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The Academy of Music Summer Festival presents its gala concert at Le Poisson Rouge featuring an exquisite program including Mendelssohn’s string quintet in A major, Op. 18 with renowned Festival Artists: principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Jerry Grossman, violinist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Caterina Szepes, violinist/violist and Department Chair of Strings at the Manhattan School of Music, Nicholas Mann, prizewinner of the Paganini and Wieniawski International Violin competitions, Bracha Malkin, and Violin/Viola faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, Anat Malkin Almani.
In addition to the Mendelssohn, famed soprano Korliss Uecker will present a selection of classical and cabaret songs including Mozart’s L’amero, Chausson’s Le Colibri, Bernstein’s Dream with Me, Amy Beach’s Chasson D’Amor, Gershwin’s Our Love is Here to Stay as well as traditional classical arias such as O Mio Babbino Caro, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale and Norinas’s Aria Comedic Coloratura.
The Academy of Music Festival is a classical music festival that runs from June 8-22, 2014 in Nyack, New York. The festival annually presents an international program of the highest quality that fosters an appreciation of classical music through education and performance.
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Jerry Grossman has been the principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1986. He has appeared in recital, and with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout the United States. His highly acclaimed New York debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was followed by the American premiere of Kurt Weill’s 1920 Cello Sonata, leading to recording that work, as well as works by Dohnanyi, Prokofiev, Bartok, and Kodaly for Nonesuch Records. His recording of works for cello by Victor Herbert is available on New World Records. He has appeared as soloist in Carnegie Hall and on domestic and European tours with the Met Orchestra under James Levine playing Don Quixote by Richard Strauss. The performance has also been recorded for Deutsche Grammophon .
A long association with the Marlboro Music Festival, including numerous ‘Music from Marlboro’ tours and recordings, figures prominently in Mr. Grossman’s chamber music experience. He is a former member of Orpheus and Speculum Musicae, and has also appeared as a guest artist with the Guarneri, Vermeer, and Emerson String Quartets. He was the founding cellist of both the Chicago String Quartet and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. Before assuming his position at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Grossman was a member of the Chicago Symphony for two seasons and the New York Philharmonic for two seasons.
Mr. Grossman began his music studies in his native Cambridge, Massachusetts. His teachers there included Judith Davidoff, Joan Esch and Benjamin Zander. He attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied cello with David Soyer and chamber music with the other members of the Guarneri Quartet. Sandor Vegh and Harvey Shapiro were also important influences.
Mr. Grossman has held faculty positions at the Juilliard School, the State University of New York at Binghamton, and DePaul University in Chicago. He currently teaches at the Kneisel Hall Summer Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.
Violinist Caterina Maria Szepes was born in Berlin, Germany in 1967 into a musical family. Her father was an opera singer and her mother a violinist. She studied at the Karlsruhe Conservatory of Music with Prof. Ulf Hoelscher 1985-1991 and the Cleveland Institute of Music with Donald Weilerstein 1991-1993. Her recital debut on RIAS Berlin Radio in 1987 was followed by concerto performances and recitals throughout Europe, Australia and the U.S. Ms. Szepes has performed at the Taos, Marlboro, Kingston and Aspen Music Festivals and has collaborated with many artists, including members of the Juilliard and American String Quartets, Lynn Harrell, Hillary Hahn and Andres Diaz among others. She was featured on a recording for the Karlsruhe Conservatory performing the Kurt Weill Violin Concerto and in the Marlboro Music festivals 50th Anniversary CD. Since 1997 C. Szepes has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Nicholas Mann, violin, grew up surrounded by music and musicians. From an early age he has collaborated with such noted artists as Itzhak Perlman, Lynn Harrell and with his father, violinist Robert Mann and has performed throughout the United States and Canada.
Mr. Mann has performed extensively as a recitalist and soloist. In New York alone, he has appeared on the Great Performers Series at Alice Tully Hall, with Chamber Music at the “Y”, and has served as concertmaster of the Jupiter Symphony. After receiving Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School where he studied with Dorothy Delay, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1983. His participation in summer festivals includes eight years at the Yellow Barn music festival, solo performances at the Ravinia Festival, several seasons with the Aspen Music Festival and frequent engagements with San Francisco’s Chamber Music West and Colorado’s Baca Ensemble. Mr. Mann is a founding member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet. He has been a member of the faculty at the Juilliard School since 2002 and is now Chair of the String Department at the Manhattan School of Music.
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Prizewinner of both the Wieniawski International Violin Competition and the Paganini International Violin Competition, violinist Bracha Malkin has received accolades from critics and colleagues alike. She was featured in Musical America 2008 as an up-and-coming talent and was named by Henry Roth, in his book Violin Virtuosos from Paganini to the 21st Century, as one of the “gifted young violinists who are among the vanguard leading the march of violin art into the 21st century.”
Ms. Malkin has been heard in numerous performances worldwide, both with orchestra and in recital. She has appeared as featured soloist in Russia with the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony and Ural Philharmonic Orchestra; in South America with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Bogota Philharmonic and the Orquestra Sinfonica of Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo; in Israel with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Rishon Lizion Symphony Orchestra, and the Israel State Orchestra; in Europe with the Bologna Symphony and the Nederlands Promenade Orchestra;in Asia with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra; and in the United States with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Young Artists Orchestra, Hawthorne Symphony Orchestra, and the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra. She has soloed in such venues as the Concertgebouw and Carnegie Hall´s Weill Hall and has given recitals in St. Petersburg´s Kapella Hall; in Tel-Aviv and in Jerusalem; in the Winter Festival Series in Siena, Italy; and on tour in Japan, Brazil, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, and throughout the United States.
