12-04 Seattle Chamber Music Society
Seattle has a wealth of outdoor activities – including whale watching in tranquil Puget Sound, hiking near snow-capped Mount Rainier and biking through this incredibly cyclist-friendly city. Fuelled by coffee, Seattle natives temper their naturally relaxed west-coast attitude toward life and take advantage of the great outdoors during sunbreaks from the rain. However, each July, Seattleites head indoors to the incredible acoustic space of Benaroya Hall’s Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall for the Seattle Chamber Music Society summer festival. The festival spans four weeks and celebrates its 31st year in 2011. Learn more here: http://www.scmf.org/
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Dohnányi: Serenade for String Trio in C Major, Op. 10
Kodaly Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
Haydn: Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano in G Major, Hb XV/25 “Gypsy”
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74 “Harp”
Mozart: Mozart Quartet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Major, K. 493
Arensky: Quartet for Violin, Viola and Two Celli in A minor, Op. 35
James Ehnes was born in 1976 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. He began violin studies at the age of four, and at age nine became a protégé of the noted Canadian violinist Francis Chaplin. He studied with Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School of Music and from 1993 to 1997 at The Juilliard School, winning the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music upon his graduation. Mr. Ehnes first gained national recognition in 1987 as winner of the Grand Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Competition. The following year he won the First Prize in Strings at the Canadian Music Festival, the youngest musician ever to do so. At age 13, he made his orchestral solo debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. He has won numerous awards and prizes, including the first-ever Ivan Galamian Memorial Award, the Canada Council for the Arts’ prestigious Virginia Parker Prize, and a 2005 Avery Fisher Career Grant. In October 2005, James was honoured by Brandon University with a Doctor of Music degree (honoris causa) and in July 2007 he became the youngest person ever elected as a Fellow to the Royal Society of Canada. On July 1st 2010 the Governor General of Canada appointed James a Member of the Order of Canada.
Violist Richard O’Neill is one of the very few violists ever to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as a Grammy Award Nomination (Best Soloist with Orchestra). Concerto appearances include the London Philharmonic with Vladimir Jurowski, the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Miguel Harth Bedoya, the Seoul Philharmonic with François Xavier Roth, the KBS and Korean Symphony Orchestras, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Alte Musik Köln and Sejong. Highlights of this season include performances with the London Philharmonic with conductors Vassily Sinaisky and Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Royal Festival Hall at London’s South Bank Centre, as well as on tour to Seoul Arts Center and the National Concert Hall of Madrid, a sold-out Kennedy Center debut with pianist Warren Jones, his third season as Artistic Director of DITTO, his South Korean chamber music initiative featuring four sold out concerts at Seoul Arts Center and a 10 concert nationwide tour, as well as his 5th solo recording for Deutsche Grammophon. He has made solo debuts at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Salle Cortot, and Seoul Arts Center.
Robert DeMaine became, in 1990, the first cellist ever to win the Grand Prize at San Francisco’s Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. As soloist, he has collaborated with conductors Neeme Jarvi, Peter Oundjian, Joseph Silverstein, and Leonard Slatkin, among many others, and has performed virtually all of the major cello concerto repertoire with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he has been Principal Cellist since 2002. Mr. deMaine has also served as a guest principal in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Robert deMaine counts among his chamber-music partners violinists James Ehnes, Hilary Hahn, Gil Shaham, Ani and Ida Kavafian, pianists Emanuel Ax, Andrew Armstrong, Orion Weiss, William Wolfram, and Yefim Bronfman, and has appeared at many international music festivals, including those of Marlboro, Aspen, Heidelberg, San Miguel de Allende, Montreal, and Seattle. He is also the cellist of four newly-established chamber groups: The Chroma Piano Trio, Trio21, Icarus (Flute, Cello, Piano), and the Ehnes Quartet. A dedicated teacher, Mr. deMaine has presented masterclasses throughout the U.S. and abroad, and is a regular guest of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach and the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland. He has also taught at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. Also a composer, Robert deMaine has written many works for the cello, including Twelve Etudes-Caprices, which he performs regularly. Several important composers have written large-scale works for him, including Chris Theofanidis, Joel Eric Suben, and Jeffrey Mumford. Soon to be released are two recordings by deMaine on Dorian/Sono Luminus: a recital disc featuring works by Rachmaninov, Faure, and Grieg with the pianist Andrew Armstrong, and the Haydn Cello Concertos with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Violinist Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of his generation’s most significant artists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Hailed for “talent that’s off the scale” (Washington Post) Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others, and he has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Marin Alsop, Andrew Davis, Hannu Lintu, Ludovic Morlot, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mikhail Pletnev, Gerard Schwarz and Yuri Temirkanov. His solo performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at Australia’s Sydney Opera House in March was seen live on YouTube by more than 30 million people worldwide. During the 2011/12 season Jackiw makes his debut with the Atlanta Symphony under Nicholas McGegan and the Rotterdam Philharmonic in France led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He enjoys return engagements with the Chicago Symphony (Trevor Pinnock), Toronto Symphony (Christopher Koenig) and Rochester Philharmonic (Arild Remmereit). Additional highlights include recitals at the Kennedy Center under the auspices of the Washington Performing Arts Society and in Chicago with pianist Jeremy Denk, presented by the Chicago Symphony.
