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BSO Musicians in Recital from TanglewoodCopland, Lee and Brahms

BSO Musicians in Recital from Tanglewood
Copland, Lee and Brahms

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In addition to working together in their usual large-ensemble setting, the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s individual musicians frequently perform as soloists or together in chamber music, a pursuit requiring a different, more intimate mode of musical collaboration. BSO Associate Principal Flute Elizabeth Ostling performs two American works. Aaron Copland’s 1967 Duo features both the pastoral lyricism and the rhythmic bounce so characteristic of the composer. The Michigan-born composer James Lee III drew on his strong relationship with Brazil’s music and musicians for his Chôro sem tristeza, “lament without sadness.” Johannes Brahms’s F minor piano quintet began life as a string quintet before Brahms realized he needed the contrasting power of his own instrument, the piano, to bring the piece to its full potential. It today stands as one of the great chamber music works in the repertoire.

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Lauren Ambrose, host
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Lauren Ambrose has been seen on Broadway in Awake and Sing! and Exit the King. She also appeared Buried Child at London's National Theatre and in The Public Theater's Romeo and Julietand Hamlet. Her film work includes Where the Wild Things Are, Wanderlust, Sleepwalk With Me, Starting out in the Evening, I’m Coming Over, The River, Psycho Beach Party, Can’t Hardly Waitand In & Out. On television, she's best known for starring as Claire Fisher on Six Feet Under" and has also appeared on Dig, Torchwood, Law & Order and The X-Files.

Lauren Ambrose, host Elizabeth Ostling, flute
Elizabeth Ostling, flute View biography in full page >

Elizabeth Ostling joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and was named the associate principal flute in 1997. Ms. Ostling grew up in Ridgewood, NJ, and graduated in 1994 from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was a student of Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. During her freshman year at Curtis, she won first prize in the quadrennial Koussevitzky Competition for Woodwinds. She spent a summer with the National Repertory Orchestra and was a featured soloist during the Festival of Contemporary Music as a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. Ms. Ostling has been featured in Boston Symphony performances of Frank Martin's Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments and has also performed as soloist with the Boston Pops and New Jersey Symphony orchestras, the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, and the Masterworks Festival Orchestra. A frequent performer in solo and chamber recitals, she has appeared locally with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players and the Boston Artists Ensemble. She has premiered three works written for her: at Jordan Hall, Michael Gandolfi's Geppetto's Workshop for flute and piano and Dan Coleman's Pavanes and Symmetries for flute and orchestra, and at Gordon College, Jeremy Begbie's Good Measure for flute and piano, after a poem by Malcolm Guite. In May 2017, Ms. Ostling graduated summa cum laude from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a master's degree in spiritual formation, having studied Christian piety in various eras of church history, lived out by individuals such as the Stockbridge, MA, Puritan missionary Jonathan Edwards and the composers Hildegard of Bingen and Olivier Messiaen. She has lectured on "Christ and the Arts" at the Institute for Christian Unity, and performed in lecture events for Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts. Ms. Ostling is on the flute faculty of Boston University.

Elizabeth Ostling, flute
Randall Hodgkinson, piano
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Grand prize-winner of the International American Music Competition sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and Carnegie Hall, pianist Randall Hodgkinson has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops, the Atlanta Symphony, the Iceland Philharmonic, and the Orchestra of Santa Cecilia in Rome. Among his many solo and collaborative recordings are "Petrouchka and Other Prophecies" (featuring music of Stravinsky, Chopin, Schumann, and Beethoven), which was awarded a double five-star rating by BBC Magazine; Dawn Upshaw's Grammy Award-winning "The Girl with the Orange Lips"; the Beethoven cello sonatas with BSO cellist Jonathan Miller, and Leo Ornstein's complete music for cello and piano with cellist Joshua Gordon. Mr. Hodgkinson has appeared at numerous festivals, including BargeMusic, the Santa Fe Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and Mainly Mozart in La Jolla, California. He performs the two-piano and four-hand repertoire with his wife, Leslie Amper, and the piano trio repertoire with the Gramercy Trio. An artist member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, he is on the faculties of the New England Conservatory of Music, the Longy School in Cambridge, and Boston University. Mr. Hodgkinson has appeared as orchestral pianist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on many occasions, and was soloist with the BSO in performances under Seiji Ozawa of Bartók's Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra at Symphony Hall in October 2001, followed by performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia in April 2002.

