The 7pm concert will feature music by Haydn, Brahms and Dvořák
Jesse Morrison, winner of the 2017 Boston Trio Competition, to join trio for Dvořák
Boston, MA – The Boston Trio returns to the ensemble’s home town for the second time this spring after February’s incredibly well received performances of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. One of today’s most exciting chamber ensembles (heard by audiences around the United States, Canada and Europe), the Boston Trio is excited to revive its BT competition, a long-time tradition of the trio meant to give gifted young musicians a chance to perform with the world-class ensemble. This year’s winner is violist Jesse Morrison, a second-year graduate student at the New England Conservatory, studying with Kim Kashkashian. This performance precedes a week of touring in Pennsylvania, where they’re being presented by the Allentown Symphony, Pennsylvania State College, and the Gettysburg Community Concert Association.
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Haydn Trio in C Major, Hob. XV:27
Brahms Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101
Dvořák Quartet No. 2 in E flat, Op. 87
Location: John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Harvard University, 3 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Tickets: $20, $5 for students
Music in Mind Concert Series Presents Irina Muresanu’s “Four Strings Around the World” on February 5, 2017 at 3pm
Program to include two world premieres inspired by Native American and Indian music
The Clarice, University of Maryland - Virtuoso violinist Irina Muresanu will present her highly acclaimed solo recital program Four Strings Around the World at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on February 5, 2017 at 3.00 pm. The program will feature the newly commissioned pieces by Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and Shirish Korde. These two commissions – as well as an album to be released later this year on the Sono Luminus label - were a result of the 2016 “Creative and Performing Arts Award” awarded to Muresanu by the University of Maryland.
The recital will be a part of UMD’s 2016-2017 Music in Mind concert series which presents premier faculty and guest artists in recital settings. The audio/visual aspect of the program is guest curated by UMD ethnomusicology professor Larry Witzleben.
About Four Strings Around the World
Muresanu’s Four Strings Around the World is a compelling program celebrating the diversity of cultures around the world through the uniting voice of a single medium: the violin. The journey, designed by Irina Muresanu, starts in Europe with the fiddling buoyancy of pieces by Romanian, Russian and Irish composers (Enescu, Shchedrin and Flynn respectively) and two titanic pillars of the solo violin repertoire: Paganini’s Caprice no. 24 and the Bach Chaconne. The program continues sonic exploration through works of composers with musical roots in Persian (Reza Vali), Chinese (Bright Sheng) and Indian (Shirish Korde) cultures. Each of these pieces uses a different modal system, creating a wide variety of sound effects. After a brief detour in South America (via an Astor Piazzolla ”Tango Etude”), “Four Strings” visits North American sounds. (Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and Mark O’Connor).
Muresanu will continue her endeavors to perform this program around the world, as well as commission new pieces and discover more repertoire for solo violin that evokes the spirit of a certain nation.
“Four Strings Around the World not only extends the superbly talented Muresanu in new directions, but offers a glimpse into variations of violin technique and approach that would only be gleaned by attending concerts in various country fairs, Irish pubs, campfire gatherings and parlors. The only thing these works had in common was a kind of magical virtuosity that Muresanu regaled the audience with in a most facile manner…" Cape Cod Times, July 2014
Lydian String Quartet Residency in Taipei City, Taiwan
December 2nd to 18th at the Taipei National University of the Arts
Public concerts on December 9th and December 17th
The Lydian String Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at Brandeis University, will travel to Taiwan for more than two weeks to lead workshops and master classes around Taipei City and for students at the Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA). The highlights of their visit will take place on December 9th and December 17th, both at the TNUA Concert Hall.
The first concert features two Taiwanese composers, including “Mind Like Water” by Yu-Hui Chang, which was premiered by the Lydian String Quartet in November, 2016. From the composer, “Writen for the Lydian String Quartet, ‘Water’ is often used in Eastern philosophy to describe the ideal state of a person’s mind or high moral quality… Zen Buddhism’s ‘mind like water’ teaching has a … personal perspective – one is to empty the mind, not to become unfeeling, but to allow space for full awareness and to obtain true freedom.”
The programs also feature Lee Hyla and Steven Snowden, two prominent American composers commissioned by the ensemble. Snowden was the recipient of the quartet’s 2015 Commission Prize, one of the largest in the United States. His commission, “Bird Catching from Above,” was premiered last year. In Taiwan, the quartet will perform an earlier work by Snowden titled “Appalachian Portraits.”
