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OCTOBER 2nd 2016 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

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L.V.BEETHOVEN: STRING QUARTET N.9 IN C MAJOR OP 59 N.3
G.LEKEU: “MOLTO ADAGIO” FOR STRING QUARTET “US PREMIERE”
F.SCHUBERT: STRING QUINTET IN C MAJOR D 956

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Artists:

William HAGEN Violin
Twenty-three-year-old violinist William Hagen is the third prize winner of the 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition (the highest ranking American since 1980). Having captured the attention of the Belgian press and public during the competition, William has been hailed as a “brilliant virtuoso…a standout” (The Dallas Morning News) with “an intellectual command of line and score, and just the right amount of power” (violinist.com) who “plays with an obvious and sincere love for the very act of music making” (North Texas Performing Arts News). Already a seasoned performer on concert stages around the United States and abroad, William’s 2015–16 season includes his Tokyo recital debut and recitals in Brussels, Los Angeles, and various cities in Florida.

He also makes his Bulgarian debut with the Sofia Philharmonic performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4, and performs with the Jacksonville and Shreveport symphony orchestras, among others.
Since his professional debut at age nine with the Utah Symphony and Keith Lockhart conducting, William has performed with conductors Marin Alsop, Christian Arming, Placido Domingo, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Fabio Mechetti, Ward Stare, Michel Tabachnik, Arie van Beek, and Hugh Wolff; and with the symphony orchestras of Albany, Buffalo, Fort Worth, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Utah, and with the Aspen Philharmonic at the Aspen Music Festival. Abroad, he has performed with the Brussels Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the ORF Radio-Sinfonieorchester, and with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liege in a tour of Belgium. He has also performed in Japan with the Yokohama Sinfonietta and the Sendai Philharmonic.
Active and enthusiastic as a chamber musician, William has performed on the Colburn Chamber Music Society series and at the Aspen Music Festival with artists such as Veronika Eberle, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Edgar Meyer, Steven Osborne, Orli Shaham, Robert Spano, and Joaquin Valdepeñas. William has also had the privilege of performing Mozart’s Sonata K. 454 with pianist Menahem Pressler in Los Angeles. This season, William performs with the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City.

A native of Utah, William first heard the violin at the age of 3 and began lessons at the age of 4. At age 10, he entered the studio of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts, commuting to Los Angeles every week for lessons. After studying with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School for two years, William returned to Los Angeles in 2012 to continue studying with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. He is an alumnus of the Verbier Academy and the Perlman Music Program, and spent many summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School. William plays on an Andrea Guarneri violin (Cremona, c. 1675.)

.............................................................................................................................. Jessica GUIDERI Violin
American violinist Jessica Guideri currently serves as Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Assistant Principal Second Violin in the Pacific Symphony, and Associate Concertmaster of the Eastern Music Festival. She also performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, plays for recordings of major motion picture soundtracks, and is featured on the upcoming public television series the “All Star Orchestra,” comprised of musicians from major orchestras around the country, led by Gerard Schwarz.

Before moving to Southern California, Jessica was Associate Principal Second Violin of the Phoenix Symphony, and was awarded a position in the Seattle Symphony. She has also performed as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and was invited as guest concertmaster of the Phoenix and Santa Barbara Symphonies.

Since her Carnegie Hall solo debut with the New York Youth Symphony, which James Oestreich of The New York Times called “a lovely account,” Ms. Guideri has performed as soloist with several orchestras, including the Queens Symphony, Westchester Symphony, and the Symphony Orchestra of Campinas in Brazil. She has also given numerous solo recitals, including appearances at Lincoln Center and Steinway Hall in New York.

An accomplished chamber musician, Jessica was the first violinist of the Fry Street Quartet, artists-in-residence at Utah State University. During her four years with the ensemble, they performed numerous concerts nationally and internationally, won prizes at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, were sponsored by Carnegie Hall and the U.S. Department of State as cultural ambassadors to the Balkan states, and worked with hundreds of students throughout the U.S. to promote arts education. Jessica performs each summer with the Eastern Chamber Players in North Carolina, and has performed in various chamber ensembles in such concert venues as Alice Tully, Merkin, and Weill Halls in New York.