Randall Hodgkinson, piano Alexander Velinzon, violin
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A native of St. Petersburg, violinist Alexander Velinzon joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in January 2000, became assistant concertmaster in 2005, and was promoted to associate concertmaster in 2015. Since then he has played as concertmaster under the direction of James Levine, Kurt Masur, Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, and other leading conductors. In addition, he has been invited to play as concertmaster with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Orchestra, and NDR Radio Philharmonic. An active performer of chamber music, Mr. Velinzon is a member of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and has appeared with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. He has been seen playing chamber music in Europe, Japan, and the United States, and since 2009 has been a member of the LiveArts string quartet.
Mr. Velinzon began playing the violin at the age of six and graduated from the Leningrad School for Gifted Children. After coming to the United States, he continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music and received bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School, working under the guidance of the renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. He made his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Artist International Young Artists Auditions, after which Strad Magazine described his playing as "very musical and intensely serious." A prizewinner in the Heida Hermann International Competition in the United States and the Tibor Varga International Competition in Switzerland, he has performed as soloist with the National Symphony of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic and in Venezuela; made his New York debut with the Jupiter Symphony playing a Paganini concerto, and served as soloist/concertmaster for the Paul Taylor Dance Company at New York's City Center. Mr.Velinzon's other solo engagements in the United States have included appearances with the Rondo Chamber Orchestra, Absolute Ensemble, Chappaqua Symphony, and the Metamorphoses Orchestra.

Alexander Velinzon, violin
Bracha Malkin
Bracha Malkin View biography in full page >

Violinist Bracha Malkin joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2016-17 season; she has performed worldwide in recital as well as with orchestras in Europe, Russia, Israel, South America, and Japan. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Malkin collaborated with Yuri Bashmet, Irena Grafenauer, Gary Hoffman, and Lynn Harrell in Germany at the Kronberg Academy's "Chamber Music Connects the World 2008." She spent two summers at the Marlboro Music Festival, and has performed at the Menton Music Festival in France, the Delft and Storioni festivals in the Netherlands, and the Academy of Music Summer Festival in Nyack, New York. A prizewinner at the Wieniawski and Paganini International violin competitions, she is a member of the Malkin Duo. Ms. Malkin studied with her father, Isaac Malkin, at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege as well as with Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music, Miriam Fried at Indiana University, and Boris Belkin at the Maastricht Conservatory in the Netherlands.

Bracha Malkin Cathy Basrak, viola
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A native of the Chicago area, Cathy Basrak earned her bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in spring 2000. Ms. Basrak's teachers include Joseph de Pasquale, principal viola of the BSO from 1947 to 1964, and Michael Tree of the Guarneri String Quartet. She has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. In addition, she has performed with the Brandenburg Ensemble and Boston's Metamorphosen Ensemble and appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago, Detroit, and Bavarian Radio symphony orchestras, and Boston Pops with John Williams. Ms. Basrak has won several awards, including Grand Prize in the Seventeen Magazine/General Motors National Concerto Competition, First Prize in the William E. Primrose Memorial Scholarship Competition, First Prize in the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and Second Prize in the 46th International Music Competition of the ARD in Munich. Ms Basrak teaches at the Boston Conservatory and Boston University and also coaches chamber ensembles at New England Conservatory.

