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Lisa Vroman

Lisa Vroman


Lisa Vroman

Lisa Vroman, soprano

September 23

 

A Night on Broadway

 

Lisa starred for several years on Broadway as Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. As Christine, she garnered Theatre Critics' awards for the role in a record breaking run in San Francisco, and did a return engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Ms. Vroman starred as Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, making her New York City Opera debut with Paul Sorvino playing the title role. She played the role of Charlotte in A Little Night Music with Michigan Opera Theatre, starring Leslie Uggams and Ron Raines. She starred as Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate with both Glimmerglass Opera and the MUNY Theater of St. Louis, and played Marian Paroo in The Music Man with Shirley Jones (Mrs. Paroo) and Patrick Cassidy (Harold Hill) at The Bushnell Theatre in Hartford CT. Lisa sang the role of Birdie in Regina with Utah Opera, conducted by Keith Lockhart; made her New Jersey Opera debut as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus (directed by Ira Siff); and premiered and recorded two Comic Operas by composers John Musto (Bastianello) and William Bolcom (Lucrezia) with the New York Festival of Song.

Her Broadway debut was in Aspects of Love, and she was the first to play both Fantine and Cosette in Les Miserables. For PBS she was featured with Colm Wilkinson and Michael Ball in Cameron Mackintosh's Hey, Mr. Producer! at the Lyceum Theatre in London, a Royal Gala attended by Queen Elizabeth II.  She sang the role of Johanna in the San Francisco Symphony's Emmy Award winning Sweeney Todd in Concert, with Patti Lupone and George Hearn. Both are available on DVD. Lisa starred as Laurey in Oklahoma, filmed live in concert for the BBC Proms Festival at Royal Albert Hall in London, and starred as Mary Turner in Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing/Let 'em Eat Cake in concert with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, directed by Pat Birch. Other roles have included  Lucy Brown in Threepenny Opera at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco with Bebe Neuwirth, Nancy Dussault, and Anika Noni Rose; Laurie in The Tender Land at the Cabrillo Music Festival, with Marin Alsop, conducting; Maria in The Sound Of Music with Tulsa Opera; Josephine in HMS Pinafore and Yum-Yum in The Mikado with the Utah Opera; and Anna 1 in The Seven Deadly Sins with the Utah Symphony,, Florida Symphony, Portland Symphony, and Parnassus Symphony. She has sung Maria in West Side Story, Guenevere in Camelot, Carrie Pipperidge in Carousel, Christine in Maury Yeston's Phantom, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, and Amalia Balash in She Loves Me, as well as many other well known musical roles.

Lisa is a George London Competition Grant recipient and a 1999 Minerva Award recipientfrom the State University of New York at Potsdam.  She received an Undergraduate degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam,  a Masters degree in Fine Arts, Opera Performance from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Music from SUNY Potsdam.  She has become an active mentor and sought-after clinician with many colleges and universities across the country and around the world.

With a repertoire that ranges from Stravinsky to Weill to Broadway, Lisa is a frequent guest soloist with theater and opera companies, and orchestras including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, the National, Malaysia, Seattle, Hong Kong, Cleveland, Nashville, Pacific, Utah, Dallas, the Boston Pops with Keith Lockart, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, and the Philly Pops with Peter Nero. She made her debut at The Hollywood Bowl in Disney's 75th celebration, singing and dancing with legend Dick Van Dyke in a medley from Mary Poppins, (John Mauceri, conductor). She guest starred with SONY artist Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis in his NYC debut concert at City Center; and has performed many times with the New York Festival of Song, including a tribute to Broadway director Harold Prince. Lisa has sung in concert with composer Stephen Schwartz, organist David Higgs, and the Empire Brass Quintet. Her solo CD, Broadway Classic, features Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and 47 of San Francisco's finest orchestral players. Lisa had the honor of singing at the Profiles in Courage Award dinner in Boston at the JFK Library, as a guest of the Kennedy family. She has also sung on separate occasions for Queen Elizabeth, former presidents Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton, and former Vice President Al Gore.

This past season has included concert performances of Cole Porter's 1928 "La Revue Des Ambassadeurs" with l'Opéra de Rennes in France, a multi-city concert tour in China, and playing the role of Maria Callas in Terrence McNally's award winning play, Master Class.

Lisa lives in Pasadena, CA with husband Patrick O'Neil and their beautiful dog Barber.