The Lydian Quartet embraces the full range of the string quartet repertory with curiosity, virtuosity, and dedication to the highest artistic ideals of music making. The “Lyds,” as they are known to their fans, continue to offer compelling, thoughtful, and dramatic performances of the quartet literature. From the acknowledged masterpieces of the classical, romantic, and modern eras to the remarkable compositions written by today's cutting edge composers, the quartet approaches music-making with a sense of exploration and personal expression that is timeless.
Friday night Dec 9, 7:30pm - TNUA Concert Hall
No. 1, Xueyuan Rd, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan
LEE HYLA String Quartet No. 3
CHOU CHIU-YU 周久渝 String Quartet No. 1
YU-HUI CHANG 張玉慧 Mind Like Water (2016), Taiwan premiere
PHILIP GLASS String Quartet No. 5
Saturday afternoon Dec 17, 2:30pm - TNUA Concert Hall
No. 1, Xueyuan Rd, Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan
MOZART String Quartet No. 19 in C Major ("Dissonant"), K. 465
RAVEL String Quartet
STEVEN SNOWDEN Appalachian Polaroids
BRAHMS String Quintet in G major, Op. 111
With guest artist Yi-Wen Chao 趙怡雯, viola
After extended search, Andrea Segar will join the Lydian String Quartet and the Brandeis University Faculty in the 2016-2017 season
Boston, May 25, 2016 – Replacing Daniel Stepner as first violin of the Lydian String Quartet is Andrea Segar, who officially joins the ensemble in September at Brandeis University where she will become a Professor of the Practice. After a rewarding season that featured the premiere of Commission Prizewinner Steven Snowden's "Bird Catching from Above," Lydian String Quartet veteran quartet violinist Dan Stepner is stepping down from the position. On joining the quartet, Segar writes…
I am thrilled to join the extraordinary musicians of the Lydian String Quartet. The dedication and musical curiosity they bring to their exploration of traditional and contemporary repertoire is truly inspiring. I can't wait to start making music together.
Ms. Segar’s accomplishments range from chamber music recitals to solo performance. In addition to appearances with Boston’s string orchestra “A Far Cry,” she has performed as soloist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, Oakland-East Bay Symphony, ProArt Symphony, and has developed an ongoing recital project focused on the far-ranging violin and piano music of the early 20th century titled “The Decade Project."
“Violinist Andrea Segar made the part seem magical […] she combines purity of tone with considerable power when needed.”
–PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
Andrea Segar enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Her previous chamber music appearances include Yellow Barn, the Olympic Music Festival, the Birdfoot Festival, the Perlman Music Program, Music@Menlo, IMS Prussia Cove and Festival de San Miguel de Allende, among others. Andrea’s chamber music collaborations include performances with members of the Emerson Quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Peabody Trio and Mendelssohn Quartet, Soovin Kim, Colin Carr, Stefan Milenkovich, the Doric Quartet, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, Peter Frankl, and Susan Narucki. Andrea is also a frequent guest with the Grammy-nominated ensemble A Far Cry, and has performed on their recordings for Naxos and Crier Records. Andrea’s performances have aired on NPR’s Performance Today and classical radio stations nationwide. Her competition awards include first prizes in the Washington International String Competition and the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition.
As a soloist, Andrea has appeared with numerous ensembles across the country, including the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, Oakland-East Bay Symphony, ProArt Symphony, and the New England Conservatory Bach Ensemble, in venues such as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and Jordan Hall in Boston. She also has appeared in recital in the US, UK and Mexico. Andrea recently developed a recital project focused on the far-ranging violin and piano music of the early 20th century, titled “The Decade Project,” at the Maybeck Studio.
Andrea received her undergraduate and Master of Music degrees with Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she served as the teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein. She has served on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School and the Music@Menlo program. Andrea was also the head violin studio teaching assistant to Philip Setzer and Soovin Kim at SUNY Stony Brook, where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
Muresanu will Record Popular Four Strings Around the World Repertoire, Featuring New Commissions from Shirish Korde and Jerod Tate
College Park, MD – Violinist Irina Muresanu is one of four recipients of this year’s Creative and Performing Arts Award in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland. Appointed as Assistant Professor of Violin at the beginning of the 15-16 academic year, Irina Muresanu will use the award to perform her “simply spectacular” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) Four Strings Around the World recital, commission two new pieces for the recital’s repertoire, and record the full repertoire in September 2016 for future CD release.
