The Program

Apex Concerts presents a bombshell program that takes the audience on a truly wild ride through the widest variety of genres, geography, time and instrumentation. Each composition is also an unexpected amalgam. Ravel's Tzigane is French refinement with Gypsy improvisation and virtuosity. Villa-Lobos's "Jet Whistle" is a ride along a Brazilian railroad. Nino Rota's Flute Trio is an American masterpiece by the composer behind The Godfather Trilogy. Handel's Passacaglia is transcribed into a virtuoso showcase by the Norwegian violinist Johan Halvorsen. And the finest example of Soviet jazz - yes, Soviet jazz – is in Kapustin's Trio. The incredible Demarre McGill, principal flute of Seattle Symphony and the violin superstar Angelo Yu will bring these works to life.

  • Ravel: Tzigane for Violin and Piano (1924)
  • Villa-Lobos: Assobio a Jato for Flute and Cello (1950)
  • Nino Rota: Trio for Flute, Violin and Piano (1958)
  • Handel-Halvorsen: Passacaglia for Violin and Cello (1893)
  • Kapustin: Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano, Op. 86 (1998)

The Artists

Demarre McGill, flute

Demarre McGillDemarre McGill is a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Diego and Baltimore symphony orchestras and at age 15, the Chicago Symphony. In 2018 he performed and presented master classes in South Africa, Korea and Japan, was soloist with the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall and on May 20, 2018 performed with the Cathedral Choral Society at the National Cathedral in Washington DC in a program entitled "Bernstein the Humanitarian.”

Now, principal flute of the Seattle Symphony, he previously served as principal flute of the Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra and Santa Fe Opera Orchestra. He recently served as acting principal flute of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and earlier with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

A founding member of The Myriad Trio and former member of Chamber Music Society Two, Demarre has participated in the Aspen, Santa Fe, Marlboro, Seattle and Stellenbosch chamber music festivals, to name a few. He is the co-founder of The Art of Élan and along with clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Michael McHale, founded the McGill/McHale Trio in 2014. Their first CD, "Portraits," released in August 2017, has received rave reviews.

Media credits include appearances on PBS's Live from Lincoln Center, A&E Network's The Gifted Ones, NBC's Today Show, NBC Nightly News and with his brother Anthony when they were teenagers, on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

A native of Chicago, Demarre McGill began studying the flute at age seven and attended the Merit School of Music. In the years that followed, until he left Chicago, he studied with Susan Levitin. He received his Bachelor’s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and a Master's degree at The Juilliard School. In September 2017, he was named Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

Angelo Xiang YuWinner of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, Angelo Xiang Yu has received consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience response for his solo recitals and orchestral and chamber music performances. Highlights of his 2018-19 season include debuts with the Rochester Philharmonic and the Sacramento, Spokane, Baton Rouge and South Florida symphonies. He has also performed with orchestras in Pittsburgh, Toronto, Vancouver, Denver and Houston, as well as with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, New Zealand Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. An active recitalist and chamber musician, he has appeared in recital in Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Singapore, Shanghai, Auckland, Chicago, Pittsburgh and in March 2018 he performed in Boston’s Jordan Hall under the auspices of the Chinese Cultural Foundation. During summer 2018, he made debuts at Music@Menlo, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and the Sarasota Music Festival. He has also performed at Chicago’s Grant Park Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest in Oregon, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland and the Bergen Festival in Norway. Born in Inner Mongolia, China, Yu studied with Qing Zheng at the Shanghai Conservatory. He earned his Bachelor’s degree, Master's degree and artist diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Donald Weilerstein, Miriam Fried and Kim Kashkashian. A resident of Boston, he performs on a 1729 Stradivarius violin generously on loan from an anonymous donor. This season he joins The Bowers Program (formerly Chamber Music Society Two).

Dmitri Atapine, cello

Dmitri AtapineDmitri Atapine has been described as a cellist with “brilliant technical chops” (Gramophone), whose playing is “highly impressive throughout” (The Strad). 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 and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, he frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). His multiple festival appearances have included Music@Menlo, La Musica Sarasota, Pacific, Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence, Nevada and Cactus Pear, with performances broadcast in Spain, Italy, the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South Korea. His many awards include the first prize at the Carlos Prieto Cello Competition, as well as top honors at the Premio Vittorio Gui and Plowman chamber competitions. He has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Bruno Giuranna and David Shifrin. His recordings, among them a critically acclaimed world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s complete works for cello and piano, can be found on the Naxos, Albany, MSR, Urtext Digital, Blue Griffin and Bridge record labels. Atapine holds a doctorate from the Yale School of Music, where he was a student of Aldo Parisot. The artistic director of Apex Concerts and Ribadesella Chamber Music Festival, he is the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Hyeyeon Park, piano

Hyeyeon ParkSelected as an Artist of the Year by the Seoul Arts Center, Hyeyeon Park has been described as a pianist “with power, precision and tremendous glee” ( Gramophone). She is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including Oberlin, Ettlingen, Hugo Kauder, Maria Canals, Prix Amadèo and Corpus Christi, and her performances have been broadcast on KBS and EBS television (Korea) and RAI3 (Italy), WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), WBJC (Baltimore) and WETA (Washington, D.C.) radio. She is artistic director of Apex Concerts (Nevada) and a professor of piano at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her first solo CD, Klavier 1853, has been released on the Blue Griffin label.

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