Beethoven’s Sonatas for Violin & Piano Part II: The Art of the Duo

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Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents
Beethoven’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano Part II: The Art of the Duo
Sunday, June 30 at 4:30pm in the Venetian Theater
Program highlights Beethoven’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano

Katonah, NY – On Sunday, June 30 at 4:30 PM in the Venetian Theater, Caramoor presents the second installment of Beethoven’s Sonatas For Piano and Violin: The Art of the Duo, in which five different duos will perform Beethoven’s Sonatas 2, 4, 7, 8, and 9 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 Joseph Lin (violin), Gilles Vonsattel (piano), Tim Fain (violin), John Novacek (piano),Laura Frautschi (violin), Arnaud Sussman (violin), Michael Brown (piano), Jennifer Frautschi (violin), andJeewon Park (piano) who will share their interpretations of Beethoven’s masterpieces proving the relevance of this music in our contemporary world.
Tickets for Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin: The Art of the Duo are $15.00, $20.00, $30.00 and $40.00. To order tickets, call the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or visit Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 252 or [email protected]
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The Art Of The Duo: Beethoven’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano (Part Ii)
Sunday, June 30
4:30 in the Venetian Theater
Tickets: $15.00, $20.00, $30.00 and $40.00
Tim Fain, Jennifer Frautschi, Laura Frautschi, Joseph Lin, Arnaud Sussman, violin
Michael Brown, John Novacek, Jeewon Park, Gilles Vonsattel, TBD, piano
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 2 in A, Op. 12 No. 2
Joseph Lin, violin
Gilles Vonsattel, piano
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 4 in a, Op. 23
Tim Fain, violin
John Novacek, piano
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 7 in c, Op. 30 No. 2
Laura Frautschi, violin
John Novacek, piano
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 8 in G, Op. 30 No. 3
Arnaud Sussmann, violin
Michael Brown, piano
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A, Op. 47 (Kreutzer)
Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Jeewon Park, piano
Violinist Tim Fain is an Avery Fisher Career Grant winner known for his performance on-screen and in the soundtrack of the hit movie Black Swan. As a chamber musician, Tim Fain has performed at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York’s Bargemusic, Chamber Music Northwest, the Ravinia Festival, Spoleto Festival (Italy), Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Caramoor International Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, Lucerne Festival for Classical Music (Switzerland), Vail Valley Music Festival, Moab Music Festival, and Martha’s Vineyard Festival. He has toured nationally with Marlboro on Tour and the Rossetti String Quartet and appeared as soloist with the Philip Glass Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, as well as recitals for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and elsewhere throughout the United States. Fain attended the Royal Conservatory of Music in London at the age of 11 and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and The Juilliard School

Violinist Jennifer Frautschi is an Avery Fischer Career Grant winner who has received acclaim as an adventurous performer with a wide-ranging repertoire. Equally at home in the classic repertoire as well as twentieth and twenty-first century works, she has created a sensation with appearances as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. She has also soloed in recent seasons with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Kansas City Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, San Diego Symphony, and Seattle Symphony, and toured the United States with the Czech Symphony Orchestra. Born in Pasadena, California, Ms. Frautschi began the violin at age three and was a student of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. She subsequently attended Harvard, the New England Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann.

Violinist Laura Frautschi has established a reputation as a versatile musician with a strong commitment to contemporary as well as classical repertoire. She regularly performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia, and collaborates frequently with living composers. She has given world premieres of violin concerti by leading American composers Lee Hyla and Augusta Read Thomas.Her recent chamber music activities include appearances at the Caramoor International Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wellseley Composer Conference, Moab and St. Bart’s Music Festivals. In addition, she is a concertmaster of the New York City Opera Orchestra, and has toured internationally as a concertmaster of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Frautschi’s has also recorded numerous CDs and DVDs, and tours frequently with her piano trio Intersection. Laura Frautschi studied applied mathematics at Harvard College, and violin performance with Robert Mann at The Juilliard School.

An active solo and chamber musician, violinist Joseph Lin has performed at such venues as Symphony Hall in Boston, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Town Hall in Auckland. A member of the Juilliard Quartet, Mr. Lin was also a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, winner of the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. Mr. Lin was awarded First Prize at the 1996 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the 1999 Pro Musicis International Award, and First Prize at the inaugural Michael Hill World Violin Competition in New Zealand. Joseph Lin’s violin teachers have included Mary Canberg, Shirley Givens and Lynn Chang. Mr. Lin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2000. In 2002, he began an extended exploration of China, spending 2004 studying Chinese music in Beijing as a Fulbright Scholar.

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Arnaud Sussmann is a multi-faceted and compelling artist who has performed as soloist throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, and Asia. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Orchestre des Pays de la Loire, El Salvador National Symphony Orchestra, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. He was invited to join the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two for the 2006-2009 seasons and continues to appear with CMS both in New York and on tour. Recent engagements include a tour of Israel, a recital at the Dresden Music Festival, and a performance with CMS at the Wigmore Hall in London. Sussman is a winner of several international competitions including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, the Andrea Postacchini Competition, and the Vatelot/Rampal Competition, Mr. Sussmann has recently recorded works of Beethoven and Dvorák with CMS artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han. Arnaud studied with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman.

