The 2007/2008 Season
Ami Hakuno -
Darius Milhaud - Scaramouche
Ami Hakuno, piano - "...aliveness, mercurial temperament, and uplifting...." - New York Concert Review
Ami Hakuno is a versatile performer on both the piano and
the harpsichord. She has appeared in music festivals such as the Roundtop
Music Festival, Conservatoire Americain de Fontainebleau, Boston Early
Music Festival, Amherst Early Music Festival, and Townsville Australian
Festival of Chamber Music.
Pascal Rogé, piano
Pascal Rogé exemplifies the finest in French pianism; his
playing of Poulenc, Satie, Fauré, Saint-Saëns or Ravel in particular is
characterised by its elegance, beauty and delicate phrasing - his name is
synonymous with the best playing of French repertory in the world today.
Born in Paris, Pascal Rogé became an exclusive DECCA recording artist at
the age of 17.
For Oehms Classics Mr Rogé recently recorded to unanimous acclaim, the Ravel G Major and Gershwin concertos with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Bertrand De Billy and in 2007, a second volume with Ravel left hand concerto and Gerswhin Rhapsody in Blue will be released.
Pascal Rogé's latest recording project is under his own
label "Rogé Edition", designed to show his own recording work going
forward and distributed by the new Onyx label.
Pascal Rogé has performed in almost every major concert hall in the world. Some of the orchestras he has appeared with include the Philadelphia Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, l'Orchestre de Paris, l'Orchestre National de Radio France, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Geneva, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and all the major London orchestras.
He appears regularly in the United States, is a frequent guest artist in Latin America, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and especially in Japan.
Introduction to Piano Tuning" with
Master Voicer & Tuner Israel Schossev
Franz Schubert - Andantino varié op.84 No.2
"Exhilarating virtuosity" - The Times, London
The exceptional musicianship of the American-French duo-pianists Arianna Goldina and Remy Loumbrozo has brought them consistent praise from critics and audiences alike and international recognition as one of today's leading duo piano teams. Their rare beauty of ensemble playing has been characterized asa American and European audiences, where they regularly perform in recitals, international music festivals, and a s soloists with orchestras. They have been heard in numerous music centers in the United States, Canda, England, France, Italy, Germany, the Baltic States, Russia, and Scandinavia, and have appeared, among others with The Detroit Symphony, The Pacific Symphony, The New World Symphony, The Symphony of the Americas, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida, and the Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra.
Goldina and Loumbrozo captured public attention after winning First Prize at two major international duo-piano competitions: the 7th Valentino Bucchi Competition of 20 Century Music in Rome, Italy, and in 1989, the 2nd Murray Dranoff Two-Piano Competition in Miami. Their debut recording of al all-Liszt program on the Pianissime label followed shortly thereafter. The duo has also recorded an all- French album on the Phoenix label and in 1998, their collaboration with Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano and Pulitzer-Prize winner Ned Rorem, resulted in a new, highly acclaimed CD featuring three world premiere recordings. The duo's latest release, also on the Phoenix label, is an all-Copland album that includes the world-premiere recording of the composer's unpublished one piano, four-hands version of Music for the Theater.
Born far apart, in Latvia and France, Arianna Goldina and
Remy Loumbrozo met at The Julliard School of Music, from which they hold
Master of Music degrees. Ms. Goldina received her Ph.D. in piano
performance from New York University and in 1997, Mr. Loumbrozo was named
Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by French Ministry of
Culture for his contribution to French Culture.
"Thoughts on Contemporary Violin
Making" with Master Violin maker David Wiebe
Members of "Classical Jam", with Special Guest
Jennifer Choi, violin
Ludwig van Beethoven - Duet in A-Flat Major for Viola
and Cello, WoO 32
Jennifer Choi, violin "Pure pyrotechnics" - Times Herald-Record, Newburgh
The New York Times has described her as a player
with,"brilliance and command," and the Seattle Weekly applauded her
performance with the words "intense, spectacularly virtuosic play." As a
soloist, she has performed with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, the
Oregon Symphony, the Oberlin Virtuoso Strings, among others and has been
recently engaged to perform with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. As a
recitalist and chamber musician, she has performed in venues worldwide
such as the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., Alice Tully Hall in
New York, the Mozartsalle in Vienna, and the RAI National Radio in Rome.
