestra, Iasi Philharmonic Romania, the Adrian (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Chamber Academy, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Athens Camerata as well as the Athens and Thessaloniki State Orchestras.

A devoted chamber musician, Dr. Asteriadou has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and performs regularly at venues in the US and abroad. Together with her husband, violinist Kurt Nikkanen, she appears in recitals worldwide presenting programs showcasing composers from Bach to Piazzolla.

Her love for her native Greece and her enthusiasm for contemporary music have resulted in prestigious premieres by many of Greece’s most prominent composers including Dimitri Mitropoulos, Nikos Skalkottas, Christos Samaras, and Yiorgos Sicillianos, as well as numerous collaborations with the American-born Greek composer George Tsontakis, Dinos Constantinides and Christos Hatzis. In addition, she has frequently collaborated with the American composer David Noon, most recently having premiered his Concerto for Piano and Percussion.

Dr. Asteriadou has recorded the complete piano and string chamber works of Nikos Skalkottas with violinist George Demertzis and the New Hellenic Quartet for the BIS label. receiving highest critical acclaim by BBC, Gramophone and Repertoire Music Magazines: “Demertzis and Asteriadou give all its rage, sadness and paranoia. A duo like Argerich and Kremer might have given us heightened psychic density and human drama. The Greek duo gave us a version that is austere, incisive and mysterious: possibly the best introduction to music that strikes us a real revelation.” On the same label she has also recorded his Concertino for Two Pianos, and the complete violin and piano works of Carl Nielsen.  Other recordings include works by Greek composers Yiorgos Sicilianos, Emilios Riadis, Dimitri Mitropoulos and the American composer Ron Wasserman.

Maria Asteriadou is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including first prize in performance from the State Conservatory of Greece, and top prize in the Maria Callas International Piano Competition.  She also holds the distinction of being the only pianist selected from the Musik Hochschule in Freiburg to perform in honor of Maestro Pierre Boulez.

Dr. Asteriadou is also an energetic, dedicated and passionate pedagogue.  She teaches at Manhattan School of Music and at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, where she is Associate Professor of Music, serves as director of the Chamber Music Outreach Program and is the Artistic Director of the Kutztown University Summer Chamber Music Festival since 2011. In addition, Dr. Asteriadou has been an artist-faculty member at many festivals including the University of Michigan’s Summer Arts Institute, Canada’s International School of Musical Arts, El Paso Pro Musica, and the West Branch International Music Festival in New York.  She has also given master classes at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica in the Dominican Republic, and in her native country has appeared at the Music Village Workshops, the Saint George International Festival, and the Megaron Concert Hall Piano Workshop, among others.  Her students have won prizes in many competitions, such as Bradshaw and Buono, American Protégé, and the Steinway Scholarship International Piano Competitions, to name a few. They have also given recitals and solo performances with orchestra in the US and abroad. Dr. Asteriadou also serves on the board of the Children’s Foundation for the Arts and is a member of PMTA.

Maria Asteriadou holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Constance Keene.  She received her Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Jacob Lateiner.  Maria Asteriadou started her first piano lessons with her mother, and following her undergraduate studies at the State Conservatory of Music in Thessaloniki, with Eleni Papazoglou, Ms. Asteriadou was accepted at the Musik Hochschule in Freiburg, Germany where she studied with Tibor Hazay and received her Graduate Soloist Diploma with honors. She has also worked with Domna Evnouchidou, Vitalij Margulis, Gyorgy Sebok and Richard Goode.

Events

06/10/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
Tschaikovsky Sextet for Strings in D Minor, Op. 70 “Souvenir d’ Florence”
06/09/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
John Corigliano Sonata for Violin and Piano
Tschaikovsky Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50

Attacca Quartet

ensemble

First prize winners in the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, top prize winners and Listeners’ Choice award […]

Attacca Quartet

Instrument: ensemble

Artist Website

First prize winners in the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, top prize winners and Listeners’ Choice award recipients in the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and winners of the Alice Coleman Grand Prize in the 60th annual Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition in 2006, the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet has become one of America’s premier young performing ensembles. Praised by The Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” they were formed at the Juilliard School in 2003 and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. From 2011-2013 they served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and for the 2014-2015 season they were selected as the Quartet in Residence by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Attacca Quartet recently completed a recording project of Haydn’s masterwork “The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross,” arranged by Andrew Yee and the Attacca Quartet. In his review for Gramophone, Donald Rosenberg wrote, “The Attacca Quartet explore the work’s range of expressive moods with utmost sensitivity to nuance and interplay …. They triumph in every respect, and are captured in such vivid sound that no telling Haydn detail is allowed to go unheard.” Thewholenote.com wrote, “It’s easily the most satisfying string version of the work that I’ve heard.

In 2013, the quartet released the complete works for string quartet by John Adams on Azica Records. It was praised by Steve Smith of The New York Times as a “vivacious, compelling set,” describing the Attacca Quartet’s playing as “exuberant, funky, and … exactingly nuanced.” The Boston Globe also praised the release, stating, “Few [recent recordings] are as consequential as ‘Fellow Traveler,’ … superb performances.” The album was the recipient of the 2013 National Federation of Music Clubs Centennial Chamber Music Award. The quartet has been honored with both the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association and the Lotos Prize in the Arts from the Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.

The 2016-2017 season began with a bang as the Attacca Quartet opened for rock superstar Jeff Lynne’s ELO in two sold-out Radio City Music Hall performances. In addition, the quartet will be launching their new “Recently Added” series (first announced in a New York Times feature about the completion of their six-year traversal of all of Haydn’s 68 string quartets). The new project is dedicated to living composers who they feel have added significantly to the string quartet canon. The first season is taking place at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust and features the music of Caroline Shaw, Michael Ippolito and John Adams. At the same time, the Attacca will present an ongoing series at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan entitled “Based on Beethoven,” featuring performances of the complete Beethoven string quartets, paired with works inspired by Beethoven from the “Recently Added” series. The group will serve as the inaugural Ensemble-in-Residence at the School of Music at Texas State University during the 2016-2017 season and will appear in concerts and master classes throughout the United States and South America.

The Attacca Quartet has engaged in extensive educational and community outreach projects, serving as guest artists and teaching fellows at the Lincoln Center Institute, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Vivace String Camp in New York, the Woodlands ChamberFest in Texas, Virginia Arts Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley and Animato Summer Music Camp at Florida International University in Miami. Since 2006, they have performed in yearly benefit concerts supporting the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s efforts. The members of the Attacca Quartet currently reside in New York City. They are represented by Baker Artists, LLC.

Events

06/11/2017
Family Concert
Event Description

Festival artists have planned a concert that’s fun for all ages. Bring the family for this special afternoon of music with root beer floats afterwards!

This is a free concert sponsored by BP and SeaMart.

Program
Beethoven Trio Excerpts
Dvorak "American" Quartet
Glazunov Quintet Excerpts
Tschaikovsky Sextet Excerpts
 
06/10/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
Tschaikovsky Sextet for Strings in D Minor, Op. 70 “Souvenir d’ Florence”
06/08/2017
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Beethoven String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1
Glazunov String Quintet in A Major, Op. 39

Edward Auer

piano

Edward Auer has long been recognized as a leading interpreter of the works of Chopin. As the first American to […]

Edward Auer

Instrument: piano

Artist Website

Edward Auer has long been recognized as a leading interpreter of the works of Chopin. As the first American to win a prize in the prestigious International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, he has returned to Poland for well over 20 concert tours, playing in every major city and with every major orchestra.

Auer has played solo recitals and concertos in over 30 countries on five continents, collaborating with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Herbert Blomstedt, Sergiu Comissiona and Riccardo Chailly.

Auer grew up in Los Angeles, where he studied piano with Aube Tzerko, a protégé of Artur Schnabel, and composition with Leonard Stein, a Schoenberg student. A precocious chamber musician and the son of an accomplished amateur violist, he was playing the Mozart piano quartets and the Schumann quintet with his father and his friends at the ripe old age of eight. He won several competitions in the Los Angeles area, and frequently appeared in concerts there, both as soloist and in chamber music.

Auer’s studies continued at the Juilliard School with Rosina Lhévinne and in Paris on a Fulbright Grant under Julius Katchen. Besides the Chopin Competition, Auer was a prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Beethoven competition in Vienna and the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, and took First Prize in the Concours Marguerite Long in Paris. Now, years later, these and other contests regularly invite him to be on their juries.

For two years now, Mr. Auer has been at work on an ambitious series of recordings of the works of Chopin, to celebrate that composer’s 2010 bicentennial. As currently projected it will consist of at least eight volumes. The first, Chopin Nocturnes Volume 1, was released to great acclaim and a dazzling review from New York Concert Review’s Harris Goldsmith.

Edward Auer is on the Piano faculty at Indiana University Bloomington.

Ik-Hwan Bae

violin

Ik-Hwan Bae (Nov. 19, 1956 – July 24, 2014) was a South Korean-born American concert violinist. A native of Seoul, […]

Ik-Hwan Bae

Instrument: violin

Ik-Hwan Bae (Nov. 19, 1956 – July 24, 2014) was a South Korean-born American concert violinist. A native of Seoul, he made his professional debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 12. He attended New York City’s prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, graduating in 1976. While there, Bae also studied with Ivan Galamian at Juilliard’s Pre-School. He went on to graduate from Juilliard four years later. His performances in recitals and concerto concerts took him to most of the major cities in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Bae received second prize at the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels in 1985 and also was a prize winner at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1984. In 1986, he was a recipient of the Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

As an enthusiastic participant in many of the world’s best chamber music festivals, he traveled everywhere from Seoul to Alaska. He was an artistic director of the Bargemusic Ltd., one of the leading presenters of chamber music in New York City, for thirteen years until 1995.

His latest project was as a concertmaster of the Hwaum Chamber Orchestra in South Korea, a conductor-less string orchestra. He led them to Krakow, Poland and Puerto Rico at the Casals Festival.

Much sought after as a pedagogue, Bae taught at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Korean National Institute for the Arts, as well as giving masterclasses worldwide. Ik-Hwan Bae was on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from August 1999 until his death in 2014. He recorded for the RCA, ECM, Delos, and Koch labels. Bae was also a jury member of the Munich ARD competition in Germany, the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark, and the Benjamin Britten International Violin Competition in London.

Zuill Bailey

cello

Zuill Bailey, widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, is a distinguished soloist, recitalist, Artistic Director and […]

Zuill Bailey

Instrument: cello

Artist Website

Zuill Bailey, widely considered one of the premiere cellists in the world, is a distinguished soloist, recitalist, Artistic Director and teacher.  His rare combination of celebrated artistry, technical wizardry and engaging personality has secured his place as one of the most sought after and active cellists today. A consummate concerto soloist, Mr. Bailey has been featured with symphony orchestras worldwide, including Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Nashville, Toronto, Colorado, Minnesota, Utah, Israel, Cape Town, and the Bruchner Orchestra in Linz, Austria. He has collaborated with such conductors as Itzhak Perlman, Alan Gilbert, Andrew Litton, James DePriest, Jun Markl, Carlos Kalmar, Andrey Boreyko, Krzysztof Urbanski, Jacques Lacombe, Grant Llewellyn and Stanislav Skrowaczewski.  He also has been featured with musical luminaries Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo, the Juilliard String Quartet, Lynn Harrell and Janos Starker.

Mr. Bailey has appeared at Disney Hall, the Kennedy Center, the United Nations, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd St. Y and Carnegie Hall, where he made his concerto debut performing the U.S. premiere of Miklos Theodorakis’ “Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra.” In addition, he made his New York recital debut in a sold out performance of the complete Beethoven Cello Sonatas at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.   Bailey also presented the U.S. premiere of the Nico Muhly Cello Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.  World premieres include works by composers such as Lowell Lieberman, Phillip Lasser, Roberto Sierra, Benjamin Wallfisch and Michael Daugherty.

His international appearances include notable performances with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in its 50th anniversary tour of Russia as well as concerts in Australia, the Dominican Republic, France, Israel, Spain, South Africa, Hong Kong, Jordan, Mexico, South America and the United Kingdom. Festival appearances include Ravinia, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Manchester Cello Festival (UK), Wimbledon (UK),  Consonances- St. Nazaire ( France), Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Deia Music Festival- Mallorca (Spain), Montreal (Canada), Santa Fe, Caramoor, Chautauqua, Bravo!, Vail Valley, Maverick Concert Series, Brevard, Cape Cod and the Music Academy of the West.  In addition, he was the featured soloist performing the Elgar Cello Concerto at the Bard Festival in the World Premiere of the Doug Varrone Dance Company performance of “Victorious.”

Zuill Bailey is an internationally renowned recording artist. His celebrated “Bach Cello Suites” and recently released Britten Cello Symphony/Sonata CD’s immediately soared to the Number One spot on the Classical Billboard Charts. Other critically acclaimed recordings include his live performances with the Indianapolis Symphony of the Bloch Schelomo, Muhly Cello Concerto (World Premiere), Elgar and Dvorak Cello Concertos, described by Gramophone magazine as the new “reference” recording and one that “sweeps the board.” In addition, the Dvorak Cello Concerto CD is listed in the “Penguin’s Guide,” as one the Top 1000 Classical Recordings of all time.  Zuill Bailey’s other  releases include “Brahms” complete works for cello and piano with pianist Awadagin Pratt, and “Russian Masterpieces” showcasing the works of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich performed with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.  Mr. Bailey is featured on the chart topping Quincy Jones- produced “Diversity,”   with pianist/composer Emily Bear.  Other releases include his innovative “Spanish Masters” CD for Zenph Studios, where he forms a unique duo blending with recordings of composer Manuel de Falla and an all American recital program with Pianist Lara Downes on the Steinway and Sons label. His discography also includes a debut recital disc for Delos, Cello Quintets of Boccherini and Schubert with Janos Starker, Saint-Saens Cello Concertos No. 1 and 2 “Live,” and the Korngold Cello Concerto with Kaspar Richter and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz for ASV.

Zuill Bailey was named the 2014 Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumni and was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation Award for 2006 and 2007 for Beethoven’s complete works for Cello and Piano. The highly touted two disc set with pianist Simone Dinnerstein was released on Telarc worldwide. In celebration of his recordings and appearances, Kalmus Music Masters has released “Zuill Bailey Performance Editions,” which encompasses the core repertoire of cello literature.
Network television appearances include a recurring role on the HBO series “Oz,” NBC’s “Homicide,” A&E, NHK TV in Japan, a live broadcast and DVD release of the Beethoven Triple Concerto performed in Tel Aviv with Itzhak Perlman conducting the Israel Philharmonic, and a performance with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico City. Mr. Bailey is also featured in the televised production of the Cuban premiere of Victor Herbert’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the National Orchestra of Cuba. He has been heard on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “Tiny Desk Concert,” “Performance Today,” “Saint Paul Sunday,” BBC’s  “In Tune,” XM Radio’s “Live from Studio II,” Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Virtuoso Voices,”  the KDFC Concert Series, KUSC, Minnesota Public Radio, WQXR’s “Cafe Concert”, WFMT and RTHK Radio Hong Kong.

Mr. Bailey received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the Peabody Conservatory and the Juilliard School. His primary teachers include Loran Stephenson, Stephen Kates, Mosa Havivi and Joel Krosnick. Mr. Bailey performs on the “rosette” 1693 Matteo Gofriller Cello, formerly owned by Mischa Schneider of the Budapest String Quartet. In addition to his extensive touring engagements, he is the Artistic Director of El Paso Pro-Musica (Texas), the Sitka Summer Music Festival/Series and Cello Seminar, (Alaska), the Northwest Bach Festival (Washington), guest Artistic Director of the Mesa Arts Center (Arizona) and Professor of Cello at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Events

09/17/2017
Afternoon Concert – Grammy Celebration
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 3:15 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Bloch Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody (1916)
Daugherty Tales of Hemingway
09/15/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Bach/Herskowitz Prelude for Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, B.W.V. 1007
 Bolling Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio
 Herskowitz Polonaise Libanaise (inspired by Chopin Polonaise in F# Minor, Op. 44)
 Herskowitz Waltz in Moscow
 Rozenblatt Dima's Blues
 Bach/Soloff Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, B.W.V. 1068
 Herskowitz Forget Me Not
09/10/2017
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 3:15 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478
Paganini/Milstein Paganiniana for Solo Violin
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 "Werther"
09/09/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Bach Sinfonias for String Trio
Arensky String Quartet No. in A Minor, Op. 35
Chopin Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Prokofiev Scherzo No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 83 "Stalingrad"
07/02/2017
Concert Brunch
Event Description

This is a special, intimate Sunday morning event in a beautiful private Sitka home. Ticket price includes a lovely brunch and exquisite performances. Program will include some (but perhaps not ALL) of those listed here.

Program
Rachmaninoff Prelude in G minor, Op. 32
Milstein Paganiniana
Tschaikovsky Waltz Scherzo, Op. 23
Tschaikovsky Souvenir d’un lieu cher (Memory of a dear place), Op. 42 – Meditation
Chopin Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3
06/30/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94
Popper Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op. 66
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
06/29/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach Sinfonias for String Trio
Arensky String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35
Taneyev Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 22
06/24/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285
Schubert String Trio in B Flat Major, D. 471
Michael Daugherty Tales of Hemingway
06/17/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Brahms Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 (Book 1)
Bloch Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Beethoven Piano Trio No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 97 “Archduke”
06/16/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Tchaikovsky Amidst the Din of the Ball, Op. 38, No. 3
Barber Sure on this Shining Night, Op. 13, No. 3
Rachmaninov Me Po, Krasavitsa, Pre Mne, Op. 4, No. 4
Arensky Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 32
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35 for solo piano
06/15/2017
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major
06/07/2017
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way! Join us in the lower level of the Mean Queen for this special performance.

This is a free event; donations are deeply appreciated.

Program
06/11/2017
Family Concert
Event Description

Festival artists have planned a concert that’s fun for all ages. Bring the family for this special afternoon of music with root beer floats afterwards!

This is a free concert sponsored by BP and SeaMart.

Program
Beethoven Trio Excerpts
Dvorak "American" Quartet
Glazunov Quintet Excerpts
Tschaikovsky Sextet Excerpts
 
06/10/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
Tschaikovsky Sextet for Strings in D Minor, Op. 70 “Souvenir d’ Florence”
06/09/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
John Corigliano Sonata for Violin and Piano
Tschaikovsky Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50
06/08/2017
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Beethoven String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1
Glazunov String Quintet in A Major, Op. 39
02/10/2017
Museum Concert
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and pianist Susan Reed for a free lunchtime concert in the Atrium of the Anchorage Museum. Concert is free with admission to the Museum.

Program
Dutilleux Cello Concerto - Tout un monde lountain
Daugherty "Tales of Hemingway"
09/16/2016
Museum Free Concert
Event Description

Enjoy a lunchtime classical concert for all ages presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Concert is free with admission to the Museum.

Program
09/17/2016
Free Informance
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and some of this weekend’s featured musicians for a free “Informance”. The artists will perform excerpts from the featured pieces and discuss the composers, the music, and their lives as professional musicians. Designed especially for high school and college students, but all ages welcome. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
09/10/2016
Free Informance
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and some of this weekend’s featured musicians for a free “Informance”. The artists will perform excerpts from the featured pieces and discuss the composers, the music, and their lives as professional musicians. Designed especially for high school and college students, but all ages welcome. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
09/09/2016
Museum Free Concert
Event Description

Enjoy a lunchtime classical concert for all ages presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Concert is free with admission to the Museum.

Program
09/09/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Beethoven String Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 3
Beethoven Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello in D Major, Op. 8
09/10/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Beethoven String Trios, Op. 9 No. 1 in G Major No. 2 in D Major No. 3 in C Minor
09/11/2016
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Dohnanyi Serenade for String Trio in C Major, Op. 10
Bach Goldberg Variations for String Trio, BWV 988   (arr, by Sitkovetsky)
09/16/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Enescu Minstrel from Impressions of Childhood, Op. 28
Harbison No. 2 from Four Songs of Solitude
Schulhoff Allegro risoluto from Sonata for Solo Violin
Chen Yi Memory
Barkauskas Partita for Solo Violin, Op. 12
Gliere Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 39
Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia
Lully Suite in E Minor
Schubert Selection of Dances and Waltzes – D. 779, D. 783, D. 790
Chopin Polonaise in F Sharp Minor, Op. 44
09/17/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Haydn Piano Trio in G Major, Hob.XV/25   “Gypsy”
Elena Kats Chernin The Three Dancers
Rachmaninoff Trio Elegiac No. 1 in G Minor
Beethoven Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1   “Ghost”
09/18/2016
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Bach Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D Major, B.W.V. 1028
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3
Smetana Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15
06/21/2016
Special Concert – A thanks to St. Peter’s Church
Event Description
Join us to give thanks to the St. Peter’s Church congregation as we present a special concert in their honor.
Program
06/02/2016
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Bach Chorale TBA
Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132
06/16/2016
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Elgar Cello Concerto, Op. 85
Schubert Three Military Marches for Piano Four Hands, D. 733
 

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06/26/2016
Concert Brunch
Event Description

This is a special, intimate Sunday morning event in a beautiful private Sitka home. Ticket price includes a lovely brunch and exquisite performances.

Program
Boccherini Sonata in C Major
Chopin Nocturne in C Sharp Minor, Op. posth
Chopin Waltz in C Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Chopin Nocturne in F Sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
Kreisler Preludium and Allegro
06/19/2016
Allen Marine Boat Cruise
Event Description

We embark on an Allen Marine catamaran to set sail in Sitka Sound in search of wildlife. There will be an unforgettable performance while we float in a secluded bay.

Ticket price includes a delicious array of appetizers and wine. Alcoholic beverages on board the boat must be purchased.

Generously underwritten by Allen Marine Tours.

Program
Repertoire to be announced on boat.
06/25/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Debussy Cello Sonata in D Minor
Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119
Brahms Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26
 

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06/18/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
Mahler Piano Quartet in A Minor
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Volkmann Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 33
 

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06/24/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, B.W.V. 1008
Mozart String Duo No. 1 in G Major, K. 423
Beethoven String Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 3
 

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06/17/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Schubert-Piatigorsky Introduction, Theme and Variations, Op. 82, No.2
Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, Op. 21
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1in B Major, Op. 8
 

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06/10/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert Conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Couperin Pieces en Concert for Cello and String Quartet
Dan Coleman String Quartet No. 3, together, as the river
Beethoven String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1

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06/04/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2
Beethoven Eyeglasses Duo in E Flat Major, WoO 32
Brahms String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 "Agathe"
06/03/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 10 in E Flat Major Op. 74 "Harp"
Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 18
02/06/2016
Free Informance
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and some of this weekend’s featured musicians for a free “Informance”. The artists will perform excerpts from the featured pieces and discuss the composers, the music, and their lives as professional musicians. Designed especially for high school and college students, but all ages welcome. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
09/19/2015
Free Informance
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and some of this weekend’s featured musicians for a free “Informance”. The artists will perform excerpts from the featured pieces and discuss the composers, the music, and their lives as professional musicians. Designed especially for high school and college students, but all ages welcome. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
09/12/2015
Free Informance
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and some of this weekend’s featured musicians for a free “Informance”. The artists will perform excerpts from the featured pieces and discuss the composers, the music, and their lives as professional musicians. Designed especially for high school and college students, but all ages welcome. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
02/05/2016
Museum Free Concert
Event Description

Enjoy a lunchtime classical concert for all ages presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Concert is free with admission to the Museum.

Program
02/07/2016
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Couperin Pieces en Concert for Cello and Strings
Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 "American"
Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 18
02/06/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 "Rasumovsky"
Brahms String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 "Agathe"
02/05/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Debussy Cello Sonata in D Minor
Beethoven String Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 3
Schumann Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 47
09/20/2015
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Haydn String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2
Beethoven Cello Quintet in A Major based on “Kreutzer” Sonata, Op. 47
09/19/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Thompson Alleluia
Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129 (string quintet)
Schubert Cello Quintet in C Major, D. 956
09/18/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Billy Childs Awakening, String Quartet No. 2
Piatigorsky Paganini Variations for Cello and Piano
Ravel String Quartet in F Major
09/13/2015
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Mendelssohn Concert Variations, Op. 17
Arensky Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32
Liszt Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178
09/11/2015
Museum Free Concert
Event Description

Enjoy a lunchtime classical concert for all ages presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Concert is free with admission to the Museum.

Program
Boccherini Cello Sonata No. 2 in C Major, G. 6
Chopin Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor
Foss Capriccio for Cello and Piano
09/12/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach, arr. by Schumann Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, B.W.V. 1009
Boccherini Cello Sonata No. 2 in C Major
Chopin Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor
Franck Violin Sonata in A Major
09/11/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach/Busoni Chaconne in D Minor , B.W.V. 1004 (piano)
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23
Brahms Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87
06/28/2015
Concert Brunch
Event Description

This is a special, intimate Sunday morning event in a beautiful private Sitka home. Ticket price includes a lovely brunch and exquisite performances.

Program
Schubert Cello Quintet in C Major, D. 956
06/26/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478
Piatigorsky Paganini Variations for Cello and Piano
Beethoven Cello Quintet in A Major based on “Kreutzer” Sonata,Op. 47
06/21/2015
Allen Marine Boat Cruise
Event Description

We embark on an Allen Marine catamaran to set sail in Sitka Sound in search of wildlife. There will be an unforgettable performance while we float in a secluded bay.

Ticket price includes a delicious array of appetizers and wine. Alcoholic beverages on board the boat must be purchased.

Generously underwritten by Allen Marine Tours.

Program
Bach Solo violin pieces
Bach Solo cello pieces
Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia from Harpsichord Suite No. 7 in G Minor, H.W.V 432 arranged for Violin and Cello
06/20/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 31 in A Flat Major, Op. 110
Prokofiev Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 119
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
06/19/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven Serenade for String Trio, Op. 8
Schubert Fantasie in C Major, Op. 15 “Wanderer”
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
06/18/2015
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Bach Goldberg Variations, B.W.V. 988 arr. for String Trio
06/17/2015
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way!

Program
Mozart Divertimento for String Trio in E Flat Major, K. 563
06/13/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19
Balakirev Islamay, Op. 18 "Oriental Fantasy"
Bolling Suite for Cello and Jazz Trio
Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 36, Mvt. 1
06/12/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, B.W.V. 1009 (arr. by Robert Schumann)
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Chopin 4 Piano Etudes from Op. 10 and Op. 25 (arr. for jazz trio)
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
06/07/2015
Family Concert
Event Description

Festival artists have planned a concert that’s fun for all ages. Bring the family for this special afternoon of music with root beer floats afterwards!

This is a free concert sponsored by BP and SeaMart.

Program
Morricone Gabriel's Oboe from “The Mission”
Mozart Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, K. 493
Devienne Quartet for Bassoon and Strings in C Major Op. 73, No. 1
06/05/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Handel Oboe Sonata in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 8
Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op. 2
Morricone Gabriel's Oboe from “The Mission”
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Mozart Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, K. 493
06/04/2015
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Martinu Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello, H. 157
Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello
06/03/2015
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way!

This is a free event, but with limited seating.

Program
Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, K.370

Martin Beaver

violin

Martin Beaver (born 10 November 1967) is a Canadian violinist best known as first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet. […]

Martin Beaver

Instrument: violin

Martin Beaver (born 10 November 1967) is a Canadian violinist best known as first violinist of the Tokyo String Quartet. Beaver joined the Tokyo String Quartet as its first violinist in 2002 and remained until they disbanded in 2013. As a part of the Tokyo String Quartet, he played the Paganini-Comte Cozio di Salabue violin (circa 1727) on loan from the Nippon Foundation, part of the Paganini Quartet collection of instruments made by Antonio Stradivari. Beaver is known for his technical agility, versatility, warm tone, and prodigious memory for the violin repertoire. He currently performs on a violin made by the luthier Nicola Bergonzi. Now on faculty at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, he remains active in both chamber music and as a soloist, and recently established the Montrose Trio with pianist Jon Kimura Parker and cellist Clive Greensmith.

Bill Blush

actor

Actor BILL BLUSH, a native of a small town called Los Angeles, has performed Strings & Stories with Linda Rosenthal […]

Bill Blush

Instrument: actor

Actor BILL BLUSH, a native of a small town called Los Angeles, has performed Strings & Stories with Linda Rosenthal throughout the United States for over ten years. He has long been involved in all aspects of the theater with emphasis on acting, writing and directing. As an actor, Bill has played just about everything from classic characters to more original roles including…The Kitchen Sink. His works as a playwright which have had successful Southern California engagements are This Above All, About What?, Darn You Kenny!, Ziggy’s Right and most recently A Bad Idea.

Bill’s love for humor has inspired him to develop and direct several improvisational theater troupes and to venture into the arena of stand-up comedy where he has performed at The Laugh Factory, The Improv and The Comedy Store in Hollywood.

Benjamin Breen

violin

Recognized as one of Australia’s outstanding violinists, Benjamin Breen made his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at […]

Benjamin Breen

Instrument: violin

Artist Website

Recognized as one of Australia’s outstanding violinists, Benjamin Breen made his New York recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.  He has since toured in Australia, Europe, the United States and Japan, receiving critical acclaim both as soloist with orchestra, in recital and as chamber musician. Breen has also premiered works dedicated to him by the eminent Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe. In Australia he has made television appearances on ABC-TV and the 9 Network and participated in radio broadcasts on ABC-FM, ABC Radio National, 2MBS-FM & 3MBS-FM.  His growing list of U.S. broadcast credits include performances on WNYC, WITF, and National Public Radio.

Breen began studies at the age of 5 in Sydney.  At 11 he entered the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where his teachers were John Harding and Janet Davies.  After pursuing studies in Germany, he returned to Australia, where he participated in master classes with Valery Klimov, Igor Ozim and Raphael Hillyer.  Participation in the Melbourne Summer Music Festival with Pinchas Zukerman led Mr. Breen to continue his studies in New York.  At The Juilliard School, Breen studied violin with Stephen Clapp and chamber music with Samuel Sanders and Paul Doktor.  He subsequently continued violin studies with violinist Harry Shub in New York, whose pedagogy influenced him greatly. As chamber musician he has appeared at the Aspen Next Generation, Telluride and Sitka music festivals. Performances with pianist Milton Kaye have led to the release of Breen’s debut recording of the Brahms Sonatas on the Tall Poppies label available world-wide. Tall Poppies have also released “Cafe Fiddle” a critically acclaimed album of encores and audience favorites. Ben Breen is also the Artistic Director of the Hudson Chamber Society presenting a diverse series of Chamber Music at the Yamaha Piano Salon in Midtown Manhattan. His violin is a Giuseppe Guarneri filius Andrea the “ex-Boyle” from 1712 with a bow by Joseph Henry. He also performs on a violin made by Boris Sverdlik in Cremona 2005.

Events

06/17/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Brahms Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 (Book 1)
Bloch Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Beethoven Piano Trio No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 97 “Archduke”
06/16/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Tchaikovsky Amidst the Din of the Ball, Op. 38, No. 3
Barber Sure on this Shining Night, Op. 13, No. 3
Rachmaninov Me Po, Krasavitsa, Pre Mne, Op. 4, No. 4
Arensky Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 32
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35 for solo piano
06/15/2017
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major
06/19/2016
Allen Marine Boat Cruise
Event Description

We embark on an Allen Marine catamaran to set sail in Sitka Sound in search of wildlife. There will be an unforgettable performance while we float in a secluded bay.

Ticket price includes a delicious array of appetizers and wine. Alcoholic beverages on board the boat must be purchased.

Generously underwritten by Allen Marine Tours.

Program
Repertoire to be announced on boat.
06/18/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
Mahler Piano Quartet in A Minor
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Volkmann Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 33
 

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06/17/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Schubert-Piatigorsky Introduction, Theme and Variations, Op. 82, No.2
Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, Op. 21
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1in B Major, Op. 8
 

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09/12/2015
Free Informance
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and some of this weekend’s featured musicians for a free “Informance”. The artists will perform excerpts from the featured pieces and discuss the composers, the music, and their lives as professional musicians. Designed especially for high school and college students, but all ages welcome. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
09/13/2015
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Mendelssohn Concert Variations, Op. 17
Arensky Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32
Liszt Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178
09/12/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach, arr. by Schumann Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, B.W.V. 1009
Boccherini Cello Sonata No. 2 in C Major
Chopin Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor
Franck Violin Sonata in A Major
09/11/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach/Busoni Chaconne in D Minor , B.W.V. 1004 (piano)
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23
Brahms Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87

Christiaan Bor

violin

The acclaimed Dutch violinist, Christiaan Bor, was born in Amsterdam in 1950. At the age of five, he began his […]

Christiaan Bor

Instrument: violin

The acclaimed Dutch violinist, Christiaan Bor, was born in Amsterdam in 1950. At the age of five, he began his violin studies with his father, Jan Bor.

The following year he made his first public appearance on Dutch television, and subsequently performed quite extensively even at this early an age. His training also included studies with Herman Krebbers at the Amsterdam Muzieklyceum and for seven years with Jascha Heifetz at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In addition to his studies with Mr. Heifetz, Mr. Bor appeared with Jascha Heifetz and cellist Gregor Piatigorsky in “The Heifetz-Piatigorsky Concerts”.
Mr. Bor made his debut with the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam at the age of sixteen under the baton of that orchestra’s music director, Bernard Haitink, in the First Violin Concerto by Sergei Prokofiev. Since that time he also appeared as soloist with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under the conductors Edo de Waart and Eugen Jochum. As one of the Netherlands’ most sought after musicians, Mr. Bor has performed as soloist with orchestras, in recitals and in chamber music in 30 countries throughout Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Asia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada and the United States.

In 1982 Mr. Bor became the founder and music director of the Amsterdam Chamber Music Society which presents more than thirty concerts per year throughout the Netherlands. In addition to his activities with the Amsterdam Chamber Music Society and his solo and chamber music performances, Mr. Bor is the First Concertmaster of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1996. A prolific recording artist, he has recorded for Philips, Fidelio, Pelican, CBS Records and Vanguard Classics.

Margarita Borisevich

piano

At the young age of fifteen Margarita (Maggie) Loukachkina gave her debut at the Mishler Theatre (PA) performing the Rachmaninoff […]

Margarita Borisevich

Instrument: piano

At the young age of fifteen Margarita (Maggie) Loukachkina gave her debut at the Mishler Theatre (PA) performing the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra. The Altoona Mirror wrote about that performance: “She did a fantastic job, she brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the music. It’s really refreshing.” Nicholas Palmer, ASO music director and conductor also commented on this performance saying that “the piece is perfect for Maggie, who has a great feel for the piece.”

After claiming first prizes at several competitions in the US (the 2004 Nittany Valley Young Soloist Competition, State College, PA and the 2005 Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, Williamsport, PA) Margarita performed the Grieg concerto with the Nittany Valley Syphony as well as the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. Symphony Notes hailed her performance with the Williamsport Syphony as a “brilliant execution” and the Montoursville Daily Times wrote: “Maggie Loukachkina played so effortlessly. She gave a flawless performance.”

A native of Russia, Margarita began her studies of piano at age five with Tatyana Schklovskaya and shortly after was accepted into the prestigious Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children in Moscow, Russia. While at Gnessin Margarita traveled to competitions and performed in various recital series across Russia and Europe. Just at the age of nine she was awarded second prize at the 1998 “KONZERTEUM” International Piano Competition in Athens, Greece. Some of her additional prizes include: 2nd prize at the 2004 Rubenstein International Piano Competition, Paris, France; Grand Prize at the 2006 Wednesday Music Club Competition, Harrisburg, PA; 3rd Prize at the 2008 Louisiana International Piano Competition (Junior Level), Alexandria, LA; as well as 1st prize at the 2009 Baltimore Music Club Competition, Baltimore, MD.

At only sixteen Margarita was accepted into the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland to study with a world renown Russian pianist Alexander Shtarkman. Since then she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees and is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree there. Margarita is on faculty at Garrison Forest School and the Peabody Preparatory and holds an assistantship in music theory with Ildar Khanannov.

Events

07/02/2017
Concert Brunch
Event Description

This is a special, intimate Sunday morning event in a beautiful private Sitka home. Ticket price includes a lovely brunch and exquisite performances. Program will include some (but perhaps not ALL) of those listed here.

Program
Rachmaninoff Prelude in G minor, Op. 32
Milstein Paganiniana
Tschaikovsky Waltz Scherzo, Op. 23
Tschaikovsky Souvenir d’un lieu cher (Memory of a dear place), Op. 42 – Meditation
Chopin Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3
06/30/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94
Popper Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op. 66
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
06/29/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach Sinfonias for String Trio
Arensky String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35
Taneyev Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 22

Nikita Borisevich

violin

Award-winning Russian violinist Nikita Borisevich is known for the precocious depth and sensitivity in his playing and utterly finesse technique. […]

Nikita Borisevich

Instrument: violin

Artist Website

Award-winning Russian violinist Nikita Borisevich is known for the precocious depth and sensitivity in his playing and utterly finesse technique. He swept onto the international stage at the age of twelve having since then performed in Russia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Austria, Germany, Spain and the US on some of the most renown stages such as the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and Manuel de Falla Auditorium (Granada, Spain).

Nikita was born into a musical family and started playing the violin at a young age of 5 with his father being his first teacher. At the age of twelve Nikita made his orchestral debut performing the Haydn Violin Concerto with the Perm Opera Symphony Orchestra. At fifteen he performed two moreconcerti with that orchestra, after having won a prominent Russian national string competition “The Magical Bow”.

In the 2011-2012 concert season Nikita performed with the Ural Philarmonic and Volgograd Academic orchestras playing works by Paganini, Ravel and Waxman. Most recently he performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto in the Friedberg Hall of the Peabody Conservatory with the Peabody Students Orchestra under the baton of Jordan Smith.

In addition to his busy performance schedule Nikita broadened his musical horizons by attending the Russian Music Academy in Dortmund, Germany (2005), as well as the Heifetz Institute (2010, 2012).

An avid chamber musician, Nikita won numerous chamber music competitions including the Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition (OH), Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition (CA), Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition (MD). In 2011 Nikita won the Grand Prix in the International Chamber Music Competition (trio division) in St. Petersburg, Russia and made his debut at the Moscow Philharmonic Society. As a member of a piano trio he performed in the Washington College Concert Series, Friends of Chamber Music Concert Series in Reading and Academy Arts Museum in Easton.

Nikita received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the renown Moscow Conservatory where he studied on full scholarship with Maya Glezarova and Marina Keselman and is currently pursuing further graduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore with Victor Danchenko.

Events

09/10/2017
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 3:15 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478
Paganini/Milstein Paganiniana for Solo Violin
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 "Werther"
09/09/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Get tickets and see subscription options at Centertix. Click here to go to CenterTix.

Program
Bach Sinfonias for String Trio
Arensky String Quartet No. in A Minor, Op. 35
Chopin Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Prokofiev Scherzo No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 83 "Stalingrad"
07/02/2017
Concert Brunch
Event Description

This is a special, intimate Sunday morning event in a beautiful private Sitka home. Ticket price includes a lovely brunch and exquisite performances. Program will include some (but perhaps not ALL) of those listed here.

Program
Rachmaninoff Prelude in G minor, Op. 32
Milstein Paganiniana
Tschaikovsky Waltz Scherzo, Op. 23
Tschaikovsky Souvenir d’un lieu cher (Memory of a dear place), Op. 42 – Meditation
Chopin Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3
06/30/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94
Popper Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op. 66
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
06/29/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach Sinfonias for String Trio
Arensky String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35
Taneyev Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 22

Dennis Brott

cello

Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of the internationally renowned Montreal Chamber Music Festival (1995) and Professor at the Conservatoire de […]

Dennis Brott

Instrument: cello

Artist Website

Founder, Executive and Artistic Director of the internationally renowned Montreal Chamber Music Festival (1995) and Professor at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal (1989), cellist Denis Brott is recognized internationally as one of Canada’s finest performing musicians.

The list of his teachers includes some of the world’s best cellists: Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School of Music (1964-1968), Janos Starker at Indiana University (1968-1971), and Gregor Piatigorsky at the University of Southern California (1971-1975). Mr. Brott’s career began in 1973 when he won 2nd Prize in the Munich International Cello Competition. His concert tours have taken him to four continents and numerous festivals including Marlboro, Sitka, Santa Barbara, Toronto, Ottawa, Parry Sound and Banff.

His many solo recordings include the three Brahms Sonatas for cello and piano and Homage to Piatigorsky, perhaps his best known recording. It received this accolade from Yo-Yo Ma: “His playing throughout is exemplary, full of the rich sound and technical wizardry the master exemplified. I think Piatigorsky would be proud.”

He has appeared as soloist with such great conductors as Zubin Mehta, Franz-Paul Decker, Mario Bernardi and Yoav Talmi. He has also appeared as guest cellist with such distinguished quartets as the Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo and Fine Arts.

A devoted chamber musician, Denis Brott spent eight years in the Orford String Quartet (1980 – 1988) during which time he recorded 25 CD’s. Especially acclaimed were the recordings of the complete string quartets of Beethoven on the Delos label, which won the Grand Prix du Disque (1988) and two Juno Awards (1985, 1987) for Best Chamber Ensemble Classical Recording. Denis has also appeared as guest with prestigious ensembles including the Guarneri, Emerson, Tokyo and Fine Arts String Quartets.

In 1985, Denis Brott played a pivotal role in the creation of the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank which gave him a magnificent 1706 David Tecchler cello for his lifetime use. The cello is now named the Brott-Turner Tecchler after Denis and William Turner, philanthropist and former CEO of Consolidated Bathurst, who helped raise funds to establish the Instrument Bank.

