SEPT. 9 At 8PM: AXEL STRAUSS, violin, TODD PALMER, clarinet, ILYA POLETAEV, piano
In 1998, violinist Axel Strauss became the first German artist ever to win the Naumburg Violin Award, and in the seasons since, he has been equally acclaimed for his virtuosity and his musical sensitivity. The Salt Lake Tribune praised his well-rounded artistry by saying, “Strauss quickly established that he is a virtuoso to be reckoned with. But amid his technical acumen, there was a genuine musician. His interpretive prowess was delightful.” Mr. Strauss has been a U.S. resident since 1996, when he began working with Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School. He has been heard on concert stages throughout Europe since his recital debut in Hamburg at the age of sixteen and has appeared as guest concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Strauss currently is a professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal. Mr. Straus says, “I started playing when I was four years. I had always responded enthusiastically to music, and my parents sent me to a music class for kids when I was three. After a year, the teacher of that class recommended that I learn an instrument and my parents suggested the violin. I was lucky to really “click” with my first teacher.”
Ilya Poletaev began studying piano in Moscow at the age of six and continued his studies in Israel until he moved to Canada at the age of 14. When TPC’s artistic director, Christian Steiner, first heard him play in 2011, he was so impressed that he immediately asked him to play at the Tannery. “Among the most significant pianists of his generation” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), Mr. Poletaev captured First Prize at the prestigious 2010 International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig. A pianist with an inquisitive mind who explores a wide range of centuries, Mr. Poletaev leads a multifaceted career as both a classically trained pianist and as a performer on early keyboards instruments. From 2005– 2010 he served on the faculty of the the Yale School of Music, as a lecturer in Early Music. In 2011, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University. Together with Axel Strauss, he has recorded the complete works of George Enescu for violin and piano on the Naxos label. On the subject of how he became a pianist, he says “I started playing piano at age six with great reluctance because I wanted to play the violin but my mother couldn’t stand the scratching and the out-of-tune playing.”
Clarinetist Todd Palmer has appeared as a recitalist and lecturer at major performing arts centers and universities and has been involved in an array of creative and diverse artistic presentations throughout his career. He has collaborated with numerous composers of renown, including Thomas Adès, Ned Rorem, and Osvaldo Golijov. He commissioned Ricky Ian Gordon’s theatre work Orpheus and Euridice, which was presented at Lincoln Center, Chicago Opera Theater and Long Beach Opera, and gave the premiere of David Bruce’s Gumboots at Carnegie Hall with the St. Lawrence Quartet.
Mr. Palmer has performed concerto, recital and chamber music performances in Europe, Asia and South America. He has been a participant for 20 years at Spoleto Festival USA and has performed at many other summer music festivals, including the Marlboro Music Festival and Tanglewood. In addition to a wealth of chamber music performances, he has also held principal clarinet positions in the Minnesota Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and in Lincoln Center’s revivals of South Pacific and The King & I. As an arranger for a variety of ensembles, Palmer has had many of his works performed throughout the country as on NPR’s Performances Today.
DARIUS MILHAUD Suite, Op. 157b
AARON COPLAND Sonata for violin & piano
SAMUEL BARBER Selection of Hermit Songs, Poems read by Markus Hirnigel
IGOR STRAVINSKY L'Histoire du Soldat
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