Irina’s innovative project for solo violin has been received with phenomenal praise by audiences and critics alike. It features works by composers who drew inspiration from their own ethnic heritage. These works express a wide variety of musical cultures and thus, a wide variety of techniques of violin playing, from Romanian, Hungarian, Irish and American fiddle playing to the undulating quarter-tones of Arab and Indian music and the pentatonic glassy effects of Asian folk melodies. The main European pillars of the program are the Bach “Chaconne” and Paganini’s “Caprice No. 24”, two staples of the violin solo repertoire.
Keith Powers wrote of Four Strings Around the World…
"Four Strings" not only extends the superbly talented Muresanu in new directions, but offers a glimpse into variations of violin technique and approach that would only be gleaned by attending different concerts in various country fairs, Irish pubs, campfire gatherings and parlors.
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and Shirsh Korde fill two holes in the current repertoire with Native American music and Indian music. The repertoire now includes:
Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) – Sonata for Solo Violin, op. 115 (Russia)
George Enescu (1881- 1955) – Two Airs in Romanian Folk Style (Romania)
Dave Flynn (b. 1977) – Tar Eis an Caoineadh (Ireland)
Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840) – Caprice no. 24 (Italy)
Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962) – Recitativo and Scherzo, op. 6 (Austria)
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) – Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004 (Germany)
Music of the Middle and Far East, and the Americas
Reza Vali (b. 1952) - Calligraphy no. 5 (Iran)
Shirish Korde (b. 1945) – Title TBA. (India) Piece written for Irina Muresanu
Jerod Tate (b. 1969) – Title TBA (Native American) Piece written for Irina Muresanu
Bright Sheng (b. 1955) – The Stream Flows (China)
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) – Tango Caprice no. 3 (Argentina)
Mark O’Connor (b. 1961) – Cricket Dance (United States)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Irina Muresanu Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the classic, romantic and modern repertoire. The Boston Globe has come to praise her as "not just a virtuoso, but an artist" and the Los Angeles Times has written that her "musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception made Irina Muresanu's performance especially admirable" while Strad Magazine called her Carnegie/Weill Hall performance "a first-rate recital". Irina Muresanu's performances have been frequently cited as among the Best of Classical Music Performances by the Boston Globe, and her recital in the Emerging Artist Celebrity Series was named one of the Top 10 musical events by the TAB Magazine.
Early on Ms. Muresanu achieved international acclaim as an outstanding young soloist, recitalist and chamber musician winning top prizes in several prestigious international violin competitions including the Montreal International, Queen Elizabeth International, UNISA International String, Washington International, and the Schadt String Competition. She is the winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, the Presser Music Award and the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association.
An active chamber musician and recitalist, Ms. Muresanu has appeared in such festivals and venues as Bargemusic in New York, the Rockport Festival in Massachusetts, Bay Chambers concert series and Bowdoin Festival in Maine, the Strings in the Mountains and San Juan Music Festival in Colorado, Maui Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, Reizend Music Festival in Netherlands, Festival van de Leie in Belgium, and the Renncontres des Musiciennes Festival in France. Ms. Muresanu has been a member of the Boston Trio since 2002 and she regularly performs with the Andover Chamber Music Society and the Walden Chamber Players.
Irina Muresanu currently serves on the faculty of the University of Maryland and has taught in the Music Deptartments of Boston Conservatory, Harvard and MIT. Her ensemble, the Boston Trio, was Ensemble-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory, the institution at which she received the prestigious Artist Diploma degree and a Doctorate in Musical Arts degree.
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate
Praised and honored for “his ability to effectively infuse classical music with American Indian nationalism (Washington Post),” Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, born in 1968 in Norman, Oklahoma, is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and its Composer-in-Residence. Tate is dedicated to the development of American Indian classical composition. His original, commissioned works have been performed since 1992 by the National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Ballet, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, among others. His work for the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority Documentary, The Science of Composing, won an Emmy Award in 2011.
Tate earned his bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Northwestern University and his master’s in piano performance and composition at Cleveland Institute of Music. He was appointed Creativity Ambassador for the state of Oklahoma in 2008. Among works available are Iholba’ (The Vision), for Solo Flute, Orchestra and Chorus and Tracing Mississippi, Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, recorded in 2007, on Azica Records.
