"Return to Mozart"

Thursday, May 4, 2017
at 7:30 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on Tour
    • David Shifrin, clarinet
    • Bella Hristova, violin
    • Danbi Um, violin
    • Mark Holloway, cello
    • Dmitri Atapine, cello
    • Gloria Chien, piano

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The Program


Apex Concerts will conclude its Sixth Season by welcoming to Reno one of the nation's foremost classical music organizations: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Yale University professor and clarinetist extraordinaire David Shifrin will be joined on stage by pianist Gloria Chien, violinists Bella Hristova and Danbi Um, violist Mark Holloway, and cellist Dmitri Atapine. The evening will feature the music of Bartok, Shostakovich and Mozart. It will also serve as the presentation of our Seventh Season - not to be missed!

Béla Bartók (1881-1945) Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, Sz. 111, BB 116 (1938)
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 (1944)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Quintet for Clarinet & Strings in A major, K. 581 (1789)

The Artists


David Shifrin, clarinet

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A Yale University faculty member since 1987, clarinetist David Shifrin is artistic director of Yale's Chamber Music Society series and Yale in New York, a concert series at Carnegie Hall. He has been an Artist of the Chamber Music Society for 23 years and served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004, inaugurating the CMS Two program and the annual Brandenburg Concerto concerts. Currently in his 32nd season as artistic director of Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, he has collaborated with the Guarneri, Tokyo, and Emerson string quartets and is a member of the Kavafian-Schub-Shifrin Trio. Winner of the Avery Fisher Prize, he is also the recipient of a Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A top prize winner in competitions throughout the world, including Munich, Geneva, and San Francisco, he has held principal clarinet positions in The Cleveland Orchestra and the American Symphony under Leopold Stokowski.  His recordings have received three Grammy nominations and his performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra was named Record of the Year by Stereo Review. He has also released two CDs of Lalo Schifrin's compositions, one of which was nominated for a Latin Grammy. At home with the work of such contemporary composers as John Adams, Joan Tower, Bruce Adolphe, and Ezra Laderman, Mr. Shifrin commissioned a concerto from Ellen Taaffe Zwilich that he premiered at CMS and with the Buffalo Philharmonic in 2002. He is a Yamaha performing artist.


Bella Hristova, violin

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Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career. Her 2015-16 season features a mix of concerto, recital and chamber music performances, as well as educational outreach activities. She showcases her wide-ranging repertoire this season, as she performs over ten different concertos, from Barber and Kevin Puts to Sibelius and Mozart, as well as the world premiere of a concerto by David Ludwig. She has performed extensively as soloist with orchestra including with Pinchas Zukerman and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Lincoln Center, and with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo at Carnegie Hall. Her most recent recording, Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records), features works for solo violin by Corigliano, Kevin Puts, Piazzolla, Milstein, and J. S. Bach. In addition to a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, she is the recipient of numerous honors, including first prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, YCA's Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, First Prize of the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She attended the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Ida Kavafian and studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom. She received her artist diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University in 2010. A former member of CMS Two, Ms. Hristova plays a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.


Danbi Um, violin

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Violinist Danbi Um has appeared as a soloist with the Israel Symphony, Vermont Symphony, Herzliya Chamber Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, and Dartmouth Symphony, and in venues such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Kumho Arts Hall, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Bennett Gordon Hall of the Ravinia Festival, and the Seattle Chamber Music Society. She is a winner of Astral Artists' 2015 National Auditions and is a member of Chamber Music Society Two. With CMS, she has performed at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Alice Tully Hall, Harris Theater, and St. Cecilia Music Center. An avid chamber musician, she has made appearances at Marlboro, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, Prussia Cove, Caramoor, and North Shore Chamber Music Festival. She tours frequently with Musicians from Marlboro and has performed with the Jupiter Chamber Players. She received second prize in the Young Artists Division of the Menuhin International Violin Competition, and third prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. At age ten she was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she graduated with a bachelor's degree, and she also holds an artist diploma from Indiana University. Her teachers include Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joseph Silverstein, Jaime Laredo, and Hagai Shaham. She plays a 1683 "ex-Petschek" Nicolo Amati violin, on loan from a private collection.


Mark Holloway, cello

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Violist Mark Holloway is a chamber musician sought after in the United States and abroad. He has appeared at prestigious festivals such as Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Caramoor, Banff, Cartagena, Taos, Music from Angel Fire, Mainly Mozart, Alpenglow, Music at Plush, Concordia Chamber Players, and with the Boston Chamber Music Society. Performances have taken him to far-flung places such as Chile and Greenland, and he plays regularly at festivals in France, Switzerland, and at the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England. Around New York, he has frequently appeared as a guest with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus. Mr. Holloway has been principal violist at Tanglewood and of the New York String Orchestra, and has played as guest principal of the American Symphony, Riverside Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Camerata Bern, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has performed at Bargemusic, the 92nd Street Y, the Casals Festival, Tertulia, with the Israeli Chamber Project, and on radio and television throughout the Americas and Europe, most recently a Live From Lincoln Center broadcast. Hailed as an "outstanding violist" by American Record Guide, and praised by Zürich's Neue Zürcher Zeitung for his "warmth and intimacy," he has recorded for the Marlboro Recording Society, CMS Live, Music@Menlo LIVE, Naxos, and Albany labels. A former member of Chamber Music Society Two, Mr. Holloway was a student of Michael Tree at The Curtis Institute of Music and received his bachelor's degree from Boston University.


Dmitri Atapine, cello

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Dmitri Atapine has been described as a cellist with "brilliant technical chops" (Gramophone), 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 Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, he has appeared with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and his frequent festival appearances have included Music@Menlo, La Musica Sarasota, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, and Aix-en-Provence Festival, with performances broadcast on radio and television in Spain, Italy, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea. His 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 Premio Vittorio Gui chamber competitions. His recent engagements have included collaborations with such distinguished musicians as Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Bruno Giuranna, David Shifrin, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. His recordings, among them a world premiere of Lowell Liebermann's complete works for cello and piano, can be found on the Naxos, Albany, MSR, Urtext Digital, BlueGriffin and Bridge record labels. Mr. Atapine holds the doctorate degree from Yale School of Music, where he was a student of Aldo Parisot. Born into a family of musicians, his teachers have included Alexander Fedortchenko and Suren Bagratuni. The Artistic Director of Ribadesella Chamber Music Festival and Apex Concerts, he is the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and is a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two program.


Gloria Chien, piano

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Picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the year, "… who appears to excel in everything," pianist Gloria Chien made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since then she has appeared as a soloist under the batons of Sergiu Comissiona, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Dausgaard, and Irwin Hoffman. She has presented concerts at Alice Tully Hall, Library of Congress, Isabelle Stewart Gardner Museum, Phillips Collection, Jordan Hall, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Savannah Musical Festival, Kissingen Sommer, Dresden Chamber Musical Festival, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with artists such as David Shifrin, Daniel Hope, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Jaime Laredo, James Ehnes, Roberto Díaz, David Finckel, Jan Vogler, Soovin Kim, Radovan Vlatkovic, and Carolin Widmann, and the St. Lawrence, Miró, Pacifica, and Brentano quartets. She also recently released a CD with clarinetist Anthony McGill. In 2009 she launched String Theory, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, as its founder and artistic director. The following year, she was appointed director of the chamber music institute at the Music@Menlo festival by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. A native of Taiwan, Ms. Chien is a graduate of the New England Conservatory, where she was a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an artist-in-residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and a Steinway Artist.


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