12-15 Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival

Quaint cottages dot the enchanted coastline here, fresh seafood abounds and the classical music is top notch. Cape Cod hosts one of the finest classical music festivals on the east coast each summer since 1979. Called “a triumph of quality,” by the New York Times, the festival features three weeks of chamber music throughout Cape Cod during August and has a well established Composer-in-Residence Program. Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival has fostered a bevy of musical talent over the years, including Dawn Upshaw, Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell.

Learn more here: http://www.capecodchambermusic.org/

Music

Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 44: II and IV
Gould: Four Pieces from Benny’s Gig (1962)
Ives String Quartet Number 1, From the Salvation Army
Saint-Saens: Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor
Piazzolla: Nuevo Tango
Jeremy Cohen: Crowdambo
Beethoven: Septet: III, V and VI

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Artists

Jon Nakamatsu

Since his dramatic 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medal triumph, Jon Nakamatsu’s brilliant but unassuming musicianship and eclectic repertoire have made him a clear favorite throughout the world both on the concert circuit and in the recording studio. He has performed widely in North America, Europe, and the Far East and has collaborated with such conductors as James Conlon, Philippe Entremont, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson Thomas and Osmo Vänskä.  His extensive recital tours throughout the United States and Europe have featured appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in cities such as Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London, and Milan.

Mr. Nakamatsu maintains a very active touring schedule with orchestra performances, chamber collaborations and solo recitals.  In April of 2011 Mr. Nakamatsu made his debut at the prestigious Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In past seasons, Mr. Nakamatsu has been soloist with many leading orchestras including those of Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Rochester, San Francisco, Seattle, Tokyo and Vancouver.

Mr. Nakamatsu also serves as an Artistic Director of the esteemed Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, founded by pianist Samuel Sanders in 1979.

Tokyo String Quartet

The Tokyo String Quartet has captivated audiences and critics alike since it was founded 42 years ago. Regarded as one of the supreme chamber ensembles of the world, the Tokyo Quartet-Martin Beaver and Kikuei Ikeda (violins), Kazuhide Isomura (viola) and Clive Greensmith (cello)-has collaborated with a remarkable array of artists and composers, built a comprehensive catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings and established a distinguished teaching record. Performing over a hundred concerts worldwide each season, the quartet has a devoted international following across the globe.

Officially formed in 1969 at the Juilliard School of Music, the quartet traces its origins to the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, where the founding members were profoundly influenced by Professor Hideo Saito. Soon after its formation, the quartet won First Prize at the Coleman Competition, the Munich Competition and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The members of the Tokyo String Quartet have served on the faculty of the Yale School of Music as quartet-in-residence since 1976. Deeply committed to coaching young string quartets, they devote much of the summer to teaching and performing at the prestigious Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. They also conduct master classes in North America, Europe and the Far East throughout the year.

Jon Manasse

Clarinetist Jon Manasse is internationally recognized for his inspiring artistry, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style. Jon Manasse’s current season is highlighted by performances with the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra and South Korea’s Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra. With pianist Jon Nakamatsu, he continues to tour throughout the United States as half of the acclaimed Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo. Jon Manasse’s solo appearances include New York City performances at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Hunter College’s Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse, Columbia University, Rockefeller University and The Town Hall, debuts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Osaka and concerto performances with Gerard Schwarz and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, both at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and at the prestigious Tokyu Bunkamura Festival in Tokyo. With orchestra, he has been guest soloist with the Augsburg, Dayton, Erie, Evansville, Naples and National philharmonics, Canada’s Symphony Nova Scotia, the National Chamber Orchestra and the Alabama, Annapolis, Baltimore, Bozeman, Dubuque, Florida West Coast, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Jackson, Missoula, Oakland East Bay, Pensacola, Princeton, Richmond, Roanoke, Rogue Valley, Seattle, Stamford, Silicon Valley and Wyoming symphonies, under the batons of, among others, Peter Bay, Leslie B. Dunner, Peter Leonard, Daniel Meyer, Michael Morgan, Eckart Preu, Glenn Quader, Matthew Savery and Lawrence Leighton Smith. Of special distinction was Mr. Manasse’s 2002 London debut in a Barbican Centre performance of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with Gerard Schwarz and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He also serves as an Artistic Director of the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, with his duo partner Jon Nakamatsu.