Cathy Basrak, viola
Blaise Déjardin, cello
Blaise Déjardin, cello View biography in full page >

Strasbourg-born cellist Blaise Déjardin was appointed principal cello of the Boston Symphony Orchestra by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons in spring 2018, having joined the BSO’s cello section in 2008. Previously, Déjardin was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. He was a founding member of the Boston-based string orchestra A Far Cry, and in 2010 he founded the acclaimed Boston Cello Quartet with three BSO colleagues. He has arranged numerous pieces for cello ensembles, earning four ASCAP Plus Awards and receiving commissions from Yo-Yo Ma, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and A Far Cry. In 2013 he launched Opus Cello, his online sheet music publishing company. He has served as artistic director of the Boston Cello Society since its creation in 2015. Mr. Déjardin has performed as soloist with orchestra around the world. In 2008 he gave the U.S. premiere of French composer Edith Canat de Chizy’s Formes du vent for solo cello. A dedicated chamber musician, he spent two summers at Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists. He holds a first prize in Cello with highest honors from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris, as well as a master of music diploma and a graduate diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston. His main teachers were Philippe Muller, Laurence Lesser, and Bernard Greenhouse. Mr. Déjardin made his debut with orchestra at age fourteen performing Haydn’s C major concerto at the Corum in Montpellier, France. Among his numerous awards and honors, he was awarded first prize at the Maurice Gendron International Cello Competition and was also the youngest prizewinner at the 6th Adam International Cello Competition in New Zealand. In 2007 he made his Paris recital debut at Le Petit Palais as a laureate of the program Declic supporting emerging young soloists in France. He has taught privately and at the New England Conservatory and Tanglewood Music Center. Please visit www.blaisedejardin.com for more information.

 

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Blaise Déjardin, cello Jonathan Bass
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Pianist Jonathan Bass appears frequently throughout the United States as soloist and chamber musician. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the Boston Esplanade Pops at Symphony Hall on four occasions, and the North Carolina Symphony at the Appalachian Summer Music Festival. Mr. Bass gave his New York debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall as the first-prize winner of the 1993 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition. Recitals in other major cities include Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Miami, San Jose, Tulsa and Washington, D.C. He has been featured on National Public Radio's "Performance Today", the McGraw-Hill Artists Showcase on WQXR in New York, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts series on WFMT in Chicago, and on WGBH in Boston. Internationally, he has performed in China, Israel, Japan, Poland, Spain, and Russia. Of his first piano CD, Gramophone Magazine wrote: "Superbly played Bach and Chopin with haunting music by Pinkham." Of his second CD, Larry Bell's "Reminiscences and Reflections", Music Web wrote, "Jonathan Bass plays superbly throughout and proves an eminent and convincing advocate of Bell's consistently fine and attractive music.”

Jonathan Bass’s 2016-2017 concerto engagements included the Strauss Burleske with the Danville (Illinois) Symphony, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2with the Midcoast Orchestra (Maine), and the Beethoven Choral Fantasy with the New Philharmonia Orchestra in Newton (Massachusetts). Other recent concerts include solo recitals on the Boston Conservatory’s Piano Masters Series and at Oberlin College. Recent chamber music appearances include the Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Jordan Hall, with the Walden Chamber Players at the Nantucket Historical Association and the Kalliroscope Gallery, at the Duxbury Music Festival, with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, with the Boston Duo in Newton, Westwood, and New Marlborough, and in a Faculty Recital with violinist Markus Placci at the Boston Conservatory. Concerto performances since 2012 include Beethoven Concerto No. 5 with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jin Kim, and the Strauss Burleske and Liszt Totentanz with the Boston Civic Orchestra under conductors Taichi Fukumura and Max Hobart at Jordan Hall, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Midcoast Orchestra in Maine under conductor Rohan Smith, and with the Boston Conservatory Orchestra under conductor Bruce Hangen at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University, the Grieg Piano Concerto with the Melrose Symphony under conductor Yoichi Ugadawa, Bartok Piano Concerto No. 3with the New Philharmonia Orchestra under conductor Ronald Knudsen, and Ravel Concerto for Left Handwith the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra under conductor Cynthia Woods at Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. Solo recitals in recent seasons include the Steinway Society series at Le Petit Trianon in San Jose, California, California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Andrew Wolf Concert Series in Newton, and the James Library Concert Series in Norwell, Massachusetts.

