Friday, September 12, 2014
at 7:30 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall
- Argenta Trio
- Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin
- Dmitri Atapine, cello
- James Winn, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Trio in E flat Major, Op.1 No.1 (1795)
Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
Phantasie Trio in C minor, H. 79 (1907)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8 (1854)
Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin
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
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 Apex Concerts.
James Winn, piano
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.