Ms. Malkin´s debut came in 1996 at New York´s Weill Hall with her sister, the violinist Anat Malkin Almani, as part of The Malkin Duo. Formed that same year, the Malkin Duo is the winner of the Artist International Auditions in New York and has performed throughout Argentina, Israel, Italy, Uruguay, Colombia and the United States. In 2008, Bracha Malkin released her first album, “Violin and Piano Sonatas” with pianist Cullan Bryant.
Bracha Malkin took her first violin lessons at the age of four as a student of her father, Isaac Malkin, continuing her training with him at the Precollege Division of the Manhattan School of Music. In 1998, she entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Aaron Rosand. After earning her Bachelor´s Degree from Curtis, Ms. Malkin was awarded a Performer Diploma with Distinction from Indiana University for her work under Miriam Fried and went on to receive her Master´s Degree from the Maastricht Conservatory as a student of Boris Belkin.
Named as one of the “gifted young violinists who are among the vanguard leading the march of violin art into the 21st century” by Henry Roth in his book entitled Violin Virtuosos from Paganini to the 21st Century, Anat Malkin Almani began her violin studies at the age of five with her father, Isaac Malkin. By the age of six, she was already performing as soloist with orchestras. At ten, she embarked on her first world tour comprised of recitals and performances with symphony orchestras throughout Norway, Mexico and the United States. Ms. Malkin Almani made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of sixteen under the baton of Alexander Schneider. Additional performances, both with orchestra and in recital, have taken her throughout Argentina, Colombia, France, Holland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.
Ms. Malkin Almani has been heard on New York radio on the McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase hosted by Robert Sherman. In the spring of 2005, she was featured in a 60-minute interview on globally broadcast Russian Television International. She has also been featured and interviewed on CBS (American television), Israeli television and Israeli radio.
An active chamber musician, Ms. Malkin Almani performs regularly with her sister, violinist Bracha Malkin, as part of The Malkin Duo. In 1996, they made their debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as prizewinners of the Artist International Auditions. Ms. Malkin-Almani also collaborates annually with well-known artists such as Emanuel Borok, David Geber, Mikhail Kopelman and Julia Lichten at the Academy of Music Festival in Nyack, New York.
In addition to her teaching at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, she is an artist faculty member of the Academy of Music Festival. She has taught in Siena, Italy and presented master classes in Argentina and in Israel.
Ms. Malkin Almani’s training includes work with Josef Gingold; Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Isaac Malkin; The Juilliard School, as a student of Cho-Liang Lin, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree; and the Maastricht Conservatorium in Holland, where she worked with Boris Belkin and received a Master of Music degree, cum laude.
The Financial Times (London) acclaimed that “Korliss Uecker, a bright and pretty American soprano, was charming, crystalline of voice and sparkling as an actress.” The Baltimore Sun has lauded “her creamy soprano and artful characterization” and the Pittsburgh Press has noted her “glittering coloratura.”
Korliss Uecker’s recent seasons include singing as soloist in a gala Victor Herbert 150th Birthday Celebration with Little Orchestra Society of New York, singing as Micaëla in Carmen with Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera, and in a gala concert with Sacramento Opera. Past highlights include Violetta with Emerald City Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Mimi in La bohème, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, the premiere of Seymour Barab’s Phillip Marshall, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, the world premiere of Peterson’s Sakajawea, Marzelline in Fidelio and the title role in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah. Other recent performances include the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with Hawaii Opera Theater and appearing as soloist with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
A frequent presence onstage at the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Uecker has performed as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (broadcast on national radio), Marzelline in Fidelio, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, Karolka in Jenufa, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and Giannetta in a telecast of L’Elisir d’amore. She sang Frasquita in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera in a performance to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Placido Domingo’s debut.
Other operatic credits of Ms. Uecker’s include Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire with Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, France; the role of Sybil in the world premiere of Lowell Lieberman’s The Picture of Dorian Gray with Opéra de Monte-Carlo; Adriana in Gli Equivoci at the Wexford Festival; and Zerlina in Don Giovanni in Caracas, Venezuela; Ännchen in Der Freischütz, with Opera Orchestra of New York; Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto with Glimmerglass Opera; Norina in Don Pasquale with Tulsa Opera; and Gilda in Rigoletto with Opera Memphis. She has also performed with Washington Opera, Dallas Opera, Santa Fe Opera and the Spoleto Festival (USA).
Korliss Uecker’s orchestral engagements have included Florent Schmitt’s Psalm 47 with the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall. She has appeared with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and several times with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has appeared at the Ravinia Festival on several occasions, including in a solo recital. Her Mostly Mozart Festival debut, in which she appeared with baritone Thomas Hampson in an excerpt from Don Giovanni, was televised nationally on Live from Lincoln Center. Ms. Uecker has been televised in concert on CBS Sunday Morning.
Korliss Uecker has recorded a CD of the lieder of Clara Schumann on the Arabesque label, a CD with the Metropolitan Opera for London/Decca and Deutsche Grammophon and the role of Jane in Babes in Toyland with John McGlinn and the EMI Orchestra in London. A native of North Dakota, Korliss Uecker received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Dakota. She studied at The Juilliard School, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees.
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