Since 1989, Denis Brott has been a professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Previous teaching posts include the Interlochen Arts Academy (1978-1980), the University of Toronto (1980-1989), and the Music Academy of the West (1992-2001), as well as residencies at Toronto Summer Music (2008), The Banff Centre (2009, 2012), and the cello chair at the Musicorda Chamber Music Institute and Festival (2005). He is published in Strad Magazine, Orchestras Canada, University of Toronto Alumni Magazine, and the Violoncello Society of New York.

A respected juror, Denis has served on the jury of the Munich International ARD Cello Competition (1998), the Munich International ARD String Quartet Competition (1996, 2008) and the preliminary jury of the Banff International String Quartet Competition (2010). In August 2013 he was invited by the Banff Competition to give a special lecture entitled The Emotional Language of Beethoven as part of their closing day festivities.

Denis Brott received the Great Montrealer Award for his contribution to culture from the city of Montreal, Chamber of Commerce in 2004 and in 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to Canada. In 2014 he and the Montreal Chamber Music Festival were awarded the Montreal Centre-Ville “Event of the Year” award.

In 2015 the Governor General of Canada announced that Denis Brott will receive the prestigious Order of Canada to recognize his outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

In August 2016 Denis Brott will be on the jury of the Banff International String Quartet Competition.

David Brown

bass

Bassist David Brown has been a member of Vancouver’s professional music community for thirty years. He has performed with almost […]

David Brown

Instrument: bass

Bassist David Brown has been a member of Vancouver’s professional music community for thirty years. He has performed with almost all the musical organizations including Masterpiece Music, Music in the Morning, Vancouver New Music, Vancouver Children’s Festival, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Festival Vancouver, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Cantata Singers, UBC Recital Series and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in existence during this time.
David has extensive film and commercial recording experience and has toured with The Three Tenors and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. A committed teacher, he has taught at most music performance departments (UBC, Capilano University, Kwantlen, VCC) in the Lower Mainland and also teaches privately. Two Canada Council Arts Grants enabled his studies at the Juilliard School.
David has been a member of the Vancouver Symphony since 1978 and was Principal Bass of the CBC Radio Orchestra from 2004-2011.

Stephanie Brown

piano

Stephanie Brown has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the […]

Stephanie Brown

Instrument: piano

Stephanie Brown has performed as soloist with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Brandenburg Ensemble. She has appeared numerous times on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and at The Kennedy Center. She has also had the honor of performing at The White House.

Critics have hailed Ms. Brown’s performances as a soloist. The New York Times wrote that “it was instantly apparent that Brown is a wonderful pianist indeed, with a sound of her own and a distinctive artistic personality to match … the return of the chorale theme was transfixingly beautiful.” Regarding a performance of Beethoven’s 2nd Piano Concerto in Avery Fisher Hall, the Times wrote that “her fluent fingerwork was technically flawless”.

The New York Post noted that “the concert was illuminated by the radiant playing of Stephanie Brown. The breadth, nobility and sparkle of her keyboard work are extraordinary.” And in Washington, the Post wrote that “Stephanie Brown is a pianist with big ideas and a technique to match.”

Her collaborative performances have met with equal praise. Reviewing a performance at Mostly Mozart in Lincoln Center, the Times wrote that “the performance was wonderful. Yefim Bronfman and Stephanie Brown have played together often enough to have developed a real pianistic rapport. Their work together was enchanting.”

Another review in the Times stated that “yesterday afternoon’s performances at Avery Fisher Hall were simply lovely. The keyboard soloists were Peter Serkin and Stephanie Brown. Both were delightful. The slow movement, with Miss Brown and Mr. Serkin trading off their graceful, elegantly ornamented lines, was a rare pleasure.”

Ms. Brown got her early start as a performer as a winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York City. She has toured extensively as a soloist throughout the United States, and has performed in Europe, Central and South America, and Japan. As a collaborative artist she has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma, the Guarneri Quartet, Alexander Schneider, and toured extensively with Music from Marlboro.

Ms. Brown studied with Rudolf Serkin and Leon Fleisher, and coached on the works of Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven with Alfred Brendel. Her early training was with the Russian virtuoso Ania Dorfmann at the Juilliard School.

Ms. Brown began her teaching career at the Mannes School of Music where she was a member of the piano faculty for ten years. She began teaching at Purchase College in 1997, and served as the chair of the piano department from 1997-2007.

Anker Buch

violin

From The Strad: Danish violinist and teacher Anker Buch, who became famous in the US for mixing music and comedy, […]

Anker Buch

Instrument: violin

From The Strad: Danish violinist and teacher Anker Buch, who became famous in the US for mixing music and comedy, has died at the age of 74. Born in Aalborg in 1940, he began playing the violin aged eight. He first studied with Rolf Kjeldahl, concertmaster of the Aalborg City Orchestra, before taking his first professional job with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. While there, he was encouraged to apply to the Juilliard School, where he studied for six years under Ivan Galamian. Among his contemporaries were Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman and Paul Rosenthal.

During his time in New York, Buch supported himself by playing in clubs, where he was spotted by a TV talent scout. He performed on the Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin shows, the latter alongside his compatriot Victor Borge, whose style had a strong effect on him.

He gave his debut at the New York Town Hall in 1964, before touring Europe and the US with a team of Juilliard graduates, in a show called Around the World in 80 Minutes. He decided to focus his career in Denmark, but frequently returned to the US, where he remained popular. His act would often involve fooling the audience by playing the first eight bars of the Tchaikovsky Concerto before breaking off into an array of showpieces, or by using a trick violin that would break apart to reveal smaller violins inside (pictured): he would call this his ‘pregnant’ violin.

In an interview with The Strad in 1996, Buch says, ‘My formula is to make a serious start – say a Handel sonata, some Beethoven or Brahms. Then after the interval they get the entertainment, the acts I’ve perfected over the years with smiles and chatting and careful timing. The contrast works so well that I’m never out of work.’

In 1981 Buch bought a limestone mine, which he turned into a tourist attraction, organising tours and giving concerts underground, until he sold it to the state in 1997. He also founded a two-week summer school for violinists on the island of Mors in north-west Denmark, where tutors included Lars Bjørnkjaer, concertmaster of the Royal Danish Orchestra. Nikolaj Znaider was among the many young violinists to attend the school.

Buch played violins made by Giovanni Pressenda and F.W. Hansen. In 2000 he founded the Anker Buch Prize, awarded to people who demonstrated special talent or had done something special for the Danish music scene.

Among the violinists Buch admired was Mischa Elman, whom he heard several times performing at Carnegie Hall: ‘He was full of poetry as a player. I learnt so much from him – for example, “speeding down” when the fingers can’t move fast enough. No one knows how fast you want to play, so there’s always rubato to come to the rescue.’

Tribute by violin maker Jens Stenz:

Anker was a witty, funny and caring character. One thing I will remember him for is his totally unpretentious way of sharing music and the fun of music making with others. With his summer school and his many school concerts and solo concerts in the smallest village churches all over Denmark, he reached an audience that might not otherwise have had access to the experience of live classical music.

During his summer school I often sat in listening to his master classes when a young child or a mature conservatory student was guided through a violin concerto. Anker would amaze by carefully instructing…always with positive comments, never hacking or nagging at the student, but always bringing the student the best of advice. He would demonstrate every bowing in any violin concerto and he would often accompany with double stops the orchestra part of the concerto to support the student. It seems like he knew ALL the standard repertoire and all the orchestra parts by heart.

Phillip Bush

piano

Phillip Bush is a pianist of uncommon versatility with a repertoire extending from the 16th century to the 21st. His […]

Phillip Bush

Instrument: piano

Phillip Bush is a pianist of uncommon versatility with a repertoire extending from the 16th century to the 21st. His active and unconventional career has taken him to many parts of the globe. Since his New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum in 1984, Mr. Bush has appeared as recitalist throughout North America, as well as in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. He made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut in 2001 with the London Sinfonietta to critical acclaim, replacing an ailing Peter Serkin on short notice in concerti by Stravinsky and Alexander Goehr. He has also appeared as soloist with the Osaka Century Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Houston Symphony and several other orchestras, in repertoire as far-ranging as the Beethoven concerti and the American premiere of Michael Nyman’s Harpsichord Concerto.
A much sought-after chamber musician, Mr. Bush has performed and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, has appeared frequently on New York’s Bargemusic series, and has performed at the Grand Canyon Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains (Colorado), Sitka Music Festival (Alaska), St. Bart’s Music Festival, Music at Blair Atholl (Scotland), Cape May Music Festival and many other festivals. He has appeared with the Kronos Quartet and the Miami String Quartet and has also performed with members of the Emerson, Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion and St. Lawrence quartets. Between 1991 and 1999, he performed over 250 concerts in Japan with the piano quartet, Typhoon, and recorded five CD’s with the group for Epic/Sony, all of which reached the top of the Japanese classical charts.

In 1993 Mr. Bush founded MayMusic in Charlotte, a critically acclaimed and innovative festival in North Carolina that annually presented chamber and contemporary music, film screenings and other cross-disciplinary collaborations. He served as Artistic Director of that festival from 1993 to 1998. In 2007, he was named Artistic Director of the Bennington Chamber Music Conference, the largest (over 300 participants and 50 faculty) and oldest (founded 1946) institute for amateur chamber musicians to study with professional concert artists. His role at the conference involves providing overall direction for the teaching program, as well as curating a six-concert chamber music festival featuring the artist-faculty each year.

A fierce advocate for contemporary music, Phillip Bush has performed often with many of the New York area’s most renowned new music ensembles, including Bang on a Can All-Stars, Philip Glass Ensemble, Steve Reich and Musicians, Group for Contemporary Music, Newband, Sequitur, Parnassus and New Music Consort. From 1995 until 2010 he was a member of the Milwaukee-based new music group, Present Music. Mr. Bush’s efforts on behalf of contemporary music have earned him grants and awards from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Aaron Copland Fund, ASCAP, Chamber Music America and the National Endowment for the Arts. His discography as soloist and chamber musician has now reached 40 recordings on labels such as Sony, Virgin Classics, Koch International, ASV, New World Records, Denon and many others.
 Mr. Bush is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied with Leon Fleisher. From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Bush taught piano and chamber music at the University of Michigan, and he has also served as Visiting Faculty at the University of North Carolina. In 2012 he was appointed Research Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of South Carolina School of Music.

Leone Buyse

flute

LEONE BUYSE is the Joseph and Ida Kirkland Mullen Professor of Flute at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. In 1993 […]

Leone Buyse

Instrument: flute

LEONE BUYSE is the Joseph and Ida Kirkland Mullen Professor of Flute at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. In 1993 she relinquished her position with the Boston Symphony Orchestra to pursue a more active teaching and solo career after 22 years as an orchestral musician. Acting principal flutist of the BSO during her last three years in Boston, she was invited by Seiji Ozawa to join the orchestra in 1983 as assistant principal flutist and principal flutist of the Boston Pops. Previously she served as assistant principal flutist of the San Francisco Symphony and played solo piccolo and second flute with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

The only American finalist in the 1969 Geneva International Flute Competition, Ms. Buyse has appeared as soloist with l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the San Francisco Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the New Hampshire Music Festival, of which she was principal flutist for ten years. She has performed with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players throughout Europe and Japan, with the Tokyo, Juilliard, Brentano, and Muir String Quartets, the Boston Musica Viva, Da Camera of Houston, and in recital with Jessye Norman and Yo-Yo Ma. Ms. Buyse has also been a guest artist on the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s chamber series in Ottawa. Summer festival appearances include Aspen, Sarasota, Norfolk, Orcas Island, Domaine Forget (Quebec), ARIA International Summer Academy, the Ithaca Flute Institute, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, Sitka, Maui, Steamboat Springs, Strings in the Mountains, the Lake Placid Institute, and the Park City International Festival in Utah. With her husband, clarinetist Michael Webster, she performs in the Webster Trio and the Buyse-Webster Duo.

Widely renowned as an educator, Ms. Buyse has taught at the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and as a visiting associate professor at the Eastman School of Music. Her students hold positions in many major orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, Kansas City, Syracuse, and Charlotte, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, the National Taiwan Symphony, and the Adelaide Symphony. Others are professors at such schools as the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Arizona State, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Memorial University (St. John’s, Newfoundland), Ball State University (Muncie, IN) and St. Olaf College.

Ms. Buyse has presented recitals and master classes at universities, conservatories and festivals across the United States, as well as in Canada, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Panama, Chile, and Brazil. She may be heard as solo flutist on numerous recordings of the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops and the San Francisco Symphony for the Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Victor, and Sony Classical labels. Her solo and chamber music recordings are available on the Crystal, Boston Records, CRI, Centaur, Hyperion, Elektra/Nonesuch, Equilibrium, Danacord, and Nami/Live Notes labels.

A native of Ithaca, New York, Ms. Buyse graduated with distinction from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Joseph Mariano. Awarded a Fulbright grant, she subsequently studied in France with Michel Debost, Jean-Pierre Rampal, and Marcel Moyse. Also an accomplished pianist, she served for two years as accompanist at Rampal’s summer master classes in Nice, France. An active member of the National Flute Association, she has served on the Board of Directors and as program chair for the 1987 convention in St. Louis, an event attended by more than 2200 flutists. She has been a featured soloist at NFA conventions in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, Columbus, San Diego, Anaheim, Las Vegas, and New Orleans.

During the 2010 convention in Anaheim Ms. Buyse was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the flute community worldwide.

Andres Cardenes

violin

Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile […]

Andres Cardenes

Instrument: violin

Artist Website

Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. An intensely passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling performances as a violinist, conductor, violist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and recording artist.

Since capturing Second Prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, Mr. Cárdenes has appeared as a soloist on four continents with over 100 orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Sinfonica Nacional de Caracas, Sinfonica de Barcelona, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. He has collaborated with many of the world’s greatest conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir André Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden, David Zinman and Manfred Honeck.

This year and next Mr. Cárdenes continues his project to record many standard and contemporary concerti. Released in 2009 are recordings of concerti by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Barber and David Stock on the Artek and Albany labels. A recording of the complete works for violin by Leonardo Balada was released on Naxos in January 2011. The complete Sonatas by both Hindemith and Brahms, along with the Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Violin Concertos and the complete Schubert Sonatinas and Fantasie are to be released on Artek in the summer and fall of 2015. Plans to record the complete Beethoven violin and piano sonatas with Ian Hobson are slated for 2015/16. Cárdenes’s discography includes over two dozen recordings of concerti, sonatas, short works, orchestral and chamber music on the Ocean, Naxos, Albany, Sony, Arabesque, RCA, ProArte, Telarc, Artek, Melodya and Enharmonic labels.

As an ambassador for music of our time, Mr. Cárdenes has commissioned and premiered over 70 works by American, Turkish and Latin American composers such as David Stock, Mike Garson, Erberk Eriylmaz, Leonardo Balada, Ricardo Lorenz, Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, Roberto Sierra, and Marilyn Taft Thomas. His concerto repertoire includes over 100 works, ranging from the Baroque era to the present.
Mr. Cárdenes has thrice served as President of the Jury of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and in 2011 joined the jury of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A Cultural Ambassador for UNICEF from 1980-1991 and an indefatigable spokesperson for the arts, Mr. Cárdenes has received numerous awards for his teaching, performances, recordings and humanitarian efforts, most notably from the Mexican Red Cross and the cities of Los Angeles and Shanghai. He was named Pittsburgh Magazine’s 1997 Classical Artist of the Year and received the 2001 “Shalom” Award from Kollell’s International Jewish Center and the 2013 Chesed-Kindness Award from the Chabad Foundation for promoting world harmony and peace through music.

Mr. Cárdenes was appointed Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Lorin Maazel in 1989 and departed after the 2010 season to concentrate on his conducting, solo and chamber music careers.

Charles Castelman

violin

Charles Castleman, perhaps the world’s most active performer/pedagogue on the violin, has been soloist with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Boston, […]

Charles Castelman

Instrument: violin

Artist Website

Charles Castleman, perhaps the world’s most active performer/pedagogue on the violin, has been soloist with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Boston, Brisbane, Chicago, Hong Kong, Moscow, Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, and Shanghai. Medalist at Tchaikovsky and Brussels, his self-learned Jongen Concerto is included in the CD set of the 17 best prize-winning performances of the Brussels competition’s 50-year history.

Professor of Violin at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Miami, Charles Castleman has conducted master-classes in Kiev, London, Montreux, Salzburg, Vienna, Shanghai, Seoul, Tokyo, Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Toronto, Vancouver, and over 50 U.S. Universities. He is founder and director of THE CASTLEMAN QUARTET PROGRAM, in its 46th season, now at S.U.N.Y. Fredonia and Linfield College, an intensive and extensive workshop in solo and chamber performance. Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma have donated master-classes there, Mr. Ma praising it as “the best program of its kind..atraining ground in lifemanship.”

“The best program of its kind … a training ground in lifemanship.” -Yo-Yo Ma

Catalyst Quartet

ensemble

We believe that music has the power to connect all people. In designing our programs, we investigate the human experience, […]

Catalyst Quartet

Instrument: ensemble

Artist Website

We believe that music has the power to connect all people. In designing our programs, we investigate the human experience, culture and history through musical expression. We defy genre and break down the walls of tradition, reimagining and redefining classical music.

We are the Catalyst.

Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished… playing with earthy vigor” the Catalyst Quartet, prize winners of the Gianni Bergamo Classical Music Award 2012 (Switzerland) is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition.

Known for “rhythmic energy, polyphonic clarity and tight ensemble-playing” (New York Concert Review). The quartet has toured domestically and abroad including sold out performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago’s Harris Theater, the Frank Gehry designed New World Center in Miami, and Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), to name a few. They have also appeared on multiple radio and television broadcasts such as American Public Media’s Performance Today, Chicago (WFMT), Houston (KUHF), Seattle (KING FM), Vermont Public Radio, Detroit Public Television; and have contributed to online and print media including The Strad and Strings magazine.

The Catalyst Quartet has held residencies and given master classes at institutions such as the University of Washington, University of Michigan, Rice University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, In Harmony Project (UK), Pennsylvania State University, and the University of South Africa. They also serve as principal faculty at the Sphinx Performance Academy at Oberlin College and Roosevelt University. The Quartet has been guest artists at Festival del Sole, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Sitka Music Festival, Juneau Jazz and Classics, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, Strings Music Festival, and the Grand Canyon Music Festival.
The Catalyst Quartet’s debut album, The Bach/Gould Project, featuring their own arrangement of J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Glenn Gould’s String Quartet can be found on the Azica Records label. They are also featured on the album STRUM, the string works of quartet violinist Jessie Montgomery (available fall 2015).

The Catalyst Quartet proudly endorses Pirastro strings. www.pirastro.com

Kim Chee-yun

violin

Violinist Chee-Yun’s flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents. Charming, charismatic and deeply passionate […]

Kim Chee-yun

Instrument: violin

Artist Website

Violinist Chee-Yun’s flawless technique, dazzling tone and compelling artistry have enraptured audiences on five continents. Charming, charismatic and deeply passionate about her art, Chee-Yun continues to carve a unique place for herself in the ever-evolving world of classical music.

Winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chee-Yun performs regularly with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Houston, Seattle, Pittsburgh and National symphony orchestras. Additionally, she has appeared with the Atlanta Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with such distinguished conductors as Hans Graf, James DePriest, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Krzysztof Penderecki, Neeme Järvi, Pinchas Zukerman, Manfred Honeck and Giancarlo Guerrero. Internationally, Chee-Yun has toured with the Haifa Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Germany’s Braunschweig Orchestra and the MDR Radio Leipzig and performed with the St. Petersburg Camerata, the Bamberg Philharmonic, the Bilbao Symphony, the London Festival Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony Orchestra. Her orchestral highlights include a concert with the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Myung-Whun Chung that was broadcast on national network television, a benefit for UNESCO with the Orchestra of St. Lukes at Avery Fisher Hall, and her tours of the United States with the San Francisco Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas conducting), and Japan with the NHK Symphony. Recent and upcoming engagements include return subscription weeks in Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, as well as the Colorado and Austin symphony orchestras and the National Philharmonic.

Gloria Chien

piano

Picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in […]

Gloria Chien

Instrument: piano

Picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything,” pianist Gloria Chien made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist under the batons of Sergiu Comissiona, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Dausgaard, and Irwin Hoffman. She has presented recitals at the Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, Gardner Museum, Phillips Collection, Caramoor and Verbier Music Festivals, Salle Cortot in Paris, AlpenKlassik in Germany and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. An avid chamber musician, Gloria has been the resident pianist with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston since 2000. She has recorded for Chandos Records, and recently released a CD with clarinetist Anthony McGill. In 2009, Gloria launched String Theory, a chamber music series in downtown Chattanooga, as its Founder and Artistic Director. The following year, she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo Festival by Artistic Directors, David Finckel and Wu Han. A native of Taiwan, Gloria is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (DMA ’04, MM 01′, BM ’99) where she was a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an Associate Professor at Lee University in Cleveland, TN, and is a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center. Gloria is a Steinway Artist.

Allen Chow

piano

Acclaimed for his “elegant poetry and virtuosic fire,” Alan Chow has won First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild International […]

Allen Chow

Instrument: piano

Acclaimed for his “elegant poetry and virtuosic fire,” Alan Chow has won First Prize in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the UCLA International Piano Competition, and the Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition. Winner of the Silver Medal and Audience Favorite Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, he was also a prizewinner in the William Kapell International Piano Competition.

A Steinway artist, Professor Chow has performed in recital and in concert with orchestras from coast to coast in 45 states. His recitals have brought him to the major music centers including New York (Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Steinway Hall), Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago (Symphony Center and Ravinia), Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Seattle, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Miami. Concerto performances include appearances with the National Symphony, Utah Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, and Omaha Symphony. Professor Chow regularly tours Asia with performances in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore, including performances with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Pan-Asia Symphony. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with the American, Pacifica and Miami String Quartets and has been guest artist at the Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, Juneau Jazz and Classics, San Juan Islands Chamber Music Festival, Kent Blossom Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, Music Festival of Arkansas and Music Mountain. In addition, he appears in joint recital engagements in the Cheng-Chow Trio with pianists Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow.

Also in demand for his teaching, Professor Chow has given master classes throughout North America and Asia at conservatories, universities and summer festivals including the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, New Orleans International Piano Festival, Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, Las Vegas Piano Festival, Tunghai International Piano Festival (Taiwan), and in Singapore. Appointed guest professor at the Central Conservatory in Beijing and honored visiting professor at the Shenyang Conservatory, he has also presented recitals, master classes, and lectures in China at the conservatories in Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian and Wuhan.

Professor Chow studied with Nelita True at the University of Maryland where he graduated Co-Valedictorian with his twin brother Alvin, and received the Charles Manning Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts given to the outstanding graduate; with Sascha Gorodnitzki at The Juilliard School where he was awarded the Victor Herbert Prize in Piano; and with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University where he was the recipient of the Joseph Battista Memorial Scholarship. He also studied at the Mozarteum Sommerakademie with Carlo Zecchi.

Christian Colberg

violin

Christian Colberg began his musical studies at the age of five in his native Puerto Rico. Known today for his […]

Christian Colberg

Instrument: violin

Artist Website

Christian Colberg began his musical studies at the age of five in his native Puerto Rico. Known today for his versatility, Colberg excels as a violinist and violist. In addition, he has also garnered accolades as a composer and a conductor. He is currently the Principal Viola (Louise D. & Louis Nippert Chair) of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he was the assistant principal viola of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Peabody Institute of Music with a BM, MM and a GPD in violin performance, he became instrumental assistant for five years to his teacher, Shirley Givens at the Peabody Institute of Music.

Recipient of numerous awards including the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation Fine Arts grant, Colberg was honored by the House of Representatives of Puerto Rico in 1985, and again by the Senate in 1994 for his achievements in the classical music field.

He has played numerous performances in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Central America and Europe with notables such as bassist Gary Karr, pianist Samuel Sanders, violist Milton Katims and composer Marvin Hamlish. Mr. Colberg has also been on the violin faculty of the Peabody Institute.

Colberg played his New York City debut under the auspices of Música de Cámara Inc. in 1992 to excellent reviews which described him as an artist with “real romantic ardor, charm and a good deal of brilliance…” (Strings Magazine). He has made a strong impact on audiences and critics alike which is best described by the music critic of Orpheus Magazine of Berlin. “Christian Colberg exhibited a dynamic temperamental flair, and sparks from his fiery playing agitated the atmosphere and the audience response.”

As a composer, Christian wrote his Concerto Para Viola piece and has been a soloist for this piece in the Cincinnati Symphony, the Puerto Rican Conservatory Orchestra and the group Musica de Camera in New York. The second movement of his Concerto Para Viola, was utilized as a piece in the prestigious violas competition Primrose International Viola Competition in 2014.

Events

06/25/2017
Allen Marine Boat Cruise
Event Description

We embark on an Allen Marine catamaran to set sail in Sitka Sound in search of wildlife. There will be an unforgettable performance while we float in a secluded bay.

Ticket price includes a delicious array of appetizers and wine. Alcoholic beverages on board the boat must be purchased.

Generously underwritten by Allen Marine Tours.

Program
Haydn “London” Trios
06/24/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285
Schubert String Trio in B Flat Major, D. 471
Michael Daugherty Tales of Hemingway
06/23/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Amy Beach Pastorale for Flute, Cello and Piano, Op. 90
Amy Beach Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 34
Chopin Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 83 “Stalingrad”
06/22/2017
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Haydn Divertissements, Op. 100 – No. 2, No. 6
Mozart Flute Quartet in G Major, K. 285a
Mozart Flute Quartet in C Major, K. 285b
Mozart Flute Quartet in A Major, K. 298
06/04/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2
Beethoven Eyeglasses Duo in E Flat Major, WoO 32
Brahms String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 "Agathe"
06/03/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 10 in E Flat Major Op. 74 "Harp"
Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 18

Elizabeth Cook-Shen

french horn

Elizabeth Cook-Shen

Instrument: french horn

Christopher Costanza

cello

For over two decades cellist Christopher Costanza has enjoyed a varied and exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. A […]

Christopher Costanza

Instrument: cello

For over two decades cellist Christopher Costanza has enjoyed a varied and exciting career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. A winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and a recipient of a prestigious Solo Recitalists Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mr. Costanza has performed to wide critical acclaim in nearly every state in the U.S., and in Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, Germany, France, the U.K., Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Romania, and Hungary. His summer festival appearances include the Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Santa Fe, Taos, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Bay Chamber Concerts, Ottawa, and Bravo! Vail Valley festivals. Mr. Costanza is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied cello with Laurence Lesser, David Wells, and Bernard Greenhouse, and chamber music with Eugene Lehner, Louis Krasner, and James Buswell.

Mr. Costanza joined the St. Lawrence String Quartet in 2003, and tours extensively with that ensemble, performing over 100 concerts annually throughout the world. As a member of the St. Lawrence, he is an Artist in Residence at Stanford University, where he teaches cello and chamber music and performs a wide variety of formal and informal concerts each season, from the stages of the University’s concert halls to student dormitories and lecture halls. A strong proponent of contemporary music, Mr. Costanza works regularly with some of the world’s most notable composers, such as John Adams, Jonathan Berger, Osvaldo Golijov, Mark Applebaum, Pierre Boulez, Christos Hatzis, Roberto Sierra, R. Murray Schafer, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, and Bright Sheng. As a student, he had the honor of studying Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time” under the guidance of the composer.

Mr. Costanza’s discography includes numerous chamber music and solo recordings on the EMI/Angel, Naxos, Innova, Albany, Summit, and ArtistShare labels. In 2006, he received a Grammy nomination for his recording of major chamber works for winds and strings by Mozart. Additionally, several St. Lawrence String Quartet recordings on EMI have also been nominated for Juno awards. Mr. Costanza is frequently heard on radio broadcasts worldwide, including the CBC in Canada, NPR in the United States, and on various European broadcasting networks. He is privileged to perform on an early 18th century Venetian cello made by Francesco Gobetti and Joseph Guarneri, currently in the Stanford instrument collection.

In addition to his varied musical interests, Christopher is an avid long-distance runner and hiker, in an effort to offset the dozens of hours spent planted in a chair playing the cello. A self-described train enthusiast, he enjoys riding and exploring the passenger railways of the world. Additionally, Chris is fascinated by architecture (railway stations, for starters), and seeks out innovative architectural offerings of each city he visits on tour. At home in California, he is also passionate about cooking, focusing his attention on new and creative vegetarian and vegan dishes which take advantage of the abundance of remarkable organic local produce. Christopher lives with two wonderful violinists: his wife, Debra Fong, and their daughter, Isabella.

Rita Costanzi

harp

Harpist Rita Costanzi resided in Vancouver for 28 years and was one of the city’s most recognizable artists, sharing her […]

Rita Costanzi

Instrument: harp

Harpist Rita Costanzi resided in Vancouver for 28 years and was one of the city’s most recognizable artists, sharing her talents as concert performer, recording artist, actor, teacher, composer, writer, fundraiser and public speaker. She was Principal Harp of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the CBC Radio Orchestra and on the faculties of the University of British Columbia School of Music, the Comox Valley Youth Music Center and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific. Having established her reputation as an artist of rare depth and expression, she was soloist with orchestras across Canada and with every major arts organization in Vancouver. As a recipient of commissioning grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council, she premiered many new works written especially for her.

Invitations from the Tanglewood, Marlboro, Chautauqua, Sitka and Bellingham Festivals, the World Harp Congress, Cambridge Music Conference and Musikfest Horwelten reflect her status as an internationally acclaimed artist. Rita Costanzi’s inspired performances and teaching at the Brazilian FEMUSC International Festival were featured on television and in numerous newspaper articles. In addition to her yearly association with FEMUSC, she has also been invited as Artist/Teacher to Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordao and III Rio International Harp Festival. Recently, she adjudicated and performed at the Montreal Symphony Standard Life Competition, and was invited to give a week of Master Classes for the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System.

Adding a new dimension to her performance art, Rita Costanzi astounds audiences with the three monodramas written especially for herShe is currently working with Broadway Director Arthur Masella on a one woman show which is making its New York Debut at the United Solo Theatre Festival, October, 2011.  The Westcoast Music Awards nominated her solo Classical CD, Of Fields and Forests for “Best Classical Album”. Vancouver Television introduced her in its series Pacific Profiles featuring prominent and unique individuals living in Vancouver and CBC Radio’s Tapestry devoted a documentary to her work playing for the terminally ill. Her fourth and most recent CD, Song of the Stars, an album of Celtic music for contemplation and healing, received a Five Star rating from CBC Radio’s Sound Advice. Her latestcomposition, Beneath Her Heart, for Women’s Choir, Children’s Choir andNarrator,was premiered by Vancouver’s Elektra Women’s Choir in April, 2008.

Costanzi’s distinguished teaching career includes Master Classes in conjunction with her solo appearances as well as at the Juilliard and Eastman Schools, the Peabody Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, the University of Toronto School of Music, McGill University, theGlenn Gould School and New York University where she subsequently taught for three years as Adjunct Professor of Harp.

Ms. Costanzi’s training began at an early age under the guidance of her father, the noted violist Francis Tursi, and harpist Eileen Malone. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music with Highest Distinction and the Performer’s Certificate, she furthered her studies with Bernard Zighera, Marcel Grandjany, and in France on an ITT International Fellowship with Jacqueline Borot. She was twice winner of the American Harp Society’s National Competition and recipient of the Lily Laskine Award for the most outstanding solo harp recital.

Rita Costanzi relocated to New York City in April, 2007.

The Cypress String Quartet

ensemble

Cypress String Quartet Biography The Cypress Quartet takes its name from the set of twelve love songs for string quartet, […]

The Cypress String Quartet

Instrument: ensemble

Artist Website

Cypress String Quartet Biography

The Cypress Quartet takes its name from the set of twelve love songs for string quartet, Cypresses, by Antonin Dvořák. In nearly 20 years on the concert stage, the four members of the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet (CSQ) have played thousands of concerts together throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America. Praised by Gramophone for their “artistry of uncommon insight and cohesion,” and by the NY Times for “tender, deeply expressive” interpretations, they have recorded over 15 albums and are played regularly on hundreds of radio stations throughout the world. They have also been heard on the Netflix original series “House of Cards” and have collaborated with leading artists ranging from Michael Franti of Spearhead to modern dance companies.

“This young quartet is among the most impressive I have heard in modern sound “
– Stereophile (reviewing CSQ’s “Beethoven: The Late String Quartets”)

Our Performance

Since its inception, the CSQ has created a niche in the world arts community as one of the most passionate, insightful, and innovative ensembles of our time. Whether performing for seasoned concert-goers or people being exposed to classical music for the first time, the CSQ has a unique ability to articulate what is enthralling about the masterpieces they perform.

Our Commissions

In addition to definitive interpretations of masters such as Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert, the CSQ has commissioned some of the most important composers of our time including Kevin Puts, Philippe Hersant, Jennifer Higdon, George Tsontakis, and Elena Ruehr.

“The Cypress brought a combination of tenderness and urgency to the music, expertly rendering the piece’s delicate weave.” -San Francisco Chronicle (reviewing the world premiere of composer George Tsontakis’s String Quartet No.5)

Our Background

CSQ members were educated at the world’s most prestigious conservatories including the Juilliard School, the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, Indiana University-Bloomington, and the Eastman School of Music. Early in their musical career, the CSQ mentored with members of the Amadeus Quartet in London.

Our Education programs

Dedicated to mentoring and training the next generation of exceptionally talented individuals, the CSQ has been visiting artist at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, University of California Berkeley and other elite universities. The CSQ’s passion for sharing music extends far beyond classroom and concert hall halls to non-traditional venues such as boardrooms, art galleries, and private residences. By combining passionate performances and lively discussion, the CSQ creates unforgettable experiences for those fortunate enough to participate. At the heart of all CSQ residencies is the belief that music enriches learning and living.

Our Instruments

The members of the Cypress Quartet play exceptional instruments including violins by Antonio Stradivari (1681) and Carlos Bergonzi (1733), a viola by Vittorio Bellarosa (1947), and a cello by Hieronymus Amati II (1701).

Events

06/05/2016
Family Concert
Event Description

Festival artists have planned a concert that’s fun for all ages. Bring the family for this special afternoon of music with root beer floats afterwards!

This is a free concert sponsored by BP and SeaMart.

Program
Beethoven Quartet Excerpts
 
06/07/2016
Special After-Hours Beethoven Concert – The Complications of Love & Music
Event Description

The Cypress String Quartet will present Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C Sharp Minor at 9pm in Stevenson Hall, and there will be a discussion about Beethoven’s complicated love life. Come find out about the human side of this monumental genius. For mature audiences only. $10 suggested donation.

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131
 

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06/05/2016
Special Beethoven Concert
Event Description

Join us at St. Peter’s Church for a special performance by the Cypress String Quartet. During their two weeks in Sitka, they will perform all 16 of Beethoven’s String Quartets.

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 5 in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5
 

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06/02/2016
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Bach Chorale TBA
Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Op. 132
06/09/2016
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 3 in D Major Op. 18, No 3
Beethoven String Quartet No. 17 in F Major, Op. 135
06/02/2016
Special Beethoven Concert
Event Description

Join us at Stevenson Hall for a special performance by the Cypress String Quartet. During their two weeks in Sitka, they will perform all 16 of Beethoven’s String Quartets.

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2   “Compliments”
Beethoven String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95  “Serioso”
 

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06/11/2016
Evening Concert – All Beethoven Finale
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert Conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No 3
Beethoven String Quartet No. 13 in B Flat Major, Op. 130
Beethoven Grosse Fuge in B Flat Major for String Quartet, Op. 133

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06/10/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert Conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Couperin Pieces en Concert for Cello and String Quartet
Dan Coleman String Quartet No. 3, together, as the river
Beethoven String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1

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06/08/2016
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way!

This is a free event, but with limited seating.

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 18, No. 4
06/01/2016
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way!

This is a free event, but with limited seating.

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 6 in B Flat Major Op. 18, No 6
06/04/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2
Beethoven Eyeglasses Duo in E Flat Major, WoO 32
Brahms String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 "Agathe"
06/03/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 10 in E Flat Major Op. 74 "Harp"
Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 18
05/31/2016
The Week In Preview PLUS Special Performance
Event Description

Join Susan Reed and guests as we look forward to the week of concerts. Susan will provide insights into the works and performers to give you deeper context for the concerts. We’ll be joined by the Cypress String Quartet.  5:30pm-7pm.

 

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 1 in F Major Op. 18, No 1
06/07/2016
The Week In Preview PLUS Special Performance
Event Description

Join Susan Reed and guests as we look forward to the week of concerts. Susan will provide insights into the works and performers to give you deeper context for the concerts. We’ll be joined by the Cypress String Quartet.  5:30pm-7pm.

 

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 12 in E Flat Major, Op. 127.
02/06/2016
Free Informance
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and some of this weekend’s featured musicians for a free “Informance”. The artists will perform excerpts from the featured pieces and discuss the composers, the music, and their lives as professional musicians. Designed especially for high school and college students, but all ages welcome. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
02/05/2016
Museum Free Concert
Event Description

Enjoy a lunchtime classical concert for all ages presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Concert is free with admission to the Museum.

Program
02/07/2016
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Couperin Pieces en Concert for Cello and Strings
Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 "American"
Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 18
02/06/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 "Rasumovsky"
Brahms String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 "Agathe"
02/05/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Debussy Cello Sonata in D Minor
Beethoven String Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 3
Schumann Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, Op. 47

Arturo Delmoni

violin

Arturo Delmoni, Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet, is one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. His […]

Arturo Delmoni

Instrument: violin

Arturo Delmoni, Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet, is one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. His remarkably distinctive playing embodies the romantic warmth that was the special province of the great virtuosi of the golden age of violin playing. Yo-Yo Ma describes Delmoni as “an enormously gifted musician and an impeccable violinist. His playing style is unique, and his gorgeous sound is reminiscent of that of great violinists from a bygone era.” Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster of the NY Philharmonic, says “Delmoni’s playing always goes right to the heart and his charisma is irresistible.” Delmoni’s stylish, elegant interpretations of classical masterpieces have earned him critical acclaim in the United States and abroad.

This season marks the 50th anniversary of his Carnegie Hall debut where, at the age of 14, he performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Little Orchestra Society under the direction of Thomas Scherman. He has appeared with major orchestras across the country, including those of Dallas, St. Louis, Boston, Los Angeles, and with the NYCB Orchestra in New York. He has appeared as a recitalist throughout the US and Europe, as well as Japan and Hong Kong. As a chamber musician, Delmoni has performed with illustrious colleagues including Mr. Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, Emanuel Ax, Elmar Oliveira, Nathaniel Rosen, Jon Kimura Parker, Jeffrey Kahane, and Dudley Moore. He regularly appears at chamber music festivals throughout the country during the summer months.

Delmoni has recorded approximately twenty CDs. Alan Heatherington of The American Record Guide wrote “The growing discography of Arturo Delmoni testifies to a musician who must possess an artistic soul of exceptional beauty. Each new issue reveals additional aspects of a winsome musical personality and verifies an impression of great warmth and geniality.”

Delmoni’s recent performance of the Beethoven Concerto in Boston received rave reviews. James Lowe wrote “In this day of cookie-cutter violinists – all flash but little substance – Delmoni’s performance of the Beethoven stood out like a ray of sunshine.”

Arturo Delmoni’s violin is a J. B. Guadagnini, 1780.

Nicole Divall

viola

A graduate of the Canberra School of Music, Nicole Divall left Australia in 1992 to begin graduate studies at the […]

Nicole Divall

Instrument: viola

A graduate of the Canberra School of Music, Nicole Divall left Australia in 1992 to begin graduate studies at the University of North Texas before entering the Emerson Quartet Graduate String Quartet program in Hartford, Connecticut for 2 years as a member of the Canberra String Quartet. Following completion of that program, she received her Masters from the University of Michigan.

A prizewinner in the 1997 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, she has performed at numerous festivals in the US. An experienced Chamber musician, Nikki has appeared as guest violist with the St Petersburg String Quartet, the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, the American String Quartet and has performed Mendelssohn’s Octet with the Emerson Quartet.

Nikki has held the position of Principal Viola with the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Cleveland-San Jose Ballet, the Cleveland Opera, and Cleveland’s baroque ensemble Apollo’s Fire. She has appeared as Guest Principal with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and joined members of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for the premiere of their ensemble series in 2004. Nikki has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony on frequent occasions and her performance of Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto No. 6 with Apollo’s Fire can be heard on the Electra label.

Denise Djokic

cello

Instantly recognized by her “arrestingly beautiful tone colour” (The Strad), cellist Denise Djokic captivates audiences with her natural musical instinct […]

Denise Djokic

Instrument: cello

Instantly recognized by her “arrestingly beautiful tone colour” (The Strad), cellist Denise Djokic captivates audiences with her natural musical instinct and remarkable combination of strength and sensitivity. Acclaim for her powerful interpretations, bold command of her instrument and insightful playing has earned her world-wide recognition and appearances in some of the most venerable halls. Denise burst onto the international music scene when millions of television viewers watched her performance of Bach at the 2002 Grammy Awards following the lauded release of her self-titled debut recording on SONY Classical.

Since then, Denise has accrued numerous distinctions and accolades: she has been named one of the top “25 Canadians Who Are Changing Our World” by Maclean’s Magazine, one of “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” by Elle Magazine, and had her life and career chronicled by a special BRAVO! TV documentary entitled “Seven Days, Seven Nights”. A natural leader and advocate for classical music, Denise is equally at home on the podium as a keynote speaker, having presented at forums such as IdeaCity in Toronto and the Women In Leadership Conference at Queen’s University.  Denise believes strongly in passing along her knowledge of music and her instrument. She serves on the Faculty of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada each summer, has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa, and frequently gives masterclasses.