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Elena Urioste


Elena Urioste

Elena Urioste


Elena Urioste

Elena Urioste, violin

October 7

 

Beethoven Triple Concerto

 

Part of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival

Part of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival

ELENA URIOSTE, amusingly hailed by The Washington Post as “a drop-dead beauty who plays with equal parts passion, sensuality, brains and humor,” was recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist and has been featured on the cover of Symphony magazine. She has given acclaimed performances with major orchestras throughout the United States, including the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras; Boston Pops; New York and Buffalo Philharmonics; and the Chicago, San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Austin, Charleston, Richmond, and San Antonio Symphony Orchestras. Abroad, Elena has appeared with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Edmonton Symphony, Würzburg Philharmonic, and Hungary’s Orchestra Dohnányi Budafok and MAV Orchestras. She has regularly performed as a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and has given recitals in such distinguished venues as the Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Sage Gateshead in Newcastle, Bayerischer Rudfunk Munich, and the Mondavi Center at the University of California-Davis.

Recent season highlights have included return performances with the Cleveland and Hallé Orchestras and the Chicago and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, as well as a tour of Argentina with the New York Youth Symphony. This season sees debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Albany Symphony Orchestra; a recital debut at the Kennedy Center with pianist Michael Brown; and performances with the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio in New York City, Chicago, and San Diego, among many others.

As first-place laureate in both the Junior and Senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition, Elena debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium in 2004 and has returned frequently as soloist. She has collaborated with acclaimed conductors Sir Mark Elder, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Christoph Eschenbach, Robert Spano, and Keith Lockhart; pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Dénes Várjon, and Ignat Solzhenitsyn; cellists Peter Wiley, Colin Carr, and Carter Brey; violists Kim Kashkashian and Michael Tree; and violinists Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, and Cho-Liang Lin. An avid chamber musician as well as soloist, Elena has been a featured artist at the Marlboro, Ravinia, La Jolla, Bridgehampton, Moab, and Sarasota Music Festivals, as well as Switzerland’s Sion-Valais International Music Festival and the Verbier Festival’s winter residency at Schloss Elmau. She regularly performs in a piano trio with pianist Michael Brown and cellist Nicholas Canellakis, as well as in recital with Michael Brown and pianist Tom Poster.

Miscellaneous accomplishments include first prizes at the Sphinx and Sion International Violin Competitions; an inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence presented by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (they immediately bonded over their matching red formal wear); spreads in Latina and La Revista Mujermagazines; and the 2015 Brooklyn Film Festival’s Audience Choice and Best Original Score awards for But Not For Me, the independent feature film in which Elena acted as the lead female role. Her second album, Echoes, a recital disc with Michael Brown, was released on BIS Records in October 2016; a disc of violin and piano miniatures with Tom Poster will be released in 2017. Elena is the co-founder and artistic director of Intermission Sessions & Retreat, a new program that combines music and yoga.

Elena is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, and Ida Kavafian. She completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School. Other notable teachers include David Cerone, Choong-Jin Chang, Soovin Kim, and Rafael Druian.

The outstanding instruments being used by Elena are an Alessandro Gagliano violin, Naples c. 1706, and a Nicolas Kittel bow, both on generous extended loan from the private collection of Dr. Charles E. King through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

In addition to being a devoted musician, Elena is a yoga fanatic; voracious reader; lover of delicious food, semi-colons, ridiculously long walks, and goofy-looking animals; hopeless dreamer; and occasional scarf-knitter.

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Michael Brown


Michael Brown

Michael Brown


Michael Brown

Michael Brown, piano

October 7

 

Beethoven Triple Concerto

 

Part of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival

Part of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival

Winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Michael Brown has been described by The New York Times as a “young piano visionary” and “one of the leading figures in the current renais-sance of performer-composers.” Mr. Brown is equally committed as a pianist and composer; his unique artistry is reflected in a creative approach to programming that often interweaves the classics with contemporary works and his own compositions.

Selected by Sir András Schiff for his “Building Bridges” series in 2016-17, Mr. Brown will make debut solo recitals in Berlin, Frankfurt, Florence, Milan, Antwerp, Zurich, and New York’s 92nd Street Y. Mr. Brown joined the roster of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two in 2015 and performs with the Society in Alice Tully Hall and on tour. Re-cent highlights include debuts with the Seattle, North Carolina, Flagstaff, and Maryland Sym-phony Orchestras and the New York Youth Symphony in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. He regularly performs concerto and solo recitals; in a trio with violinist Elena Urioste and cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and frequently performs recitals with each of them.

