+ 21st SEASON +

Féerie

SUNDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2018 AT 7PM

Korean pianist Sung Chang, Silver medalist of the San Antonio International Piano Competition 2016 + winners of M-Prize Competition Grand Prize 2017, the largest prize for chamber music in the world, Russian Renaissance

RUSSIAN RENAISSANCE
QUARTET

IVAN KUZNETSOV, Balalaika
ANASTASIA ZAKHAROVA, Domra/Domra Alto
ALEXANDER TARASOV, Button Accordion
IVAN VINOGRADOV, Balalaika Contrabasso

SUNG CHANG
PIANO



program


RUSSIAN RENAISSANCE QUARTET

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
The Russian Dance*

SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)
Toccata in D minor, op. 11*

VANYA, CROSSOVER COMPOSITION*

BARYNYA, RUSSIAN FOLK SONG*

SUNG CHANG, PIANO

FRITZ KREISLER (1875-1962)
SERGEI RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)

Liebesfreud (Love’s Joy)
Liebesleid” (Love’s Sorrow)

FR ANZ LISZ T (1811-1886)
Rhapsodie espagnole (Spanish Rhapsody), S.254, R.90

RUSSIAN RENAISSANCE QUARTET
AND SUNG CHANG, PIANO

RICHARD GALLIANO (B. 1950)
Spleen*

DUKE ELLINGTON (1899-1974),
JUAN TIZOL (1900-1984)
Caravan **

 

* Arranged by Russian Renaissance
** Arranged by Russian Renaissance and Valery Grokhovski






RUSSIAN RENAISSANCE

After emerging with the $100,000 Grand Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world, Russian Renaissance has firmly established itself as one of the most electrifying and exhilarating ensembles of today. Through stunning performances of everything from tango and folk to Classical and jazz, Russian Renaissance is redefining the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments (balalaika, domra/domra alto, button accordion, and balalaika contrabasso) and capturing the attention of audiences worldwide. What makes Russian Renaissance truly special is their ability to both dazzle with breathtaking style and touch the hearts of listeners of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to their success at the M-Prize Competition, Russian Renaissance also received 1st prize at the 69th Coupe Mondiale in Russia in 2016 and was named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month (March 2018).

Recent and upcoming performance highlights include Russian Renaissance’s widely acclaimed debut at UMS (described by one critic as “one of the finest displays of musicianship in the world”), their highly anticipated debut on the Kennedy Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Series, and appearances at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Wheaton College, Da Camera of Houston, Hope College, Festival Napa Valley, Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, The Berman, Midland Center for the Arts, Musical Bridges Around the World, and National Sawdust, among other leading venues in North America. International appearances include concerts at Izumi Hall (Osaka), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, YOTASPACE Concert Hall, The Youth Theater (Rostov-on-Don), and Theater of Uzice (Serbia), in addition to extensive tours throughout Europe and Asia.

In the fall of 2018, Russian Renaissance will release their debut recording on Azica Records, featuring the works that catapulted them to international fame at the M-Prize competition and that highlight their self-proclaimed slogan of “World music with a Russian soul.”

For more information, please visit www.russian-renaissance.com

SUNG CHANG, PIANO

Sung Chang was born in Seoul, Korea, and began playing the piano at the age of three. At age five, he gave his debut concert and became the youngest winner of the Nagoya International Piano Competition in Japan, where he also received the Chamber Music and Japan Expo special prizes.

Chang has gone on to win more than ten international competitions – he won first prize and the special award for the ‘Best Performance of a Virtuoso Piece’ at the 7th Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition, as well as first prize at the Valsesia Musica International Competition, International Piano Competition “Citta Di Caraglio” in Italy. At Germany’s International 13. Wettbewerb der Chopin-Gesellschaft Hannover e.V., he was also awarded first prize and the audience prize. As a chamber musician, Chang garnered the first prize, audience prize, and the Schubert special prize from the International Schubert Competition for Piano Duo, where no second prize was awarded. Most recently, he was awarded silver medal at the 12th San Antonio International Piano Competition, as well as two special prizes: ‘Best Performance of a Work by a Classical Composer’ and ‘Best Performance of a Work by a Spanish, Latin American or Impressionistic Composer’.

