Music from Manchester quartet
Ariel Rudiakov, Artistic Director/ violist, returns to our series, with a Quartet of piano and strings. The quartet will feature pianist Vassily Primakov with Joana Genova, violin, Benjamin Capps, ‘cello and Mr. Rudiakov, viola.
Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world-class importance. Gramophone wrote that “Primakov’s empathy with Chopin’s spirit could hardly be more complete,”... the American Record Guide stated: “Since Gilels, how many pianists have the right touch?” After his first piano studies with his mother, he entered Moscow’s Central Special Music School at age of eleven, and at 17 came to New York to study at the Juilliard School, with the noted pianist, Jerome Lowenthal.
Of his colleagues: Ariel Rudiakov received his early musical training from his parents, before attending pre-college at Manhattan School of Music. He has been Artistic Director of the award-winning Manchester (VT) Music Festival MMF since November 2000. Violinist Joana Genova is Artist Associate at Williams College and Education Director of the Manchester Festival and has an active career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, teacher and soloist. ‘Cellist Benjamin Elton Capps enjoys an extraordinarily versatile performing career as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal. Complete artists’ biographies for Manchester Music Festival, Inc. at www.mmfvt.org/
Hyperion String Quartet with pianist Robert Auler
A de Blasiis audience favorite returns to our stage with guest pianist, Robert Auler. The New York Times has praised Auler’s playing for its “extraordinary rhythmic clarity and expression” and The San Francisco Examiner writes, “There is something transcendent about Auler’s technique.” The American Record Guide cites his “elegant tone and uncanny sense of voicing.”—just some of the accolades Auler’s playing has garnered.
His Colleagues for this concert, The Hyperion String Quartet, Amanda Brin and Jamecyn Morey, violins, William Hakim, viola and Jonathan Brin, ‘cello are well known to upstate New York’s Capital District Audiences. In addition to several previous appearances on our series all perform in the Glens Falls Symphony and have been named The Flonzaly Quartet in Residence at the Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing New York. Members of the Quartet are currently on faculty at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. and are the resident quartet with the Empire State Youth Orchestra. Their Oct. 18th program will include Shostakovich’s Adagio (an arrangement of an aria from Lady Macbeth of Minsk) the lone String Quartet of Verdi and Frank’s Quintet.
Emil Altschuler, violin and Thomas Pandolfi, piano
Violinist Emil Altschuler returns to de Blasiis at the Hyde in his most recent collaboration with pianist Thomas Pandolfi, with a program of Beethoven, Bach, Paganini, Robert Russel Bennett, and Pablo de Sarasate.
Altschuler received his BM from The Juilliard School, studying with Dorothy DeLay and Naoko Tanaka, and his MM from The Yale School of Music, studying under Erick Friedman. He has appeared at Lincoln Center, San Francisco’s Helen Von Ammon’s Emerging Artist Series, The Aspen Music Festival, and Italy’s Castello di Galeazza.
As a recitalist, Pandolfi has appeared in concert halls nationwide. The Washington Post has described him as "an artist who is master of both the grand gesture and the sensual line. Pandolfi possesses first-rate technical skills, an unerring comma and of phrasing, a quicksilver touch, and cunning legerdemain when it comes to pedaling...etched with calm and crystal clarity... outstanding." New York Concert Review has characterized Pandolfi's interpretations as containing "high level pianism and tasteful, diversified musical ideas . . . crystalline texture and deft coloration... charm and bracing elan." For complete biographies visit: www.emilaltschuler.com and www.thomaspandolfi.com.
The Decho Saxophone Quartet
The Decho Quartet’s members are Jacob Swanson, soprano; Sarah Marchitelli, alto; Nicholas Childs, tenor and Jared Yackiw, baritone. Since 2011, Marchitelli and Swanson have been performing as the Decho Ensemble, on concert series, radio & TV throughout North America and in Europe. Collaborating with composers, presenting standard repertoire, and adapting old works for saxophones the Decho Ensemble continues to push borders and broaden the saxophone’s voice in classical chamber music. As chamber musicians, they have collaborated with poets, dance companies, chamber orchestras, and other instrumentalists to present unique and varied programs. In 2015 their collaboration with Nicholas Childs and Jared Yackiw led to the formation of the Decho Quartet.
Swanson teaches for Jamestown Community College, Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, New Horizons of Western New York, and the Gowanda Central School District. Marchitelli serves on faculty at S.U.N.Y. Fredonia and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts. Childs, a graduate of Northern Arizona University, is the graduate assistant in saxophone at S.U.N.Y. Fredonia. Yackiw, a graduate of the saxophone and composition studios at S.U.N.Y. Fredonia, is currently pursing a Masters of Music.
Their program will include Jean-Baptiste Singelée’s Premier Quartour (1857), Dan Knorr’s Saxophone Quartet (2012), Quartette (1879) by Caryl Florio, selections from Bach’s Die Kunst der Fugue, Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango (1986) and Phillip Glass’ Concerto for Saxophone Quartet (1995).
They perform on American made, vintage Buescher saxophones.
The Neave Piano Trio
We welcome the return of the Neave Trio, Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, ‘cello and Toni James, piano, an encore for their very well received de Blasiis debut recital last fall. It seemed that virtually every member of that audience greeted me enthusiastically with “don’t wait bring them back soon!” And to be honest, we couldn’t wait to comply and, at our post-concert repast planning began! Hailed by critics as ”absolutely stunning”, an “up-and-coming ensemble”, praised for its “heart on-sleeve performances” and nominated by the Boston Phoenix as the “Best of Boston”.
The trio, whose members hail from the United States, Scotland and Russia, was named the first ever Fisch/Axelrod Trio-in-Residence at San Diego State University in the Fall of 2012. Graduates of the Eastman, Manhattan and Longy Schools of Music and the Chopin Academy in Moscow, the Neave Trio has enjoyed international success at recital and festival performances in the United States, Canada, South America, UK and Europe, performing in some of the world’s finest concert halls. All rising young soloists, they have enjoyed international concert and competition success spanning four continents, with recent notable performances in Guatemala, Belgium and Russia, as well as a recital appearance at the British Embassy in Oslo, Norway. Trio members have studied with artists Natalia Gutman, Terry King, Barry Snyder, Victor Rosenbaum, Patinka Kopec, Irina Muresanu and Laura Bossert, among others. For more on The Neave Trio go to www.neavetrio.com.
The Alturas Duo - Carlos Boltes, viola & charanga and Scott Hill, guitar
For our 2015-16 finale we welcome back the delightful duo, which was a hit of our Fall, 2013 offerings and, again, planning for a return began at the post-concert dinner. The Alturas Duo (whose name is Spanish for heights) has been recognized as one of the most engaging ensembles performing in the chamber music world today. The only group of its kind, the Duo was formed with the idea of playing South American and classical music by bringing together the unusual combination of the viola & charango with the guitar, in doing so creating a passionate music, that moves with ease between the Baroque, South American folk rhythms and new pieces written especially for the Duo.
The Duo has performed in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and throughout the US and Puerto Rico including recitals at: Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Smithsonian Institute, the Music Mountain Chamber Music Series, La Guitarra California, and the 34th International Viola Congress. Always in search of new music and collaborations, the Duo has performed with artists as diverse as: charango virtuoso Ernesto Cavour, guitarist and composer Horacio Salinas; flutists Nicole Esposito and Janet Arms, and quena virtuoso Marcelo Pena-Lobo; pianist Polly Ferman and Argentine bandoneon legend, Daniel Binelli. Their repertoire includes commissions, arrangements and transcriptions and includes recent works by Javier Farias, Raimundo Penaforte, Alexander Silas Walker, Ben Starr and Ronald Pearl.
Last season saw the Duo maintaining a busy schedule of concerts, master classes and lectures, including premieres by Masatora Goya, Russell Nadel and performances in Chile, Bolivia, Guatemala and throughout the United States. For more information visit www.alturasduo.com