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Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

Sunday September 15, 2013

3:00 p.m.


Sasha Cooke



Radiant American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke caused a sensation as Kitty Oppenheimer in the Metropolitan Opera premiere of John Adams’s Doctor Atomic, the DVD release of which won the 2012 Grammy Award® for Best Opera Recording. She was praised in The New Yorker for her “fresh, vital portrayal, bringing a luminous tone, a generously supported musical line, a keen sense of verbal nuance, and a flair for seduction.”

During the summer of 2012, Sasha Cooke opened the Hollywood Bowl’s summer season in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Leonard Slatkin and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and also appeared at Music@Menlo and the RoundTop Festival. She appeared in the closing concerts of the Aspen Music Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival, with Robert Spano in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony and with Louis Langrée in Beethoven’s Mass in C, respectively. Returning to the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Sasha performed songs by Bernstein, Copland, Bolcom, Barber and Gershwin in the inaugural concerts of new music director Tugan Sokiev in Berlin and at the Beethovenfest in Bonn. The new season marks her San Francisco Opera debut as the title role in the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene, as well as her role debuts as Magnolia in Francesca Zambello’s production of Show Boat at Houston Grand Opera and as Sonja in Dominick Argento’s The Aspern Papers at Dallas Opera. She returns to the San Francisco Symphony in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, gives the world premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s Earth Echoes with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, appears with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center both in New York and in Mecklenberg, Germany, and sings Mahler’s Third Symphony with the Orchestre de Lyon. She also sings Bernstein’s “Jeremiah” Symphony with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony, and Alexander Nevsky with Pinchas Steinberg and the Cleveland Orchestra. She returns to the New York Festival of Song for a program exploring the lives of women, joins the Mirò Quartet for music of Respighi and Schubert with Friends of Chamber Music Denver, and sings Das Lied von der Erde with the Columbus Symphony.

Rovshan Mamedkuliev, guitar

Sunday, October 5, 2013

3:00 p.m.

Rovshan Mamedkuliev



Rovshan Mamedkuliev was born on 12th May, 1986 in Baku, Azerbaijan, laureate of All-Russia and international competitions. He started his studies in classical guitar at the age of 11. Graduated from school of art №7 and Music College named after M. A. Balakirev in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) as a higher achiever. In 2004, he entered the Nizhniy Novgorod Conservatoire (academy) named after M.I. Glinka and in 2009, with honours completed his education at the classical guitar for an associate professor, laureate All-Russia competition of Aleksey Petropavlovsky. He also is currently in graduate school. As evaluated by a teacher, R.Mamedkuliev possesses such important for musician qualities, as an "excellent ear, tenacious memory, developed sense of rhythm and form, bright artistry", which contributed to his rapid professional growth. Since September 2009, a graduate student of Nizhniy Novgorod Conservatoire, he teaches in the Department of folk instruments, as well as in the Arzamas Music College.

Participating from 1999 in the creative contests of All-Russia and international level, Rovshan Mamedkuliev has won more than twenty Awards, including: First Prize on the 6th International competition of the performers on the national instruments «Cup of the North» (Cherepovets, Russia, 2006), Finalist and Special prize for the best interpretation of the compositions of Francisco Tarrega on the 41th International competition of performers on a classic guitar “Francisco Tarrega” (Benicasim, Spain, 2007), First Prize and Special Prize for the best interpretation of the compositions of Leo Brouwer on the 10th International Guitar Competition L. Brouwer (Paris, France, 2009), First Prize, Prize of Public and Special Prize for the best interpretation of the compositions of Heitor Villa-Lobos on the 1st International Guitar Competition “Heitor Villa-Lobos” (Spain, 2011), First Prize on the II International competition of named after A.Frauchi (Moscow, Russia, 2011). In 2012 Rovshan Mamedkuliev won one of the most prestigious classical guitar competitions - XXX Guitar Foundation of America's International Concert Artist Competition (GFA) (Charleston, USA).

For high achievements in the art of Rovshan Mamedkuliev received an award from the President of Russia (2006), grants the Governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region and the Mayor of Nizhny Novgorod.


Nikita Mndoyants, piano

Sunday, November 10, 2013

3:00 p.m.

Coming from the family of professional musicians, pianist Nikita Mndoyants began to play piano and compose music at a very young age. He entered Central Music School in Moscow in 1995, and gave his first public recital two years later, when he was eight years old. In March of 1999, the ten-year old Nikita appeared at the Sibelius Academy Concert Hall in Helsinki. His extraodinary performance there was recorded and issued on a CD in 2001.
Nikita Mndoyants graduated from the Moscow Central Music School with honors as a pianist and composer in 2006. In 2011 Nikita gradueted from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire where he studied with Professor Alexander Tchaykovsky (composition), Prof. Alexander Mndoyants and Prof. Nikolay Petrov (piano).
During his studies at school, he won several national and international piano and composition competitions.
He took part in master-classes in Verbier Festival and Academy (2004).

