11-24 Aspen Music Festival

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Gershwin: An American in Paris – 2 pianos (Anton Nel, Wu Han)
Gershwin/ Heifetz: from Porgy and Bess: Bess, You is my Woman Now; It Ain’t Necessarily So
Pixinguinha: Um a Zero (Piccinini, Brasil Guitar Duo)
Piazzolla: Ausencias and Zita (Piccinini, Brasil Guitar Duo)
Väsks: Dolcissimo (encore)
Glass: Violin Concerto No. 2, The American Four Seasons (U.S. premiere)
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 (Joyce Yang)

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Brasil Guitar Duo

Douglas Lora
João Luiz

João Luiz and Douglas Lora met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students and have been performing together for more than ten years, perfecting a sublime synchronicity and effortless performance style. The ensemble’s primary studies were with Henrique Pinto along with Fabio Zanon, Paulo Martelli, Sergio Abreu and Alice Artz. Douglas Lora earned his Master’s degree at the University of Miami as a student of Dr. Rene Gonzalez. João Luiz is pursuing his Master’s degree at New York’s Mannes College of Music studying with Michael Newman. More

Sol Gabetta, Cello – Born in Cordoba, Argentina, Sol Gabetta won her first competition at the age of ten. This was soon followed by the Natalia Gutman Award and commendations at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition as well as the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. A Grammy Award nominee, Sol Gabetta became the youngest award winner of the Aargau Kulturpreis in 2008, one of the most important arts prizes in Switzerland. She has also been awarded Argentina’s KONEX prize and, in 2010, received the renowned Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award. More

Wu Han, Piano – Pianist Wu Han ranks among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. Leading an unusually multifaceted artistic career, she has risen to international prominence through her wide-ranging activities as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, and cultural entrepreneur. Wu Han began her musical studies at the age of nine, and within a few years took first prizes in all the major competitions in Taiwan. Wu Han lives in New York with her husband, David Finckel, and their sixteen-year-old daughter, Lilian. More

Mayumi Kanagawa, Violin - Mayumi Kanagawa, 14, began playing the violin when she was four years old under the tutelage of Yoshiko Nakura in Japan. After moving to New York when she was five, Mayumi studied with Masao Kawasaki for seven years and was a student in the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division for three years. Kanagawa relocated to Los Angeles in the summer of 2007, where she began studying with her current teacher, Robert Lipsett, at the Colburn School. Mayumi has spent summers at the Encore School for Strings and the Aspen Music Festival. She won first place in the Connecticut International String Competition in 2006 and recently performed with the Palisades Symphony. More

Robert McDuffie, Violin – Grammy nominated artist Robert McDuffie has appeared as soloist with most of the major orchestras of the world. Robert McDuffie recorded “The American Four Seasons” with the London Philharmonic and Marin Alsop on the Orange Mountain Music label. Robert McDuffie is the founder of the Rome Chamber Music Festival. Mr. McDuffie holds the Mansfield and Genelle Jennings Distinguished University Professor Chair at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia. In April 2011, the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University celebrated its fourth academic year with concerts conducted by Maestro Robert Spano. Robert McDuffie lives in New York with his wife and two children. More

Anton Nel, Piano - Anton Nel, winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Following an auspicious debut at the age of twelve with Beethoven’s C Major Concerto after only two years of study, the Johannesburg native captured first prizes in all the major South African competitions while still in his teens, toured his native country extensively and became a well-known radio and television personality. His recordings include four solo CDs (including a disc for EMI), several chamber music recordings (including the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for cello and piano and the Brahms Sonatas with Bion Tsang) as well as works for piano and orchestra by Faure, Franck, and Saint-Saens. More

Marina Piccinini, Flute - Widely recognized as one of the world’s leading flute virtuosos, flutist Marina Piccinni combines flawless technical command, profound interpretive instincts, and a charismatic stage presence — qualities which make each of her performances a memorable event. Marina Piccinini’s career was launched when she won First Prize in the CBC Young Performers Competition in Canada, and a year later, First Prize in New York’s Concert Artists Guild International Competition. In 1989 she was cited by Musical America as a “Young Artist to Watch”, and in 1991 she became the first flutist to win the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant from Lincoln Center.  More

Leonard Slatkin, Conductor - Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. He was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, beginning with the 2011-12 season. Born in Los Angeles to a distinguished musical family, his parents were the conductor-violinist Felix Slatkin and cellist Eleanor Aller, founding members of the famed Hollywood String Quartet. Mr. Slatkin began his musical studies on the violin and studied conducting with his father, followed by Walter Susskind at Aspen and Jean Morel at The Juilliard School. He is the proud parent of a teenage son, Daniel. More

Joyce Yang, Piano – Critically acclaimed as “the most gifted young pianist of her generation” with a “million-volt stage presence,” pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences around the globe with her stunning virtuosity combined with heartfelt lyricism and interpretive sensitivity. Just twenty-four, she has established herself as one of the leading artists of her generation through her innovative solo recitals and notable collaborations with the world’s top orchestras. In 2010 she was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, one of the most prestigious prizes in classical music. More

Han-Wen Yu, Piano - Han-Wen Yu, a native of Taichung, Taiwan, is the recipient of the 2010 Marc and Eva Stern Fellowship at SongFest. She’s also the recipient of Maestro Circle Scholarship at the 2010 Aspen Music Festival, where she studied with Rita Sloan. She’s an active collaborative pianist at AMFS, where she played in all the string competitions, several string master classes and several string showcase recitals held in the Music Hall and two spotlight recitals in the Harris Concert Hall. Now she is a second year master student at the New England Conservatory, studying collaborative piano with Cameron Stowe and Pei-Shan Lee. – More