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2023-2024 Concert Series
Classical Crossroads' First Fridays at First!~fff concerts are graciously hosted as a gift to the community by FirstServe Community Services, the nonprofit community service partner organization of First Lutheran Church & School – Torrance. The finest artists from Southern California and around the world perform half-hour lunchtime recitals.
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Hills National Auditions Winners
SYRINX REED QUINTET
The Syrinx Quintet is bringing a new voice to the Southern California chamber music scene. Founded in 2018, Syrinx Quintet boasts a versatile and colorful combination of avid teaching artists with backgrounds from across the nation. Experienced in a wide variety of styles and comfortable in any venue, the ensemble offers bold and innovative repertoire - from the Renaissance to contemporary and popular genres.
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JASON STOLL / MICAH WRIGHT DUO
Currently on the faculty at Cal State Northridge, award-winning pianist Jason Stoll holds degrees from CSUN, the Juilliard School, and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Acclaimed Los Angeles-based clarinetist Micah Wright earned his degrees from USC (D.M.A.), Rice University (M.M.), and Drake University (B.M.). Micah is on the faculty of California Lutheran University and also teaches at Pasadena Conservatory of Music.
Part I of a Concert in Two Parts*
Cellist/Conductor Cellist Pianist
Acclaimed as a passionate and virtuosic performer, Emilio Colón is highly sought after as a solo cellist, chamber musician, conductor, composer, and pedagogue. In 2017, Emilio was named Artist of the Year by the New York Classical Music Society. Notable appearances as soloist include the National Symphony of Ukraine, Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony of Istanbul, Reno Chamber Orchestra, and Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra. Emilio is on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.
Cellist Cara Elise Colón has performed in chamber music collaborations throughout the world. Most recently she was invited to perform with the Perak Society of Performing Arts (PSPA) International Ensemble on tour in Malaysia, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series and the Ware Center Concert Series in Pennsylvania, the Mammoth Lakes Music Festival, the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, and the Fundación Musical Chamber Series in Puerto Rico. Cara has held positions on the faculty of the Indiana University String Academy and the Indianapolis Academy of Music.
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times for his "impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique," Steven Vanhauwaert made his solo debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and has appeared in some of the world's leading venues, including the National Center of the Performing Arts, the Forbidden City Theatre in Beijing, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Concertgebouw in Brugge, the Great Hall of the Budapest Liszt Conservatory, Segerstrom Hall, and the National Philharmonic Hall in Kiev. Mr. Vanhauwaert is a Steinway Artist.
* Part II of this concert followed on Classical Crossroads' "Second Sundays at Two" series.
SORDS / WALZ / DURKOVIC TRIO
Violinist Cellist Pianist
internationally acclaimed orchestral soloists and good friends
-- violinist Andrew
Sords, cellist John Walz, pianist Timothy
Durkovic -- share their passion for chamber
music with the audience. Andrew trained at the Cleveland
Institute of Music and Southern Methodist University. John is
a student of the legendary French cellist, Pierre Fournier. A
Steinway Artist, Timothy trained at the National Conservatory
of Guatemala, the Juilliard School, Salem College, and the USC
Thornton School of Music.
Beverly Hills National Auditions Winners
Tomomi Sato and Yue Qian met during their time together at Juilliard and are continuing their collaboration as Duo Syncopa at USC.
in 2017 from a shared passion for the music of Robert
Schumann, Duo Syncopa
is woven together by the artistry of violinist Yue Qian
and Tomomi Sato. In the 2023-2024 season, they present
a wide variety of programs throughout the United States. The
name Syncopa derives from one of Schumann’s favorite
compositional devices – syncopation - a key element that both
inspires and challenges the nuances of duo playing.
