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  • Steven Isserlis

    Steven Isserlis Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist Steven Isserlis enjoys a unique and distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author and broadcaster. As a concerto soloist he appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, including the Berlin Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, London Philharmonic and Zurich Tonhalle orchestras. He gives recitals every season in major musical centers, and plays with many of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras, including the Australian, Mahler, Norwegian, Scottish, Zurich and St Paul Chamber Orchestras, as well as period-instrument ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. Unusually, he also directs chamber orchestras from the cello in classical programs. Recent and upcoming highlights include performances with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Salzburg Mozartwoche; the US premiere of Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, following world and UK premieres in Lucerne and at the BBC Proms, and a further performance of the work in Amsterdam with the Britten Sinfonia, conducted by the composer; Prokofiev’s Concerto Op. 58 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski, in London and at the Dresden Music Festival; and Haydn’s C major Concerto with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Adam Fischer. As a chamber musician, he has curated series for many of the world’s most famous festivals and venues, including the Wigmore Hall, the 92nd St Y in New York, and the Salzburg Festival. These specially devised programs have included ‘In the Shadow of War’, a major four-part series for the Wigmore Hall to mark the centenary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War; explorations of Czech music; the teacher-pupil line of Saint-Saëns, Fauré and Ravel; the affinity of the cello and the human voice; varied aspects of Robert Schumann’s life and music; and the music of Sergei Taneyev (teacher of Steven’s grandfather, Julius Isserlis) and his students. For these concerts Steven is joined by a regular group of friends which includes the violinists Joshua Bell, Isabelle Faust, Pamela Frank, and Janine Jansen, violist Tabea Zimmermann, and pianists Jeremy Denk, Stephen Hough, Alexander Melnikov, Olli Mustonen, Connie Shih, and Dénes Várjon. He also takes a strong interest in authentic performance. This season’s projects include a recording of the Chopin Cello Sonata and other works with Dénes Várjon for Hyperion, using ones of Chopin’s own piano; and a recital of Russian sonatas with Olli Mustonen. In recital, he gives frequent concerts with harpsichord and fortepiano. Recent seasons have featured a special performance with Sir Andras Schiff at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn, using Beethoven’s own cello; and performances and recordings (selected for the Deutsche SchallplattenPreis) of Beethoven’s complete music for cello and piano with Robert Levin, using original or replica fortepianos from the early nineteenth century. With harpsichordist Richard Egarr, he has performed and recorded the viola da gamba sonatas of J.S. Bach as well as sonatas by Handel and Scarlatti. This season, they tour together in the US. He is also a keen exponent of contemporary music and has premiered many new works including John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil (as well as several other pieces by Tavener), Thomas Adès’s Lieux retrouvés, Stephen Hough’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Left Hand (Les Adieux), Wolfgang Rihm’s Concerto in One Movement, David Matthews’ Concerto in Azzurro, and For Steven and Hilary’s Jig by György Kurtág. In 2016, he gave the UK premiere of Olli Mustonen’s of Frei, aber einsam for solo cello at the Wigmore Hall. Writing and playing for children is another major enthusiasm. He has written the text for three musical stories for children – Little Red Violin, Goldiepegs and the Three Cellos, and Cindercella – with music by Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley; these are published by Universal Edition in Vienna. He has also given many concerts for children, for several years presenting a regular series at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Steven Isserlis’ books for children about the lives of the great composers – Why Beethoven Threw the Stew and its sequel, Why Handel Waggled his Wig – are published by Faber and Faber, and have been translated into multiple languages. His latest book, a commentary on Schumann’s famous Advice for Young Musicians, was published by Faber and Faber in September 2016, and will be published in the US by Chicago University Press this season. As an educator Steven Isserlis gives frequent masterclasses all around the world, and since 1997 he has been Artistic Director of the International Musicians’ Seminar at Prussia Cove in Cornwall, where his fellow-professors include Sir Andras Schiff, Thomas Adès and Ferenc Rados. As a writer and broadcaster, he contributes regularly to publications including Gramophone, The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian, has guest edited The Strad magazine, and makes regular appearances on BBC Radio including on the Today program, Soul Music, as guest presenter of two editions of Saturday Classics, and as writer and presenter of a documentary about the life of Robert Schumann. Most recently, he presented a documentary on BBC Radio 4 ‘Finding Harpo’s Voice’, about his hero Harpo Marx. His diverse interests are reflected in an extensive and award-winning discography. His recording of the complete Solo Cello Suites by J.S. Bach for Hyperion met with the highest critical acclaim, and was Gramophone’s Instrumental Album of the Year and Critics’ Choice at the Classic BRITS. Other recent releases include the Elgar and Walton concertos, alongside works by Gustav and Imogen Holst, with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Paavo Järvi; Prokofiev and Shostakovich concertos with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, also under Paavo Järvi; Dvořák’s Cello Concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding; and recital discs with Stephen Hough, Thomas Adès and (for BIS) a Grammy-nominated album of sonatas by Martinů, as well as works by Mustonen and Sibelius, with Olli Mustonen. His latest recordings include the Brahms Double Concerto with Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and – as director and soloist – concertos by Haydn and CPE Bach, with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Forthcoming recordings include a special First World War-inspired disc with Connie Shih, including works performed on a travel cello – now known as “the Trench Cello” – played in the trenches by WWI soldier Harold Triggs. The recipient of many awards, Steven Isserlis’s honors include a CBE in recognition of his services to music, the Schumann Prize of the City of Zwickau, and the Piatigorsky Prize in the USA. He is also one of only two living cellists featured in Gramophone’s Hall of Fame. In 2017, he was awarded the Glashütte Original Music Festival Award in Dresden, the Wigmore Hall Gold Medal, and the Walter Willson Cobbett Medal for Services to Chamber Music. He gives most of his concerts on the Marquis de Corberon (Nelsova) Stradivarius of 1726, kindly loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music.

