"Cello Bello"

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
at 7:30 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall

Cello Bello
    • Clive Greensmith, cello
      John-Henry Crawford, cello
      Mihai Marica, cello
      Dmitri Atapine, cello
      Hyeyeon Park, piano

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The Program


The Argenta Concert Series concert on April 4 will be dedicated to celebrate the beautiful sound, versatility, and limitless capabilities of the cello. In the hands of cellists Clive Greensmith, John-Henry Crawford, Mihai Marica, and Dmitri Atapine, the Nightingale Concert Hall will resonate with diverse combinations for this instrument. Solos, duos, and trios by Bach, Popper, Offenbach, Goltermann, to name but a few, will showcase the cello in all its glory to the delight of our audiences. Clive Greensmith has ben the cellist of the distinguished Tokyo Quartet and currently is on faculty at Coburn School in Los Angeles. John-Henry Crawford is the winner of multiple competitions, performing with Philadelphia, Memphis, and Louisiana Symphonies. Mihai Marica is the winner of the Irving Klein and Luis Sigall Competitions and a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Dmitri Atapine is the professor of cello at the University of Nevada, Reno. Do not miss the events associated with this concert, such as master-classes and workshops given by our guest artist as well as a free concert by the UNR Cello Ensemble.

Georg Golterman (1824-1898) Serenade for Four Cellos Op.119 No.2
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV 1012 Prelude (1720)
Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) Duo for Two Cellos in E major, Op. 54 No. 2  
David Popper (1843-1913) Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano Op.66 (1892)
Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) Introduction and Polonaise Brillante, Op.3 (1830)
Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959) Variations on a Theme of Rossini (1942)
Jean-Baptiste Barrière (1707-1747) Sonata for Two Cellos in G major (1739)
György Ligeti (1923-2005) Sonata for Cello Solo (1953)
Wilhelm Fitzenhagen (1848-1890) Concert-Walzer Op.31 (1880)

The Artists


Clive Greensmith, cello

Cellist Clive Greensmith joined the Tokyo String Quartet in 1999 and has performed with the Quartet at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the globe. Previously, he held the position of principal cellist of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome, among others. He has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Steven Isserlis, Lynn Harrell, Alicia de Larrocha, Midori, András Schiff, and Pinchas Zukerman. A regular visitor at many international festivals, Mr. Greensmith has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and Music@Menlo. Mr. Greensmith's recording of works by Brahms and Schumann with Boris Berman was recently released on the Biddulph label. Recordings with the Tokyo String Quartet include the complete Beethoven quartets and the Mozart "Prussian" quartets. Mr. Greensmith has served on the faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music, Yehudi Menuhin School, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Yale School of Music. He is currently professor of cello and co-director of chamber music at the Colburn School and was a jury member at the 2015 Carl Nielsen Chamber Music Competition in Copenhagen. A recording of clarinet trios featuring works by Beethoven and Brahms with Jon Nakamatsu and Jon Manasse was released by Harmonia Mundi in 2014. Clive Greensmith is a member of the Montrose Trio with pianist Jon Kimura Parker and violinist Martin Beaver.


Dmitri Atapine, cello

Dmitri Atapine has been described as a cellist with "brilliant technical chops" (Gramophone), whose playing is "highly impressive throughout" (The Strad). As a soloist and recitalist, he has appeared on some of the world's foremost stages, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, he has appeared with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and his frequent festival appearances have included Music@Menlo, La Musica Sarasota, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, and Aix-en-Provence Festival, with performances broadcast on radio and television in Spain, Italy, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea. His multiple awards include top prizes at the Carlos Prieto International, the Florian Ocampo, and the Llanes cello competitions, as well as the Plowman, New England, and Premio Vittorio Gui chamber competitions. His recent engagements have included collaborations with such distinguished musicians as Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Bruno Giuranna, David Shifrin, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. His recordings, among them a world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s complete works for cello and piano, can be found on the Naxos, Albany, MSR, Urtext Digital, BlueGriffin and Bridge record labels. Mr. Atapine holds the doctorate degree from Yale School of Music, where he was a student of Aldo Parisot. Born into a family of musicians, his teachers have included Alexander Fedortchenko and Suren Bagratuni. The Artistic Director of Ribadesella Chamber Music Festival and the Argenta Concert Series, he is the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and is a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two program.


John-Henry Crawford, cello

John-Henry Crawford, 23-year-old cellist from Shreveport, LA, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Carter Brey, Principal Cellist of New York Philharmonic and Peter Wiley, formerly of the Guarneri Quartet and Beaux Arts Trio. John-Henry held the Nina and Billy Albert Fellowship at Curtis where was accepted at age 15 and served as principal cellist of the Curtis Orchestra during his senior year.

John-Henry gave his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and received praise from The Philadelphia Inquirer, stating that he “projected polished charisma and a singing sound in Prokofiev’s Symphony-Concerto.” He gave his solo European debut on the International Concert Series of the Louvre in Paris, and also was invited to perform at the Volkswagen Die Glasern Manufaktur in Dresden, Germany. Crawford won Grand Prize at the 2015 American String Teachers National Solo Competition. He was one of the top 25 competitors world-wide in the 2015 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia, with only two cellists from the U.S. chosen to compete. His most recent orchestral appearances have been Beethoven Triple with the Memphis Symphony and with the Shreveport Symphony performing the Dvorak Concerto as well as a seven concert recital tour with Steinway Artist Victor Asuncion. Some other engagements include Haydn C Major Concerto with Highland Park Strings in Illinois, and a broadcast recording on WFMT radio station in Chicago for a September 11th memorial. Last summer he was a fellow in the International Program of David Finckel and Wu Han’s Music@Menlo and also performed on the opening season of the Tippet Rise Arts Center alongside Christopher O’Riley in Montana. He collaborated with O’Riley twice on National Public Radio’s “From the Top” which featured him on the opening track of their “Best of Season 10” recording. Crawford is an active chamber musician as well having collaborated with artists such as Roberto Diaz, Malcolm Lowe, Soovin Kim, Jason Vieaux, and members of the Borromeo Quartet. He has given concerts in 25 states as well as Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico. He has been a prize winner in numerous competitions, including the Albert M. Greenfield Competition, the Lynn Harrell Competition of the Dallas Symphony, The Hudson Valley Competition, and Kingsville International. He was accepted at the prestigious Verbier Academy in Switzerland where he was the only American cellist of eight world-wide. Crawford has also been a fellow at Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico, the National Arts Centre’s Zukerman Young Artist Program in Canada, MusicAlps in France and Itzhak Perlman’s Chamber Music Program. His television performances have been broadcast on WHYY public television in Philadelphia, and he is included in the documentary “Maestro Movie.” Crawford is also interviewed and quoted in the best-selling book “The Talent Code” by Dan Coyle.  He has performed a wide spectrum of music ranging from Buxtehude and other early music as part of the Curtis Collegium, to John Adams, and Joan Tower with members of the contemporary music group Eighth Blackbird. He enjoys performing new works and commissioned a new piece titled “Another World” by Katerina Kramarchuk which he premiered in Philadelphia. In addition to his studies at Curtis, he has also studied with Andres Diaz and Hans Jorgen Jensen.

John-Henry is from a musical family and performs on a rare European cello smuggled out of Austria just weeks before Kristallnacht in 1938, by his grandfather, cellist Robert Popper. In addition to playing the cello Crawford enjoys reading, running, and performing magic tricks.


Mihai Marica, cello

Romanian-born cellist Mihai Marica is a First Prize winner of the "Dr. Luis Sigall" International Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile and the Irving M. Klein International Competition, and is a recipient of Charlotte White's Salon de Virtuosi Fellowship Grant. He has performed with orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Xalapa Symphony in Mexico, the Hermitage State Orchestra of St. Petersburg in Russia, the Jardins Musicaux Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Santa Cruz Symphony in the US. He also appeared in recital performances in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Holland, South Korea, Japan, Chile, the United States, and Canada. A dedicated chamber musician, he has appeared at the Chamber Music Northwest, Norfolk, and Aspen music festivals among others where he has collaborated with such artists as Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, André Watts, and Edgar Meyer, and he is a member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet. Mr. Marica studied with Gabriela Todor in his native Romania and with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music where he was awarded the Master of Music and Artist Diploma degrees. He is a member of Chamber Music Society Two and his three-year residency is supported by The Winston Foundation.

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