Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 7:00p.m.
Friday, January 18, 2013 - 8:00p.m.
A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall
East Carolina University
Richard Strauss' Sextet from "Capriccio," Op. 85
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Grande Sestetto Concertante
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70 "Souvenir de Florence"
Elina Vähälä made her concerto debut at the age of twelve with the Sinfonia Lahti in Finland. She is a first prize winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and has performed as soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, 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
Xiao-Dong Wang, artistic Director of Concertante, entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of ten and won the Menuhin International Violin Competition and the Wieniawski-Lipinski International Violin Competition by the age of fifteen. He has performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic, London Mozart Players and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, and has appeared as a chamber musician at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Aspen and Ravinia festivals. View Full Bio
Krzysztof Chorzelski, a member of the Belcea Quartet, performs regularly on the world’s most prestigious stages, including those in London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Paris and New York. He conducted Ittai Shapira’s Violin Concerto “Concierto Latino” with the London Serenata Orchestra, which was released by Champs Records in May 2011, and recently recorded a recital disc with pianist Katya Apekisheva. Chorzelski is a viola professor at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. View Full Bio
Ara Gregorian,founder and Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, 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, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Helsinki, and has performed as a member of the Daedalus Quartet and Concertante. Gregorian is Professor of Violin at East Carolina University. View Full Bio
Colin Carr, winner of the Naumburg International Competition, has appeared as soloist with orchestras worldwide including the Royal Concertgebouw, the Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony, as well as with the major orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Philadelphia and Montreal. He was a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr trio for twenty years, has performed with the Guarneri and Emerson quartets, and has appeared at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Carr is on the cello faculty at Stony Brook University in New York. View Full Bio
Michael Kannen, a founding member of the award-winning Brentano String Quartet, performs chamber music as a member of the Apollo Trio, on period instruments with the Houston-based group Context, and at many major music festivals. He is currently the Director of Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he holds the Sidney Friedberg Chair in Chamber Music. He has recorded for the CRI label. View Full Bio
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