Sunday May 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Austin Hartman, Violin
Rebecca Patterson, Cello
Max Barros, Piano
- Haydn - Piano Trio in E major, Hob.XV:28
- Beethoven - Piano Trio in C minor, op. 1, no. 3
- Schubert - Piano Trio no. 2 in E flat major, op. 100
Austin Harman, Violin
Austin Hartman, founding member and first violinist of the Biava Quartet, has distinguished himself as both chamber musician and soloist with performances throughout the United States and abroad. As a member of the Biava Quartet, Mr. Hartman was the winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and has performed to acclaim in important venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Baroque Art Hall in Seoul. Other highlights from recent seasons include appearances at the Mostly Mozart, Rockport, Kingston and Aspen Music Festivals, Chautauqua Institution, and Pacific Music Festival in Japan. He has recorded for the Naxos and Cedille labels, has been heard on London’s BBC Radio 3, and was featured in String and Strad magazines.
Mr. Hartman has also earned much recognition as a solo violinist having appeared twice with the Philadelphia Orchestra as winner of the Albert Greenfield and Mann Music Center Concerto Competitions. Mr. Hartman was awarded the Gold Medal Prize at the Julius and Esther Stulberg International String Competition in Michigan and also appeared with the Kennett Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, Landsdowne Symphony, Temple University Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra.
As a recitalist, Mr. Hartman has performed solo recitals in Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and was invited to perform as a guest artist at a state dinner for former Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Ridge. Mr. Hartman received a first prize scholarship for musical excellence from the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts and was most recently awarded a grant from Chamber Music America for continued work in community outreach.
Committed to educating and inspiring audiences of all ages, Mr. Hartman is frequently invited to give masterclasses and lead community and educational programs at schools and conservatories around the country. In recent seasons, Mr. Hartman has served on the faculty of numerous music festivals including the Brevard Music Center, Great Lakes, and San Diego Chamber Music Festivals. He has also taught at the Indiana University String Academy, Innsbrook, David Einfeldt and Heifetz International Music Institutes, as well as the Luzerne Music Center. He has given public classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, Penn State University, and the Peabody Institute.
Outside of his life in the Biava Quartet, Mr. Hartman enjoys using his music for community service. In 2003, he traveled with a group of musicians to Zambia as part of a multicultural music outreach. Recently, he piloted a concert initiative called the “Vivaldi Project,” the goal of which is to unite professional and community musicians in performances of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”.
Austin Hartman has earned Artist Diplomas from both the Juilliard School and Yale School of Music as well as degrees from the New England Conservatory and Cleveland Institute of Music. He has served as a teaching assistant for both the Juilliard and Tokyo Quartets and studied with teachers Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Choong-Jin Chang, and the late Jascha Brodsky.
Rebecca Patterson, Cello
The New York Times describes Ms. Patterson as having an "uncommonly warm and rounded tone," and the Washington Post praises her for “a stunning account of the movement “Praise to the Eternity of Jesus” from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. A founding member of the award-winning ensemble Antares, Rebecca is dedicated to chamber music, contemporary music, and teaching. www.antares-music.com
In 1996 Rebecca co-founded Antares while a student at Yale, and took top prizes the following year in the Fischoff, Coleman, Yellow Springs, and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions. In 2002 Antares was awarded the top prize in the Concert Artists Guild competition in New York City in recognition of its exciting and emotionally charged performances. Since that time Antares has been performing throughout the USA, as well as completing two, two-year residencies at Wesleyan University and Columbia University. Currently Antares is managed by Sciolino Artist Management. www.samnyc.us
Although mainly involved with Antares, Ms. Patterson occasionally performs other chamber and solo engagements. Highlights include the world premiere of an opera by Philip Glass, Sound of a Voice, at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, where she worked with renowned pipa player, Wu Man. Other chamber theater/opera productions include Black Water by John Duffy and The Shoulder by Dan Moses Schreier and Dan Hurlin - available on the Mower Music label with Ms. Patterson. In 2005, Rebecca premiered Concerto No. 1, written for her by Rex Cadwallader, and also toured Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague with the American Chamber Orchestra performing Saint Saëns Concerto No. 1. She has also collaborated with other artists such as Peter Kolkay in his Weill Hall debut, and James Tocco at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival performing Rorem’s Dances. Rebecca is also featured on recordings produced by CRI records a work by Carlos Carrillo, Como si fuera la primavera, and a CD with the Elm City Ensemble featuring works by Hindemith, Laderman, and Schiff, in addition to Antares’ recordings, Eclipse, and most recently Tashi by Peter Lieberson and Shadowed Narrative by Roger Reynolds.
Ms. Patterson received her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and her M.M. from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Paul Katz (of the Cleveland Quartet) and Aldo Parisot, respectively. While at Eastman she was winner of the Gibbs Chamber Orchestra Concerto competition, as well as the recipient of the full-merit Lois Smith Rogers Scholarship. At Yale she was a recipient of the Ender Scholarship, which goes to a cellist with excellent promise. She currently lives in New Haven, CT.
Max Barros, Piano
Brazilian pianist Max Barros is considered one of the most prominent representatives of the Brazilian tradition of piano playing. Mr. Barros made his debut at age 17 with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the legendary conductor Eleazar de Carvalho, and has since performed at Brazil’s major music festivals and with the country’s most important symphony orchestras. His frequent solo recitals and concerts have often been presented on radio and television. In 1985, he received the Soloist of the Year award by the São Paulo Art Critics Association for his performance of Brahms's Piano Concerto in D Minor.
A champion of Brazilian music, Mr. Barros made history with the first complete recordings of Camargo Guarnieri’s piano concertos. Performing with the Warsaw Philarmonic under conductor Thomas Conlin. Also under Thomas Conlin, Mr. Barros performed the United States premiere of Ronaldo Miranda’s concertino for piano and strings with the West Virginia Symphony. He also premiered this concertino in several countries in South America as part of a tour with the Virtuosi di Prague. Max Barros recorded the Schumann Concerto with Israeli conductor Ada Pelleg and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra.
Other recordings of Brazilian music include Amaral Vieira’s piano quintet with Ensemble Capriccio and a live concert recording at the elegant Rainbow Room at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York. This live recording was broadcast for National Public Radio and was made into a CD to promote the Champagne Classics series at the Rainbow Room.
Mr. Barros is well known for his stylistic and historically informed interpretations. His extensive research into the performance practice of early keyboard instruments has allowed him to bring fresh insights to his performances on the modern piano. He studied early pianos with Malcolm Bilson and founded the Barros Classical Consort, a period instrument trio that specialized in the music of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. With the consort he recorded the complete trios of Boccherini and Stephen Storace. Mr. Barros appears annually at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, performing on their collection of old keyboard instruments.
Having lived in New York for the past twenty five years, Mr. Barros made his New York orchestral debut with the New York Debut Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and performs regularly at the city’s most prestigious halls, including Kaufmann Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Hall, The Metropolitan Museum and Kosciuszko Foundation among others.
As a chamber musician, he often collaborates with the American String Quartet, Enso String Quartet, Quartetto di Venezia, Biava String Quartet, Esher String Quartet, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Capriccio and the Ensemble for the Romantic Century. With the Ensemble for the Romantic Century he can be seen in the DVD “The Young Arthur Rubinstein” featuring the composers that Rubinstein met in Paris at the beginning of his career.
His newest solo CD, Fantasy, with music by Brahms, Schumann, and Chopin has just been released on the PAULUS label. His recordings are also available on the Musikus, Naxos and Hungaroton labels.