The New York Times has called Mr. Brown “a confident young composer with a talent for preci-sion” and described his work as “darkly alluring.” Recent works include a Piano Concerto for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra (with himself as the soloist) and four works for the Ca-nellakis-Duo duo including “Self-Portrait,” a cello/piano work with an original film written and directed by Mr. Canellakis. Mr. Brown has also received commissions from The Maryland Symphony, Bargemusic, Concert Artists Guild, The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, Shriver Hall, The Norton Building Concerts, Pianofest in the Hamptons, and pianists Jerome Low-enthal, Roman Rabinovich, Adam Golka, David Kaplan, and Orion Weiss. Mr. Brown was awarded the 2011 Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Award and the 2009 Palmer-Dixon Prize from The Juilliard School.

Mr. Brown has recorded several albums, including an all-George Perle CD for Bridge Records, a solo album/four-hands with pianist Jerome Lowenthal/cello-piano album with Nicholas Ca-nellakis on CAG Records, and a violin-piano album with Elena Urioste on BIS Records.

A native New Yorker, Mr. Brown earned dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano and Composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. His early teachers were Herbert Rothgarber and Adam Kent, and he has worked with pianists Leon Fleisher and Richard Goode. He has appeared in Alice Tully Hall as winner of the 2012 Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award; Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall; the Louvre; the Marlboro, Ravinia, Gilmore, Chamber Music Sedona; Moab festivals; and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City. His awards include First Prize in the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition; and prizes in the Honens and New York International Piano com-petitions. Mr. Brown is a Steinway Artist.  

In his spare time, he enjoys cooking kale, reading and obsessing over American History, memo-rizing obscure Woody Allen films, dreams of walking 50,000 steps in one day.

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Nicholas Canellakis


Nicholas Canellakis

Nicholas Canellakis


Nicholas Canellakis

Nicholas Canellakis, cello

October 7

 

Beethoven Triple Concerto

 

Part of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival

Part of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival

 Hailed by the The New Yorker as a “superb young soloist,” Nicholas Canellakis has become one of the most sought-after and innovative cellists of his generation, captivating audiences throughout the United States and abroad. In The New York Times his playing was praised as "impassioned" and "soulful," with "the audience seduced by Mr. Canellakis's rich, alluring tone."

Mr. Canellakis recently made his Carnegie Hall concerto debut, performing with the American Symphony Orchestra in Isaac Stern Auditorium. Mr. Canellakis is an artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with which he performs regularly in Alice Tully Hall and on tour. He is also a regular guest artist at many of the world's leading music festivals, including Santa Fe, La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Saratoga, Ravinia, Bridgehampton, Mecklenburg, Moab, and Music in the Vineyards.

Recent and upcoming season highlights include concerto appearances with the Albany Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, and Erie Philharmonic, trio performances at New York's Merkin Hall and the Vancouver Recital Series, and a New York City recital of American cello works presented by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2017. Mr. Canellakis performs numerous recitals each season with his regular collaborator, pianist/composer Michael Brown and maintains a busy touring schedule as a member of the Brown-Urioste-Canellakis Trio.

A winner of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two international auditions, Mr. Canellakis was also selected to be in residence at Carnegie Hall as a member of Ensemble ACJW, in which he performed in Weill and Zankel Halls and worked to enhance music education throughout New York City. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory, where his teachers included Orlando Cole, Peter Wiley, and Paul Katz. Mr. Canellakis is on the faculty of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.

Filmmaking and acting are special interests of Mr. Canellakis. He has produced, directed, and starred in several short films and music videos, including his popular comedy web series "Conversations with Nick Canellakis.” All of his videos can be found on his website at www.nicholascanellakis.com.

