12-02 Savannah Music Festival


The sound of a breeze whispering through oaks draped in Spanish moss, the tinkling of ice in a glass of sweet tea on the verandah and the mellifluous sounds of Georgia’s largest music festival are just a few sounds that one can hear in Savannah, Georgia this summer. The Savannah Music Festival presents a variety of musical genres, as well as dance performances, films, narrative programs, lectures and youth concerts to build a thriving arts festival for all audience members. The Savannah Music Festival also collaborates with local arts organizations, such as the renowned Savannah College of Art & Design, the Telfair Museum of Art as well as the Georgia Historical Society and others.

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

Music

Clemens non Papa: Ego Flos Campi
Palestrina: Osculetor me
Mozart: Sonata in F Major, K. 332: III
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 2: III
Sissoko: Oudeste
Falla: 3 Popular Spanish Songs, tr. 7, 8, 9
Gismonti: Palhaco
Babar by Zakir Hussain
Ravel: String Quartet
Alexandra DuBois: Chanson d’Orage (world premiere)
Schubert: Die Winterreise, I, III
Mendelssohn: Octet: II and IV

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Artists

Stile Antico
Stile Antico is an ensemble of young British singers who perform regularly throughout Europe and North America. Working without a conductor, the members of Stile Antico rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical result. The group’s repertoire ranges from the glorious legacy of the English Tudor composers to the works of the Flemish and Spanish schools and the music of the early Baroque. Stile Antico’s recent performances include debuts at the BBC Proms, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, early music festivals in Boston, Bruges, Barcelona and Utrecht, and at the Cervantino Festival in Mexico. The group has toured extensively with Sting, appearing across Europe, Australia and the Far East as part of his Dowland project, Songs from the Labyrinth. During 2011, Stile Antico makes its debut at London’s Wigmore Hall, appears at leading festivals throughout Europe and twice tours the United States. Their recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label have enjoyed great success, including two Grammy nominations.

Kristian Bezeidenhout
Kristian Bezuidenhout first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize as well as the audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition (2001), a double honour, this being only the third time the former prize has been awarded in the history of the competition. Bezuidenhout is a frequent guest artist with the world’s leading ensembles including The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, The Orchestra of the 18th Century, Concerto Koeln, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Collegium Vocale Ghent and the Handel & Haydn Society. He has performed with celebrated artists including Frans Brüggen, Pieter Wispelwey, Daniel Hope, Viktoria Mullova & Christopher Hogwood, and he regularly gives Lied recitals with, among others, Carolyn Sampson, Mark Padmore and Jan Kobow. He now has a standing duo with the baroque violinist Petra Müllejans, artistic director of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Bezuidenhout now divides his time between fortepiano, harpsichord and modern piano engagements and has appeared in the early music festivals of Barcelona, Boston, Bruges, St. Petersburg, Venice and Utrecht and the Saintes Festival, La Roque D’Anthéron, the Chopin Festival Warsaw, Musikfest Bremen, the Tanglewood Festival, Mostly Mozart Lincoln Center, and the Gstaad Festival. He is now a guest professor at both the Eastman School of Music and the Schola Cantorum in Basel; in 2007 he was awarded the Erwin Bodky prize.

Garrick Olhsson
The talented American pianist, Garrick (Olof) Ohlsson began his piano studies at the age of 8 and later attended Julliard at 13. He was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1994 and received the 1998 University Musical Society Distinguished Artist Award in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After winning First Prizes at the 1966 Busoni Competition in Italy and 1968 Montréal Piano Competition, he made his New York recital debut in 1970. The same year, Olhsson gained international recognition when he became the first American pianist to win the prestigious Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Ohlsson has appeared with major symphony orchestras in Europe, USA, Asia, and even New Zealand. Additionally, he is an avid chamber musician, collaborating with the Cleveland, Emerson, Takács and Tokyo string quartets, among other ensembles. Together with violinist Jorja Fleezanis and cellist Michael Grebanier, he is a founding member of the San Francisco-based FOG Trio.

Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal
Ballake Sissoko is considered one of the world’s top kora players. Trained by the grand master of this Malian harp with twenty-one strings, Jelimadi Sissoko, Ballake found considerable international success after a concert with Taj Mahal’s Kulanjan project. Soon afterwards, he created a solid artistic partnership in French cellist, Vincent Segal. Segal is a classically trained musician, who once played with the French National Orchestra. However, he is interested in a variety of musical styles, and he currently plays in an experimental ensemble entitled Bumcello. Segal has enjoyed many roles over the years as an accompanist, arranger or producer with such diverse performers as Cesaria Evora, -M-, Blackalicious, Piers Faccini, Sting or Marianne Faithfull. The two began jamming together after meeting up after one of Segal’s concerts and now enjoy much success as a duo, garnering praise for their ability to create intimate musical conversations.

