American pianist Adam Neiman is hailed as one of the premiere pianists of his generation, praised for possessing a rare blend of power, bravura, imagination, sensitivity, and technical precision. In 1999, he was a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Neiman has... Read more
Bulgarian violinist Joana Genova has an active career as a chamber musician, teacher and soloist. She began playing violin at the age of six in her native Bulgaria and made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra. She is a prizewinner of the National... Read more
Hsin-Yun Huang is recognized as one of the leading violists of her generation and her career as soloist and chamber musician spans the stages of North America, Europe, and the Far East. She came to international prominence in 1993 as the top prize of the ARD International... Read more
Telluride Musicfest presents four chamber music programs with our beloved founding ensemble, Trio Solisti - Maria Bachmann, violin, Alexis Gerlach, cello and Adam Neiman, piano. With their guest artists, the programs feature Russian masterpieces of chamber music.
The four evening concerts are June 25, June 29, July 2 and July 6, 2014. All concerts begin at 7:30PM. Local Talent night is on July 3, 2014.
2014 Guest Artists:
Toby Appel, violin and viola
Edward Arron, cello
Joana Genova, violin
Hsih-Yun Huang, viola
Kathryn Lockwood, viola
Beethoven Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op 16
Rachmaninov Preludes for Piano, Op 23
Tchaikovsky Elegiac Piano Trio in A minor, Op 50
Artists: Hsin-Yun Huang, viola, Trio Solisti
Neiman Concerto for Piano and String Quintet (2012)
Mussorgsky Pictures At an Exhibition for Piano Trio
Tchaikovsky String Sextet “Souvenir de Florence” , Op 70
Artists: Toby Appel, viola, Edward Arron, cello, Joana Genova, violin, Kathryn Lockwood, viola, Trio Solisti
Beethoven String Trio “Serenade” in D major, Op 8
Liebermann Piano Trio No 3
Prokofiev Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op 35
Arensky Piano Quintet in D major, Op 51
Artists: Joana Genova, violin, Hsin-Yun Huang, viola, Trio Solisti
Beethoven Piano Trio in E flat major, Op 1 No 1
Arensky String Quartet in A minor, Op 35
Lyapunov Piano Quintet, Op 63
Artists: Toby Appel, viola, Edward Arron, cello, Joana Genova, violin, Kathryn Lockwood, viola, Trio Solist
Here we are in early April as the snow melts into streams, the warming sun invites the buds on Aspens all over our valley and the muddy Telluride spring looks forward to another glorious summer.
Mai Home: From Telluride leave town and turn left at Society Turn. Go about 4 miles - Pass Mt. Village, Ski Ranches, Elk Run, Raspberry Patch and The Preserve. Just past the small lake on your left turn left at the old Sky Line ranch Property. You will soon see 3 roads converging. Park here and a shuttle will take you up to the Mai house - which is up the middle road through the metal cattle gate.
7210 Highway 145, Telluride, C0 81435
For directions click here.
"The evening.. was stunning--. In blend, dynamics and ensemble, you'll not hear anything better."The Telluride Watch
"With the delicate feast of music in this hushed summer music festival, you wonder if there exists music and sounds…maybe too perfect and too precious for our twenty-first century ears to hear."The Telluride Watch
"You can hear it all played live in a gorgeous room, comfortably reclined on the host's sofa or easy chair, and your ears will be massaged back to how they were intended to hear music in a perfect world."The Telluride Watch
"Telluride Musicfest is "an elegant gathering of art and music aficionados who… yield themselves to some very fine music-making".The Telluride Watch
“The Schubert quintet [performed by Alexis Pia Gerlach and Astrid Schween dreamily transported the listener to a landscape of tender sounds that whispered to the ear of what heaven will someday be like. It was hard to rouse yourself out of that euphoric fog and give a standing ovation…, because you knew that meant leaving the glory of the Schubert behind, picking up your coat and exiting … and returning to the real world."The Telluride Watch
"If you’re a novice chamber concertgoer, you’ll find that the music is up-close and vibrant – and virtually seen as well as heard. You may chose to follow the piano down its path as it winds through the trees and across its river, or you can jump tracts and follow the cello as it makes its way up an open, craggy cliff, leaving the piano and violin on their paths amongst the trees below it. Chamber music listening becomes the open page of an illustrated storybook, and it is quite the adventure."The Telluride Watch
The Telluride Musicfest
Artistic Director: Maria Bachmann
Festival Presenters: Josh Aronson, Vincent and Anne Mai
While Telluride already boasts many music festivals, the founders of Telluride Musicfest intended something different when they first opened their homes to festival-goers in June 2003. Josh Aronson and Vincent and Ann Mai wanted to create a unique festival to enjoy chamber music presented in its intended form - first-class musicians performing in an intimate home environment.