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Brubeck Brothers Quartet


Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Brubeck Brothers Quartet


Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Brubeck Brothers Quartet

October 28

 

All That Jazz

 

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, Dan Brubeck (drums,) and Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone.) Guitarist Mike DeMicco, and pianist Chuck Lamb complete this dynamic quartet. They have performed at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe including the Newport, Detroit, Ravinia, Las Vegas, Sedona, Spokane & Monterey Jazz Festivals. Their hour long concert at Sierra Nevada Brewery has been broadcast on the nationally syndicated program: “Sierra Center Stage”. The BBQ was chosen to kick off the New Year with an hour long, coast-to-coast live broadcast on “Toast of the Nation” on National Public Radio. Their new Koch release, Classified, has already earned this rave review from All About Jazz: “Once again the BBQ attains that rarefied level where music is both relaxed and expressive, and their joy in its creation is contagious. There's really nothing out there that comes close to their unique brand of inventiveness.” These versatile musicians also collaborate with orchestras, and in 2006 ignited the Salt Lake City Jazz Festival by playing with the Utah Symphony conducted by Keith Lockhart. With Chris Brubeck’s compositions as a vehicle, the BBQ has joined with chamber groups to collaborate with musicians from the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Russian National Symphony Orchestra. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet’s debut Koch recording, Intuition, impressed the national jazz media and spent several weeks in the top ten radio charts while earning enthusiastic reviews from JazzTimes, Downbeat, Boston Globe and many other respected publications. “Intuition was measure for measure one of the hardest swinging sets of the year.” (Philadelphia Inquirer) Although the quartet’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music. The group’s creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.

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Narek Hakhnazaryan


Narek Hakhnazaryan

Narek Hakhnazaryan


Narek Hakhnazaryan

Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

November 4

 

Shostakovich Cello Concerto # 1

 

Hakhnazaryan has performed with orchestras such as the Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio, NHK Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic orchestras, and with conductors such as Gergiev, Hrusa, Koopman, Neemi Järvi, Pletnev, Slatkin, Sokhiev, Robertson, Bělohlávek, Guerrero. He made a hugely successful debut with the LA Philharmonic/ Bringuier at the Hollywood Bowl in 2015 and toured Spain with the WDR Symphony/Saraste in the same year.

An eager chamber and recital performer Hakhnazaryan has played in halls such as the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel Paris, Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Konzerthaus, Oji Hall Tokyo, Shanghai Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall (Boston) and at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Beethovenfest Bonn, Ravinia, Aspen, Piatigorsky, Mikkeli, Pau Casals, Lucerne and Verbier Festivals amongst many others.

Highlights of Hakhnazaryan’s 2016/17 season include debuts with orchestras such as Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Berlin Konzerthaus, Netherlands Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, Teatro Dell’Opera (Rome), Munich Chamber, Essen Philharmonic orchestras and returns to the BBC Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony orchestras, Orchestre della Toscana and to the Warsaw Easter Festival. In recital, Hakhnazaryan will perform in cities such as London, Lugano and Eindhoven and in Summer 2017 he tours SE Asia with concerts in Taipei, Seoul, Kyoto and Tokyo.

Narek Hakhnazaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, into a family of musicians: his father is a violinist and his mother a pianist. Mentored by the late Rostropovich, Hakhnazaryan received an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2011 where he studied with Lawrence Lesser. Prior to this he studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Alexey Seleznyov and at the Sayat-Nova School of Music in Yerevan with Zareh Sarkisyan. Hakhnazaryan has received scholarships from the Rostropovich Foundation and the Russian Performing Arts Fund, and his prizes include First Prize in the 2006 Aram Khachaturian International Competition in Armenia and First Place in the 2006 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players. As First Prize winner in the 2008 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Hakhnazaryan made his debut in Washington, DC and at Carnegie Hall. Hakhnazaryan plays the 1707 Joseph Guarneri cello and F.X. Tourte bow.

 

 

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Daniel Cabanillas


Daniel Cabanillas

Daniel Cabanillas


Daniel Cabanillas

Daniel Cabanillas, tenor

December 2

 

Come Home for the Holidays

 

Daniel Cabanillas was born in Tegucigalpa, DC.   Honduras, Central America on May13th 1970.  His father Silvestre Cabanillas was born in Cajamarca, Peru and his mother Maria Teresa Medina was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.  Daniel is the first born of 3 boys; his other brothers are Carlos Fernando Cabanillas and Eduardo Alfonso Cabanillas.  Since Daniel was 10 months old, he showed strong inclination to music.   