Philippe Djokic

violin

Philippe Djokic (born 3 September 1950) is a Canadian violinist, conductor, and music educator of French birth. He became a […]

Philippe Djokic

Instrument: violin

Philippe Djokic (born 3 September 1950) is a Canadian violinist, conductor, and music educator of French birth. He became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 1990.[1]

Born in Nancy, France, Djokic was the son of a Serbian father and French mother. His father had been a prisoner in a concentration camp during World War II and after the war he was put in charge of organizing displaced Serbian soldiers and immigrants by the United States Army. The Djokic clan’s roots are from Požega, Serbia.

In 1952, the Djokics settled in Trenton, New Jersey. Here, all seven children would study classical music; learning to play a variety of instruments such as the piano, cello and violin. Philippe attended the acclaimed Juilliard School in New York City where he was a pupil of Christine Dethier and Ivan Galamian. He would meet his bride-to-be, Lynn Stodola, there. She was a pianist. Both would eventually move to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1975 to teach at Dalhousie University. Mr. Djokic is now the Professor of Violin. He has also conducted the Dalhousie Orchestra.

In 1977, he won first prize in the CBC Talent Festival. Two years earlier, Djokic won the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibualt competition in Paris, France. Along with the Sibelius Violin Competition in Helsinki, Finland. Upon obtaining his Master of Music degree as a student at the Juilliard School, Djokic also won the school’s Fritz Kreisler Prize. In 1989 he formed the “De Sève Quartet” with Marcelle Mallette (2nd violin), Douglas McNabney (viola), and Pierre Djokic (cello) in Toronto. Named in honour of violinist Alfred De Sève, the ensmeble made its debut at the 1989 Festival superphonique in Lachine.[2] He and his wife’s musical talents were passed down to their children Marc Djokic and Denise Djokic.

Richard Dowling

piano

Hailed by The New York Times as an especially impressive fine pianist, RICHARD DOWLING appears regularly across the United States […]

Richard Dowling

Instrument: piano

Artist Website

Hailed by The New York Times as an especially impressive fine
pianist, RICHARD DOWLING appears regularly across the
United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime
festivals, and as a guest soloist in concerto performances with
orchestras. He has been acclaimed by audiences for his elegant and
exciting style of playing which earns him frequent return
engagements. Career highlights include a sold-out New York
orchestral debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, a solo recital
at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, and a special award
from the National Federation of Music Clubs recognizing his
outstanding performances of American music. Mr. Dowling has
presented solo recitals in the Far East, South America, Australia,
Africa, and Europe. Works of Chopin, Ravel, Gershwin, and
American ragtime figure prominently in his repertoire.

Mr. Dowling has received performance reviews that praise him as
“a master of creating beautiful sounds with impeccable control of
colors and textures” and as “a musician with something to say, the
skill to say it and the magnetic power to make you want to listen”
and for giving “a superb recital that left the audience craving for
more at the end.” He is also a versatile recording artist with over a
dozen CDs of classical, chamber, ragtime, jazz, and popular music.
His most recent recordings include Music of Old New York, a CD
containing songs and piano rags inspired by The Big Apple at the turn of the century, and Gershwin for Two Pianos,
a collection featuring Rhapsody in Blue and other beloved Gershwin works with fellow pianist Frederick Hodges.
This fall Mr. Dowling will release a multi-CD set of the complete solo piano works (54 rags, waltzes, and marches) of
Scott Joplin, the renowned American ragtime composer, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his death in
2017. Mr. Dowling will perform the complete works of Scott Joplin in two consecutive recitals in Weill Recital Hall at
Carnegie Hall on Saturday afternoon and evening, April 1, 2017, exactly one hundred years to the day Joplin died in
New York. Richard Dowling is the first pianist in history to perform the complete cycle of Joplin’s piano works in
public.

A native Texan, Richard Dowling began his piano studies in Houston at age five and his extraordinary musical talent
quickly became evident. He made his orchestral debut in a concerto performance with the Fort Worth Symphony at
age eighteen. He received his bachelor’s degree in music summa cum laude from the University of Houston.
Subsequently, he earned a master’s degree at Yale University where he was honored with the Lockwood Award for
performing the best solo recital and the Simonds Award for outstanding solo and ensemble playing, and a doctorate
from the University of Texas where he was awarded a graduate school full fellowship.

Mr. Dowling has long felt a special affinity for French music, art and culture. He studied at the Conservatoire in Nice,
received the Grand Prix from the French Piano Institute, and made his formal recital debut in Paris at the Salle
Cortot. His repertoire includes the complete piano works of the renowned French composer Maurice Ravel. In
recognition of his dedication to French musical art, Mr. Dowling was inducted as a Chevalier of the renowned
Company of Musketeers of Armagnac (an honor society founded in the 17th century by D’Artagnan). He is one of
only a few Americans ever granted that distinction.

In addition to his career as a concert pianist, Dowling works as an editor for Ludwig/Masters Music Publications and
Alfred Music Publishing for whom he has produced critical performing editions of piano and chamber works by Zez
Confrey, Debussy, Fauré, Gershwin, Hummel, Mendelssohn, and Ravel (including Ravel’s Piano Trio). In addition to
his regular concert performances, Mr. Dowling enjoys performing as a member of the artist roster of The Piatigorsky
Foundation (www.pfclassical.org), a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing live classical music to audiences
across America. Since 1994 he has performed over 1,000 recitals under its auspices both as a soloist and in
collaboration with cellist Evan Drachman and other Piatigorsky Artists. Mr. Dowling resides in New York and is a
Steinway Artist. He is represented by Parker Artists, a prominent classical music management in New York (www.
parkerartists.com/Richard-Dowling.html).

Kirsten Doctor

viola

Kirsten Docter is a member of the Naumburg Chamber Music award-winning Cavani String Quartet. A first prize winner of both […]

Kirsten Doctor

Instrument: viola

Kirsten Docter is a member of the Naumburg Chamber Music award-winning Cavani String Quartet. A first prize winner of both the Primrose International and American String Teachers Association Viola Competitions, she has performed on major concert series and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Festivals include Aspen, Yellow Barn, Mimir (TX and Melbourne, Australia), Banff Centre for the Arts, Sitka Summer Music, Interlochen, Madeline Island, Kneisel Hall, Yale Summer School of Music and Art at Norfolk and Perlman Music Program. She served on the juries of the 2011 Primrose International Viola and the 2015 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competitions. Docter has collaborated with such musicians as Itzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, Alisa Weilerstein, Stephanie Blythe, Nathan Gunn as well as members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Takács, Emerson, Borodin and Amadeus String Quartets. She can be heard on the Azica, New World and Gasparo Records labels.

Docter and her colleagues in the Cavani Quartet serve as ensemble-in-residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music. The ensembles’ appearances include Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Festival de L’Epau in France and the Honolulu Chamber Music Society. The Quartet has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and St. Paul Sunday, NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS television. They have received the ASCAP-Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, two Guarneri String Quartet Residency Awards and eight Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grants. They were formerly in residence at the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale.
A member of the viola and chamber music faculties at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Docter has also taught at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory where she studied with Jeffery Irvine and Lynne Ramsey, she continued her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Karen Tuttle.

Evan Drachman

cello

Cellist Evan Drachman, Founder and Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, has combined musical talent with artistic vision to create […]

Evan Drachman

Instrument: cello

Artist Website

Cellist Evan Drachman, Founder and Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, has combined musical talent with artistic vision to create a rich and varied career. Mr. Drachman spends much of his time performing recitals, concerti and chamber music in the United States and abroad. As Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, he has become one of this country’s most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music to diverse audiences. The Foundation’s mission is to make live classical music a part of the fabric of everyday life for underserved communities throughout the United States. The organization is named for Mr. Drachman’s grandfather, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky.

Mr. Drachman received his BMA from The Curtis Institute of Music in 1988. His teachers have included Luis Garcia-Renart, Orlando Cole, Laurence Lesser, William Pleeth and Stephen Kates. In 1994, Mr. Drachman performed with the Odessa Philharmonic in Odessa and Kiev. In 1997, at the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich, Drachman traveled to Russia to perform as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony under Maestro Rostropovich.

In 1999, Drachman recorded his first CD, A Frog He Went a Courting, with pianist Richard Dowling. The Baltimore Sun’s Steven Wigler wrote of the recording: “Drachman possesses in abundance two qualities for which his grandfather was revered: the ability to make the cello imitate the human singing voice and, even more important, the ability to tell a story.” Following this success, Drachman and Dowling released two more recordings titled, Infinity in 2004 and Romance and Revelation in 2007. Evan Drachman’s newest CD, Full Circle was recorded with pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion on June 30th and July 1st, 2012 in Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts.

This season, Drachman will be performing repertoire including works by Beethoven, Bruch, Saint-Saens, Faure and Ravel. On the travel schedule, both the United States and Mexico will be featured.

Evan Drachman currently lives in Maryland with his wife Joan and their two sons, Eli and Oliver.

Lara Downes

piano

American pianist Lara Downes has been called “a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship” by NPR, […]

Lara Downes

Instrument: piano

Artist Website

American pianist Lara Downes has been called “a delightful artist with a unique blend of musicianship and showmanship” by NPR, and praised by the Washington Post for her stunning performances “rendered with drama and nuance”. Known for her eclectic presentations of the piano repertoire – from iconic favorites to newly-commissioned works – her performances bridge musical genres and traditions, and engage a wide range of audiences with what San Francisco Classical Voice has called “an elegant example of how accessibility and a breezy relevance can exist, organically, in a classical music concert.’

Downes is the 2016 laureate of the Sphinx Organization Medals of Excellence award, recognizing her influence as an extraordinary artist of her generation, and her role as a leader in expanding audiences for classical music.

Born in San Francisco and raised in Europe, Downes’ musical outlook reflects the diversity of her personal heritage and extensive travels. Her interest in connecting music to a wide and inclusive breadth of human experience mines her own mixed African American and Eastern European background and the impressions of her transatlantic adventures to produce a unique range of creative projects, from an exploration of the music of Jewish composers in exile to a centenary tribute to Billie Holiday, from an intimate portrait of the marriage of Robert and Clara Schumann to a sweeping look at the musical breakthroughs of the American 20th Century, all captured with timeless relevance and a deeply personal style that the Huffington Post has called “addicting – Downes plays with an open, honest heart.”

Downes’ European training under Hans Graf and Rudolph Buchbinder led to early debuts at the Queen Elizabeth Hall London, the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Salle Gaveau Paris, and has won over audiences at diverse venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to Le Poisson Rouge and Classical Revolution. Recent performances include Bargemusic, San Francisco Performances, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Portland Piano International and the University of Washington World Series, among many others. Her musical collaborations include diverse partnerships with artists including cellist Zuill Bailey, the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, the Musical Art Quintet, and composers Mohammed Fairouz, David Sanford, Daniel Felsenfeld and Daniel Bernard Roumain. Her original solo performance projects have received support from prominent organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, the Center for Cultural Innovation and American Public Media.

Lara’s solo recordings have met tremendous critical and popular acclaim. Exiles’ Café (Steinway & Sons, 2013) topped the bestseller charts and was called “ravishing” by Fanfare magazine. Some Other Time (Steinway & Sons, 2014), a duo recording with cellist Zuill Bailey, debuted in the Billboard Top 10 and was called “luscious, moody and dreamy” by the The New York Times. Her recent chart-topping release, A Billie Holiday Songbook, has been embraced by both jazz and classical critics and listeners, called “possibly the most intriguing Holiday tribute” of this centenary year by Jazz Weekly.

Lara’s live performances and recordings are heard regularly on national radio programs with features including NPR Music, Marketplace, Performance Today, Sirius XM Symphony Hall, WNYC’s New Sounds, and WFMT’s Impromptu.

Lara is the producer and host of The Green Room, a radio show about the lives of classical musicians, distributed nationally by the WFMT Network. Her writing has been published in Listen Magazine, The Rumpus, Arts Journal and San Francisco Classical Voice. She is the founder and director of The Artist Sessions, a pop-up concert series featuring international soloists and ensembles at the forward edges of classical music.

Lara serves as Artist in Residence at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis where she mentors the next generation of young musicians as Director of the Mondavi Center National Young Artists Program. She is the Founder and President of the 88 KEYS Foundation, supporting arts education experiences in California public schools through instrument donations and teaching artist presentations.

Lara Downes is a Steinway Concert and Recording Artist.

duo parnas

ensemble

duo parnas is the stunning collaboration of supremely musical sisters, violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist Cicely Parnas. Their profound artistry […]

duo parnas

Instrument: ensemble

Artist Website

duo parnas is the stunning collaboration of supremely musical sisters, violinist Madalyn Parnas and cellist Cicely Parnas. Their profound artistry speaks of their life-long partnership and performance career. Officially recognized in Carnegie Hall with a 1st prize win at the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, the duo soon earned rave reviews in The New York Times for their exciting and technically flawless performances. “… the duo parnas gave a stunning account of Martinu’s lively, sometimes prickly Duo for Violin and Cello. The intricate give-and-take between the cello and violin lines was perfectly balanced and suffused with … electricity and drama …” Another review stated, “The duo parnas gave … an electrifying reading, couching it in a lush tone and executing its complex interplay with pinpoint precision.

Events

06/06/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Chopin Barcarolle, Op. 60
Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38
Beethoven Piano Trio No. 1 in E Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1
06/04/2015
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Martinu Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello, H. 157
Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello

Eli Eban

clarinet

Eli Eban was appointed principal clarinetist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Lukas Foss immediately after graduating from the Curtis […]

Eli Eban

Instrument: clarinet

Artist Website

Eli Eban was appointed principal clarinetist of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Lukas Foss immediately after graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music and shortly thereafter he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the invitation of Zubin Mehta. During thirteen seasons with the Israel Philharmonic, he performed and recorded all the major orchestral repertoire with the world’s finest conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, James Levine, Kurt Masur, Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Georg Solti, and Klaus Tennstedt.
Mr. Eban was featured as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on many occasions and he has also performed concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra, the City of London Sinfonia, the Salzburg Camerata Academica, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Israel Camerata Jerusalem and the Louisville Orchestra, among others. He tours extensively as a chamber musician, collaborating with renowned artists and ensembles. He has been guest artist with the Alexander, Audubon, Orion, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv and Ying quartets and was a frequent participant of the famed Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. While at Marlboro, he was invited by legendary violinist Sandor Vegh to perform at the inaugural season of the Prussia Cove festival in England, where he drew critical acclaim from the London Guardian for his “high-powered, electrifying performances”. His subsequent recordings for Meridian Records, London, were cited by the Penguin Guide to CDs as being”full of life and highly sensitive”. He has also recorded for the Saphir, Crystal and Naxos labels. He was a member of “Myriad” (a chamber ensemble formed by members of the Cleveland Orchestra) and has often traveled to Eastern Europe to perform and teach at the invitation of the European Mozart Foundation.
In high demand as teacher, Eli Eban was a visiting professor at the Eastman School of Music for two years before joining the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Many of Professor Eban’s former students are pursuing active solo careers and have won orchestral positions in Israel, Denmark, Korea, Poland, Singapore, and South Africa. In the USA they can be heard in the orchestras of Indianapolis, New Mexico, Toledo, the New World Symphony and in the premier service bands in Washington, D.C. He divides his time between teaching at the Jacobs School of Music, touring as a soloist and chamber musician, and performing as the principal clarinetist of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. His summers are spent performing and teaching at the Sarasota Music Festival and playing principal clarinet in the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.

Erika Eckert

viola

Violist Erika Eckert is currently Associate Professor of Viola at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has also been […]

Erika Eckert

Instrument: viola

Violist Erika Eckert is currently Associate Professor of Viola at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has also been a faculty member of the Brevard Music Center since 2011. Previously, Ms. Eckert served on the faculties of The Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin Wallace College, and the Chautauqua Institution in New York where she served as the coordinator of the chamber music program for the Music School Festival Orchestra for three summers.

As co-founder and former violist of the Cavani String Quartet, Ms. Eckert performed on major concert series worldwide, garnered an impressive list of awards and prizes, including first prizes at both the Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Competition and the Cleveland Quartet Competition, and appeared on NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, and National Public Radio.

In recent seasons, Ms. Eckert has performed as guest-violist with the Takacs String Quartet, appearing with them in Canada, California, Colorado, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Vermont. She has also performed on numerous faculty recitals at the University of Colorado as well as soloing with the Music in the Mountains Purgatory Festival Orchestra, Four Seasons Chamber Orchestra, the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Bach Festival, and the Boulder Chamber Orchestra.

Performing engagements have included the 400thGalileo Anniversary at the American Academy in Rome, El Paso Pro Musica International Chamber Music Festival, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Garth Newell Music Festival, Vail Bravo!, Music in the Mountains Chamber Music Festival, Sitka Summer Music Festival Autumn Classics, Niagara International Chamber Music Festival, and Fontana Chamber Arts. Ms. Eckert has also performed chamber music recitals at the International French Horn, Flute and Double-Reed Conventions and solo performances at SEAMUS and ICMC electronic music national and international conferences.

Teaching engagements have included presenting viola and chamber music pedagogy sessions, and coordinating the chamber music program at the American String Teachers Association International Workshops in Brisbane, Australia and Stavanger, Norway; presenting viola master classes at Juilliard, Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Arizona State University, Governors School of South Carolina, Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee, Bowling Green State University, and University of South Carolina; serving on the faculties of Perlman Music Program, Quartet Program, Takacs String Quartet Seminar, and the North American Viola Institute at the Orford Center for the Arts in Quebec, Canada; and coaching chamber music at the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Inc. Ninth Conference, the International School for Musical Arts, Chamber Music Connection, Interlochen Arts Academy, Chamber Music Wyoming Young Artist Program, Britt Institute Chamber Strings, and the Madeline Island Music Camp Adult Chamber Music Program,.

Ms. Eckert serves on the board of the Rocky Mountain Viola Society and for three years served as an adjudicator for the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) Arts Recognition and Talent Search, the exclusive nominating agency for the Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and appeared in their Academy Nominated Documentary, Rehearsing a Dream.

Anthony Elliot

cello

nthony Elliott, Professor of Cello, and Conductor of the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra at the University of Michigan, continues a […]

Anthony Elliot

Instrument: cello

Artist Website

nthony Elliott, Professor of Cello, and Conductor of the Michigan Youth Symphony Orchestra at the University of Michigan, continues a groundbreaking career in the field of classical music. He is a long time advocate for music in public and inner city schools, and has worked toward the development of new constituencies with symphony boards and foundations. He has given countless workshops, clinics and performances in schools and community centers across the country.
Anthony Elliott was the first African-American musician to be appointed to a “front desk” position in a major symphony orchestra, when he was selected by Stanislav Skrowaczewski to become the Associate-Principal of the Minnesota Orchestra. With the financial assistance of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Jerome Foundation of Saint Paul, he commissioned and premiered the Cello Concerto by African-American composer, Primous Fountain. A number of prominent African-American composers have dedicated works to him including Primous Fountain, Augustus Hill, James Lee and Chad Hughes. He served as Principal Cello of the Vancouver Symphony. He has served on the boards of the Afro-American Musical Opportunities Association, the Music Assistance Fund, and the Sphinx Organization. Recently he served as guest conductor for the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra in a critically acclaimed concert in Carnegie Hall. He established a scholarship fund at the Community Music Center of Houston, and was one of three nationally known jurors for the National Black Music Colloquium and Competition, held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C…
In 1987 he won the Emanuel Feuermann International Cello Competition, and was the top ranked American cellist in the 1979 Concours Cassado in Florence, Italy. He has appeared frequently as a soloist with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Vancouver Symphony, and the CBC Toronto Orchestra. As a guest artist he performs at the Aspen, Sitka, Seattle Texas, and Bargemusic Festivals, Chamber Music International of Dallas, and Houston’s DaCamera Series. He was a member of Quartet Canada and the Lyric Arts String Quartet. He has appeared with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Concord String Quartets, and with the present and former concertmasters of the Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra.
He has conducted symphony, opera and ballet to great acclaim, including the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival, an honor he has shared with Leonard Slatkin and Jahja Ling. He has also shared podium duties at the Texas Music Festival with such noted maestros as Christoph Eschenbach and Maxim Shostakovich. He has also led the Sphinx Symphony, the Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra, the Prince George’s Philharmonic, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the CAMMAC Orchestra, the Vancouver Chamber Players, the All Northwest Orchestra, and the Washington, Texas, North Carolina, Maryland, Alaska, Alabama, and North Dakota All State Orchestras. He served for many years as Music Director of the Houston Youth Symphony and Ballet, leading that orchestra on a two week concert tour of Holland, Germany and Austria.
Regarded as one of the leading cello teachers, his students hold prominent positions in major symphony orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Houston Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and the Milwaukee Symphony. The cellists of the Chiara, Pacifica, DuPonte, and Anderson String Quartets are also his former students. His students have fared well in National and International Competitions, including an Avery Fisher Career Grant winner, and the National ASTA Competition.

Ian Fountain

piano

In 1989 Ian became the youngest winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Tel Aviv at the age […]

Ian Fountain

Instrument: piano

In 1989 Ian became the youngest winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Tel Aviv at the age of nineteen. He was educated as a chorister at New College, Oxford and later at Winchester College. He studied piano under Sulamita Aronovsky at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Since that time he has enjoyed a wide-ranging and varied career, performing extensively throughout Europe, the USA, the UK and the Far East, with orchestras such as the London Symphony and Sir Colin Davis, the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, and the Czech Philharmonic and Jiri Belohlavek. He has also performed with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony and Utah Symphony amongst many others. In Moscow he was invited to open the 1992/3 season of the Moscow Conservatoire and in Poland he marked the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death by playing both Chopin concertos in Krakow.
As recitalist, he has performed in major centres such as New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Jerusalem. He is a regular guest of international festivals such as Prague Spring, Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, Enescu (Bucharest) and Kuhmo. He has performed an extensive repertoire of over 60 concertos, including the complete cycle of Mozart concertos.
As a chamber musician, he enjoys many long-standing collaborations with musicians such as David Geringas, Ulf Hoelscher, and the Mandelring and Emperor Quartets, performing in concerts and festivals throughout Europe, Japan and Korea.
He has also in recent years embarked on performances as a conductor, in which role he has developed a close relationship with the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
Ian Fountain has made several critically acclaimed recordings, including for EMI (20th Century Piano Sonatas), CRD (Beethoven Diabelli Variations), and for Sony and Haenssler Classics the complete works for cello and piano of Beethoven, Chopin and Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov with the cellist David Geringas. In 2008 he collaborated in the preparation of the present editions of Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for Piano and Cello published by Henle Verlag, Munich.
Since 2001, Ian Fountain has been a piano professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He holds an annual summer masterclass at the Accademia di Cervo, Italy, and further masterclasses around the world. He has served on the juries of international piano competitions, including at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in 2011.

Christine Frank

violin

Violinist Christine Frank has been a member of the Pacific Symphony since 1998. She is also a member of the […]

Christine Frank

Instrument: violin

Violinist Christine Frank has been a member of the Pacific Symphony since 1998. She is also a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and was the Assistant Concertmaster of the Opera Pacific Orchestra. With the Anacapa String Quartet, Christine performed throughout the United States. She has performed at the Aspen Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. As a member of Southwest Chamber Music, she premiered and recorded music by Wadada Leo Smith, Morton Subotnick and many other prominent American composers. Her recording of Carlos Chavez’s music with Southwest Chamber Music won a Grammy award in 2004.

Christine is from Vienna, Virginia, and earned degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale University. She enjoys a variety of handicrafts including beadwork and fiber arts, and is often seen knitting backstage at Segerstrom Hall.

Hamao Fujiwara

violin

Hailed on three continents as “conspicuously impressive” (Yomiuri News, Tokyo), “a superb artist” (New York Times) with a “burning sense […]

Hamao Fujiwara

Instrument: violin

Hailed on three continents as “conspicuously impressive”
(Yomiuri News, Tokyo), “a superb artist” (New York Times) with a “burning sense of musical purpose” (London Times),Hamao Fujiwara’s active recital career has recently taken him fromJapan to India, Western Europe, and across the United States from NewYork to Alaska. He has appeared as soloist with major orchestrasworldwide, including the Seoul Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Hong KongPhilharmonic, Belgian National Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, and Toronto, Vancouver, Louisville and American Symphony Orchestras.Since 1992, Mr. Fujiwara has been Solo Concertmaster of the YomiuriNippon Symphony Orchesra in Japan.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Fujiwara was a prizewinner inthe Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition, the PaganiniInternational Violin Competition, and the National Music Competition ofJapan. He has subsequently been invited to serve as a judge in both theQueen Elisabeth and the Japan National Music Competitions.

Mr. Fujiwara is a prominent music educator who has served on thefaculties of the Juilliard School (1979-1988), the Manhattan School ofMusic (1987-1989), and the University of Michigan School of Music(1988-1992). He currently teaches at the Tokyo University of Fine Artsand Music and the Tokyo College of Music.

Pamela Goldsmith

viola

Pamela Goldsmith was raised in Los Angeles and attended UCLA, Mannes College of Music, and Stanford University, where she received […]

Pamela Goldsmith

Instrument: viola

Artist Website

Pamela Goldsmith was raised in Los Angeles and attended UCLA, Mannes College of Music, and Stanford University, where she received the degree Doctor of Musical Arts. Her principal teachers were Paul Doktor, William Kroll, and William Primrose. She taught at Stanford, California State Universities Los Angeles, Fullerton, and Northridge, and is presently on the faculty at the University of Southern California, teaching Viola, Chamber music, and Pedagogy. She has been a member of the American Symphony Orchestra (Stokowski), Casals Festival Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra; she was principal viola of the Cabrillo Music Festival. Her chamber music experience includes the Group for Contemporary Music at Columbia University, Camerata String Quartet, Stanford Chamber Players, and Sitka Music Festival. She has participated in numerous first performances of contemporary music, and has presented solo recitals across the country, on radio and television. Recently she participated as performer and lecturer in the International Viola Society Congress, the International Viola d’Amore Congress (Stuttgart and England), the International Master Courses (Kapaonik, Yugoslavia), and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Pam is an emeritus winner of the ‘Most Valuable Player’ award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Her viola playing has been heard on countless records, films and television shows. She is Vice President of the American Viola Society and she also plays the viola d’amore. Her articles on the application of scholarly research to performance style have appeared in many journals.

David Golub

piano

Golub was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved with his family to Richardson, Texas when he was five years old. […]

David Golub

Instrument: piano

Golub was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved with his family to Richardson, Texas when he was five years old. He began piano lessons not long thereafter when his father, himself an amateur musician, noticed the boy attempting to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata by ear. Following study with Dallas teachers Betty Lief Sims and Alexander Uninsky, Golub entered the Juilliard School, where he studied with Beveridge Webster, at age 18; parental concerns had prevented his acceptance of a scholarship offered four years earlier.

Golub soon began what would be a series of well-respected chamber music partnerships by teaming with cellist Leonard Rose. Rose, in turn, introduced Golub to violinist Isaac Stern; in 1979, the two received considerable international attention as the first major Western musicians to undertake an extended recital tour of China after the Cultural Revolution. The resultant film, From Mao to Mozart, won the Academy Award for best full-length documentary in 1981. Not long thereafter, Golub, violinist Mark Kaplan, and cellist Colin Carr formed the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio, a well-respected and extensively-recorded chamber group, which won the AFIM Indie award for best classical ensemble in 1995 in honor of its recording of Smetana and Tchaikowsky piano trios on the Arabesque label. Golub was also a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Golub’s accomplishments as a chamber musician did not exclude a distinguished career as a soloist. Of particular note was his recording of Gershwin’s Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue with the London Symphony Orchestra, also on Arabesque, which Time magazine honored as one of the ten best records of 1988.

Toward the end of his life, Golub turned increasingly to the conductor’s podium. Among the organizations for which he served in that capacity were the Padua Chamber Orchestra, with which he toured the United States in 1999, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He also conducted opera—both on records and at the Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca, Italy—displaying particular interest in reviving works outside the standard repertory. He died of lung cancer in Milan, Italy, aged 50.

Yuliya Gorenman

piano

Award-winning Russian-born American pianist Yuliya Gorenman has rightfully been called a “pianist without fear.” Now firmly established in her performing […]

Yuliya Gorenman

Instrument: piano

Artist Website

Award-winning Russian-born American pianist Yuliya Gorenman has rightfully been called a “pianist without fear.” Now firmly established in her performing career, Gorenman first achieved international acclaim as a prizewinner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium in 1995. Since then she has been continually invited to perform solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts throughout the United States and in Europe, and, in the process, has earned consistent praise for her artistic fire, for her fluid and unpretentious technique, and for the lyrical honesty and generosity of her playing.

Born in Odessa (Ukraine) and raised in Kazakhstan, Gorenman began studying with her late mother, Svetlana Gorenman, an outstanding musician in her own right. Gorenman continued to shape her performance style while attending the St. Petersburg Conservatory. While still a student, she performed throughout the former Soviet Union. After emigrating to the United States in 1987, she studied first at the San Francisco Conservatory and then at the Peabody Conservatory with mentors such as Nathan Schwartz and Leon Fleischer.

When Gorenman earned her laureate at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, she characteristically did so while on a precipice, as an artist between worlds, an emigre from the Soviet Union still weeks shy of her American citizenship. Schooled in two musical traditions but wholly defined by neither, Gorenman has since freely but carefully drawn on both heritages in performances of the masterworks of the twentieth century, romantic, classical, and baroque repertoire that have stirred audiences worldwide.

After leaving the former Soviet Union, Gorenman earned a steady procession of awards and honors. She performed in numerous television and radio broadcasts throughout Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Canada, and the United States. As a fellow at the Tanglewood Festival she appeared in a PBS educational video for Sony Classical with Seiji Ozawa and Wynton Marsalis. Also at Tanglewood Gorenman gave a joint concert with Billy Joel, performing his classical concert works, which she also arranged. The concert was broadcast nationally on NPR.

Gorenman has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, and many other orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the world . She has appeared at the Kennedy Center, the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, festival “L’été musical dans la vallee du Lot” (France) and many other venues.

Hailed as one of the most exciting Beethoven interpreters of her generation, Gorenman has recorded all of the Beethoven concerti live. Her sold-out performances of all the Beethoven piano sonatas were critically acclaimed. The first volume of The Gorenman Beethoven Project: Piano Sonatas 1, 2, 3, was released to universal praise.

Gorenman is an Advisor to the Board of Governors of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY).

Currently, Gorenman is professor of piano and Musician in Residence at the American University in Washington, DC.

Events

06/17/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Brahms Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 (Book 1)
Bloch Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Beethoven Piano Trio No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 97 “Archduke”
06/16/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Tchaikovsky Amidst the Din of the Ball, Op. 38, No. 3
Barber Sure on this Shining Night, Op. 13, No. 3
Rachmaninov Me Po, Krasavitsa, Pre Mne, Op. 4, No. 4
Arensky Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 32
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35 for solo piano
06/15/2017
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major
06/20/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 31 in A Flat Major, Op. 110
Prokofiev Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 119
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
06/19/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven Serenade for String Trio, Op. 8
Schubert Fantasie in C Major, Op. 15 “Wanderer”
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8

Agnes Gottschewski

violin

Agnes Gottschewski has been a member of Pacific Symphony’s first violin section since 1996. She also holds the position of […]

Agnes Gottschewski

Instrument: violin

Agnes Gottschewski has been a member of Pacific Symphony’s first violin section since 1996. She also holds the position of assistant concertmaster of the Long Beach Symphony. She is an active studio musician, but her greatest interest is in playing chamber music. As a chamber musician, she has been performing every summer since 1997 at the Sitka Chamber Music Festival in Sitka, Alaska. She also performed with Camerata Pacifica including a tour to the East Coast, Ireland, and Great Britain. For a number of years she was a member of Southwest Chamber Music, playing many premieres of contemporary chamber music and recording a number of CDs. She has also been an artist faculty member at the Music Fest Aberystwyth in Wales.

Agnes is originally from West Berlin, Germany, where she started playing the violin at age 6. After getting an undergraduate degree from the Hochschule der Kuenste in Berlin she moved to Southern California for graduate studies at the University of California, San Diego and University of California, Santa Barbara.

Clive Greensmith

cello

Clive Greensmith, cellist, has been a member of the Tokyo Quartet since 1999. A graduate of the Royal Northern College […]

Clive Greensmith

Instrument: cello

Clive Greensmith, cellist, has been a member of the Tokyo Quartet since 1999. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Musikhochschule in Cologne, his principal teachers were Donald McCall and Boris Pergamenschikow. He has held the position of principal cellist of London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as András Schiff, Midori, Claude Frank and Steven Isserlis, and has won several prizes including second place in the inaugural “Premio Stradivari” held in Cremona, Italy. Mr. Greensmith has served on the faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music, Yehudi Menuhin School and San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Greensmith’s recording of Brahms Sonatas with Boris Berman was released on the Biddulph label.

Lynne Greenwood

saxophone

Dr. Lynne Greenwood is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of British Columbia. She has taught woodwinds and […]

Lynne Greenwood

Instrument: saxophone

Dr. Lynne Greenwood is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of British Columbia. She has taught woodwinds and theory at the University of Alaska, and saxophone at the University of Victoria, Kwantlen University College and Western Washington University. Now located back in Victoria, BC, she is establishing the Greenwood Music Studio which specializes in woodwind instruction.

As a doubler, she has played in musical theater productions, and as a solo saxophonist, she has performed with orchestras in Canada and the US. A past member of the Paul Brodie Saxophone Quartet, she has also performed with the Pacific Saxophone Quartet of Victoria, the UBC Saxophone Quartet, the Victoria Symphony and the Palm Court Orchestra. While living in Victoria, she also played with the Belvedere Broadcasters, an authentic radio orchestra which plays music of the 1920’s and 30’s.

She has been an invited soloist with the World Saxophone Congresses of Chicago, Toronto, and London, England. She is also an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, performing at numerous national and regional conferences.

With an interest in the history of saxophone, Dr. Greenwood recovered much of the music written for saxophone by Louis Mayeur (1837-1894), one of the first virtuosos of the instrument. She and her husband Julian are currently launching a project to publish Mayeur’s compositions. The Grande Fantaisie sur Norma de Bellini (1869) is the first available edition. Her CD, “A Concert in the Park” demonstrates the beauty of five of Mayeur’s opera-based fantasies. Dr. Greenwood also presents lecture recitals on Mayeur’s music.

Janet Guggenheim

piano

Pianist Janet Goodman Guggenheim has given recitals throughout the world both as soloist and collaborative artist, performing with such illustrious […]

Janet Guggenheim

Instrument: piano

Pianist Janet Goodman Guggenheim has given recitals throughout the world both as soloist and collaborative artist, performing with such illustrious musicians as violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, bassist Gary Karr, flutist Ransom Wilson, and cellists Pierre Fournier and Matt Haimovitz.

Guggenheim made her debut with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of 16 under the baton of Arthur Fiedler, and she has since performed with the orchestra on its subscription series. She recently appeared as soloist with the Oregon Symphony under the batons of James DePriest and Murray Sidlin. She was a co-founder of the Chamber Soloists of San Francisco and has performed at the festivals of Carmel, Cabrillo, Marin, Sacramento, Mendocino, and Seattle, and at Chamber Music Northwest, the San Francisco Symphony Russian Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl.

Guggenheim’s longtime collaboration with Itzhak Perlman includes recent tours throughout Europe and Asia. The duo appeared in recital in 1990 at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and in 1992 at the Istanbul International Festival. In December 1994 she performed in recital with Perlman in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taipei.

Guggenheim received a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where she worked as studio pianist for the renowned pedagogues Ivan Galamian, Dorothy DeLay, Joseph Fuchs, and Leonard Rose. Her current CD releases include the complete cello and piano works of Rachmaninoff with cellist Michael Grebanier (Naxos). She has been on the music faculty of the University of California at Berkeley. She resides in Portland, Oregon.

Tong-il Han

piano

Tong-Il Han has performed with many of the finest orchestras around the world such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago […]

Tong-il Han

Instrument: piano

Tong-Il Han has performed with many of the finest orchestras around the world such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Scottish National Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Polish Radio National Orchestra, Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Russian National Symphony, among many others.

His numerous recordings include Chopin’s Twenty-Four Preludes, Four Ballades and Four Scherzos, eight Sonatas by Beethoven (including the last five), Sonatas by Schubert and Brahms, and a group of shorter piano works under the title “Music I Love To Play”. He also has recorded Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Brahms, and Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces with cellist Leslie Parnas. The CD titled “The Kennedy White House Concert” (the live concert given at the White House) has been released.

Tong-Il Han has taught at Indiana University, Illinois State University, University of North Texas, and Boston University. From 2005-2007 Tong-Il Han served as Dean of the College of Music at University of Ulsan, Republic of Korea and as Professor of Piano there, as Professor at Suncheon National University in Korea, and recently has taught master classes in piano at Yonsei University in Seoul among many other places. Currently, Tong-Il Han is Visiting Professor at Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, Japan. As Artistic Director of the Tong-Il Han Piano Institute, he has held summer piano festivals in major European, American, and Asian cities. In Seoul he now mentors highly accomplished young pianists and is a long-time adjudicator at international piano competitions. Since 2006 Tong-Il Han has extended his musical creativity to Thailand as Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Chiang Mai Music Festival now enjoying its fifth year.

During the past year Tong-Il Han was soloist with Korea’s leading orchestras (KBS, Seoul Philharmonic, Daegu, Busan and others) playing a range of concerti by Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, and Grieg. Last March he was featured as soloist in Daegu Philharmonic’s Osaka and Tokyo performances and in June he and Helen Lee will play Mozart’s Two Piano Concerto in E Flat with this same orchestra. In autumn Tong-Il Han will return to Mexico to concertize and again this year he will serve on the jury of the New York Piano Competition and also on the jury of the Seoul International Piano Competition.

David Harding

viola

David Harding is currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He has an extensive solo and […]

David Harding

Instrument: viola

David Harding is currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh. He has an extensive solo and chamber music career, having performed throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Central America and Australia, in such venues as the Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw, and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. His performances have been broadcast on CBC, BBC, NPR, ABC (Australia) and Deutschland Radio. He performs at many chamber music festivals throughout North America including the Sitka Chamber Music Festival and Ottawa Chamber Music Festival. In July 2012, David returns to the Australian Chamber Music Festival in Queensland.

David is a member of the flute, viola, harp ensemble, Trio Verlaine with whom he has recorded works by Debussy and Ravel, and the Glass Chamber Players, with whom he recorded Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” and Philip Glass’ “Sextet.” Other notable CD projects include a recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, with the string trio Triskelion for CBC records, the music of Aaron Jay Kernis with the Chester Quartet, and Brahms’ Viola Sonatas and Horn Trio for Skylark Music. A graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, David was the winner of the Sir John Barbirolli award at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. Having served on the faculty of Indiana University South Bend and the University of British Columbia, David has given master classes at the Banff International Centre for the Arts and universities throughout North America. He plays on a viola made by Pietro Antonio della Costa, Tresviso Italy, circa 1750.

Frederic Hand

guitar

A graduate of the Mannes College of Music, Frederic Hand was a Fulbright Scholar to England and a student of […]

Frederic Hand

Instrument: guitar

A graduate of the Mannes College of Music, Frederic Hand was a Fulbright Scholar to England and a student of Julian Bream. Appointed the Metropolitan Opera’s guitarist and lutenist in 1986, his scores for television earned him an Emmy Award and his composition Prayer, received a Grammy Award nomination. His arrangement and performance of the theme for the film “Kramer vs. Kramer” led to his own best selling recording for Sony, “Baroque and On the Street.” He has also recorded for BMG and the Musical Heritage Society. His compositions have been published worldwide. Guest appearances include the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival, Marlboro Music Festival and the Caramoor Festival with the Orchestra of St. Lukes. Formally head of the guitar departments at SUNY Purchase and Bennington College, he serves on the faculty of Mannes College The New School for Music.

Russell Harlow

clarinet

Clarinetist Russell Harlow is one of the nation’s premiere solo and chamber clarinetists. In 1996 Mr. Harlow performed the New […]

Russell Harlow

Instrument: clarinet

Clarinetist Russell Harlow is one of the nation’s premiere solo and chamber clarinetists. In 1996 Mr. Harlow performed the New York Premiere of the Ramiro Cortes Trio (written for him), along with the Brahms Quintet, at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York City. In addition to performances in Utah with the Park City and Autumn Classics Festivals, Contemporary Music Consortium and Sonolumina Orchestra, Mr. Harlow has performed with the Sitka and Anchorage Fall Classics Festivals (Alaska), the Amsterdam Chamber Players, the Puerto Rico Clarinet Festival, the Ars Nova, Lyrica and Piatigorsky Foundation concerts in New Jersey and with the Leonore Trio and Bargemusic in NYC. He attended both UCLA and USC before joining the Utah Symphony at the age of 21. He studied with clarinetists Gary Foster, Mitchell Lurie, Harold Wright and violinist Charles Libove, and was coached in chamber music and attended the master classes by cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Mr. Harlow is featured on recordings with flutist Laurel Ann Maurer, the Mirecourt Trio, the Park City Music Festival and the Utah Symphony. Russell Harlow has performed for International Clarinet Association events worldwide, also giving lectures on clarinetists of the past century. Mr. Harlow serves as Associate Principal Clarinet for the Utah Symphony and has recorded solos for major filmscores. He founded and directed Utah’s Nova Series until he joined the Park City International Music Festival as Co-Director in 1986.

Kyoko Hashimoto

piano

The legendary pianist and a teacher, Gyögy Sebök described Kyoko Hashimoto “extraordinary musical talent” “one of the finest of her […]

Kyoko Hashimoto

Instrument: piano

The legendary pianist and a teacher, Gyögy Sebök described Kyoko Hashimoto “extraordinary musical talent” “one of the finest of her generation”.

