Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin: The Art of the Duo

BEETHOVEN’S SONATAS FOR PIANO AND VIOLIN: THE ART OF THE DUO
Katonah, NY ~ June 8, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lois Cohn Associates

CARAMOOR INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS
BEETHOVEN’S SONATAS FOR PIANO AND VIOLIN: THE ART OF THE DUO
JULY 1ST AT 4:30 PM IN THE VENETIAN THEATER PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
BEETHOVEN’S SONATAS FOR PIANO AND VIOLIN

KATONAH, NY – On Sunday, July 1 at 4:30 PM in the Venetian Theater, Caramoor presents the inaugural performance of Beethoven’s Sonatas For Piano and Violin: The Art Of The Duo, in which five different duos will perform Beethoven’s Sonatas 1, 3, 5, 6, and 10 for piano and violin. Recorded by numerous violinists over the past sixty years, these sonatas remain at the apex of the chamber music repertory. The duos performing at Caramoor feature Jesse Mills, violin; Rieko Aizawa, piano; David McCarroll, violin; Gabriele Carcano, piano; Yura Lee, violin; Dina Vainshtein, piano; Soovin Kim, violin; Ieva JokubavičiütÄ—, piano; Colin Jacobsen,violin; and Adam Golka, piano, and will share their interpretations of Beethoven’s masterpieces proving the relevance of this music in our contemporary world. The cycle of all ten sonatas will continue next summer.

TICKETS
Tickets for Beethoven’s Sonatas For Piano and Violin: The Art Of The Duo are $15, $20, $30 and $40. To order tickets, call the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or visit www.caramoor.org. Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 252 or matthew@caramoor.org.

PRESS TICKETS
For press tickets, images, artist information or interviews, contact: Brittnee Walker at 917.339.7183,bwalker@lcohnpr.com or Fiona Zwieb at 917.339.7189 or fzwieb@lcohnpr.com.

PROGRAM
SUNDAY, JULY 1 AT 4:30 IN THE VENETIAN THEATER
THE ART OF THE DUO: BEETHOVEN’S SONATAS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO
$15, $20, $30 and $40

Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in D Major, Op. 12 No. 1
Jesse Mills, violin
Rieko Aizawa, piano

Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 12 No. 3
David McCarroll, violin
Gabriele Carcano, piano

Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 (Spring)
Yura Lee, violin
Dina Vainshtein, piano

—Intermission—

Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 6 in A Major, Op. 30 No. 1
Soovin Kim, violin
Ieva JokubavičiütÄ—, piano

Beethoven Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 10 in G Major, Op. 96
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Adam Golka, piano

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jesse Mills, Grammy-nominated violinist performs music of many genres; from classical to contemporary as well as his own compositions and improvisations. Mr. Mills participated in Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars program in 2000, and has been a frequent performer with the Caramoor Virtuosi. In 2004, he made his professional concerto debut with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra and with Salsa trombonist, Jimmy Bosch. Mr. Mills is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Robert Mann. Mr. Mills is co-founder of the Horszowski Trio, a piano trio with Rieko Aizawa and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan and the Duo Prism. With Ms. Aizawa, Mr. Mills became co-artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado in 2010.

Reiko Aizawa, pianist, has performed throughout the US, Canada and Europe. At thirteen, she made her US debut concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival and as a guest with string quartets including the Guarneri, Orion and Shanghai quartets. She is a founding member of Duo Prism with violinist Jesse Mills, which earned the 1st Prize at the Zinetti International Competition in Italy. Rieko became the co-artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado in 2010. Her solo debut recording of Scriabin and Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes was released by Altus in Japan.
David McCarroll, silver medalist at the 2007 Klein International Competition, has been described by the IndieLONDON as “a great talent” who plays “with an impressive depth of feeling” as a classical violinist. He has performed as a soloist with the London Mozart Players, Santa Rosa Symphony and the Yehudi Menuhin School Orchestra, among others. He has appeared in many venues throughout the UK. As an active chamber musician, he has played in many chamber ensembles with musicians including Miriam Fried, Ida Levin, Roger Tapping, Mitsuko Uchida, and Richard Goode. He has performed at festivals around the nation including Marlboro, Ravinia and as part of Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars program. Mr. McCarroll is currently continuing his studies in the Konzertexamen program at the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin.
Gabriele Carcano, pianist, debuted at Teatro La Fenice and received a 2010 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship Award, placing him among the most talented young artists on the international musical scene. He has appeared in many prestigious venues in Paris, Rome, Bologna, Milan, Montpellier and in festivals including Radio France Festival, Festival Musique en Côte Basque, the French May festival and the Marlboro Festival. In spring 2012 he took part in a chamber music project with Marlboro musicians in a tour of America. Highlights of the next season include concerts in Florence and Zurich.

Yura Lee made her Carnegie Hall debut with the National Symphony Orchestra and became a recipient of the 2007 Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 2006, at the Leopold Mozart Competition, she was awarded the Mozart Prize, the Mozart Medal, the Jugendjury Prize, and the Public Prize. As chamber musician, she has regularly taken part in the Marlboro Festival, the Caramoor Festival, the Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the festivals of Salzburg, Verbier, and Kronberg. She is a member of Chamber Music Society Two, and is a past participant in Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars program, 2001 and 2002.
Pianist Dina Vainshtein has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Russia. Ms. Vainshtein has performed at the Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Festival, Sunriver Festival, Music Academy of the West, Meadowmount and the Heifitz International Music Institute. She appeared with I Musici de Montreal as a soloist and as a guest artist with the Borromeo String Quartet. Her recording with violinist Frank Huang for the Naxos label –Violin Recital: Fantasies – received critical acclaim.