  • Connie Shih

    Connie Shih The Canadian pianist, Connie Shih, is repeatedly considered to be one of Canada’s most outstanding artists. In 1993 she was awarded the Sylva Gelber Award for most outstanding classical artist under age 30. At the age of nine, she made her orchestral debut with Mendelssohn's first Piano Concerto with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 12, she was the youngest ever protégé of Gyorgy Sebok, and then continued her studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with Claude Frank, himself a protégé of Arthur Schnabel. Later studies were undertaken with Fou Tsong in Europe. As soloist, she has appeared extensively with orchestras throughout Canada, the U.S.A. and Europe. In a solo recital setting, she has made countless appearances in Canada, the U.S., Iceland, England, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan and China. Connie has given chamber music performances with many world-renowned musicians. To critical acclaim, she appears regularly in recital with cellist Steven Isserlis. Including chamber music appearances at the Wigmore and Carnegie Halls, she performs at the prestigious Bath Music Festival, Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Weill Hall (N.Y.), and at the Kronberg Festival. Her collaborations have included Maxim Vengerov, Tabea Zimmerman, and Isabelle Faust. Connie regularly tours North America and Europe with Steven Isserlis, and includes a tour of Asia with Joshua Bell. In addition she appears at concert venues across Germany with the cellist Manuel Fischer-Dieskau with whom she recorded the first-ever CD of the Sonatas for piano and cello by Carl Reinecke and the complete Beethoven sonatas. Her CD with Steven Isserlis on the BIS label was recently released. Connie's performances are frequently broadcast via television and radio on CBC (Canada), BBC (U.K.), SWR, NDR, and WDR (Germany) as well as on other various television and radio stations in North America and Europe. She is on faculty at the Casalmaggiore Festival in Italy.

  • PAST SEASONS | PCC

    PAST SEASONS For more information on our past artists, please click on the dates below: 2022-2023 Season 2021-2022 Season 2020-2021 Season postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic 2019-2020 Season 2018-2019 Season 2017-2018 Season 2016-2017 Season 2015-2016 Season 2014-2015 Season 2013-2014 Season 2012-2013 Season 2011-2012 Season 2010-2011 Season 2009-2010 Season 2008-2009 Season 2007-2008 Season