Daniel had an easy and calm temperament since those early years, to the point that his mother could take him to choir practices and church services and he will stay calm in his stroller seat.   Upon return home Daniel tried to sing or imitate what he had heard during the choir rehearsal.  He grew up listening to classical music and opera and other Christian musicians and singers from his church such as Robert Folkenberg, King Heralds Male Quartet and Del Delker, alto soloist.   His mother is a strong fan of Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Puccini and Christian music.  By the age of 6 years old Daniel was already playing hymns with his mother at his church�s organ.  Daniel didn�t play the piano-forte until 14 years old when he enrolled at the Escuela Nacional de Musica in Tegucigalpa. Rapidly he became well sought in his church community and school to play for services and other performances.  He had a pure crystal clear boy soprano voice, it was so clear and ear piercing high that his classmates would laugh at him whenever he sang.  Now he makes them cry with his strong/mellow metallic tenor�s voice.  However, he was always asked to sing at church, school and community events.  At the age of 8 years old the principal of his school asked Daniel to sing in a competition of talent in the elementary schools level in Tegucigalpa.  He went and sang in the Teatro Nacional Manuel Bonilla.  It was hard for young Daniel to stand in front of the judges and so many people and sing for them.  It was during Christmas time when this happened so Daniel chose: Duerme Santo Ni�o, a Mexican carol recorded by Robert Folkenberg, that he learned by listening to his LP over and over.  Since he didn�t have sheet music he sang it a Capella, he won the hearts of the judges and the theater, taking first place in the competition, this carol is included in his Christmas Album �O Night of Love� His crystal voice was compared with that of the great soprano from his father�s home town: Yma Sumac.  She is from Cajamarca, Peru.  She is well known for singing 5 octaves in her registration.  Daniel right now can sing 4 octaves in his registration.     

He came back later to the same theater in his home town to sing a solo with his school choir, it was a children�s choir competition.  He took again first place.  And later he came back in Dec. of 1992 to sing for the first time the role of Alfredo in La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi in the first opera production of the Fundacion Musical de Honduras, when he was only 22 years old.  A very demanding role for any young tenor.

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Sharon Isbin


Sharon Isbin

Sharon Isbin


Sharon Isbin

Sharon Isbin, guitar

January 27

 

Rodrigo Fantasía para un gentilhombre


Classical guitar’s reigning diva.

  Dallas Morning News

 
Brilliant Virtuoso

  London Times

 
Superb artistry ... mesmerizing finesse.

  Los Angeles Times


Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility, multiple GRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time”. She is the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, and the Toronto and Madrid Queen Sofia competitions, and was the first guitarist ever to win the Munich Competition. She has appeared as soloist with over 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world’s finest halls, including New York’s Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, London’s Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’ Châtelet, Vienna’s Musikverein, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Madrid’s Teatro Real and many others. She has served as Artistic Director/Soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall, the Ordway Music Theatre (St. Paul), New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the acclaimed national radio series Guitarjam. A frequent guest on NPR’s All Things Considered and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, she has been profiled on television throughout the world, including CBS Sunday Morning and A&E. She was a featured guest on Showtime Television’s hit series The L Word, and a soloist on the GRAMMY nominated soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning The Departed. On September 11, 2002, Ms. Isbin performed at Ground Zero for the internationally televised memorial. Among other career highlights, she performed in concert at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama in November 2009, and was the only classical artist to perform in the 2010 GRAMMY Awards. She has been profiled in periodicals from People to ElleThe Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, as well as appearing on the covers of over 45 magazines. Her 2015 national television performances on PBS include the Billy Joel Gershwin PrizeTavis Smiley, and American Public Television’s presentation of the acclaimed one-hour documentary on her life and work produced by Susan Dangel titled Sharon Isbin: Troubadour, seen by millions on nearly 200 PBS stations across the US, and the winner of the 2015 ASCAP Television Broadcast Award. The film was released with bonus performances on DVD/Blu-ray by Video Artists International. Watch the trailer at:www.sharonisbintroubadour.com
 
Ms. Isbin’s catalogue of over 25 recordings—from Baroque, Spanish/Latin and 20th Century to crossover and jazz-fusion—reflects remarkable versatility. Her latest releases, Sharon Isbin: 5 Classic Albums (Warner) and Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions(Sony) with rock/jazz guests Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Heart’s Nancy Wilson, Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo, have been #1 bestsellers on Amazon.com. Her 2010 GRAMMY Award-winning CD Journey to the New World with guests Joan Baez and Mark O’Connor,was a #1 bestselling classical CD on Amazon.com and iTunes, and spent 63 consecutive weeks on the top Billboard charts. Her Dreams of a World soared onto top classical Billboard charts, edging out The 3 Tenors, and earned her a GRAMMY for “Best Instrumental Soloist Performance”, making her the first classical guitarist to receive a GRAMMY in 28 years. Her world premiere recording of concerti written for her byChristopher Rouse and Tan Dun received a GRAMMY, as well as Germany’s prestigious Echo Klassik Award. She received a Latin GRAMMY nomination for “Best Classical Album” and a GLAAD Media Award nomination for “Outstanding Music Artist” (alongside Melissa Etheridge) for her Billboard Top 10 Classical disc with the New York Philharmonic of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and concerti by Ponce and Villa-Lobos. This marked the Philharmonic’s first and only recording with a guitar soloist, and followed their Avery Fisher Hall performances with Ms. Isbin as their first guitar soloist in 26 years. Baroque Favorites for Guitar with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra remained on the Billboard Top 10 for 16 weeks, and her Journey to the Amazon with Brazilian percussionistThiago de Mello and saxophonist Paul Winter, a bestseller in the U.S. and the U.K., received a GRAMMY nomination. She is also featured on Howard Shore’s GRAMMY nominated soundtrack for The Departed.
 