Josh Aronson explains, "Chamber music was intended for performance in living rooms, salons and private theaters, where two to eight musicians played at parties given by noblemen." Aronson first started having chamber music concerts in his New York loft a few years ago as a place for musicians to have a private warm-up concert before going public. He quickly realized that "audiences love the insider-ness of it and hearing big time music in a tiny venue is thrilling." He decided that presenting music in private homes in Telluride would be the perfect setting for such events. 2014 is our 12th year.
We're looking forward to sharing the thrill of live chamber music up close and personal as we present our concerts in the glorious home of our wonderful partners for 12 years - Anne and Vincent Mai.
Our fiscal sponsor is Telluride Arts.
Without our $1000, $3000 and $5000 Patrons, Telluride Musicfest would not be possible. Please consider becoming a Patron this year and if you already are, consider raising your level of patronage to help offset our annual deficit. We need your enthusiasm and generosity to continue to bring the best chamber artists in America to Telluride and offer this musical heaven to our community.
To become a sponsor of Telluride Musicifest, please write your check to Telluride Musicfest. You will receive a letter for your tax deductible donation.
Trio Solisti, a “trio of soloists,” has forged its reputation as “the most exciting piano trio in America” (The New Yorker) with a performance style that combines exceptional virtuosity and penetrating musical insight, the result of which yields cohesive and powerful musical narratives. Possessing a repertoire that encompasses most of the standard trio repertoire as well as many new works by contemporary composers, rave reviews follow the ensemble throughout its concert tours.
Strad Magazine wrote of the trio's interpretation of Brahms Trios, “Trio Solisti plays this glorious music with rare commitment and insight - the free-flowing adrenaline has one on the edge of one’s seat,” and Fanfare Magazine acclaimed its recording of music by Paul Moravec, saying, “These performances are really almost beyond belief.” Noted Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout proclaimed, “To my mind, Trio Solisti has now succeeded the Beaux Arts Trio as the outstanding chamber music ensemble of its kind.”
Founded in 2001, Trio Solisti (made up of violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, and pianist Adam Neiman) has performed at many of America’s important concert venues and cultural institutions: Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Washington Performing Arts Society at Kennedy Center, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, People’s Symphony Concerts at Town Hall, Seattle’s Meany Hall and La Jolla’s Revelle Series, to name a few. The ensemble has been described by The New York Times as “consistently brilliant” and praised by The Washington Post for its “unrelenting passion and zealous abandon in a transcendent performance.”
Trio Solisti’s discography includes Dvořák Trios, Pictures at an Exhibition, Café Music, Brahms Trios, and Tempest Fantasy. Trio Solisti actively collaborates with some of today’s leading composers including Lowell Liebermann, Kevin Puts, Paul Moravec, and Philip Glass. Trio Solisti is the founding ensemble of Telluride MusicFest, and are the Ensemble-in-Residence at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.
Artistic Director of Telluride MusicFest and violinist Maria Bachmann combines outstanding musicianship with dazzling technical command, a tone of exceptional purity and a magnetic stage presence. The New York Times has hailed her as “a rare violinist...crisply lean, warmly lyrical, and unexpectedly sensuous,” and The Boston Globe has similarly praised Ms. Bachmann as being “astonishing in every musical and technical regard.”
