The program of diverse works was designed by cellist Misha Quint to challenge the musical versatility of the musicians, a mix of advanced, award-winning young artists and faculty from the InterHarmony Festival, which Quint founded 14 years ago.
The performers, all virtuosic musicians, include InterHarmony artist faculty members Ning An, piano; Eugenia Choi, violin; Svetlana Gorokhovich, piano; Howard Klug, clarinet; and Misha Quint, cello. The upcoming musical stars are Clarice Collins, violin; Carson Hayes, piano; Xiangyuan Huang, violin; and Shu Liu, violin.
About the Program
Showcasing a lyrical and tender side of Olivier Messiaen, "Theme and Variations" was composed in 1932 as a wedding gift for his first wife, the violinist and composer Claire Delbos. Conventionally based, it is one of the most significant of Messiaen's early works, representing the compositional techniques he had developed at that point in his career. It provoked Pierre Boulez, coming to the music at a chance hearing, to exclaim: "It was enough to inspire me with an immediate wish to study with him. I felt the force of his attraction immediately, as I say, at a single hearing."
Brahms's "Clarinet Trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor, Op. 114," is one of two works inspired by Brahm's introduction to the musical brilliance of clarinetist Richard Muhlfeld. The trio, premiered in Berlin in December, 1891, was described by Eusebius Mandyczewski, a scholar and friend of Brahms, as "it is as though the instruments were in love with each other."
Prokofiev's "Sonata for Two Violins, Op. 56," begins with a dark, Slavically lyrical first movement, which transforms to a fast, raw, fiercely dramatic second movement, before turning into a tender and simple third, and concluding with a blazingly fast coda.
The April 25 program includes three works grounded in ethnic dance forms: Pablo de Sarasate's "Introduction and Tarantella, Op. 43," during which dancer and instrumentalist demonically challenge each other's energy, and Astor Piazzolla's "Tango Suite," a blend of elements of jazz and classical music. Composer/violist Nigel Keay, a New Zealand native, now living in Paris, created his "Tarantella,"
A work for solo piano, Debussy's "Poisson d'Or " (Goldfish), composed in 1907, was inspired by a painting of a darting goldfish on a Japanese lacquer panel in the composer's study. In less than four minutes, the music moves from playful to a darker, more intense, almost violent state of mind. Rachmaninoff's "Etudes-Tableaux in E Flat minor, Op. 39, No. 5" challenges the virtuosity of its pianist, demanding unconventional hand positions, wide leaps for the fingers and extraordinary technical stamina.
Cellist Misha Quint made his orchestral debut at the age of 13 after winning first place in the Boccherini Competition in St. Petersburg. Some of the celebrated orchestras that Quint has performed with include: Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional do Brasilia, The Metropolitan Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, The National Irish Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, The Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Leningrad State Orchestra, Orchestra of Classical and Contemporary Music and the Symphony Orchestras of Latvia and Georgia. Quint has worked with an equally illustrious group of conductors, including Maxim Shostakovich, Paul Lustig Dunkel, Colman Pearce, Sidney Harth, Ravil Martinov, Camilla Kolchinsky, Yaacov Bergman, Franz Anton Krager and Ira Levin, and premiered works the most outstanding composers of today including Sophie Goubadalina, Robert Sirota, Steven Gerber, Thomas Fortmann, Nathan Davis, and Alfred Schnitke. Quint is an active chamber musician and has performed with such artists as Nikolai Znaider, Bela Davidovich, Sherban Lupu, Andrzej Grabiec, Yuri Gandelsman, Boris Kushnir, andMikhail Kopelman. Quint started founding music festivals in Europe in 1997 with the creation of The International Cello Festival in Blonay, Switzerland, followed by the Soesterberg International Music Festival in Holland in 1998. Quint established the InterHarmony Music Festival in Geneva, Switzerland in 2000, and has since moved iterations of the festival to San Francisco, the Berkshires in Massachusettes, Schwarzwald, Germany, Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany, and Tuscany, Italy. Quint is currently on the faculty of the Preparatory Division at Mannes College The New School for Music, in Manhattan. www.mishaquint.com
Pianist Ning An has been hailed by the New York Concert Review as a musician who "combines a flawless technique and mastery of the instrument with an expressive power that is fueled by profound and insightful understanding."
Described by the press as "a sensational force" (La République, France), a "technical virtuoso" (Berliner Morgenpost, Germany), and a "must see" (Chicago Tribune), violinist Eugenia Choi has been attracting international recognition since her solo concerto debut with orchestra at age ten. Miss Choi regularly performs as a concerto soloist and chamber musician at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia, Symphony Hall in Boston, Kravis Center in Palm Beach, Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, Vienna Saal-Mozarteum in Austria, Teatro Municipale in Santiago, Chile, Tokyo International Forum, Nobel Peace Prize Hall in Oslo, and her favorite, the Palais de Fontainebleau in France. Eugenia also enjoys collaborating with a wide range of artists including tap artist Savion Glover, jazz prodigy Jon Batiste, the Monteverdi String Quartet, and The Knights chamber ensemble. Eugenia studied at the Juilliard School in New York, where she received her Doctorate, Masters, Bachelors, and Pre-College degrees. She has since served on the violin faculty at New York University and the University of British Columbia. Dedicated to community outreach, Eugenia has represented New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for six years by bringing concerts to underserved urban communities. www.eugeniachoi.com
Pianist Svetlana Gorokhovich has performed in international music festivals in Holland, Germany, Italy and New York. She has worked with Misha Quint since 2005. Her latest performances include recitals in Zankel Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Ridotto Music Series. Gorokhovich received her music training in the Kazan State Conservatory and her Ph.D. from St. Petersburg State Conservatory, studying with distinguished professor Tatiana Kravchenko. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1989. Gorokhovich was the 1997 winner of the Bartok-Kabalevsky-
Clarinetist Howard Klug is Professor of Clarinet in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Bloomington. A former member of the US Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., where he was a featured soloist on flute, clarinet and saxophone, Howard Klug was also the principal clarinetist of the Fresno Philharmonic, Bear Valley Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. He was also a member of the Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony. Howard Klug has been a concerto soloist with the Fresno Philharmonic (on flute and clarinet), the Bear Valley Festival Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Camerata Orchestra, Belgian Radio Orchestra and the Kamerorkest of the Staatsacademie of Vilnius. His extensive chamber music affiliations have included the Illinois Trio, the Illinois Woodwind Quintet, the Chicago Ensemble, Trio Indiana and fourte'. He regularly gives master classes in Vienna and London, as well as at the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Germany.