Shirish Korde is celebrated for “integrating and synthesizing music of diverse cultures into breathtaking works of complex expressive layers.” His works have been performed by orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, The New Zealand Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, the National Polish Radio Orchestra; and ensembles such as The Boston Musica Viva, Da Capo Chamber Players, The Ensemble Modern and others. He has received many grants and awards including the National Endowment for the Arts, The Fromm Foundation, and The Siemens Foundation. His works can be heard on Chandos, Neuma, Centaur, and Mode. His music is influenced by diverse world music traditions ranging from the throat singers of Tuva and the ancient Vedic chants of India, to the shimmering colors of the Balinese Gong Kebyar Gamelan orchestra. His distinctive music is performed throughout the United States and Europe.
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Graduate School Faculty Support Awards comprise Research and Scholarship Awards (RASA) and Creative and Performing Arts Awards (CAPAA). The Faculty Support Award Program is intended to support faculty research, scholarship, and creative activity while also enhancing graduate student mentoring. It also encourages fellowship proposal writing, ensures accountability, and increases visibility of faculty achievement.
We had a great time talking about our artists' new projects at the Chamber Music America conference last week. There's news about artist roster additions coming soon!
As of 12/1/2015, JMS Artist Management will discontinue representation of clarinetist Michael Norsworthy. Michael and JMS Artist Management enjoyed their collaboration for nearly three years, but have both decided that it is time to focus on different projects.
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The Boston Trio finds a new voice in Jonah Ellsworth
Rapidly gaining recognition as one of the greatest artists of his generation with an international career, cellist Jonah Ellsworth joins the Boston Trio, an ensemble with time-tested artistry.
Beginning cello studies at the age of 5, Ellsworth has experienced much success and critical acclaim from early on in his career as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. Having been featured in solo performances with the Boston Symphony, Akron Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, and New Bedford Symphony among others, Ellsworth has been referred to as “a kind of unrepentant Tannhauser” by the Boston Globe and “a player to watch” by Clevelandclassical.com. The Boston Musical Intelligencer states that he is “fearless [with a] complete range of expressive richness” and “definitely a player to watch.”
Jonah has been selected as a fellow for the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, and will return to the Marlboro Music Festival for the third time in 2016. Jonah has studied with Laurence Lesser at New England Conservatory and Peter Wiley at Curtis Institute of Music. Other teachers include Andrew Mark and Natasha Brofsky.
Founded in 1997, the Boston Trio has developed a consistent reputation of artistic excellence and received steady critical acclaim. Collaborating with violinist Irina Muresanu and founding pianist Heng-Jin Park, Ellsworth is eager to contribute to the legacy of this chamber ensemble. Past performances of the Boston Trio include presentations at Detroit Pro Musica, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival, and a nationally televised performance at Belgrade Music Festival in Serbia.
Upon this new appointment with the Boston Trio, Jonah Ellsworth tells us that “[J]oining the trio is very exciting for me. I have always listened to them perform, both live and on recordings, but getting to play in the trio is a great opportunity.” Specifically looking forward to the role that this ensemble will have on his identity as an artist, Ellsworth states “I look forward to learning new repertoire, and revisiting learned pieces as well. I look forward to making beautiful music.”
The trio members that Ellsworth is soon to be collaborating with also look forward to this promising new opportunity. “We are overjoyed to have Jonah join the Boston Trio. He's one of the greatest cellists of his generation and we are extremely inspired to make music on the highest artistic level with him. I believe audiences everywhere will be thrilled to witness this new incarnation of the Boston Trio and we look forward to sharing our music with them” says pianist Heng-Jin Park. Fellow string player in the ensemble violinist Irina Muresanu readily says of Ellsworth’s inclusion, “I am thrilled to welcome Jonah Ellsworth to the Boston Trio. He is an exceptional cellist with a virtuosity and understanding of the music far beyond his years.” Irina has known Jonah for many years and watched his ascending trajectory, which makes the new addition even more meaningful to her.
For more information, please contact Justin Stanley of JMS Artist Management at email@example.com or by phone at (857) 210 4607. The Boston Trio’s next concerts are in Virginia this coming December. Please visit www.bostontrio.com for more information.
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Daniel Stepner will be leaving his post with the Lydian String Quartet following the spring of 2016, after, in his own words, "29 satisfying years." He intends to teach, do selected solo work, and devote more of his time to the Aston Magna Festival, which he has now led for twenty-four years. He hopes to develop Aston Magna’s outreach concerts, workshops, and to expand the summer concert season into the winter season. He writes: "I will miss the close contact with the quartet repertoire and the nitty-gritty work with my colleagues — as well as my other faculty friends — but it’s time to start a new chapter.”
First violin since 1987, Daniel performed and recorded an incredible amount of repertoire as a Lydian. As a touring musician, he has played in 11 countries in Western Europe and the former Soviet Union, and throughout Australia and the United States. He has performed and recorded a wide repertoire on period and contemporary instruments. In addition to the Lydian String Quartet's many recordings, he has recorded chamber music by Buxtehude, Bach, Marais, Rameau, Vivaldi, Telemann, Mozart, Schubert, Charles Ives, Harold Shapero, Irving Fine, Yehudi Wyner, David Rakowski and Yu-Hui Chang.
More information at www.lydianquartet.com/news.
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Violin Virtuoso to Join the Faculty at the University of Maryland
Boston-based violinist Irina Muresanu has been recently appointed Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Maryland School of Music. She will begin her time at UMD in the Fall of 2015.
Ms. Muresanu has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the classic, romantic and modern repertoire. The Boston Globe has come to praise her as "not just a virtuoso, but an artist" and the Los Angeles Times has written that her "musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception made Irina Muresanu's performance especially admirable" while Strad Magazine called her Carnegie/Weill Hall performance "a first-rate recital." Irina Muresanu's performances have been frequently cited as among the Best of Classical Music Performances by the Boston Globe, and her recital in the Emerging Artist Celebrity Series was named one of the Top 10 musical events by the TAB Magazine.
Recent projects and performances include her recital program “Four Strings Around the World,” a solo violin recital featuring works of composers inspired by various musical cultures around the world. An early reviewer of the project wrote that “[W]hen the D Major section moves into D minor [in Bach’s Chaccone], it seemed as if the violin had had its heart broken and was crying. Muresanu’s performance was simply spectacular.” Other projects include the premiere of Thomas Oboe Lee’s Violin Concerto (dedicated to Ms. Muresanu), and a recording of William Bolcom’s complete Violin Sonatas, released on the Centaur Label.
For more information on Ms. Muresanu including her performance schedule and bookings, please contact Justin Stanley of JMS Artist Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (857) 210 4607.
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Astrid Schween, current cellist of the Boston Trio, will join the Juilliard String Quartet for the 16-17 season, replacing cellist Joel Krosnick.
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The Boston Trio is pleased to announce that Astrid Schween will join the Juilliard String Quartet in the Fall of 2016. As a member of the trio, Schween performed on tours to the Southwest United States, California, Michigan, and all around New England. Highlights include performances at UCLA, Pro Musica Detroit, Concerts at the Point in Massachusetts, and the trio’s annual concerts at the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. This summer, Schween will be heard with the Boston Trio at the Rockport Chamber Music Festival and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. Astrid will tour with the Boston Trio next season from coast to coast, including performances in Williamsburg and Norfolk, VA, and at Four Seasons Arts in Berkeley, CA (dates to be announced). A Boston Trio album with Astrid will be released later this year featuring the works of Arensky, Musto, and Faure.
“With a beautifully balanced sound, the Boston Trio presented some of chamber music's most rewarding repertory…” - Keith Powers, South Coast Today, 2/26/14
About the Boston Trio
“Whenever this trio plays, drop everything and go hear them!” – hailed the Boston Globe on the occasion of The Boston Trio’s Tanglewood debut at Ozawa Hall. Since their formation in 1997, the Trio has become one of today’s most exciting chamber ensembles. Acclaimed for their superb sense of ensemble and wondrous balance, these virtuosic and profound musicians are committed to creating engaging and daring performances of standard and contemporary repertoire.
Recent highlights for the Boston Trio include performances at UCLA, Detroit Pro Musica, the University of Arkansas, Maui Classical Music Festival, and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. The Boston Trio has been invited to perform on numerous prestigious series such as the Bank of America Celebrity Series, Sanibel Chamber Music Festival, Virtuosi Concerts in Winnipeg, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Brigham Young University, Gualala Arts Chamber Music Series, and Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine. The Boston Trio is the Ensemble-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory.
“Both Muresanu and Schween were fearless in their attacks and subtle in their phrasing, and the combination of all three was impressive, and occasionally tremendous.” – The Boston Musical Intelligencer, 3/17/14
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