Kyoko Hashimoto was born in Tokyo and began to study the piano at the age of three.  After graduating from the Toho-Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy, Indiana University and the Juilliard School.  She received full scholarships from the Menuhin Academy and the Juilliard School.  Among her teachers were György Sebök, Menahem Pressler, György Janzer, William Masselos, György Sandor, Felix Galimir, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados.

She has been regularly performing throughout the world, so far in more than 25 countries, including many major cities and halls such as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, etc.  She has been invited to many important festivals including the Prague Spring Festival, the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival and the Saito Kinen Festival. Besides performing Solo recitals in many countries in Europe, North America and Asia, she has performed Concertos with distinguished orchestras such as the Prague Chamber philharmonic Orchestra and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed over 1000 works from pre-Baroque to pieces written very recently. She has performed on Harpsichord, Fortepiano and other Keyboard instruments in addition to modern piano. She has performed as well many duo recitals with Ruggiero Ricci(Vn), Thomas Zehetmair(Vn) and Antonio Meneses(Vc), and duo and chamber music concerts with artists such as Sandor Vegh(Vn), Mischa Maisky(Vc), Jean-Jacque Kantorow(Vn), Aaron Rosand(Vn), Ralph Kirshbaum(Vc), Steven Isserlis(Vc), András Adorján(Fl), Patrick Gallois(Fl), Maurice Bourgue(Ob), Hansjörg Schellenberger(Ob), Barry Tuckwell(Hr), Atar Arad(Va), Anthony Marwood(Vn), Nobuko Imai(Va) Sergio Azzolini(Fg), Isabelle van Keulen(Vn), Chantal Juillet(Vn), Hermann Baumann(Hr), Regis Pasquier(Vn), Matt Haimovitz(Vc) and Bruno Giuranna(Va).

Ms. Hashimoto was awarded numerous prizes such as the 1st grand prize and the public prize at the Concours International de Musique Française, the top prize at the Concours Musical de France, and the special prizes at the Budapest International Music Competition and at the Spohr International Competition.  She has recorded many times for TV and radio all over the world including a series of 20 works by Beethoven for Dutch radio.  She has been a frequent performer for CBC (Canada) and BBC (UK) and in 2012, she was chosen as representative performance for the Schubert Impromptus together with Edwin Fischer, William Kapell and Wilhelm Backhaus for BBC “Schubert Marathon”.  She has also made more than a dozen CD-recordings, including the early piano pieces (all the Preludes+4 pieces) by Messiaen, 34 piano pieces by Schumann, 24 Preludes by Scriabin combined with 24 Preludes by Shostakovich, 4 Impromptus by Schubert, 12 Preludes Book II by Debussy as well as Partita by Bach, variations by Beethoven, 16 Waltzes by Brahms, Dance Suite by Bartók and Mazurkas by Blumenfeld.

She is Professor of Piano and Chair of Piano Area at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and was on the piano faculty and the chamber music faculty of the Utrecht Conservatory in Holland for 12 years.  She has been invited many times as a visiting professor at the European Mozart Academy in Poland and in the Czech Republic and at the International Chamber Music Academy in the Czech Republic, as well as at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Trinity College in London, the U.K..  She served as an International Jury member for many competitions such as the Gina Bachauer International Piano Artists Competition, CMC Stepping Stone Competition, Montreal International Piano Competition and YAMAHA Benelux Competition. She has been the Artistic Director of the International Music Workshop and Festival (IMWF) in the Czech Republic, Germany and in Portugal since 2004. She has also given master classes in France, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, the Czech Republic, the U.S.A., the UK, Holland, Germany, Taiwan, Brazil and Japan.

Kevin Hekmatpanah

cello

A native of Chicago, cellist Kevin Hekmatpanah has presented hundreds of solo and chamber performances throughout the country, including concerts […]

Kevin Hekmatpanah

Instrument: cello

A native of Chicago, cellist Kevin Hekmatpanah has presented hundreds of solo and chamber performances throughout the country, including concerts at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Society of the Cincinnati Artist Series in Washington D.C., the Sitka Music Festival, the Lower Makefield Performing Arts Society in Pennsylvania, the Camerata Musica Concert Series in Salem, Oregon, and the Kirkland Performance Center in Seattle. Additional recitals include appearances at the Princeton Music Club, the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville, the Hornby Island Recital Series in Victoria, B.C., the Duck Creek Cello Festival in Utah, the Bing Performing Arts Center in Spokane, the John Addison Cultural Arts Recital Series in Washington D.C., Daniel Recital Hall in Seattle, the Lake Chelan Bach Feste, the Cutter Theatre, the Battelle Auditorium as well as the Merc Playhouse Theatre. He has also presented concerts of the complete works for Cello and Piano by Beethoven and over twenty cycles performing all Six Bach Suites.

He has made over one hundred and twenty solo concerto appearances with various ensembles, including the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, the Richmond Philharmonic, the Pueblo Symphony, the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, the Middle Tennessee Symphony, the Oregon East Symphony, the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs in Colorado, the Southern Arizona Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, and the Vashon Chamber Orchestra.

Additional concerto engagements have been with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Coeur d’Alene Symphony, the Grande Ronde Symphony, the Timberline Symphony, the Berrien Springs Symphony, the Cascadia Summer Festival Orchestra, the Mc Call Chamber Orchestra, Spokane Falls Orchestra, the Woodlands Orchestra and the Okanogan Valley Orchestra. Outside North America, he has performed concertos in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, in Stockholm, Sweden, and at the home of Edvard Grieg in Bergen, Norway. He also appeared as soloist with the Vidin Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria. He recently presented recitals in Tromsø, Norway and the Para XXV International Music Festival in Brazil.

Mr. Hekmatpanah has released a compact disc recording containing cello sonatas by Franck, Debussy, and Chopin. He has won several competitions and awards, including prizes in the Beethoven Club Young Artists’ Competition, the Virginia Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition, the Brentwood-Westwood Concerto Competition, the Fort Collins Concerto Competition, and the Montpelier Cultural Arts Solo Competition. Deeply committed to teaching, Mr. Hekmatpanah is a Professor and chair of the music department at Gonzaga University, where he has taught since 1994. He is currently a member of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. He has previously served on the faculty of MTSU and has taught cello at the Governor’s School for the Arts. He has served on competition juries, and he has presented master classes and clinics throughout the country. In addition to being the first cellist to earn a DMA from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, he also holds a MM from Indiana University and a BM from the University of Southern California. His teachers have included such nationally renowned pedagogues as Stephen Kates, Fritz Magg, and Gabor Rejto, and he has received coachings from such internationally celebrated artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, and Janos Starker.

Matt Herskowitz

piano

Uniquely combining the superlative technique of a classical virtuoso with his prowess in jazz, world music and free improvisation, pianist, […]

Matt Herskowitz

Instrument: piano

Artist Website

Uniquely combining the superlative technique of a classical virtuoso with his prowess in jazz, world music and free improvisation, pianist, composer and arranger Matt Herskowitz has carved out a unique and personal voice in music. Over the course of the last decade, Matt has produced a series of critically-acclaimed recordings, premiered his works in settings from New York’s Central Park to Germany’s Köln Philharmonie, collaborated with top classical, jazz and pop artists, and has performed at music festivals across the globe.

His newest release, for Justin Time Records, is Matt Herskowitz Upstairs, a solo outing ranging from Gershwin to Schumann to Dave Brubeck to originals by Herskowitz, including Bella’s Lament and “Bach à la Jazz,” his arrangement of Bach’s Prelude in C Minor which Herskowitz previously recorded for EMI’s Grammy-nominated soundtrack to The Triplets of Belleville. In naming the release “Solo Album of the Year,” Le Devoir declared: “Herskowitz deploys his art with a rare passion, but without ever sacrificing musicality. Exceptional technique, precise sense of nuance, Herskowitz here brilliantly fuses his mastery of jazz and classical.” And Downbeat magazine praised Upstairs in its Editor’s Picks: “Throughout these eight tracks, [Herskowitz] displays touch, power, artistry and chops along with a firm grasp of the daring needed for a great performance.”

Upstairs follows-up Matt’s critically-acclaimed, Juno-nominated world music fusion album Jerusalem Trilogy, also on Justin Time Records, which features the pianist’s original compositions and arrangements in his signature synthesis of contemporary jazz and classical styles, combined with a unique blend of Arab and Jewish grooves. Among the album’s fans was the late great Dave Brubeck, who commended Matt on the recording, saying: “Congratulations! You have transformed the concept of ‘world’ music as I conceived of it half a century ago. You have carried it further than I could imagine.” Matt and his group have performed Jerusalem Trilogy all over the world, including the El Paso Chamber Music Festival, Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, the Bremen International Musikfest, the Warsaw Singer Festival, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

His 2007 solo release, Matt Herskowitz Plays George Gershwin, featuring Matt’s original solo arrangements of the Concerto in F, Cuban Overture and Rhapsody in Blue, was nominated for Quebec’s prestigious Prix Opus, while his 2006 solo release, Gabriel’s Message, featuring original arrangements and compositions based on Christmas themes, was nominated for Québec’s Félix award for “Best Jazz Album.” Matt’s 1998 recording of Glazunov’s 2nd Piano Concerto with I Musici de Montréal (Chandos Records) was hailed by Strad Magazine as “by far the best performance on disc.”

Premieres of Matt’s compositions include his 2012 Concerto Grosso with The Knights, an eclectic New York-based symphony orchestra, in Central Park on the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series. The concert was broadcast live on WQXR and Matt was praised in The New York Times for his “imaginative, virtuosic solo.” In 2008, Herskowitz premiered his piano concerto, Undertow, with Absolute Ensemble, a cross-genre chamber orchestra who commissioned the work, at Germany’s Bremen International Musikfest. He later performed the piece with Absolute Ensemble at the Köln Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany in a concert broadcast on WDR German television across Europe.

As an arranger, Matt has collaborated with many noted artists and producers. In addition to his hugely popular Bach à la Jazz, Matt and his trio were featured on Barry Manilow’s In The Swing of Christmas (Hallmark, 2007, Arista/Sony, 2009), which was nominated for a Grammy award for “Best Traditional Pop Album”. Matt’s 17-minute solo Piano Nocturnewas featured on Lara Fabian’s album Nue (Universal, 2001), earning him many new thousands of fans in Europe.

Matt’s upcoming projects include a recording of his original arrangements of music by Bach with his trio and renowned Italian flutist Andrea Griminelli, and an upcoming release with his jazz trio and string quartet entitled From Bach To Brubeck, which will feature original compositions and arrangements based on the music of both composers.

A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Matt is originally from Albany, New York, and has made Montreal his adopted home since 1999.

Events

06/13/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19
Balakirev Islamay, Op. 18 "Oriental Fantasy"
Bolling Suite for Cello and Jazz Trio
Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 36, Mvt. 1
06/12/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, B.W.V. 1009 (arr. by Robert Schumann)
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Chopin 4 Piano Etudes from Op. 10 and Op. 25 (arr. for jazz trio)
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Deborah Hoffman

harp

Deborah Hoffman has been principal harpist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1986. She is also solo harpist with the […]

Deborah Hoffman

Instrument: harp

Deborah Hoffman has been principal harpist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1986. She is also solo harpist with the Orchestra of St. Lukes in New York City and a former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Ms. Hoffman pursues an active international career as both soloist and chamber musician, appearing as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Jupiter Symphony, the National Symphonies of Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Colombia, Orchestra of St. Lukes, and the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall under the baton of James Levine. Chamber music festivals in which she regularly performs include Verbier, La Jolla, Caramoor, Sitka, Saint Nazaire and Aspen.

Ms. Hoffman was the first prize winner of the 1981 American Harp Society Competition, and in 1978 was a top prizewinner in the Seventh International Harp Competition in Israel. In 1983 she was chosen to represent the United States in a recital at the First World Harp Congress in the Netherlands.

Ms. Hoffman received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Susann McDonald.

Ms. Hoffman records for Arabesque Records and has recently completed a Grammy-nominated recording of original transcriptions of Chopin works.

In addition to teaching at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Ms. Hoffman is chairperson of the harp department at Manhattan School of Music and an artist-faculty member at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Gary Hoffman

cello

Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a […]

Gary Hoffman

Instrument: cello

Gary Hoffman is one of the outstanding cellists of our time, combining instrumental mastery, great beauty of sound, and a poetic sensibility in his distinctive and memorable performances. Mr. Hoffman gained international renown upon his victory as the first North American to win the Rostropovich International Competition in Paris in 1986. A frequent soloist with the world’s most noted orchestras, he has appeared with the Chicago, London, Montreal, Toronto, San Francisco, Baltimore and National symphony orchestras as well as the English, Moscow and Los Angeles chamber orchestras, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Netherlands and Rotterdam philharmonics, among many others, Mr. Hoffman collaborates regularly with such celebrated conductors as Andre Previn, Charles Dutoit, Mstilav Rostropovich, Pinchas Zuckerman, Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Kent Nagano, Jesus Lopez-Cobos and James Levine. Gary Hoffman performs on major recital and chamber music series throughout the world, as well as in such prestigious festivals as Ravinia, Marlboro, Aspen, Bath, Evian, Helsinki, Verbier, Mostly Mozart, and Schleswig-Holstein. He is a frequent guest of string quartets including Emerson, Tokyo, Borromeo, Brentano, and Ysaye. In addition, Mr. Hoffman is an Artist Member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. Born in Vancouver, Canada, in 1956, Gary Hoffman devotes time to teaching, as well, having been the youngest faculty appointee in the history of the Indiana University School of Music, where he remained for eight years. Mr. Hoffman regularly holds master classes worldwide. Residing in Paris, he is an active recording artist with the BMG (RCA), Sony, EMI and Le Chant du Monde labels. Gary Hoffman performs on a 1662 Nicolo Amati, the “ex-Leonard Rose”.

Toby Hoffman

viola

Born into a musical family, conductor and violist Toby Hoffman began his musical training at the age of six studying the violin […]

Toby Hoffman

Instrument: viola

Born into a musical family, conductor and violist Toby Hoffman began his musical training at the age of six studying the violin with his mother Esther Glazer. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School as a violist studying with Paul Doktor where he became the only two time winner of the Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition. After graduating from the Juilliard School with both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Music, he began an international career performing with many of today’s most prominent musicians at many of the world’s most prestigious international music festivals and concert halls including those of Salzburg, Ravinia, Taipei, Napoli, Athens, Stavanger, Marlboro, Saratoga, Mostly Mozart, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, La Jolla, Seattle, Chamber Music Northwest, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall and La Scala, among many others. As a viola soloist, his orchestral appearances include performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Het Gelders Orchestra, Teatro di Genova, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, Buffalo Philharmonic, Florida Orchestra and the Prague Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Hoffman has had a long association with the violin virtuoso Salvatore Accardo in both the concert hall and recording studio. Together they have recorded nearly all of the chamber music works of Mozart including the Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, the Two Duos for Violin and Viola, the Divertimento String Trio and the Six Viola Quintets, in addition to many other chamber works by Beethoven, Schubert, Tschaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Dvorak and Chausson. As part of the Pollini project, he played chamber music with Maurizio Pollini at La Scala, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the 92nd Street Y in New York.
Mr. Hoffman’s extensive discography also includes a release of French chamber music with Andre Previn, as well as several recordings with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Marlboro Music Festival.

For ten years, Mr. Hoffman was an artistic director of Bargemusic in New York. He was a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and has been a guest violist with the Jerusalem, Fine Arts and Tokyo String Quartets. In 1988, he performed the world premeire of the Piano Quartet by Alfred Schnittke at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland.

Mr. Hoffman studied conducting with the master Finnish conducting pedagogue Jorma Panula. Under his tutelage, he conducted orchestras including the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Nurnberger Symphoniker, Plzen Radio Symphony, Brasov Philharmonic, Slovak State Philharmonic Kosice, Gävle Sinfoni Orchestra, Vaasa City Orchestra, Kuopio City Orchestra, and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. At the Festval Consonances in France he conducted the premiere of the Violin Concerto “Jeux” by Wytautas Barkauskas and he has conducted concerts in the University of Cincinnati Festival of New Music. As a guest conductor he has been invited to conduct many orchestras worldwide including the Johannesburg Philharmonic, Orquesta Filharmónica de Cali, Pori Sinfonietta, Seinäjoki City Orchestra, Erkel Chamber Orchestra, the Cappella Istropolitana, the Kirkkonummen Kamariorkesteri, Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, I Cameristi del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano.

As an educator, Mr. Hoffman has held the position of Artist in Residence at Harvard University and has been a member of the faculties of Carnegie-Mellon University and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Mr. Hoffman was a Professor of Chamber Music and Orchestral Studies at the Universidade do Minho, Portugal. He has given master-classes at the New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Citta di Castello, Kuhmo, Turku, and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam.

Mr. Hoffman is a conducting teacher of the conducting class at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. He is also a teacher of the Young Conductors Class at the Sibelius Academy, sharing the class with Jorma Panula.

Mr. Hoffman is the Music Director of the Braga Orquestra in Portugal.

Mr. Hoffman performs on an Antonio and Hieronymus Amati viola made in Cremona, Italy in 1628, formerly belonging to Queen Victoria of England.

Godfried Hoogeveen

cello

Dutch cellist Godfried Hoogeveen, Principal Cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, from 1990 to 2011, graduated Cum Laude at the […]

Godfried Hoogeveen

Instrument: cello

Dutch cellist Godfried Hoogeveen, Principal Cellist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, from 1990 to 2011, graduated Cum Laude at the conservatory “Muzieklyceum” in Amsterdam with Tibor de Machula. He continued his studies with the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky at U.S.C. in Los Angeles. During his four years study in Los Angeles he was teaching at U.C.L.A. and played chamber music  a.o. with his teacher and Jascha Heifetz.

With a repertoire of over 40 cello concertos Hoogeveen’s solo career has taken him all over Europe, Asia and the America’s. He has featured as a soloist with Sawallish, Leitner, Chailly, Vonk, De Waard, Van Zweden and Skrowachevsky. As an avid chamber musician he has been a permanent guest at the festivals of Seattle, Hawaii, Colorado, New York and Saas-Fee and performed amongst others with Slava Rostropovich and Emanuel Ax.

Hoogeveen played the first Dutch performances of concerto’s by Gulda and Dutilleux and various composers have dedicated compositions to him. Recordings of him are available on CBS, Ottava and Globe.

Hoogeveen and conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier appear on a live performance of Dutilleux’s “Tout un monde lointain” with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on the recently released Anthology of the RCO 2000-2010.

Ronald Hoogeveen

violin

Ronald Hoogeveen was born in Hilversum, the Netherlands. At age nine he began his violin lessons with Oswald Kuhn. He […]

Ronald Hoogeveen

Instrument: violin

Ronald Hoogeveen was born in Hilversum, the Netherlands. At age nine he began his violin lessons with Oswald Kuhn. He was already performing as a soloist for radio and television with most of the Dutch orchestras at a very early age.
In 1967 he entered the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover (Germany) in order to study with André Gertler. He graduated cum laude in 1974. After this he was concert master of the Radio Philharmonie Hannover (NDR) for several years. In 1980 he returned to his homeland and was appointed 1st concert master of the Radio Kamerorkest. Ronald Hoogeveen has been 1st concert master of the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest since 1987 under the direction of Jaap van Zweden and regularly performs as a soloist with this orchestra. In addition to this he is leader of the Raphael Quartet, with whom he has performed more than 125 string quartets for radio. He has also recorded 15 CD’s with this quartet on the labels Olympia and Globe. Since 1999, he has been a member of the Netherlands Piano Quartet.
Hoogeveen is also a member of the Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, under the direction of Jan Willem de Vriend. He performs regularly as a soloist with this ensemble both in the Netherlands and abroad.
Ronald Hoogeveen plays on a Nicola Amati violin built in Cremona around 1680.

Bella Hristova

violin

Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young […]

Bella Hristova

Instrument: violin

Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career as a soloist and recording artist. Her talent has been recently recognized with a prestigious 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, given to outstanding instrumentalists and based on excellence alone.  The Strad has praised, “Every sound she draws is superb”, and the Washington Post’s The Classical Beat has stated she is “a player of impressive power and control”.

Following summer engagements at music festivals including Mainly Mozart, Chesapeake Chamber, Cactus Pear, Summer Stars Chamber, Brevard, and Skaneateles, Ms. Hristova’s 2013-2014 season features a mix of solo, recital and chamber music performances among them performances of concertos by Korngold, Vivaldi, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Brahms, Barber, Beethoven and Bruch. Engagements of note include Bella leading/performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic; performances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; a national tour with the Musicians from Marlboro; a solo violin recital at Vermont’s  Brattleboro Music Center; a Christmas eve performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E, Op. 64 at Carnegie Hall with the New York String Orchestra, and two  world premieres written specifically for her: David Ludwig’s concerto with the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra, and  Anthony Richie’s violin concerto with New Zealand’s Southern Sinfonia. North American appearances also include orchestral engagements with the symphony orchestras of Amarillo, Bakersfield, Des Moines, Edmonton (Canada), Meridian, Southwest Michigan, Westmoreland, and the InterSchool Orchestra of New York, as well as recitals with the Tuesday Musical Club, Music for Youth, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Arts Council of Moore County. Abroad, Ms. Hristova also appears with New Zealand’s Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

Recent highlights include the 2013 late spring release of her newest recording, Bella Unaccompanied, (A.W. Tonegold Records) a CD of works for solo violin, featuring John Corigliano’s The Red Violin Caprices, Kevin Puts’s Arches, Astor Piazzolla’s Tango Etudes,  Nathan  Milstsein’s  Paganiniana  Variations  and   J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D, BWV 1004. Appearances included performances with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, at the Young Concert Artists Gala Concert at Alice Tully Hall, with the Mississippi Symphony, City of London Sinfonia, Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Korea’s Cheongju Symphony Orchestra, at the Cerritos Center for the Arts,  at Free For All at Town Hall, at the Shanghai International Music Festival, and at Seoul National University.

A sought after chamber musician, Mr. Hristova was selected as a member of CMS Two and has frequently performed chamber music at Lincoln Center, as well as at The Grand Teton Festival, Music@Menlo, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Music from Angel Fire, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and  Marlboro Music Festival. She has appeared multiple times on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio.

In addition to the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Bella Hristova is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize of the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She made her debut in the Young Concert Artists Series during the 2009-10 season at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, sponsored by the Rhoda Walker Teagle Prize, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and at the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston. Ms. Hristova is the first recipient of YCA’s Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, and has been honored with the Miriam Brody Aronson Award, the Ruth Laredo Memorial Award, the Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists. Ms. Hristova currently holds the John French Violin Chair of YCA.

As a result of winning the Michael Hill International Violin Competition,  Ms. Hristova made a  critically acclaimed concert tour of New Zealand, and a similarly acclaimed CD of solo violin works by the Belgian virtuoso Charles de Bériot (Naxos). Gramophone praised her first recording, “The brilliant passages come easily to her, … with an elegance that perfectly suits the music. … she’s an admirable advocate for Bériot.”  And Music Web International stated, “…this disc is an absolute winner… …The musical diversity across the thirty eight minutes of these pieces [12 Scènes ou Caprices pour le violon Op. 109] is a delight. None of which would count for much if they were not played with the extraordinary virtuosity and musical maturity of Bella Hristova. … Hristova combines jaw-dropping technical prowess with real style.”

Born in Pleven, Bulgaria in 1985 to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. At twelve, she participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2003, she entered The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian and studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom. She received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University in 2010. Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin, once owned by the violinist Louis Krasner.

Thomas Hrynkiv

piano

Thomas Hrynkiw made his first orchestral appearance at the age of thirteen.  Then at age nineteen was awarded first prize […]

Thomas Hrynkiv

Instrument: piano

Thomas Hrynkiw made his first orchestral appearance at the age of thirteen.  Then at age nineteen was awarded first prize for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with Leopold Stokowski conducting.  After winning numerous awards and competitions  such  the Frank Huntington Beebe Award, the Harold Bauer Award, and the National Music Teachers Association Award and grants from the International Institute of Education, he continued his career performing in the major capitals of Europe.  In the United States he has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Constitution Hall, and the National Gallery of Art.
Mr. Hrynkiw has appeared with such artists as Gabriella Tucci, Richard Stoltzman, and Eric Friedman, as well as soloists from the Bolshoi Opera. He performed with the Muir, Audubon,DaPonte and St. Lawrence string quartets.  His discography includes recordings with Gilberto Munguia, Bert Lucarelli and Paul Plishka.  He has recorded the piano music of Glinka for the Musical Heritage Society, the Chopin Ballades, Chopin Scherzi, Russian Romantics, My Favorite Encores, and several hundred accompaniments for the Yamaha Disklavier.  For many years, he served as vocal director, soloist and music advisor for the Newport Music Festival (Rhode Island) and has appeared at numerous other festivals including the Mt. Gretna Festival (Pennsylvania), the Sitka Festival (Alaska), the Beethoven Festival (Long Island), and Festival San Miguel de Allende (Mexico). For over a decade he had been director of the Ukrainian Music Institute in New York

In addition to his distinguished career as a pianist,  Hrynkiw has served as principal second violinist of the Wilkes-Barre Philharmonic.  He also studied orchestral conducting with Ferdinand Liva and Jonel Perlea, and choral conducting with Hugh Ross of the Schola Cantorum of New York where he was assistant to the conductor.  Prior to his work with the Schola Cantorum he was offered a full choral conducting scholarship at Columbia University.

He has given master classes or been a guest teacher at Dartmouth, University of Minnesota, University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and Northern Arizona University.  Many of his piano students attend prestigious schools including Julliard, Oberlin, Duquesne, Carnegie Mellon, and Marywood University.

An exceptional voice teacher, his vocal students have been admitted to some of the most prestigious schools in the United States, including the Eastman School, the Peabody Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon, Temple, and Indiana universities.  Upon completing their studies, his students often return to continue vocal studies with Mr. Hrynkiw and have gone on to appear as soloists at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, on Broadway and in Europe. Thomas is currently on the faculty at the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary.

At present, Mr. Hrynkiw has completed an historic recording project involving Ukrainian piano solos.

Sung-Mi Im

piano

A native of Korea, Sung-Mi Im began her piano studies at the age of three with her mother. After making […]

Sung-Mi Im

Instrument: piano

A native of Korea, Sung-Mi Im began her piano studies at the age of three with her mother. After making a successful debut with Daegu Symphony Orchestra at the age of nine, she continued her studies at Seoul National University and Boston University, where she received a Dean’s Scholarship and a master’s degree in performance.

She has won numerous competitions, such as the Dong-A Newspaper Competition, Ye-Um Chamber Music Competition in Korea, and the Kahn Award in Boston. Tony Han and Kwi-Hyun Kim were among her teachers.

Appearing in many international festivals, she has won praises from audiences and critics alike from Kusatsu Music Festival, Moon Beach Festival in Japan, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Sitka Music Festival in Alaska, Bargemusic in New York, Tucson Chamber Music Festival and Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, among others.

Solo and chamber music recitals in London, Montreal, Dallas, Seoul and New York; appearances with orchestras in Korea and with the Jupiter Symphony in New York City were met with much acclaim.

She has taught piano at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and is currently teaching chamber music at Indiana University.

Yoon-mi Im

Yoon-mi Im

Ellen Jewett

violin

Violinist, Ellen Jewett has performed in Europe, Japan, Africa, New Zealand, Canada and throughout the US in major venues such as […]

Ellen Jewett

Instrument: violin

Violinist, Ellen Jewett has performed in Europe, Japan, Africa, New Zealand, Canada and throughout the US in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall and the Kennedy Center, both as recitalist and with groups such as Ensemble X, Taliesin Trio, American Chamber Players, New York Chamber Soloists the New York Chamber Ensemble, Apple HIll Chamber Players and the Mark Morris Dance Company. For 11 years Ellen Jewett was a member of the prize-winning Audubon Quartet. Hailed by the New York Times for their “strikingly beautiful, luminescent sound” the quartet performed for 37 years throughout the US and abroad and coordinated an intensive string quartet seminar every summer at the Chautauqua Institute. They held their final concert there in the summer of 2011. Other chamber music collaborations include performances with Yo Yo Ma, James Buswell, Colin Carr, Eugenia Zuckerman, Anthony Newman, John O’Conor, Marcus Thompson, James Campbell, Eli Eban, Rusen Gunes, Johannes Moser, Idil Biret and Lydia Artymiw. An avid performer of contemporary music, she has performed many premiers and worked closely with such composers as Phillip Glass, Sir Michael Tippett, Leon Kirchener, John Harbison, Steven Mackey, Steven Stucky, and Joan Tower and has performed with important NY-based contemporary music ensembles such as Continuum, Sequiter and Ensemble X. She received her BM at Indiana University and MM at State University of New York, Stony Brook where her major teachers were Joyce Robbins, James Buswell and Josef Gingold. She worked intensively with members of the Julliard, Tokyo and Budapest string quartets and was privileged to perform under Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. Ellen Jewett performed as one of the concertmasters of the Borusan Philharmonic for 3 years under the invitation of Gurer Aykal, has been a guest concertmaster of the Istanbul State Orchestra and is currently the founder and artistic director of Klasik Keyifler, a chamber music festival in Cappadocia. She has served on the faculties of McGill University, SUNY Stony Brook, Ithaca College, and joined the faculty of Ankara University in 2011. Ms. Jewett has recorded for Centaur, Chandos, Albany and Newport Classics.

Juilliard String Quartet

ensemble

Founded in 1946, the ever-evolving Juilliard String Quartet has become a living American legend. Widely known as the “quintessential American […]

Juilliard String Quartet

Instrument: ensemble

Founded in 1946, the ever-evolving Juilliard String Quartet has become a living American legend. Widely known as the “quintessential American string quartet,” the Juilliard has been recognized for the boldness of its interpretation of the classics, with an equal and parallel tradition of championing the new — a vibrant combination of the familiar and the daring. The Quartet’s sound is famously characterized by clarity of structure, compelling rhythmic drive and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose, no matter the work at hand.

The JSQ celebrates the 2015/16 season, the Quartet’s 70th, with concert tours in North America, Europe and Asia; performances of Elliott Carter’s String Quartet No. 1 and a new work by Richard Wernick commissioned for them by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; and concerts honoring cellist Joel Krosnick at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, the Ravinia Festival and the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, featuring the Schubert Cello Quintet with guest cellist Astrid Schween who succeeds Mr. Krosnick in the fall of 2016.  The Quartet also celebrates a groundbreaking new interactive app on Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet, released in 2015 by Touchpress and the Juilliard School.

Monica Kaenzig

clarinet

Monica Kaenzig joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as E-flat Clarinet in January 1994. From 1987-1993, she was engaged as clarinetist […]

Monica Kaenzig

Instrument: clarinet

Monica Kaenzig joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic as E-flat Clarinet in January 1994. From 1987-1993, she was engaged as clarinetist by the Saint Louis Symphony, under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, recording over 25 works for the BMG Classics (RCA Victor Red Seal) and EMI Classics labels. Additionally, Kaenzig has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago’s Grant Park Orchestra, and the Windsor Symphony in Ontario, Canada.

Ms. Kaenzig has been represented in such distinguished chamber music venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall; Theatre du Chatelet in Paris; Banff Center for the Arts in Alberta, Canada; and the Sitka Summer Music Festival, Alaska. She was a featured performer at the International Clarinet Conferences of 1983, 1987, and 1995. In October 1997, Kaenzig was a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in E-flat, K. 297B, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has also performed regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society and New Music Group.

Kaenzig is currently on the faculty of the University of Southern California, and has also served as Visiting Professor of Music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor during the fall semester, 2003.

David Kappy

french horn

M.M. and B.M., University of Wisconsin; D.M.A. in progress, Yale University. Member of Soni Ventorum and chamber music groups; numerous […]

David Kappy

Instrument: french horn

M.M. and B.M., University of Wisconsin; D.M.A. in progress, Yale University. Member of Soni Ventorum and chamber music groups; numerous recordings on Crystal, Musical Heritage, Delos, Telarc, and American Gramophone labels, and with the Soni Ventorum Wind Quintet; recordings with Mannheim Steamroller; taught on the faculty of the Interlochen Arts Academy, and received a Fulbright Award to teach at the Federal University of Minas in Brazil (1985); Solo Horn with the Omaha and Lincoln (Nebraska) Symphonies, and the Omaha Opera; veteran of Grand Teton and Claremont Music Festivals, and the Festival de Inverno in Campos de Jordao, Brazil; extra Horn with the Seattle Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony.

Yukiko Kamei

violin

The violinist Yukiko Kamei began her violin study at the age of seven with Takiko Yoshimura in Tokyo. After attending […]

Yukiko Kamei

Instrument: violin

The violinist Yukiko Kamei began her violin study at the age of seven with Takiko Yoshimura in Tokyo. After attending Scripps College on scholarship, she was selected to become a student of Jascha Heifetz in his master class at the University of Southern California. Later she worked with Heifetz as both his assistant and in chamber music performances together with Gregor Piatigorsky. She performs regularly at the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska and the Amsterdam Chamber Music Festival, and has appeared as a soloist with major Japanese orchestras, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Symphony of San Francisco, the Orchestra of the Lyon Opera, the Berkeley Symphony and many others. She has played recitals in Tokyo, New York and Amsterdam. Yukiko Kamei was on the faculties of UCLA and Pepperdine University before joining the San Francisco Symphony in 1993.

Sarah Kapuston

violin

Born in 1981 in Milwaukee, WI, she has performed with such orchestras as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University Philharmonic, […]

Sarah Kapuston

Instrument: violin

Born in 1981 in Milwaukee, WI, she has performed with such orchestras as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University Philharmonic, Juilliard Symphony, and the Pasadena Symphony. Sarah has received prizes and honors in numerous competitions, including 1st prize in the 2007 International Markneukirchen Instrumental Competition, resulting in a radio broadcast and solo engagements throughout Germany. She has appeared in such prestigious concert venues as Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall, Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Mexico City′s Sala Nezahualcoyotl.

An avid chamber musician, Sarah has appeared at several festivals, most notably Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), Sitka Summer Music Festival (AK), Peter de Grote Festival (NL) and the Marlboro Music Festival (VT) where she has performed with such distinguished artists as Claude Frank, Joseph Silverstein, David Soyer, and Kim Kashkashian. She was formerly a member of the Atlas Trio and the Dubinsky Quartet, prizewinner at the Fischoff and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions. Sarah shows great interest in contemporary music, and has had the honor to work with several composers on their own compositions, including Henri Dutilleux, Kryzstof Penderecki, Jörg Widmann, Ned Rorem and Joey Roukens. For the past several years, Sarah has performed duo recitals with pianist Jeannette Koekkoek. Most recently, they have performed all ten Beethoven sonatas in Italy and at Indiana University, and in April 2010 they recorded the complete cycle for the Olive Music label (distributed by Et’cetera/Codaex) to international acclaim.

Sarah received a Masters degree in violin performance at The Juilliard School with Robert Mann in May 2005. She previously received a Bachelor of Music and an Artist Diploma from Indiana University as a pupil of Mauricio Fuks, and formerly studied with Mimi Zweig and James Przygocki at the String Academy of Wisconsin. She has participated in masterclasses with Joshua Bell, Midori, Leonidas Kavakos, Mihaela Martin and William Preucil. After receiving a Fulbright Scholarship, Sarah spent two years in Paris as a student at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique, studying chamber music with Michel Strauss and Vladimir Mendelssohn as member of the Trio Archiduc. She also served as concertmaster of the Orchestre des Lauréats du Conservatoire for the 2007-08 season.

Currently Sarah resides in the Hague, the Netherlands, where she is 1st violinist of the Rubens Quartet, professor of violin and chamber music at the ArtEZ Conservatorium in Zwolle, and is concertmaster with Sinfonia Rotterdam. She also performs and tours regularly with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Sarah plays on the “Nico Richter and Hetta Rester” G.B. Rogeri, Brescia ca. 1690, on loan from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumentenfonds in Amsterdam.

Stephen Kates

cello

Stephen Kates, like so many other figures in this book, came from a musical family. His maternal grandfather was a […]

Stephen Kates

Instrument: cello

Stephen Kates, like so many other figures in this book, came from a musical family. His maternal grandfather was a Hungarian cellist who studied at the Liszt Academy; his father was a violist in the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for forty-three years; his great-uncle and maternal uncle were both cellists. Kates studied with former Casals pupil Marie Roemaet-Rosanoff in Budapest for ten years; after this came a period of study at the Juilliard School with Leonard Rose (a colleague of his father in the New York Philharmonic). Kates also studied chamber music with violinist Josef Gingold and took further cello lessons with Laszlo Varga and Piatigorsky at the University of Southern California, where he also met Primrose and Heifetz. He returned to the Juilliard School to study with Claus Adam, who changed his bow hold so that his thumb was opposed by his first and second fingers, instead of the third; Kates felt that this gave him more control over tonal variation. It is often said that Kates was influenced in his early career by Casals (via Rosanoff) and that he also admired Feuermann’s seamless tone, whilst later he became interested in Rostropovich’s ideals of avoiding portamento and using the left hand to dictate musical ideas. Indeed, Kates’ playing can be seen as thee pi tome of modern cello technique: he avoids any audible shifting (unless absolutely required by the music), quite unlike earlier cellists on record for whom portamento was still a major expressive device.

The recordings selected here display Kates’ performance philosophy well: there is an almost ascetic approach to the modernist works, with a relatively objective delivery—that is, without overtly emotional gestures. This works well in Robert Hall Lewis’s initially rather forbidding soundscape (1978) and Martin’s dramatic, and in some ways quite disturbing, Cello Concerto (1973); the latter is played with aplomb and absolute conviction, using a tonal approach that has now become very familiar. Kates’s ethereal accompanying of the soprano Elaine Bonazzi in a Ravel chanson (1985) shows his sensitivity as a chamber musician, and these the recordings testify to his discriminating stance as a thoughtful artist.

Roland Kato

viola

Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a brilliant virtuoso, playing with the perfect combination of energy and eloquence,” internationally […]

Roland Kato

Instrument: viola

Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a brilliant virtuoso, playing with the perfect combination of energy and eloquence,” internationally acclaimed viola recitalist and soloist Roland Kato has been a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1978 with Sir Neville Marriner. He was appointed principal viola by lona Brown in 1987. He has also held the principal position in many orchestras, including the LA Opera orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony, the California Chamber Symphony and the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra.

A sought-after chamber musician, Roland participates in many chamber series in Los Angeles. He was invited to appear as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has also performed with the New York New Music Ensemble. He was honored to join Yo-Yo Ma in a chamber music concert benefiting cancer research.

Roland has appeared as soloist/recitalist on both viola and viola d’amore throughout the United States and abroad for LACO. In November 2002, Roland and LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer performed the West Coast premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Double Concerto in B minor for Violin and Viola. His festival appearances in the include the Grand Canyon Chamber Music, Sitka (Alaska) Summer Music, Oregon Bach and Carmel Bach festivals; the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico and the Festival Internacional de Música in Costa Rica.

Roland produced the first-ever recording of Telemann’s Quatrième livre de quatuors, a collection of six chamber pieces performed by the period instrument ensemble American Baroque, on the Koch Classics International label. This Grammy-nominated recording has been re-released on the Music and Arts label.

Roland’s arrangements and transcriptions have been performed worldwide. His transcription of Prokofiev’s Music For Children was recently given its New York premiere, and his arrangement of Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite was premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC by the New Hampshire-based Apple Hill Chamber Players.

Ani Kavafian

violin

Violinist Ani Kavafian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed with virtually all […]

Ani Kavafian

Instrument: violin

Violinist Ani Kavafian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed with virtually all of America’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and many others. She is a renowned chamber musician, and has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1979. Her numerous solo recital engagements include performances at New York’s Carnegie and Alice Tully halls, as well as in major venues across the country.

Ani Kavafian continues her association as an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with a number of appearances in NYC and around the United States. She also serves as concertmistress of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, with whom she has recorded the Mozart Violin Concertos. She has participated in the Heifetz International Music Institute, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Norfok Chamber Music Festival, Great Lakes Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and Music from Angel Fire Festival.

Kavafian appears frequently with her sister, violinist and violist Ida Kavafian. Together they have performed with the symphonies of Detroit, Colorado, Tucson, San Antonio, and Cincinnati, and have recorded the music of Mozart and Sarasate on the Nonesuch label. They celebrated the 25th anniversary of their first performance together at Carnegie Hall in the fall of 2008 with a concert at Lincoln Center, which featured their students and colleagues.

With violist Barbara Westphal and cellist Gustav Rivinius, she is a member of the Trio da Salo, and has teamed with clarinetist David Shifrin and pianist Andre-Michel Schub to form the Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio, with whom she tours frequently as violinist and violist. Along with cellist, Carter Brey, she is co-artistic director of the New Jersey 5 concert chamber music series “Mostly Music.”

Kavafian has premiered and recorded a number of works written for her, including Henri Lazarof’s Divertimento for Violin and String Orchestra with the Seattle Symphony; Tod Machover’s concerto, Forever and Ever, for computerized violin and orchestra, with the Boston Modern; and Michelle Ekizian’s Red Harvest with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. In addition, Kavafian gave the west coast premiere of Aaron Kernis’ Double Concerto for Violin and Guitar, with Sharon Isbin and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Ani Kavafian has received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions award, has appeared at the White House on three separate occasions, and has been featured on many network and PBS television music specials. Her recordings can be heard on the Nonesuch, RCA, Columbia, Arabesque, and Delos labels. Kavafian and Kenneth Cooper have recorded Bach’s Six Sonatas for Violin and Fortepiano on Kleos Classics of Helicon Records. A recording of string trios by Mozart and Beethoven by the Trio da Salo has been released, also on Kleos. Mozart Piano and Violin Sonatas with pianist Jorge Federico Osario was recently released by Artek.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey of Armenian heritage, Kavafian began piano lessons at the age of three. At age nine, in the United States, she began the study of the violin with Ara Zerounian and eventually with Mischa Mischakoff. She went on to study violin at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian, eventually receiving a master’s degree with highest honors. Ms. Kavafian is Professor of Violin at Yale University. She plays the 1736 Muir McKenzie Stradivarius violin.

