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  • A Tale of Violins


Trio for Two Violins and Cello in B flat, K. 266

Twelve Variations in F major on Mozart’s “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” for Cello and Piano Op. 66

Suite for Two Violins and Piano in G minor, op. 71

ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK (1841-1904)
Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 87

The Artists

Ani Kavafian

Violinist Ani Kavafian tours the United States, Canada, and Europe, she performs with the Kavafian/Schub/Shifrin Trio, the Da Salo String Trio, her sister Ida Kavafian, and the Triton Horn Trio. She is the concertmaster and a frequent soloist with the New Haven Symphony and is in the process of performing the cycle of the complete Mozart concertos with the orchestra. As president of the Young Concert Artist Alumni Association, she took part in the organization’s 50th anniversary concert in 2011. Her solo career has included performances with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Her recordings include the Bach sonatas with Kenneth Cooper, Mozart sonatas with Jorge Federico Osorio, and Justin Dello Joio’s Piano Trio with Carter Brey and Jeremy Denk. This past summer she took part in eight music festivals, including OK Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo, Bridgehampton, Norfolk, and Music From Angel Fire. Together with Carter Brey, she continues as artistic director of Mostly Music, the chamber music series in New Jersey. As a full professor at Yale University, she is enjoying the many successes of her students as they secure positions with major orchestras and as teachers at universities around the world. Ms. Kavafian plays a 1736 Stradivarius violin and is married to artist Bernard Mindich.

Ida Kavafian

This season violinist Ida Kavafian returns to festivals in Curaçao, Ocean Reef, FL, and Phoenix, AZ, and serves as artistic director of Music from Angel Fire for her 28th season. Also on her calendar are numerous solo and chamber music activities both national and international, including recitals and performances of the Beethoven Triple Concerto and Fire and Blood, a concerto she premiered and recorded by Michael Daugherty. Other engagements include chamber performances with her piano quartet, OPUS ONE, and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she was a student. Ms. Kavafian has toured and recorded with the Guarneri, Orion, and American string quartets and with such artists as Chick Corea, Mark O'Connor, and Wynton Marsalis. A graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Oscar Shumsky, she was presented in her debut by Young Concert Artists. During her six-year tenure with the Beaux Arts Trio, the group received a Grammy nomination and was named Musical America'sEnsemble of the Year. A faculty member of The Curtis Institute and the Bard College Conservatory, she and her husband, violist Steven Tenenbom, have also found success outside of music in breeding, training, and showing champion Vizsla dogs, including the 2003 Number One Vizsla All Systems in the US and the 2007 National Champion. She has been an Artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989.

Dmitri Atapine

Dmitri Atapine has been described as "a splendid, elegant cellist" (Mundo Clasico),   a musician with "brilliant technical chops" (Gramophone), and an artist 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 Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Auditorium of Spain. His frequent festival appearances have included Music@Menlo Music Festival, La Musica Festival Sarasota, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Aldeburgh Festival (UK), and Aix-en-Provence Festival (France) among many others, with performances broadcast on radio and television in Spain, Italy, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea.

Mr. Atapine's 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 the Premio Vittorio Gui chamber competitions. His recent engagements have included collaborations with the St. Lawrence and Parker String Quartets, as well as such distinguished musicians as Peter Wiley, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, and David Shifrin. 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 the Blue Griffin label. Other recordings can be found on the Naxos, Albany, Urtext Digital, and Bridge record labels.

Mr. Atapine obtained his bachelors and masters degrees at Michigan State University with Prof. Suren Bagratuni. He holds an Artist Diploma and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Yale School of Music, where he was a student of Aldo Parisot. The artistic director of Argenta Concert Series and the Ribadesella Chamber Music Festival in Spain, Mr. Atapine is the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a member of the faculty Argenta Trio.

Hyeyeon Park

Selected as a ‘2012 Artist of the Year’ by Seoul Art Center, pianist Hyeyeon Park has been described as a pianist ‘with power, precision and tremendous glee’ (Gramophone). She has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Japan and her native Korea. Since making her debut at the age of ten performing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with Seoul Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Park has been a soloist with Seoul Philharmonic, KNUA Chamber Orchestra and Incheon Philharmonic. Her recent concerts have been presented at the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago, the Trinity Wall Street Series in NYC, Philips Collection in Washington DC among others, leading her to venues such as Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Recital Hall, Kennedy Center and Seoul Art Center, to name a few. 

Selected as “The Most Promising Young Artist” by Korean Ministry of Education, after winning the first prize at Chosun National Competition, Ms. Park garnered top prizes in numerous international competitions as well, including Oberlin International Piano Competition, Ettlingen International Piano Competition (Germany), Hugo Kauder International Piano Competition, Maria Canals International Piano Competition (Spain), Prix Amadeo International Piano Competition (Germany), and Corpus Christi International Music Competition. Her performances have been broadcast on KBS and EBS television in Korea, RAI3 (Italy), WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), WBJC (Baltimore), WETA (Washington DC), radio and channel LOOP in the States.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Park has collaborated with such luminaries as David Shifrin, Alan Kay, Toby Appel, Paul Neubauer, Nicholas Mann, Donald Weilerstein, Ian Swensen, Amit Peled and Paul Katz, appearing at Yellow Barn Festival, Santander Music Festival (Spain), Music@Menlo Festival and Chamber Music Northwest. She is the founding member of Atapine-Park duo and Atria Ensemble, groups that respectively won the prizes at Premio Vittorio Gui International Chamber Music Competition (Italy) and Plowman Chamber Music Competition. She also recently released a world premiere recording of complete works for cello and piano by Lowell Liebermann on the Blue Griffin label.  Her two duo recordings for cello and piano with cellist Dmitri Atapine and Patrick Jee were distributed by Naxos to great critical acclaim.  A graduate of Korean National University of Arts, Yale School of Music and Peabody Conservatory, Ms. Park currently is an Assistant Professor of Piano at University of Nevada, Reno.

James Winn

Dr. James Winn, piano and composition professor at the University of Nevada, Reno 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 Japan 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 Munich Competition. Dr. Winn has been a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet, a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, and of Hexagon (woodwind quintet plus piano), 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, and Bargemusic.

Well-known as a specialist in new music, he has been involved in numerous world premieres and premiere recordings by many renowned composers, among them 13 Pulitzer Prize winners (John Adams, Michael Colgrass, Mario Davidovsky, Norman Dello Joio, Jacob Druckman, Aaron Kernis, George Perle, Wayne Peterson, Mel Powell, Joseph Schwantner, Melinda Wagner, Charles Wuorinen, and Ellen Zwilich). He is currently a member of Argenta, UNR's resident chamber trio, the pianist of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, and performs regularly 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.