Korean-American violinist Soovin Kim captured first prize in the Paganini International Competition and subsequently received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award at the age of 20. Today Mr. Kim has been acclaimed for his recent solo performances with the American Symphony Orchestra, Curtis Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among others. As 1st violinist of the Johannes String Quartet, Mr. Kim recently toured for two seasons with the famed and now-retired Guarneri String Quartet, and is also a well-known member of MIK, his ground-breaking piano quartet ensemble in Korea. Mr. Kim’s latest CD, Gypsy, was released in September 2010. He is the founder and artistic director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in 2009 in Burlington, Vermont and also spends his summers at the Marlboro Music Festival. In the fall of 2012 he will begin teaching at the Peabody Institute.
Lithuanian pianist Ieva JokubavičiütÄ—’s performances possess ‘razor-sharp intelligence and wit’ (The Washington Post) and are described as ‘elegant and engaging’ (The Wall Street Journal). In 2006, she was honored as a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. Over the last seasons, Ms. JokubavičiütÄ— made her Chicago Symphony debut at the Ravinia Festival, her orchestral debut in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and her chamber music and solo endeavors have brought her to stages around the world. In 2009, Ms. JokubavičiütÄ—’s piano trio, Trio Cavatina, won the Naumburg Chamber Music Competition and made its Carnegie Hall debut in May of 2010. In 2011, Labor Records released her Alban Berg Tribute recordings of Berg’s piano sonata and previously unrecorded or unknown works written in tribute to Berg. She regularly appears at international music festivals including: Marlboro, Ravinia, Bard, Chesapeake Chamber Music, and Prussia Cove in Cornwall, England.

Violinist Colin Jacobsen, a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, first played to critical acclaim at the age of fourteen as soloist with the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Jacobsen tours regularly with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble since its conception 10 years ago at Tanglewood. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s program Chamber Music Society Two, as well as the Young Artist in Residence for NPR’sPerformance Today. Mr. Jacobsen is a co-founder of two ensembles, Brooklyn Rider and The Knights. In addition, he founded the Stillwater Music Festival in Minnesota and is a regular guest at summer festivals such as the Banff Centre for the Arts, Bravo!, Colorado Music Festival, Caramoor International Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, and the Salzburg Festival.
Pianist Adam Golka has maintained a highly-active performing schedule in his consistently growing career ever since he won the first prize in the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition in 2003. In March 2010, Mr. Golka made his Carnegie Hall debut. His solo appearances have taken him to venues such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Musashino Hall in Tokyo, among others. He has amassed a broad performing repertoire in his young career and has performed more than twenty piano concertos and enough solo works to fill at least twenty recital programs, including the thirty-two sonatas of Beethoven.

ABOUT CARAMOOR
Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who built their summer home – now known as the historic Rosen House at Caramoor – and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate, realizing his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world. Their musical evenings planted the seeds for today’s Caramoor International Music Festival. Witnessing the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor – the house with its art collection, the gardens, and the musical programs on summer evenings –the Rosens established a public trust to open Caramoor to the community in 1946. Lucie Rosen survived her husband by seventeen years. During those years, she expanded the Music Festival. The Spanish Courtyard was used as a setting for musical events, as it is today, and, under her direction, the great stage of the Venetian Theater was built.

Caramoor is a performing arts center located on a unique 90-acre setting of Italianate architecture and gardens in Westchester County, NY. It enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Its mission also includes mentoring young professional musicians and providing educational programs for young children centered on music. It is often described as “a Garden of Great Music”, where audiences are invited to come early, explore the beautiful grounds, enjoy a pre-concert picnic, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the Venetian Theater, Spanish Courtyard, Music Room of the Rosen House, and the magnificent gardens.

With its unique heritage, Caramoor remains a place where magical summer days and nights are shared and enjoyed by thousands. “Caramoor is the loveliest Festival of them all.” – The New York Times

Concert Venues and Gardens
Concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic 558-seat Spanish Courtyard. Caramoor’s gardens are also well worth the visit and include nine unique perennial gardens. Among them are a Sense Circle for the visually handicapped, a Butterfly Garden, Tapestry Hedge, Sunken Garden, and Iris and Peony Garden.

GETTING TO CARAMOOR
By car from the West Side of Manhattan and New Jersey, take the Saw Mill River Parkway north to Katonah. Exit at Route 35/Cross River. Turn right and, at the first traffic light, make a right turn onto Route 22 south. Travel 1.9 miles to the junction of Girdle Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Caramoor. (For detailed directions call 914.232.5035 and press 4, or online at www.caramoor.org). Parking at Caramoor is free.

By train, take the Harlem Division of the Metro-North Railroad to Katonah, New York. Taxi service from the station to Caramoor (5 minutes away) is available.

PICNICKING AT CARAMOOR
Extend the Caramoor experience by arriving early and enjoying a picnic amidst the beautiful gardens. Concertgoers can bring their own picnic, or order one for pick-up at Caramoor by calling Great Performances® at 212-337-6055 or online at www.greatperformances.com/caramoorpicnics.
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CREDITS
Performances are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from
Westchester County Government.
Performances are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The 2012 International Music Festival is supported in part by
an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS IS LOCATED AT
149 GIRDLE RIDGE ROAD, KATONAH, NEW YORK.

ALL PROGRAMS AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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