Other CDs include Artist ProfileWayfaring Stranger with mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, Greatest Hits (EMI), and Aaron Jay Kernis’ Double Concerto with violinist Cho-Liang Lin and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra which received a 2000 GRAMMY nomination. Her eight best-selling titles for EMI include J.S. Bach Complete Lute Suitesand concerti by Joaquin Rodrigo which the composer praised as “magnificent”. She is also featured on the GRAMMY Foundation’s Smart Symphonies™ CD distributed to over five million families. Her recordings have received many other awards, including “Critic’s Choice Recording of the Year” in Gramophone and CD Review, “Recording of the Month” in Stereo Review, and “Album of the Year” in Guitar Player.
 
Sharon Isbin has been acclaimed for expanding the guitar repertoire with some of the finest new works of the century. She has commissioned and premiered more concerti than any other guitarist, as well as numerous solo and chamber works. Her American Landscapes is the first-ever recording of American guitar concerti and features works written for her by John Corigliano, Joseph Schwantner and Lukas Foss. In November 1995, it was launched in the space shuttle Atlantis and presented to Russian cosmonauts during a rendezvous with Mir. In January 2000, she premiered the ninth concerto written for her: Concert de Gaudí by Christopher Rouse with Christoph Eschenbach and the NDR Symphony, followed by the US premiere with the Dallas Symphony. Other composers who have written for her include Joan Tower, David Diamond, Aaron Jay Kernis, Leo Brouwer, Howard ShoreSteve VaiNed Rorem and Ami Maayani. In 2003 she premiered John Duarte’s Joan Baez Suite, and in 2005 she premiered a duo by rock guitarist Steve Vai in their joint concert in Paris’ Théâtre du Châtelet. Her world premieres in 2015 include Affinity: Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra composed for her by Chris Brubeck, and a song cycle by Richard Danielpour commissioned for her and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard by Carnegie Hall for their 125th anniversary and by Chicago’s Harris Theater.
 
Other recent highlights include tours with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Austria’s Tonkünstler Orchestra and Belgium’s Philharmonique de Liege, recitals and concerti in Carnegie Hall and Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, a week of performances at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Filarmonica Toscanini in Milan, MIDEM Classical Awards in Cannes, a 20-city Guitar Passions tour with Stanley Jordan and Romero Lubambo in 2014, and a sold-out performance in Carnegie Hall with Sting, Katy Perry and Jerry Seinfeld in 2015 to benefit the David Lynch Foundation. 
 
Ms. Isbin has toured Europe annually since she was seventeen, and appears as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, St. Louis, Nashville, New Jersey, Louisville, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Buffalo and Utah Symphonies; Saint Paul, Los Angeles, Zurich, Scottish and Lausanne Chamber Orchestras; the London Symphony and Orchestre National de France; and BBC Scottish, Lisbon Gulbenkian, Prague, Milan Verdi, Belgrade, Mexico City, Jerusalem and Tokyo Symphonies. Her festival appearances include Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Ravinia, Grant Park, Interlochen, Santa Fe, Mexico City, Bermuda, Hong Kong, Montreux, Strasbourg, Paris, Athens, Istanbul, Ravenna, Prague and Budapest International Festivals.
 
As a chamber musician, Ms. Isbin has performed with the Emerson String Quartet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a “Guitar Summit” tour with jazz greats Herb Ellis, Stanley Jordan and Michael Hedges, trio recordings with Larry Coryell and Laurindo Almeida, and duo recordings with Carlos Barbosa-Lima. She collaborated with Antonio Carlos Jobim, and has shared the stage with luminaries from Sting to Aretha Franklin.
 