Jessica has also served on the violin and chamber music faculties at San Diego State University, Utah State University, and the Eastern Music Festival.

Jessica received both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from the Juilliard School, where her teachers included Dorothy Delay, Masao Kawasaki, and Joel Smirnoff.

.............................................................................................................................. Rob BROPHY Viola
Actively involved in chamber music, viola player Robert Brophy is featured alongside Nigel Kennedy in a quartet for his new release 'Greatest Hits' on the EMI label.

New music is close to his heart and he has worked with many leading composers of the 20th and 21st centuries as a former member of the Enso Quartet. The quartet earned its place in the ensemble world with multiple honors at the 2004 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Robert is featured on two recordings with the Enso Quartet under the Naxos label.

Robert is continuing his quartet life as a member of the New Hollywood String Quartet that has become Quartet in Residence at South Pasadena Library’s ‘Restoration Concert Series’.

Robert also plays regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera and has an active presence in many west coast chamber music series.

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John WALZ Cello
John Walz is a celebrated soloist and chamber music artist, known for his dazzling virtuosity and elegant musicianship. A student of the legendary French cellist, Pierre Fournier, he has appeared as soloist with more than 150 symphony orchestras on 4 continents. His performances of 25 different concertos include both standard showcases and rarities like Martinu’s Concerto #1 and William Schuman’s Song of Orfeus.

In 1979, John, along with pianist Edith Orloff, founded the Pacific Trio. Now performing with violinist Roger Wilkie, this renowned ensemble has played more than 900 concerts throughout North America and Europe.

In addition to his solo and chamber music duties, he is currently the principal cellist with the Los Angeles Opera, a position he previously held for 20 years with the Long Beach Symphony.

John is on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts summer program and Academy.
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Robert DEMAINE Cello
ROBERT deMAINE, a “brilliant” cellist possessing “effortless virtuosity” whose playing has been called “simply magnificent” by Neeme Järvi, is currently the principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A highly sought after solo artist and chamber musician, he is the cellist of the Ehnes quartet, (James Ehnes, Amy Schwartz Moretti, violins, violist Richard O'Neill), and the Dicterow-deMaine-Biegel Piano Trio and a guest at many of this country’s finest chamber music festivals such as those of Seattle, Great Lakes, Chamberfest Cleveland and earlier on in his career, Marlboro Music Festival. His playing is noted for its “beautiful singing tone, lapidary technical precision, and a persuasive identification with the idiom of the music at hand.”
As a soloist, he performs the great works of the repertoire both old and new from concertos by Haydn, Dvorak, Elgar and Penderecki, as well as more recent works by John Williams and Christopher Theofanidis. As a recitalist the great works for cello and piano as well as the suites of J.S. Bach remain staples of his repertoire, and as one critic noted, his playing was “magnificent” and that his “technical brilliance is surpassed only by the beauty of tones he produces."
DeMaine has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Teatro Colón, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus, and Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, Suntory Hall and the Seoul Arts Center, as well as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and Conservatory and Wigmore Hall among others. He was the first cellist ever to win San Francisco's prestigious Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. He is also the recipient of a career grant from the Helen M. Saunders Foundation. His principal teachers include Leonard Rose, Stephen Kates, Steven Doane, Paul Katz, Ronald Leonard, and Aldo Parisot. Master classes and additional studies were undertaken with Bernard Greenhouse, János Starker, Boris Pergamenschikow, Felix Galimir, and Jerome Lowenthal.

His orchestral appearances as a soloist include, The Los Angeles Philharmonic with John Williams, Gustavo Dudamel, Esa Pekka Salonen, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, conductors, the Detroit Symphony with Maestro Leonard Slatkin, Mark Wigglesworth, Jun Märkl, Thomas Wilkins and Neeme Järvi, as well as the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Norway) with Neeme Järvi. Other orchestras include The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra with Thomas Zehermair conducting, the Charleston Symphony (SC) with David Stahl, Scott Terrell, Bohuslav Rattay leading from the podium, the Omaha Symphony with Thomas Wilkins conducting, Czechoslovak Radio Symphony and Moravian Symphony (Czech Rep.) with Joel Eric Suben.

