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Boris Berman plays Bach keyboard concertos April 6

March 14, 2011

Will perform with quartet of YSM faculty and alumni performers

The Horowitz Piano Series at the Yale School of Music presents a recital by pianist Boris Berman and guest artists on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). The concert presents four concertos by J.S. Bach for keyboard and strings, performed as chamber music rather than with a full orchestra.

Berman will be joined by violinists Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violist Ettore Causa, and cellist Mihai Marica. Causa is on the faculty of the Yale School of Music and will also perform with Berman in a recital on March 26. Hyun, Southorn, and Marica are graduates of the School who play together in the award-winning Amphion String Quartet.

The music on this concert will include Bach’s Concerto in E Major, BWV 1053; Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056; Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055; Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1058; and Concerto in D Major, BWV 1054. Most of these are transcriptions by Bach of his own concertos written for other instruments such as violin or winds.

Tickets range from $12 to $22, $6 for students. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Performers

Boris Berman, piano, is well known to the audiences of more than forty countries on six continents. He studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished pianist Lev Oborin. An active recording artist and a Grammy nominee, Mr. Berman was the first pianist to record the complete solo works by Prokofiev (Chandos). Other acclaimed releases include the piano sonatas of Alexander Scriabin (Music and Arts) and a recital of Shostakovich piano works (Ottavo), which received the Edison Classic Award. His recording of three Prokofiev concertos with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Chandos) was named CD of the Month by CD Review. In 1984, Mr. Berman joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music, where he is professor of piano, coordinator of the piano department, and music director of the Horowitz Piano Series. He also gives master classes throughout the world, and in 2005 he was given the title of honorary professor of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. In 2000, Yale University Press published Mr. Berman’s Notes from the Pianist’s Bench, which has since been translated into several languages. In 2008, the same publisher released Mr. Berman’s Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas: A Guide for the Listener and the Performer.

Violinist Katie Hyun has performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Concerto Soloists Orchestra in Philadelphia, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition, she has also won the 2005 Stony Brook Concerto Competition, 2004 Aspen Academy Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2003 Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, 2000 Concerto Soloists Young Artists Competition, and several others. She has appeared on the television program Good Morning Texas and on the NPR show Prairie Home Companion. In 2006, she collaborated with bassist Edgar Meyer at the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Festival and participated in his Carnegie Hall workshop. She has attended the Music Academy of the West, Aspen, Taos Festival of Music, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, and other festivals. Katie Hyun received her artist diploma at the Yale School of Music and her master’s degree from the State University of New York in Stony Brook. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the Curtis Institute of Music.

David Southorn has distinguished himself as a violin soloist, chamber musician, and concertmaster. He is a member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet, which won first prize in the 2010 Hugo Kauder Competition and the 2010 Plowman Competition. As a soloist he has appeared with the SFCM New Music Ensemble and Portland Festival Symphony, among others. He has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and at the Mostly Music series, and in festivals including Banff, Spoleto USA, Kneisel Hall, and as a Fellow at Tanglewood. In 2010 the Amphion Quartet appeared at Music@Menlo and the Beethoven Institute at Mannes. Southorn has performed under such conductors as James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, Helmuth Rilling, Bernard Haitink, and Peter Oundijian. David received his master’s degree and artist diploma from the Yale School of Music, and is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is currently studying at the Manhattan School of Music.

Born in Naples, Italy, Ettore Causa began his studies of violin and viola at the Naples Conservatory, where he graduated with the highest honors. He later studied at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland with Sir Yehudi Menuhin and others, and with Michael Tree at the Manhattan School of Music. He has been first solo viola of the Carl Nielsen Philharmonic (Denmark) and leader of the Copenhagen Chamber Soloists. In 2000, he was awarded the Peter Schidlof Prize and the John Barbirolli Prize at the prestigious Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. He has since made solo, recital, and festival appearances around the world, performing in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He is a member of the Aria Quartet and is regularly invited to play with colleagues such as Pascal Rogé and Thomas Adès. In 2001, Causa was appointed professor of viola and chamber music at the International Menuhin Music Academy, and in 2009 he joined the faculty of the Yale School of Music. His first recording, for Claves, was crowned with the 5 Diapason, and a new recording has already been highly praised by critics worldwide. Ettore plays on a viola made for him by Frederic Chaudiere in 2003.

Mihai Marica began his training as a cellist at the age of seven in his native Romania. He earned his master’s degree and artist diploma under Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music. Mihai has won numerous competitions, including first prize and the award for the best performance of a commissioned work in the 2005 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and first prize and the Audience Choice Award at the 2006 Dr. Luis Sigall International Competition. He received the 2006 Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi Fellowship Grant. Mihai has performed as a soloist with the New Haven and New Britain Symphony Orchestras, Louisville Orchestra, Santa Cruz Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Xalapa Symphony (Mexico), Daejeon Philharmonic (Korea), Hermitage State Orchestra of St. Petersburg (Russia), and the major Romanian orchestras. He has appeared in recital across Europe and North America and in Korea, Japan, and Chile, as well as at festivals including Banff, Great Mountains, and Laguna Beach. Mihai served as interim principal cellist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra for the 2008-2009 season.

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