Born in Minneapolis, Sharon Isbin began her guitar studies at age nine in Italy, and later studied with Andrès Segovia and Oscar Ghiglia. A former student of Rosalyn Tureck, Ms. Isbin collaborated with the noted keyboardist in publishing and recording landmark first performance editions of the Bach lute suites for guitar (Warner Classics/G. Schirmer). She received a B.A. cum laude from Yale University and a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music. She is the author of the Classical Guitar Answer Book, and is Director of guitar departments at the Aspen Music Festival, and The Juilliard School, which she created in l989 becoming the first and only guitar instructor in the institution’s 100-year history.
 
In her spare time, Ms. Isbin enjoys trekking in the jungles of Latin America, cross-country skiing, snorkeling and mountain hiking.

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Alec Chien


Alec Chien

Alec Chien


Alec Chien

Alec Chien, piano

March 10

 

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

Beethoven Choral Fantasy

 

Part of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival

Part of our Beethoven 4/4 Festival

Pianist Alec Chien received his Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral of Musical Arts degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, studying under Adele Marcus.  Grand Prize Winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and prize winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition, the Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition, and the Affiliate Artists Xerox Piano Program, he has performed in solo and chamber recitals and as soloist with orchestras in countries on four continents, including Australia, Austria, People’s Republic of China, Greece, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Taiwan.

Among the major symphony orchestras which he has been featured as soloist are the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, American Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic.  He was one of the 25 Steinway artists performing at the Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City to celebrate the piano company's 135th anniversary as well as its 500,000th piano. That commemorative piano has been brought to Allegheny twice for his solo recitals.  Chien is also actively performing in chamber music, having appeared with members of the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Alexander String Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet and the Ariel Woodwinds Quintet. 

Having retired in 2016 from Allegheny College where he was Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Music, he had also given a 7-concert series of complete Beethoven 32 Piano Sonatas and an 8-concert series featuring major works by Schubert and Chopin.  A firm believer in bringing music to the community, where he was honored as Meadville’s  “adopted native son,” Chien has brought his music to the Crawford County school districts, performing and speaking to students in both the high school and elementary school levels.  His recitals have also been part of the Bicentennial Celebrations of the cities of Meadville, Erie and of the Allegheny College. 

Active in his community, Chien is involved in local efforts such as Partner-in-Education, chairing the Meadville Neighborhood Center and presiding the Meadville Youth Vision Released Time.  He and his wife, Brenda, have three daughters – Brianna; Mikayla Trousdale with her husband Joel and Bethany Fields with husband Mike as well as two grandchildren, Magnolia and Joel Elliot Trousdales.   In the Fall of 2013, he joined the piano faculty of Carnegie Mellon University School of Music where he is Artist-Lecturer in Piano Literature & Repertoire for graduate piano majors. 

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Simone Dinnerstein


Simone Dinnerstein

Simone Dinnerstein


Simone Dinnerstein

Simone Dinnerstein, piano

April 7

 

J.S. Bach Piano Concerto No. 7

Philip Glass Piano Concerto (title TBA, world premiere co-commission)

 

American pianist Simone Dinnerstein is a searching and inventive artist who is motivated by a desire to find the musical core of every work she approaches. The New York-based pianist gained an international following with the remarkable success of her recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which she independently raised the funds  to record. Released in 2007 on Telarc, it ranked No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Classical Chart in its first week of sales and was named to many "Best of 2007" lists including those of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker.

Dinnerstein’s performance schedule has taken her around the world since her acclaimed New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in 2005, to venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Sydney Opera House, Seoul Arts Center, and London's Wigmore Hall; festivals that include the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, the Aspen, Verbier, and Ravinia festivals; and performances with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Dresden Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra a Sinfonica Brasileira, and the Tokyo Symphony.

Dinnerstein has played concerts throughout the U.S. for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. She gave the first classical music performance in the Louisiana state prison system at the Avoyelles Correctional Center, and performed at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in a concert organized by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Dedicated to her community, in 2009 Dinnerstein founded Neighborhood Classics, a concert series open to the public hosted by New York public schools which raises funds for their music education programs.

Dinnerstein is a graduate of The Juilliard School where she was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio.  She is on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music and is a Sony Classical artist. She is managed by Andrea Troolin at Ekonomisk Mgmt with booking representation through Helen Henson at Blu Ocean Arts.