In 2000, she was 'Winner' of the Artist International Award, leading to a
debut recital in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Amadi Hummings, viola "Delicious warm tones, ardent phrasing and stunning fingerwork." - The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC
Amadi Hummings, violist, has been heard in recital in major
cities throughout the United States, such as New York, Boston, Cleveland,
Chicago, San-Diego, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. He has also
performed throughout Israel, Canada, South & Central America, India,
Japan, Hong Kong and the Caribbean. Recently Mr. Hummings has been a guest
of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, and at the
Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has collaborated with such artists as
Awadagin Pratt, Mitsuko Uchida, Andras Schiff, Nobuko Imai, David Soyer,
and Felix Galimir.
Mr. Hummings has been heard on National Public Radio, WNYC
in New York, WGBH in Boston, WFMT in Chicago, and the BBC. Among Mr.
Hummings' prizes and awards are those from the New York Philharmonic,
Concert Artists Guild, the North Carolina Symphony, the National Society
of Arts and Letters, and the Epstein Young Artists Award from the Boys and
Girls Clubs of America, with whom he still maintains a strong artistic and
Wendy Law, cello - "Powerful" - The New York Times
Cellist Wendy Law has appeared as a soloist with renowned orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Russian Philharmonic, and Juilliard Orchestra. Ms. Law has performed throughout North America, appearing in such venues as Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. and Jordan Hall, Boston. Internationally she performed throughout Asia, South America and Europe. An active chamber musician, she has collaborated with the Borromeo String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma and Pamela Frank, and performed at the Caramoor and Marlboro Festivals.
A proponent of the interdisciplinary arts, Ms. Law collaborates with artists from other genres, as the Juilliard Dance Ensemble, Mark Morris Dance Group & VisionIntoArt. In 2002 she created her own interdisciplinary series _Voyage To The Exotics_.
In 2003, Ms. Law was featured on Japan's NHK TV documentary
series _New York Streets,_ which was broadcast nationwide. She has also
appeared on PBS TV's documentary broadcast on the New England Conservatory
Youth Philharmonic Orchestra's tour of Chile and Argentina, of which Ms.
Law was the featured soloist.
He has performed as soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony,
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Beirut, the Oberlin
Orchestra, and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with
the Pacifica Quartet and recorded the music of Steve Reich with the
ensemble Alarm Will Sound for Nonesuch Records. He is a strong advocate
for contemporary music and was worked with such notable composers as John
Adams, George Crumb, and Frederic Rzewski.
In addition to his work in classical music, Mr. Rosenkranz is also involved in various cross-cultural projects. He currently serves as Artistic Advisor and ensemble member for the Tunis-based ensemble, Le Minaret et la Tour which consists of Western and Arabic musicians. He also collaborates frequently with the improvisational ensemble, Inward Becomes an Anthem.
He currently serves on the faculty of the University of Hawaii, and the Director of Keyboard Studies at the Cortona Contemporary Festival in Italy. He is also the current President of the Honolulu Piano Teachers Association.
Mr. Rosenkranz completed his bachelor's degree at the Oberlin Conservatory and earned his master's and doctorate degrees from the Eastman School of Music. His teachers include Robert Shannon, Nelita True and Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen.
Jason Cutmore, piano
Olivier Messiaen - Regard de l'Esprit de joie (no. 10, Vingt
Regards sur l'enfant - Jésus)
Described as a "Young pianist, who is obviously a thinking, serious-minded professional" by G. George of The Statesman in New Delhi, India, pianist Jason Cutmore has performed solo recitals and collaborative concerts throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In February of 2005, Mr. Cutmore made his Chicago recital debut in the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, which was broadcast live on WFMT radio, and shown on Chicago Cable TV 25. In 2004 he made his second tour of India, where he performed solo recitals in Bombay, New Delhi, Calcutta, Pune and Bangalore.
Additionally, Mr. Cutmore has given performances in Lithuania, Germany, and has been heard on Hungarian National Radio. In North America, Mr. Cutmore has performed recitals in Banff, Calgary, Chicago, Cleveland, Edmonton, New York, Oberlin, Princeton, Rochester, and in Purchase, NY, where he was honoured to inaugurate the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra's "Tuning Up" series.
Mr. Cutmore has recorded Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, and collaborated with Robert Shannon and Haewon Song on recording the music of George Crumb for Bridge Records. Currently he is preparing his first solo commercial recording, a CD of Manuel de Falla's piano music.