Randolph Kelly

viola

Randolph Kelly has enjoyed a distinguished and multifaceted career as principal violist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was signed […]

Randolph Kelly

Instrument: viola

Randolph Kelly has enjoyed a distinguished and multifaceted career as principal violist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was signed by André Previn in 1976, and has since played under the direction of Lorin Maazel and Mariss Jansons. Previn once wrote that Kelly “transformed his section into what I believe is the best viola section of any orchestra in America.”

One highlight of Kelly’s tenure with the PSO was performing the world premiere of a viola concerto written for him by Samuel Adler. The PSO commissioned this piece for their 2000-2001 Season.

In addition to his orchestral career, Kelly’s virtuosity as a soloist and chamber musician has been celebrated around the world. He has collaborated with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, André Previn, Pinchas Zukerman and Trauls Mork, among others. He has recorded and toured extensively with the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. In reviewing an LAPQ performance, the German Press Passaver Neve stated, “Randolph Kelly is in a class of his own. He has a richness of tone such as one seldom hears…” Additionally, Kelly has been invited to perform as a guest artist at chamber music festivals in Japan, Australia, Europe, China, Taiwan and Russia.

As a soloist, Kelly has appeared on some of the most prestigious concert stages in the world. He performed the New York premiere of Sir Michael Tippet’s Triple Concerto in Carnegie Hall. He made his European solo debut when Lorin Maazel invited him to play the Walton Concerto with the National Orchestra of France. James DePriest conducted the Oregon Symphony when Kelly played the Bartók Viola Concerto. The review in The Oregonian stated, “guest soloist Randolph Kelly provided the evening’s highlight… it was a breathtaking performance.”

In addition to his rigorous performing schedule, Kelly has recorded a wide range of music for the Albany, Naxos and Music Masters labels. He also appeared on National TV, performing Don Quixote as part of a series entitled Previn and Pittsburgh.

Randolph Kelly is a graduate of The Curtis Institute, where he worked closely with the esteemed violist Joseph DePasquale. He is committed to performing new music, and he generously volunteers his time to educational programs in an effort to bring a wide range of musical experiences to young audiences.

Jia Kim

cello

Cellist Jia Kim began her cello studies at the age of ten in Korea, where she has won first place in the Korean […]

Jia Kim

Instrument: cello

Artist Website

Cellist Jia Kim began her cello studies at the age of ten in Korea, where she has won first place in the Korean Music Association Competition, the National Symphony Orchestra Competition of Korea and the Young Musician Foundation’s National Debut Concerto Competition. Since then Ms.Kim has taken the stage in cities across the United States, South America, Europe and South Korea. Her performances have been reviewed by the New York Times, Vermont Today, South Florida Classical Review, the HamptonRoads and have been broadcasted on WQXR, PBS and KMZT Classical.
As a passionate and active chamber musician, Ms.Kim has worked with renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Frans Helmerson, Robert Mann, Kim Kashkashian, Robert Spano, Emmanuel Villaume, John Williams, as well as members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, Orion String Quartet among others. She has appeared in performance at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Licoln Center’s Avery Fischer Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Chicago Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, Miami’s Arsht Center, Valle De Bravo in Mexico, Toronto’s Royal Conservatory, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, EJ Thomas Hall, The Korea Society in NYC, Barclay Center in Brooklyn, Princeton University’s Alexander Hall and many more. 
Ms. Kim is a recipient of numerous awards including the Jack Smith Memorial Award, Most Promising Young Talent at the 2005 Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition in California, and Performing Arts Scholarship at the Cerritos Center of Arts Education.  She has received full Scholarship to the Crossroads School in Santa Monica and the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
As a teenager, she spent five summers at The Perlman Music Program Summer Music School in Shelter Island which gave her life changing experiences. She has also participated at Kneisel Hall in Maine, White Mountains Music Festival, and The Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Music Workshop where she was invited to perform with Itzhak Perlman in Israel, Toronto, Mexico City, Virginia Beach, Miami and in New York City. 
Recently appointed as new Artistic Director of International Music Sessions, a unique summer program bringing youth around the world to foster cultural exchange through music, Ms.Kim also serves as faculty of the Brearley School and New York Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Program. She has been invited to do a Visiting Artist Residency at the University of Hawaii, College of William and Mary, Grand Valley State University, and has served as Tone Judge for the 2016 Violin Society of America Competition.
Ms. Kim performs on a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, by a generous loan from Tarisio.  She is evermore grateful to her mentors and teachers Ronald Leonard, Toby&Itzhak Perlman, and to Joel Krosnick, whom she studied with at The Juilliard School for a Bachelor and Master Degree in Music.

Events

09/10/2017
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 3:15 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478
Paganini/Milstein Paganiniana for Solo Violin
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 "Werther"
09/09/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Bach Sinfonias for String Trio
Arensky String Quartet No. in A Minor, Op. 35
Chopin Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Prokofiev Scherzo No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 83 "Stalingrad"
06/30/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94
Popper Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op. 66
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
06/29/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach Sinfonias for String Trio
Arensky String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35
Taneyev Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 22
06/25/2017
Allen Marine Boat Cruise
Event Description

We embark on an Allen Marine catamaran to set sail in Sitka Sound in search of wildlife. There will be an unforgettable performance while we float in a secluded bay.

Ticket price includes a delicious array of appetizers and wine. Alcoholic beverages on board the boat must be purchased.

Generously underwritten by Allen Marine Tours.

Program
Haydn “London” Trios
06/24/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285
Schubert String Trio in B Flat Major, D. 471
Michael Daugherty Tales of Hemingway
06/23/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Amy Beach Pastorale for Flute, Cello and Piano, Op. 90
Amy Beach Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 34
Chopin Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 83 “Stalingrad”
06/22/2017
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Haydn Divertissements, Op. 100 – No. 2, No. 6
Mozart Flute Quartet in G Major, K. 285a
Mozart Flute Quartet in C Major, K. 285b
Mozart Flute Quartet in A Major, K. 298

Patty Kindel

bassoon

Patricia Kindel was appointed contrabassoonist and bassoonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in October 1981 by Carlo Maria Giulini. A […]

Patty Kindel

Instrument: bassoon

Patricia Kindel was appointed contrabassoonist and bassoonist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in October 1981 by Carlo Maria Giulini. A native of Los Angeles, she received a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Master of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from the University of Southern California. In addition, Kindel attended the Music Academy of the West, the New College Music Festival in Sarasota, Florida, and the Claremont Music Festival in Claremont, California. She has studied with Walt Ritchie, David Breidenthal, and Norman Herzberg.

Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Kindel played principal bassoon with the Long Beach Symphony, performed frequently in the film recording industry, and freelanced with visiting opera and ballet companies. She has appeared as a guest artist at the Fairbanks Arts Festival and the Sitka Music Festival in Alaska. In 2007 she performed the Concerto for Piccolo, Contrabassoon, and Orchestra by Damian Montano with the Santa Monica Symphony, and was featured as one of two soloists for the world premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing.

Kindel has served on the music faculties of Pomona College and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She performs regularly in the Green Umbrella and Chamber Music series at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Jeannette Koekkoek

piano

Jeannette Koekkoek is a graduate of the Amsterdam Sweelink Conservatory where she studied with Jan Wijn, Holland’s most distinguished professor of […]

Jeannette Koekkoek

Instrument: piano

Jeannette Koekkoek is a graduate of the Amsterdam Sweelink Conservatory where she studied with Jan Wijn, Holland’s most distinguished professor of piano. In 1983, upon earning her performer’s diploma, she was a laureate at the prestitious Tromp Piano Competition in the Netherlands. Ms. Koekkoek continued her studies with the late Aube Tzerko in Aspen and Los Angeles and was invited to participate in master classes with Mischa Dichter and Menachem Pressler. She has performed in Europe, the Far East, and the United States with such internationally renowned artists and ensembles as clarinetist Howard Klug and cellist Susan Moses, the Fine Arts Quartet and the Florida Symphony String Ensemble. She is a founding member of the Netherlands Piano Quartet and of the Miami-based Sagee Piano Trio. Her recordings include works for piano and violin by contemporary Dutch composers. Ms. Koekkoek is a member of the faculty of the String Academy at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Mark Kowoser

cello

Mark Kosower began to play the cello at the age of 1½ and later studied with János Starker and Joel […]

Mark Kowoser

Instrument: cello

Mark Kosower began to play the cello at the age of 1½ and later studied with János Starker and Joel Krosnick. As a soloist he has appeared with the Orchestre de Paris, the Bamberg Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the China National Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra as well as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, and Seattle among many others. He has performed in recital at the de Doelen in Rotterdam, on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and recently performed in Nuremberg and Munich with the Juilliard String Quartet. An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Mark Kosower has been Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra and a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 2010 and was formerly Solo Cellist of the Bamberg Symphony.

Melissa Kraut

cello

Dr. Melissa Kraut is recognized as one of the leading pedagogues of her generation. Having developed and trained some of […]

Melissa Kraut

Instrument: cello

Dr. Melissa Kraut is recognized as one of the leading pedagogues of her generation. Having developed and trained some of the outstanding young musicians of today, Dr. Kraut has demonstrated a unique ability to teach all ages and stages of dedicated students, helping them reach their highest potential both at and away from the cello.
With degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Iowa and Northwestern University, Dr. Kraut has had the opportunity to study with the great pedagogues Alan Harris and Hans-Jorgen Jensen as well as summer study/masterclasses with cellists such as Aldo Parisot, Frank Miller, Yo-Yo Ma, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and David Soyer. As a student, she participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Banff Center for the Arts and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Europe.
An active performer, Dr. Kraut has led a diverse career on stage, with solo and chamber performances throughout the United States and Europe. She has held leadership positions in several orchestras, and has played under the baton of conductors such as Sir Georg Solti, Valery Gergiev and Semyon Bychkov. Dr. Kraut currently enjoys performing chamber music with her friends and colleagues throughout the world.
Dr. Kraut enjoys reaching students from all over the world through master classes and workshops. Her status as a Suzuki Teacher Trainer, enables her to pass on her love of pedagogy to the next generation of teachers. In addition, she is passionate about public speaking and the ability to reach audiences of a larger scope, about topics broader than cello.
In the summer of 2014, Dr. Kraut and famed cellist Zuill Bailey launched the inaugural summer of the Sitka Cello Seminar in Sitka, Alaska, bringing 10 elite cellists from all over the world to study under their guidance. In prior summers, Dr. Kraut was on the faculty of several summer festivals including eight summers at the Meadowmount School of Music and eight summers at Interlochen Arts Camp, where she was also the Head of Strings. Other festivals include the Lev Aronson Legacy Week in Dallas, TX, as well as Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton, VA.
Dr. Kraut’s students have achieved great success, with top prizes in National and International competitions. Students of Dr. Kraut have won the Gold Medal and Audience Award at the Gaspar Cassado Competition in Hachioji, Japan, Grand Prize in the Music Teachers National Association Competition, First Prize in the American String Teacher’s Association, Grand Prize in the Walgreen’s Competition, Grand Prize in the Fischoff Competition, as well as prizes in many local and regional competitions.

Events

06/30/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94
Popper Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op. 66
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
06/29/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach Sinfonias for String Trio
Arensky String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35
Taneyev Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 22

Armen Ksajikian

cello

Armen Ksajikian started out his professional career at age 12 with the Abkhazian State Philharmonic in the former Soviet Union. […]

Armen Ksajikian

Instrument: cello

Armen Ksajikian started out his professional career at age 12 with the Abkhazian State Philharmonic in the former Soviet Union. Since 1976, Armen has been very active in LA’s musical life, working with such notables as Heifetz, Rostropovich, Van Cliburn, Pavarotti, Rosza, Giulini, Baryshnikov, Cage, Mancini, Corea, Dudamel, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Randy Newman, Zubin Mehta and James Cameron, and with groups such as the Eagles, Incubus, System Of Down, and with the Duke Ellington, Dancing with the Stars and Academy Awards orchestras.

Armen has appeared as a soloist with the Nacional Orchestre du Brazil, Pacific Symphony, and Hollywood Bowl and Los Angeles Chamber orchestras, and regularly subs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is a member of several ensembles including The Catgut trio, The Rio Trio, California String Quartet and the award-winning Armadillo String Quartet, with whom he performed Haydn’s complete string quartets in a 34 ½ hour marathon. He made his Carnegie Hall debut premiering a quartet by PDQ Bach in 1999 and has appeared in the Cabrillo, Colorado, Banff, Sitka Summer, Oregon Bach, High Desert, Park City and Venice Film festivals; the Rio International Cello Encounter and Jasper Festival of Music and Wine.

In 1993, Armen made his ‘limousine-driving” debut in James Cameron’s True Lies with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis. Also a busy recording musician – he has over 1,100 movies to his credit – Armen played his own “death scene” in the movie.

Armen’s performances in “less conventional” venues include 16-day whitewater tours down the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, “concerts for grizzlies” inside a clarifier tank of an old pulp in Sitka, Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro and at Neverland Ranch. He is particularly proud to have soloed with the Hiland Mountain Women’s String Orchestra at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center.

Piers Lane

piano

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has a flourishing international career, which has taken him to more than forty countries. Highlights […]

Piers Lane

Instrument: piano

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has a flourishing international career, which has taken him to more than forty countries. Highlights of the past few years have included a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall for the massive Piano Concerto by Busoni, the premieres of Carl Vine’s second Piano Concerto with the Sydney Symphony and the London Philharmonic orchestras, concerto performances at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, a three-recital series entitled Metamorphoses and other performances for the London Pianoforte series at Wigmore Hall.

Five times soloist at the BBC Proms in London’s Royal Albert Hall, Piers Lane’s wide-ranging concerto repertoire exceeds ninety works and has led to engagements with many of the world’s great orchestras, working with conductors including Sir Andrew Davis, Richard Hickox, Andrew Litton, Sir Charles Mackerras, Maxim Shostakovich, Vassily Sinaisky, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Antoni Wit. Festival appearances have included Aldeburgh, Bath Mostly Mozart, Bard, Bergen, Cheltenham, Como Autumn Music, Consonances, La Roque d’Anthéron, Newport, Prague Spring, Ruhr Klavierfestival, Schloss vor Husum and the Chopin festivals in Warsaw, Duszniki-Zdrój, Mallorca and Paris.

His extensive discography for Hyperion includes much-admired recordings of rare Romantic piano concertos, the complete Preludes and Études by Scriabin, transcriptions of Bach and Strauss, along with complete collections of concert études by Saint-Saëns, Moscheles and Henselt, and transcriptions by Grainger. His recording of Eugen d’Albert’s solo piano music was nominated for a Gramophone Award. He has also recorded piano quintets by Bloch, Bridge, Dvorák, Elgar, Harty and Taneyev with the Goldner String Quartet.

Piers Lane is in great demand as a collaborative artist, and he continues his long-standing partnerships with violinist Tasmin Little and clarinettist Michael Collins. He has written and presented over 100 programmes for BBC Radio 3, including the popular 54-part series The Piano. In the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished services to the arts. Since 2007 he has been Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music and also of the annual Myra Hess Day at the National Gallery in London.

In 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Griffith University in Australia. In 1994 he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, where he has been a professor for many years. He is Patron of the European Piano Teachers’ Association UK, the Old Granary Studio in Norfolk, the Tait Memorial Trust, the Youth Music Foundation of Australia and the Music Teachers’ Association and the Accompanists’ Guild in Queensland. He is also a Trustee of the Hattori Foundation in London, and Vice-President of Putney Music Club.

Events

09/16/2016
Museum Free Concert
Event Description

Enjoy a lunchtime classical concert for all ages presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Concert is free with admission to the Museum.

Program
09/17/2016
Free Informance
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and some of this weekend’s featured musicians for a free “Informance”. The artists will perform excerpts from the featured pieces and discuss the composers, the music, and their lives as professional musicians. Designed especially for high school and college students, but all ages welcome. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
09/16/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Enescu Minstrel from Impressions of Childhood, Op. 28
Harbison No. 2 from Four Songs of Solitude
Schulhoff Allegro risoluto from Sonata for Solo Violin
Chen Yi Memory
Barkauskas Partita for Solo Violin, Op. 12
Gliere Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 39
Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia
Lully Suite in E Minor
Schubert Selection of Dances and Waltzes – D. 779, D. 783, D. 790
Chopin Polonaise in F Sharp Minor, Op. 44
09/17/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Haydn Piano Trio in G Major, Hob.XV/25   “Gypsy”
Elena Kats Chernin The Three Dancers
Rachmaninoff Trio Elegiac No. 1 in G Minor
Beethoven Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1   “Ghost”
09/18/2016
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Bach Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D Major, B.W.V. 1028
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3
Smetana Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15

David Leisner

guitar

David Leisner is an extraordinarily versatile musician with a multi-faceted career as an electrifying performing artist, a distinguished composer, and […]

David Leisner

Instrument: guitar

David Leisner is an extraordinarily versatile musician with a multi-faceted career as an electrifying performing artist, a distinguished composer, and a master teacher.

“Among the finest guitarists of all time”, according to American Record Guide, David Leisner’s career began auspiciously with top prizes in both the 1975 Toronto and 1981 Geneva International Guitar Competitions. His recent seasons have taken him around the US, including his solo debut with the Atlanta Symphony, a major tour of Australia and New Zealand, and debuts and reappearances in Japan, the Philippines, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland, the U.K., Italy, Czech Republic, Greece, Puerto Rico and Mexico. An innovative three-concert series at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall included the first all-Bach guitar recital in New York’s history, and currently he is the Artistic Director of Guitar Plus, a New York series devoted to chamber music with the guitar. He has also performed chamber music at the Santa Fe, Vail Valley, Rockport, Cape and Islands, Bargemusic, Bay Chamber, Maui, Portland, Sitka and Angel Fire Festivals, with Zuill Bailey, Eugenia Zukerman, Kurt Ollmann, Lucy Shelton, Ida Kavafian, the St. Lawrence, Enso and Vermeer Quartets and many others. Celebrated for expanding the guitar repertoire, David Leisner has premiered works by many important composers, including David Del Tredici, Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem, Philip Glass, Richard Rodney Bennett, Peter Sculthorpe and Osvaldo Golijov, while championing the works of neglected 19th-century guitar composers J.K. Mertz and Wenzeslaus Matiegka.

A featured recording artist for Azica Records, Leisner has released 8 highly acclaimed solo CDs,including the most recent, Facts of Life, featuring the premiere recordings of commissioned works by Del Tredici and Golijov.  Naxos produced his recording of the Hovhaness Guitar Concerto with Gerard Schwarz and the Berlin Radio Orchestra. Other CDs include the Koch recording of Haydn Quartet in D with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Hovhaness Spirit of Trees for Telarc with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis. And Mel Bay Co. released a solo concert DVD called Classics and Discoveries.

Mr. Leisner is also a highly respected composer noted for the emotional and dramatic power of his music. Fanfare magazine described it as “rich in invention and melody, emotionally direct, and beautiful”. South Florida Classical Review called him “an original and arresting compositional voice.” Recent commissioners include the baritone Wolfgang Holzmair, Arc Duo, Stones River Chamber Players (TN), Fairfield Orchestra (CT), Red Cedar Chamber Music (IA), and the Twentieth Century Unlimited Series (NM). Recordings of his works are currently available on the Sony Classical, ABC, Dorian, Azica, Cedille, Centaur, Town Hall, Signum, Acoustic Music, Athena and Barking Dog labels. The Cavatina Duo’s recording of his complete works for flute and guitar, Acrobats (Cedille) was released to exceptionally strong reviews. His compositions are mostly published by Merion Music/Theodore Presser Co., as well as AMP/G. Schirmer, Doberman-Yppan and Columbia Music.

David Leisner is the co-chair of the guitar department at the Manhattan School of Music. Primarily self-taught as both guitarist and composer, he briefly studied guitar with John Duarte, David Starobin and Angelo Gilardino and composition with Richard Winslow, Virgil Thomson, Charles Turner and David Del Tredici.

Kathleen Lenski

violin

Kathleen Lenski was first violinist and a founding member of the Angeles String Quartet, formed in 1988 in Los Angeles. […]

Kathleen Lenski

Instrument: violin

Kathleen Lenski was first violinist and a founding member of the Angeles String Quartet, formed in 1988 in Los Angeles. Following years of touring in the U.S. and abroad, the group retired in 2001 after recording the complete string quartets of Joseph Haydn for Philips Classics. The group won the Grammy Award for “best classical chamber music” for the acclaimed album in the year 2001.

Ms. Lenski grew up in Los Angeles, and as the daughter of two violinists, began performing in public at the age of three. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she was a full scholarship student of Oscar Shumsky, winning the Naumberg and Kriesler scholarship awards.

In addition to touring and recording with the Baroque ensemble “Musical Offering”, Ms. Lenski appeared as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Seattle, San Francisco, and St. Louis Symphonies, as well as chamber orchestras in Canada, the Northwest, and the East Coast. She served as soloist and concertmaster of LACO for several years and was the soloist and leader of the Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra. Other festival appearances include Aspen, Marlboro, Sitka, Cape and Islands, and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Kathleen also worked in the Hollywood film industry for many years, performing on soundtracks for hundreds of films including E.T., Schindler’s List and all of the Disney animated features, as well as backing up recording artists such as Natalie Cole and Bette Midler.

Ms. Lenski made her debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2008, performing with the San Luis Obispo Symphony in the Los Angeles premiere of Ecos armónicos, a violin concerto written especially for her by composer Craig Russell. After moving to Los Osos in 2000, she is happy to be living the “SLO life”, working with the symphony musicians, joining in the occasional chamber music concerts with Festival Mozaic, and performing with Beethoven’s Buddies, a string quartet consisting of Lenski, Michael Nowak, Paul Severtson and Nancy Nagano.

Lenski plays on the 1775 J.B. Gaudagnini formerly owned by Brahms’ confidant and co-composer, violinist Joseph Joachim.

Her first performances with Pacific Serenades were 1989, when the Angeles String Quartet premiered Mark Carlson’s Starry Night on a Pacific Serenades concert. She rejoined us in 2008.

Laurence Lesser

cello

Laurence Lesser was a top prize winner in the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a guest performer in the […]

Laurence Lesser

Instrument: cello

Laurence Lesser was a top prize winner in the 1966 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and a guest performer in the historic Heifetz-Piatigorsky concerts and recordings of the Tchaikovsky Sextet and Spohr Octet for RCA-Victor. In 1976 he gave the premiere of Menotti’s Fantasia (written for him under a Ford Foundation grant) with the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa; in 1991, he performed the New England premiere with the NEC Symphony conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich. He has been a soloist with the BSO, the London Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New Japan Orchestra and other major orchestras. In 1966,
Lesser was the first to perform the Schoenberg Cello Concerto with orchestra since its 1938 debut by Emanuel Feuermann.  Subsequently, in 1968, Lesser became the first to record this work.

Lesser has appeared at the Casals, Spoleto, Marlboro, Charleston, and Santa Fe festivals as well as London’s South Bank Summer Music Festival.  He has also been actively involved with the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada.  In 2005, Lesser was named a “Chevalier du Violoncelle” by the Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center at Indiana University, awarded for distinguished achievements and contributions to the world of cello playing and teaching.

Laurence Lesser served as Artistic Director from 1982-1983 and President of New England Conservatory from 1983 through 1996. During that time he presided over the restoration of NEC’s Jordan Hall and successfully completed a capital campaign of $30 million. He added distinguished musicians to the faculty in all areas of study, and initiated the “First Monday at Jordan Hall” concert series, which he continues to direct.

Laurence Lesser occupies a teaching chair endowed by the estate of Walter W. Naumburg. He plays a 1622 cello made by Antonio and Hieroymous Amati in Cremona, Italy.

Ida Levin

violin

Hailed for her “affecting intensity” by The New York Times, Ida Levin began her violin studies at the age of three, making her […]

Ida Levin

Instrument: violin

Hailed for her “affecting intensity” by The New York Times, Ida Levin began her violin studies at the age of three, making her professional debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at ten. Since her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra, she has made solo appearances with the New York String Orchestra under Alexander Schneider at both Carnegie Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center, with the orchestras of St. Louis, Utah and Los Angeles and with the Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra, among many others.

Jeffrey Levine

bass

Jeffrey Levine has been composing music professionally since his first commission from the Fromm Foundation and Tanglewood in 1967. A […]

Jeffrey Levine

Instrument: bass

Jeffrey Levine has been composing music professionally since his first commission from the Fromm Foundation and Tanglewood in 1967. A widely experienced and eclectic musician, he has drawn upon his musical background of jazz, symphonic and chamber music, and contemporary artmusic, to write pieces that range from the most post-modern-abstract to easily accessible pieces for children. His music has been played by such eminent musicians as Pierre Boulez, Gunther Schuller, and Ursula Oppens, and in such diverse venues as the New York Philharmonic, in the northern reaches of Alaska, and in music festivals throughout America and Europe.

Mr. Levine has written for solo instruments, for voice, for chamber ensembles, for orchestras, jazz bands, and for film. A graduate of Brown University and the Yale University School of Music, he has received many grants and awards, including a Fulbright grant, and a fellowship-grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been commissioned by the Oakland Ballet, by the Empire Brass Quintet, and by many individual musicians, and has written the score for the award-winning documentary, “Margaret Mead; an Observer Observed.” After studying primarily with Gunther Schuller and Mel Powell at Yale, and with Franco Donatoni in Italy, Mr. Levine, in recent years, has developed his own unique harmonic style – one adaptable, but not restricted, to forms and techniques commonly found in the music of the past century and in music from earlier eras as well.

In addition to his activities as a composer, Jeffrey Levine is an accomplished bass player and teacher. He was a founding member of Speculum Musicae, principal bass with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, and an original member of the ground-breaking new music group, the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. He has played in orchestras and chamber music groups in the United States and Europe, and, earlier in his career, in jazz ensembles, and big bands. As a teacher, Mr. Levine has been on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, Rutger’s University, and Bennington College, and The University of Massachusetts.

Mr. Levine’s works, Tapestry, and Variations Romanesca, are recorded on Opus One Records. The main body of his works is published by his own publishing company, Music Door Editions. In addition, some of his earlier works are published by Edizioni Suvini-Zerboni, Milan and by Margun Music.

Phillip Levy

violin

Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as the top classical performer of 1995, Phillip Levy has received worldwide critical acclaim […]

Phillip Levy

Instrument: violin

Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as the top classical performer of 1995, Phillip Levy has received worldwide critical acclaim at festivals that include Spoleto, Bayreuth, Edinburgh, Israel, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Ojai, Seattle and Aspen.

Mr. Levy is the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes including the International Chamber Music Competition, Florence, Italy; The Royal Overseas League, England; The Myra Hess Trust, Welsh Arts Council, American Israel Cultural Foundation and Rubin Academy Violin Competition, Israel.

His collaborations have included such artists as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Iona Brown, Sir Neville Marriner, Dawn Upshaw, John O’Connor and Ralf Gothoni. He has also premiered and recorded new works by composers William Bolcom, Henri Lazarof , Donald Crocket and John Harbison.

Born In Cardiff, Wales, he received his musical training in Israel and Europe. Upon returning to England he joined the English Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, with whom he also appeared as soloist. He led the London based Locrian and Amphion String Quartets and was subsequently invited to give a performance of Bartok’s Violin Duos on a BBC television broadcast with Sir Yehudi Menuhin.

Concertmaster of The Monterey Symphony Orchestra for six seasons he frequently appeared with them as soloist and conductor. He has also been the principal violinist of the Apple Hill Chamber Players and currently leads the Capitol Ensemble, Artists in residence for the Los Angeles County Museum’s Sunday’s Live radio broadcasts.

His numerous solo performances have been broadcast on Israel Television and Radio, NPR and the BBC.

As a dedicated pedagogue, Mr. Levy is in demand teaching at festivals throughout the world. For eight years he held a Senior Lectureship in violin and chamber music at Stanford University and led the Stanford String Quartet with whom he performed and recorded extensively. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Mr. Levy is on the faculty at California State University Long Beach.

Yoni Levyatov

piano

An Israeli pianist and composer, Yoni Levyatov is a recipient of the Dorothy McKenzie Artist Recognition Award (New York, 2001 […]

Yoni Levyatov

Instrument: piano

An Israeli pianist and composer, Yoni Levyatov is a recipient of the Dorothy McKenzie Artist Recognition Award (New York, 2001 and 2004; Harold Bauer Award, (NY, 2005 and 2006); and the Clairmont Prize, (Tel-Aviv, 2003).

He has been a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship since 1990.

Mr. Levyatov’s recent appearances include performances at Steinway Hall, NY; Menora Hall in Manchester, England; Spiegelsaal, Rheinsberg, Germany; Auditorium de Cajacanarias, Tenerife; Philharmonic Hall , St. Petersburg, Russia; Jerusalem Music Center; Tel-Aviv Museum of Arts.

He made his critically-acclaimed debut in April 2006 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York.

Mr. Levyatov made his New York concerto debut in 2005 playing the Schumann concerto under the baton of Phillippe Entremont, as the winner of the Koch Competition, and his Israeli concerto debut under the baton of Marek Piarowski, playing the Schumann concerto with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.

He has received guidance from Earl Wild, Peter Frankl, Ruth Laredo, Gyorgy Sandor, David Dubal, Charles Rosen, Emanuel Ax and Alicia de Larrocha. Past teachers include Dr. Solomon Mikowsky and professor Alexander Volkov.

Until recently, Mr. Levyatov had been pursuing his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, NY, with Constance Keene. He is currently studying with the distinguished pianist Jerome Rose.

Jungshin Lim Lewis

cello

Jungshin Lim Lewis was born in Seoul, Korea where she studied cello under Bong-Cho Chun. At the age of 16, […]

Jungshin Lim Lewis

Instrument: cello

Jungshin Lim Lewis was born in Seoul, Korea where she studied cello under Bong-Cho Chun. At the age of 16, she received the highest government award for Outstanding New Artist and won First Prize in the Dong-Ah Il Bo International Competition. Appearances soon followed as soloist with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Seoul Baroque Ensemble, and the KBS Symphony Orchestra. After studies in Korea and Japan, Ms. Lim traveled to the United States and earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where her principal teachers were Laurence Lesser and Stephen Kates. She also participated in several master classes with Gregor Piatigorsky.

 During her studies at Peabody she was awarded Highest Honors and after winning First Prize, performed the Dvorak Cello Concerto. As Cellist of the Peabody Conservatory String Quartet, Ms. Lim was awarded honors by the Amadeus String Quartet at the Coleman Competition in California. In 1973, Ms. Lim became Principal Cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada and Cellist of the Calgary Philharmonic String Quartet. She made numerous recordings for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

 Ms. Lim taught at Longview College and Virginia Commonwealth University while holding the position of Principal Cellist of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. It was during this time she was chosen as Special Soloist under the baton of Arthur Fiedler, with whom she performed the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto. “With Ms. Lim’s usual intensity, she was ready at every split-second entry with that tonal velvet that pours from her instrument – she is every inch an artist” (Richmond Times Dispatch). Ms. Lim has appeared as soloist with several symphony orchestras in the U.S. She has performed often with the Theatre Chamber Players of Kennedy Center and has performed in Music Festivals in Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, and in the U.S. in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Park City (Utah), Sitka (Alaska), Dallas, etc. She is currently Principal Cellist of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. She makes her home in Dallas and maintains a studio for gifted cellists. She plays on a Gagliano Cello made in Florence, Italy.

Philip Lewis

violin

Philip Lewis is hailed as one of the finest violinists/pedagogues in the US today. He has been described as a […]

Philip Lewis

Instrument: violin

Philip Lewis is hailed as one of the finest violinists/pedagogues in the US today. He has been described as a violinist of “Rare excellence—combining sensitivity, virtuosity, warmth, and vitality” (Baltimore Sun).

His early studies were with Eudice Shapiro at the University of Southern California, Ivan Galamian in New York, and Berl Senofsky at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where Mr. Lewis earned his Bachelors’ and Masters’ Degrees, and completed the course work and required recitals for the Doctorate of Musical Arts under the sponsorship of a Rockefeller Grant. During that period Mr. Lewis was a Violinist of the Peabody String Quartet along with Violinist Hyo Kang, Violist Kim Kashkashian, and Cellist Jungshin Lim. The quartet recorded for radio and television, and received an award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California.

After being named “Artist of the Year” from the city of Pasadena, CA. and winning a Career Grant from the Young Musicians’ Foundation Competition in Los Angeles, Philip Lewis accepted the position of Concert Master of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra in Canada, where he performed concertos of Elgar and Bruch, formed the Calgary Philharmonic String Quartet, and made numerous solo and chamber music recordings for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

In 1975, Mr. Lewis accepted a post as Professor of Violin at the Virginia Commonwealth University and performed for 3 years as Violinist of the Smetana Piano Trio. During this time, Lewis performed several concerts for the Chamber Players of Kennedy Center in Washington DC. From 1979-1991 Mr. Lewis was Violinist of the Koryo Piano Trio performing concerts throughout Asia and North America.

Mr. Lewis moved to Texas in 1978 to accept a position as Professor of Violin and Chamber Music and Artist Violinist at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas where he continues teaching highly-gifted students. Mr. Lewis has often been a soloist with the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, performing concertos by Brahms, Glazunov, Mailman, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, and the Ravel Tzigane.

Philip Lewis has performed as soloist with many orchestras. He played Brahms Concerto for Violin and Cello and Beethoven Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea. He has soloed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Annapolis Symphony, the Westside Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles, the Richardson Symphony, the Longview Symphony, the Lubbock Symphony, the Plano Chamber Orchestra, and the San Gabriel Symphony Orchestra under such eminent conductors as Lucas Foss, Anshel Brusilow, Maurice Handford, and Leon Fleisher.

Chamber music has always played a large part in Mr. Lewis’ life. He performed in festivals like the New American Music Festival of New York, the Aspen Music Festival, the Sitka Chamber Music Festival, Juneau Classics and Jazz, the Reizeno Muziek Gezelsehap, the Grand Canyon Music Festival, the Park City Chamber Music, plus festivals in Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

In 1986 Philip Lewis founded Chamber Music International (CMI), considered by many to be one of the finest Chamber Music Series in the world today. Mr. Lewis engages the finest concert and recording artists and the top gold medal competition winners from all over Eastern and Western Europe, the Far East, and North and South America to perform with CMI. Lewis recently presented the US debut of the Kelemen String Quartet from Hungary—a group that has since won the Musica Viva Grand Prize in Melbourne and the Gold Medal of the 4th International String Quartet Competition in Beijing. In addition to presenting concerts, CMI holds Young Artist Chamber Music Competitions. Philip Lewis has performed chamber music with artists such as Leon Fleisher, Berl Senofsky, Karen Tuttle, Cho-Liang Lin, and Jon Nakamatsu among others.

Mr. Lewis is a much sought-after pedagogue. He has given Master Classes throughout Asia and North America. His former students hold important positions including those of Concert Master and Associate Concert Master as well as section positions in orchestras in the US. His former students also hold Professorships and Artist-in Resident status at universities throughout the United States.

Philip Lewis is in his 34th year as Concert Master of the Richardson Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Anshel Brusilow with whom he has performed numerous concertos.

Philip Lewis and his wife, cellist Jungshin Lim Lewis, make their home in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Lewis performs on a 1733 Sanctus Seraphim violin made in Venice, Italy.

Matt Herskowitz Trio

ensemble

Uniquely combining the superlative technique of a classical virtuoso with his prowess in jazz, world music and free improvisation, pianist, […]

Matt Herskowitz Trio

Instrument: ensemble

Artist Website

Uniquely combining the superlative technique of a classical virtuoso with his prowess in jazz, world music and free improvisation, pianist, composer and arranger Matt Herskowitz has carved out a unique and personal voice in music. Over the course of the last decade, Matt has produced a series of critically-acclaimed recordings, premiered his works in settings from New York’s Central Park to Germany’s Köln Philharmonie, collaborated with top classical, jazz and pop artists, and has performed at music festivals across the globe.

His newest release, for Justin Time Records, is Matt Herskowitz Upstairs, a solo outing ranging from Gershwin to Schumann to Dave Brubeck to originals by Herskowitz, including Bella’s Lament and “Bach à la Jazz,” his arrangement of Bach’s Prelude in C Minor which Herskowitz previously recorded for EMI’s Grammy-nominated soundtrack to The Triplets of Belleville. In naming the release “Solo Album of the Year,” Le Devoir declared: “Herskowitz deploys his art with a rare passion, but without ever sacrificing musicality. Exceptional technique, precise sense of nuance, Herskowitz here brilliantly fuses his mastery of jazz and classical.” And Downbeat magazine praised Upstairs in its Editor’s Picks: “Throughout these eight tracks, [Herskowitz] displays touch, power, artistry and chops along with a firm grasp of the daring needed for a great performance.”

Upstairs follows-up Matt’s critically-acclaimed, Juno-nominated world music fusion album Jerusalem Trilogy, also on Justin Time Records, which features the pianist’s original compositions and arrangements in his signature synthesis of contemporary jazz and classical styles, combined with a unique blend of Arab and Jewish grooves. Among the album’s fans was the late great Dave Brubeck, who commended Matt on the recording, saying: “Congratulations! You have transformed the concept of ‘world’ music as I conceived of it half a century ago. You have carried it further than I could imagine.” Matt and his group have performed Jerusalem Trilogy all over the world, including the El Paso Chamber Music Festival, Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, the Bremen International Musikfest, the Warsaw Singer Festival, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

His 2007 solo release, Matt Herskowitz Plays George Gershwin, featuring Matt’s original solo arrangements of the Concerto in F, Cuban Overture and Rhapsody in Blue, was nominated for Quebec’s prestigious Prix Opus, while his 2006 solo release, Gabriel’s Message, featuring original arrangements and compositions based on Christmas themes, was nominated for Québec’s Félix award for “Best Jazz Album.” Matt’s 1998 recording of Glazunov’s 2nd Piano Concerto with I Musici de Montréal (Chandos Records) was hailed by Strad Magazine as “by far the best performance on disc.”

Premieres of Matt’s compositions include his 2012 Concerto Grosso with The Knights, an eclectic New York-based symphony orchestra, in Central Park on the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts series. The concert was broadcast live on WQXR and Matt was praised in The New York Times for his “imaginative, virtuosic solo.” In 2008, Herskowitz premiered his piano concerto, Undertow, with Absolute Ensemble, a cross-genre chamber orchestra who commissioned the work, at Germany’s Bremen International Musikfest. He later performed the piece with Absolute Ensemble at the Köln Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany in a concert broadcast on WDR German television across Europe.

As an arranger, Matt has collaborated with many noted artists and producers. In addition to his hugely popular Bach à la Jazz, Matt and his trio were featured on Barry Manilow’s In The Swing of Christmas (Hallmark, 2007, Arista/Sony, 2009), which was nominated for a Grammy award for “Best Traditional Pop Album”. Matt’s 17-minute solo Piano Nocturnewas featured on Lara Fabian’s album Nue (Universal, 2001), earning him many new thousands of fans in Europe.

Matt’s upcoming projects include a recording of his original arrangements of music by Bach with his trio and renowned Italian flutist Andrea Griminelli, and an upcoming release with his jazz trio and string quartet entitled From Bach To Brubeck, which will feature original compositions and arrangements based on the music of both composers.

A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Matt is originally from Albany, New York, and has made Montreal his adopted home since 1999.

Events

09/16/2017
Evening Concert – “Chopin Reimagined”
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Herskowitz Nocturne in E Flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2
Chopin Etude in C Major, Op. 10, No. 1 "Boogie Woogie"
Chopin Etude in G Sharp Minor, Op. 26, No. 6 "Thirds"
Chopin Etude in E Major, Op. 10, No. 3 "La Tristesse"
Chopin Etude in A Minor, Op. 10, No. 2 "El Montuno"
Chopin/Herskowitz Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 35
09/15/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Bach/Herskowitz Prelude for Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, B.W.V. 1007
 Bolling Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio
 Herskowitz Polonaise Libanaise (inspired by Chopin Polonaise in F# Minor, Op. 44)
 Herskowitz Waltz in Moscow
 Rozenblatt Dima's Blues
 Bach/Soloff Air on the G String from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, B.W.V. 1068
 Herskowitz Forget Me Not
06/13/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19
Balakirev Islamay, Op. 18 "Oriental Fantasy"
Bolling Suite for Cello and Jazz Trio
Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 36, Mvt. 1
06/12/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, B.W.V. 1009 (arr. by Robert Schumann)
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Chopin 4 Piano Etudes from Op. 10 and Op. 25 (arr. for jazz trio)
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
06/11/2015
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Herskowitz Bach transcriptions

Prelude No. 2 in C Minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I Preambulum from Keyboard Partita No. 5 in G Major, B.W.V. 829 Prelude from Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, B.W.V. 1007 Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata No. 208 Badinerie from Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F Minor, B.W.V. 1056

Herskowitz Bella’s Lament, Polonaise Libanaise
Brubeck It’s a Raggy Waltz
Gershwin The Man I Love, Summertime, Fascinating Rhythm
06/10/2015
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way!

This is a free event, but with limited seating.

Program
Repertoire TBD

Jerome Lowenthal

piano

Born in 1932, Jerome Lowenthal continues to fascinate audiences, who find in his playing a combination of youthful intensity and […]

Jerome Lowenthal

Instrument: piano

Born in 1932, Jerome Lowenthal continues to fascinate audiences, who find in his playing a combination of youthful intensity and eloquence born of life-experience. He is a virtuoso of the fingers and emotions.

