2017-18 Concert Series

September 15 | 7:30 BioProgramTickets
 
 

Winner of the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Anton Nel continues to tour internationally as recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Highlights in the U.S. include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, and Detroit Symphonies to name a few, as well as coast to coast recitals in major venues. Overseas he has appeared, among many others, at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and undertakes regular tours to South Africa. Last year he traveled to China for the first time to teach and perform at the Sichuan International Piano Festival in Chengdu. Much sought after as a chamber musician he regularly appears with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists and singers at festivals on four continents. He holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Austin where he heads the Division of Keyboard Studies; he is currently also a Visiting Professor at the Manhattan School of Music and teaches masterclasses frequently at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. During the summers he is on the artist-faculties at the Aspen Music Festival and School and at the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. His recordings include four solo CDs, several chamber music recordings (including the complete Beethoven Piano and Cello Sonatas and Variations, and the Brahms Sonatas with Bion Tsang), and works for piano and orchestra by Franck, Faure, and Saint-Saens. His latest release features premiere recordings of all the works for piano and orchestra of Edward Burlingame Hill with the Austin Symphony conducted by Peter Bay. The Johannesburg-born Mr. Nel is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, where he studied with Adolph Hallis, and the University of Cincinnati where he worked with Bela Siki and Frank Weinstock. He appeared several seasons ago with the Utah Symphony in Abravanel Hall; tonight he makes his Salt Lake City recital debut. His website is antonnel.com.

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March 9 | 7:30BioProgramTickets

Artem Yasynskyy was born in 1988 in Donetsk, Ukraine into a family of professional musicians. At the age of seven, he became a pupil of Albina Oryshuk at the Special School for Gifted Children in Donetsk. He gave his first public concert at the age of eight and, still a child, performed as concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Donetsk State Orchestra Ukraine and the Ukrainian National Orchestra. He went on to appear as guest recitalist at the inauguration of the Grieg International Piano Competition held in 2007 in Oslo and was a laureate at the event New Names Young Ukrainian Stars, subsequently performing on various occasions with the National Philharmonic State Orchestra of the Ukraine.

Numerous competition successes during this period included prizes at the International Piano Competition of Prokofiev’s Native Land (Donetsk 1999, 2003), the Horowitz Debut

Competition (2001, Kiev), the Vladimir Krainev Competition (Charkov 2005) and the Horowitz International Piano Competition for Young Pianists (2001 and 2007, Kiev).

A scholarship granted by the President of the Ukraine from 2006 to 2010 enabled him to study at the Prokofiev State Academy of Music, where he was also took composition classes with Professor Aleksander Rudyansky, graduating in 2010 with Honours.

Artem Yasynskyy moved to Germany in 2010 in order to continue postgraduate piano studies at the University of the Arts in Bremen with Patrick O’Byrne.

In June 2011 he was awarded the Steinway-Förderpreis in Hamburg, becoming in July of the same year a scholar of the Hans und Stefan Berbeck Stiftung. In 2012 he received a grant from the Illies Carl-Heinz Illies-Förderstipendium – Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.

He was awarded Third Prize at the international piano competition Gian Battista Viotti in Vercelli, Italy, in October 2011 and Bronze Medal and Audience Prize at the Sendai International Music Competition in June 2013. Shortly thereafter, at the First German Piano Competition of Polish Music, held in Hamburg in July 2013, he won the Hofmann Prize (a CD recording of works by Joseph Hofmann for the Naxos Grand Piano Label) as well as a concert tour of Poland, during which he performed as soloist with the Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Numerous concert appearances have taken him throughout Germany and to Great Britain, Italy, France, Greece, Spain, Poland, Ukraine and Russia, as well as South Korea, Japan, Australia, USA and Canada.

He has also been a recent participant in master classes held by Dmitri Bashkirov and Paul Badura-Skoda, and has appeared as guest performer at international festivals such as Honens Festival, Calgary, Canada; Paderewski Festival, Raleigh, North Carolina (USA); Festival “Rarities of Piano Music”, Husum, Germany; “Bremer Musikfest”, Germany; Donetsk Piano Forum Festival; Kiev Musical Summernights Festival; the Slavic Culture Days and the Maggio Piano Festival. In April 2013, he performed as a soloist with the Donetsk State Orchestra at the Opening Ceremony of the Prokofiev International Piano Competition in Donetsk.

He performed as a soloist with well known orchestras such as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Calgary, Canada; Koszalin Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw, Poland, Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, Sendai, Japan, Utah Symphony, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, Donetsk State Orchestra, Donetsk, Ukraine; National Orchestra of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine and Carlo Coccia Symphony Orchestra, Novara, Italien.