Highlights of the 2013-14 season include performances of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Richmond Symphony (IN), Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy and Zigeunerweisen with the Wisconsin Symphony, and appearances with the Akoka ensemble with clarinetist David Krakauer and cellist Matt Haimovitz, and at the Philip Glass Days and Nights Festival in Carmel, CA. Maria's most recent CD will be released on Naxos - Paul Moravec's Violin Concerto (2010) with Rossen Milanov conducting Symphony in C. Her recordings encompassing works from Beethoven to new music can be found on Sony Masterworks, Sony/RCA Red Seal, Naxos, Endeavour Classics/Allegro, Koch, Orange Mountain Music, and Bridge Records.
Ms. Bachmann has made acclaimed debuts with The National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, The St. Louis Symphony, the Taipai and Shanghai Symphonies, and she has worked with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano and Marin Alsop. In 2010, Ms. Bachmann performed Philip Glass's Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra with the Orchestra of The Hague in The Netherlands. Since her recital debut at New York’s Town Hall, Maria has performed recitals in Tokyo, London, Paris, Shanghai, Taipei, The Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Herbst Theater in San Francisco, New York's Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Boston's Jordan Hall.
Ms. Bachmann was awarded first prizes at The Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, The Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York and The Pro Musicis Award. Maria Bachmann studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Ivan Galamian and Szymon Goldberg, and was awarded the Curtis Fritz Kreisler Prize for outstanding graduating violinist. She performs on a 1782 violin by Niccolo Gagliano.
Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach has been lauded by the press for the "gripping emotion" and "powerful artistry" of her interpretations; qualities which have led to a career striking for its wide range of artistic collaborations. She has appeared extensively in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America, with such conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, James DePreist and Peter Oundjian. Her recording with pianist Fabio Bidini of the Franck and Rachmaninoff Sonatas is released on the Encore Performance label.
As a sought-after chamber musician she performs at major festivals including Marlboro, Aspen, Bridgehampton, La Musica di Asolo and Caramoor, where she is a Texaco Rising Star, and as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has played extensively with Musicians from Marlboro, on both national and international tours. As a founding member of Concertante, a string sextet based in New York City, Gerlach performs on major concert series throughout North America, and has toured Asia and the Middle East. Concertante’s recordings of the string sextet repertoire have been met with critical acclaim.
A frequent collaborator with dancers, Gerlach has performed as on-stage solo cellist with the Paul Taylor Dance Company on tour in India and at New York’s City Center, and as a duo with New York City Ballet principal dancer, Damian Woetzel. She is active in commissioning and premiering new chamber works from many preeminent composers, such as Kevin Puts, Lowell Liebermann, Shulamit Ran, Richard Danielpour, Tigran Mansurian and Paul Moravec, and has worked with many others including Philip Glass, Thomas Adès, Osvaldo Golijov and Bright Sheng.
Gerlach was born in New York City where she first studied cello at The Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. She graduated from The Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School where she was a student of Aldo Parisot. She worked additionally with Pierre Fournier, William Pleeth and Janos Starker.
Possessing an established international career and an encyclopedic repertoire that spans more than sixty concerti, American pianist Adam Neiman has performed with many of the world’s celebrated conductors as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Belgrade, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Slovenia, Umbria, and Utah, as well as with the New York Chamber Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C.
A highly-acclaimed recitalist, Neiman has performed in most of the major cities and concert halls throughout the United States and Canada. His European solo engagements have brought him to Italy, France, Germany, the U.K., and Japan, where he made an eight-city tour culminating in his debut at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. Neiman has recorded extensively for Bridge Records, Lyric Records, VAI, and Naxos. Future projects include a recording of the complete 32 Beethoven Piano Sonatas for Sono Luminus, and the complete Preludes and Études-Tableaux of Rachmaninoff.
Highlights of the ’13-’14 season include a solo recital tour of North America performing Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, Op. 120 and "Hammerklavier" Sonata, Op 106. Recording releases will include Concerto da Camera by Howard Hanson with the Ying Quartet, for Sono Luminus; Dohnanyi’s Sextet with the 45th Parallel ensemble in Portland, OR; piano quartets of Saint-Saëns and Fauré with Maria Bachmann, Hsin-Yun Huang, and Edward Arron; and the Bernstein Piano Trio with Erin Keefe and Amit Peled for the Seattle Chamber Music Society.
