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Four Seasons in the Triangle - Concert II
in association with the Smedes Parlor Series

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - 3:00p.m.
Smedes-Emory Parlor
Saint Mary's School
Raleigh, NC

Bach/Mozart’s Preludes and Fugues for String Trio, K. 404a
Ernest Bloch’s Piano Quintet No. 1
Antonín Dvorák’s Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81


Thomas Sauer, piano
Director of the Mannes Beethoven Institute, Sauer has performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Philharmonie in Berlin, and has appeared at the Marlboro, Seattle, Portland, El Paso Pro Musica and Salt Bay festivals. He has recorded for the MSR Classics, Musical Heritage Society, Centaur and Arabesque labels. Sauer is on the piano faculty at Vassar College and the Mannes College of Music. View Full Bio


Soovin Kim, violin
First-prize winner of the Paganini International Competition, Kim has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the Seoul Philharmonic. He is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Kim is the founder and artistic director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and is a professor of violin at Stony Brook University and the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University. View Full Bio


Elina Vähälä, violin
Vähälä made her concerto debut at the age of twelve with the Sinfonia Lahti in Finland. She was a first prize winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Finnish Radio Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Simon Bolivar Orchestra and the Israel Camerata. Vähälä is a professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany. View Full Bio


Ara Gregorian, viola
Founder and Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Gregorian made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and his debut as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has appeared in cities throughout the world including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Helsinki, and has performed as a member of the Daedalus Quartet and Concertante. Gregorian is Distinguished Professor of Violin at East Carolina University. View Full Bio


Zvi Plesser, cello
Plesser has performed to critical acclaim throughout North and Central America, Europe and Israel. He has performed with the Israel Philharmonic, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and has participated at the Marlboro, Cervantino (Mexico), Kuhmo (Finland), Lapland (Sweden), and the Montpellier (France) festivals. Plesser is on the cello faculty at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. View Full Bio

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