March 27, 2014
Piano Trio Evokes The Memory Of A Great Cellist
What do cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma and nineteenth-century Russian composer Anton Arensky have in common? Answer: the Davidov Stradivarius, named for the Russian cellist Karl Davidov (1838-1889). Described by Tchaikovsky as the “czar of cellists,” Davidov was head of the St. Petersburg Conservatory when Arensky was a student there. Davidov’s priceless 1712 cello lives on through the artistry of Yo-Yo Ma, to whom it is currently on loan. The Davidov Strad's former owner was British phenom Jacqueline du Pre, who is best remembered for her definitive interpretation of the Elgar cello concerto.
Hear Arensky’s lush and lyrical Piano Trio in d minor, dedicated to Davidov’s memory, in a concert by Sonoma State University’s resident chamber artists, Trio Navarro, on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Green Music Center’s Joan and Sanford I Weill Hall.
The program also includes Schubert’s first Piano Trio in B-flat. Trio Navarro is comprised of pianist Marilyn Thompson, violinist Victor Romasevich and cellist Jill Rachuy Brindel.
Tickets are $15, parking included, with discounts for students and seniors. Admission is free for SSU students with ID. Click here to buy tickets online, or call the university box office at (707) 664-4246. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center is located at the north campus entrance at Rohnert Park Expressway near Petaluma Hill Road. Parking is available in lots O and L.
Schubert: Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, D 898
Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32
MARILYN THOMPSON, PIANO
Pianist Marilyn Thompson received her Bachelor’s Degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Adolph Baller. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to the Vienna Academy of Music, and subsequently received her Master’s Degree from Stanford University, where she studied under the Helen Evans Memorial Scholarship on a full-tuition grant. While at Stanford, she gave the West Coast Premier of Roger Sessions’ Piano Concerto. She has given countless recitals in the United States and abroad, and has been the featured soloist in concerti of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Martinu, Hindemith, Barber and others. She has performed virtually the entire standard chamber music repertoire. Her recordings include performances of the Thomas Beversdorf Cello Sonata, the Brahms Trio, Op. 87, and Ravel’s Violin-Piano Sonate. Miss Thompson has performed in chamber music concerts in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; the 92nd Street “Y” in New York City; the Philip’s Gallery, Washington D.C.; Boston’s Symphony Hall; Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco; and in the Teatro Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica. In the 1980s she was the pianist member of the Chamber Soloists of San Francisco and the San Francisco Trio. At the present time Miss Thompson is the pianist of the Navarro Trio, a group which performs frequently throughout the Bay Area. Marilyn Thompson has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music; the College of Holy Names, Oakland, California; at the University of California at Santa Cruz; and is presently on the faculty of Sonoma State University where she has taught since 1976.
JILL RACHUY BRINDEL, CELLO
Jill Rachuy Brindel has been a cellist with the San Francisco Symphony since 1980 and a co-founder and member of Trio Navarro since 1992. This ensemble was hailed as “the premier trio of Northern California” by Classical Sonoma. Ms. Brindel studied at Indiana University and Chicago Musical College and was formerly Assistant Principal Cellist of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, Principal Cellist of the Mendocino Music Festival for its first six years, cellist for the Navarro Quartet and a member of the Houston Symphony. She has performed chamber music at Kohl Mansion, the Russian River Chamber Festival, Old First Church, the Ralston Chamber Series and Chamber Music Sundaes. In 2006 she returned to the Mendocino Music Festival as Principal Cellist and chamber soloist and in 2009 she became co-director of the Emerging Artists Program at the festival. Ms. Brindel actively promotes the music of her late father, composer Bernard Brindel. She is a private instructor of cello as well as the coach for the cello section of the SFS Youth Orchestra. Ms. Brindel has given seminars on audition techniques to students at the University of Nevada at Reno and the New World Symphony.
VICTOR ROMASEVICH, VIOLIN AND VIOLA
Violinist Victor Romasevich was born in Minsk, Belarus. His mother, Lena Lubotsky, began teaching him piano at the age of four. When five, he started violin studies with Anna Silberstein. At six, he enrolled in the violin class of Mikhail Garlitsky and Lev Sharinov at The Gnesin Music School in Moscow. As a youth he studied violin with Rostislav Dubinsky of the Borodin Quartet. He continued his training at the Moscow Conservatory with Boris Belenky and Nadia Beshkina. Following his emigration to the United States in 1977, he studied at Juilliard with Ivan Galamian. In 1979 he became a violin and viola pupil of the composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov. Winner of the Gina Bachauer Prize at the 1985 J.S. Bach International Competition, Mr. Romasevich joined the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Violist in 1990, and in 1992 moved to the First Violin section. He appears frequently in recitals and chamber concerts as a violinist, violist, and keyboard player.
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