Cellist Edward Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Earlier that year, he performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos with Yo-Yo Ma and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Opening Night Gala of the Caramoor International Festival. Since that time, Mr. Arron has appeared in recital, as a soloist with orchestra, and as a chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The 2011-2012 season marks Mr. Arron’s ninth season as the artistic director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber music series created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum’s prestigious Concerts and Lectures series. In the fall of 2009, Mr. Arron succeeded Charles Wadsworth as the artistic director, host, and resident performer of the Musical Masterworks concert series in Old Lyme, Connecticut, as well as concert series in Beaufort and Columbia, South Carolina. He is also the artistic director of the Caramoor Virtuosi, the resident chamber ensemble of the Caramoor International Music Festival. Mr. Arron has performed numerous times at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, New York’s Town Hall, and the 92nd Street Y, and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic.
Amy Schwartz Moretti
Invited to Carnegie Hall for her solo concerto debut in 1998, violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti is recognized for her musical elegance and grace. She has made extensive solo and collaborative appearances in addition to orchestral performances as former concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and the Florida Orchestra. In recent season, she performed the concerti of Brahms and Beethoven with the Corvallis Symphony, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 at the Brevard Music Center and debut concerts with the Omaha Symphony and music director Thomas Wilkins. An avid chamber musician, she has performed in prominent concert halls and numerous diverse venues. In addition to frequent appearances at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, she has performed in recent seasons at the music festivals of Aspen, Brevard, Amelia Island, Madison, Rome and Chamber Music Northwest in numerous concerts and instrumental combinations.
Johannes has performed with the world’s leading orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony and Israel Philharmonic. He works regularly with conductors of the highest level including Riccardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Vladimir Jurowski, Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Christian Thielemann, Pierre Boulez and Paavo Jarvi. The 2011-12 season opens with Johannes’s debut with the Berlin Philharmonic playing the Schumann concerto with Zubin Mehta who hand selected Johannes to perform for his 50thAnniversary concert. Johannes goes on to perform the world premiere of Enrico Chapela’s Electric Cello Concerto “Magnetar” with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. Other upcoming engagements in the next season include performances with the Bamberg Symphony, New World Symphony, Gurzenich Orchestra in Cologne, Atlanta and Dallas Symphony orchestras, the NDR Symphony Orchestra of Hannover, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and many international recitals and workshops including a lunchtime concert at London’s Wigmore Hall. He wraps up the season by performing the Chapela Concerto with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo – who also took part in the commissioning of the work – under Marin Alsop.
Jon Kimura Parker
Internationally acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker was born, raised and educated in Vancouver. Jon Kimura Parker has performed as guest artist with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and with the major orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and throughout Canada. He has given recitals in London, New York, Chicago, Munich, Budapest, Sydney, Hong Kong, and Tokyo and has performed with the Tokyo Quartet and Joshua Bell. In the spring of 2007 he performed and spoke alongside humanitarians Elie Wiesel and Paul Rusesabagina at the 50th Anniversary of AmeriCares, under whose auspices he performed in war-torn Sarajevo in 1995. In the summer of 2007 he gave the world premiere of Peter Schickele’s Music for Orcas Island, and in 2009 he joined Cho-Liang Lin in the world premiere of a new violin sonata by Paul Schoenfield. A versatile performer, he has jammed with Doc Severinsen and Bobby McFerrin, and collaborated with Audra McDonald and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Mr. Parker was awarded his country’s highest honor, the Order of Canada, in 1999. Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Ida Levin has performed at Carnegie Hall as a soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra and the New York String Orchestra, as well as with the orchestras of St. Louis, Utah, Toulouse, Kammerphilharmonie Berlin, Edinburg Chamber and others. As a recitalist, she has appeared at the 92nd Street Y, the Kennedy Center, London’s Wigmore Hall and throughout the United States, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and numerous other countries. She regularly appears at music festivals around the world and she is a member of both the Boston and Philadelphia Chamber Music Societies. She began her violin studies at the age of three in her native Santa Monica, California, and made her professional debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age ten. As a recipient of both the pLeventritt Award and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, she was invited by Rudolf Serkin to appear with him for a joint recital for President Reagan.
Taiwanese violist Che-Yen Chen has established himself as a prominent recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Principal Violist of the San Diego Symphony, he has been a top prizewinner of the Primrose and Tertis International Viola Competitions. Mr. Chen is a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, was a member of Chamber Music Society Two at Lincoln Center and has taken part in the “Musicians from Marlboro” tour. Mr. Chen studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School under the guidance of Michael Tree, Joseph de Pasquale and Paul Neubauer.