In addition to his success at competitions, Chang’s engagements have taken him all over the globe to Germany, Italy, Netherland, France, Czech Republic, Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea and the USA. Last season alone, Chang performed solo recitals in more than fifteen major cities across the U.S. Most notably, he played Liszt’s Concert No. 1 at Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and his recital at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw was broadcast live across the country.




Some of Chang’s other engagements include performances for the Isang Yun Memorial Concert, North Korea National Orchestra Interaction Concert, Kumho Rising Star Series Concert, and the Yamaha Rising Star Concert. He has also performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Kyung-Ki Philharmonic Orchestra, HMTM Hannover Orchestra, Taejon Symphony Orchestra, Wonju Symphony Orchestra and KNUA Symphony Orchestra.

Chang completed his undergraduate studies at the Korea National University of Arts and successfully completed the Musical Performance and Postgraduate Program courses at the University of Music Drama and Media Hannover in Germany with Professor Vladimir Krainev and Ewa Kupiec. Currently, he resides in California after finishing his studies at University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music under Professor Jeffrey Kahane.

Phantasmagoria

SUNDAY, 2 DECEMBER 2018 AT 7PM

Alumnus of The Juilliard School, The Aspen Opera Center, The Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists Vocal Academy countertenor Jacob Ingbar and Grammy-nominated, winners of Bradshaw & BuonoInternational Piano Competition 2010, Steinway Artist Ensemble ZOFO Piano Duo

ZOFO PIANO DUO

JAKE INGBAR
COUNTERTENOR



program


ZOFO PIANO DUO

SAMUEL BARBER (1910-1981)
Hesitation Tango
Waltz
Galop
from Souvenirs, suite for Piano 4 hands, Op. 28

URMAS SISASK (B. 1960)
The Milky Way, Sonata for Piano 4 hands, Op.24
in two movements

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893)
Miniature Overture
March
Trepak, Russian Dance
from The Nutcracker Suite, for Piano 4 hands

MORIYAMA, TOMOHIRO (B. 1977)
Let’s Play a Duet! for Piano 4 hands

JAKE INGBAR, COUNTERTENOR
ZOFO PIANO DUO

ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678 – 1741)
Vedro Con Mio Diletto from Giustino

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)
Vivi Tiranno from Rodelinda

HENRY PURCELL (1659-1695)
Music for a while

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685-1759)
Oh Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion from Messiah






ZOFO PIANO DUO

Since joining forces as a professional duo in 2009, internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi – ZOFO – have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo, Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four- hands. This GRAMMY- nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artist Ensemble – one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets – is blazing a bold new path for piano-four- hands groups by focusing on 20th and 21st century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year.

ZOFO, which is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra (ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra), also performs heart-pumping duet arrangements of famous orchestral pieces such as Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, exploring the realms in which many composers first experienced their symphonic visions. They believe that the piano duet is the most intimate form of chamber music, with two musicians playing individual parts on one instrument in a complex, often beautiful choreography of four hands.

Since its inception in 2009, ZOFO has made some remarkable achievements:

TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS: 2013 Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and Producer of the Year, Classical for their debut CD MIND MELD

FIRST PLACE: 2010 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition CARNEGIE HALL concert debut May 2010

FINALISTS: 2011 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition – only piano duo to be elevated to the final round

MULTI-DISC RECORDING CONTRACT with GRAMMY Award winning Sono Luminus Records STEINWAY ARTIST ENSEMBLE designation conferred by Steinway & Sons

12 SELF-COMMISSIONED WORKS by noted composers including Pulitzer Prize winner William Bolcom, Gabriela Lena Frank and Terry Riley

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCES at a wide variety of concert venues across the US, Europe and Japan, including intimate, informal spaces, colleges and universities, and major concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Tokyo Opera Recital Hall and Tonhalle Zurich.