Mr. Lowenthal studied in his native Philadelphia with Olga Samaroff-Stokowski, in New York with William Kapell and Edward Steuermann, and in Paris with Alfred Cortot, meanwhile traveling annually to Los Angeles for coachings with Artur Rubinstein. After winning prizes in three international competitions (Bolzano, Darmstadt, and Brussels), he moved to Jerusalem where he played, taught, and lectured for three years.

Returning to America, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic playing Bartok’s Second Piano Con-certo in 1963. Since then, he has performed virtually everywhere, from the Aleutians to Zagreb. He has appeared as soloist with celebrated conductors including Barenboim, Ozawa, Tilson Thomas, Temirkanov, and Slatkin, and with such giants of the past as Bernstein, Ormandy, Monteux, and Stokowski. Mr. Lowenthal has played sonatas with Itzhak Perlman; piano duos with Ronit Amir (his late wife), Carmel Lowenthal (his daughter), and Ursula Oppens; and quintets with the Lark, Avalon, and Brentano Quartets. He recently recorded Two-Piano Music of Messiaen and Debussy with Oppens and the complete Ann Es De P Lerinage of Liszt in a 3 CD set released in November 2010. Other recordings include concertos by Tchaikovsky and Liszt, solo works by Sinding and Bartók, and chamber music by Arensky and Taneyev.

Teaching is an important part of Mr. Lowenthal’s musical life, including twenty years at the Juilliard School and forty-two summers at the Music Academy of the West. Mr. Lowenthal has worked with an extraordinary number of gifted pianists, whom he encourages to understand the music they play in a wide aesthetic and cultural perspective — and to project it with the freedom which that perspective allows.

Lorna McGhee

flute

Scottish-born Lorna McGhee is principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, […]

Lorna McGhee

Instrument: flute

Scottish-born Lorna McGhee is principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Before emigrating to North America in 1998, McGhee was co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in England. As a soloist, she has given concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the UK; Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia and Victoria Symphony in Canada; and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra in the United States. A career highlight was a performance of Penderecki’s flute concerto with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under the baton of the composer in 2004.

As a chamber musician and recitalist, she has performed throughout Europe and North America in such venues as London’s Wigmore Hall, Barge Music in New York, the Louvre, Paris and the Schubertsaal of Vienna’s Konzerthaus. McGhee is often featured in chamber music festivals in Canada, the United States and Australia. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada, BBC Radio, NPR (USA), Netherlands Radio and ABC (Australia). She has made chamber music recordings for EMI, Decca ASV, Naxos and Meridian. Along with Duo partner Heidi Krutzen, McGhee has released two CDs on Skylark Music: Taheke, 20th century Masterpieces for flute and harp and Canada, New Works for flute and harp. As a member of Trio Verlaine (with Heidi Krutzen, harp and David Harding, viola) McGhee has most recently recorded Fin de Siècle, a CD of music by Debussy and Ravel for Skylark Music. Both the Trio and Duo are committed to broadening the repertoire and have contributed six new commissions to date.

Having taught at the University of Michigan and the University of British Columbia, McGhee has given master classes at universities and conservatoires in the UK, United States and Canada, including the Julliard School, the Royal Academy of Music and the Banff International Centre for the Arts. She is now an honorary “Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.”

Lorianne Min

piano

Steinway Artist and critically acclaimed pianist, LORRAINE MIN has dazzled audiences internationally with her poetic artistry and brilliant virtuosity. Cited […]

Lorianne Min

Instrument: piano

Artist Website

Steinway Artist and critically acclaimed pianist, LORRAINE MIN has dazzled audiences internationally with her poetic artistry and brilliant virtuosity.
Cited by the New York Times for her “impeccable phrase-shaping (and) crystalline sound,” and by the Washington Post for her “admirable playing,” Min has performed extensively throughout Canada and USA, in Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, India, and in South America. She has performed solo recitals and has made concerto appearances in some of the world’s most important concert halls such as New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre, and the Chan Centre, to name only a few.
A dynamic chamber musician, Min has performed in prestigious North American venues including at the Ravinia and Tanglewood Festivals, in Europe, Asia, Australia, notably in Perth’s Western Australia Symphony Orchestra’s Amberley Mozart Day concerts where she was a featured guest artist. She can regularly be heard on CBC and ABC (Australian) radio.
Min’s success in prestigious international competitions include top prizes and special awards of distinction in the Washington International, D’Angelo, Frina Awerbuch, and the William Kapell Competitions. She was the top ranking Canadian pianist at nineteen years old in the Harveys Leeds and Busoni International Competitions, and laureate in the Van Cliburn Competition.
Min’s discography includes her solo CD of Schubert and Liszt and a CD featuring chamber music of Beethoven and Brahms for Canada’s esteemed Eine Kleine Music Festival. In 2013, Min released two CD’s, her subsequent solo CD, “In Recital” which features works by Chopin, Liszt, and Bartok, as well as a CD of Violin and Piano Sonatas by Franck, Debussy, and Prokofiev.
Born in Victoria and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Min studied on full scholarship at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and earned her Bachelor degree, Pi Kappa Lambda. On generous scholarships and numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Min received her Masters and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School.

Events

06/21/2016
Special Concert – A thanks to St. Peter’s Church
Event Description
Join us to give thanks to the St. Peter’s Church congregation as we present a special concert in their honor.
Program
06/26/2016
Concert Brunch
Event Description

This is a special, intimate Sunday morning event in a beautiful private Sitka home. Ticket price includes a lovely brunch and exquisite performances.

Program
Boccherini Sonata in C Major
Chopin Nocturne in C Sharp Minor, Op. posth
Chopin Waltz in C Sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Chopin Nocturne in F Sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20
Kreisler Preludium and Allegro
06/25/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Debussy Cello Sonata in D Minor
Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119
Brahms Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26
 

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06/24/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, B.W.V. 1008
Mozart String Duo No. 1 in G Major, K. 423
Beethoven String Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 3
 

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Patrice Moeling

flute

Patrice Moeling, Flute, earned the BM from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, the MM from Wichita State University and worked toward […]

Patrice Moeling

Instrument: flute

Patrice Moeling, Flute, earned the BM from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, the MM from Wichita State University and worked toward the DMA at The University of Kansas. She previously taught flute at Wichita State, and at The Wisconsin Conservatory. Currently she teaches at Spring Branch & Katy ISD and at Bridges Academy.

Robert Moeling

piano

A native of the Netherlands, pianist Robert Moeling has received international acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. […]

Robert Moeling

Instrument: piano

A native of the Netherlands, pianist Robert Moeling has received international acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. He has been a concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Denver Chamber Orchestra. As a collaborative artist he has performed with the likes of Joshua Bell, Cho Liang Lin, Lynn Harrell and Karl Leister. He is a frequent guest with organizations such as the Park City Chamber Music Society, the Sitka Festival, the Amsterdam Chamber Music Society, Anchorage Winter Classics Chamber Music International, Dallas and the Texas Music Festival.

A devoted pedagogue, he has held posts at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Conservatory, Bethany College, Concordia University and Codarts, the University for the Performing Arts in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He is currently Artist Teacher of piano in the preparatory program at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Together with flutist Leone Buyse and clarinetist Michael Webster, Moeling is pianist of The Webster Trio, in residence at Rice University.

Among his numerous, critically acclaimed, recordings are the complete cello and piano works of Mendelssohn, Sonatas of Brahms and Liszt, songs of Brahms, the complete piano works of Dutch composer Willem Pijper and World Wide Webster, a recent Webster Trio CD with works of Debussy, Dvorak, Brahms and Gottschalk.

Moeling has been artistic director of the Wisconsin Conservatory’s Faculty/Guest Artist Series and the Ling Chamber Society in Lindsborg, Kansas. With his wife, flutist Patrice Moeling, he is currently co-artistic director of HausMusik in Houston, Texas.

After a performance of the late maestro’s piano works, Leonard Bernstein called Robert Moeling “an exceptionally sensitive performer”.

Rainer Moog

viola

Having begun his musical studies in his native Germany, Rainer Moog finished his training with the legendary Walter Trampler at […]

Rainer Moog

Instrument: viola

Having begun his musical studies in his native Germany, Rainer Moog finished his training with the legendary Walter Trampler at the Juilliard School, New York. After graduating he gained valuable orchestral experience with the Berlin Philharmonic under Karajan, and has more latterly co-led the conductor-less Seoul-based Hwaum Chamber Orchestra. He also found opportunities in chamber music with the Berlin Philharmonic Octet and Van Hoven, Glink and Végh Quartets (succeeding Bruno Giuranna as violist in the latter), as well as performing string quintets with the Amadeus Quartet at various music festivals. He is a prolific pedagogue, having held permanent and visiting posts worldwide and served on juries of several international competitions, and is artistic director of a programme of international masterclasses in Greece.

Moog’s playing indicates an eclectic approach with quite considerable tonal variety according to repertoire. In Baroque music he gives a very fine 1996 performance of the Telemann Viola Concerto which, whilst on modern instruments and with a certain largesse (complete with vibrato of an entirely modern nature) is nonetheless a thoughtful performance with some sensitivity to eighteenth-century aesthetic evidenced by ornamented first and second movements and a vivid approach to phrasing (from the orchestra too), in the finale especially. Repertoire of the twentieth century ranges from the very thin and anti-Romantic opening of Schnittke’s Monologue for Viola and Chamber Orchestra (1996) which opens out into a strong and emotive performance of this dramatic and feverish work, to the rich textures at the opening of Martinů’s Viola Sonata No. 1 (recorded at the 1994 Australian Chamber Music Festival), with particularly effective and percussive articulation in the second movement. The Viola Sonata by German composition and theory professor Herbert Nobis (2002) is densely argued and tight, conveying the compressed structure of this brief work very convincingly, whilst Britten’s Lachrymae (première recording of the orchestral version, 1978) has some wonderful dark and brooding sonorities.

Moog’s playing is, as one might expect, technically highly polished, but it is his ability to adapt according to stylistic context that is particularly impressive.

Thom Moore

oboe

Producer and Recording Editor Thomas C. Moore is a founding member of the newly formed Five/Four Productions, Ltd. Prior to […]

Thom Moore

Instrument: oboe

Producer and Recording Editor Thomas C. Moore is a founding member of the newly formed Five/Four Productions, Ltd. Prior to forming Five/Four, Moore was Producer/Sr. Recording Editor for Cleveland, Ohio-based Telarc International. In 2008 he won his fourth GRAMMY Award for producing “A Love Supreme” with the Turtle Island String Quartet. That recording won the GRAMMY award for Best Classical Crossover 2007. In 2005, Moore produced “4 + Four” with the Turtle Island Quartet and the Ying Quartet which won the 2005 GRAMMY award in the same category. That same year, he also garnered the nomination for Classical Producer of the Year 2005, and won Outstanding Producer of the Year from the OutMusic Awards held in New York City. In February 2003, Mr. Moore won two GRAMMY Awards for producing Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “A Sea Symphony,” a recording with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Robert Spano conducting. This recording was named Best Classical Album, 2002, Best Choral Performance, and also won a GRAMMY for Best Engineered, Classical.

This year Mr. Moore has produced Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with Christina Day-Martinson as soloist, and Martin Pearlman conducting Boston Baroque. A recording of works by Mozart written specifically for castrati with male soprano singing sensation Michael Manianci has also been recorded with the same group. Moore has produced a debut recital recording by phenomenal sixteen-year-old violinist Caroline Goulding due for release in August 2009.

In addition to his work as a Producer and Recording Editor, Mr. Moore continues an active career as an oboist in the Cleveland area. Moore earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. While at the Institute, his principal studies were with renowned teacher and former Cleveland Orchestra Principal Oboist John Mack. In 2007 Mr. Moore was awarded the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Alumni Achievement Award. Prior to attending the Cleveland Institute, Mr. Moore received his high school diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts with an emphasis on oboe performance. He has served as Principal Oboist with Red {an orchestra}, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Opera Orchestra, Cleveland Ballet Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. He has been invited to play with The Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City. He has performed extensively throughout Europe where he served as Solo First Oboist of the first Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. While there he worked with conductors Leonard Bernstein and Sergiu Celebidache.

Events

06/07/2015
Family Concert
Event Description

Festival artists have planned a concert that’s fun for all ages. Bring the family for this special afternoon of music with root beer floats afterwards!

This is a free concert sponsored by BP and SeaMart.

Program
Morricone Gabriel's Oboe from “The Mission”
Mozart Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, K. 493
Devienne Quartet for Bassoon and Strings in C Major Op. 73, No. 1
06/05/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Handel Oboe Sonata in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 8
Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op. 2
Morricone Gabriel's Oboe from “The Mission”
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Mozart Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, K. 493
06/04/2015
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Martinu Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello, H. 157
Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello
06/03/2015
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way!

This is a free event, but with limited seating.

Program
Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, K.370

Gil Morgenstern

violin

Acclaimed for his artistry and technical brilliance, violinist Gil Morgenstern is devoted to exploring and expanding the possibilities for inventive classical […]

Gil Morgenstern

Instrument: violin

Acclaimed for his artistry and technical brilliance, violinist Gil Morgenstern is devoted to exploring and expanding the possibilities for inventive classical music programming. His vision is to present the audience with a more complete concert experience, meticulously curated from start to finish, by organically integrating music with other artistic disciplines in innovative and unexpected ways. The New York Times describes Morgenstern as a “brilliant and musically curious artist.”

 As artistic director of Reflections Series International, which presents performances throughout the United States and Europe, Morgenstern creates original programs combining music, visual art, poetry and prose in ways that invite the audience to reflect on the relationships between works of art, and to reflect anew on universal themes. After Reflections Series International’s tremendously successful inaugural season at Avenues: The World School, Morgenstern was named Artist-in-Residence for Interdisciplinary Studies beginning with the 2014-2015 season. This unique yearlong residency, in which Morgenstern works with students and faculty of all academic subjects, is a key part of the school’s mission to “graduate students who are artists no matter their field.” Morgenstern is also the co-founder of Nine Circles Chamber Theatre, a creative organization dedicated to exploring the collaborative nature of inter-disciplinary performance, and of the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, a diverse chamber group specializing in Classical, Romantic and contemporary works of mixed instrumentation.

 A violinist with a long history of performing in the world’s great concert halls, Morgenstern’s career has taken him to international venues including Wigmore Hall, London; Cultural Center Concert Hall, Hong Kong; the American Academy, Rome; Salone dei Cinquecento, Florence; El Teatro Sucre, Quito; and Arts Centre and State Theatre, Melbourne, Australia. He has also toured the U.S. extensively, performing in recitals and as guest soloist with many leading orchestras including the symphonies of St. Louis, Baltimore, Louisville, Indianapolis, Denver, Milwaukee, New Jersey and North Carolina. The New York Times has hailed his playing as, “a perfect demonstration of supreme ability;” “a rare poet of the violin” reported The South China Morning Post; and “Morgenstern played a program that tested every part of a violinist’s equipment and he did it all beautifully,” wrote The Washington Post.

 Gil Morgenstern has also shared the stage with such eminent musicians as Lynn Harrell, Philippe Entremont, André-Michel Schub, Jeffrey Kahane, Sharon Isbin, and Heinz Holliger, and has collaborated with United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, the actress Claire Bloome, and performance artist Laurie Anderson.

 Morgenstern’s discography includes works by Beethoven, Fauré, Copland, Ravel, Kodaly, Sessions and the award-winning American composer George Tsontakis. His latest recording, 20th Century Duos for Violin and Cello, was the No. 1 classical CD for over a month on eMusic, the largest online store for independent music in the world, and was one of the top ten best selling classical music albums on Amazon. Of the album, The New York Times raved, “the music is terrific and the performances compelling on this surprisingly exciting and excellently engineered recording.” Morgenstern records for the MMC, Engine Company and Koch International Classics labels, and can regularly be heard on National Public Radio and classical music radio stations across the country.

 Gil Morgenstern’s many honors include a command performance at the White House, a performance at the inaugural festivities for President Clinton, and a citation from the floor of the House of Representatives entered in the Congressional Record for outstanding service in the arts.

 Highlights of Gil Morgenstern’s recent and upcoming seasons include interdisciplinary performances at Lincoln Center, New York City’s 92nd Street Y, and Harvard University, as well as performances in Rome, Florence, Venice, Capri, Toronto, London, and Alaska. Gil Morgenstern lives in New York City.

Events

09/16/2016
Museum Free Concert
Event Description

Enjoy a lunchtime classical concert for all ages presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Concert is free with admission to the Museum.

Program
09/17/2016
Free Informance
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and some of this weekend’s featured musicians for a free “Informance”. The artists will perform excerpts from the featured pieces and discuss the composers, the music, and their lives as professional musicians. Designed especially for high school and college students, but all ages welcome. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
09/16/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Get tickets and see subscription options at Centertix. Click here to go to CenterTix.

Program
Enescu Minstrel from Impressions of Childhood, Op. 28
Harbison No. 2 from Four Songs of Solitude
Schulhoff Allegro risoluto from Sonata for Solo Violin
Chen Yi Memory
Barkauskas Partita for Solo Violin, Op. 12
Gliere Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 39
Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia
Lully Suite in E Minor
Schubert Selection of Dances and Waltzes – D. 779, D. 783, D. 790
Chopin Polonaise in F Sharp Minor, Op. 44
09/17/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Get tickets and see subscription options at Centertix. Click here to go to CenterTix.

Program
Haydn Piano Trio in G Major, Hob.XV/25   “Gypsy”
Elena Kats Chernin The Three Dancers
Rachmaninoff Trio Elegiac No. 1 in G Minor
Beethoven Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1   “Ghost”
09/18/2016
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Get tickets and see subscription options at Centertix. Click here to go to CenterTix.

Program
Bach Gamba Sonata No. 2 in D Major, B.W.V. 1028
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 30, No. 3
Smetana Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15

Hakuro Mori

cello

Mr. Mori has been active on the performance scene since his student days at Juilliard in New York. He has […]

Hakuro Mori

Instrument: cello

Mr. Mori has been active on the performance scene since his student days at Juilliard in New York. He has played with many different ensembles, including the Theater Chamber Players at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Sea Cliff Chamber Players, and the Cantilena Piano Quartet. Since returning to Japan in 1985, Mr. Mori has served as solo cellist with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, and has been a member of the Tokyo Piano Trio, the Kiri Piano Quartet, NADA, and others. He is also an associate professor at the Toho Gakuen College of Music.

Kurt Nikkanen

violin

American violinist Kurt Nikkanen is an international soloist of the highest order. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he began his violin […]

Kurt Nikkanen

Instrument: violin

Artist Website

American violinist Kurt Nikkanen is an international soloist of the highest order. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he began his violin studies at the age of three, later studying with Roman Totenberg and Jens Ellerman. At twelve he gave his Carnegie Hall debut, performing with the New York Symphony; two years later he was invited by Zubin Mehta to perform the Paganini Concerto No.1 with the New York Philharmonic for a Young People’s Concert. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay.  Mr. Nikkanen regularly receives invitations from the leading orchestras and presenters in the USA and Europe, and has toured Japan and the Far East. In North America he has appeared with the Dallas Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra, and in Europe with the BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Dresden Staatskapelle. He has worked with many leading conductors.  An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Kurt Nikkanen has given numerous performances of the John Adams Violin Concerto, with orchestras such as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Oregon Symphony, Hallé Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony (all under the composer’s direction).  Highlights of recent seasons have included a UK tour with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, performances with the Gothenburg Symphony and Neeme Jarvi at the BBC Proms, and concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Prague Symphony and RTE Orchestra in Dublin; also with the Bayerischer Rundfunk and Suddeutscher Rundfunk orchestras, both with the late Yakov Kreizberg, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Junichi Hirokami. He has also appeared with the Belgian National Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony and the orchestra of RAI Turin, the Detroit Symphony and Orchestra of Galicia, the Bilbao Symphony, the Malaysian Philharmonic and performances of the Dvorak concerto with the Czech Philharmonic and Vladimir Ashkenazy, both in Prague and on tour in the USA, with concerts in New York and Chicago. In 2011, he was featured as soloist in a performance of the Barber Violin Concerto and Ravel Tzigane with the Turku Philharmonic in a live webcast that was streamed worldwide.  Mr. Nikkanen has had many works written for him, including Steven R. Gerber’s violin concerto, which he has recorded for Koch International. In 2009, Mr. Nikkanen performed the world premiere of Mikko Heinio’s concerto Alla Madre, subsequently recording it for Sony Classical with the Turku Philharmonic under Petri Sakari and released in 2010. His recording of William Walton’s Violin Concerto with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra was released on the Nimbus Alliance label in 2010 and was chosen as “Critics Choice for 2010″ in Gramophone Magazine. Mr. Nikkanen gave the New York premiere of the Violin Concerto by Thomas Adès in May 2010 and has since performed it in Australia with the Perth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paul Daniel.  In addition to his orchestral appearances, Kurt Nikkanen performs regularly as a recitalist both in the US and abroad with his wife, pianist Maria Asteriadou, presenting repertoire ranging from the complete Beethoven sonatas to Piazzolla tangos. He is the Concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and maintains a private teaching studio in New York, where he resides with his family.

Events

06/07/2017
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way! Join us in the lower level of the Mean Queen for this special performance.

This is a free event; donations are deeply appreciated.

Program
06/11/2017
Family Concert
Event Description

Festival artists have planned a concert that’s fun for all ages. Bring the family for this special afternoon of music with root beer floats afterwards!

This is a free concert sponsored by BP and SeaMart.

Program
Beethoven Trio Excerpts
Dvorak "American" Quartet
Glazunov Quintet Excerpts
Tschaikovsky Sextet Excerpts
 
06/10/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
Tschaikovsky Sextet for Strings in D Minor, Op. 70 “Souvenir d’ Florence”
06/09/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
John Corigliano Sonata for Violin and Piano
Tschaikovsky Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50
06/08/2017
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Beethoven String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1
Glazunov String Quintet in A Major, Op. 39
09/10/2016
Free Informance
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and some of this weekend’s featured musicians for a free “Informance”. The artists will perform excerpts from the featured pieces and discuss the composers, the music, and their lives as professional musicians. Designed especially for high school and college students, but all ages welcome. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
09/09/2016
Museum Free Concert
Event Description

Enjoy a lunchtime classical concert for all ages presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Concert is free with admission to the Museum.

Program
09/09/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Get tickets and see subscription options at Centertix. Click here to go to CenterTix.

Program
Beethoven String Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 3
Beethoven Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello in D Major, Op. 8
09/10/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Get tickets and see subscription options at Centertix. Click here to go to CenterTix.

Program
Beethoven String Trios, Op. 9 No. 1 in G Major No. 2 in D Major No. 3 in C Minor
09/11/2016
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Get tickets and see subscription options at Centertix. Click here to go to CenterTix.

Program
Dohnanyi Serenade for String Trio in C Major, Op. 10
Bach Goldberg Variations for String Trio, BWV 988   (arr, by Sitkovetsky)
06/21/2015
Allen Marine Boat Cruise
Event Description

We embark on an Allen Marine catamaran to set sail in Sitka Sound in search of wildlife. There will be an unforgettable performance while we float in a secluded bay.

Ticket price includes a delicious array of appetizers and wine. Alcoholic beverages on board the boat must be purchased.

Generously underwritten by Allen Marine Tours.

Program
Bach Solo violin pieces
Bach Solo cello pieces
Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia from Harpsichord Suite No. 7 in G Minor, H.W.V 432 arranged for Violin and Cello
06/20/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 31 in A Flat Major, Op. 110
Prokofiev Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 119
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
06/19/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven Serenade for String Trio, Op. 8
Schubert Fantasie in C Major, Op. 15 “Wanderer”
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
06/18/2015
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Bach Goldberg Variations, B.W.V. 988 arr. for String Trio
06/17/2015
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way!

Program
Mozart Divertimento for String Trio in E Flat Major, K. 563

Paul Neubauer

viola

Violist Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguish him as one of his generation’s quintessential artists. This past April, he gave […]

Paul Neubauer

Instrument: viola

Violist Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguish him as one of his generation’s quintessential artists. This past April, he gave the world premiere of a new viola concerto by Aaron Jay Kernis with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra followed by performances with the Chautauqua Symphony and the Idyllwild Arts Orchestra. This consortium commission culminates this season with his Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut with conductor Jeffrey Kahane. Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber, and Beethovenhalle orchestras. A two-time Grammy nominee, he recorded pieces that were composed for him: Joan Tower’s Purple Rhapsody for viola and orchestra, and Wild Purple for solo viola; Viola Rhapsody, a concerto by Henri Lazarof; and Soul Garden for viola and chamber ensemble by Derek Bermel. Mr. Neubauer gave the world premiere of the revised Bartók Viola Concerto as well as concertos by Tower, Penderecki, Picker, Jacob, Lazarof, Suter, Müller-Siemens, Ott, and Friedman and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College. He performs in a trio with soprano Susanna Phillips and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, with a wide range of repertoire including salon style songs, and has performed with the Chamber Music Society since 1985.

David Oei

piano

David Oei was a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic at the age of nine and has since performed with […]

David Oei

Instrument: piano

David Oei was a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic at the age of nine and has since performed with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore Symphonies. Mr. Oei is the winner of five Interlochen Concerto Competitions and the Concert Artists Guild, WQXR Young Artists, Young Musicians Foundation and Paul Ulanowsky Chamber Pianists Awards. He has made guest appearances with the Audubon Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Players, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, St. Luke’s and Orpheus Chamber Ensembles and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2012-2013 he performed the Mozart Concerto No. 20, Brahms Concertos No. 1 & No. 2 and the Beethoven Concerto No. 3 with the Strathmere Festival Orchestra, comprising some of the finest chamber musicians in NYC.

Founding director of the Salon Chamber Soloists and a founding member of the Aspen Soloists and the Intimate P.D.Q. Bach he is also currently a member of the Alaria and Elysium Chamber Ensembles, Festival Chamber Music, LED Trio and the HD Duo with pianist Helene Jeanney besides enjoying a longtime collaboration with violinist Chin Kim. A former regular artist at Bargemusic and Chamber Music Northwest he has performed at various festivals including Caramoor, Sitka, Bard, Seattle, Washington Square and Kuhmo (Finland).

His television credits include “Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts”, “CBS News Sunday Morning” and the “Today Show”. He has recorded a wide range of chamber works for Delos, ADDA, Vanguard, CRI, Pro Arte, Arabesque, Albany, Grenadilla, Festival Chamber Music and New World Records. In the summer of ’07 he conducted the Washington Square Festival Chamber Orchestra in a Gershwin/Weill concert titled “Music as Political Statement” and has since recorded the Strauss and Rachmaninoff Sonatas for cello and piano with Ruth Sommers and “The Lay of Love and Death of the Cornet Christoph Rilke” by Viktor Ullmann for piano and speaker with Lutz Rath. His duo CD with his wife, violinist Eriko Sato, titled “Five Not-So Easy Pieces”, has been released on their new label Prestissimo. Mr. Oei is a faculty member of Alaria, Bennington Chamber Music Conference, Hoff-Barthelson Music School and the Mannes College Of Music.

Jee-Won Oh

piano

Born in Seoul, the Korean pianist Jee-Won Oh has performed internationally as soloist and chamber musician in the Americas, Asia, […]

Jee-Won Oh

Instrument: piano

Born in Seoul, the Korean pianist Jee-Won Oh has performed internationally as soloist and chamber musician in the Americas, Asia, and Europe. She has made appearances in some of the world’s great musical centres, including the cities of Belgrade, Paris, Salzburg, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC. She has performed on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center in New York as well as at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, and at the Sala Cecilia Meireles in Rio de Janeiro. She has also participated in such prestigious music festivals as the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Ernen Musikdorf, and she appears regularly at the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival and the Sitka Music Festival.

She was the studio pianist and assistant to the distinguished cellist Janos Starker for five years and was also Associate Instructor of Piano at Indiana University from 1994 to 1998. She studied with György Sebök and Shigeo Neriki.

Elmar Oliveira

violin

The first American to win the Tchaikovsky Competition and the first violinist to be awarded an Avery Fisher Prize, Elmar […]

Elmar Oliveira

Instrument: violin

The first American to win the Tchaikovsky Competition and the first violinist to be awarded an Avery Fisher Prize, Elmar Oliveira is known by colleagues as a hard-working musician—something he attributes to seeing his father sustain two jobs to support the family. He studied with Ariana Bronne and Raphael Bronstein in New York and it was the latter who insisted he compete in the Tchaikovsky Competition. Vladimir Spivakov (joint-second in 1970) was horrified by his choice of Vieuxtemps’s Concerto No. 5 for the final, saying ‘big mistake […] here no-one plays it live’; the audience and orchestra, however, were enraptured by Oliveira’s performance, leaving the judges little choice but to award him first prize.

In organising each season’s programmes Oliveira balances standard concertos with those by less popular composers such as Korngold, Walton and Glazunov as well as introducing at least one new work; he has given an impressive number of premières, including works by Panufnik, Wuorinen, Laderman, Tower and Morton Gould. His favourite violin is a 1729–30 Guarneri, the ‘Lady Stretton’; he had an exact copy made in 1994 which he has used undetected in concert. He uses a mixture of strings, creating a blend across the instrument, and selects carefully (from his large collection) the best bow for each occasion, according to repertoire and venue.

Oliveira’s playing has the warmth and expressivity typical of his generation. In some senses he might be described as stylistically derivative; his Grammy®-nominated 1986 Barber Concerto, for example, owes a heavy debt to Stern’s famous 1964 recording. His 1999 Bach A minor Concerto (which he insisted should be recorded live in one take) is of the rather portly mid- to late-twentieth-century mainstream mould, Oliveira’s direction of the ensemble and inclusion of a harpsichord being the only concessions to period practice. The Bartók Romanian Dances (c. 1982) perhaps lack individuality, although No. 4 is a particularly fine rendition. The 2006 Copland Sonata is one of his most effective performances, with apt use of portamenti in the first movement and an evocation of the wide, open spaces that characterise Copland’s more reflective compositions. Joseph Achron’s Violin Concerto (2003) is an excellent example of Oliveira’s more unusual repertoire: his tone is rich and vibrant without the stridency often encountered with solo violinists of this period. There are more distinctive voices in solo string playing, but Oliveira’s is certainly a good representation of the mainstream.

Ursula Oppens

piano

Ursula Oppens has long been recognized as the leading champion of contemporary American piano music. In addition her original and […]

Ursula Oppens

Instrument: piano

Ursula Oppens has long been recognized as the leading champion of contemporary American piano music. In addition her original and perceptive readings of other music, old and new, have earned her a place among the elect of today’s performing musicians.

This season Ms. Oppens has performed twice at New York’s Bargemusic, first in Franck’s Piano Quintet in F minor with the Cassatt Quartet—repeated at Music Mountain—and again in the “Here and Now” contemporary series as part of the Winter Festival at Bargemusic. In the fall she appeared in a highly successful recital on the Music of Our Time series in Brighton, England, and, in November she participated in a birthday celebration concert for composer Meredith Monk at Le Poisson Rouge, where she was joined by Bruce Brubaker to perform works from the recently released recording of “Piano Songs” by Meredith Monk on the ECM label. Recent releases also include a collaboration with pianist Robert Levin in a recording of the noted British composer Bernard Rands’s selected piano works on Bridge records. In addition, Ms. Oppens will perform Frederic Rzewski’s legendary “The People United Will Never Be Defeated” in Winnipeg, Canada, and at Florida State University College of Music’s 17th annual New Music Festival, as well as participating in the Young Concert Artists Composer’s Concert at the Kaufman Center’s Merkin Hall in New York City.

Ms. Oppens has been nominated four times for a Grammy Award; most recently in the coveted category of “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” for the highly praised album “Winging It: Piano Music of John Corigliano,” released on Cedille Records. The disc featured the world premiere recording of John Corigliano’s work by the same name, which had its debut performance by Ms. Oppens at New York’s Symphony Space in May 2009.

Earlier Grammy nominations were for “Oppens Plays Carter” a recording of the complete piano works of Elliott Carter for Cedille Records (which also was named a “Best of the Year” selection by The New York Times long-time music critic Allan Kozinn), her “Piano Music of Our Time” featuring compositions by John Adams, Elliott Carter, Julius Hemphill, and Conlon Nancarrow for the Music and Arts label, and her legendary cult classic “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” by Frederic Rzewski on Vanguard.

Ms. Oppens has performed with virtually all of the world’s major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, and the orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Milwaukee. Abroad, she has appeared with such ensembles as the Berlin Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Deutsche Symphonie, the Scottish BBC, and the London Philharmonic Orchestras. Ms. Oppens is an avid chamber musician and has performed with the Arditti, Cassatt, JACK, Juilliard, and Pacifica quartets, among others.
Ursula Oppens is a Distinguished Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. From 1994 through the end of the 2007-08 academic year she served as John Evans Distinguished Professor of Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Ms. Oppens lives in New York City.

Francis Orval

french horn

Francis Orval, internationally renowned soloist and recording artist, is Professor of Horn at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen, Germany. Born in […]

Francis Orval

Instrument: french horn

Francis Orval, internationally renowned soloist and recording artist, is Professor of Horn at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen, Germany. Born in Liège, Belgium, he became an American citizen in 1987 during a seven-year stay in the U.S.  He has had 20 years experience as principal horn with major orchestras in Belgium and Luxemburg before going to America in 1983 and serving as a university professor at several institutions.  During his first European period, Mr. Orval served as a professor at the music conservatories in Liège and Luxemburg.  Other administrative positions have included co-director of the Grétry Music Academy in Liège, Artistic Music Director for the “Académie Internationale d’Eté de Wallonie,” and founder/organizer of two international horn competitions in 1977 and 1981.  He has served as an adjudicator for several competitions and is, a member of the International Horn Society’s advisory council.  Invited around the world to perform as soloist, recitalist and chamber music on both modern and natural horn, Mr. Orval is also frequently called upon to present master classes. He directs various ensembles, and as an accomplished chamber artist, has founded several groups.  In 1987 Orval received First Prize at the Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition in Lawton, Oklahoma.  Among his numerous recordings are Brahms’ trio with A. Grumiaux, violin, and G. Sebok, piano (Philips); Haydn’s concerto for two horns (Decca); Belgian contemporary music (Polydor-Deutsche Gramophon); Schumann’s Konzertstück, Saint-Saëns’ Morceau de Concert, Weber’s Concertino, etc. (VOX/Turnabout); a horn transcription of Bach cello’s suites and the Mozart Horn Concerti (CD Marcophon). He recorded with the pianist Jean Claude Vanden Eyden, masters’ pieces for horn and piano.  On natural horn, he has recorded the Berwald and Beethoven septets with the Uppsala Chamber Soloists (Sweden) and several works with “La Petite Bande” directed by Sigiswald Kuijken (Belgium).

Eugene Osadchy

cello

Cellist Eugene Osadchy is hailed as having “the most refined and balanced string playing” by theNew York Times and has been called “a paragon […]

Eugene Osadchy

Instrument: cello

Cellist Eugene Osadchy is hailed as having “the most refined and balanced string playing” by theNew York Times and has been called “a paragon of Russian élan” by the Vancouver SunNewsdaywrites he is “a soloist with a clearly defined musical personality” and is noted for his”extraordinary playing” by the Dallas Morning News. “Mr. Osadchy possesses a very rich tone and is steeped in the great classical tradition. It is good to know that there are ardent keepers of the flame.” The New York Sun.

Currently Professor of Cello at the University of North Texas, Eugene Osadchy is a principal cellist with the Plano Symphony and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. He is also the Artistic Advisor of the Vetta Chamber Music Series in Vancouver, Canada.

Eugene Osadchy regularly performs and gives master classes throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. He has performed at the Carnegie Hall, the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center, and the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. In addition, Mr. Osadchy makes frequent appearances at the Bargemusic series in New York, the Autumn Classic series in Anchorage, Alaska, Chamber Music International in Dallas, Strings in the Mountains atSteamboat Springs, Colorado, and at the International Niagara Music Festival in Canada.

Mr. Osadchy has also performed in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. He has participated in numerous music festivals around the world including the Amsterdam and Groningen International Festivals in Holland, the Stellenbosch International Music Festival in South Africa, Music at Blair Athol in Scotland, the Castel Franko di Veneto Festival in Italy, the Mozart Festival in Woodstock, Illinois, as well as Vancouver, Victoria, Banff, Seattle, Sitka, Durango, the Mozart Festival in Long Island, NY and Maui Music Festivals.

Born in Kiev to a family of professional musicians, Eugene Osadchy started his musical education at the age of five on the piano and a year later on the cello. After graduating from The Special Music School for Talented and Gifted Children, he continued his education at the Kiev State Conservatory of Music and graduated with honors. Mr. Osadchy became a Laureate of the Republic of Ukraine Cello Competition.

Other musical credits of Mr. Osadchy include recordings with the CBC Radio Orchestra which have received numerous Juno awards – the Canadian equivalent of the Grammies. He has composed two film scores and has several CD’s on the Melodia label featuring his own compositions and arrangements. Mr. Osadchy has more then 100 arrangements for various cello ensembles. Since 2000, Eugene Osadchy has presented his annual Summer Cello Clinic.

Eugene Osadchy has won critical acclaim for his recently released CD “Russian Romances” with pianist Anastasia Markina. Second CD of German Lieder “Nacht und Träume” (with Anastasia Markina, piano) has been released in 2014.

Natasha Paremski

piano

“Comparisons with Argerich should not be given lightly, but Paremski is so clearly of the same temperament and technique that […]

Natasha Paremski

Instrument: piano

Artist Website

“Comparisons with Argerich should not be given lightly, but Paremski is so clearly of the same temperament and technique that it is unavoidable here.” — American Record Guide

With her consistently striking and dynamic performances, pianist Natasha Paremski reveals astounding virtuosity and voracious interpretive abilities. She continues to generate excitement from all corners as she wins over audiences with her musical sensibility and flawless technique.

Born in Moscow, Natasha moved to the United-States at the age of 8 and became a US citizen shortly thereafter. She is now based in New York.

Natasha was awarded several very prestigious artist prizes at a very young age, including the Gilmore Young Artists prize in 2006 at the age of 18, the Prix Montblanc in 2007, the Orpheum Stiftung Prize in Switzerland. In September 2010, she was awarded the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year.

Her first recital album was released in 2011 and it debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Traditional Classical chart. In 2012 she recorded Tchaikovsky’s first concerto and Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Fabien Gabel on the orchestra’s label distributed by Naxos.

Natasha has performed with major orchestras in North America including Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Houston Symphony, NAC Orchestra in Ottawa, Nashville Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Colorado Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra. She tours extensively in Europe with such orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Vienna’s Tonkünstler Orchester, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestre de Bretagne, the Orchestre de Nancy, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchester in Zurich, Moscow Philharmonic, under the direction of conductors including Peter Oundjian, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Jeffrey Kahane, James Gaffigan, Dmitri Yablonski, Tomas Netopil, JoAnn Falletta, Fabien Gabel, and Andrew Litton. Natasha has toured with Gidon Kremer and the Kremerata Baltica in Latvia, Benelux, the UK and Austria and performed with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in Taipei.

Natasha has given recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Schloss Elmau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Verbier Festival, Seattle’s Meany Hall, Kansas City’s Harriman Jewell Series, Santa Fe’s Lensic Theater, Ludwigshafen BASF Series, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Tokyo’s Musashino Performing Arts Center and on the Rising Stars Series of Gilmore and Ravinia Festivals.

With a strong focus on new music, Natasha’s growing repertoire reflects an artistic maturity beyond her years. In the 2010-11 season, she played the world premiere of a sonata written for her by Gabriel Kahane, which was also included in her solo album. At the suggestion of John Corigliano, Natasha brought her insight and depth to his Piano Concerto with the Colorado Symphony. In recital, she has played several pieces by noted composer and pianist Fred Hersch.

Natasha continues to extend her performance activity and range beyond the traditional concert hall. In December 2008, she was the featured pianist in choreographer Benjamin Millepied’s Danse Concertantes at New York’s Joyce Theater. She was featured in a major two-part film for BBC Television on the life and work of Tchaikovsky, shot on location in St. Petersburg, performing excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto and other works. In the winter of 2007, Natasha participated along with Simon Keenlyside and Maxim Vengerov in the filming of Twin Spirits, a project starring Sting and Trudie Styler that explores the music and writing of Robert and Clara Schumann, which was released on DVD. She has performed in the project live several times with the co-creators in New York and the UK, directed by John Caird, the original director/adaptor of the musical Les Misérables.

Natasha began her piano studies at the age of 4 with Nina Malikova at Moscow’s Andreyev School of Music. She then studied at San Francisco Conservatory of Music before moving to New York to study with Pavlina Dokovska at Mannes College of Music, from which she graduated in 2007. Natasha made her professional debut at age nine with the El Camino Youth Symphony in California. At the age of fifteen she debuted with Los Angeles Philharmonic and recorded two discs with Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitry Yablonsky, the first featuring Anton Rubinstein’s Piano Concerto No. 4 coupled with Rachmaninoff’s Paganini Rhapsody and the second featuring all of Chopin’s shorter works for piano and orchestra.