In summer of 2005 N. Mndoyants studied in the Tel-Hai Piano Master-classes in Israel. He won the 1st prize of The Concerto competition, that took place there. In November of 2007 he won the First prize of The VII International Paderewski Piano Competition in Poland and also special prize for the best semi-final recital. Following his successful recital in Helsinki, during the last decade Nikita toured throughout Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Latvia, Estonia, China, Switzerland, Israel, France, and the United States.

Nikita took part in numerous music festivals, including “Musical Kremlin”, “Moscow Autumn”, 14th Piano Festival in Liepae (Latvia), International Keyboard Institute & Festival (New York) and the 63rd Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland), festival dedicated to World Economic Forum in Davos, (Switzerland).
Nikita appears with recitals in the best concert halls in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Cortot Hall and Louvre Auditorium in Paris, Warsaw Philharmonic. In 2004, he appeared with the famous Borodin Quartet, performing Quintet by Schostakovich. He took part in a shooting of documental films by German company “LICHTFILM” “Russlands Wunderkinder” and “Competitors” (director Irene Langemann).

Many distinguished musicians and ensembles perform works by Nikita Mndoyants: A.Vinnitsky, A.Rudin, I.Gaysin, N.Borisoglebsky, ensemble “The studio for new music”, Chamber orchestra "Musica viva", Chamber orchestra of Moscow conservatory and others. Two CDs were issued by firm «Classical Records» in 2007 include classical works and his own compositions. In August of 2012 Nikita Mndoyants took part in International Music Festival in Wissembourg where he was invited as pianist and composer in residence. His works were performed by eminent musicians, among them D.Hope, N.Stavy, T.Vassiljeva, A.Oetiker, I.Gringolts, F.Collins, P.Messina, Szymanowski Quartet.

Chinese Folk Music Orchestra from Qingdao University of Science and Technology

Sunday, March 2, 2014

3:00 p.m.








The Chinese Folk Music Orchestra from Qingdao University of Science and Technology is composed of the undergraduates majoring in Instrumental Music. Mrs. Sun Pei Shan holds the position of Inspector General and the youth teacher Mr. Liu Jia holds the position of the permanent director of the orchestra. The orchestra consists of 30 students at present. The orchestra has performed a large repertoire of classical musical works in 30 concerts and performances.They have also organized performances and art communications for visitors received from America, Germany, Italy, Belgium, France, Israel, and Korea. This has become the highlight of the foreign cultural exchange for the Art Academy of the University. In recent years, the folk orchestra has received many rewards in the national and in the provincial music competitions.



Steve Owen, Saxophone

Sunday April 6, 2014

3:00 p.m.




Steve Owen (composer, conductor, saxophonist) is a Philip H. Knight Professor of Music and director of the University of Oregon's award-winning Jazz Studies Program.  A respected educator, Owen has presented clinics at MENC conventions across the nation and has directed All-State jazz ensembles in Colorado, Connecticut, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, California, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, and Minnesota as well as Oregon.  Steve is also a founder and co-director of the Oregon Jazz Festival, an annual workshop for college, junior high, and high school jazz ensembles, the University of Oregon Summer Jazz Improvisation Camp, and is on the faculty of the University of Kansas’ jazz camp.

As Director of Jazz Studies, Owen teaches courses in jazz composition/arranging, improvisation, repertoire study, and pedagogy.   He also directs the Oregon Jazz Ensemble (the first of three large jazz ensembles at Oregon) and one of the school's ten jazz combos.  Recognized for their excellence in interpretation and performance of the wide variety of styles associated with jazz, U.O. ensembles have performed at every major jazz festival and educational convention in the Pacific Northwest.  Under Owen’s direction, the Oregon Jazz Ensemble has been selected the “Outstanding College Big Band” at the Reno Jazz Festival each year that the group has attended over the past 13 years.  The group performed at the 2005 International Association of Jazz Educator’s Convention in Long Beach, California and was a 2008 Downbeat Award Winner in the College Big Band category.  In 1991 Owen was one of two winners of theErsted Award, the University of Oregon's top faculty award for distinguished teaching and in 2007 was likewise honored with the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

A composer and arranger of national prominence, Owen's works have been performed by Bobby McFerrin, DaveWeckl, Anne Marie Moss, as well as the nation's finest college and professional jazz ensembles.  His compositions have been featured at numerous jazz festivals nationally and internationally including performances from 1986 - 2000 at International Association of Jazz Educators conferences.  Recent commissions have resulted in pieces performed and recorded in Germany by the HR Big Bandand in Taiwan by the Taipei Jazz Orchestra as well as at jazz festivals in Colorado, Texas, Oregon, and Washington.  Steve’s own CD, Stand Up Eight, was just released by Origin/OA2 Records in February 2013 featuring nine of his works for large jazz ensemble.  As a saxophonist, Steve appears regularly as a soloist at high school and college festivals and is featured on two recent big band CDs – Dan Cavanagh’s “Pulse” and the Dan Gailey Jazz Orchestra “What Did You Dream” CD.   Steve's music is published by UNC Jazz Press and Heritage JazzWorks.



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