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MUSIC FROM THE RUSSIAN THAW April 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm 路 Morse Recital Hall

Robert Blocker, Dean

april 7, 2013 · 8:00 pm


edison denisov 1929–1996

Ode for clarinet, piano and percussion, Op. 27 (1968)

Three Pieces for cello and piano, Op. 26 (1967) I. Lento II. Allegro III. Lento

valentin silvestrov b. 1937

Elegy for piano (1967)

Postludium for cello and piano (1982)

arvo pärt b. 1935

Für Alina for piano (1976)

Fratres for violin and piano (1977)

boris berman, piano

with Gleb Kanasevich, clarinet • Shawn Moore, violin • James Kim, cello Gregory Vartian-Foss, double bass • Garrett Arney, percussion • Mari Yoshinaga, percussion


tigran mansurian b. 1939

Testament for cello and piano (2004)

alfred schnittke 1934–1998

Piano Sonata No. 2 (1991) I. Moderato II. Lento III. Allegro moderato

Serenade for clarinet, violin, double bass, piano, and percussion (1968)

As a courtesy to the performers and audience members, turn off cell phones and pagers. Please do not leave the hall during selections. Photography or recording of any kind is not permitted.

artist profiles

Pianist Boris Berman is well known to the audiences of close to fifty countries on six continents. He regularly appears with leading orchestras, on major recital series, and in important festivals. He studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished pianist Lev Oborin. An active recording artist and a Grammy nominee, Boris Berman has previously recorded all the works on tonight’s program. Mr. Berman was the first pianist to record the complete solo works by Prokofiev (Chandos). Other acclaimed releases include all the Scriabin piano sonatas (Music and Arts) and a recital of Shostakovich piano works (Ottavo), which received the Edison Classic Award, the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy. The recording of three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Neeme Järvi conducting (Chandos), was named Compact Disc of the Month by CD Review. Other recordings include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Franck, Weber, Debussy, Stravinsky, Schnittke, Shostakovich, Joplin, and Cage. In 1984, Mr. Berman joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music, where he is professor of piano, coordinator of piano, and music director of the Horowitz Piano Series. He also gives master classes throughout the world, and in 2005 he was named an honorary professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2000, Yale University Press published Mr. Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, which has since been translated into several languages. In 2008, the same publisher released Mr. Berman’s book Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer.

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Belarus-born clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree in clarinet at the Yale School of Music with David Shifrin. He has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Belarus National Philharmonic, Peabody Symphony Orchestra, Peabody Chamber Orchestra, and more. He has appeared as a fellow, student artist with honors, or visiting artist at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, soundSCAPE Festival, Moritzburg Festival, Klangspuren Schwaz, and more. A recipient of numerous awards and honors as a clarinetist and a composer, he currently serves as a clarinetist/composer with Lunar Ensemble (a Baltimore-based ensemble interpreting contemporary music) and is under management with Chesapeake International Artists. A keen chamber musician, American violinist Shawn Moore has attended the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival three times. In 2011 he recorded two albums with the Kalmia String quartet featuring Shakespeare’s Memory and other works by Joseph Summer. The albums were released by Parma and Albany records in 2012. A graduate of the Bard College Conservatory, he also received a degree in Asian Studies, with a focus on China. He was a guest lecturer (in Mandarin) for the Bard Music Festival’s 2012 China tour. Shawn is a teaching fellow at Yale and also maintains a private studio. This past summer, he was invited to join the faculty of the inaugural edition of the International Music Festival of Colon, Venezuela, where he performed, taught, and worked with students of El Sistema. In January 2013, Shawn performed in Costa Rica and worked with students from SiNEM, the Costa Rican music initiative modeled on El

Sistema. Shawn Moore has studied with Cyrus Forough and Ida Kavafian,. and is currently studying with Ani Kavafian at the Yale School of Music, where he is pursuing a Master’s degree. Cellist James Kim is the winner of many prizes, including the 2012 Sony USA Foundation Career Grant, the First Prize at the 2009 Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, First Prize at the 2006 International David Popper Cello Competition in Várpalota, Hungary, and Second Prize at the 2009 Blount-Slawson Concerto Competition in Montgomery, Alabama. Born in Seoul, Korea in 1993, James Kim began his studies in 2002 with Susan Moses at Indiana University in Bloomington, where he also received tutelage from Janos Starker. At the age of 11 he won a local competition and performed the Haydn Cello Concerto in C major with orchestra. In 2007 he enrolled at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts, where he studied with Laurence Lesser. He currently studies with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music. Gregory Vartian-Foss performs on the double bass, electric bass, and the viola da gamba. His career has taken him to Walt Disney Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, and Carnegie Hall for performances of orchestral and chamber music. He maintains avid interest in chamber music, contemporary repertoire, and performing with historically informed ensembles. Greg graduated from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music on a Dean’s scholarship and currently attends the Yale School of Music, where he studies with Don Palma on a full scholarship. He has also studied with Bruce Bransby, Jeremy Kurtz, and

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others. He has attended the Indiana University summer music festival and the Domaine Forget Academy in Quebec. Garrett Arney is a percussionist dedicated to performing and expanding the repertoire of percussion music. He was actively involved with the commission of Alejandro Viùao’s Book of Grooves for two marimbas, and gave the world premiere with Sao Aoki in January of 2012. He has also performed new works by James Wood, John Luther Adams, and numerous young composers. In performance, Garrett is active as both a soloist and chamber musician, playing with groups comprised of mixed instrumentation as well as with the energetic Sandbox Percussion Quartet. He has performed in a number of International Solo Competitions in Austria, Germany, and the United States, as well as the New England Chamber Music Competition. He has worked with artists such as Amadinda Percussion Group, So Percussion, Mike Burritt, She-e Wu, Ji-Hye Jung, Svet Stoyanov, and Gwen Burgett. He is currently completeing a graduate degree from the Yale School of Music under the instruction of Robert van Sice. A recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, percussionist Mari Yoshinaga has performed to acclaim both in her native Japan and in the United States in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. She has worked with conductors such as Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, and Alan Gilbert. Her recent collaborations include performances with Eighth Blackbird and a world-premiere CD recording of Partita: Suite for Guitar and Percussion by Paul Lansky with guitarist David Starobin. Mari was born in Kagoshima, Japan. Immersed in music from an

early age, she began studying piano at age three, marimba at age five, euphonium at ten, cello at eleven, and other percussion at twelve. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music, where she is a member of the Yale Percussion Group directed by Robert van Sice.

upcoming events

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Yale Cellos april 10 Morse Recital Hall | Wed | 8 pm 30th anniversary concert. Aldo Parisot, director. Featuring music by Bach, Vivaldi, Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Laderman, and more. Tickets $10–20, Students $5

Serenade & Metamorphosis operations Tara Deming Christopher Melillo piano curators Brian Daley William Harold recording studio Eugene Kimball

april 11 Morse Recital Hall | Thu | 8 pm Yale in New York Preview Concert Strauss: Metamorphosen, a study for 23 solo strings; Matthew Barnson ’12dma: The Rule and Exercises of Holy Dying (world premiere); and Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings. Free Admission

Dvorák: Stabat Mater april 19 Woolsey Hall | Fri | 8 pm Helmuth Rilling, guest conductor. With the Yale Philharmonia, Yale Camerata, and Yale Glee Club. Presented by the Yale School of Music, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and Yale Glee Club. Free Admission

Robert Blocker, Dean

Music of the Russian Thaw  

Boris Berman belonged to the small group of Moscow musicians that premiered pieces by young nonconformist composers during "The Thaw," a per...