  • 2023-2024 SEASON | PCC

    ABOUT THE 2023-2024 SEASON Dear friends, ​ Welcome to the 16th season of Parlance Chamber Concerts! A stellar array of artists will grace our stage in 2023-24. Among the many highlights will be a recital by the MET’s luminous star soprano, Angel Blue ; a musical visit to the 16th Century with legendary viola da gambist-conductor Jordi Savall and his early music ensemble, Hespèrion XXI ; and the long-awaited return of pianist Richard Goode performing late piano masterpieces by Beethoven . ​ A spellbinding evening, “Candlelit Music of the Spirit ,” will feature international solo violinist Stefan Jackiw , with renowned clarinetist Anthony McGill, cellist Nicholas Canellakis and pianist Michael Stephen Brown . Their evocative program will culminate with Oliver Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time , one of the 20th Century’s most spiritually transcendent works. The passionate young Lysander Piano Trio and Munich-based Goldmund String Quartet will make their Parlance debuts, as will the celebrated chamber choir, Antioch Chamber Ensemble . The virtuoso singing group will join forces with the venerable Brentano String Quartet in program including English Madrigals, Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus , and the World Premiere of Memory Believes for string quartet and chamber choir by esteemed American composer Bruce Adolphe . Don’t miss our musical celebration of Mothers Day with acclaimed violinist Chee-Yun , pianistic power couple, Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung , and MET Orchestra principal hornist Brad Gemeinhardt . They will collaborate on an assortment of tender-hearted pieces inspired by motherhood and children. The season will conclude joyously with two of Mozart’s most beloved pieces, his Concerto for Flute and Harp featuring MET Orchestra principals, flutist Seth Morris and harpist Mariko Anraku , and the magnificent Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364 , spotlighting the father-son team of violist Paul Neubauer and violinist Oliver Neubauer . PCC’s Artistic Director, Michael Parloff, will conduct members of the MET Orchestra. I look forward to seeing you again soon at Parlance Chamber Concerts! Michael Parloff 2023-2024 SEASON October 15, 202 3 Lysander Piano Trio November 12, 2023 Angel Blue, soprano Bryan Wagorn, piano ​ December 3, 2023 Brentano String Quartet Antioch Chamber Choir ​ January 14, 2024 Goldmund String Quartet February 18, 2024 Candlelit Music of The Spirit March 10, 2024 Richard Goode, Piano Late Beethoven ​ April 7, 2024 Jordi Savall, Conductor Hespèrion XXI ​ May 12, 2024 Mothers Day Concert ​ June 2, 2024 Mozart’s Double Concertos Artist Roster Parlance Program Notes LOCATION At West Side Presbyterian Church 6 South Monroe Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450 For map and directions, click here . CONCERT AMENITIES Whee lchair Accessible Fr e e Parking for all concerts