Originally from Edmonton, Canada, Mr. Cutmore received his
Bachelor of Music Degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he
was a student of Robert Shannon. Currently he is working with Stephanie
Brown at the Purchase College Conservatory of Music in New York. Please
visit www.JasonCutmore.com for more information on this artist.
Woodstock Chamber Orchestra's appointment of DAVID LEIGHTON as its new Artistic Director is the culmination of a year-long search of over 120 candidates. Leighton, a graduate of the Juilliard School, was invited by Rafael Kubelik to the Metropolitan Opera as Assistant Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor when he was 22 years old. He has been recital accompanist for Luciano Pavarotti, Renata Scotto, Marilyn Horne, Montserrat Caballé and Paul Plishka, and conducted the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Opera, Nashville Opera, Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, Germany, Châtelet, Théâtre Musicale de Paris, and IRCAM (Pierre Boulez, Director). He assisted the late Sir Georg Solti in the world premiere of Sir Michael Tippett's "Byzantium" with the Chicago Symphony. As Artistic Director of the BAUHAUS in Dessau, Germany, he gave piano recitals and conducted performances featuring Twentieth Century masterpieces.
"Thoughts on Contemporary Violin
Making" with Master Violin maker David Wiebe
Eric Grossman, violin
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata no. 8 in G Major op.30
Eric Grossman, violin "Brilliant soloist" - The New York Times
Praised in The New York Times as a "brilliant soloist," violinist Eric Grossman is a versatile performer. From collaborations with Lowell Lieberman to concerto appearances in many parts of the world, Grossman has been hailed for his flawless technique, superb musicianship and commitment to a wide range of repertoire.
Eric Grossman's first teacher was his father, cellist John Grossman, who instilled in him an abiding love for music. A graduate of Juilliard, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay, Eric enjoys an active performing career. He has given highly acclaimed recitals and solo performances with orchestras in the United States, Europe, Korea, Japan, and Cuba under renowned conductors including Zubin Mehta, Stanislaw Skrowaczewki, and Michael Gielen.
Mr. Grossman has performed and recorded Lowell Liebermann's Violin Sonata with the composer, and recorded the soundtrack performance of Ravel's Tzigane for The Elusive Muse, a PBS documentary on dancer Suzanne Farrel.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Grossman has collaborated with
such noted artists as David Soyer, Seymour Lipkin, Philip Myers, and
Sandra Rivers, among many others. Highlights of Mr. Grosssman's 2007-08
season include return engagements to Korea and Cuba.
Gleb Ivanov, piano "His talent is larger than life," - The Washington Times
Mr. Ivanov won the 2005 Young Concert Artists (YCA)
International Auditions. The Young Concert Artists Series presented Mr.
Ivanov's debut recitals at Carnegie's Zankel Hall in New York and at the
Kennedy Center in Washington, DC during the 2005-2006 season to rave
reviews. "The 23-year-old Russian pianist Gleb Ivanov is eerily like the
ghost of Horowitz," wrote the Washington Times.
Mentored by the late Mstislav Rostropovich, Mr. Ivanov
performed with the famous maestro, as soloist with the Nizhny Novgorod
Philharmonic. He has performed with the Moscow State Orchestra at the
Great Hall at Moscow Conservatory and at the Kremlin. He has also
performed at the Pushkin, Glinka, and Scriabin Museums in
Vanessa Perez, piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Sonata in F Major, K.
Vanessa Perez, piano "Breathtaking" - El Norte, Monterrey, Mexico
Endowed with an extraordinary interpretative power Venezuelan-American pianist Vanessa Perez was described by legendary pianist Claudio Arrau, as "a pianist whose technique, musicality, and intelligent approach to the music she plays made a profound impression on me".
Ms. Perez's most recent engagements included recitals at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall and the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, both in New York City, the La Jolla Music Society "Discovery" series in San Diego as well as in London, Puerto Rico & South America. She also performed with the Sinfonica de la Juventud Venezolana Simon Bolivar under the baton of maestro Gustavo Dudamel.
Ms. Perez has also performed in concert halls and festivals throughout the world including the Montpellier Festival in France, Schauspielhaus, Berlin, Kammermusiksaal in Bonn, Festival Settembre Musica in Turin, Societa Dei Concerti in Milan, Schubertiade at Sotheby's in London, Gothic Hall in Brussels, Rios Reina in Caracas and Wertheim Performing Arts Center in Miami. In 2001 she performed as a soloist with the Berliner Symphoniker in their tour to in Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico. In chamber music collaborations, she performed at the Wigmore Hall, London, the Schnitke, Montpellier and Dresdner festivals, the Opernhaus, Zurich and in Barcelona, Spain.
