June, 2019 TCHAIKOVSKY INTERNATIONAL CELLO COMPETITION in Moscow, Russia:
20-year-old ZLATOMIR FUNG has won First Prize in the cello division at the 2019 Tchaikovsky Competition. First American in forty years to win the prize!
Zlatomir Fung performed with Adria Ye (piano) and Aubree Oliverson (violin) at our concerts in 2017.
Jan. 14 & 15, 2019 FRED MOYER TRIO
Today’s program featuring the Fred Moyer Jazz Trio is a triple treat! The main feature of today’s program: the trio’s unique take on the Great American Songbook–such favorites as On the Street Where You Live, Witchcraft, Autumn Leaves, All the Things You Are, On a Clear Day.
Finally, Fred who has appeared many times for the Florida Keys Concert Association as a solo classical pianist will play a few short classical selections, chosen to demonstrate the many connections between classical music and jazz.
Jan. 21 & 22, 2019 TENGKU IRFAN
Irfan is from Malaysia, is 20 years old and started piano lessons at age 7. He began composing shortly thereafter, quickly branching out with chamber pieces and larger orchestral works. His major debut performance was at age 11, as a soloist performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in E flat with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Claus Peter Flor, when he improvised his own cadenzas for all three movements.
As a composer, Irfan has been called “the Malaysian Mozart”
Feb. 4 & 5, 2019 AMERICAN CHAMBER PLAYERS
Beginning in 1985 as a core group of artists of The Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival. The ensemble performs repertoire ranging from familiar masterpieces to neglected gems to newly commissioned American works. Cellist Stephen Balderston, Violinist Miles Hoffman, Flutist Sara Stern and pianist Reiko Uchida have toured throughout North America and traveled to Paris for a series of gala concerts at the Paris Opera and the Bibliotheque Nationale.
Feb. 11 & 12, 2019 NAUGHTON TWINS
Christina and Michelle Naughton share a birthday, a talent and sometimes a piano. They have been hailed as one of the best piano duos of the decade. The Laughton’s professional career was launched in 2010 with debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Mann Center for Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Their professor from Julliard, states “When they play together, they seem to have one mind and one body-it’s extraordinary”.
Feb. 18 & 19, 2019 CAMERATA RCO
Formed by members of Amsterdam’s famed Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO) performs chamber music in multiple formations from just to small chamber orchestra, with a special focus on Classical and Romantic repertoire for winds and strings, and active relationships with living composers. It is an absolute love of chamber music that drives these musicians to divert time out of their busy schedules, as members of one of the world’s greatest orchestras, to perform together as Camerata RCO. Praised by the NY Times for their “warm, glowing performance” the ensemble has enjoyed tremendous success in The Netherlands and abroad and now performs around 50 concerts a season internationally in music capital around the world.
Feb. 25 & 26, 2019 SPANISH BRASS
In 1989, five members of the Spanish National Youth Orchestra bonded. Carlos Beneto, trumpet, Juanjo Serna, trumpet, Manulo Perez, horn, and Sergio Finca, tuba. Since then, they never stopped meeting to play music. In 1996 they won First Prize in the 1996 Narbonne (France) Internal Brass Quintet Competition, the most prestigious event of its kind in the world, and decided to create Spanish Brass Luuk Metals. The group now performs over a hundred concerts each year, all around the world.
Jan. 15 & 16, 2018 THROWBACK
The definition of “throwback” basically means: a reminder of the past. This quartet brings together an infectious energy with a love of yesterday’s music. As Sunshine District champions, Throwback has performed shows all across the United States-from Anchorage to New York City to Miami, including a strong finish at this year’s Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention in Las Vegas where they earned a bronze medal! The quartet includes Sean Devine, Artistic Director, Paul Phillip Saca, tenor, Alex Rubin, baritone and Michael Skutt, bass.
Jan. 12 &23, 2018 JI, pianist
Ji (pronounced Jee) began studying piano at age five, when his mother, a Korean singer, found hi playing by ear. At the age of ten, he was the youngest pianist to win the New York Philharmonic’s Young Artists Competition. He graduated from Juilliard School where he studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky.
Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a gifted young pianist who is clearly going places,” Ji has been praised for his compelling musical presence and impressive technical command. In 2017, he signed to Warner Classics as an exclusive recording artist. For his label debut, he has recorded Bach’s Goldberg Variations, to be released in January 2018.
Jan. 29 & 30, 2018 TRIO SOLISTI
Translated as “Three Soloists”, their name describes three dynamic artists who have joined their individual forces. Trio Soloist has forged a reputation as “the most exciting piano trio in America” (The New Yorker), with a passionate performance style that combines exceptional virtuosity and musical insight. The New York Times called it “probably the finest American (piano trio) currently on the field”.
The members of Trio Soloist, Maria Bachmann, violin, Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello and Fabio Bidini, piano continue to enjoy success in many different musical endeavors.
Feb. 5 & 6, 2018 EVENING OF OPERA HIGHLIGHTS
Cesar Canon, Pianist is a concert pianist, vocal coach and conductor, who has performed in his native Colombia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Mexico and the United States. In January of 2018, Canon will join the music staff of San Francisco Operas as an Adler Fellow.
So Young Park, Soprano-a native of South Korea, So Young Park thrills audiences with her “stunning” (L A Times) and “dead-accurate” (New York Times) voice. Maestro Placid Domingo invited her to perform alongside him as a soloist for his concert at the Seoul Olympic Gymnasium.
Mane Galoyan, Soprano-Ms. Galoyan holds two degrees from the Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory in Armenia, where she was named the 2013 winner of the President of the Republic of Armenia Youth Prize. She performed extensively with the Armenian National Chamber Orchestra. She was a finalist at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition and a winner of numerous international competitions. She is in her third year with the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
Carlos Cardenas, Tenor-born in Bogota, Colombia, in 2016 Mr. Cardenas was awarded the Cartagena Music Festival Scholarship and won an award in the NATS student auditions in the advanced category. In 2017, he received awards in the Gerda Lisper Foundation Art song/Lieder competition in New York City, and from the Metropolitan Opera, Illinois District. He currently attends the University of Notre Dame’s Sacred Music Program.
Federico De Michelis, Bass, Baritone-born in Buenos Aires, Federico De Michelis was a member of the Opera Studio of Teatro Argentino de La Plata and a student at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid. He was named “Outstanding Student” by Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain. A recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Mr. De Michelis will return to Houston Grand Opera this year as a principal artist. He will make his debut this year with Palm Beach Opera, performing Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro.
Feb. 19 & 20, 2018 ATTACCA QUARTET
The Attacca Quartet is Amy Schroeder, violin, Keiko Tokunaga, violin, Nathan Schram, viola, and Andrew Yee, cello. The internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet was formed at The Julliard School in 2003, and has gone on to become on of America’s premier young ensembles. From 2011-2013 they served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and they were the Quartet in Residence by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York 2014-2015. In 2016-2017 they opened for rock superstar Jeff Lynne’s ELO ub twi sick-out Radio City Music Hall performances. Steve Smith of the New York Times has described the Attacca Quartet’s playing as “exuberant, funky and …exactingly nuanced”.
Feb. 26 & 27, 2018 FANDANGO!
The most exciting new group on Chicago’s music scene. FANDANGO! is a toe-tappingly spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan and classical sounds founded by four multi-award-winning, globe-trotting virtuosi who hail from Spain, The USA, former Yugoslavia and the UK who have played separately and together on the world’s most prestigious stages.
Denis Azabagic and Eugenia Moliner ae a husband and wife team playing guitar and flute, acclaimed worldwide as the Cavatina Duo. Flutist Eugenia Moliner has been acclaimed as “brilliant” by the British Flute Society magazine. Prizewinner in twenty-four international competitions, Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic has been described as a “virtuoso with flawless technique” in Soundboard Magazine. Also a married couple, violinist Desiree Ruhstrat and cellist David Cunliffe are both members of the Lincoln Trio, nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2017.