  • 2015-2016 SEASON | PCC

    ABOUT THE 2015-2016 SEASON OCTOBER 4, 2015 AT 3:00 PM Richard Goode, piano Music by Mozart and Brahms On October 4, Parlance Chamber Concerts will welcome back pianist Richard Goode, one of the preeminent musicians of our time. This thrilling artist is universally hailed as a deeply insightful interpreter of the Viennese classics. His emotionally far-ranging program will alternate between two of Mozart’s most dramatic sonatas and two late sets of Brahms’s warmhearted intermezzi, ballades, and romances. LEARN MORE NOVEMBER 15, 2015 AT 3:00 PM Jeremy Denk, piano, and Stefan Jackiw, violin Music by Brahms, Franck, and Ives On November 15, the compelling pianist Jeremy Denk, winner of a 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, teams up with the scintillating violinist Stefan Jackiw, widely recognized as one of his generation’s most captivating artists. This noteworthy duo will perform cherished sonatas by Brahms and Franck in counterpoint with rarely performed gems by the iconoclastic American master, Charles Ives. Jeremy Denk will enrich the afternoon with his insightful, thought-provoking commentary. LEARN MORE 2015-2016 SEASON OCTOBER 4, 2015 Richard Goode, piano Music by Mozart and Brahms NOVEMBER 15, 2015 Jeremy Denk, piano, and Stefan Jackiw, violin Music by Brahms, Franck, and Ives ​ DECEMBER 13, 2015 Kristin Lee, violin; Paul Watkins, cello; Gilles Vonsattel, piano Music by Beethoven ​ MARCH 6, 2016 Escher String Quartet Music by Mozart, Janacek, and Schubert APRIL 3, 2016 Sir James Galway and Friends Music by Bach MAY 15, 2016 Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano; Craig Terry, piano “As Long As There Are Songs” ​ Artist Roster Parlance Program Notes LOCATION At West Side Presbyterian Church 6 South Monroe Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450 For map and directions, click here . CONCERT AMENITIES Whee lchair Accessible Fr e e Parking for all concerts DECEMBER 13, 2015 AT 3:00 PM Kristin Lee, violin; Paul Watkins, cello; Gilles Vonsattel, piano Music by Beethoven Beethoven will be spotlighted on December 15 as the spectacular young violinist Kristin Lee and pianist Gilles Vonsattel (winners of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant) join forces with the celebrated cellist Paul Watkins of the Emerson String Quartet. Their program will feature three highlights of Beethoven’s chamber music: his heroic “Kreutzer” violin sonata, intimate C-major cello sonata, and ever-popular “Ghost” Trio. LEARN MORE MARCH 6, 2016 AT 3:00 PM Escher String Quartet Music by Mozart, Janacek, and Schubert On March 6, the stellar Escher String Quartet will make its long-awaited debut on our series. Championed by the Emerson Quartet, the Escher is one of the few ensembles to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. The fast-rising quartet currently serves as Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Their sumptuous program will include masterworks by Mozart and Janáček, culminating with one of the pillars of the chamber repertoire, Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet. LEARN MORE APRIL 3, 2016 AT 3:00 PM Sir James Galway and Friends Music by Bach On April 3, the legendary flutist Sir James Galway returns to Parlance Chambers Concerts with an All-Bach extravaganza. One of the world’s supreme artists, Sir James will share his great love of Bach in a special collaboration with nine brilliant young vocal and instrumental soloists. Highlights of the afternoon will include the ‘Flute Suite’ in B minor and the 4th Brandenburg Concerto. Don’t miss this unforgettable afternoon of music-making! LEARN MORE MAY 15, 2016 AT 3:00 PM Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano; Craig Terry, piano “As Long As There Are Songs” On May 15 the legendary mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and pianist Craig Terry will take the audience on a musical journey through the American Songbook, sharing gems from some of the greatest composers and lyricists of their age, including Irving Berlin, Saul Chaplin and Sammy Cahn, Harry Warren and Mack Gordon, Jerome Kern and B.G. DeSylva, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin and Johnny Mercer. From tender loves songs to passionate torch songs to melodies that remind us to always “to look for the silver lining,” they defined their generation and helped see our country through the Great Depression and two World Wars. This will be a memorable afternoon of music making and a celebratory conclusion to Parlance Chamber Concert’s 9th season! LEARN MORE

  • 2007-2008 SEASON | PCC

    ABOUT THE 2007-2008 SEASON 2007-2008 SEASON Artist Roster Parlance Program Notes LOCATION At West Side Presbyterian Church 6 South Monroe Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450 For map and directions, click here . CONCERT AMENITIES Whee lchair Accessible Fr e e Parking for all concerts

  • PAST ARTISTS | PCC

    PAST ARTISTS For more information on our past artists, please click on the dates below: 2023-2024 Season 2022-2023 Season 2021-2022 Season 2020-2021 Season postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic 2019-2020 Season 2018-2019 Season 2017-2018 Season 2016-2017 Season 2015-2016 Season 2014-2015 Season 2013-2014 Season 2012-2013 Season 2011-2012 Season 2010-2011 Season 2009-2010 Season 2008-2009 Season 2007-2008 Season For a full list of all our artists over the past twelve years, click here .