Keisuke Nakagoshi began his piano studies at the age of ten, arriving in the United States from Japan at the age of 18. Mr. Nakagoshi earned his Bachelor’s degree in Composition and Masters Degree in Chamber Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Graduating as the recipient of multiple top awards, Keisuke was selected to represent the SFCM for the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project, a program featuring the most promising young musicians from major conservatories across the United States.

Mr. Nakagoshi has performed as soloist to acclaim on prestigious concert stages across the United States, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. He has received training from some of the most celebrated musicians of our time -Emanuel Ax, Gilbert Kalish, Menahem Pressler, Robert Mann, Paul Hersh and David Zinman.

Mr. Nakagoshi is Pianist-in-Residence at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Dynamic Swiss pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann has appeared as soloist in Europe and the United States, offering performances that are “breathtakingly intense” (Der Bund) and “passionate and deeply expressive” (Berner Oberlander). Her solo appearances involve recitals as well as concerto performances with symphonies including The Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, The Berner Symphonieorchester and The Berner Kammerorchester.

Winner of the prestigious Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, Ms. Zimmermann has appeared at international festivals worldwide, including the “Festival Piano en Saintonge” France, the “Sommerfestspiele Murten” Switzerland, and San Francisco’s “Other Minds Festival of New Music.” A graduate with highest honors from the Conservatory of Geneva, Eva-Maria has studied with many distinguished musicians – Leon Fleisher, György Sebök, Leonard Hokanson and Dominique Merlet, among others.

As an educator, Eva-Maria has been a faculty member of the University of San Francisco and currently teaches in the music program at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA, founded by Sir Yehudi Menuhin.




JAKE INGBAR, COUNTERTENOR

Jacob Ingbar made his professional debut at age ten as a soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and has performed throughout North America and Europe ever since. Recent performances include recitals at the Aldeburgh Festival, and at The Aspen Music Festival, performing Britten’s Canticle II Abraham and Isaac with tenor Ben Bliss. Mr. Ingbar has performed at The Guthrie Theatre, New York City Center, Alice Tully Hall, The Ordway Center, The Minnesota Opera, The Fitzgerald Theatre, The Schubert Club, the Orford Festival, The Académie Internationale d’été de Nice, and Le Poisson Rouge among others. On the concert stage Mr. Ingbar has appeared with the SPCO, The Enzo Quartet, The Exultate Choir and Orchestra, The SEM Ensemble, and jazz pianist Ted Rosenthal. He can be heard as a featured soloist on the album Psalms and Songs. An avid performer of contemporary work, he performed in the world premieres of The Master Butcher’s Singing Club directed by Francesca Zambello and Steerage Song produced by Theatre Latté Da. Mr. Ingbar previously received scholarship from the George London and Gerda Lissner Foundations and is an alumnus of The Juilliard School, The Aspen Opera Center (2015-2018), The Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and Houston Grand Opera’s Young Artists Vocal Academy. This fall, Mr. Ingbar will begin his graduate studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Stephen King.

Triptych

SUNDAY, 20 JANUARY 2019 AT 7PM

Renowned Iraqi cellist and conductor Karim Wasfi known as Baghdad Cellist will be joined by concertmaster of San Antonio Symphony, violinist Eric Gratz and Laureate of Porto International Piano Competition 2002, Elena Portnaya.

KARIM WASFI
CELLO

ERIC GRATZ
VIOLIN

ELENA PORTNAYA
PIANO



program


KARIM WASFI, CELLO
ERIC GRATZ, VIOLIN
ELENA PORTNAYA, PIANO

KARIM WASFI
Transcendence for cello solo

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-1975)
Allegro not troppo
Allegro
from Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40

EUGÈNE YSAŸE (1858-1931)
Ballade
from Sonata No3 in D minor for violin solo, op. 27

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756-1791)
Rondo in C for Violin and Orchestra, K. 373
arr. for violin and piano

FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847)
Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49
I. Molto allegro ed agitato
II. Andante con moto tranquillo
III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro assai appassionato



KARIM WASFI, CELLO

Karim Wasfi is a renowned cellist, conductor, global peace building visionary as the founder of Peace Through Arts Foundation, a fellow at the Geneva Center for Security Policy.

Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra 2007-2016 and established the Italy Iraq Scholarship program in Modena as well as British Council office in 2005.




Utilizing the sound resonance on brain, neuroscience function, cultural diplomacy, a unique music & sound approach for healing, cross cultural integration, de radicalization, prevention of tension.

His innovative approach helped thousands of people in crisis areas to rise from violence, fear, intimidation of terror, conveying creative peaceful Resonance of music, sound and arts.

With current efforts to rebuild Iraq’s war torn areas, focusing on healing and rebuilding inner and societal peace, aiming to proactively prevent future relapse to war and conflict, Peace Through Arts functions as a tool towards sustained stability and capacity growth.

Efforts have been widely covered by international media including BBC, CNN, New York times, WP, Forbes among others, his YouTube videos playing music in the aftermath of explosions in defiance against terror.

In recognition of his transformative positive difference for the future of humanity and the world Maestro Wasfi was the 2018 GLOBAL DIPLOMAT OF CULTURAL DIPLOMACY in Abu Dhabi, the 2015 Humanitarian of the year by the Arabian Global Business community, the 2016 Asia Game Changers Award by the Asia Society & The Rockefeller Foundation to mention a few.

Wasfi studied Physics and Philosophy at Cairo University and MA in music performance, and conducting at the world prestigious Indiana University School of Music-Bloomington Indiana USA.

He has performed and conducted in USA, EU, UK, and the Middle East.

ERIC GRATZ, VIOLIN

Known for his charismatic stage presence, intelligent musicianship and effortless technique, 27-year-old violinist Eric Gratz is a breath of fresh air in the classical music world. Described as “eloquent” (Dallas Morning News) and “spellbinding… a disciplined musician beyond his years” (San Antonio Express News), he enjoys a varied career as soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician.




At 17, Gratz’s Cleveland Orchestra solo debut and Kennedy Center recital debut revealed him as an artist of great promise. His historic appointment as concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony at the age of 22 (following a seven year search) firmly rooted him as one of America’s young violinists to watch. An eponymous debut album release at 25 found Gratz nearly cracking the Top 10 of the Billboard Classical charts.

In demand as a chamber musician, Gratz has been invited to appear at leading festivals in the United States and abroad, including Mainly Mozart, Cactus Pear, Incontri Musicali, Austin Chamber Music, and Musical Bridges Around the World, and enjoys regular collaborations with principal players of some of the top orchestras in the world. Invitations as guest concertmaster, most recently at the Santa Fe Opera, have further reinforced the industry’s trust in his musical ideas.

Artistic Director and member of San Antonio’s Olmos Ensemble, Gratz produced the group’s debut album release, Olmos Live in 2016. Olmos continues to be a strong presence in the American chamber music scene, collaborating with the likes of Warren Jones, John Novacek, William Wolfram, Vadim Gluzman, and many more, as well as features on NPR’s Performance Today and countless Texas Public Radio broadcasts.

Eric Gratz was born into a musical family, and began his violin studies at the age of four. His teachers have included Cho-Liang Lin, William Preucil, Linda Cerone, Claudia Shiuh, and Cynthia Stuart. A prizewinner of national and international competitions, he holds a Young Artist Diploma and Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as a Masters Degree in Violin Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and was a recipient of the Anne and Charles Duncan Concertmaster Chair award. For more information, please visit ericgratz.net.

ELENA PORTNAYA, PIANO

Elena began performing at Moscow concert halls solo and with various symphonic orchestras at the age of eleven. Her performances included recitals at “Dyagilev’s Seasons” in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Purcell’s School of Music in London, International Festival of Young Performers, “Geniuses of 21st Century”, in Argentina (Buenos Aires), when she performed with an orchestra at the Colon Theater (conductor Miguel Hart-Bedoya), recitals in Westfield (New Jersey) and in New York (UN Hall), in Zelazova Wola, at the house-museum where Chopin was born, at the invitation of the Chopin Society. She is a frequent guest artist in various concert series in Russia.

In seasons 2005-2018 she took part in “Musical Bridges Around the World” concert series in San Antonio, TX, both as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles. She collaborated with bass-baritone Michael Sumuel, violinist Emanuel Borok, soprano Albina Shagimuratova, cellist Boris Andrianov, Chamber Choir of San Antonio and many others. With concert violinist Mark Cheikhet, she recorded a debut CD «Encore» in 2010.

Among her awards are 1st Prize Winner of the “Classical Legacy” International Piano Competition and Special Prize for the best interpretation of a piece by Rachmaninov (Moscow, 1999), 4th Prize Winner of the Alexander Tansman International Competition of Musical Personalities and Special Prize from Chopin’s Society for the best interpretation of a piece by Chopin (Lodz, Poland, 2000), 3rd Prize in the International Piano Competition in Porto (Portugal, 2002), 1st Prize Winner of Sidney Wright Competition at UT Austin as a best collaborative pianist (Austin, TX, 2006).

Elena graduated from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2001, and finished her postgraduate studies in Piano Performance in 2003.

In years 2005-2009 Elena worked at the Butler Opera Center at University of Texas at Austin as staff pianist/coach and also earned her doctorate degree in the Opera Coaching program at UT Austin. During this time Elena was working on over a dozen opera productions, as well as performing numerous recitals with singers and instrumentalists. Elena was a Houston Grand Opera Studio artist in 2010-2011 season, where she assisted maestro Patrick Summers on preparation of several opera productions, and also preparing and performing numerous recitals.

Since 2016 Elena has been the Artistic Coordinator and Staff Pianist at Musical Bridges Around the World, a non-profit performing and visual arts organization in San Antonio, TX.




Pastiche

SUNDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2019 AT 7PM

Busoni Piano Competition 1987 Gold Medalist Lilya Zilberstein + concertmaster of Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Boston Symphony and Dallas Symphony violinist Emanuel Borok

LILYA ZILBERSTEIN
PIANO

EMANUEL BOROK
VIOLIN



program


LILYA ZILBERSTEIN, PIANO

FR ANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828 ) – FR ANZ LISZ (1811-1886 )
Wanderer

GRETCHEN AM SPINNRADE
Serenade
Barkarole

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943)
Musical Moments No. 1, 3, 4 and 5, Op.16

EMANUEL BOROK, VIOLIN
LILYA ZILBERSTEIN, PIANO

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK (1714- 1787)
Melodie

JULES MASSENET (1842-1912)
Meditation from Thais

SIR EDWARD WILLIAM ELGAR (1857-1934)
Loves’ Greetings

PABLO DE SAR ASATE (1844-1908)
Romanza Andaluza

M. PONCE (1882-1948) – J. HEIFETZ (1901-1987)
Estrellita

C. GARDEL (1890-1935) – J. WILLIAMS (B.1932)
Por Una Cabeza






LILYA ZILBERSTEIN, PIANO

Lilya Zilberstein got her first taste of international success in 1987 when she won the Busoni Competition in Bolzano. Her victory was a sensation – it took five years until the first prize was even awarded again. By 1988, the Moscow-born pianist was able to perform at big tours abroad in the West. Travelling for her concerts took her to almost all of the European countries, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Canada and Brazil. Lilya Zilberstein started playing the piano at five years old. After twelve years of lessons with Ada Traub at the Gnessin Special Music School in Moscow, she continued studying at the Gnessin Institute under Alexander Satz until she graduated in 1988. In 1985, she won first prize in the Competition of the Russian Federation, and was also one of the prize-winners at the All Union’s Competition in Riga. She emigrated to Germany in 1990. In 1991, Lilya Zilberstein debuted with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Claudio Abbado, which formed the basis of a long-term cooperation. She performed concerts with many famous international orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, the London Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra della Scala in Milan, the Staatskapelle Dresden, and many others.

