Cellist Sophie Shao and Friends Return to Middlebury March 4
February 28, 2011
Piano Trio Performs Works by Schubert, Ravel, and Brahms
Middlebury, VT—Acclaimed young cellist Sophie Shao returns on Friday, March 4 to perform a vivid piano trio program featuring works by Schubert, Ravel, and Brahms. A frequent guest on the Performing Arts Series, Shao gathers elite ensembles of musicians for each visit. This time, her fellow performers are violinist Carmit Zori and pianist Shai Wosner, both award-winning chamber musicians in their own right. Their concert takes place on Friday, March 4 at 8:00 P.M. in the Manahey Center for the Arts’ Concert Hall.
Shao received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant at the age of nineteen, and has since performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Winner of top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky Competitions, the New York Times has applauded her “eloquent, powerful” interpretations of repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Crumb. Highlights of this season include her opening night performance of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s season, a performance with Andre Watts in Saratoga Springs, and a tour with the Trio Cavatina. She is a frequent guest at many of the leading festivals around the country, including Chamber Music Northwest, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, the Bard Festival, and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, she is on the faculty of Vassar College and the Bard Conservatory of Music.
Violinist Carmit Zori came to the United States from her native Israel at the age of fifteen to study at the Curtis Institute of Music, at the recommendation of Isaac Stern and Alexander Schneider. She is the recipient of multiple awards including a Levintritt Foundation Award, a Pro Musicis International Award, and the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. She has performed around the world at many of the most prestigious venues and festivals, including Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, Festival Casals in Puerto Rico, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. She has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Zori was an artistic director and frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York, and is now the artistic director of the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, which she founded in 2002. She is a member of the faculty at SUNY Purchase.
Pianist Shai Wosner has gained international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity, and creative insight. With a repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven to Ligeti and composers of his own generation, he has been hailed by the New York Times as “a superb pianist” and by the Financial Times as “an artist to follow keenly.” Wosner is the recipient of both an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and is a recent BBC New Generation Artist. He has performed around the world at the Ravinia Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the 92nd Street Y in New York, the Oregon Bach Festival, and Carnegie Hall. Born in Israel, Wosner studied piano with Emanuel Krasovsky, and composition, theory and improvisation with André Hajdu. He later studied at The Juilliard School with Emanuel Ax. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
Though amazing solo musicians, this trio will come together at Middlebury to play Schubert’s Notturno in E-flat Major D. 897, Op.posth.148; Ravel’s Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in A Minor; and Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B Major, Op. 8. Shao’s knack for gathering such graceful combinations of players is a testament to her collaborative strengths. “The players maintained a seamless cohesion and a warm, lean tone. This was all the more admirable because they’re not a regular ensemble, just colleagues and friends”—Times Union.
The Sophie Shao and Friends concert is sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. Tickets are $24, with discounts available for Middlebury College students, alumni, faculty, and staff. For tickets or information, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at http://go.middlebury.edu/tickets or 802-443-6433.