JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo No. 2 in A major BWV 1015
WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI (1913-1994)
Bucolics for viola & cello
Recitativo & Arioso for violin & piano
FAZIL SAY (b. 1970)
Sonata for violin & piano (1997)
RICHARD STRAUSS (1864-1949)
Sonata for Violin Piano in E-flat major, Op. 18
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, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio enjoys a varied performing and recording career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. Associate Professor of Violin and Viola at the University of Nevada, Reno and member of the Argenta Trio, she is also Artistic Director of Cactus Pear Music Festival, which she founded in 1997 while serving as Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony. Previously First Assistant Principal Second Violin of The Cleveland Orchestra, under Christoph von Dohnany, she toured and recorded internationally with this ensemble for eight seasons. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has a discography of over seventy-five orchestral and chamber music CDs. Audiophile Review described her recent Johannes Brahms: The Violin Sonatas CD 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. 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 2010, she won the Alan Bible Teaching Excellence Award at UNR and was also appointed Concertmaster of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra by Music Director Theodore Kuchar. In addition to her active performing career, Stephanie is devoted to teaching serious young violinists, many of whom have successfully chosen careers in music.
Cactus Pear Music Festival, presents chamber music performances, Young People’s Concerts, Kinder Konzerts, a full scholarship Young Artist Program, a Young Composer Xtreme Competition, American composer commissions and master classes in the South Texas region. In 2004, she was named a Ford Salute to Education Award winner for her outstanding contributions to music education through her creation of Cactus Pear Music Festival and her life’s dedication to private teaching. In addition to her performances as violinist, violist and Artistic Director of Cactus Pear Music Festival, Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has performed and taught at various festivals including: Music in the Vineyards (CA); Bach, Dancing and Dynamite Society (WI); Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (WA); Nevada Chamber Music Festival (NV); Round Top Festival Institute (TX) and Tuckamore Festival (Newfoundland, Canada).
Her chamber music activities have included performances and recordings with such noted artists as William Preucil, Ida Kavafian, James Buswell, Richard Goode, David Schifrin, Walter Trampler, Anne Epperson, Jon Kimura Parker and Gunther Schuller. She is featured in chamber music recordings under the Arabesque, Bridge Records and MSR Classics labels, and her live concert performances are frequently heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has performed as first violinist with the Miami String Quartet and has been a guest artist with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performing at both the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers. She toured Italy with Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project, toured extensively throughout Ohio with Cleveland’s Myriad, and for ten years performed with the Amici String Quartet, of which she was a founding member. 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 Buswell.
The name Sant’Ambrogio is frequently found in concert programs throughout America. John Sant’Ambrogio, former Principal Cellist of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, gave his daughter Stephanie her first violin lessons at the age of five. Her sister Sara is a cellist with the Naumberg Award-winning Eroica Trio. For thirty years the Sant’Ambrogio family directed Red Fox Music Camp, which was founded by grandmother Isabelle, a concert pianist. The legacy of teaching music has been passed down in the Sant’Ambrogio family for four generations. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio plays a violin crafted in 1757 by J.B. Guadagnini of Milan, Italy and a viola by Jacek Zadlo of Chicago, 2008. She and her graphic designer husband Gary Albright, enjoy exploring Lake Tahoe with their daughters, fourteen-year-old Isabel and twelve-year-old Gabrielle, who also study music and are avid soccer players.
Pianist Peter Miyamoto has already enjoyed a brilliant international career, performing to great acclaim in Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, China, and Japan, and in major US cities such as Boston, Chicago, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. In 1990 he was named winner of the Irving S. Gilmore Young Artist Award. He also won the American Pianists Association National Fellowship Competition, the D’Angelo International Competition, the San Francisco Symphony Competition and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Competition, and was a prize-winner in the National Chopin Competition.
Currently Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of Missouri, Peter Miyamoto holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music (B.M.), Yale University (M.M. and A.D.), Michigan State University (D.M.A.), and the Royal Academy of Music (A.D.) in London. His teachers have included Maria Curcio-Diamand, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Aube Tzerko, and Ralph Votapek.
He has given lectures and master classes through the Irving S. Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Amadeus Piano Festival, the American Pianists Association, and Young Audiences of America, and at major music institutions including the Colburn School, Interlochen Academy of the Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, Northwestern University, and the University of Connecticut, among many others. Internationally, Dr. Miyamoto has presented master classes and lectures in Canada, China, Greece, Japan and Serbia.
As a collaborative and chamber musician, Peter Miyamoto continues to perform with musicians from around the world, including Victor Danchenko, Lara St. John, the Euclid Quartet, and members of the Borromeo Quartet. He is a former member of both the August and Beaumont Trios, and was a founding member of the Quadrivium Players (resident chamber group of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), a group dedicated to building a new generation of classical music lovers through innovative programs linking classical music with other art forms such as literature, painting, sculpture, and philosophy.
Dr. Miyamoto previously served on the faculties of Michigan State University and California Institute of the Arts. He continues to serve as head of the piano department of the New York Summer Music Festival (nysmf.org). His CDs, Chopin: Ballades and Fantasies and A Schubert Recital, released on the Blue-Griffin Label (blue-griffin.com), have received outstanding reviews in major recording review periodicals including American Record Guide (January/February 2009), Gramophone (April 2009), and International Record Review (March 2009).
John Sant'Ambrogio has enjoyed an illustrious career as a cellist in top orchestras, chamber ensembles and as a pedagogue for over five decades. Appointed Principal Cello of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1968 after being a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for nine years, Mr. Sant'Ambrogio has served as Principal Cello of such orchestras as the Casals Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, the Lancaster Festival, and the Seventh Army Symphony.
In 1987, he founded and was Artistic Director of Strings in the Mountains. His discography includes chamber music and orchestral recordings on the TELARC, RCA, IMG and VOX labels. A student of Leonard Rose, Paul Olevsky and Diran Alexanian, he has passed on these pedagogies to his students, who have won jobs in major symphony orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Retiring from the SLSO in 2005, Mr. Sant'Ambrogio moved to Steamboat Springs, CO to pursue his love of skiing, hiking, cycling and photography. Still a very active chamber musician and teacher, he founded the Generations Piano Trio in 2005 with violinist Dmitri Pogorelov and pianist Judith Lynn Stillman and continues to perform throughout the country with his daughters violinist Stephanie, and cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio.