“Winter Dreams"

Friday, December 5, 2014
7:30 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall

  • Argenta Trio
    • Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, violin
    • Dmitri Atapine, cello
    • James Winn, piano

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The Program

 

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Sonatensatz for Violin and Piano, WoO 2 (1853)

Anton Arensky (1861-1906)
Piano Trio No.2 in F minor, Op. 73 (1905)

Fazil Say (b.1970)
Space Jump for Piano Trio (2013)

Franz Schubert (1897-1928)
Piano Trio No.2 in E flat Major, D. 929 (1827)

The Artists

 

Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin

Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio has been praised as an “expressive and passionate chamber musician” by the San Antonio Express-News, and described as a “violinist who most often takes your breath away” by Gramophone Magazine. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio enjoys a varied performing and recording career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Estonia, Sweden, Ghana, Italy, Peru, Chile and Mexico. In addition to her active performing career, Ms. Sant’Ambrogio is devoted to teaching serious young violinists, many of whom have successfully chosen careers in music. Currently she is Associate Professor of Violin and Viola at the University of Nevada, Reno.  She is also Artistic Director of Cactus Pear Music Festival, which she founded in 1997 while serving as Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony.  As First Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi, she toured and recorded internationally with them for eight seasons.

Concertmaster of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra (CA) and the Lancaster Summer Festival Orchestra (OH), Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has a discography of over seventy-five orchestral and chamber music CDs. Audiophile Review described her recent Johannes Brahms CD, The Violin Sonatas, as “Fine readings of great finesse, rich coloring and complete understanding.” Her other releases include Late Dates with Mozart; and Going Solo: Unaccompanied Works for Violin & Viola on the MSR Classics label, and Argenta Trio: The Piano Trios of Felix Mendelssohn on Bridge Records.

Ms. Sant’Ambrogio studied with and was the graduate assistant to Donald Weilerstein at The Eastman School of Music, where she received her Master of Music degree. Previously she received her Bachelor of Music degree with distinction from Indiana University as a scholarship student of Laurence Shapiro and James Oliver Buswell. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio plays a violin crafted in 1757 by J.B. Guadagnini of Milan and a 2008 viola by Jacek Zadlo of Chicago.

She and her graphic designer husband Gary Albright, enjoy exploring Lake Tahoe with their daughters, fifteen-year-old Isabel and thirteen-year-old Gabrielle, who also study music and are avid soccer players.

Dmitri Atapine, cello

Described as ”a splendid, elegant cellist, with a gorgeous sound” (Mundo Clasico), Dmitri Atapine has been hailed as a performer with “brilliant technical chops” (Gramophone), whose playing is “highly impressive throughout” (The Strad). As an avid soloist and recitalist, he has appeared on some of the world’s foremost stages, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall, the National Auditorium of Spain, to cite but a few. His performances have been broadcast on radio and TV in the USA, Spain, Mexico, and South Korea.

Highly in demand as a chamber musician, Mr. Atapine has appeared with such prestigious organizations as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and will begin a three-year residency as member of CMS Two in 2015. His frequent festival appearances have included Music@Menlo, La Musica Festival (Florida), Nevada Chamber Music Festival,  Cactus Pear Music Festival (Texas), Banff (Canada), Great Mountains Music Festival (South Korea), Malaga Clasica (Spain), Miguel Bernal Jimenez Festival (Mexico), the French Academy in Rome (Italy), Aldeburgh (England), Aix-en-Provence (France), and Pacific Music Festival (Japan). He collaborated with such eminent artists as the Tokyo String Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Wu Han, Ani and Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, Paul Neubauer, Peter Wiley, among many others.

As a soloist Mr. Atapine has performed as a soloist with the Asturias Symphony Orchestra, the Leon Symphony Orchestra, the Gijon Chamber Orchestra, the 'Arche' Chamber Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as with Michigan State University Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras.

Mr. Atapine's multiple prizes and awards include the First Prize at the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition and the Second Prize at the Vittorio Gui Chamber Music Competition. Other accolades include Top Prize and Yamaha Special Prize at the Florian Ocampo Spanish National Cello Competition, First and Second Prizes at the 2008 New England International Chamber Competition, the Grand Prize at the 2007 Plowman Competition, the 2005 Presser Foundation Award, the First Prize and Asturias Symphony Special Prize at the 2003 Llanes International String Competition (Spain), the Yale Woolsey Hall Competition, and the First Prize at the Sahagun International Music Competition at age 13.

Mr. Atapine's keen interest in contemporary music produced fruitful collaborations with several distinguished composers, among them Ezra Laderman, Jennifer Higdon, and Martin Bresnick. In collaboration with pianist Hyeyeon Park, Mr. Atapine recently released a critically acclaimed world-premiere recording of Lowell Liebermann’s complete works for cello and piano on Blue Griffin label, leading to their presentation in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Other recordings can be found on Naxos, Albany, Urtext Digital, and Music@Menlo LIVE labels.

Born into a family of musicians, Mr. Atapine began his musical education with his parents at the age of five and soon thereafter entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory School of Music. Since 1992 Mr. Atapine is a resident of Spain, where he graduated with honors from the Asturias Conservatory under Alexander Fedortchenko. After receiving his bachelor's and master's degrees with high honors in 2002 and 2003 respectively from Michigan State University under the tutelage of Suren Bagratuni, Mr. Atapine continued his studies with the legendary cellist Aldo Parisot at Yale University School of Music, where he completed the Master of Musical Arts degree in 2005, obtained the Artist Diploma in 2006, and since 2010 holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

Currently Mr. Atapine is the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is a member of the faculty Argenta Trio. Since 2007 he serves as the Artistic Director of Ribadesella International Music Festival (Spain) and since 2010 he is the founder and Artistic Director of the Argenta Concert Series.

James Winn, piano

James Winn, piano and composition professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and principal keyboard of both the Reno Philharmonic and the Reno Chamber Orchestras since 1997, made his professional debut with the Denver Symphony at the age of thirteen, and has been performing widely in North America, Europe, and Asia ever since. With his duo-piano partner, Cameron Grant, he was a recipient of the top prize given in the two-piano category of the 1980 ARD International Competition held in Munich. Dr. Winn has been a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet, a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, of Hexagon (woodwind quintet plus piano), and the pianist and resident composer of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, as well as a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Series, the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, the Group for Contemporary Music, Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival, La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, and Bargemusic.

Well-known as a specialist in new music, he has been involved in numerous world premieres and premiere recordings of many renowned composers, among them thirteen Pulitzer Prize winners, and has had performances archived in the prestigious “Art of the States” project. He is currently a member of Argenta Trio, a regularly featured performer in the Nevada Chamber Music Festival, and appears frequently in recital with internationally acclaimed New York based violinist Rolf Schulte. An active recording artist, Winn is featured in more than three dozen CDs as soloist, chamber musician, and composer. Dr. Winn’s compositions have been performed internationally. He has received the University of Nevada, Reno College of Liberal Arts’ Mousel/Feltner award for creative activity, an Artist Fellowship Grant in composition from the Nevada Arts Council, the 2007 Award for Creative Activity from Board of Regents of the Nevada System of Higher Education, and the 2009 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

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