11-01 Seattle Chamber Music Society

Welcome to this inaugural program in the series America’s Music Festivals. We begin in Seattle, a hip, urban waterfront city — home to the Seattle Chamber Music Society, led by Artistic Director Toby Saks.

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Music

Schubert: String Quintet in C Major: II, III
Mendelssohn: Andante and Variations in B-Flat for Piano 4-hands
Frank Martin: Piano Quintet
Mozart: Violin Sonata in G Major, K. 379: II
Barber: String Quartet
Mendelssohn: Octet: I

Listen here to the new Horn Trio by Gerard Schwarz, premiered at the 2010 Seattle Chamber Music Society summer festival by Stefan Jackiw, violin; Jeffrey Fair, horn; and Adam Neiman, piano.

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Schwarz Trio, mvmt. 1

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Schwarz Trio, mvmt. 2

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Schwarz Trio, mvmt. 3

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Artists

Toby Saks, Artistic Director, Cello – Ms. Saks is the founder and Artistic Director of the Seattle Chamber Music Society since its inception in 1982. Professor of cello at the University of Washington since 1976, she is a frequent adjudicator at regional and national competitions. Ms. Saks has performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, the former U.S.S.R., and Israel. More

James Ehnes, Associate Artistic Director, Violin – A 2008 Grammy award winning artist for Best Performance as Soloist with Orchestra, James Ehnes has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in over 20 countries on five continent and has worked with many of the world’s most renowned orchestras and conductors. More

Edward Arron, Cello – 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. More

Robert deMaine, Cello – Has been the Principal Cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra since 2002, having held similar positions with the New York String Orchestra, and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra of Boston. He has performed frequently as guest artist at the music festivals around the world. More

Augustin Hadelich, Violin – Mr. Hadelich is a gold medalist of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and made his Carnegie Hall orchestral debut in January 2008 with the Fort Worth Symphony. Mr. Hadelich holds a diploma from the Instituto Mascagni and the Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. More

Ida Levin, Violin – Ms. Levin has performed at Carnegie Hall as soloist with the American Symphony Orchestra and the New York String Orchestra and with the orchestras of  St. Louis, Utah, Toulouse, Kammerphilharmonie Berlin, the Prague Symphony and the Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra, among others. More

Adam Neiman, Pianist – Mr. Neiman has performed as soloist with many of the leading orchestras throughout the United States, and his solo recital tours have brought him to many of the major halls in North America, Europe, and Japan. More

Anton Nel, piano – Mr. Nel was winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition. He enjoys a remarkable and versatile career that has taken him throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and South Africa since his debut at the age of twelve with Beethoven’s C major Concerto after only two years of study. More

Richard O’Neill, Viola – Mr. O’Neill is one of the very few violists to receive the Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as a Grammy Award Nomination. Concerto appearances include the London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Euro-Asian Philharmonics, the KBS and Korean Symphony Orchestras, and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. More

Cynthia Phelps, Viola – Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic, Cynthia Phelps has been a frequent concerto soloist with that orchestra at home and on tour, and with the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Bilbao, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. More

Anna Polonsky, Piano – Ms. Polonsky has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi under Vladimir Spivakov, the Buffalo Philharmonic with JoAnn Falleta, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and many others. More

Andrew Wan, Violin – Mr. Wan performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. In August of 2008, he was named co-concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, making him one of the youngest leaders of a major symphony. More

Orion Weiss, Piano – Mr. Weiss has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony. He won the 2005 Juilliard William Petschek Award and made his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that April.  More