Director, Orchestral Career Studies Graduate Program
Assistant Professor, Violin, Viola
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Going Solo: Unaccompanied Works for Violin & Viola
Works by Ysaÿe, Telemann, Vieuxtemps, Kreisler, Schulhoff, Thomas, Porter, Winn, Piazzolla.
Rated four stars for performance and recording by Howard Goldstein, BBC Music Magazine, 2011. (Read the Review.)
- Audio CD: April 5, 2011
- Label: MSR Classics
- ASIN: B004VS4J3G
|1. Telemann: Fantasia No.7 in E-flat for solo violin, Dolce|
|2. Telemann: Fantasia No.7 in E-flat for solo violin, Allegro|
|3. Telemann: Fantasia No.7 in E-flat for solo violin, Largo|
|4. Telemann: Fantasia No.7 in E-flat for solo violin, Presto|
|5. Vieuxtemps: Capriccio, Op. Posth. No.9 for solo viola|
|6. Ysaÿe: Sonata for Solo Violin, Op.27, No.4, Allemanda: Lento maestoso|
|7. Ysaÿe: Sonata for Solo Violin, Op.27, No.4, Sarabande: Quasi lento|
|8. Ysaÿe: Sonata for Solo Violin, Op.27, No.4, Finale: Presto ma non troppo|
|9. Kreisler: Recitativo & Scherzo Caprice, Op.6, Recitativo|
|10. Kreisler: Recitativo & Scherzo Caprice, Op.6, Scherzo Caprice|
|11. Thomas: Incantation for solo viola (2006)|
|12. Winn: Pibroch for solo violin (2008)|
|13. Schulhoff: Sonata for Solo Violin (1927), Allegro con fuoco|
|14. Schulhoff: Sonata for Solo Violin (1927), Andante cantabile|
|15. Schulhoff: Sonata for Solo Violin (1927), Scherzo: Allegretto grazioso|
|16. Schulhoff: Sonata for Solo Violin (1927), Finale: Allegro risoluto|
|17. Porter: Suite for Viola Alone (1930), Lento|
|18. Porter: Suite for Viola Alone (1930), Allegro furioso|
|19. Porter: Suite for Viola Alone (1930), Larghetto espressivo|
|20. Porter: Suite for Viola Alone (1930), Allegro spirituoso|
|21. Piazzolla: Three Tango Etudes for solo violin, Tango Etude No. 4 Lento-Meditativo|
|22. Piazzolla: Three Tango Etudes for solo violin, Tango Etude No. 5 Allegro|
|23. Piazzolla: Three Tango Etudes for solo violin, Tango Etude No. 3 Molto marcato e energico|
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Sonata in B-flat, K.454; Sonata in E-flat, K.481; Sonata in A major, K.526
With Jim Winn, Piano
Mozart s relationship to the violin sonata can be traced to the first years of his career as a child prodigy; his first four opuses were collections of violin sonatas in the Italian style, published in Paris starting in 1764 when the composer was just eight years old. Of course, by this time Mozart was already an experienced touring violinist and these early works were probably intended for his own performances. The sonatas represented on this disc are from much later in the composer s career, long after his child celebrity days had ended, beginning when the composer as a not yet 30-year-old man was just another struggling musician competing for the limited opportunities available in Europe. Mozart had spent much of the 1770s searching for better employment than he had at the provincial court of Salzburg, where he found it difficult fulfilling his duties for church and court. His continual begging for dismissal from his employer there, the Archbishop Colloredo, ultimately paid off and he finally settled in Vienna as an independent musician in 1781. One of the first things he did after establishing himself in Vienna was to publish a set of violin sonatas. His profile was rising as a composer, but he was primarily known during these years as a virtuoso keyboard player, competing in and reputedly winning a contest played before the Emperor Joseph II in 1782 against the famous Italian Muzio Clementi.
- Audio CD: December 7, 2009
- Label: MSR Classics
- ASIN: B00305W8XO
Track List 1. Mozart: Sonata in B-flat major, K.454 - Largo: Allegro 2. Mozart: Sonata in B-flat major, K.454 - Andante 3. Mozart: Sonata in B-flat major, K.454 - Allegretto 4. Mozart: Sonata in E-flat major, K.481 - Molto allegro 5. Mozart: Sonata in E-flat major, K.481 - Adagio 6. Mozart: Sonata in E-flat major, K.481 - Allegretto 7. Mozart: Sonata in A major, K.526 - Molto allegro 8. Mozart: Sonata in A major, K.526 - Andante 9. Mozart: Sonata in A major, K.526 - Presto Available at amazon.com.
Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio & Jeffrey Sykes
- Album Notes: This compilation of 20th Century Mexican and American music is an exciting pairing of composers not often heard together. Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio, violinist for the Reno-based Argenta Trio and Artistic Director of the Cactus Pear Music Festival, and pianist Jeffrey Sykes, who is an acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, bring this interplay of musical cultures to vivid life. You will hear classic favorites like Gershwin's It Ain't Necessarily So and Ponce's famous Estrellita and at the same time be introduced to incredibly virtuosic gems such as Paul Schoenfield's Four Souvenirs and Rudolfo Hallfter's Pastorale. With the romantic melodies of songs by Amy Beach and Marroquin, and the contemplative sigh of Kevin Puts' Air, this CD takes the listener on a musical journey of emotions. Don't miss the ride!
- Original Release Date: January 1, 2003
- Label: Cactus Pear Music Festival
- ASIN: B003A548CS
- Available Format: MP3 from Amazon Digital Services; CD and MP3 from CDBaby.
Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio joined the Argenta Trio in the fall of 2007 as she began her new position as Assistant Professor of Violin & Viola and Director of the Orchestral Career Studies graduate program at the University of Nevada, Reno. Founder and Artistic Director of Cactus Pear Music Festival, Stephanie was the Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony for thirteen years, appearing annually as a soloist. Formerly First Assistant Principal Second Violin of The Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnanyi, she recorded and toured internationally with this acclaimed ensemble for eight seasons. Ms. Sant'Ambrogio has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and in the countries of Canada, Estonia, Sweden, Ghana, Italy, Peru, Chile and Mexico. In addition to her active performing career over two decades, she is devoted to teaching serious young violinists, many of whom have successfully chosen careers in music.
With her passion for chamber music, in 1996 Ms. Sant'Ambrogio founded Cactus Pear Music Festival, which presents chamber music performances, Young People's Concerts, Kinder Konzerts, a Young Artist Fellowship Program, American composer commissions and master classes in the South Texas region. In the fall of 2009 she created L-Cubed, a lunchtime art and music collaborative concert series that takes place in the Rotunda of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center and showcases the students and faculty of the University of Nevada, Reno. Ms. Sant'Ambrogio has performed and taught at various festivals including: Semanas Musicales de Frutillar (Chile); Bach, Dancing and Dynamite Society (WI); Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (WA); Nevada Chamber Music Festival (NV); Music in the Vineyards (CA); Round Top Festival Institute (TX) and Tuckamore Festival (Newfoundland, Canada). 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.
Ms. Sant'Ambrogio plays a violin crafted in 1757 by J.B. Guadagnini of Milan, Italy and a viola by William Whedbee of Chicago, 1986. In the moments when one of these instruments is not nestled under her chin, she and her husband Gary Albright enjoy life with their daughters, ten-year-old Isabel and eight-year-old Gabrielle, who have started taking music lessons themselves.