Events

09/09/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Bach Sinfonias for String Trio
Arensky String Quartet No. in A Minor, Op. 35
Chopin Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Prokofiev Scherzo No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 83 "Stalingrad"
06/23/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Amy Beach Pastorale for Flute, Cello and Piano, Op. 90
Amy Beach Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 34
Chopin Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 83 “Stalingrad”
06/17/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Brahms Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 (Book 1)
Bloch Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Beethoven Piano Trio No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 97 “Archduke”
06/16/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Tchaikovsky Amidst the Din of the Ball, Op. 38, No. 3
Barber Sure on this Shining Night, Op. 13, No. 3
Rachmaninov Me Po, Krasavitsa, Pre Mne, Op. 4, No. 4
Arensky Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 32
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Op. 35 for solo piano
06/09/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
John Corigliano Sonata for Violin and Piano
Tschaikovsky Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50
02/10/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional 30 minute pre-concert lecture and interview with an artist at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Bach Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, B.W.V. 1007
Bach Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, B.W.V 1004
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47  "Kreutzer"
02/11/2017
Free Informance
Event Description

Join this weekend’s featured artists for an open rehearsal in the UAA Recital Hall. They will be working through details on one of the concert pieces, and will discuss their process with you. This is a great opportunity to see their approach to the music. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
02/11/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional 30 minute pre-concert lecture and interview with an artist at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Chopin Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Glass Songs and Poems for Solo Cello
Brahms Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5
02/12/2017
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional 30 minute pre-concert lecture and interview with an artist at 3:15 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Cassado Suite for Solo Cello
Brahms Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35
Chopin Three Mazurkas, Op. 63
Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49
06/20/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 31 in A Flat Major, Op. 110
Prokofiev Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 119
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
06/13/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 19
Balakirev Islamay, Op. 18 "Oriental Fantasy"
Bolling Suite for Cello and Jazz Trio
Chopin Piano Sonata No. 2 in B Flat Minor, Op. 36, Mvt. 1
06/12/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, B.W.V. 1009 (arr. by Robert Schumann)
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Chopin 4 Piano Etudes from Op. 10 and Op. 25 (arr. for jazz trio)
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Cicely Parnas

cello

American cellist Cicely Parnas is recognized for bringing “velvety sound, articulate passagework and keen imagination” to her performances (The New […]

Cicely Parnas

Instrument: cello

Artist Website

American cellist Cicely Parnas is recognized for bringing “velvety sound, articulate passagework and keen imagination” to her performances (The New York Times). Ms. Parnas’s 2014-2015 season includes recitals and educational outreach at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Levine School of Music, Patrons for Young Artists, the Morgan Library and Museum, University of Florida Performing Arts, Music for Youth, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. She performs the Haydn Concerto in C with the Owensboro and Monroe symphonies, the Elgar Concerto with the Tulare County and Southwest Michigan symphonies, the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, and the Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 1 with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. She will perform at the Musical Arts Festivals in Shanghai and Macao.  Ms. Parnas has appeared at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Vanguard Concerts, the Jewish Community Alliance, and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, and has performed with the Long Bay Symphony, the Longwood Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, and the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, where she gave the world premiere of Jim McGrath’sConcertino for Cello.  In 2012, Ms. Parnas made her Carnegie Hall concerto debut, performing the Saint-Saëns Concerto with the New York String Orchestra under the baton of Jaime Laredo. The New York Times raved: “Cicely Parnas, a fast-rising young cellist, was the impressive soloist in a rhapsodic performance.” She has performed the Elgar Concerto with the Vermont Symphony, once again with Jaime Laredo and toured France performing the Saint-Saëns Concerto with L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire. Other international appearances include her participation in the 2013 Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing.  Ms. Parnas, no stranger to the limelight, was named an inaugural Young Artist in Residence on NPR’s Performance Today in 2011, where she was featured in five broadcasts and an American Public Media video spotlight. Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, she was presented last season in debuts at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center to rave reviews. She holds the Anne and George Popkin Cello Chair of YCA and was the recipient of YCA’s Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists in 2012. She also captured First Prize in the 2011 Cello Concerto Competition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  Ms. Parnas also performs in duo parnas with sister and violinist Madalyn Parnas. The duo parnas has performed as soloists with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic under Randall Fleisher, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra under Lawrence Loh, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra under David Alan Miller, as well as in many recitals with pianist Peter Serkin as the Parnas/Serkin Trio. They have released three albums on the Sheffield Lab label: Parnas Double (2008), Gare du Nord (2010), and duo parnas NOW (2014). NOW features 21st century works by Lera Auerbach, William Bolcom, Paul Moravec, and Charles Wuorinen, among others. The Other Side of Time (Albany Records, 2012) includes duo parnas as featured soloists with The New Music Ensemble in a live performance of Brian Fennelly’s Fantasia Concertante. The duo also recorded this award-winning double concerto with the Fauxharmonic Orchestra, an ensemble of digital instruments.  Granddaughter of the distinguished cellist Leslie Parnas, Cicely Parnas started playing the cello at the age of four and made her concerto debut at eleven with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. She has studied with cellists Peter Wiley and Ronald Feldman, and earned an Artist Diploma from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she worked with Sharon Robinson. Ms. Parnas performs on a 1712 Giovanni Grancino cello

Events

06/07/2015
Family Concert
Event Description

Festival artists have planned a concert that’s fun for all ages. Bring the family for this special afternoon of music with root beer floats afterwards!

This is a free concert sponsored by BP and SeaMart.

Program
Morricone Gabriel's Oboe from “The Mission”
Mozart Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, K. 493
Devienne Quartet for Bassoon and Strings in C Major Op. 73, No. 1
06/06/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Chopin Barcarolle, Op. 60
Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38
Beethoven Piano Trio No. 1 in E Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1
06/05/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Handel Oboe Sonata in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 8
Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op. 2
Morricone Gabriel's Oboe from “The Mission”
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Mozart Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, K. 493

Madalyn Parnas

violin

American violinist Madalyn Parnas secures her place on today’s concert stage as a player bringing an undeniably unique style, artistry, […]

Madalyn Parnas

Instrument: violin

Artist Website

American violinist Madalyn Parnas secures her place on today’s concert stage as a player bringing an undeniably unique style, artistry, and musical vision to each performance. From The New York Times in this regard, “Ms. Parnas gave a fiery account… and negotiated this [technical] minefield with assurance and vigor, but she also seized the opportunities offered by this changeable score’s lyrical interludes and fleeting touches of humor.” During the 2014-2015 season, she performs with the London Philharmonic, the Alexandria Symphony, and the Schenectady Symphony Orchestras. She appears in chamber music concerts at New York’s Honest Brook Music Festival and Maverick Concerts, and at the Russian Museum of Art in Minnesota. While on tour in Asia, Ms. Parnas performs in recital both as soloist and chamber artist. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Musical Arts at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  Ms. Parnas made her orchestral debut at age twelve with the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra performing the Kabalevsky Violin Concerto. Though her formal musical studies began at four in piano, voice, and violin, at this time the violin became her voice. Numerous concerto competition prizes led to many concerto engagements, and today Ms. Parnas has performed more than 60 times as soloist throughout the U.S. and Europe. Last year she toured with the L’Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire performing the Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3 and La Muse et le Poète, and as a featured artist-in-residence at the El Paso Pro-Musica Festival, she performed with the El Paso Symphony. She has appeared with the New York String Alumni Orchestra conducted by Jaime Laredo, with David Alan Miller’s Albany Symphony Orchestra, and Randall Fleisher’s Hudson Valley Philharmonic, among many others.  Ms. Parnas’ chamber music career began in 1997 when she and life-long musical partner, cellist Cicely Parnas, performed on stage as a duo. Ten years later at Carnegie Hall, the sisters took 1st prize in international chamber music competition. They have concertized with renowned artist Peter Serkin as the Parnas/Serkin Trio, and have collaborated with Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Peter Wiley, and Maxim Vengerov, among others. The duo parnas has performed in festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Israel including the American Composers Festival, Tannery Pond and Maverick Concerts, Music Mountain, Tanglewood, and Honest Brook and ShortGrass Music Festivals in the US; Banff and Lachine Music Festivals, and Bravo Music! in Canada; and the ProQuartet Festival in France. Upcoming are debuts at Musical Arts Festivals in Shanghai and Macao.  The duo parnas has released three albums on the Sheffield Lab label. duo parnas NOW (2014) features award-winning composers of the 21st century, including Lera Auerbach, William Bolcom, Paul Moravec, and Charles Wuorinen. Parnas Double (2008) and Gare du Nord (2010) have received rave reviews and international recognition. On Albany Records, The Other Side of Time (2012), an album of works by composer Brian Fennelly, features the duo as soloists with David Dzubay’s New Music Ensemble in a live performance of Fennelly’s double concerto, Fantasia Concertante. After this concerto took 1st prize in competition, the duo recorded it with the Fauxharmonic Orchestra, an ensemble of digital instruments “conducted” by Paul Henry Smith.  Ms. Parnas is a 2012 Marshall Scholar. She holds a M.A. in Violin Performance, graduating with distinction from London’s Royal Academy of Music; an Artist Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music, where she earned the Josef Gingold Award and twice the Artistic Excellence Award; and a B.S. from The College of Saint Rose, graduating summa cum laude with majors in Music Industry and French. Currently she is pursuing her D.M.A. at Indiana University with Mark Kaplan. Her teachers include grandfather and legendary cellist Leslie Parnas, György Pauk, Jaime Laredo, James Buswell, and Betty-Jean Hagen. Ms. Parnas performs on a 1715 Alessandro Gagliano violin.

Events

06/07/2015
Family Concert
Event Description

Festival artists have planned a concert that’s fun for all ages. Bring the family for this special afternoon of music with root beer floats afterwards!

This is a free concert sponsored by BP and SeaMart.

Program
Morricone Gabriel's Oboe from “The Mission”
Mozart Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, K. 493
Devienne Quartet for Bassoon and Strings in C Major Op. 73, No. 1
06/05/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Handel Oboe Sonata in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 8
Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op. 2
Morricone Gabriel's Oboe from “The Mission”
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Mozart Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, K. 493
06/04/2015
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Martinu Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello, H. 157
Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello
06/03/2015
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way!

This is a free event, but with limited seating.

Program
Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, K.370

Navah Perlman

piano

Known for her lyrical eloquence on the stage, Navah Perlman has established herself as one of the most poetic and […]

Navah Perlman

Instrument: piano

Artist Website

Known for her lyrical eloquence on the stage, Navah Perlman has established herself as one of the most poetic and admired pianists of her generation. She has performed to critical acclaim in major concert venues throughout North America, Europe and Asia.     Ms. Perlman began her piano studies at age six with Ronit Amir Lowenthal and later attended the Juilliard School where she worked with Herbert Stessin. She also studied chamber music with Robert Mann, Felix Galimir, and Dorothy DeLay. Ms. Perlman holds an honors degree in Art History from Brown University.     Ms. Perlman has appeared with numerous orchestras throughout North America including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Nashville Symphony and Montreal Symphony.  Internationally, Ms. Perlman has appeared with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Mexico, the Israel Philharmonic, the Prague Symphony and the New Japan Philharmonic in Suntory Hall. She has given recitals in Washington, D.C., Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Scottsdale, and Baltimore.  Her previous season highlights include performances with the Israel Philharmonic, Westchester Philharmonic and a duo-performance with soprano Arianna Zukerman in Washington, D.C..     In addition to her successful solo career, Ms. Perlman collaborates frequently in chamber music with violinist Philippe Quint and cellist Zuill Bailey as the Perlman/Quint/Bailey Trio.  The trio’s energetic and passionate performances have taken them to major concert halls, festivals and universities across North America including Lincoln Center, the Lied Centers of Kansas and Nebraska, the Kennedy Center, Ravinia and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival as well as in cities such as San Francisco, Chicago, St. Louis, Phoenix, Houston, Charlotte, Westchester, and Mexico City.     Ms. Perlman’s 2011-2012 season highlights include a performance with the Perlman/Quint/Bailey Trio presented by the San Diego Symphony, a recital tour throughout Florida in the spring as well as duo recitals with Mr. Bailey.     Ms. Perlman is an active and respected performer of residency and educational outreach activities. Communities in which she has given extended residencies include Raleigh, North Carolina and Vancouver, British Columbia. While in residence, Ms. Perlman teaches students of all ages in master classes, speaks to school assemblies and has also conducted pedagogy workshops for teachers. Ms. Perlman has participated in several chamber music residency programs, including those at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, the University of California at Davis, and Stanford University.     Ms. Perlman’s recital recording of Bach, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin and Prokofiev is available on EMI Classics.

Events

09/08/2017
Evening Concert – “A Musical Memoir”
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Scarlatti Sonata in C Major, L. 104
Schumann Arabesque in C Major, Op. 18
Prokofiev Three Scenes from "Romeo and Juliet," Op. 75
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109
Chopin Nocturne in D Flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
09/10/2017
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 3:15 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478
Paganini/Milstein Paganiniana for Solo Violin
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 "Werther"
07/02/2017
Concert Brunch
Event Description

This is a special, intimate Sunday morning event in a beautiful private Sitka home. Ticket price includes a lovely brunch and exquisite performances. Program will include some (but perhaps not ALL) of those listed here.

Program
Rachmaninoff Prelude in G minor, Op. 32
Milstein Paganiniana
Tschaikovsky Waltz Scherzo, Op. 23
Tschaikovsky Souvenir d’un lieu cher (Memory of a dear place), Op. 42 – Meditation
Chopin Polonaise Brillante, Op. 3
06/30/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94
Popper Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op. 66
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
06/06/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Chopin Barcarolle, Op. 60
Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 38
Beethoven Piano Trio No. 1 in E Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1
06/05/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Handel Oboe Sonata in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 8
Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op. 2
Morricone Gabriel's Oboe from “The Mission”
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Mozart Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, K. 493

Mark Peskanov

violin

Violinist Mark Peskanov, one of the most versatile musicians performing today, is a winner of The Avery Fisher Career Grant and […]

Mark Peskanov

Instrument: violin

Violinist Mark Peskanov, one of the most versatile musicians performing today, is a winner of The Avery Fisher Career Grant and The First Isaac Stern Carnegie Hall Award. He has been a guest soloist on numerous occasions with the Chicago Symphony and the New York, Los Angeles and London Philharmonics as well as the Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia , San Francisco, LSO, NHK, Montreal, Toronto and many other Orchestras.

He has appeared at Summer festivals including Aspen, Grant Park, the Mann Music Center, Tanglewood and at the Hollywood Bowl. Hailed as a “Sensational Soloist” by The Chicago Tribune, Mr.Peskanov has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recital throughout North America, Australia, Japan, the Middle East, Europe and South America. Mr. Peskanov is also a gifted composer. His recording of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat on Koch Records was nominated for 2003 Grammy Awards. He is the President, Executive and Artistic Director of Bargemusic.

Marina Piccinini

flute

Hailed by Gramophone as “the Heifetz of the flute,” Marina Piccinini is in demand as a soloist with orchestras around the world, including the […]

Marina Piccinini

Instrument: flute

Hailed by Gramophone as “the Heifetz of the flute,” Marina Piccinini is in demand as a soloist with orchestras around the world, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, Hannover Symphony, Ravenna Chamber Orchestra and Vienna Chamber Soloists, as well as the Cincinnati, New World, Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, Phoenix, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras. She has worked with such conductors as Alan Gilbert, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Pierre Boulez, Leonard Slatkin, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Peter Oundjian, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Myung-whun Chung and Gianandrea Noseda. In 2014-15, Ms. Piccinini will tour with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, performing the Nielsen Flute Concerto in Innsbruck, Bregenz, and Vienna, with Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducting.

Recital appearances have included London’s Wigmore Hall and Soutbank Center, Tokyo’s Casals and Suntory Halls, the Seoul Arts Center, New York’s Town Hall, Weill Hall at the Carnegie Hall,  Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Mozartsaal in Vienna’s Konzerthaus, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Deeply committed to the music of the present, Ms. Piccinini has given first performances of works by Michael Colgrass, Paquito D’Rivera, Matthew Hindson, Miguel Kertsman, Lukas Foss, Michael Torke, John Harbison, Marc-André Dalbavie, David Ludwig and Roberto Sierra.

A devoted chamber musician, Ms. Piccinini is a founding member of Tre Voci with violist Kim Kashkashian and harpist Sivan Magen, and the trio’s debut CD will be released in the Fall of 2014 by ECM prior to their first European Tour. She has collaborated with the Tokyo, Brentano, Mendelssohn, and Takács string quartets and with the Percussion ensemble Nexus, and is a regular partner of such pianists as Andreas Haefliger, Jean-Marc Luisada and Mitsuko Uchida. A resident artist at the Marlboro Festival for many years, she tours with Musicians From Marlboro and has also performed at the Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Aldeburgh, Santa Fe, Spoleto (Italy), La Jolla, Newport, Davos, Tivoli, Rheingau, Moritzburg, Kuhmo, and Hong Kong Festivals, among others. A frequent guest artist in Japan, Ms. Piccinini has performed (at the personal invitation of Seiji Ozawa) at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan, and has appeared with Mitsuko Uchida in a series of concerts at Suntory Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall. A recent European tour included appearances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Köln Philharmonie and Barbican Centre in London. Ms. Piccinini has also been Guest Principal Flute with both the Boston Symphony and the New York Philharmonic.

The latest in a distinguished line of virtuosos to make the Paganini Caprices their own, her new arrangement can be heard on her latest recording (Avie). The printed music for Ms. Piccinini’s arrangements were published in fall 2014 by Schott Music. Other recent recordings include a DVD of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire from the Salzburg Festival, along with an accompanying documentary entitled Solar Plexus of Modernism; for Avie, the complete flute sonatas and solo Partita of J.S. Bach in collaboration with the Brasil Guitar Duo, and the flute sonatas of Prokofiev and Franck (with pianist Andreas Haefliger); and for Claves, Belle Époque with pianist Anne Epperson, and sonatas by Bartók, Martinů, Schulhoff, Dohnányi and Taktakishvili, with pianist Eva Kupiec.

The first flutist to win the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant from Lincoln Center, Ms. Piccinini saw her career launched when she won First Prize in the CBC Young Performers Competition in Canada, and a year later, First Prize in New York’s Concert Artists Guild International Competition. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including Musical America’s Young Artist to Watch, the McMeen-Smith Award, the NEA’s Solo Recitalist Grant (twice), the BP Artist Career Award, and various grants from the Canada Council. She was also winner of the New York Flute Club competition and the National Arts Club Competition.

Coming from a household of distinguished scientists, Ms. Piccinini began her flute studies in Toronto with Jeanne Baxtresser; received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she studied with the legendary flutist Julius Baker; and worked with Aurèle Nicolet and Ernst Haefliger in Switzerland. She gives masterclasses around the world and is currently on the faculty of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover. Ms. Piccinini is a 36th-generation Shaolin Fighting Monk, and with her family divides her time between Vienna and New York.

Rachel Barton Pine

violin

In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a […]

Rachel Barton Pine

Instrument: violin

In both art and life, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has an extraordinary ability to connect with people. Celebrated as a great interpreter of classical works, her performances combine her innate gift for emotional communication and her scholarly fascination with historical research. She plays with passion and conviction across an extensive repertoire. Audiences are thrilled by her dazzling technique, lustrous tone, and infectious joy in music-making.

Kathryn Plummer

viola

Kathryn Plummer, viola recitalist and chamber musician, is Professor of Viola at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School. As a soloist, she […]

Kathryn Plummer

Instrument: viola

Kathryn Plummer, viola recitalist and chamber musician, is Professor of Viola at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School. As a soloist, she has performed at the National Gallery of Art, Alice Tully Hall, on National Public Radio, and at several International Viola Congresses, presenting the world premiere of Alan Shulman’s Variations for Viola, Harp and Strings at the XIV International Viola Congress. She has appeared as soloist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, the Festival der Zukunft Orchestra (Switzerland), the Anchorage Symphony Festival Orchestra, the Peninsula Festival Orchestra, the Aspen Festival Student Orchestra and the Indiana University Orchestra.

As a former violist with the Blair String Quartet, she presented several world premieres and gave a New York debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. For more than two decades, Plummer performed with the Festival der Zukunft and also performed frequently with the Sitka (Alaska) Summer Festival and the festival’s Winter and Fall Classics. Other appearances have been with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Sedona Music Festival, the Notre Dame Chamber Players, the St. Cere Festival (France), the Craftsbury Chamber Players and with the Trio de Barcelona (Spain).

Over the span of her long career critics have praised her for her artistry. New York Times: “an especially vibrant and sonorous viola.” The Anchorage Times: “played with eloquence and persuasive authority.” The Strad: “a highlight of the Congress.” Cincinnati Enquirer: “she played with lovely artistry.” Musical America: “stellar.”

In addition to her active performing career, Plummer has taught at the Aspen Music Festival, Rocky Ridge Music Center and the Curs Internacional de Musica de Vic (Spain). Formerly Associate Professor of Viola at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, she began her career as assistant principal violist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and during six consecutive summers was principal violist of the Aspen Chamber Orchestra. She was principal violist with the Peninsula Festival Orchestra, and in 1996 she served as interim principal violist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

A frequent adjudicator and guest clinician throughout the United States, Plummer has served many years as a national board member of the American Viola Society and served from 2011-13 as the viola forum editor with the American String Teachers Association. She was educated at Indiana University and the Juilliard School, and her mentors include violists David Dawson, Walter Trampler, William Primrose, Samuel Rhodes, Martha Katz and pianist György Sebők.

Awadagin Pratt

piano

Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in […]

Awadagin Pratt

Instrument: piano

Artist Website

Among his generation of concert artists, pianist Awadagin Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involving performances in recital and with symphony orchestras.

Born in Pittsburgh, Awadagin Pratt began studying piano at the age of six. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Illinois with his family, he also began studying violin. At the age of 16 he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin, and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Musicwhere he became the first student in the school’s history to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting. In recognition of this achievement and for his work in the field of classical music, Mr. Pratt recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins.

In 1992 Mr. Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, he has played numerous recitals throughout the US including performances at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. His many orchestral performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, National, Detroit and New Jersey symphonies among many others. Summer festival engagements include Ravinia, Blossom, Wolf Trap, Caramoor and Aspen, the Hollywood Bowl and the Mostly Mozart Festival in Tokyo.

Recent and upcoming appearances include recital engagements at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and in Baltimore, La Jolla, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and at Duke University, as well as appearances with the orchestras of Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Seattle, Colorado, Portland ME, Utah, Richmond, Grand Rapids, Winston-Salem, Allentown and Springfield, OH. He played a recital in Carnegie Hall for the Naumburg Foundation in November 2010 and appeared at the 2012 Ravinia Festival in a duo recital with cellist Zuill Bailey.

As a conductor, Mr. Pratt participated in the American Symphony Orchestra League and Conductor’s Guild workshops and the National Conducting Institute, where he worked closely with Leonard Slatkin and conducted the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. He has also conducted the Toledo, New Mexico, Vancouver WA, Winston-Salem, Santa Fe and Prince George County symphonies, the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Concertante di Chicago and several orchestras in Japan.

A great favorite on college and university performing arts series and a strong advocate of music education, Awadagin Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he appears; these activities may include master classes, children’s recitals, play/talk demonstrations and question/answer sessions for students of all ages.

Internationally, Mr. Pratt has toured Japan four times and performed in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Israel, Colombia and South Africa.

Awadagin Pratt has been the subject of numerous articles in the national press, including NewsweekPeople Magazine and New York Newsday. He was named one of the 50 Leaders of Tomorrow in Ebony Magazine‘s special 50th anniversary issue and has been featured on National Public Radio’s Performance TodaySt. Paul Sunday Morning and Weekend Edition. On television, Mr. Pratt has performed on the Today Show, Good Morning America and Sesame Street, been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and was one of the featured soloists on PBS’s “Live from the Kennedy Center – A Salute to Slava.” In November 2009, Mr. Pratt was one of four artists selected to perform at a White House classical music eventthat included student workshops hosted by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, and performing in concert for guests including President Obama. He has performed two other times at the White House, both at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Pratt’s recordings for Angel/EMI include A Long Way From Normal, an all Beethoven Sonata CDLive From South AfricaTransformations and an all Bach disc with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. His most recent recordings are the Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Piano with Zuill Bailey for Telarc and a recording of the music of Judith Lang Zaimont with the Harlem Quartet for Navona Records.

Mr. Pratt is also a piano professor and artist-in-residence at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) as well as the artistic director of the Cincinnati World Piano Competition.

Events

06/16/2016
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Elgar Cello Concerto, Op. 85
Schubert Three Military Marches for Piano Four Hands, D. 733
 

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06/18/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
Mahler Piano Quartet in A Minor
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Volkmann Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 33
 

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06/17/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Schubert-Piatigorsky Introduction, Theme and Variations, Op. 82, No.2
Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, Op. 21
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1in B Major, Op. 8
 

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09/12/2015
Free Informance
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and some of this weekend’s featured musicians for a free “Informance”. The artists will perform excerpts from the featured pieces and discuss the composers, the music, and their lives as professional musicians. Designed especially for high school and college students, but all ages welcome. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
09/13/2015
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Mendelssohn Concert Variations, Op. 17
Arensky Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32
Liszt Piano Sonata in B Minor, S. 178
09/12/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach, arr. by Schumann Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, B.W.V. 1009
Boccherini Cello Sonata No. 2 in C Major
Chopin Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor
Franck Violin Sonata in A Major
09/11/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach/Busoni Chaconne in D Minor , B.W.V. 1004 (piano)
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, Op. 23
Brahms Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87

Gwen Starker Preucil

violin

Gwen Starker Preucil

Instrument: violin

William Preucil

violin

William Preucil became concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra in April 1995 and has appeared regularly as a soloist with the […]

William Preucil

Instrument: violin

William Preucil became concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra in April 1995 and has appeared regularly as a soloist with the Orchestra in concerto performances at both Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center. Prior to joining The Cleveland Orchestra, Mr. Preucilserved for seven seasons as first violinist of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet, performing more than 100 concerts each year in the world’s major music capitals. Telarc International recorded the Cleveland Quartet performing the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 17 string quartets, as well as a variety of chamber works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms.

From 1982 to 1989, William Preucil served as concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, after previously holding the same position with the orchestras of Utah and Nashville. During his tenure in Atlanta, he appeared with the Atlanta Symphony as soloist in 70 performances of 15 different concertos. Composer Stephen Paulus’s Violin Concerto was written for, and dedicated to, Mr. Preucil, who premiered it and then recorded it for New World Records with the Atlanta Symphony and conductor Robert Shaw. Mr. Preucil also has made solo appearances with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Hong Kong, Minnesota, Rochester,and Taipei.

Mr. Preucil regularly performs chamber music, as a guest soloist with other orchestras, and at summer music festivals. His North American festival performances have included Santa Fe, Sarasota, Seattle, and Sitka, with international appearances in France, Germany, and Switzerland. Each summer, he serves as concertmaster and violin soloist with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego. Mr. Preucil also continues to perform as a member of the Lanier Trio, whose recording of the complete Dvořák piano trios was honored as one of Time magazine’s top 10 compact discs for 1993. The Lanier Trio also has recorded the trios of Mendelssohn and Paulus for Gasparo Records.

Actively involved as an educator, Mr. Preucil serves as Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Furman University.

He previously taught at the Eastman School of Music and at the University of Georgia.

William Preucil began studying violin at the age of five with his mother, Doris Preucil, a pioneer in Suzuki violin instruction in the United States. At 16, he graduated with honors from the Interlochen Arts Academy and entered Indiana University to study with Josef Gingold (former concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra). He was awarded a performer’s certificate at Indiana University and also studied with Zino Francescatti and György Sebök.

Philippe Quint

violin

Philippe Quint, whose mother Lora is a noted composer and whose uncle Mischa is an established cellist, was born during […]

Philippe Quint

Instrument: violin

Philippe Quint, whose mother Lora is a noted composer and whose uncle Mischa is an established cellist, was born during the 1970s (he does not publish the precise year) into the rich musical culture of Leningrad. He studied at Moscow’s Central Music School for Gifted Children with Andrei Korsakov, making his orchestral début at the age of nine with Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Quint emigrated to the USA aged seventeen, attending The Juilliard School where he received instruction, as did many from this period, from Dorothy DeLay, along with Cho-Liang Lin, Maseo Kawasaki and Felix Galimir. He also participated in masterclasses with Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman and Arnold Steinhardt.

Quint has become known as a champion of American composers: in 2005 he gave the première of a violin concerto dedicated to him by Lera Auerbach, and his discography includes Grammy®-nominated recordings of Bernstein’s Serenade and violin concertos by William Schuman and Erich Korngold. His disc of John Corigliano’s Red Violin Caprices is a world première recording. He has appeared with numerous orchestras (many in the USA) and several of his performances have been broadcast. In 2005, he featured on the soundtrack of David Grubin’s film Marie Antoinette and more recently, having studied acting with Sondra Lee, has taken a lead rôle in another Grubin film Downtown Express (2011), playing a young Russian violinist who studies at The Juilliard School. Although there is a long tradition of performers appearing on the big screen as themselves or famous violinists of the past, Quint’s rôle is the first lead played by a classical musician.

His playing is representative of the Juilliard School’s best alumni of this period. A bright tone in the higher registers is unified with a warm vibrato, making the sound in lower reaches of the instrument full and resonant. As might be expected, his left-hand technique is superb, and stylistically his playing fits the mould established by many prominent players of the current age.

Recordings selected here include a buoyant Bériot Violin Concerto No. 5 (2006), which includes many expressive uses of vibrato and portamento. Paganini’s ‘La campanella’ finale (2008) uses the kinds of regular, small-scale manipulations of tempo that not only respond to the different possibilities afforded by a violin and piano arrangement, but also point to a natural and supple musicianship. Bernstein’s Serenade (2005) integrates instrumental agility with beauty of sound, especially at the opening of the first movement (‘Phaedrus’). A dark, sensuous tone is created in Rózsa’s Duo, Op. 7 (2007), counterpoised by vitality and accuracy, whilst the tense energy of Rorem’s large-scale Violin Concerto (2005) is delivered with conviction and is an excellent example of Quint’s enthusiasm for works by American composers.

Scott Rawls

viola

Scott Rawls has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe. Chamber music […]

Scott Rawls

Instrument: viola

Artist Website

Scott Rawls has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe. Chamber music endeavors include performances with the Diaz Trio, Kandinsky Trio and Ciompi Quartet as well as with members of the Cleveland, Audubon and Cassatt String Quartets. His most recent CD recording, released on the Centaur label, features the chamber music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and was released summer 2004. His recording of chamber works for viola and clarinet was released spring 2003 on the same label. The ensemble, Middle Voices, will record another disc for Centaur featuring the chamber music of American composer, Eddie Bass. Additional chamber music recordings can be heard on the CRI, Nonesuch, Capstone, and Philips labels. Also a champion of new music, Rawls has toured extensively as a member of Steve Reich and Musicians since 1991. As the violist in this ensemble, he has performed the numerous premieres of The Cave and Three Tales, multimedia operas by Steve Reich and Beryl Korot, videographer. And under the auspices of presenting organizations such as the Wiener Festwochen, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Holland Festival, Berlin Festival, Spoleto Festival USA and the Lincoln Center Festival, he has performed in major music centers around the world including London, Vienna, Rome, Milan, Tokyo, Prague, Amsterdam, Brussels, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. He is a founding member of the Locrian Chamber Players, a New York City based group dedicated to performing new music. Dr. Rawls currently serves as Associate Professor of Viola and Chair of the Instrumental Division in the School of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Under the baton of maestro Dmitry Sitkovetsky, he plays principal viola in the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. He is very active as guest clinician, adjudicator, and master class teacher at universities and festivals in America and Europe. During the summers, Rawls plays principal viola in the festival orchestra at Brevard Music Center where he also coordinates the viola program. He holds a BM degree from Indiana University and a MM and DMA from State University of New York at Stony Brook. His major mentors include Abraham Skernick, Georges Janzer, and John Graham.

Events

06/07/2017
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way! Join us in the lower level of the Mean Queen for this special performance.

This is a free event; donations are deeply appreciated.

Program
06/11/2017
Family Concert
Event Description

Festival artists have planned a concert that’s fun for all ages. Bring the family for this special afternoon of music with root beer floats afterwards!

This is a free concert sponsored by BP and SeaMart.

Program
Beethoven Trio Excerpts
Dvorak "American" Quartet
Glazunov Quintet Excerpts
Tschaikovsky Sextet Excerpts
 
06/10/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57
Tschaikovsky Sextet for Strings in D Minor, Op. 70 “Souvenir d’ Florence”
06/08/2017
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Beethoven String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1
Glazunov String Quintet in A Major, Op. 39
09/10/2016
Free Informance
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and some of this weekend’s featured musicians for a free “Informance”. The artists will perform excerpts from the featured pieces and discuss the composers, the music, and their lives as professional musicians. Designed especially for high school and college students, but all ages welcome. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
09/09/2016
Museum Free Concert
Event Description

Enjoy a lunchtime classical concert for all ages presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Concert is free with admission to the Museum.

Program
09/09/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Beethoven String Trio in E Flat Major, Op. 3
Beethoven Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello in D Major, Op. 8
09/10/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Beethoven String Trios, Op. 9 No. 1 in G Major No. 2 in D Major No. 3 in C Minor
09/11/2016
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Dohnanyi Serenade for String Trio in C Major, Op. 10
Bach Goldberg Variations for String Trio, BWV 988   (arr, by Sitkovetsky)
06/20/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 31 in A Flat Major, Op. 110
Prokofiev Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 119
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
06/19/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven Serenade for String Trio, Op. 8
Schubert Fantasie in C Major, Op. 15 “Wanderer”
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
06/18/2015
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Bach Goldberg Variations, B.W.V. 988 arr. for String Trio
06/17/2015
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way!

Program
Mozart Divertimento for String Trio in E Flat Major, K. 563

Susan Reed

piano

Susan Wingrove-Reed has played Principal Keyboard with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years. She fell in love with […]

Susan Reed

Instrument: piano

Susan Wingrove-Reed has played Principal Keyboard with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra for over thirty years. She fell in love with the piano after seeing Victor Borge perform and began lessons at the age of six with the indomitable Miss Pringle in Orlando, Florida. When her military father was transferred to Fort Richardson she began to play with the ASO as a 9th grader – covering harp parts as well as piano parts. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching at Indiana University. After several years with Young Audiences of Indiana, she returned home to Alaska in 1980 to work for Anchorage Opera and Alaska Repertory Theatre as an education specialist and pianist.

She began an arts education career with the Anchorage School District in 1984, teaching general music in preschool through high school levels then serving as Music Supervisor for seven years. She returned to the classroom to teach choral music and drama for seventeen years at Bartlett High School where she was a finalist for Alaska Teacher of the Year and retired in 2011.

Reed was the Anchorage Symphony soloist for Lowell Liebermann’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Concerto. She is an annual accompanist for the Alaska All State High School Honor Choir, ASAA State Solo and Ensemble Festival and the Hiland Women’s Prison Orchestra. She performs with the Alaska Chamber Singers and many other Alaska school and community groups including the outstanding Romig and West Choirs.

She has been the resident music educator (pre-concert lectures and program notes) for the Sitka Summer Music Festival and for the Anchorage Symphony for thirty years, sharing stories about composers, their music and history. Reed was thrilled to become a staff pianist for the fabulous Sitka Fine Arts Camp in 2011 and plays with students and faculty for the Middle School, High School, and Musical Theatre sessions. She also does outreach performances with Zuill Bailey in Anchorage schools and this past year in Juneau, Sitka, Talkeetna, Nome and White Mountain. She was the recipient of an Alaska Governor’s Award for her contributions in arts education.

Events

09/17/2017
Afternoon Concert – Grammy Celebration
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 3:15 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Bloch Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody (1916)
Daugherty Tales of Hemingway
06/27/2017
The Week In Preview
Event Description

Join Susan Reed and guests as we look forward to the week of concerts. Susan will provide insights into the works and performers to give you deeper context for this week’s concerts and events.

Program
06/24/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285
Schubert String Trio in B Flat Major, D. 471
Michael Daugherty Tales of Hemingway
06/23/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Amy Beach Pastorale for Flute, Cello and Piano, Op. 90
Amy Beach Sonata for Viola and Piano, Op. 34
Chopin Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 83 “Stalingrad”
06/20/2017
The Week In Preview
Event Description

Join Susan Reed and guests as we look forward to the week of concerts. Susan will provide insights into the works and performers to give you deeper context for this week’s concerts and events.

Program
06/17/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Brahms Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35 (Book 1)
Bloch Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody
Bruch Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Beethoven Piano Trio No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 97 “Archduke”
06/15/2017
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major
06/13/2017
The Week In Preview
Event Description

Join Susan Reed and guests as we look forward to the week of concerts. Susan will provide insights into the works and performers to give you deeper context for this week’s concerts and events.

Program
06/06/2017
The Week In Preview
Event Description

Join Susan Reed and guests as we look forward to the week of concerts. Susan will provide insights into the works and performers to give you deeper context for this week’s concerts and events.

 

Program
02/10/2017
Museum Concert
Event Description

Join Artistic Director Zuill Bailey and pianist Susan Reed for a free lunchtime concert in the Atrium of the Anchorage Museum. Concert is free with admission to the Museum.

Program
Dutilleux Cello Concerto - Tout un monde lountain
Daugherty "Tales of Hemingway"
06/21/2016
The Week In Preview
Event Description

Join Susan Reed and guests as we look forward to the week of concerts. Susan will provide insights into the works and performers to give you deeper context for the concerts.

Program
06/07/2016
Special After-Hours Beethoven Concert – The Complications of Love & Music
Event Description

The Cypress String Quartet will present Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14 in C Sharp Minor at 9pm in Stevenson Hall, and there will be a discussion about Beethoven’s complicated love life. Come find out about the human side of this monumental genius. For mature audiences only. $10 suggested donation.

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 14 in C Sharp Minor, Op. 131
 

Purchase Tickets

06/14/2016
The Week In Preview
Event Description

Join Susan Reed and guests as we look forward to the week of concerts. Susan will provide insights into the works and performers to give you deeper context for the concerts.

 

Program
05/31/2016
The Week In Preview PLUS Special Performance
Event Description

Join Susan Reed and guests as we look forward to the week of concerts. Susan will provide insights into the works and performers to give you deeper context for the concerts. We’ll be joined by the Cypress String Quartet.  5:30pm-7pm.

 

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 1 in F Major Op. 18, No 1
06/07/2016
The Week In Preview PLUS Special Performance
Event Description

Join Susan Reed and guests as we look forward to the week of concerts. Susan will provide insights into the works and performers to give you deeper context for the concerts. We’ll be joined by the Cypress String Quartet.  5:30pm-7pm.

 

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 12 in E Flat Major, Op. 127.
09/11/2015
Museum Free Concert
Event Description

Enjoy a lunchtime classical concert for all ages presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival. Concert is free with admission to the Museum.

Program
Boccherini Cello Sonata No. 2 in C Major, G. 6
Chopin Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor
Foss Capriccio for Cello and Piano
09/12/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach, arr. by Schumann Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, B.W.V. 1009
Boccherini Cello Sonata No. 2 in C Major
Chopin Nocturne No. 20 in C Sharp Minor
Franck Violin Sonata in A Major

Peter Rejto

cello

Mr. Rejto has appeared throughout the United States and abroad in hundreds of performances as soloist, and with the Los […]

Peter Rejto

Instrument: cello

Mr. Rejto has appeared throughout the United States and abroad in hundreds of performances as soloist, and with the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, of which he is a founding member. He has also appeared in concerti with the Dallas and St. Louis Symphonies, the Orquesta Filarmonica de Caracas on a tour of Venezuela, the Rio de Janeiro Symphony in Brazil, and the California Chamber Symphony in Hong Kong. In 1991 he performed the World Premiere of Gerard Schurmann’s cello concerto “The Gardens of Exile” with the Bournemouth Symphony, broadcast live on the BBC.

With the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, Mr. Rejto has recorded and toured extensively worldwide. His CD of solo works for cello by Janacek, Martinu, Kodaly, and Barber was released by Summit Records. Peter Rejto has appeared at the summer festivals of La Jolla, Round Top, Carmel Bach, Chamber Music L.A., Fairbanks, Sitka, Santa Fe, Grand Canyon, and “Bravo” Colorado. March 1994 marked the debut of the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, of which he is the Artistic Director.

Mr. Rejto is Professor of cello at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, having previously served on the faculties of Michigan State University, California State University, Northridge, The University of Southern California, The University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Arizona, Tucson. His many honors include winning the Young Concert Artists International competition and the Debut Award of the Young Musicians Foundation, Los Angeles.

Peter Rejto studied cello with his father, the late Hungarian cellist, Gabor Rejto, and participated in master classes with Casals, Piatigorsky, and Fournier. His instrument is a Dominicus Montagnana which was made in Venice in 1721.

Gerard Reuter

oboe

A recipient of the prestigious Pro Musicus International Award, oboist Gerard Reuter has participated as a featured guest artist at many […]

Gerard Reuter

Instrument: oboe

A recipient of the prestigious Pro Musicus International Award, oboist Gerard Reuter has participated as a featured guest artist at many prestigious American and European summer festivals. As a soloist, he has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Jupiter Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, Riverside Symphony and Orchestra of the Bronx in New York, the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, DC, the Soviet Emigre’ Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra , of which he was a founding member. Also a dedicated chamber music performer, he is a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet and was a founding member of the ensemble, An die Musik. As a guest, he has performed with many ensembles here and abroad. Mr. Reuter has appeared as guest conductor with the Jupiter Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Claremont Strings, New York Mandolin Orchestra and the Schenectady Symphony. He has recorded for Sony, New World, Telarc, Columbia, BMG-Catalyst, Dorian, Summit and Musical Heritage Society.

Peter Rofé

bass

Peter Rofé has been a bassist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1986. He began his orchestral career as the principal […]

Peter Rofé

Instrument: bass

Peter Rofé has been a bassist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1986. He began his orchestral career as the principal bassist with the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera and held those posts for fourteen years. He also performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music series. Rofé has performed as a guest artist at many music festivals, including the Chautauqua Symphony, the Kapalua Chamber Music Festival, the San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival, the Grand Teton Music Festival, and the Sitka Chamber Music Festival.

In addition to performing, Rofé has served on the music faculty of several colleges and universities, including California State University at Los Angeles, California State University at San Diego, the Chautauqua Summer School of Music, Pepperdine University, Occidental College, and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

Nathaniel Rosen

cello

Mr. Rosen achieved international stardom as the first American cellist to win a gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition, shortly […]

Nathaniel Rosen

Instrument: cello

Mr. Rosen achieved international stardom as the first American cellist to win a gold medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition, shortly after winning the coveted Naumburg Competition in 1977. Since then, he has performed with the New York, Los Angeles and Czech philharmonics, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Philadelphia, Minnesota and Dresden State orchestras, and the London, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Dallas, Houston and Vancouver symphonies. Mr. Rosen began cello studies with Eleonore Schoenfeld and continued with Gregor Piatigorsky. He has recorded several discs on the John Marks label and plays a 1738 Montagnana cello.

Poul Rosenbaum

piano

Paul Rosenbaum, one of the leading Danish pianists of his generation was born in 1952. He has played concerts in the […]

Poul Rosenbaum

Instrument: piano

Paul Rosenbaum, one of the leading Danish pianists of his generation was born in 1952. He has played concerts in the USA, Europe and in Mexico and is especially known for his interpretations of contemporary and romantic music.

He has been a soloist at festivals (including ISCM World Music DaysAmerican Music Week et al.), and has given a large number of first performances.

Poul Rosenbaum made his concert debut from The Royal Danish Academy of Music, won a scholarship to The Juilliard School in New York and made his debut at Carnegie Recital Hall, New York in 1978. He also received the Jacob Gade Prize in 1978.

He has recorded more than 20 CD productions including piano music by Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Schumann, Medtner, the complete piano works by Charles Griffes and other 20th century repertoire. His recording of Poul Ruders’ Piano Concerto “Dramaphonia” which is dedicated to Poul Rosenbaum, received a Grammy nomination in 1995.

For many years Poul Rosenbaum worked closely with the famous bass Aage Haugland.Together they made several CD recordings including the complete songs by Mussorgsky, sung in Russian (issued on 3 CDs on Chandos Records). These recordings have received great critical acclaim in the international music press. Poul Rosenbaum forms a duo, BACK TO BACH, with the outstanding, Danish jazz bass player, Mads Vinding. Their repertoire consists of J.S.Bach’s piano music in their own personal interpretation.

Poul Rosenbaum also takes a highly active part in Danish music education as head of Ishøj Music Schooland organizer of Copenhagen Summer Festival and Øresunds Solist.

Don Rosenthal

Don Rosenthal

Linda Rosenthal

violin

Violinist Linda Rosenthal performs throughout North America, Europe and Asia in recitals, as a soloist and as a chamber musician. […]

Linda Rosenthal

Instrument: violin

Violinist Linda Rosenthal performs throughout North America, Europe and Asia in recitals, as a soloist and as a chamber musician. She is the Artistic Director of Juneau Jazz & Classics, an annual festival that features internationally renowned jazz and classical artists.

She is also Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar in New York and Professor of Music at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska, where she makes her home.

Over the past decade Ms. Rosenthal has commissioned and premiered more than a dozen works, including pieces for solo violin, electric violin, violin and piano, violin and narrator, and Glacier Blue, a Concerto for Solo Violin and Big Band. Ms. Rosenthal’s solo CDs feature the sonatas of Copland, Piston and Porter, favorite violin encores and Fiddle de Bop, a lively collection of Americana music for violin and piano.

In addition to a busy schedule performing traditional solo and chamber music, Ms. Rosenthal also tours Strings & Stories, a dynamic pairing of violin and theater for audiences of all ages, which she created and premiered for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 1995. Since its debut performance, she and Los Angeles actor Bill Blush have performed Strings & Stories for thousands of children and adults in schools, libraries, concert halls and theaters throughout the United States under the auspices of the Piatigorsky Foundation in New York City.

Ms. Rosenthal plays a violin made in Turin, Italy in 1772 by J. B. Guadagnini.

Paul Rosenthal

viola

Violinist Paul Rosenthal has been living and working in Alaska since the early 70’s. After studying in New York at the […]

Paul Rosenthal

Instrument: viola

Violinist Paul Rosenthal has been living and working in Alaska since the early 70’s. After studying in New York at the Juilliard School and in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, he realized that neither metropolis was the sort of place where he would be able to live the life of creative freedom he craved, and so found himself drawn to the Alaskan Frontier.

“Plenty of elbow room” is a phrase often heard to escape his lips, as he tries to explain why Alaska has proved a deeply satisfying place to live, to function and to grow as an artist.

At the beginning of his life in the North, Rosenthal lived for five years in a log cabin outside of Fairbanks. During that time, he traveled to many towns and villages around the vast state playing concerts and found a warm and welcoming public wherever he went. This kind of travel and performance has proved to be an enduring satisfaction throughout the years, both in Alaska and in other places, other countries and other continents.

After a time, Rosenthal was asked to join the faculty of the University of Alaska, first in Fairbanks and later in Anchorage and taught in those cities for a number of years. Later the University bestowed the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters on their ex-faculty member, who has since re-located to Juneau.

During his early years in Alaska, Rosenthal created the Sitka Summer Music Festival in the picturesque town of Sitka, from which he retired this year after being its Artistic Director for forty years.

This past summer, Rosenthal was the recipient of the Alaskan Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring the many hundreds of concerts he has performed and presented throughout his forty-three years of living and working in Alaska.

Events

06/30/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Prokofiev Violin Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 94
Popper Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op. 66
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8
06/29/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach Sinfonias for String Trio
Arensky String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35
Taneyev Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 22
02/10/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional 30 minute pre-concert lecture and interview with an artist at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Bach Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, B.W.V. 1007
Bach Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, B.W.V 1004
Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47  "Kreutzer"
02/11/2017
Free Informance
Event Description

Join this weekend’s featured artists for an open rehearsal in the UAA Recital Hall. They will be working through details on one of the concert pieces, and will discuss their process with you. This is a great opportunity to see their approach to the music. Admission free – donations appreciated.

Program
02/11/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional 30 minute pre-concert lecture and interview with an artist at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Chopin Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Glass Songs and Poems for Solo Cello
Brahms Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5
02/12/2017
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional 30 minute pre-concert lecture and interview with an artist at 3:15 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Cassado Suite for Solo Cello
Brahms Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35
Chopin Three Mazurkas, Op. 63
Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49
02/07/2016
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 3:30 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Couperin Pieces en Concert for Cello and Strings
Dvorak String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 "American"
Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B Flat Major, Op. 18
02/06/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 20 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 7:00 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Beethoven String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 "Rasumovsky"
Brahms String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 "Agathe"

Robert Routch

french horn

Robert Routch

Instrument: french horn

Rubens Quartet

ensemble

The Rubens Quartet – whose members come from the Netherlands, Israel and the US – has become one of the […]

Rubens Quartet

Instrument: ensemble

The Rubens Quartet – whose members come from the Netherlands, Israel and the US – has become one of the finest young quartets of its generation since being founded in 2000. The quartet continues to impress audiences throughout its home country of the Netherlands and abroad, and is praised for its warm sound, remarkable sense of rhythm and harmony, and ability to communicate with an audience.

Through its rich knowledge of string quartet culture, the mission of the Rubens Quartet is to combine the old with the new, by interpreting lesser known works of the past and present and placing them alongside the great standards of the quartet repertoire. In its concert programs, the ensemble regularly pairs classic with contemporary (Haydn with Dutilleux, Stravinsky with Roukens), and is dedicated to promoting new music, having worked closely with such composers as György Kurtág, Louis Andriessen, Sofia Gubaidulina and Joey Roukens, who served as composer-in-residence for the quartet from 2009 to 2011.

The quartet is honored to collaborate regularly with the leading chamber musicians of our time, such as the Borodin Quartet, pianist Inon Barnatan, violinist Liza Ferschtman and harpist Gwyneth Wentink.

The quartet is also active in music education, and has developed their own method “The art of perception: the perception of art” which involves introducing chamber music to schools all over the Netherlands. Since 2009 the quartet makes a Dutch tour annually with the winner of the Prinses Christina Concours Rubens Quartet Prize.

The Rubens Quartet studied for three years at the Dutch String Quartet Academy (NSKA) in Amsterdam and finished its studies cum laude at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule in Berlin; during this time the quartet benefited from the guidance of world-renowned chamber music specialists, including György Kurtág and members of the Amadeus, Juilliard and Hagen Quartets. The quartet appears regularly at such venues as the String Quartet Festival in Luberon (France) and at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The quartet holds top prizes from national and international string quartet competitions, and tours internationally.

Recently the Rubens Quartet has produced two internationally praised CDs on their own label RQ: “Rondom Roukens”, a document of their two-year residency with composer Joey Roukens, and an album with the complete flute quartets of Mozart with flutist Marieke Schneemann.

Toby Saks

cello

Toby Saks has been Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Festival since its inception in 1982. Professor of cello […]

Toby Saks

Instrument: cello

Toby Saks has been Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Festival since its inception in 1982. Professor of cello at the University of Washington since 1976, Ms. Saks has performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the former U.S.S.R., and Israel. Her chamber music credits include the Sitka, Boston Chamber Music Society, Vancouver, Cascade Head, Bargemusic, St. Cere, New Mexico, Amsterdam, Juneau, Marlboro, Stratford, Spoleto and Anchorage Festivals. In 1988, Ms. Saks led musicians of the Seattle Chamber Music Festival on a two-week tour of the Soviet Union. In addition, she was first prizewinner at the International Pablo Casals Competition in Israel and a top prizewinner at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. A recipient of Fulbright and Rockefeller grants, Ms. Saks studied with Leonard Rose at Juilliard and with Andre Navarra at the Conservatoire de Musique in Paris. Ms. Saks made her Town Hall debut at age 18 after winning the New York Young Concert Artists auditions and was a member of the New York Philharmonic from 1971-76.

Jack Sanders

guitar

Soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, Jack Sanders’ performances have included the Sitka Summer Music Festival, Kapalua Music Festival of Hawaii, […]

Jack Sanders

Instrument: guitar

Soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, Jack Sanders’ performances have included the Sitka Summer Music Festival, Kapalua Music Festival of Hawaii, Arrowhead Bach Festival, and solo appearances with numerous orchestras, including the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Santa Fe, Modesto Symphony, Orange County Chamber Orchestra and South Coast Symphony. He has performed with the St. Petersburg, Colorado, and Angeles String Quartets, the vocal group I Cantori, and the contemporary chamber ensemble XTET. Radio appearances have included NPR’s nationally broadcast “West Coast Live.”

In 1984 Jack Sanders formed a duo with violinist Clayton Haslop which has since appeared at Guitar Foundation of America Festivals, Merkin Hall in New York, the Oregon Bach Festival and in concerts from Hawaii and Alaska to Maine. The Haslop/Sanders Duo has toured for the California Arts Council, and a 1988 tour of China included the Shanghai Conservatory, where Mr. Sanders was the first U.S. guitarist to appear after the Cultural Revolution. The Duo has recorded for Centaur Records and Townhall Records. A solo recording by Mr. Sanders featuring the Preludes of Ponce, Villa-Lobos and Carlevaro was released by Townhall Records in the Spring of 2000.

Mr. Sanders also performs with oboist Allan Vogel and flutist Janice Tipton in the Valencia Trio which has appeared at the International Music Festival of Costa Rica and the Sedona Chamber Music Festival.

Equally at home performing music of all periods, he gave the American premiere of Micio Mamiya’s Sacred Spells for Guitar. Works written for him include Anthony Plog’s Animial Ditties for Guitar and Narrator, Karl Kohn’s SoliloquyTripartita, Concords (violin/guitar), Colla Voce (viola/guitar), and Frank Campo’s Two Studies (trumpet/guitar) which he has recorded for Crystal Records. In 1996 he gave the first performances of Las Folios D’Espana, a concerto by Louis Moyse and in January, 1999 he gave the U.S. premiere of Raymond Luedeke’s Elemental Dances with the Colorado String Quartet. In 2005, Mr. Sanders gave the premier performances of Music in Four Sharps for guitar and string quartet by Ian Krouse.

An accomplished luthier, Mr. Sanders builds classical and flamenco guitars, as well as historic reproductions of vihuelas and 19th Century instruments. A faculty member of Pomona College since 1980, he has also taught guitar-building courses at California Institute of the Arts and Pomona College. He received his BFA and MFA degrees from California Institute of the Arts, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Guitar Foundation of America since 1995.

Eriko Sato

violin

Violinist Eriko Sato has been a member and frequent concertmaster of the Orpheus and St. Luke’s Orchestras. She made her […]

Eriko Sato

Instrument: violin

Violinist Eriko Sato has been a member and frequent concertmaster of the Orpheus and St. Luke’s Orchestras. She made her solo debut at age 13, and has performed as soloist with orchestras in Louisville, San Francisco, and Tokyo. Ms. Sato was the winner of the Tibor Varga International Competition, the Young Musicians Foundation Competition, and three Japanese National Competitions. She is a founding member of the Aspen Soloists, the Festival Chamber Music Society, and the Salon Chamber Soloists.

An active chamber musician, Ms. Sato has participated in the Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Angel Fire, Gretna, and Khumo Music Festivals, and appears regularly with Bargemusic, Chamber Music Northwest, and at the Caramoor and Dobbs Ferry Music Festivals. As a concertmaster of Orpheus, she has recorded for Deutsche Grammaphon, and on Telarc, Arabesque, and MusicMasters with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble. She has also recorded for Vanguard, Delos, and Grenadilla labels and has been featured on CBS News Sunday Morning. Ms. Sato has taught at Queens College and the Aspen Music Festival and is currently a faculty member at the Hoff-Barthelson School and the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division, where she teaches violin and chamber music. She lives in New York City with her husband pianist David Oei and their pit bull mix, Jazz.

Francien Schatborn

viola

Francien Schatborn studied viola with Jürgen Kussmaul at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, gaining her performer’s diploma there with distinction in […]

Francien Schatborn

Instrument: viola

Francien Schatborn studied viola with Jürgen Kussmaul at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, gaining her performer’s diploma there with distinction in 1995.
She has taken  part in master classes with Tabea Zimmermann, Fyodor Drushinin and Kim  Kashkashian and master classes in chamber music with Menahem Pressler and Istvan  Parkanyi. She and her regular duo partner pianist Jeannette Koekkoek were awarded the Zilveren Vriendenkranz of the Royal Concertgebouw and Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1994; they have given recitals in the Netherlands, Italy, France and the United States. Their first duo CD of Romantic Dutch music by Röntgen, Hendrik Andriessen, Geza Frid and Bosmans appeared on the Etcetera label in December 2003 and was extremely well received. Francien Schatborn has been first solo viola of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra since  1995. She is also much  in demand as a chamber musician, performing regularly in Europe, the United  States and South America with the Reizend Muziekgezelschap under Christian Bor, the Ensemble Cameleon, the Amsterdam Chamber Music Ensemble under Daniel Rowland, pianists Rian de Waal and Derek Han, violinist Joseph Silverstein, cellist France Springuel and viola player Bruno Giurana. She has recorded various CDs with these ensembles, including piano quartets by Martinů and Dvořák with the Netherlands Piano Quartet and the Korngold piano quintet with the Reizend Muziekgezelschap. Francien has been invited as a soloist by various orchestras, including the Radio Chamber Orchestra, the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra, the Holland Symfonia, the Netherlands Student Orchestra and her own Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Bartók Viola Concerto, Berlioz’ Harold in Italy, Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher, Leo Smit’s Viola Concerto and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante. She has also performed in Strauss’ Don Quixotewith Mischa Maisky as solo cellist and performed world premieres of works with orchestra by Carlos Michans , Jeppe Moulijn and Chris Paul Harman. Since 2013 Francien Schatborn is Viola Professor at the Sweelinck Conservatory of Amsterdam. Every summer she teaches Masterclasses at the Peter de Grote Festival in Groningen. Francien Schatborn plays a unique viola made by Maggini in Brescia in
1610.

Madeline Schatz

violin

Dr. Madeline Schatz received most of her musical experience in Los Angeles, California. She studied violin with Eudice Shapiro, Josef Gingold […]

Madeline Schatz

Instrument: violin

Dr. Madeline Schatz received most of her musical experience in Los Angeles, California. She studied violin with Eudice Shapiro, Josef Gingold and Henryk Szyerng; viola with William Primrose, David Dawson and Milton Thomas; piano with Jack Previn and John Crown and conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Lewis and Paul Vermel. She has won the grand prize in the international Coleman Chamber Music Competition five times, has studied chamber music with the Juilliard, Netherlands and Amadeus Quartets; and has performed internationally as a concert artist on the conducting podium as well as on violin and viola. She is former performer in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and California Chamber Symphony and has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras as well as being an active chamber music player and teacher. She has guest conducted on numerous occasions, including the London (England), Utah, New Mexico, Tacoma, Albuquerque Chamber and Virginia Symphony Orchestras, in addition to the Women’s’ Philharmonic, the University of Oregon Symphony and the Salt Lake Symphony. Maestra Schatz has recorded on CD with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. Dr Schatz presently maintains her home in Kamuela, HI where she is conductor of the Kamuela Philharmonic, teaches music at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy and maintains a studio of private students in violin, viola, cello and piano.

Frederieke Seajis

violin

“…The Dutch violinist impressed not only with her flawless technique and intensity of tone, but also with her mastery of […]

Frederieke Seajis

Instrument: violin

Artist Website

“…The Dutch violinist impressed not only with her flawless technique and intensity of tone, but also with her mastery of a broad palette of expressive means…” Rheinische Post

Dutch violinist Frederieke Saeijs drew international attention by winning the 2005 Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition in Paris. After taking away the First Grand Prize as well as several special distinctions, she received concert invitations from all over the world.

Saeijs’s engagements as a soloist have included those with prestigious orchestras such as the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Dortmund Philharmoniker, Orchestre National de France, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra The Hague, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, and the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

She worked with such inspiring conductors as Jonathan Darlington, Antony Hermus, Neëme Järvi, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, Friedemann Layer, Aleksandar Markovic, Christoph Poppen, Vassily Sinaiski, Vladimir Spivakov and Jaap van Zweden.

Concert tours have brought Ms Saeijs to North and South America, Asia, the Middle East, and many countries in Europe. She performed live for Radio France in Montpellier and Paris, for Radio Suisse Romande in Switzerland and for Radio 4 in The Netherlands.

Passionate about chamber music, Saeijs was invited to festivals in Belgium, Canada, France, Spain, The Netherlands, the UK and the USA.
Committed chamber music partners include pianists Nino Gvetadze and Maurice Lammerts van Bueren, cellist Maja Bogdanovic, and guitarist Marlon Titre.
With Ms Gvetadze and Ms Bogdanovic she forms Trio Arosa.

Frederieke Saeijs was Artist in Residence at both the Dr Anton Philips Hall in The Hague and the Dutch Music Summer in The Netherlands. To the Canadian Festival of the Sound she was invited as Stockey Young Artist.

In 2007 she had the honor to perform Bach’s Chaconne in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands at the Royal Palace in The Hague.

Ms Saeijs plays the ‘Ex-Reine-Elisabeth’ violin by Pietro Guarneri (Venice, 1725), kindly lent to her by the Dutch National Foundation for Musical Instruments.

The Naxos Label released a CD with violin sonatas by Ravel, Respighi and Granados, recorded with pianist Maurice Lammerts van Bueren.

Besides performing, Ms Saeijs is dedicated to teaching young passionate musicians.
Currently she is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio in Madrid. Previously she was a member of the Faculty at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.
Furthermore she taught violin master classes in Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Netherlands and the USA.
For the German organization ‘Rhapsody in School’ she regularly visits German elementary and secondary schools to teach and play together with the students.
Also, she was a member of the Jury in The Netherlands at the annual Princess Christina Competition for young talented musicians, and the Davina van Wely Violin Competition.

Born and bred in The Hague (The Netherlands), the young Frederieke started her violin education with Stieneke Voorhoeve according to the Suzuki method. After entering the Royal Conservatoire in her hometown at age thirteen, she studied consecutively with professors Mireille van der Wart, Lex Korff de Gidts, Peter Brunt and Jaring Walta. Scholarships allowed her to attend additional masterclasses by Herman Krebbers and Boris Kuschnir.

During her study in The Hague, Saeijs won prizes in the Princess Christina Competition (’98), National Violin Competition ‘Oskar Back’ (’01), Vriendenkrans Competition of the Concertgebouw (’01), ‘Elisabeth Everts Prize’ (’02), Georges Enescu International Violin Competition (’03) and the Grachtenfestival Conservatoire Competition (’04).

After completing her Bachelor’s (’02) and Master’s (‘04) degrees with the highest marks and a special distinction for ‘creative musicality’, Frederieke Saeijs continued studying the violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington (USA) with professor Mauricio Fuks. She concluded her study years with the Performer Diploma (’07), and Artist Diploma (’08), and was given the Performer’s Certificate (’08) ‘in recognition of outstanding musical performance.’

In 2005, while studying in Bloomington, Saeijs won the International Violin Competition Long-Thibaud in Paris. Besides the First Grand Prize, she was awarded extra prizes for the best interpretations of the violin concerto and the mandatory contemporary work. Also she received special disctinctions from the Orchestre National de France and the Conservatoires of Paris.

Martin Sher

viola

Born into a family of musicians, Martin Sher studied violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Peabody Institute […]

Martin Sher

Instrument: viola

Born into a family of musicians, Martin Sher studied violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Peabody Institute with eminent violinist and pedagogue Victor Danchenko. He went on to receive a Master’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook studying viola with Misha Amory of the Brentano String Quartet. In 2000, he joined the Colorado Symphony Orchestra as a member of the viola section where he served until 2007.  From 2003 to 2006, Sher also enjoyed playing in the Berlin Philharmonic as a regular guest member. He has participated in recordings for the NSS, OMAC and Naxos labels with the Colorado Symphony under Marin Alsop, and on EMI and Deutsche Grammophon with the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. During his tenure in Colorado, Sher was a member of the Boulder Piano Quartet, which was the resident ensemble at the Boulder Public Library in Boulder, Colorado. In 2007 Sher was chosen to participate in the League of American Orchestra’s prestigious Orchestra Management Fellowship Program, and subsequently joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as VP of Artistic Planning. Since 2012, Sher has been the VP and General Manager of the North Carolina Symphony where he oversees the orchestra, operations, artistic and educational areas of the institution. Martin Sher is married to Cecily Sher and the two have a son, Aidan.

Events

09/10/2017
Afternoon Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 3:15 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478
Paganini/Milstein Paganiniana for Solo Violin
Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60 "Werther"
09/09/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be an optional pre-concert lecture and artist interview at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

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Program
Bach Sinfonias for String Trio
Arensky String Quartet No. in A Minor, Op. 35
Chopin Scherzo No. 4 in E Major, Op. 54
Prokofiev Scherzo No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 83 "Stalingrad"
06/29/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Bach Sinfonias for String Trio
Arensky String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35
Taneyev Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 22
06/24/2017
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

 

Program
Mozart Flute Quartet in D Major, K. 285
Schubert String Trio in B Flat Major, D. 471
Michael Daugherty Tales of Hemingway
06/22/2017
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Haydn Divertissements, Op. 100 – No. 2, No. 6
Mozart Flute Quartet in G Major, K. 285a
Mozart Flute Quartet in C Major, K. 285b
Mozart Flute Quartet in A Major, K. 298
06/19/2016
Allen Marine Boat Cruise
Event Description

We embark on an Allen Marine catamaran to set sail in Sitka Sound in search of wildlife. There will be an unforgettable performance while we float in a secluded bay.

Ticket price includes a delicious array of appetizers and wine. Alcoholic beverages on board the boat must be purchased.

Generously underwritten by Allen Marine Tours.

Program
Repertoire to be announced on boat.
06/18/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
Mahler Piano Quartet in A Minor
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Volkmann Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 33
 

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06/07/2015
Family Concert
Event Description

Festival artists have planned a concert that’s fun for all ages. Bring the family for this special afternoon of music with root beer floats afterwards!

This is a free concert sponsored by BP and SeaMart.

Program
Morricone Gabriel's Oboe from “The Mission”
Mozart Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, K. 493
Devienne Quartet for Bassoon and Strings in C Major Op. 73, No. 1
06/05/2015
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert lecture (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Handel Oboe Sonata in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 8
Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings, Op. 2
Morricone Gabriel's Oboe from “The Mission”
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Mozart Piano Quartet in E Flat Major, K. 493
06/04/2015
Bach’s Lunch
Event Description

Bring your lunch and the whole family for this lunchtime concert series.

Please try to bring quiet (not crunchy) food in containers that don’t make a lot of noise (like paper or plastic bags). We want you to enjoy your lunch, but we also want the audience and musicians to enjoy the musical performance with minimal interruption.

This is a free event, and donations are appreciated!

Program
Martinu Duo No. 1 for Violin and Cello, H. 157
Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370
Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello
06/03/2015
Cafe Concert
Event Description

Chamber music was originally performed in restaurants and pubs – here’s your opportunity to experience it that way!

This is a free event, but with limited seating.

Program
Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, K.370

David Shifrin

clarinet

One of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award’s inception in 1974, […]

David Shifrin

Instrument: clarinet

One of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award’s inception in 1974, Mr. Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator.

Mr. Shifrin has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras and the Dallas, Seattle, Houston, Milwaukee, Detroit and Denver symphonies among many others in the US, and internationally with orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. In addition, he has served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (under Stokowski), the Honolulu and Dallas symphonies and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony. Mr. Shifrin has also received critical acclaim as a recitalist, appearing at such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City as well as the the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. A sought after a chamber musician, he collaborates frequently with such distinguished ensembles and artists as the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson String Quartets, Wynton Marsalis, and pianists Emanuel Ax and André Watts.

An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, David Shifrin served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004. He has toured extensively throughout the US with CMSLC and appeared in several national television broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center. He has also been the artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon since 1981.

David Shifrin joined the faculty at the Yale School of Music in 1987 and was appointed Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Yale and Yale’s annual concert series at Carnegie Hall in September 2008.  He has also served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Hawaii. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary professorship at China’s Central Conservatory in Beijing.

Mr. Shifrin’s recordings on Delos, DGG, Angel/EMI, Arabesque, BMG, SONY, and CRI have consistently garnered praise and awards. He has received three Grammy nominations – for a collaborative recording with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center of the collected chamber music of Claude Debussy (Delos), the Copland Clarinet Concerto (Angel/EMI) and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro with Nancy Allen, Ransom Wilson, and the Tokyo String Quartet (Angel/EMI).

His recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, performed in its original version on a specially built basset clarinet, was named Record of the Year by Stereo Review.

His latest recording, Shifrin Plays Schifrin (Aleph Records), is a collection of clarinet works by composer/conductor Lalo Schifrin. Both the recording of the Copland Clarinet Concerto and a 2008 recording of Leonard Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott have been released on iTunes via Angel/EMI and Deutsche Grammophon.

Mr. Shifrin continues to broaden the repertoire for clarinet and orchestra by commissioning and championing the works of 20th and 21st century American composers including, among others, John Adams, Joan Tower, Stephen Albert, Bruce Adolphe, Ezra Laderman, Lalo Schifrin, David Schiff, John Corigliano, Bright Sheng and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

In addition to the Avery Fisher Prize, David Shifrin is the recipient of a Solo Recitalists’ Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Music Academy of the West. At the outset of his career, he won the top prize at both the Munich and the Geneva International Competitions. Mr. Shifrin resides in Connecticut with his wife and is the father of four children – Henry, Olivia, Sam and William.

Robert Silverman

piano

In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Silverman has climbed every peak of serious pianism: lauded performances of […]

Robert Silverman

Instrument: piano

In a career spanning more than five decades, Robert Silverman has climbed every peak of serious pianism: lauded performances of the complete sonata cycles by Beethoven and Mozart; concerts in prestigious halls across the globe; orchestral appearances with many of the world’s greatest conductors; and award-winning recordings distributed internationally.

Recognized as one of Canada’s premiere pianists, Robert Silverman has reached a level of musical and technical authority that can only be accomplished after years of deep commitment to the instrument and its vast literature. Many aspects of Silverman’s playing are frequently noted: a polished technique, an extraordinary range of tonal palette, an uncanny ability to sing his way into the heart of a phrase, and probing interpretations of the most complex works in the repertoire.

The distinguished pianist has performed in concert halls throughout North America, Europe, the Far East and Australia. Under the batons of such renowned conductors as Seiji Ozawa, John Eliot Gardiner, Gerard Schwarz, Neeme Järvi, and the late Kiril Kondrashin and Sergiu Comissiona, he has appeared with orchestras on three continents, including the Chicago Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, the BBC (London) Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras, and every major orchestra in Canada.

Robert Silverman’s discography includes over 30 CDs and a dozen LPs. His recording of Liszt’s piano music received a Grand Prix du Disque from the Liszt Society of Budapest,  while his widely-acclaimed 10-CD recording of all thirty-two Beethoven sonatas was short-listed for a Juno Award. His 7-CD album of all the Mozart Sonatas was released in 2010.

In 2013, Silverman was named to the Order of Canada, an honour accorded only about 150 Canadians annually. In 1998 Robert Silverman was named the first winner of the Paul de Hueck and Norman Walford Career Achievement Award for Keyboard Artistry, administered by the Ontario Arts Council Foundation, in recognition of “his high level of artistry, his moving interpretations of a wide range of music…and his commitment and contribution to music in Canada.”

Robert Silverman resides in Vancouver where he was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia for thirty years, served a 5-year term as Director of the School of Music in the 1990s, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2004. He now devotes himself full-time to concertizing and recording. He is frequently heard on the CBC English and French radio network; a Steinway artist, he has recorded for EMI, Stereophile, Marquis Classics, OrpheumMasters and CBC Records. He has also lectured on piano music for the Celebrity Cruise line.

Boris Slutsky

piano

Consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry, Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he […]

Boris Slutsky

Instrument: piano

Consistently acclaimed for his exquisite tonal beauty and superb artistry, Boris Slutsky emerged on the international music scene when he captured the First Prize—along with every major prize, including the Audience Prize and Wilhelm Backhaus Award—at the 1981 William Kapell International (University of Maryland) Piano Competition. His other accomplishments include first prizes at the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, and major prizes at the International Bach Competition in Memory of Glenn Gould, Busoni, Rina Sala Gallo, and Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competitions.

Since his orchestral debut at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony in 1980, Mr. Slutsky has appeared on nearly every continent as soloist and recitalist, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Dimitri Kitaenko and Valery Gergiev. He has performed with the London Philharmonic, Stuttgart State Orchestra and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Neuss am Rhein in Germany, Bem Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland, Bergen Philharmonic in Norway, RAI Orchestra in Milan, KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea, and major orchestras in Spain, Russia, Columbia, and Brazil. In South Africa, he has been soloist with the orchestras of Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg. His North American engagements have included concerts with the Baltimore, Florida, Utah, and Toronto Symphonies.

Mr. Slutsky has been heard on recital series throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Far East, making appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Kaufmann Concert Hall, Bunka Kaikan in Tokyo, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Performing Arts Center in Seoul, and Teatro Colon in Bogota, among many others. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Slutsky’s more than two decades of chamber music collaborations include the critically acclaimed recording of Schumann’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Ilya Kaler on the Naxos label, as well as performances with many renowned artists.

Mr. Slutsky has presented master classes throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and served as a jury member for many international piano competitions.

Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Mr. Slutsky received his early training at Moscow’s Gnessin School for Gifted Children as a student of Anna Kantor, and completed his formal studies at the Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, studying with Nadia Reisenberg, Nina Svetlanova, John Browning, and Joseph Seiger. In addition, he has worked for many years with his mentor Alexander Eydleman.

In 1993, Mr. Slutsky joined the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, where he currently serves as chair of the Piano Department.

Gary Smart

piano

Gary Smart’s career has encompassed a wide range of activities as composer, classical and jazz pianist, and teacher. Always a […]

Gary Smart

Instrument: piano

Gary Smart’s career has encompassed a wide range of activities as composer, classical and jazz pianist, and teacher. Always a musician with varied interests, he may be the only pianist to have studied with Yale scholar/keyboardist Ralph Kirkpatrick, the great Cuban virtuoso Jorge Bolet, and the master jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. A true American pluralist, Dr. Smart composes and improvises a music that reflects an abiding interest in Americana, jazz, and world musics, as well as the Western classical tradition.

Smart’s work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Music Educator’s National Conference, the Music Teacher’s National Association and the National Endowment for the Arts. Smart’s music has been performed in major venues in the US, including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as venues in Europe and Asia. His “Concordia” for orchestra won the Concordia jazz composition award and was premiered at Lincoln Center, New York.

Smart’s compositions are published by Margun Music (G. Schirmer) and his work has been recorded on the Mastersound, Capstone and Albany labels. His CD’s “The Major’s Letter”, which features his songs for voice and piano, “American Beauty – a ragtime bouquet”, “Hot Sonatas”, a collection of jazz-influenced chamber music, and “Turtle Dreams of Flight“, original music for solo piano performed by the composer, have all been released recently by Albany Records. His “Song of the Holy Ground” for string quartet and piano won the 2008 John Donald Robb Musical Trust Composers’ Competition and was premiered at the 2009 Robb Composers’ Symposium at the University of New Mexico.

Dr. Smart has spent two residencies in Japan, teaching in programs at Osaka University and Kobe College. He has also taught in Indonesia as “Distinguished Lecturer in Jazz” under the auspices of the Fulbright program. From 1999-2003, he served as Chairman of the UNF Music Department. Gary Smart is currently a Presidential Professor of Music at the University of North Florida.

Timothy Smith

piano

Timothy Smith, who has been described as “A pianist who interlaces grace with bursts of power and color” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, […]

Timothy Smith

Instrument: piano

Timothy Smith, who has been described as “A pianist who interlaces grace with bursts of power and color” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, and “an excellent pianist” by Vers l’Avenir (Belgium) is Professor of Piano and head of Piano Studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Raised in Seattle, Washington, Smith began private piano studies at age five, and at ten was accepted into the Pre-College division of the Juilliard School. He made his orchestral debut at the age of 15. His undergraduate studies were at the University of Washington in Seattle, with Bela Siki, where Smith received numerous awards and scholarships. He continued graduate study as a scholarship student of Martin Canin at Juilliard where he received his Master of Music degree, and later at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, again with Martin Canin, where he was awarded the Doctorate of Musical Arts in 1985. Dr. Smith has won major prizes and recognition in international competitions, including the Casadesus (5th prize), Gina Bachauer (4th prize), Washington, D.C. International (3rd prize), Queen Elizabeth (Brussels) (semi-finalist), among others. As a winner of the Artists International Competition, Smith made his New York recital debut in Carnegie Recital Hall. He has appeared with many orchestras, including the Seattle and Utah Symphonies, the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, as well as orchestras in Anchorage, Japan, and China (see below). Smith has performed on National Public Radio, WQXR-FM (New York), RTB (Belgium), and others. He has given master classes in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China, PRC, and also in North and South America. He has given over 50 concerts in Asia, including many venues in Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sendai, Sapporo, and many others, from Asahigawa in the north to Kure in the south. In the U.S., his students have received honors and recognition in local, state, regional, and national competitions, and have been featured on NPR and on WQXR-FM in New York. He has recorded for Seoul Records (Korea), is listed in Who’s Who among America’s Teachers, and American Keyboard Artists. Previous to his appointment at UAA, Smith taught class piano at the Juilliard School, and undergraduate piano at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In addition to teaching piano at UAA, Dr. Smith teaches Chamber Music and Piano Master Class. Smith has extensive university administrative experience, with 19 years as Chair of the Department of Music, and currently as Associate Dean for the Fine Arts at UAA. As Department Chair in the 1990s, Smith led the department to receive its accreditation with NASM. His solo recording, Timothy Smith plays Liszt, has been released nationally by Albany Records and is currently available online  and also on iTunes. Of this recording, Adrian Corleonis of Fanfare Magazine wrote, “…impressive and towering…one of the more gripping accounts of the (Liszt) Sonata in recent memory.”

Smith gave a solo recital in Seattle’s Town Hall and was a featured performer on KING-FM radio. He also gave a solo recital and master class at the University of Hawaii. His performance of the Khachaturian concerto with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Randall Fleischer, was a huge success. Other concerts include a solo recital in Nagoya, Japan at the Fushimi Denki Bunka Kaikan, a Steinway hall, as well as solo recitals in Arcata, Santa Barbara, Sacramento, and in Vancouver, B.C. The past season Smith gave solo recitals in Anchorage, Baton Rouge (at LSU), and Tacoma (at Pacific Lutheran University). He also was a judge for the Simon Fiset competition in Seattle for the Seattle Music Teachers Association.

In another notable concert event, Smith gave two performances of a two piano concerto entitled “A Green Call” with pianist Sa Chen and the China National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Terje Mikkelsen. The concert was held in the Poly Plaza theatre in Beijing, and it was repeated in the Tianqiao Theatre, also in Beijing, with the Norwegian Prime Minister in attendance. The first concert was videotaped and broadcast twice nationally over Chinese Television (CCTV, also known as Chinese Central Television.) It was also broadcast later in Norway.

In the summer of 2006, Smith had a very successful month long concert tour of the People’s Republic of China, where he gave concerts in Ningbo, Jinan (2), Dongying, Baotou, and in Beijing, where he performed at the large concert hall in the Forbidden City. Master classes were also given in Ningbo, Jinan, Dongying, and Baotou.

Smith was invited to join the faculty of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival for its 2008 season, where he performed with such distinguished musicians as Janet Sung and Keith Redpath (violins), Hillary Hearndon (viola), and Paul York (cello). In August of 2010 Smith gave a concert with Japanese tenor John Ken Nuzzo in Nagoya, and that next month, Smith opened with the Anchorage Symphony as featured soloist, performing the Liszt Concerto No. 2 in A major. Two more concerts with tenor John Nuzzo followed that season, one in recital in Anchorage in January of 2011, followed by a “Japan Relief Concert” also in Anchorage in June.

In the summer of 2011, Smith performed across China on a concert tour covering six cities, resulting in six performances and three master classes (Dongying, Chongqing, and Suzhou). Performances were given in Lanzhou, Qingdao, Dongying, Chongqing, Guangzhou, and Suzhou. The concerts in Qingdao and Guangzhou were part of a larger “gala concert” where the artist shared the stage at alternate times with the local symphony orchestras. Lanzhou, Dongying, Chongqing and Suzhou were full solo recitals. In Chongqing, Smith was joined by pianist Sa Chen and a faculty member from the Beijing Conservatory who also contributed to the Chongqing performance. Smith was also joined by his wife Rumi where they were featured as duo pianists on several of the concerts. Both Smith and his wife gave master classes at the Chonqing School for the Arts, as a part of their International Summer Piano Festival. This was Smith’s fourth invited trip to China.

Smith is currently working on a research project that involves the use of Tobii eye scanning technology to evaluate sight reading habits of pianists. Possibilities for this technology may include improved tools and approaches for instruction in this area. The UAA Green & Gold News featured an article on this research project in April 2014.

Timothy Smith is a Steinway Concert Artist, and is the Associate Dean for the Division of Performing and Fine Arts at UAA.

Jeffrey Solow

cello

Cellist Jeffrey Solow’s impassioned and compelling cello playing has enthralled audiences throughout the United States and Canada, Europe, Latin America, and […]

Jeffrey Solow

Instrument: cello

Cellist Jeffrey Solow’s impassioned and compelling cello playing has enthralled audiences throughout the United States and Canada, Europe, Latin America, and the Far East in performances as recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he studied with the distinguished cellist Gabor Rejto and earned a degree in Philosophy magna cum laude from UCLA while studying with and then assisting the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky at USC. His multi-faceted career embraces performances as recitalist, soloist with orchestra and chamber musician, as well as teaching, writing and lecturing on a variety of cellistic topics and arranging and editing music for the cello. His wide-ranging interests include scuba diving and underwater photography, paleontology and protozoology.

Mr. Solow’s concerto appearances include performances of more than forty different works with orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic (also at the Hollywood Bowl), Japan Philharmonic, Prime Philharmonic (Korea), VNOB (Vietnam), Seattle Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the American Symphony (with whom he also recorded), and he has been guest artist at many national and international chamber music festivals. He has recorded for the Columbia, New World, ABC, Centaur, Delos, Kleos, Laurel, Everest, Music Masters and Telefunken labels and received two Grammy Award nominations.

Mr. Solow is active in other areas of music besides performing. StradStrings, and American String Teacher magazines have published his articles and reviews, he is editor of the Newsletter of the Violoncello Society, Inc. of NY, the nation’s second oldest cello society, and also serves as VCS president. His editions are published by Breitkopf, International Music Company, Peters, Latham, Ovation Online Press and Henle Urtext. Recognized as an authority on healthy and efficient cello playing, Jeffrey Solow is professor of cello at Temple University in Philadelphia and is past president of ASTA—the American String Teachers Association.

Events

06/19/2016
Allen Marine Boat Cruise
Event Description

We embark on an Allen Marine catamaran to set sail in Sitka Sound in search of wildlife. There will be an unforgettable performance while we float in a secluded bay.

Ticket price includes a delicious array of appetizers and wine. Alcoholic beverages on board the boat must be purchased.

Generously underwritten by Allen Marine Tours.

Program
Repertoire to be announced on boat.
06/18/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108
Mahler Piano Quartet in A Minor
Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Volkmann Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 33
 

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06/17/2016
Evening Concert
Event Description

There will be a 30 minute pre-concert conversation (optional) at 6:45 p.m.

Please join us for a reception following the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists.

Program
Schubert-Piatigorsky Introduction, Theme and Variations, Op. 82, No.2
Franck Prelude, Chorale and Fugue, Op. 21
Brahms Piano Trio No. 1in B Major, Op. 8
 

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