Alongside Claudio Abbado, she has worked with conductors such as John Axelrod, Paavo Berglund, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alun Francis, Leopold Hager, Dmitrij Kitajenko, James Levine, Vassily Sinaisky, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jean-Pascal Tortelier, Marcello Viotti and Antoni Wit. In August 1998, she was awarded the “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” prize in Siena. This accolade has been awarded to, among others, Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Krystian Zimerman. Lilya Zilberstein has recorded eight CDs for Deutsche Grammophon, including recital programmes, the Grieg Piano Concerto (Järvi, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra) and the Second and Third Piano Concertos by Rachmaninoff (Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra). She also contributed to the first complete CD recording of the Frédéric Chopin oeuvre, which was released by Deutsche Grammophon in 1999. Recently, several more CDs have been released, including a recording of the Brahms sonata for two pianos with Martha Argerich, released by EMI, and Clementi, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff, released by Hänssler Classic. The pianist is a regular guest in the major concert halls and at the most important festivals all over Europe, the USA, Canada, Asia, South America and the Middle East. A few years ago, she played extensive world tours as the chamber music partner of Maxim Vengerov. With her duet partner Martha Argerich, she will celebrate her twenty-year anniversary on the stage in 2019. In 2017, Lilya Zilberstein‘s recitals and concerts take her, i.a., to major music halls in China and Taiwan, the USA and South America, and yet again to the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Musikverein Vienna. Lilya Zilberstein is jury member of important international piano competitions. She devotes a substantial part of her time to the education of young musicians. She gives masterclasses at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena (since 2011) and during her concert travels in universities and conservatories all over the world. From 2009 till 2013, she was Guest Professor at the University of Music and Theatre Hamburg. Since 2015, she is Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, succeeding Paul Badura-Skoda and Oleg Maisenberg.

EMANUEL BOROK, VIOLIN

Emanuel Borok, concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 2010, has had a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. Before coming to Dallas, Borok served for 11 seasons as associate concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He joined SMU Meadows School of the Arts as Distinguished Artist-in-Residence in 2013.

Born and trained in the Soviet Union, Borok received his early musical instruction at the renowned Darzinya Music School in Riga, Latvia, and the Gnessin School of Music in Moscow. In 1964 he became prizewinner of the most important national violin competition in the former Soviet Union. In 1971, he won the position of Co-Concertmaster in the Moscow Philharmonic.

Since emigrating to the West in 1973, Borok has made many solo appearances in Israel, Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Germany, Venezuela, Mexico, Switzerland, Holland and throughout the United States (including Carnegie Hall). His solo appearances have included the Bach Double Concerto with Yehudi Menuhin, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with Pinchas Zukerman and Brahms’s Double Concerto with Janos Starker; concerto and chamber music appearances at notable festivals such as the La Jolla Festival of the Arts in La Jolla, Calif.; Montecito International Music Festival, Mentecito, Calif.; Summit Music Festival in Purchase, N.Y.; Settimane Musicale Senese in Siena, Italy; Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy; Gstaad Switzerland and others. His chamber music partners have included such distinguished artists as Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Shlomo Mintz, Lynn Harrell, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Christopher Hogwood, Joshua Bell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Cho-Liang Lin, Sarah Chang and Paul Neubauer as well as Principals of Berlin Philharmonic Hansjorg Schellenberger and Daniel Damiano. Borok was also featured in the Distinguished Artists Recital Series at the 92nd Street Y in New York.




In 1999, Borok was part of the Grammy-nominated CD Voces Americanas with Dallas-based new music ensemble Voices of Change. He also recorded the Shostakovich Violin Sonata with Tatiana Yampolsky (which received a four-star rating from the Penguin Cassette Guide), the solo part of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with musicians from the Boston Symphony (named “Best of the Month” by Stereo Review magazine), and Beethoven’s Archduke Trio with pianist Claude Frank and cellist Leslie Parnas (honored by Ovation magazine as the record of the year).