Collaborative highlights have included multiple guest appearances with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood and at Jordan Hall in Boston, and recitals with violinist Joseph Silverstein in Salt Lake City and at Jordan Hall in Boston. He has appeared at the Chichibu International Music Festival in Japan, the Maui Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, and, in Massachusetts, the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival, and the Duxbury Music Festival. As the pianist and a founding member of the Walden Chamber Players, founded in 1997, he has performed on a variety of chamber music series, such as the Calgary Pro Musica Society in Alberta, Canada, Dumbarton Concerts in Washington, D.C., Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music in Syracuse, New York, Friends of Chamber Music in Troy, New York, Utica Chamber Music Society in Utica, New York, deBlasiis Chamber Music series in Glens Falls, New York, Howland Chamber Music Circle in Beacon, NY, Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem in Pennsylvania, Gettysburg Concert Association in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Sedona Chamber Music Festival in Arizona. Other Walden highlights include an all-Penderecki program at the Miller Theatre in New York City; a concert at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York City; a series of performances at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts; a residency at the University of Idaho; and multi-year visiting chamber ensemble residencies at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and at both Concord Academy and Worcester Academy in Massachusetts. In 2015 the Walden Chamber Players completed the second year of its ACK residency in the Nantucket public schools. The Walden Chamber Players has made three recordings, most recently “The Evolution of the American Sound”, featuring music by Aaron Copland and Ned Rorem, among others, which was released in in 2015. Walden's other CDs are the chamber music of Gerhard Schedl entitled “A Voice Gone Silent Too Soon” (2013), which Gramophone magazine praised for its “superb performances” and the chamber music of Augusta Read Thomas entitled “SunThreads” (2007).

Mr. Bass and his wife, Boston Symphony violinist Tatiana Dimitriades, perform frequently throughout New England as the Boston Duo. Mr. Bass has also given numerous performances with many members of the Boston Symphony, including concertmaster Malcolm Lowe and principal cellist Jules Eskin. Other artists with whom he has collaborated include violinists Yehonatan Berick, Sarah Chang, Andrés Cárdenes, Nicolas Datricourt, Yuri Mazurkevich, Peter Zazofsky, and cellists Iseut Chuat, Leslie Parnas, and Rhonda Rider.

Mr. Bass has also performed as orchestral keyboardist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in works by Bartok, Debussy, Henze, Orff, Messiaen, Respighi, and Stravinsky at Tanglewood, at Symphony Hall, at Carnegie Hall, and on two European Festival tours under conductors Roberto Abbado, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Bernard Haitink, and Seiji Ozawa. Other conductors he has worked with include Charles Dutoit, Jacques Lacombe, Louis Lane, Keith Lockhart, Marcelo Lehninger, Ludovic Morlot, and Thomas Wilkins.

Among the awards he has received are First Prize in the 1989 American Pianists Association Beethoven Fellowship Competition, First Prize in the 1984 American National Chopin Competition, First Prize in the 1983 National Arts Club Competition, Second Prize in the 1993 Washington International Competition, Second Prize in the 1983 Young Keyboard Artists Competition, and the Bronze Medal and Mozart Prize at the 1987 Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition. At the age of 16, he was awarded the Charles Hayden Memorial Scholarship for Piano Achievement at the Juilliard School, where he studied for nine years in the Pre-College with Richard Fabre. As a teenager, he spent four summers at Interlochen, as a student of Erno Daniel and Nelita True, and two summers at the Aspen Music Festival, as a student of John Perry. He later received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Juilliard as a student of Adele Marcus and Sascha Gorodnitzki. He also studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, and at Oberlin College. He has a Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University School of Music, where he studied with and was teaching assistant to, Menahem Pressler of the Beaux Arts Trio.

Jonathan Bass is a Professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he was Chair of the Piano Department from 2008 to 2015, and he has been on the faculty since 1993. He also gives frequent master classes in music schools throughout the country. From 2006 to 2008, he was the Chair of the Piano Department and at the Boston University School of Music and Director of the Piano Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Previously he was an Assistant Professor at San Jose State University in California. He also serves on the faculty at the New England Conservatory Division of Preparatory and Continuing Education, and the Walnut Hill School.

Jonathan Bass is a Steinway Artist.

Jonathan Bass
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