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DECEMBER 3, 2017 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

F.CHOPIN: SONGS FOR MEZZO-SOPRANO & PIANO OP 74
F.CHOPIN: NOCTURNE IN C SHARP MINOR FOR VIOLIN & PIANO
F.CHOPIN: SONATA FOR CELLO & PIANO IN G MINOR OP 65
F.CHOPIN: PIANO TRIO OP 8 IN G MINOR

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Artists:

Katarzyna SADEJ Mezzo-Soprano
Polish-Canadian Mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej was born in Wroclaw, Poland. She has sung internationally in concert, opera, chamber music, oratorio and recital. Katarzyna has performed numerous world premieres and has had over a dozen new works composed especially for her. She is a featured solo performer on the Metier Records 2013 CD and world premiere recording release of Rising at Dawn: Chamber Music with Brass by Carson Cooman, about which her performance was hailed by James Altena of Fanfare Magazine as “nothing short of enthralling.“
Katarzyna specializes in recital performance, and has performed numerous recitals in Canada, USA, England, France, Ukraine, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro.

In 2017 Katarzyna made her debut with L.A. Opera, as the Page of Herodias in Strauss’ Salome. She made her San Diego Opera debut as Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly in April 2016. In the fall of 2015, Katarzyna made her debut with The Industry, L.A.’s cutting edge contemporary opera company, as River Voice in the world premiere of HOPSCOTCH. She reprised this role in 2016 on the forthcoming recording of HOPSCOTCH to be released soon by The Industry. In the summer of 2015, Katarzyna made her debut at Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California, singing the mezzo-soprano solos in J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. She is the 2016 first prize winner of the Susan and Virginia Hawk Vocal Competition. As the 2015 winner of the Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Competition, she appeared in Chicago in August 2015, presenting an all-Polish recital with works by Chopin, Moniuszko, Paderewski, Szymanowski and Karlowicz. The award was presented by The American Council for Polish Culture, and acknowledged Katarzyna’s long-time work as a proud ambassador for Polish music.

.............................................................................................................................. Jessica GUIDERI Violin
American violinist Jessica Guideri currently serves as Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Assistant Principal Second Violin in the Pacific Symphony, and Associate Concertmaster of the Eastern Music Festival. She also performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, plays for recordings of major motion picture soundtracks, and is featured on the upcoming public television series the “All Star Orchestra,” comprised of musicians from major orchestras around the country, led by Gerard Schwarz.

Before moving to Southern California, Jessica was Associate Principal Second Violin of the Phoenix Symphony, and was awarded a position in the Seattle Symphony. She has also performed as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and was invited as guest concertmaster of the Phoenix and Santa Barbara Symphonies.

Since her Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York Youth Symphony, which James Oestreich of The New York Times called “a lovely account,” Ms. Guideri has performed as soloist with several orchestras, including the Queens Symphony, Westchester Symphony, and the Symphony Orchestra of Campinas in Brazil. She has also given numerous solo recitals, including appearances at Lincoln Center and Steinway Hall in New York.

An accomplished chamber musician, Jessica was the first violinist of the Fry Street Quartet, artists-in-residence at Utah State University. During her four years with the ensemble, they performed numerous concerts nationally and internationally, won prizes at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, were sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the U.S. Department of State as cultural ambassadors to the Balkan states, and worked with hundreds of students throughout the U.S. to promote arts education. Jessica performs each summer with the Eastern Chamber Players in North Carolina, and has performed in various chamber ensembles in such concert venues as Alice Tully, Merkin, and Weill Halls in New York.

Jessica has also served on the violin and chamber music faculties at San Diego State University, Utah State University, and the Eastern Music Festival.

Jessica received both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from the Juilliard School, where her teachers included Dorothy Delay, Masao Kawasaki, and Joel Smirnoff.