Borok’s most recent recordings include A Road Less Traveled and Songs for a Lonely Heart, with seldom-performed concertos by Joseph Haydn and romantic pieces for violin, released to critical acclaim on the Eroica label. He has published a book of original cadenzas for all five Mozart Violin Concertos with Theodore Presser Co.

In addition to his highly active performing life, Borok has established himself as an internationally recognized teacher having taught at the Tanglewood Music Center; the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy; the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland; Royal Conservatory and Academy of Music in London; Conservatoire de Paris; Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow; and the Academy of Music in Prague. In the summer of 2005 he was invited to teach at the famous Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

Borok’s instrument is a 400-year-old Brothers Amati violin, made in 1608 in Cremona, Italy, home to such famous violin makers as Amati, Guarneri and Stradivarius. In 2009, on the occasion of the violin’s 400th “birthday,” Borok traveled with his violin to Cremona and presented a concert for the people of the city, all of which was captured in the documentary A Cremona con Amore, available on Amazon.com.

In June 2010 Borok was invited to perform at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam with the Radio Philharmonic orchestra during the Holland Festival under the direction of Jaap van Zweden. The occasion featured a violin concerto written by Alexander Raskatov and dedicated to Mr. Borok’s 1608 Brothers Amati violin.

Borok retired from the orchestra life in 2010 and is currently Distinguished Artist-In-Residence, Violin at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, where he combines his teaching with performing, conducting master classes and adjudicating competitions.

Filigree

SUNDAY, 19 MAY 2019 AT 7PM

Named Debut Artist of the year by NPR’s Performance Today, Gold Medalist at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1997, Jon Nakamatsu draws unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power – a spectacular finish to a stellar season of piano magic!

JON NAKAMATSU
PIANO



program


JON NAKAMATSU, PIANO

FR ANZ SC HUBE RT (1797-1828)
2 Impromptus, op. 90

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Sonata in D Major, Op. 28 “Pastorale”
Allegro
Andante
Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Andante spianato and
Grande Polonaise brillante, Op. 22






JON NAKAMATSU, PIANO

American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. Mr. Nakamatsu has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with such conductors as James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vänskä and Hans Vonk. He also performed at a White House concert hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Nakamatsu’s extensive recital tours throughout the U.S. and Europe have featured appearances in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London and Milan. He has worked with various chamber ensembles – among them the Brentano, Tokyo, Kuss, Jupiter, Cypress, Prazak and Ying String Quartets – and has toured repeatedly with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. Together with clarinetist Jon Manasse, Mr. Nakamatsu tours continually as a member of the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo. The Duo also serves as Artistic Directors of the esteemed Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival in Massachusetts.

Mr. Nakamatsu records exclusively for harmonia mundi usa, which has released thirteen CDs to date. His all-Gershwin recording with Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic featuring Rhapsody in Blue and the Concerto in F rose to number three on Billboard’s classical music charts, earning extraordinary critical praise. Other acclaimed releases include an all-Liszt disc featuring the “Dante Sonata”; a recording of Brahms’ Piano Sonata in F minor; and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Mr. Nakamatsu’s 2008 recording of Brahms’ Clarinet Sonatas with Jon Manasse was chosen by the New York Times as one of its top releases for the year; his latest disc with Mr. Manasse, released in August 2012, includes both the Brahms Clarinet Quintet and the Piano Quintet with the Tokyo String Quartet. Of his most recent release on the label, a 2014 solo disc of the piano works of Robert Schumann, BBC Music Magazine states that “Nakamatsu clarifies Schumann’s mid-range saturated textures to a remarkable degree, reveling in its fantastic imaginings with rapier-like precision and effortless command.”

Since 1997, Mr. Nakamatsu has served on multiple international piano competition juries and has also been invited as a guest speaker at numerous institutions including the Van Cliburn Foundation, Stanford University and the Juilliard School.

Mr. Nakamatsu studied privately with Marina Derryberry and has worked with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, son of the great pianist Artur Schnabel. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in German Studies and a master’s degree in Education.

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