  • delete october test | PCC

    SUNDAY, July 15, 2024 4 PM LYSANDER PIANO TRIO SCANDINAVIAN INSPIRATIONS ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE BUY TICKETS Founded in 2003, the celebrated Modigliani Quartet occupies the upper echelon of string quartets. In addition to their annual tours in the United States and in Asia, the quartet’s European tours have brought inspired acclaim in the major concert halls of London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and Saint Petersburg. 2024-2025 SEASON October 15, 202 3 Lysander Piano Trio November 12, 2023 Angel Blue, soprano Bryan Wagorn, piano ​ December 3, 2023 Brentano String Quartet Antioch Chamber Choir ​ January 14, 2024 Goldmund String Quartet February 18, 2024 Candlelit Music of The Spirit March 10, 2024 Richard Goode, Piano Late Beethoven ​ April 7, 2024 Jordi Savall, Conductor Hespèrion XXI ​ May 12, 2024 Mothers Day Concert ​ June 2, 2024 Mozart’s Double Concertos Artist Roster Parlance Program Notes LOCATION At West Side Presbyterian Church 6 South Monroe Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450 For map and directions, click here . CONCERT AMENITIES Whee lchair Accessible Fr e e Parking for all concerts FEATURING BUY TICKETS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2024 AT 4 PM MODIGLIANI QUARTET Amaury Coeytaux, violin; Loïc Rio, violin; Laurent Marfaing, viola; François Kieffer, cello “ The Modigliani quartet clearly belongs to the world’s greatest “ — Le Monde (Paris) “ A gripping and persuasive performance, played with awesome individual and communal brilliance ” — The Strad (London) “One of today’s best quartets in the world...Balance, transparency, symphonic comprehension, confident style, their performance reached a very high and inspiring level ” — Süddeutsche Zeitung (Munich) The elite French ensemble will perform a wide-ranging program that will include Joaquín’s Turina’s lushly impressionistic La oración de torero (The Bullfighter’s Prayer), Brahms’s tenderhearted Quartet in B-flat, Op. 67 , and Beethoven’s sublime Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 . His student, Carl Czerny, wrote that the second movement “occurred to Beethoven while he was contemplating the starry sky and thinking of the music of the spheres.” PROGRAM Joaquín’s Turina Program Notes La oración de torero Johannes Brahms Program Notes String Quartet in B-flat, Op. 67 Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet in E minor, Op. 59, No. 2 Program Notes Watch the Modigliani Quartet play Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A minor, Op. 13, Presto

  • Concert NOVEMBER 12, 2023 | PCC

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2023 AT 4 PM ANGEL BLUE, SOPRANO BRYAN WAGORN, PIANO SONGS, ARIAS, AND SPIRITUALS Angel Blue , soprano Bryan Wagorn , piano ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE BUY TICKETS Angel Blue has emerged in recent seasons as one of the most influential sopranos before the public today. The two-time Grammy Award winner, 2020 Beverly Sills Award recipient, and 2022 Richard Tucker Award winner is celebrated worldwide for her honeyed soprano and affecting deliveries of many of the most beloved roles in the operatic repertory. Angel Blue has been praised for performances in nearly every major opera house in the world, including Teatro alla Scala, Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera where she has triumphed in roles as diverse as Violetta in La Traviata, Mimi in La Boheme, Bess in Porgy and Bess , and Destiny/Loneliness/Greta in Terrence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones . For her much-anticipated Parlance debut, Angel Blue and pianist Bryan Wagorn will perform a diverse program cherished songs, arias, and spirituals . 2023-2024 SEASON October 15, 202 3 Lysander Piano Trio November 12, 2023 Angel Blue, soprano Bryan Wagorn, piano ​ December 3, 2023 Brentano String Quartet Antioch Chamber Choir ​ January 14, 2024 Goldmund String Quartet February 18, 2024 Candlelit Music of The Spirit March 10, 2024 Richard Goode, Piano Late Beethoven ​ April 7, 2024 Jordi Savall, Conductor Hespèrion XXI ​ May 12, 2024 Mothers Day Concert ​ June 2, 2024 Mozart’s Double Concertos Artist Roster Parlance Program Notes LOCATION At West Side Presbyterian Church 6 South Monroe Street Ridgewood, NJ 07450 For map and directions, click here . CONCERT AMENITIES Whee lchair Accessible Fr e e Parking for all concerts FEATURING BUY TICKETS “Luminous soprano voice and unforced charisma.” — New York Times PROGRAM Gabriel Fauré Clair de lune Mandoline Fleur jetée Program Notes Claude Debussy Clair de Lune for piano Program Notes Richard Strauss Heimliche Aufforderung Allerseelen Befreit Morgen Cäcilie Program Notes Gershwin Two Preludes for piano Allegro ben ritmato e deciso Andante con moto e poco rubato Program Notes American Songbook Arlen: I Wonder What Became of Me Gershwin: Our Love is Here to Stay Weill: Youkali Program Notes Three Arias by Giacomo Puccini Chi il bel Sogno Vissi d’Arte O Mio Babbino Caro Program Notes Spirituals Good News You Can Tell the World Deep River Ride on King Jesus Program Notes Watch Angel Blue perform Mi chiamano Mimi from Puccini’s La Boheme:

  • LADY JEANNE GALWAY, FLUTE

    LADY JEANNE GALWAY, FLUTE An accomplished flutist, Lady Jeanne Galway continues to grace the international platforms with her virtuosity. One of the leading female flute soloists of the decade, Lady Galway brings to the audience her unique style and elegance. Her touring schedule regularly takes her to many of the major cities in the U.S. to perform as soloist with orchestras such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Denver, and the National Symphony. Internationally, she has appeared in the cultural capitals of the world including London, New York, Milan, Rome, Vienna, Salzburg, Zurich, Dublin, Belfast, Tokyo, Beijing, and Singapore. Appearing regularly as the premiere flute duo partner with her husband Sir James Galway, the two delight audiences and bring a rare freshness to the platform, unique in the music world. The 2014/15 season saw Lady Galway joining her husband in performances right around the globe, opening the season with a tour through Asia, Canada, and the U.S., incorporating her educational work alongside her concert performances. A long awaited South America tour was preceded by a special Birthday Tribute Concert in honor of her husband at New York’s Carnegie Hall in aid of Music Education and Autism. A return to Europe saw Lady Galway performing a JS Bach tribute in London, closing the year with her husband at their annual New Year’s Eve concert in Switzerland. The New Year brought in more educational work and a tour of South Africa with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra. The first South African Galway Flute Festival concluded with a spectacular Starlight Classics concert in Cape Town, incorporating flute students from the festival. Spring brought in a return to the U.S., with concerts in NY and LA to name a few, followed by a return to various performances throughout Europe. Lady Galway is devoting most of the summer to her educational outreach programmes, including First Flute, an online Flute education community. Launched in December 2013, is the groundbreaking “First Flute,” which Sir James and Lady Galway have created together. This online Educational Network is geared for students, teachers, and music lovers, allowing them to have first-hand access to Sir James’ invaluable expertise (www.firstflute.com ). Actively pursuing her love of teaching, Lady Galway dedicates much of her time to working with the younger generation through her educational articles, master classes, blogs, and recordings. During the 10 day “Galway Flute Festival” held each summer with her husband in Switzerland, Lady Galway works with students of all levels, offering tips and advice on flute playing, performing, and career management. Through these, and the numerous other classes they hold worldwide throughout the year, they are able to have a hands-on mentoring to the students they meet throughout their work. In addition to her highly successful career as a soloist, Lady Galway is also an accomplished chamber musician, touring regularly with various chamber ensembles including her trio Zephyr (pianist Jonathan Feldman and cellist Darrett Adkins). Alongside their concert performances, they look forward to sharing their expertise as a group with the chamber musicians of tomorrow. The group’s first recording Zephyr – Winds of Romance, includes works by Haydn, Martinu, and Weber. Her versatile concert engagements include performances in the presence of The Empress of Japan, HRH The Earl and Countess of Wessex, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Kent, The Queen of Norway, The Queen of Spain, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, President Shimon Peres, President Mary McAleese, President Michael D. Higgins, and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny. Lady Galway serves as a patron to the charity Future Talent headed by the Duchess of Kent and Ambassador of The European Brain Council. Her versatile concert engagements are often for fundraising events for UNICEF, SOS, FARA, and Marie Curie Cancer Care. She has recorded to critical acclaim for RCA Victor, BMG Classics, and Deutsche Grammophon. Irish America magazine awarded Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway the “2008 Spirit of Ireland” award in recognition for their roles as musical ambassadors. A native of New York and graduate of the New York City’s Mannes College of Music, Lady Galway lives with her husband, Sir James Galway, in Switzerland. She is currently performing on a new 18-carat, James Galway edition gold Nagahara flute.

  • ANTIOCH CHAMBER ENSEMBLE, CHOIR

    ANTIOCH CHAMBER ENSEMBLE, CHOIR Widely regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in the United States, The Antioch Chamber Ensemble is currently celebrating its 23rd season of exceptional music-making. Under the leadership of founding Artistic Director Joshua Copeland, and executive director Stephen Sands, the ensemble strives to present as diverse a program as possible of the world’s greatest choral literature, both sacred and secular, and has performed works ranging from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary masterpieces with a core group of ten to twelve of the New York metropolitan area’s finest singers. Antioch has been awarded first-place honors in the highly prestigious Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain, establishing them among the top rank of professional choirs in the world. In recent seasons, Antioch has been called “stellar,” “flawless,” “an exceptional group,” and “a spectacular example of what a classical choir should sound like” by the national press. Of the ensemble’s début for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The New York Times wrote: “The Antioch Chamber Ensemble performed … with clarity of tone and intonation so pure that you could hear the buzz of overtones created by some of the close harmonies. The most daring of these often color the sighs and wordless exclamations that punctuate both spiritual and secular texts, and the Antioch singers gave each its expressive register: impassioned, weak-kneed, swooning.” Other past performance highlights include concerts for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the American Choral Directors Association Eastern National Conference and the Festival des Choeurs Lauréats in France.

