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2003-2004 Previews Concert Series
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Beverly Hills Audition Winners
Talented rising artists from around the world are selected at the Beverly Hills Auditions and presented monthly in the South Bay on The Interludes concert series in Torrance (previously The Previews concert series in Manhattan Beach). The Interludes series is graciously hosted by First Lutheran Church & School – Torrance as a gift to the community. The concerts also are presented on the preceding Friday evenings on the Music By The Sea recital series in the beautiful Encinitas Library with its expansive view of the Pacific Ocean. From January through June, the concerts are presented the following Sundays on Beverly Hills' Music In The Mansion recital series in the Beverly Hills' historic Greystone Mansion.
"The series is a much-sought opportunity for young performers...the talent level is extremely high." ~ Los Angeles Times
Saturday, August 23, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.
RUSLAN BIRYUKOV cello
Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, RUSLAN BIRYUKOV graduated from Moscow Conservatory. Among Ruslan's teachers were such prominent artists as Natasha Gutman, Daniil Shafran, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Kirill Rodin. He is currently in the Advanced Studies program at the USC Thornton School of Music under the guidance of distinguished professor Eleonore Schoenfeld.
Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.
DAVID KAPLAN piano
Nineteen-year-old DAVID KAPLAN, a winner of the 2002 Arthur Rubinyi Competition and a Gluck Chamber Fellowship, is currently studying piano with Walter Ponce at UCLA. David's enthusiasm for chamber music has brought him opportunities with several distinguished series: he was the youngest artist ever to perform at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Saturday, October 25, 2003 at 2:00 p.m.
LUCY CHUANG clarinet
A prize winner of the prestigious "Concertino Prague" international competition, LUCY CHUANG has won many awards in Canada, Taiwan, and USA, and appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras.
BRIDGET DEE CASTILLO is a natural talent, self-taught until age 18. "She plays with fantasy…involves her audience through her performance. This is very rare." - Paula Robison
Note time and venue change for this recital only|
Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 2:30 p.m.
St. Cross By-The-Sea Episcopal Church
1818 Monterey Blvd., Hermosa Beach CA
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THE ESPAÑA DUO
ADOLFO GUTIERREZ ARENAS is familiar to Los Angeles audiences since 1999 for his solo appearances with I PALPITI orchestra at the Ford Theatre and in festivals. He has performed in prestigious halls throughout Spain in solo recitals and with orchestras, and in chamber music festivals in Germany (Schleswig-Holstein, Lübeck), France (Prades), Holland (Holland Music Sessions), Spain (Madrid, Santander, Vic), and the U.S.A. A graduate of the Reina Sofia School of Music under Swedish cellist Frans Helmerson, Adolfo continued his studies with Lluis Claret and Bernard Greenhouse. He participated in summer courses with Janos Starker, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Ralph Kirshbaum. In 2000 his recordings of Bach's Six Suites were released in Spain.
DANIEL DELPINO has performed on all continents as a soloist, chamber musician and guest at festivals. He won special prizes in the Ciudad de Ferrol and Jose Iturbi competitions, the Parisot Prize, and the Gruman Prize for outstanding pianist. With a Master's degree in piano from Yale University, he is the youngest professor at the Toledo Conservatory.
Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.
"From Bach to Hendricks"
TAKEISHI NISHIMOTO guitar
Guitarist TAKEISHI NISHIMOTO embraces and expresses music from the European, Northern Indian, and American jazz classical traditions. Born in Fukuoka, Japan, Takeishi came to USC's famed guitar program, also receiving instruction from the legendary Pepe Romero. Takeishi's budding performing career has already taken him to across the country, from LA to NY.
Saturday, February 21, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.
Meet Californian Teen Stars
CHLOE PANG piano
Eleven-year-old CHLOE PANG has been captivating audiences with her "spirited and commanding performances" since the age of 4. She has won numerous first-place awards and top prizes including the Pinault International Competition, "From the Top," and the Yehudi-Menuhin/Helen Dowling Prize.
At eight, Chloe was the youngest debut soloist at Bosendorfer Hall. She made her orchestral debut at 10 with the Pro Art Symphony Orchestra at the Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts and has performed with several symphonies in the San Francisco Bay area.
She will perform at New York's CAMI Hall (Columbia Artists' Management, Inc.), Boston's Jordan Hall, National Public Radio, and play Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini as guest soloist with the Pacific Chamber Symphony this season. Chloe is a student of James Arthur Gardner and resides in Orinda, California.
OTTO EHLING began playing piano before he could walk. He has soloed at the Brazilian Music Festival at the Ford Theatre, and was praised by the Los Angeles Times. He performed at the Hollywood Bowl Museum Cluster Recital, and his virtuosity earned him a place on Brazilian TV (his mother is Brazilian), where he was seen by 25 million viewers. He is a student at Hamilton Music Academy.
Saturday, March 20, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.
UCLA BRASS QUINTET
ADAM BHATIA trumpet
The UCLA BRASS QUINTET, consisting of undergraduate and graduate performance majors, are some of the finest young brass players in the country. Individually, they have won numerous awards and honors.
Saturday, April 24, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.
TIBI CZIGER clarinet
Favorite Sundays-At-Two artists, cellist RUSLAN BIRYUKOV (Russia) and pianist DAVID KAPLAN (USA), are joined by Israeli clarinetist TIBI CZIGER, who will be appearing on the series next season. Winners of numerous honors and awards, Tibi and Ruslan are graduate students at the USC Thornton School of Music, and David is an undergraduate at UCLA. The concert features a recital piece by each artist and the Brahms' Clarinet Trio after intermission.
Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 2:00 p.m.
TIMOTHY FAIN violin
First violinist of the internationally renowned Rossetti Quartet, TIMOTHY FAIN won First Prize at the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and tours with "Musicians from Marlboro." A native of Santa Monica, Timothy attended the Colburn School of Performing Arts and the Crossroads School. He received a Bachelor's Degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Victor Danchenko, and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he worked with Robert Mann. He has also studied with Aaron Rosand, Haroutune Bedelian, and Laura and Eduard Schmieder, and played in masterclasses for Isaac Stern, Peter Oundjian, Miriam Fried, and Ida Haendel. He is recipient of a 2001 Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Timothy will be joined in the second half of the concert by the other members of the ROSSETTI QUARTET and pianist RINA DOKSHITSKY.