Lewis Paer

Lewis Paer is the principal bassist of the New York City Opera and the American Ballet Theater Orchestra. Mr. Paer is on the faculty of the Chamber Music Conference of the East at Bennington College and the Affinis Seminar of Japan. He appears regularly as a guest artist with such presenting groups as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York City Ensemble, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

Stephanie Chase

Violinist Stephanie Chase is in demand as soloist with eminent orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and London Symphony Orchestra. Her performances are acclaimed for their “elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination” (Boston Globe) as well as “stunning power” (Louisville Courier-Journal) and “matchless technique” (BBC Music Magazine). Her triumphant performances at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow have led to concerts throughout the world and the award of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.  As soloist, Ms. Chase has performed in twenty-five countries and offers an repertoire of over 50 concertos. She has collaborated with conductors that include Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Leon Barzin, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Marin Alsop, Roy Goodman, Hugh Wolff and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.  Her discography encompasses major concerti, chamber works, and collections of salon pieces by diverse composers including Beethoven, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Friml, Schoenberg, and Kapralova, and she has premiered music by composers that include Earl Kim, Edward Applebaum, Eleanor Hovda, Joan Tower, Yehudi Wyner and Taavo Virkhaus.

Bion Tsang

Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition, cellist Bion Tsang has appeared with the New York, Moscow and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras, the Atlanta, Pacific, Civic, American and National Symphony Orchestras, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Saint Paul and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras and the Taiwan National Orchestra.  Mr. Tsang’s chamber music career is marked by collaborations with violinists Pamela Frank, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin and Kyoko Takezawa, violist Michael Tree, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bassist Gary Karr and pianist Leon Fleisher.  He is a frequent guest artist of the Boston Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music International of Dallas, Da Camera of Houston and Camerata Pacifica in Los Angeles, and performs at many festivals including Marlboro, Portland, Tucson, the Bard Festival, Bravo! Colorado, and the Laurel Festival of the Arts, where he served as Artistic Director for ten years.  Mr. Tsang received his BA from Harvard University and his MMA from Yale University where he studied with Aldo Parisot.  His other cello teachers included Ardyth Alton, Luis Garcia-Renart, William Pleeth, Channing Robbins and Leonard Rose.  Mr. Tsang is on the faculty at the UT Butler School of Music.

Spencer Myer

Gold Medalist of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Spencer Myer is garnering stellar audience and critical acclaim from around the globe, rapidly establishing himself as one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation. Spencer Myer’s orchestral, recital and chamber music performances have been heard throughout North America, Canada , Europe, Africa and Asia . He has been soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, Louisiana and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestras, the Baton Rouge, Bozeman, Indianapolis, Knoxville, New Haven, Phoenix, Richmond (IN), Santa Fe, Southeast Iowa, Tucson and Wyoming Symphony Orchestras, and Beijing’s China National Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with, among others, conductors Nicholas Cleobury, Neal Gittleman, Jacques Lacombe, Jahja Ling, Maurice Peress, Matthew Savery, Klauspeter Seibel, Arjan Tien and Victor Yampolsky. In May 2005, his recital/orchestral tour of South Africa included a performance of the five piano concerti of Beethoven with the Chamber Orchestra of South Africa. Spencer Myer’s recital appearances have been presented in New York City’s Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as in Chicago, Cincinnati, Fort Worth, Knoxville, Logan and ChinaAn avid chamber musician, he has also performed with the Blair, Jupiter, Miami and Pacifica String Quartets.