.............................................................................................................................. Eric BYERS Cello
Called “ideally eloquent” by the Los Angeles Times, cellist Eric Byers enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician, soloist, and composer. He has appeared on stages around the world including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Wigmore Hall, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne Festival, Ojai Festival, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, Mozarteum, and Esterházy Palace. Recognized with top prizes at many competitions, Byers made his solo debut at age 18 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. After studies with Alan Harris and Richard Aaron, he worked with Ronald Leonard at USC Thornton School of Music and Colburn Conservatory. He received an Artist Diploma from Juilliard.
Recent solo performances include works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Eötvös, Andrew Norman, Mark Grey, Christine Southworth, Jacob Cooper, Caroline Shaw, Alberto Ginastera, and J.S. Bach. A recent performance of ‘Lieux retrouvés’ by Thomas Adès with Gloria Cheng was called ‘magnificent’ and ‘masterful’ (Culture Spot LA). Byers also performs his own compositions for cello and electronics alongside other works. After a 2013 composition retreat at Lou Harrison’s straw bale house in Joshua Tree, Byers began to write for other ensembles as well. Sybarite5 has performed Byers’ music in venues throughout the US including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. His most recent composition is a Bach-inspired Sarabande for Sybarite5 premiered in New York in 2016.
Byers is a member of the Calder Quartet which was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2014. The group performs the work of today’s most exciting emerging and established composers in addition to the core classical repertoire. The quartet was awarded the 2009 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for their innovation in music programming. Recent recordings include Mozart Piano Concerti with Anne-Marie McDermott (2013), the chamber works of Thomas Adès (2015), and a collection of new quartets by a dozen emerging composers called Eclectic Currents (2016).
Byers has also performed with many of today’s revered artists including Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Menahem Pressler, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank, and guitarist Sharon Isben.
His teaching has included masterclasses and coachings at Juilliard, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, University of Southern California, Aspen Music Festival, and UCLA and a prior teaching residency at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Byers performs on a cello by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume made in Paris ca.1855. He is an avid rock climber in his spare time.

.............................................................................................................................. Robert Thies Piano
A pianist of “unerring, warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power” Robert Thies (pronounced "Theece") is an artist renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament. He first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. With this victory, Thies became the only American pianist to win a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn's triumph in Moscow in 1958.
Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist. He has already performed 40 different concerti with orchestras all over the world, including Russia’s Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia, and the Mexico City Philharmonic.

Thies is highly sought after as a recital partner and collaborator in both instrumental and vocal chamber music. He frequently shares the stage with members of the LA Philharmonic and the LA Chamber Orchestra. When not onstage, he is in high demand for special recording projects and also appears on the soundtracks of many film scores. He founded the Thies Consort, an ensemble that presents unique programs based on a style, composer, or other concept.

Also a dedicated teacher, Thies maintains a small private studio and serves on the faculty of the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. www.robertthies.org

.............................................................................................................................. François CHOUCHAN Piano
French/American pianist/melodist François Chouchan is no stranger to awards and fame. From the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (instructed by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and Germaine Mounier) to the Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy, his outstanding talent has been recognized all over Europe. Not only has Chouchan performed as a soloist with orchestras and Chamber Music groups in many countries, but he has also been invited to play during Master Classes by several superior Talents such as M. Rostropovitch, Nikita Magaloff, G.Sebok or Magda Tagliaferro, who all acknowledged his unique sensitivity and creativity.

In Los Angeles, where Chouchan has resided since 2007, he has performed at the LACMA Museum for the “Sundays Live Series”, at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge (with the Music Guild). He has also appeared at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, at The Zipper Hall and at the Brandeis Institute, and for the Ermitage Foundation.

Chouchan’s deep musical sensibilities. his passion, perseverance and open mind are recognized by professionals and spectators alike who regard him as an inspiring, sensitive and creative musician. He offers a “hip” approach to the classic music and his easy-going attitude and fresh approach to the genre has earned him the affection of fans of all ages, helping develop a younger audience for the art of Chamber Music.

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