|The "Music for a Midsummer's Eve" Concert Series features outstanding young up and coming artists most of whom are from the Eastman School of Music, but who come from all over the world. Concerts will take place on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm in the Geneva Room (except August 7th). There will be six concerts in total, all are free and open to the public and are jointly presented by Hobart and William Smith Colleges along with Geneva Concerts. Funding for this series was provided by the George D. and Frieda B. Abraham Foundation.|
Igor Lipinski appears in his first solo recital after his spectacular debut with Buff alo Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert will feature the music of Chopin, Piazzolla, Rachmaninoff, and Szymanowski, as well as Mr. Lipinski's original compositions. A 21-year-old Polish pianist is currently a senior at the Eastman School of Music where he studies piano under the tutelage of Dr. Douglas Humpherys. Igor is the recipient of the Grand Prix for Young Pianists at the Paderewski Competition in Kasna Dolna, Poland and Grand Prix Award at the Paderewski Festival in Buff alo, NY. In recent years, he performed numerous recitals in Buff alo, Chautauqua, Honolulu, Pittsburgh, Rochester and New York City. Igor's second passion is the art of magic. He is the recipient of the First Prize at the National Congress of Magicians. He has given various magic performances throughout Poland, Czech Republic, France, United Arab Emirates and USA. While performing at the World Magic Seminar in Las Vegas, Igor became a member of the Society of American Magicians. At the Eastman School, Igor pursues his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance and Eastman's innovative honors curriculum program: the Musical Arts Major.
A native of Santaquin, Utah, Jonathan Bowman began his piano studies at the age of 8. He and his three siblings played with such energy that they often broke strings on their living room piano. Still noted for his "incisive and energetic playing", Mr. Bowman has given solo recitals around the United States as well as Italy and Japan. Th is February, he performed Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 with the Southwest Symphony.
Jonathan is an active competitor in local, national, and international competitions. Early in his performing career, he was awarded fi rst place in the concerto competition at the Eastman School of Music Summer Festival. As part of a piano team, he won fi rst prize at the Gina Bachauer Piano Teams competition in 1998 and 2004. In 2006, he was selected as a national fi nalist at the Music Teachers' National Association competition. Th at same year he was invited to participate in the Gina Bachauer International Artists Competition. Mr. Bowman studied with Paul Pollei and Scott Holden at Brigham Young University and with William Nabore in Rome, Italy.
David Lane began his violin studies at the age of 3 in the Eastman School of Music's pioneering Suzuki program Project Super. Upon moving to the Chicago area, he studied for many years with noted teacher and pedagogue George Perlman. He gave the world premier of Perlman's Israeli Concertino with the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra, and was concertmaster of numerous orchestras throughout his high school and college years. Mr. Lane graduated from the University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music with a European History and Violin Performance degree, having studied under Gerardo Ribiero at Eastman. When he is not busy at his store, The Stereo Shop, he maintains an active musical schedule in the Rochester area.
George Abraham began the study of piano at the age of 5 and during his formative and college years studied under the guiding hand of Charlotte Morse Bullock of Geneva. Following this during his 4 years in medical school, he studied privately with Jose Enchaniz, Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music. His solo recital of Beethoven sonatas at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo in 1963, was followed by a 42 year hiatus from the piano and a career in medicine and medical research. Recently because of gentle prodding by friends, his love of music, and his acquisition of an exquisite one-of-a-kind Bechstein grand piano, he has returned to the piano resulting in recitals at Kilbourn Hall in Rochester to benefit the University of Rochester Cancer Center and the Eastman School of Music, and most recently performed with fellow physicians Eugene Toy (pianist) and Michelle Shayne (mezzo soprano) at the dedication of the University of Rochester's J.P. Wilmot Cancer Center. George is a member of the Board of Managers of the Eastman School of Music, and is active on the board of several artistic organizations in Upstate NY.
Viola bastarda, in baroque musical terminology, refers to a highly virtuosic and improvisatory style of playing the viola da gamba that fl ourished especially in the late 16th-early 17th centuries. Th e group's members are experienced and dedicated chamber musicians working with period music ensembles and orchestras in Europe and North America, but moreover they are also musicians who approach the powerful dissonances and aff ects of the Baroque literature with a focus on bringing these aspects to life for modern audiences. Featuring Québec native violinist Tanya LaPerrière, German gambist Franziska Grunze and Canandaigua native Michelle Wenderlich on G Violone, playing Corelli, Purcell, Vitali, and Gibbons.
Pianist Paul Tuntland Sánchez (1982) was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and started his piano studies at age four. From 1998-2005, Paul studied with Dr. TamSás UngSár, Executive Director of the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute and one of the world's foremost pedagogues, at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, where he became the first freshman in the history of the university to win the School of Music's Piano Concerto Competition. He received full academic scholarship and the prestigious Presser Scholar award in recognition of his outstanding musicianship and academic excellence, and graduated in 2005 summa cum laude.
Paul has performed in solo recital throughout the US, and also in Mexico, Canada, Germany and Spain. His performances with orchestra have included concerts with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, the TCU Symphony Orchestra, the Cherokee Symphony, and the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, performing such varied works as Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, Op. 80, Rodrigo's Concierto Heroico, and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 .
Sanchez is also an advocate of musical education for children, and recently performed with pianist Shields Collins Bray in a Musical Awakenings series of educational recitals sponsored and produced by the Van Cliburn Foundation in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He received a Fulbright Scholarship in 2005 and is now pursuing his Master of Spanish Music degree with Ms. Maria Teresa Monteys and Ms. Alicia de Larrocha at the Academia Granados-Marshall in Barcelona, Spain.
Liu Liu, a native of China, began her piano instruction at age five. In 1995, she was admitted to The Middle School of The Shen Yang Conservatory of Music. During six years of professional piano training at the school, she won numerous prizes in Chinese competitions, and gave recitals throughout China. In 2001, Liu moved to the United States to begin her undergraduate studies as a Piano Performance Major at the Eastman School of Music, studying with Professor Fernando Laires. This May, she completed a double degree at Eastman, a Master of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Music in Education, studying with Professor Douglas Humpherys. Currently, she is continuing her DMA studies in piano performance at Eastman with Professor Humpherys.
Recently, she presented concerts in Iowa under the auspices of the International Student Association of Grinnell College. In addition she has performed solo and chamber music concerts throughout New York State. In 2006, she won fi rst prize in the Eastman Piano Concerto Competition, and performed Beethoven's 3rd piano concerto with the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra in the Eastman Theatre. The same year, she was also invited to give a presentation at the NYSSMA winter conference. In 2007, she won the fi rst prize in the Third Chinese-International Arts Festival. Currently, she is a member of the piano faculty at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and teaches class piano at the Eastman School of Music as a Graduate Assistant.