Quartet San Francisco

Grammy nominees for their last three CD releases (2009, 2007, and 2006) and International Tango competition winners (New York, 2004), Quartet San Francisco expresses itself in its agility and standout virtuosic playing. Quartet San Francisco was founded in 2001 by celebrated Bay Area violinist and composer-arranger Jeremy Cohen. Violinist Alisa Rose joined QSF in 2009, and violist Keith Lawrence, has been a member since 2008. Cellist Michelle Kwon is the newest member, joining the group during the 2010-2011 season. As crossover specialists QSF excels in multiple styles — from jazz to tango, pop to funk, blues to bluegrass, gypsy swing to big band and beyond. Quartet San Francisco recently toured Japan and Turkey, performing in Tokyo, Hyogo, Sanda, and Istanbul. Recent U.S. appearances include New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, Yoshi’s Jazz Clubs in San Francisco and Oakland, the Brubeck Room in the Wilton, Connecticut Library, in concert with the Marin Symphony and Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead in San Rafael, Calif., with the Tulsa Symphony, as well as with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra.

Phillip Ying

Faculty and Chair of Chamber Music Department, Eastman School of Music, violist of the Ying Quartet which has been named the Blodgett ensemble in residence at Harvard University.

Phillip Ying performs regularly across the United States, Europe and Asia. He recently won a Grammy Award for his work with the Ying and Turtle Island String Quartets, and is a recipient of the Naumburg Award for chamber music. Mr. Ying has also been presented numerous times in recital and as a soloist with orchestras. With the Ying Quartet, he maintains a vital interest in new music. He has been recorded by Telarc, Quartz, EMI, Albany and Elektra.

In addition to performing, Mr. Ying is committed to presenting the arts in creative, unexpected and diverse ways. In 1992, he received a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to promote chamber music in rural Iowa. Since that time, he continues to be involved in many other projects designed to explore expanded performance concepts as well as the educational and community-building potential of classical music in cities and towns across the United States. In addition, he has served as President of Chamber Music America.

Rafael Figueroa

Solo cellist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Rafael Figueroa has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, South and Central America and Japan. He is a winner of many distinguished competitions and awards including the First Prize at the Gregor Piatiogorsky Invitational Competition, the Bronze Medal at the Pablo Casals International Competition in Budapest, the Jill Sackler Concerto Competition, and winner of the Gina Bachauer Memorial Award.

Rafael is a frequent soloist with the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico as well as the Casals Hall Festival in Tokyo, Lemi Music Festival in Finland, Aspen Music Festival and the Marlboro, Rockport and Marblehead Music Festivals. He has performed and toured worldwide with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has been a member of the New Jersey Chamber Music Society. He is a frequent guest of the distinguished Bargemusic concerts and for five years served as cellist of the Amadeus piano trio. Rafael has appeared in recitals at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Merkin Hall, Jordan Hall and nationwide on National Public Radio.

Angela Cordell Bilger

French hornist Angela Cordell Bilger enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and educator, primarily in the Philadelphia and New York City areas.  She plays frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra where she spent the 2008-2009 season as Acting Fourth Horn.  She often performs with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, with the Gotham Chamber Opera and has also appeared in performances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Columbia Sinfonietta – an ensemble that focuses on new music – and as a guest with the Imani Winds and the Zephyros Winds. Angela also has played in the orchestras of many Broadway shows in New York. With the Central Park Brass and Ariel Winds, she has been active in performing outreach concerts for children in schools and in hospitals.

Judith LeClair

Judith LeClair joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Bassoon in 1981, at the age of 23. Since then, she has made more than 50 solo appearances with the Orchestra, performing with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Christopher Hogwood, Rafael Kubelik, Erich Leinsdorf, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, André Previn, and John Williams. Her performance of the Weber Bassoon Concerto in late December 2005 marked her first concerto appearance with Music Director Lorin Maazel.
Active as a chamber musician, she has performed with numerous leading artists and has participated in the Music from Angel Fire, Bridgehampton, Bay Chamber, and Aspen festivals. She has given solo recitals and master classes at the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Oberlin College, Michigan and Ohio Universities, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Every August she gives a solo recital and week-long master class at the Hidden Valley Music Seminar in Carmel Valley, California. She is a member of the Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet of New York, an active group formed four years ago with her colleagues from the New York Philharmonic wind section. They perform extensively together in New York and on the Orchestra’s foreign tours, and gave a recital in March 2006 in Sarasota, Florida.