Thursday, May 17, 2018, 8pm, Opening Night: Four Decades of Exploration
featuring distinguished Guest Artists
Music written in every decade from 1970 until the present day, spanning several continents and countries
(USA, United Kingdom, Turkey, Estonia, Argentina); from dreamy and improvisatory to rhythmic and dance-like.
George Crumb: Makrokosmos for piano four hands
Arvo Pärt: Fratres for cello and piano
Thomas Adès: From Mazurkas, for solo piano
Fazil Say: Violin Sonata
Fernando Otero: Pagina de Buenos Aires & La Vista Gorda
Lowell Liebermann: Piano Trio No. 1
Piazzolla: Le Grand Tango for cello and piano
General/Student/12 and under: $20.00/$15.00/Free
Tickets available here and at the door.
The critics have praised Vladimir Valjarević for his “caressing legato,” “silk-on-velvet seductiveness” (Fanfare Magazine), “beautiful lyricism and . . . wide variety of tones and colorings, perceptively applied with care” (All Music Guide). He has also been called “an outstandingly responsive partner and superb tonalist” (The Strad). He has distinguished himself as performer, educator, and administrator – a result of his diverse interests and versatility. Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valjarević received his initial music education in Tuzla as a student of Planinka Jurisic-Atic. After studies at Belgrade Conservatory (Serbia), he came to New York City on a scholarship from the Mannes School of Music. There, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees with honors, garnering the Marian Marcus Wahl Performance Award at graduation. His principal teachers were Pavlina Dokovska and Vladimir Feltsman. Valjarevic received a doctoral degree from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he was a student of Susan Starr, and a recipient of the Saldarini Scholarship Award. Upon graduation, he was presented with the Elizabeth Wyckoff Durham Award for Excellence in Keyboard Studies. After winning a Fulbright Scholarship Award and Swiss Arts Government Grant, Valjarevic studied at the Geneva Conservatory in Switzerland under the tutelage of Pascal Devoyon. While in Geneva, he received chamber music instruction from Jean Jacques Balet and clavichord lessons from Nicole Hostettler at the Centre de Musique Ancienne.
Mirna Lekić is a Bosnian-American pianist active as a recitalist, chamber musician and educator. Praised for her “intelligent and sincere pianism” (Examiner), she has performed in the United States, Canada, and Europe, at venues including New York’s Carnegie-Weill Hall, Symphony Space, World Trade Center, Chicago Cultural Center, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, and Théâtre de l’Ile Saint-Louis in Paris. Her recent publications include two critically acclaimed recordings: a debut solo album titled Masks (Centaur Records 3519), and Eastern Currents (Romeo Records 7320), a disc of contemporary chamber music. Mirna is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, the Mannes College of Music, and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She serves as an assistant professor of music at Queensborough Community College, CUNY.
Described as an “exquisite virtuoso violinist” (Chicago Sun-Times) whose “playing possesses a deeply profound musical instinct” (The Classical Network) and a “cultivated artistic taste” (Kulturas Diena, Latvia), David Lisker has appeared in many of today’s most prestigious concert halls including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall, The Mann Auditorium in Israel, The Orange County Performing Arts Center in California, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and The Shanghai Theatre in China. Born in Novosibirsk, Russia, Mr. Lisker immigrated to America with his parents when he was 4 years old and began studying violin at the age of 5 with his father. He continued his studies with Terrine Gomez in Champagne, Illinois, Linda Rose in Los Angeles, and Mark Zinger in Chicago. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music in New York where he studied with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec, and his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Itzhak Perlman.
One of the world’s leading and most charismatic guitarists, Tali Roth has been hailed by Classical Guitar magazine as “an extraordinary solo and chamber musician” and by The New York Times as a “marvelous classical guitarist”. Her past engagements include performing on the soundtrack for Woody Allen’s 2010 film, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Since her Carnegie Hall debut, Ms. Roth has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Japan and her native country of Israel, appearing in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall with violinist Midori, Alvin Ailey theatre with Douglas Dunn and Dancers in the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance festival, among many others. An avid new music promoter Ms. Roth has recorded Premiere works by composers such as Ami Maayani to the IMP label, Richardo Lorca, conductor and composer German Caceres, composer Mladen Milicevic and more. She has recorded extensively to TV and Radio worldwide and has featured on WQXR, Argentinian 96.7 national radio, Chicago public Dame Myra Myra Hess Series, Canada Public TV and Los Angeles Hollywood TV to name a few. Her upcoming DVD with Grammy Flutist Carol Wincenc will be released by Cinevu.
Cellist Kate Dillingham enjoys a diverse career as a soloist and collaborative artist and is an avid proponent of the music of living composers. Following her New York debut, which featured world premieres of works by Augusta Read Thomas and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jennifer Higdon, the press deemed her “an excellent cellist; dignified, intelligent, and compelling … an adventurous, dedicated champion of contemporary music … an extraordinary performer who displayed musical insight and emotional depth…” She has performed as a soloist with The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, The Moscow Symphony Orchestra, The Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, and Symphony Space in New York City. Recent highlights include concerts at the Tsereteli Gallery in Moscow, and Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) and The DiMenna Center in New York City. Kate’s enthusiasm for broadening the range and repertoire of the cello has led her to commission, perform and record music written by composers of the 21st century. She has recorded four albums of varied repertoire: Haydn Cello Concertos, Nos. 1 & 2 with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Lutoslawski, Dvorak, Higdon, Herbert with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Music for Cello & Piano with works by Debussy, Honegger and Fauré, and CROSSINGS—New Music For Cello, featuring music by nine composers including Yuan-Chen Li and Federico Garcia de Castro. Kate’s albums are available at iTunes, amazon.com and wherever fine music is found online.