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Violinist Nicholas DiEugenio ’08AD, ’09MMA performs music by Ives, Schumann, Enescu, and more Sep. 17

August 28, 2013

DiEugenio_NicholasViolinist Nicholas DiEugenio ’08AD, ’09MMA will perform music from the Romantic period to the twentieth century in his DMA recital on Thursday, September 19 at 8pm. DiEugenio, a member of the faculty at Ithaca College, will be joined by pianist Mimi Solomon, with whom he performs regularly in the U.S. and abroad.

The recital opens with a piece by a fellow Yale alum, Charles Ives. Ives’s Violin Sonata No. 4 (written in 1915 and revised over 25 years later) is subtitled “Children’s Day at the Camp Meeting.” Another American work will follow, Elliott Carter’s Riconoscenza per Goffredo Petrassi (1984). The piece is written for solo violin, and despite its brevity is known for the density of its musical ideas. The first half of the recital concludes with Schumann’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105.

The second half opens with Karol Szymanowski’s Romance in D major, Op. 23. DiEugenio will conclude the concert with the Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25, by the Romanian composer George Enescu. The piece is designated “Dans le caractere populaire roumain” (In the popular Romanian style).

The recital, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven).

About the Performers

Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for his “invigorating, silken” playing and “mysterious atmosphere,” and by Early Music America, violinist Nicholas DiEugenio leads a versatile life as performer and teacher of music from Biber to Carter and beyond. DiEugenio and pianist Mimi Solomon perform as a duo in the U.S. and abroad. He has played concerts at Seattle’s Town Hall, Merkin Hall, and at the CMS of Lincoln Center, as well as at Weill Hall.

Projects this year include a special collaboration with conductor Jeffery Meyer and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic in Russia’s prestigious Small Hall in a violin concerto written by composer Loren Loicano. Recent performances have included an appearance at the 2012 Monadnock Music Festival in New Hampshire with pianist and fortepianist Chi-Chen Wu, as well as at the Beijing International Violin and Piano Festival in August 2012. DiEugenio also organizes the concert series Classic Roots at the Carriage House Café in Ithaca, NY.

As soloist, Nicholas DiEugenio performs with orchestras including Interlochen’s World Youth Symphony. He has twice been a prizewinner at the Fischoff Competition, and has recorded the three Schumann Sonatas with Chi-Chen Wu. A passionate teacher, Nicholas DiEugenio gives masterclasses throughout North America and is currently Assistant Professor of Violin at the Ithaca College School of Music. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with David Cerone, Linda Cerone, and Paul Kantor; from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, where he worked with Laurie Smukler and Cal Wiersma; and from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Ani Kavafian and was a recipient of the Alumni Foundation Award and an alumniVentures grant.


American pianist Mimi Solomon has performed throughout the United States, China, Japan and Europe. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras including Shanghai Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and Yale Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts including the McGraw-Hill Young Artist’s Showcase, France 3, France Inter and National Public Radio.

An avid chamber musician, Mimi regularly appears at music festivals on both sides of the Atlantic such as Santander, IMS Prussia Cove, Lockenhaus, Rencontres de Bel-Air, Ravinia, Taos, Norfolk, Charlottesville, Yellow Barn, La Loingtaine and Aspen. Mimi is the pianist of Trio La Loingtaine, the Ikarus Chamber Players, and the Cristofori Piano Quartet. She spends part of every year coaching and performing chamber music at Kinhaven Festival in Vermont, and is currently a visiting Assistant Professor in Piano at Cornell University.

Mimi graduated cum laude in East Asian Studies from Yale and went on to receive a Master of Music degree from Juilliard. Her main teachers were Peter Frankl and Robert McDonald, and she has also played regularly for Ferenc Rados and studied the pianoforte in Paris with Patrick Cohen. Her studies were generously supported by a Beebe Grant and two Woolley Scholarships from the Fondation des Etats-Unis.