The New York Times declared pianist Michael Brown “a young piano visionary,” praising him for his “powerful technique and a vivid imagination.” He is the First Prize Winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. Brown performed at Alice Tully Hall as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra under New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert and in a solo recital as winner of the 2012 Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award. He has appeared on four continents and performed at other major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A native New Yorker, Michael Brown earned dual Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Piano and Composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. He is a two-time winner of The Juilliard School’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and has received the Raeburn Award for Artist of Special Promise from the 2009 Honens International Piano Competition and a top prize at the New York Piano Competition.

International concert pianist, John Novacek is the winner of the Leschetizky and Joanna Hodges International piano competitions in addition to numerous national competitions. He divides his solo work between recitals and concertos with orchestra. Venues include Kennedy Center, Avery Fisher hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center, Hollywood Bowl, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, Ambassador Auditorium (Pasadena), the 92nd St. Y (New York), Ravinia Festival and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall. He has performed on many television and radio programs, and is often heard on syndicated programs such as NPR’s “Performance Today,” “The Record Shelf,” “First Hearing,” and “St. Paul Sunday.” A much sought-after collaborative artist, Novacek has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Leila Josefowicz, Julius Baker, and Lynn Harell, and the Colorado String Quartet. He has given numerous world premieres and worked closely with John Williams, George Rochberg, and Lalo Schifrin.

Praised for her “deeply reflective playing” (Indianapolis Star) and “infectious exuberance” (New York Times), Korean-born pianist Jeewon Park is rapidly garnering the attention of audiences for her dazzling technique and poetic lyricism. Since making her debut at the age of 12 performing Chopin’s First Concerto with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Park has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd Street Y, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kravis Center, and Seoul Arts Center in Korea. An avid chamber musician, Jeewon Park has performed at prominent festivals throughout the world and is regularly invited to collaborate with the members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble, and has performed with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Brentano, Tokyo, Fine Arts, and Miami Quartets. Ms. Park is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale University, where she was awarded the Dean Horatio Parker Prize. She holds the DMA degree from SUNY Stony Brook. Her teachers include Young-Ho Kim, Herbert Stessin, Claude Frank and Gilbert Kalish.

Swiss-born, American-based pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of uncommon breadth. Recipient of a 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions, he recently made his Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, and San Francisco Symphony debuts, while performing recitals and chamber music at the Tonhalle Zürich, Ravinia, Wigmore Hall, the Gilmore festival, and the Munich Gasteig. A former member of Chamber Music Society Two, he made his Alice Tully Hall recital debut in 2002 and has appeared with the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Calgary Philharmonic, l’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Edmonton Symphony, and at international festivals such as Rockport, Steamboat Springs, Music from Angel Fire, Ottawa, Bridgehampton, Caramoor, West Cork, Archipel, and la Roque d’Anthéron. He has worked closely with notable composers such as Ned Rorem, George Benjamin, Jörg Widmann, and Heinz Holliger, and has premiered numerous solo and chamber works. He enjoys a richly varied chamber music life, highlighted by collaborations with artists such as Ida Kavafian, David Jolley, David Shifrin, Paul Neubauer, Emmanuel Pahud, Corey Cerovsek, Pamela Frank, the Pacifica Quartet, Quatuor Ebène, and many others.

Recent and upcoming engagements include performances with the Staatskapelle Halle and L’orchestre symphonique du Québec, as well as solo debuts at Wigmore Hall and the Lucerne Festival. The summer of 2013 includes performances at Bowdoin, Rockport Music, [email protected], Bridgehampton, Bard, and Lake Champlain festivals. Mr. Vonsattel is an artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for the 2013-14 season. His 2011 recording for the Honens/Hyperion label of music by Debussy, Honegger, Holliger, and Ravel was named one of Timeout NY’s classical albums of the year. He received his bachelor’s degree in political Science and economics from Columbia University and his master of music degree from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Jerome Lowenthal. Mr. Vonsattel serves on the faculty of the the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Mr. Vonsattel participated in Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars program in 2006, and is a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi, which receives generous support from The Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation. He most recently performed at Caramoor in November 2010.
“We built a home, my husband and I, not to be old or new, just to be beautiful. And we built it for music.” ~ Lucie Rosen

Caramoor, the country estate of Walter and Lucie Rosen, was where they built their home and filled it with treasures. Enjoying the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor with its art collection, gardens, and musical programs, in 1946 the Rosens established a public trust to open Caramoor to the community. Their musical evenings were the inspiration for the Caramoor Summer Music Festival, now in its sixty-eighth year, and the ongoing Music in the Rosen House series.

Since its founding, Caramoor has gained international renown as a cultural institution, presenting music of all types and inspiring artists and audiences alike.

Caramoor enriches the lives of its audiences through intimate, innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Education is a valued component of Caramoor’s mission, and Caramoor offers programs for the mentoring of young professional musicians as well as curriculum-based programs for school children emphasizing music, history and visual and decorative arts. Caramoor is often described as “a Garden of Great Music,” where audiences are invited to explore the beautiful grounds and gardens, discover the fascinating collection of period rooms and antiquities in the Rosen House, and enjoy beautiful music in the Music Room, Spanish Courtyard and Venetian theater.

Concert Venues and Gardens
Summer concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1,714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic 558-seat Spanish Courtyard. In the fall and winter all concerts are presented in the magnificent Music Room in the Rosen House. Caramoor’s gardens, also used for concerts, are also well worth the
visit and include nine unique perennial gardens. Among them are a Sense Circle for the visually handicapped, the Sunken Garden, a Butterfly Garden, the Tapestry Hedge, and the Iris and Peony Garden.

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 2, or online at 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.
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 2013 International Music Festival is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.