Robert deMaine’s frequent musical collaborators include such distinguished colleagues as violinists James Ehnes, Hilary Hahn, Gil Shaham, Pamela Frank, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Joseph Silverstein, and Felix Galimir, pianists Emanuel Ax, Andre Watts, Jeffrey Kahane, Anton Kuerti, Anne-Marie McDermott, Marc-André Hamelin, Jeremy Denk, Orion Weiss, Valentina Lisitsa, and Yefim Bronfman. His extensive work with conductors include Gustavo Dudamel, John Williams, Neeme Järvi, Leonard Slatkin, Dennis Russell Davies, Peter Oundjian, Andrew Litton, Thomas Wilkins, Nicholas McGegan, Julian Kuerti, JoAnn Falletta, and James Gaffigan. As a chamber musician deMaine has been performed at the world’s leading music festivals, including Aspen, Heidelberg, Montréal, Chautauqua, Bargemusic, Skaneateles, Napa's Music in the Vineyards, Cabrillo, Breckenridge, Meadowmount, and the Marlboro Music Festival, also performing with Music from Marlboro in New York and Washington, D.C. He has collaborated with the legendary Beaux Arts Trio as well as the Emerson, Juilliard, Kronos, Cleveland, American, Mendelssohn, Parisii, Chiara, Amernet, and Pacifica string quartets. He is also a member of the Dicterow-deMaine-Biegel Trio.

A teacher distinguished by his commitment and passion, deMaine has given master classes and has taught at schools and universities throughout North and South America and Europe as well as Asia, Australia and New Zealand. His pupils are laureates of major solo and chamber music competitions and can also be found in chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras throughout the world. He has recorded for Naxos, Chandos, Dorian/Sono Luminus, Onyx, CBC, Elysium, and Capstone and has been featured on the BBC, PBS, NPR's Performance Today, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, France Musique, and RAI, among others.
As a composer deMaine has written several works for the cello, including a set of twelve Études-Caprices. Among the many works specially composed for him are Summer Verses for Violin and Cello by Christopher Theofanidis. Other composers whose works have either been dedicated to or premiered by Robert deMaine include Kenneth Fuchs, and Joel Eric Suben.

A fourth-generation string player, Robert deMaine was introduced to the cello at the age of four by his mother and sister, both accomplished cellists. At a young age deMaine came to the attention of famed cellists Pierre Fournier and Leonard Rose, both of whom encouraged his continued studies. Sponsorship allowed him to study with Rose in the pre-college division of The Juilliard School, after which he attended Meadowmount, the Eastman School of Music, the Piatigorsky Seminar in Los Angeles, Music Academy of the West, the Marlboro School and Festival, and Yale University on full-tuition fellowships. Additional studies were undertaken at the University of Southern California and the Kronberg Academy in Germany,

Before joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic as principal cello in 2012, deMaine served as the James C. Gordon Principal Cello of the Detroit Symphony for over a decade. He has previously served as principal cello of the Hartford Symphony, New York String Orchestra, and Connecticut Opera and has been guest principal cello of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, and the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway.

Robert deMaine makes his home in Southern California with his wife, Elizabeth, and two children, Paul, and Annette. He is a Thomastik-Infeld Artist and performs on an immaculately preserved Venetian cello made in 1748 by Domenico Busan. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic collector of cellos, deMaine’s other instruments include cellos by Gagliano, and Gragnani, as well as a Vuillaume (courtesy of the Cecilia Benner Trust) and a Guarneri (on loan from the LA Philharmonic) as well as a Stradivarius. In August 2014, deMaine made his Los Angeles Philharmonic concerto debut in a performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto alongside violinist Alina Pogostkina. His recording of the John Williams Cello Concerto (Detroit Symphony, Leonard Slatkin conducting) will be released by Naxos in July, 2015.
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