Daniel Hope
British violinist Daniel Hope has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for more than twenty years, and as the youngest ever member of the Beaux Arts Trio during its last six seasons. He is renowned for his musical versatility and creativity and for his dedication to humanitarian causes. Hope performs as soloist with the world’s major orchestras and conductors, directs many ensembles from the violin, and plays chamber music in a wide variety of traditional and new venues. Raised and educated in England, Hope earned degrees at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with renowned Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron. Hope regularly directs chamber orchestras as violin soloist with ensembles including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Salzburg, and Concerto Köln. He has performed at the world’s most important festivals, such as the BBC Proms, and the Lucerne, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Tanglewood festivals. Daniel Hope has performed in all of the world’s most prestigious venues and with the world’s great orchestras. Highlights include the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and Toronto and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras, as well as the major orchestras of Berlin, Birmingham, Dallas, Detroit, Dresden, Israel, London, Moscow, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm, and Vienna. He is Associate Music Director of the Savannah Music Festival and Artistic Director at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Summer Festival in Germany.

David Russell
David Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. He was named a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997 and twice won the Julian Bream Guitar Prize during his studies there. He has also won numerous international competitions, including the Andrés Segovia Competition, the José Ramírez Competition and Spain’s prestigious Francisco Tárrega Competition. In 2009, David was named honorary member of “Amigos de la Guitarra”, the oldest guitar society in Spain. He spends his time touring the world, appearing regularly at prestigious halls in cities such as New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Madrid, Toronto and Rome.

Sergio and Odair Assad
Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad have played a major role in creating and introducing new music for two guitars. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger and Francisco Mignone. Now Sérgio Assad is adding to their repertoire by composing music for the duo and for various musical partners both with Symphony Orchestra and in recitals. They have worked extensively with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Fernando Suarez Paz, Paquito D’Rivera, Gidon Kremer and Dawn Upshaw. The Assads began playing the guitar together at an early age and went on to study for seven years with guitar/lutenist Monina Távora, a disciple of Andrés Segovia. Their international career began with a major prize at the 1979 Young Artists Competition in Bratislava. The Assad’s repertoire includes original music composed by Sérgio Assad and his re-workings of folk and jazz music as well as Latin music of almost every style. Their standard classical repertoire includes transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau and Scarlatti and adaptations of works by such diverse figures as Gershwin, Ginastera and Debussy.

Zakir Hussain
Zakir Hussain is a classical table virtuoso of the highest order, whose consistently brilliant and exciting performances have established him as a national treasure in his native India, as well as gained him international fame. Zakir is involved in the contemporary world music movement, collaborating with various artists, including Remember Shakti, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, Table Beat Science and Sangam. He has performed and recorded with many famous artists, including George Harrison, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Mark Morris, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo drummers. He performed four sold out concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Artist Perspective series in 2009.

Edgar Meyer
Meyer grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He learned to play the double bass from his father, the late Edgar Meyer, Sr., who directed the string orchestra program for the local public school system. Meyer later went on to Indiana University to study with Stuart Sankey. Meyer is noted for achieving virtuosity on an instrument of unusual technical difficulty. His skill has allowed him to perform difficult music originally composed for other instruments, as in his recordings of Bach’s unaccompanied cello suites. Meyer has also composed a number of works that break the traditional mold of classical music, including two double bass concertos, a double concerto for bass and cello, and a violin concerto composed specifically for Hilary Hahn. In 2000, he won the Avery Fisher Prize, given once every few years to classical instrumentalists for outstanding achievement. In 2002, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. Meyer’s collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor on the widely acclaimed Sony Classical disc Appalachia Waltz reached the top of the United States pop charts for 16 weeks when it was released.

Bela Fleck
Bela Fleck is often considered the premier banjo player in the world. A New York City native, he picked up the banjo at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass music of Flatt & Scruggs. He joined the progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival in 1982 and ever since has made a name for himself with countless solo and ensemble projects as a virtuoso instrumentalist. In 1989, he formed the genre-busting band the Flecktones, which has shared the stage with the Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Bonnie Raitt and the Grateful Dead, among others. He has been the recipient of multiple Grammy awards, beginning in 1998. His total Grammy count is 14 wins and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in Grammy history.

