Alexander Korsantia, Sunday, September 24, 2017 2:30 p.m.
Dubbed “a major artist” by the Miami Herald, and a “quiet maverick” by the Daily Telegraph, pianist Alexander Korsantia has been praised for the “clarity of his technique, richly varied tone and dynamic phrasing” (Baltimore Sun),and a “piano technique where difficulties simply do not exist” (Calgary Sun). The Boston Globe found his interpretation of Pictures at an Exhibition to be “a performance that could annihilate all others one has heard.” And the Birmingham Post gushed that “his intensely responsive reading was shot through with a vein of constant fantasy, whether musing or mercurial.”
Ever since winning the First Prize and Gold Medal of the Artur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition and the First Prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition, Korsantia’s career has taken him to many of the world’s major concert halls, collaborating with renowned conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Gianandrea Noseda and Paavo Järvi and orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Kirov Orchestra and Israel Philharmonic.
Program (Subject to change):
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B♭ minor, Op. 35 Frédéric Chopin
Grave – Doppio movimento
Marche funèbre: Lento
Mazurka Op.41 No.2 in E minor Frédéric Chopin
Op.33 No.3 in C major
Op.41 No.4 in A flat major
Op.24 No.4 in B flat minor
Op.59 No.3 in F sharp minor
Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60 Frédéric Chopin
“Pictures at an Exhibition” Modest Mussorgsky
“The Old Castle”
“Tuileries (Children’s Quarrel after Games”
“Ballet of Unhatched Chicks”
“Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuÿle”
“Limoges, the Market (the Great News)”
“Catacombs (Roman Tomb)”
“The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba Yaga)”
“The Bogatyr Gates (In the Capital in Kiev)”
The Attacca Quartet, Tuesday, November 7, 2017 7:30 p.m.
“They may be a relatively young ensemble, but already they come very close to epitomizing the string quartet ideal: four strikingly individual players with the ability to speak eloquently in one voice.” – The Washington Post
The internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet has become one of America’s premier young performing ensembles. Praised by The Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” they were formed at the Juilliard School in 2003 and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.
The Attacca Quartet has engaged in extensive educational and community outreach projects, serving as guest artists and teaching fellows at the Lincoln Center Institute, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Vivace String Camp in New York, the Woodlands ChamberFest in Texas, Virginia Arts Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley and Animato Summer Music Camp at Florida International University in Miami.
Septura Brass Septet, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 7:30 p.m.
Septura brings together London’s leading players to redefine brass chamber music through the uniquely expressive sound of the brass septet. By creating a canon of transcriptions arrangements and new commisions for this brand new classical configuration, Septura aims to re-cast the brass ensemble as a serious artistic medium. Septura is currently “Ensemble in Residence” at the Royal Academy of Music, London.
Their recordings have been described as “brilliantly done” (Fiona Maddocks, The Observer), and “brass playing at its most exalted” (Robert Markow, Fanfare). Anna Picard, from the BBC Music
Magazine wrote “This is virtuoso playing: glossy, brilliantly articulated, audaciously coloured, technically flawless.”
Weaving this ever-increasing repertoire into captivating live events, Septura is gaining a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and imaginative programming, built around strong concepts and themes. Recent performances include the Cheltenham, Ryedale and Lieksa (Finland) festivals, and London’s Kings Place.
Program (Subject to change):
Ravel – Mother Goose Suite Debussy – Preludes Gershwin – Three Piano Preludes Songbook (Selections) An American in Paris
Petar Jankovic and Daniel Duarte Sunday, April 8, 2018 2:00 PM
Petar & Daniel Guitar Duo explores an eclectic repertoire ranging from contemporary jazz and world music to traditional classical guitar repertoire . Their performances include original works for the formation, as well as arrangements specially designed for the duo. Petar & Daniel Guitar Duo’s repertoire aims to reach not only traditional audiences, but to bring guitar music to the general public, who may be unfamiliar with the instrument’s repertoire and techniques. Petar and Daniel have fused their native Serbian and Brazilian cultural heritages and combined their guitar skills to accomplish this goal.
Jankovic’s recital was a stunning guitar performance charged with extraordinary artistic energy. The concert revealed unique performing qualities of this outstanding soloist-his interpretations were characterized by musically powerful performing abilities, refined and spontaneous expressiveness, as well as a full-bodied, rich, and brilliant sound, which kept the audience spellbound!– BORISLAV HOLZMAN, Music Critic at Dnevnik, Serbia
Young guitarist and director, Daniel Duarte is obviously a gifted musician and arranger, with a sensitive feel for how to mesh the classical guitar with music not always written for the instrument or in need of special handling– PETER JACOBI, Music Critic at Herald Times, Indiana
Dizhou Zhao & DSO Friends, Sunday, June 3, 2018 2:00 PM
Hailed as “a fully fledged artistic force” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, pianist Dizhou Zhao will perform with his DSO Friends,Yoonshin Song (violin),Hai-Xin Wu (violin) Eric Nowlin (viola), and Wei Yu (cello) or as Zhao describes them, the “crown jewels” of Detroit’s classical music scene.
Dizhou Zhao began studying the piano at the age of four in his hometown of Shanghai. By age seven he performed his first public concert. He won the 2012 Astral’s National Auditions, and captured the top prize at Australia’s Southern
Highlands International Piano Competition, the International Keyboard Institute & Festival’s Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Awards, and the Louisiana International Piano Competition.
Fanfare Magazine said Zhao offers the blend of passion and intelligence that characterizes the “mature artist” and that he “lives fully in the music”.
Mr. Zhao wears many hats and we are most proud that he serves as the programming chair for the Cranbrook Music Guild.
Program (Subject to change):
Debussy Vionlin Sonata in G minor, L140 with Yooshin Song
Beethoven Cello Sonata No 4 in C major, Op 102 no.1 with Wei Yu
Shostakovich Piano Quintet in G minor, Op 57 with Yoosin Song, Hai-Xin Wu, violins, Eric Nowlin, viola and Wei Yu cello