Adam Neiman is on the Piano Performance faculty of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and is a member of the celebrated piano trio, Trio Solisti. In addition, he is a prolific composer with recent world premieres of the following works: his first String Quartet, Concerto for Piano & String Orchestra, Serenade for Violin and Piano, and several works for solo Piano.
Hsin-Yun Huang is recognized as one of the leading violists of her generation and her career as soloist and chamber musician spans the stages of North America, Europe, and the Far East. She came to international prominence in 1993 as the top prize of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and she was the youngest-ever Gold Medalist of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition on the Isle of Man. Solo performances have included concerto appearances with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Munich, the Zagreb Soloists in Paris, the Tokyo Philharmonic in Tokyo, the Berlin Radio Symphony, and the Russian State Philharmonic. Ms. Huang has collaborated with many artists including Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell. She studied at the Menuhin School in England, the Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School. Ms. Huang currently serves on the faculty of The Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music.
Kathryn Lockwood has been hailed as a violist of exceptional talents in reviews around the country. The Cleveland Plain Dealer proclaimed, "...Lockwood played the vociferous viola cadenza with mahogany beauty and vivid character." Kathryn is the violist of the internationally renowned LARK Quartet, and duoJalal, a unique viola and percussion duo with her husband Yousif Sheronick. Kathryn moved from her homeland of Australia to the United States in 1991 only to capture some of the most sought-after awards in the country such as the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the Primrose Viola Competition. As an original member of Pacifica Quartet, Kathryn was heard live on National Public Radio's Performance Today and on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia's Bennett Gordon Hall, Corcoran Gallery, St. Lawrence Center, and University of Thessaloniki / Greece. Currently on faculty at University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Ms. Lockwood was previously on the faculty at Rutgers University in NJ, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and National Music Camp in Australia. Ms. Lockwood earned her Master's Degree with Donald McInnes at the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Elizabeth Morgan.
Toby Appel, violin and viola, has appeared in recital and concerto performances throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Far East. He has been a member of such renowned ensembles as TASHI, and the Lenox and Audubon Quartets. Mr. Appel has been a frequent guest with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and worked with jazz artists Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Festival performances include those with Mostly Mozart (NY), Santa Fe (NM), Seattle (WA), Bravo! Vail Valley (CO), Chamber Music Northwest (OR), and Marlboro (VT), as well as festivals in England, France, Germany, Korea, Italy, Finland, and Greece. Mr. Appel is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio's Performance Today. Currently Mr. Appel is on the viola and chamber music faculties of the Juilliard School in New York City. His chamber music and recital recordings can be heard on the Columbia, Delos, Koch International, Opus 1 and Musical Heritage Society labels. This is his third year of performing at Telluride MusicFest.
Cellist Edward Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. Mr. Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Earlier that year, he performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos with Yo-Yo Ma and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Opening Night Gala of the Caramoor International Festival. Since that time, Mr. Arron has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Mr. Arron is the artistic director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, Musical Masterworks concert series in Old Lyme, Connecticut, and is artistic director of the Caramoor Virtuosi, the resident chamber ensemble of the Caramoor International Music Festival.
Mr. Arron has performed at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, and his festival appearances include Ravinia, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, BRAVO! Colorado,Tanglewood, Spoleto USA, Santa Fe, Seattle Chamber Music, Seoul Spring, and Isaac Stern’s Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters. Edward Arron is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Harvey Shapiro. Currently, Mr. Arron serves on the faculty of New York University.
Bulgarian violinist Joana Genova has an active career as a chamber musician, teacher and soloist. She began playing violin at the age of six in her native Bulgaria and made her solo debut at the age of twelve with the Plovdiv Chamber Orchestra. She is a prizewinner of the National Competition in Bulgaria and has appeared as soloist with the Plovdiv Symphony Orchestra and Shumen Philharmonic. Ms. Genova received her Bachelor of Music at the Conservatory of Amsterdam and her Master’s degree in chamber music at the Rotterdam Conservatory. In Holland, Ms. Genova was concertmaster of the Amsterdam Bach Consort and a member of Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Since 2000, Ms. Genova has lived in the US, and she servers on the faculty of Williams College in Massachusetts and the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont.