11-04 Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival

Vail has an outdoor amphitheatre with a floating roof where the festival presents three major orchestras each year: the New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra.  New York Phil Principal Cellist, Carter Brey says they not only compete with birds and wind in the trees but also with happy listeners, whose empty champagne bottles occasionally roll down the concrete steps – thunk, thunk, thunk – during the music.  Vail also has a beautiful jewel box of a recital hall, the Vilar Center for the Performing Arts, in Beaver Creek.  We feature the chamber music from Vilar on this program. Vail has beautiful weather, incredible scenic beauty and enthusiastic audiences – a great combination.

For more information, visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org

Music

Mozart: String  Quartet in B-Flat, K. 589 Prussian (Daedalus Quartet)
Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in C Major, RV 477
Tower: Quartet for Piano and Strings (Festival Commission)
Vivaldi: Spring from the Four Seasons (Chee-Yun)
Chopin: Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise (Inon Barnatan)
Bach: Partita in D Minor: III, IV (Stephanie Chase)
Brahms: Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60

Hear audio features by the 2010 and 2011 Artistic Directors:

Eugenia Zukerman:

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Artists

Anne-Marie McDermott, Incoming Artistic Director, Pianist - Anne-Marie McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs over 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music. Her repertoire choices are eclectic, spanning from Bach and Haydn to Prokofiev and Scriabin to Kernis, Hartke, Tower and Wuorinen. More

Eugenia Zukerman, Retiring Artistic Director, Flute -Hailed by the press as “one of the finest flutists of our time,” Eugenia Zukerman is an internationally renowned recitalist and soloist. Honored by Young Concert Artists and by The Open University of Israel for her lifetime achievement in music, Ms. Zukerman continues in the 2009-10 season with a diversified schedule as a flutist, writer, artistic director, television/web journalist and educator. Artistic Director of the Vail Valley Music Festival since 1998, she has contributed significantly to its growth and development on national as well as international levels. More

Rebecca Albers, Viola – Ms. Albers teaches at the University of Michigan School of Music Theatre & Dance in Ann Arbor. She received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where she was a student and teaching assistant of Heidi Castleman and Hsin–Yun Huang. In addition to the trio, she is a member Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio and also performs regularly with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, both as a section and principal player. As winner of Juilliard’s 2002-03 viola competition Rebecca made her New York concerto debut performing the New York premiere of Samuel Adler’s Viola Concerto in Alice Tully Hall. More

Lydia Artimyiw, Piano – “Lydia Artymiw has such a satisfying musical soul; she is a pleasure to hear” wrote Bernard Holland in a recent New York Times review. The recipient of both an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Prize, Philadelphia-born Lydia Artymiw has emerged as one of the most compelling talents among pianists of her generation.  She has performed with over one hundred orchestras world-wide, with many of the leading conductors of our time. More

Inon Barnatan, Piano – The flourishing career of pianist Inon Barnatan takes him to some of the most important music centers and festivals worldwide. Still in his twenties, Inon is gaining widespread recognition for his poetic and passionate music making, communicative performances and thoughtful and engaging programming.  Inon recently performed his recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York, his American concerto debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, as well as performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Concertgebouw, Music@Menlo, Delft and Salzburg Festivals. Photo by Marc Borggreve More

Carter Brey, Cello - Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic in 1996, and made his subscription debut as soloist with the Orchestra in May 1997, performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations led by then-Music Director Kurt Masur. He has performed as soloist in subsequent seasons in the Elgar Cello Concerto with André Previn conducting; in William Schuman’s A Song of Orpheus with Christian Thielemann; in Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote with Music Director Lorin Maazel and with former Music Director Zubin Mehta; and in the Brahms Double Concerto with Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and conductor Christoph Eschenbach. More

Chee-Yun, Violin - 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. 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. More

Stephanie Chase, Violin – “One of the most respected classical violinists in the world” (Woman Around Town), Stephanie Chase is in demand as soloist with eminent orchestras that have included the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, and London Symphony Orchestra, in inspiring performances acclaimed for their “elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination” (Boston Globe) as well as “stunning power” (Louisville Courier-Journal), “matchless technique and flawless intonation” (BBC Music Magazine).  More

Daedalus String Quartet

Kyu-Young Kim, Violin
Min-Young Kim, Violin
Raman Ramakrishnan, Cello
Jessica Thompson, Viola

The Daedalus Quartet (pronounced DED-a-lus) was founded in the summer of 2000, and one year later captured the Grand Prize of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition, quickly establishing itself as among America’s outstanding string quartets. More

David Grossman, Double Bass - Mr.  Grossman began playing with the New York Philharmonic as its youngest member in December 1999 before graduating from The Juilliard School in May 2000. Born and educated in New York City, Mr. Grossman has performed as double bassist and pianist in orchestral, chamber, and jazz venues worldwide. He is a member of the double bass faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, and regularly gives master classes across the country. More

Peter Kolkay, Bassoon - A gifted performer of both extraordinary musicality and virtuosic artistry, bassoonist Peter Kolkay claimed First Prize at the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, the first artist on his instrument to receive both honors. The San Francisco Classical Voice proclaimed his “…star ascendant,” and the New York Sun praised his performance as “extremely moving.” More

Kathleen McIntosh, Harpsichord – Harpsichordist Kathleen McIntosh has traveled widely, performing with such groups as the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in Moscow, the Vietnam National Symphony in Hanoi and the New American chamber orchestra in Spain.  She has played in the Santa Fe Chamber Festival since 1996 and in the Bravo!Vail Valley Festival since 1999.  She appears frequently with chamber groups, chamber orchestras and as a soloist throughout the western United States.  A resident of Santa Fe, she performs with Serenata de Santa Fe, Santa Fe Pro Musica and many other New Mexico based groups.  More

Rosetti String Quartet -

Henry Gronnier, Violin
Sara Parkins , Violin
Thomas Diener, Viola
Eric Gaenslen, Cello

Praised as a “vital force among chamber music ensembles,” the Rossetti String Quartet is renowned for its highly sophisticated, sensual sound and extensive range of colors. The Quartet’s compelling stage presence and fresh, innovative style has won its members a devoted following throughout the United States. National appearances are numerous, and include the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the 92nd St Y, Carnegie Hall, and the Library of Congress. More

Sophie Shao, Cello - At the age of nineteen, cellist Sophie Shao received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and has since performed throughout the United States, Europe, Taiwan and Japan. Winner of a top prize at the 2001 Rostropovich Competition and a laureate of the XII Tchaikovsky Competition in 2002, the New York Times applauded her “eloquent, powerful” interpretations of repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Crumb. More

Nicholas Tavani, Violin - Lauded by the Washington Post for his “brilliant musicianship,” violinist Nicholas Tavani debuted in Washington, D.C.’s Gaston Hall at the age of eight. Since then, he has performed extensively in the United States and around the world, including at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Constitution Hall, Strathmore Hall, the State Department, and the National Gallery of Art; given concerts in London, Germany, Italy, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Denver, Austin, and Albuquerque; and toured Bolivia, Peru, Austria, and Hungary. More