Ebène Quartet: Pierre Colombet and Gabriel Le Magadure, violist Mathieu Herzog, and cellist Raphael Merlin
The Ebène Quartet is known for moving easily between musical styles. In a issue of the New York Times, cirtic Alan Kozinn noted he was mesmerized by this quartet which played Haydn and Debussy before performing their own arrangement of the music from the movie “Pulp Fiction.” The group’s creative bent on chamber music has brought them success, as well. The foursome has won the ARD International completion in Munich, the Forberg-Schneider Foundation’s Belmont Prize, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. They were also selected to be part of the BBC’s “New Generation Artists” in 2006. The group has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, Canada and the United States.

Lorenza Borrani
Borrani, a native of Florence, Italy started to learn the violin at the age of five under the guidance of Alina Company at the Fiesole School of Music. She began her studies in 1993 with Pavel Vernikov, Zinaida Gilels and Ilya Grubert and later studied at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria, with Boris Kushnir. She has regularly played chamber music since her youth, a passion developed through the example of her teachers Piero Farulli, Pier Narciso Masi and Pavel Vernikov, as well as through performing for artists like Carlo Maria Giulini, Maurizio Pollini , Mstislav Rostropovich. As chamber musician and soloist she is invited to perform by many of the most important and dynamic festivals, artists and orchestras. In November 2006, she performed as soloist with Orchestra Mozart conducted by Claudio Abbado. She has been Leader of Symphonica Toscanini (Maazel) since 2003 and is a member of Orchestra Mozart and Lucerne Festival Orchestra.In February 2008, she became Leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. She plays as Guest Leader with orchestras like Filarmonica della Scala (Milan), Bayerishen Rundfunk Orchester (Munich), Orchestra della Fondazione Santa Cecilia, Roma.She is one of the founders of the Spira mirabilis project.

Mark Padmore
Mark Padmore began his musical studies as a clarinetist, but switched to singing after gaining a choral scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge. After graduating in 1982, Padmore began working with a number of period performance choirs and ensembles, including the Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen and the King’s Consort. In 1987, he became a member of the Hilliard Ensemble with whom he toured extensively and made a number of recordings. In 1991, he became a member of Les Arts Florissants, taking part in some of the group’s most acclaimed productions and recordings, including the Gramophone-award winning recording of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie and the critically acclaimed recording of Handel’s Messiah. Mark Padmore continues to collaborate with Les Arts Florissants, albeit less frequently. Over the past several years, Mark Padmore has become particularly well known for his committed performances of the Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s Passions. His appearance as the Evangelist in the staged production by Deborah Warner of Bach’s Saint John Passion with English National Opera is worthy of particular mention.

Emerson Quartet
The Emerson String Quartet stands alone in the history of string quartets with an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings since 1987, nine Grammy® Awards (including two for Best Classical Album, an unprecedented honor for a chamber music group), three Gramophone Awards, the coveted Avery Fisher Prize and cycles of the complete Beethoven, Bartók, Mendelssohn and Shostakovich string quartets in the world’s musical capitals, from New York to London and Vienna. The Quartet has collaborated in concerts and on recordings with some of the greatest artists of our time. After 35 years of extensive touring and recording, the Emerson Quartet continues to perform with the same benchmark integrity, energy and commitment that it has demonstrated since it was formed in 1976.
In March 2011, Sony Classical announced an exclusive agreement with the Emerson String Quartet. The Quartet’s debut album for the label, Mozart’s Prussian Quartets K. 575, K. 589 and K. 590, will be released in October 2011 to coincide with a series of concerts at Wigmore Hall in London and Alice Tully Hall in New York City. In 2011-2012, its 35th season as an ensemble, the Emerson performs extensively throughout North America and Europe, with concerts in Boston, Vancouver, Denver, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Diego, Houston and Ann Arbor and on tours taking them to Germany, Denmark, Slovenia, Austria, England, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and South Korea. The Emerson continues its residency at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, now in its 32nd season.
The Emerson is Quartet-in-Residence at Stony Brook University, where, in addition to a concert series, teaching and chamber music coaching throughout the academic year, it has conducted intensive string quartet workshops in 2004, 2006 and 2008. The Quartet has also overseen three Professional Training Workshops at Carnegie’s Weill Music Institute. In the 2006-2007 season, Carnegie Hall invited the Emerson to present its own Perspectives series, a nine-concert exploration titled Beethoven in Context, held in Isaac Stern Auditorium. No other quartet has had the opportunity to present such an expansive series at Carnegie. In 2000, the Emerson was named “ensemble of the Year” by Musical America, and in March 2004 became the 18th recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize – another first for a chamber ensemble.
Formed in 1976, the Emerson String Quartet took its name from the American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. Violinists Eugene Drucker and Philip Setzer alternate in the first chair position and are joined by violist Lawrence Dutton and cellist David Finckel. Since January 2002, Messrs. Drucker, Setzer and Dutton have stood for their performances; Mr. Finckel sits on a podium. The Quartet is based in New York City.