violinist Yue Qian enjoys
music-making and cherishes its communicative power. With
recent appearances at Verbier Festival, Ravinia Steans Music
Institute, Beijing Modern Festival and more, Yue contributed
to NAXOS China’s “JADE” album, celebrating contemporary
Chinese compositions. Beyond concert stages, Yue has
contributed to outreach trips with Midori in Los Angeles,
Mexico, and Sri Lanka, and currently teaches chamber music at
Colburn School CSPA. Yue holds degrees from Juilliard (MM) and
USC (BM, DMA), mentored by Midori
Japanese pianist Tomomi Sato has built a multifaceted career as a performing solo and collaborative artist, curator, and educator. A prizewinner of the 2013 Seattle International Competition, she has graced stages throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Tomomi’s 2023-2024 season highlights a concerto appearance with the Classical Music Institute Orchestra in San Antonio, a recital tour in Japan, and a national tour as a member of the classical crossover trio, TAKE3. Critically acclaimed for her expansive repertoire knowledge and genre-defying prowess on the keyboard, Tomomi’s festival credits include Music Academy, Tanglewood Music Center, and SongStudio.
Beverly Hills National Auditions Winner
DANIEL MILES CAMERON AKIOKA
Violist Daniel Miles received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 2020 and a Master’s degree from the USC Thornton School of Music in 2023, studying with Karen Dreyfus. He is joined by his USC classmate, pianist Cameron Akioka, who played a solo recital on the series last season as the winner of Peninsula Symphony’s Edith Knox Concerto Competition.
a Reprise of the Livestream
New Orleans International Piano Competition Winner
A native of Bulgaria, pianist Viktor Valkov has been hailed as a "lion of the keyboard" and "sensational" (Wiesbadener Kurier). He recently gave a critically acclaimed recital in London's Wigmore Hall and appeared as soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Baton Rouge Symphony, and Acadiana Symphony in Louisiana, and the West Virginia Symphony. Mr. Valkov has appeared as a recitalist worldwide at such leading venues as Carnegie Hall (Weill and Zankel Halls), the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Sakura Hall (Tokyo), Heidelberg's Alte Aula, and Bulgaria Concert Hall (Sofia). In the U.S., he has collaborated in chamber music with Martin Chalifour and Margaret Batjer, among numerous others. Trained at the Shepherd School of Music of Rice University (DMA), The Juilliard School (MM), and National Academy of Music - Sofia (Bachelor of Music), Mr. Valkov is on the faculty of the University of Utah School of Music.
Pianist NIKOLAAS KENDE &
One of the leading Belgian violinists, Jolente De Maeyer, has brought her virtuosity and passionate interpretations to diverse global audiences. She is recognized as an exceptionally gifted artist, reflected in the numerous awards and effusive reviews she has received for both her live performances and recordings. After an invitation from Yehudi Menuhin when she was 14 years old, Jolente studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School near London. She continued her studies in London, Berlin, and Waterloo, where she graduated in the class of Augustin Dumay in 2013. Since 2018, Jolente has been Professor of Violin at the Conservatory of Tilburg, the Netherlands.
Pianist Nikolaas Kende has been praised for his poetic playing and passionate musicality. A winner of several competitions, Nikolaas regularly performs in leading halls in Belgium and the Netherlands, including performances of the Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, and Bartók concertos with the Brussels Philharmonic, Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, and also with the National Radio Orchestra Romania. Nikolaas studied in Antwerp with his parents, in Amsterdam with Jan Wijn, in Munich and Fiesole with Elisso Virsaladze, and with such noted artists as Murray Perahia, and Radu Lupu. In 2015, Nikolaas was appointed Professor of Piano at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.
by the Winner of Peninsula Symphony's
Part I of a Concert in Two Parts*
Acclaimed cellist Dmitri Atapine has been described as an artist with "brilliant technical chops" (Gramophone), whose playing is "highly impressive throughout" (The Strad). He has appeared on some of the world's foremost stages, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall, National Taipei Concert Hall, and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Atapine frequently performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is Professor of Cello at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Described as "a pianist with power, precision, and tremendous glee" (Gramophone Magazine) and praised as "very sensitive" (Washington Post), Hyeyeon Park has appeared on leading concert stages throughout the world, including on the Dame Myra Hess Recital Series in Chicago; the Trinity Wall Street Series, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Merkin Recital Hall in New York City; the Philips Collection and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Seoul Art Center. She is Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Nevada, Reno.
* Part II of this concert follows on Classical Crossroads' "Second Sundays at Two" series.
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