From the United States to Europe to the Middle East to Asia, Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today. Mr. Peled has performed as soloist with orchestra and in the world’s major concert halls, such as: Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York, Salle Gaveau, Paris, Wigmore Hall, London, Konzerthaus, Berlin, and Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium. Peled is also a frequent guest artist, performing and giving master classes at prestigious summer music festivals such as the Marlboro Music Festival, Newport Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, Heifetz International Music Institute, Schleswig Holstein Festival and Euro Arts Festival in Germany, Gotland Festival in Sweden, Prussia Cove Festival in England, The Violoncello Congress in Spain, and the Kfar Blum Music Festival in Israel. Amit Peled has been featured on television and radio stations throughout the world, including NPR’s “Performance Today”, WGBH Boston, WQXR New York, WFMT Chicago, Deutschland Radio Berlin, Radio France, Swedish National Radio & TV, and Israeli National Radio & TV.
One of the most sought after cello pedagogues in the world, Mr. Peled is a Professor at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University and plays a rare Andrea Guarneri cello ca. 1689.
The American pianist Adam Neiman made his concerto début at the age of eleven in Los Angeles’ Royce Hall. At the age of fifteen he won second prize at the Casagrande International Piano Competition in Italy, the youngest winner in the competition’s history and in 1995 became the youngest ever winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award. The following year he won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and went on to make his Washington D.C. and New York recital débuts at the Kennedy Center and the 92nd Street Y. Two-time winner of Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Neiman was honored with the Rubinstein Award upon his graduation in 1999, the same year in which he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. His principal teachers have included Trula Whelan, Hans Boepple, Herbert Stessin, and Fanny Waterman, and he has participated in master-classes with legendary pianists György Sandor and Jacob Lateiner. His career has brought performances throughout the world in collaboration with leading orchestras and conductors, in chamber music and in recitals, with recordings and broadcasts, as well as compositions.
Gold medalist of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and recipient of the competition’s special awards for best performance of a Romantic concerto, Classical concerto, Beethoven sonata, violin sonata other than Beethoven, Bach work, commissioned work, encore piece and Paganini Caprice, Augustin Hadelich has established himself as an eloquent and unique voice among the new generation of violinists. He made his Carnegie Hall orchestral début in January 2008, performing the Brahms Double Concerto, and has otherwise appeared with orchestras throughout Europe and the United States.
Born in Italy in 1984 of German parents, Augustin Hadelich holds a diploma (summa cum laude) from the Instituto Mascagni in Livorno, as well as a graduate diploma and the coveted Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Joel Smirnoff. He has been a participant in the Marlboro and Ravinia festivals and in numerous master-classes with renowned violinists. As first-prize winner of the Indianapolis competition, he plays on the 1683 ex-Gingold Stradivari violin and Tourte bow.
Cynthia Phelps is the Philharmonic’s Principal Viola (The Mr. and Mrs. Frederick P. Rose Chair). Her solo appearances with the Orchestra have included performances on the 2006 Tour of Italy, sponsored by Generali, and the 1999 premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths, which the Orchestra commissioned for her and Philharmonic Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young. Other solo engagements have included the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao. Ms. Phelps performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Boston Chamber Music Society, and Bargemusic. She has toured internationally with the Zukerman and Friends Ensemble; appeared with The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and the Guarneri, American, Brentano, and Prague string quartets; and has given recitals in the music capitals of Europe and the U.S. Her honors include the Pro Musicis International Award and first prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola and Washington International String competitions. Her most recent album, for flute, viola, and harp, on Telarc, was nominated for a Grammy Award.She has released a solo CD on Cala Records. Ms. Phelps has performed on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center, NPR, Radio France, and RAI in Italy.
Hoogeveen started playing the cello at 10, studying with Max Budnitzky and James Van Der Beek in Hilversum. In 1965, studied at the Tibor Machulaat and the Music Lyceum in Amsterdam and in 1970, he received his Soloist Diploma with honors. He has also studied with Gregor Piatigorsky and Jascha Hiefetz. Hoogeveen has served as principal cellist of the Residence Orchestra in The Hague and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and was the first solo cellist for the World Orchestra for Peace, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations. He has performed in various cities around the world, including in Europe, Asia, as well as North and South America. He is an avid chamber musician and teaches at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
Cellist Andrés Díaz has earned acclaim for his “strongly personal interpretive vision” (The New York Times) and “bold and imaginative” playing (Boston Globe). Winner of first prize in the 1986 Hamburg International Cello Competition, he was recipient of a 1998 Avery Fisher Career Grant. His orchestral appearances include performances with the Atlanta Symphony under the late Robert Shaw; the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall; the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, Seattle, and Rochester; the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival; and the National Symphony Orchestra. His recital appearances include Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, Jordan Hall, the Gardner Museum, the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, and the San Francisco Performances Series. As chamber musician, he is a member of the Díaz String Trio and has frequently performed with the late pianist Samuel Sanders. On the Dorian label, the duo releasedBrahms’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello; Russian Romantics, a compilation of short Russian works; and American Visions, featuring works of Barber, Bernstein, and Foote. His 2003 release, in memory of Samuel Sanders, features works of Martinù, Lutoslawski, and Rachmaninov and won the Classical Recording Foundation Award. An associate professor at Southern Methodist University, Mr. Díaz plays a 1698 Matteo Goffriller Cello with a bow made by his father, Manuel Díaz.