In June 2014 he won the Bronze Medal at the Gina Bachauer Artist Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah and was granted with the Gerd Bucerius-Stipendium of “Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben”.

In 2015, he won the Gold Medal and Audience Prize at the Cincinnati World Piano Competition and became one of three finalists at Honens Piano Competition in Calgary, Canada.

In May 2015, his first CD with works of Jozef Hofman was released on Naxos Grand Piano Label.   In September 2016, he recorded 18 Scarlatti Sonatas on Naxos Grand Piano Label. This CD will be released in 2017.

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April 6 | 7:30BioProgramTickets

The year 1990 was a milestone for pianist Kevin Kenner whose artistry was recognized throughout the world by three prestigious awards: the top prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the International Terrence Judd Award in London, and third prize at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. He had already won awards at the Van Cliburn International Competition and the Gina Bachauer International Competition.

Born in southern California, Kenner he first studied with pianist Krzysztof Brzuza and later in Poland with Ludwik Stefański. He continued his studies for the next five years with Leon Fleisher. Kenner concluded his formal training in Hannover with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and made his permanent home in Europe. He taught for many years at the Royal College of Music in London and in 2015 accepted a professorship in the United States, at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. Apart from his work as a teacher, he has served on juries of some of the most celebrated international piano competitions.

Kenner has performed as soloist with world-class orchestras including the Hallé, BBC Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestra of the 18th Century, NHK Symphony of Japan, San Francisco Symphony, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with conductors such as the late Sir Charles Groves, Andrew Davis, Hans Vonk, Jiří Bělohlávek, Jahja Ling, Jacek Kaspszyk, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Antoni Wit and Jerzy Maksymiuk.

He has joined with string quartets such as the Belcea, Tokyo, Endellion, Vogler, Casal and Panocha, and worked as duo partner with cellist Matt Haimovitz, and since 2011 with Kyung Wha Chung. He is a frequent guest at the PyeongChang Music Festival in Korea and the Chopin and His Europe Festival in Poland. Kevin Kenner’s recordings are distributed internationally and include many discs of Chopin works as well as recordings of Ravel, Schumann, Beethoven, Piazzolla and Paderewski, the latter two having won special prizes. His recent CD “Chopin Resonances” was recently singled out by Gramophone Magazine as one of the top 50 Chopin discs ever recorded.

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May 4 | 7:30BioProgramTickets

Violinist Livia Sohn, cellist Luigi Piovano, and pianist Bernadene Blaha came together to form Latitude 41 in the summer of 2009, as a result of their previous musical collaborations and mutual passion for chamber music. Since their formation they have appeared globally, to high acclaim.

Highlights of Latitude 41 appearances include a concert presented by Carnegie Hall in their famed Zankel Hall in New York City, Music in the Morning in Vancouver, Noe Valley Chamber Music in San Francisco, Chamberfest in Ottawa, Maverick Concerts in New York, Music in Deerfield in Massachusetts, the South Windsor Cultural Arts in Connecticut, Bay Chamber Concerts in Maine, the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island, the L’Ermitage Foundation in Los Angeles, and “Sundays Live” at the L.A. County Museum of Art.

This past season saw Latitude 41 featured in a debut appearance on the series Tertulia in New York City, concerts in Madrid (Cita con los Clásicos), Lanciano, Italy (Estate Musicale Frentano), and Rome, for the prestigious Filarmonica Romano series, as well as the Musical Club of Hartford in Connecticut.

Highlights of future appearances include return recitals for Music in Deerfield in Massachusetts, Maverick Concerts in NY (America’s oldest continuous summer chamber music festival), and The Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island, as well as first-time appearances in Venice, Italy at Palazzetto Bru Zane Center, and the prestigious Music Worcester series in Massachusetts.

Latitude 41 released its debut CD in 2011 for the label Eloquentia with the monumental Schubert Piano Trio in E flat, and Schubert Notturno. In March 2015 the trio released their second recording for Eloquentia, the piano trios of Camille Saint-Saens. Says the critic Jon Sobel of the recording: “Right from the opening figures, the trio shows off a sense of spontaneity to go with the virtuosity of pianist Bernadene Blaha, violinist Livia Sohn, and cellist Luigi Piovano. They bring all the necessary fire to the heated, emotionally charged, technically complex first movement, a brilliant yet accessible statement of independence.”

The latitude of the trio’s first performance venue in Rhode Island, and also where cellist Luigi Piovano makes his home in Rome, Italy, are both Latitude 41.

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