  • SHAI WOSNER, PIANO

    SHAI WOSNER, PIANO Shai Wosner continues to attract international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. With imaginative programming that communicates his intellectual curiosity, Wosner performs a wide-ranging repertoire from Mozart and Beethoven to Ligeti and composers of his own generation. Hailed by the Financial Times as “an artist to follow keenly”, Wosner’s virtuosity and perceptiveness have made him a favorite among audiences and critics alike. In the 2009-2010 season, Mr. Wosner made his highly acclaimed subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and conducted the Los Angeles Chamber orchestra from the keyboard, in a performance broadcast on National Public Radio. He returned to the BBC Scottish Symphony in both subscription concerts and performance at the Proms with Donald Runnicles and appeared with the BBC Philharmonic in a live broadcast from Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. He has also performed in solo recitals throughout the US as well as in duo recitals with Viviane Hagner (at the Kennedy Center), Christian Poltéra (at Wigmore Hall in London) and Jennifer Koh. Other recent highlights include his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra; his return to the Atlanta and Houston symphonies and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; appearances with the North Carolina and Charlotte symphonies and the Sacramento Philharmonic; and solo recitals at the 92nd St. Y in New York, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and Wigmore Hall. His 2010-2011 season includes subscription concerts with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the release of a solo recording of works by Brahms and Schoenberg on the Onyx label. Wosner will also appear in solo recitals broadcast live on Radio 3 from the Wigmore Hall and Cardiff’s Hoddinott Hall as well as at the Piano Aux Jacobins festival in France. His duo recitals include appearances with Martin Fröst (at Lincoln Center), Dietrich Henschel, and Jennifer Koh. Other recent and upcoming engagements include appearances at the Hay-on-Wye festival, the Stavanger Chamber Music Festival, the Cheltenham Festival, and the City of London Festival. Wosner is the recipient of both an Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, which led to the commission of Michael Hersch’s “Along the Ravines”, a concerto for piano and chamber orchestra. He recently completed a residency as a BBC New Generation Artist, during which he played frequently with the BBC orchestras, including appearances conducting Mozart concertos from the keyboard with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. His performances in recital, chamber music, and orchestral repertoire continue to be broadcast on Radio 3. In recent seasons, he has appeared with numerous major orchestras in North America, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl; the National Arts Centre Orchestra; the Philadelphia Orchestra; the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; the Fresno Philharmonic; and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Dallas, Milwaukee, Columbus and Memphis. In Europe, he has appeared with the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Barcelona Symphony, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Orchestre National de Belgique and the Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, among others. In 2006, he debuted with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Salzburg, during the 250th anniversary celebrations of Mozart’s birth. He has work with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Donald Runnicles, Alan Gilbert, Peter Oundjian, Gunther Herbig, James Conlon, Ji_í B_lohlávek and James Judd. Wosner is widely sought after by his colleagues for his versatility and spirit of partnership. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with numerous esteemed artists including Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Christian Tetzlaff and Cho-Liang Lin. He is a former member of Lincoln’s Center’s Chamber Music Society Two and performs regularly at various chamber music festivals, including Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, among others. Other summer festival appearances include the Ravinia Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, and Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Recent chamber music engagements include a performance with members of The New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall; a performance of the Mozart concerto for three pianos with Joseph Kalichstein and Alon Goldstein and the New York String Orchestra with Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall; and collaborations with the Tokyo, Miro and Parker string quartets, and the Georgian Chamber Players at Spivey Hall. For several consecutive summers, Wosner was also involved in the West-Eastern Divan Workshop led by Daniel Barenboim and toured as soloist with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Born in Israel, Mr. Wosner enjoyed a broad musical education from a very early age, studying piano with Emanuel Krasovsky as well as composition, theory and improvisation with André Hajdu. He later studied at The Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax. Shai lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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