Actively involved in 20th century and New music, Ms. Perez has performed works and collaborated with composers such as by Paul Moravec, Suzanne Farrin, Lowell Liebermann and Alfred Schnittke, among others.
Ms. Perez recorded with the Berliner Symphoniker Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor. Her first of a Series of recital CD's for the label VAI was released in 2005.
Beginning her studies at the age of seven Ms. Perez gave her
official debut in Caracas, Venezuela four years later, playing the Grieg
Piano Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal.
In 1998, she was awarded the Jose Felix Ribas Prize, highest honor given by the president of Venezuela to a young artist who has contributed to the enhancement of the country.
David Geber, cello
Selected works from the baroque to the twentieth century for two cellos and piano.
David Geber, cello "Remarkable sound" NY Times
David Geber had his early musical training in Los Angeles,
where he was raised in a family of professional cellists. He studied at
the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School, from which he holds
Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. His principal teachers
included Claus Adam and Ronald Leonard. Mr. Geber has been the recipient
of numerous cello and chamber music awards, including the Walter W.
Naumburg Award and the Coleman Chamber Music Prize. He has appeared as
soloist at Tanglewood and Aspen, as well as with the Philadelphia
Orchestra and Montreal Symphony. A strong supporter of new music, he has
premiered numerous works for cello as well as varied chamber music
combinations. As a founding member of the American String Quartet, he
concertized with that ensemble for twenty-eight years, giving up to 100
annual concerts and performing regularly in most major musical centers of
the world. In 2002, Mr. Geber retired from the Quartet, in order to direct
more attention to music administration and teaching. He is currently Dean
of Performance at Manhattan School of Music, as well as a member of the
School's cello and chamber music faculties. He has been artist/faculty
with the Aspen Music Festival and School for over three decades. He also
enjoys an ongoing relationship as teacher and performer with the Music
Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA. He has recorded for Albany
Records, Capstone Records, CRI, Musical Heritage Society, New World
Records, Nonesuch Records, and RCA. Mr. Geber frequently gives recitals
and master classes in North America, and has adjudicated for major
international string competitions including Bordeaux, Evian and Naumburg.
He was recently Keynote speaker for the American Society of Hand
Therapists. He is on the Board of Directors of the Walter W. Naumburg
Foundation, the Violoncello Society and the American Friends of Kronberg
Academy. His cello is a rare G. B. Ruggieri, made in Cremona in
Julia Lichten, cello - "Sublime cello playing" Washington Post
Julia Lichten enjoys a varied career as soloist, chamber and
orchestral musician, as well as teacher and coach in the New York area.
She received degrees from Harvard-Radcliffe and the New England
Conservatory, followed by two years of professional studies at the Mannes
College of Music. Ms. Lichten has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and
has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1995. She has
participated in the festivals of Marlboro, Tanglewood, Taos, Library of
Congress, Caramoor, Rockport and Evian. An active recitalist, she has
performed in such venues as Harvard, Yale and Princeton universities and
performs frequently with Bargemusic, da Camera of Houston, Brooklyn
Chamber Music Society and La Musica. She has recorded for the Marlboro
Recording Society, Arabesque, Koch International Classics, Music Masters,
Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammophon. She is a member of the cello
faculties at Manhattan School of Music and the State University of New
York at Purchase.
Maria Allison received her Bachelors
and Masters degrees in music from the University of Nebraska, studying
piano with Audun Ravnan and violin with Arnold Schatz. Since living in
Kenai, Alaska, she has collaborated in concert with many Alaskan musicians
as well as nationally known artists Linda Rosenthal, Russell Guyver, Eric
Bartlett, and Andrew Cook. Chamber music is a big part of her life, as she
formed two groups in Alaska and performs regularly with them, as well as
playing viola and violin in the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra. She organizes
annual fund-raising concerts for the orchestra, and is active as a board
member of the Performing Arts Society, in producing a classical-jazz
concert season in Kenai. She soloed with the Grays Harbor Symphony in
Washington, and has performed solo and chamber music recitals in
California, Nebraska, and Colorado. She accompanies for high school choral
groups and tours and performs in Europe with the Kenai High School touring
choir. She is an adjunct music faculty member at University of
Alaska/Anchorage's Kenai Peninsula branch. She is on the faculty of the
Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Gold Coast
Music Festival, Los Angeles, California.