11-07 Strings Music Festival

Strings Music Festival—Steamboat Springs’ signature summer music event—runs from June through August and emphasizes stringed instruments in a wide variety of genres. Held in its own dedicated venue below the slopes of Mt. Werner and a few miles east of downtown, the nationally known festival stages more than 70 shows every summer in styles that range from jazz to bluegrass to chamber music. Major shows are held on Wednesday and Saturday evenings; family shows are staged on
Tuesdays, and free concerts take place on Thursdays at the town’s sublime botanic gardens on the Yampa River.

For more information about Strings Music Festival visit www.stringsmusicfestival.com.


Vivaldi: Violin Concerto, op. 4, no. 2 in E Minor
Arnold: Oboe Quartet
Foss (arr. Stoltzman): Three American Pieces for Clarinet & Piano, last mvmt. Composer’s Holiday
Kodaly: Trio for 2 vlns and vla: III
Dvorak: Piano Quartet op. 23
Stock: Suenos de Sefarad
Arensky: Piano Trio

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Andrés Cárdenes, Co-Artistic Director, Violin –Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. A ferocious, passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling solo violin, conducting, viola, chamber music, concertmaster and recorded performances. The 2006/07 season celebrates the 35th anniversary of his professional debut with concerts on four continents, including several world premieres of works dedicated to him. More

Monique Mead, Co-Artistic Director –Monique Mead Monique Mead has been educating young audiences since 1996 and has gained widespread recognition in Germany as an innovative performer and presenter of youth and family concerts. Critics praise her “refreshing approach in communicating with young audiences.” She has performed as a soloist with the Philharmonia Hungarica, Krakow Radio Orchestra, Philharmonie der Nationen, and the Mexico State Symphony. In the U.S., she has played chamber music and presented concerts with the San Diego Symphony, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Strings Music Festival, Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Maui Festival, and the Mainly Mozart Festival. She continues to work with many of these organizations in developing long-term projects to promote classical music. More

Cynthia DeAlmeida, Oboe –Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida has been Principal Oboe of the Pittsburgh Symphony since 1991. For two years prior to this she was Associate Principal Oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra.Since joining the Pittsburgh Symphony Ms. DeAlmeida has been featured as a soloist in concertos by Bach, Haydn, Vaughan-Williams, Strauss, and Mozart and has collaborated as soloist with Pinchas Zukerman, Andres Cardenes, and Vladimir Spivakov. In 1993 she premiered and recorded a commissioned concerto by Leonardo Balada with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Lorin Maazel for New World Records. Ms. DeAlmeida premiered another concerto in February 2006 comissioned for her by the Pittsburgh Symphony entitled “The Clearing” by composer Lucas Richman. More

David Deveau, Piano –David Deveau Senior Lecturer in Music. M.M., Juilliard School of Music. Acclaimed NYC debut at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, 1982 as the recipient of a coveted Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Deveau has performed extensively throughout North America, appearing as guest soloist with the Boston, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston and St. Louis Symphonies, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Miami and Portland Symphonies, and abroad with l’Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, France and the Qingdao Symphony in China. Among the conductors with whom Deveau has collaborated are Bernard Haitink, Herbert Blomstedt, John Williams, Keith Lockhart and Joseph Silverstien. More

Roberto Diaz, Viola – A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz holds the prestigious position of Presidentand CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music. He follows thereby in the footsteps of renowned soloist/directors such as Rudolf Serkin, Gary Graffman, Efrem Zimbalist and Josef Hofmann. As a professor of viola at Curtis and former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a significant impact on American musical life and will continueto do so in his dual roles as performer and educator. More

Gryphon Trio -
Annalee Patipatanakoon, Violin
Roman Borys, Cello
Toby Appel, Viola

Pushing the boundaries of chamber music, the Trio has commissioned and premiered over fifty new works from established and emerging composers around the world, and has collaborated on special projects with clarinetist James Campbell, actor Colin Fox, choreographer David Earle, and a host of jazz luminaries at Lula Lounge, Toronto’s leading venue for jazz and world music. Their most ambitious undertaking to date is a groundbreaking multimedia production of composer Christos Hatzis’s epic work Constantinople
, scored for mezzo–soprano, Middle Eastern singer, violin, cello, piano, and electronic audiovisual media, which they have brought to audiences across North America and at the Royal Opera House in London. More

Desmond Hoebig, Cello- B MUS (Juilliard) 1981, M MUS (Juilliard) 1982. He studied cello 1968-78 in Vancouver with Ian Hampton, James Hunter, and Jack Mendelsohn, and first appeared as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at eight. He went on to study 1979-83 at the Juilliard School with Channing Roberts and Leonard Rose. He won the 1976 Concertino Praga Competition organized by Czechoslovak Radio, the 1980 Canadian Music CompetitionsGwen Hoebig, and the pianist David Moroz, he formed the Hoebig-Moroz Trio in 1979. The trio won first prize in the 1983 CBC Radio Talent Competition and toured in Canada, the USA, and England. More

Michael Kaeshammer, Piano - After studying classical piano for seven years in his German homeland, a 13-year-old Kaeshammer (pronounced “case-hammer”) discovered boogie-woogie as played by Albert Ammons, Meade Lux Lewis, Pete Johnson, and Pinetop Smith. In three years, the teen wunderkind was playing boogie-woogie piano in clubs, concerts, and festivals all over Germany. He attracted attention almost immediately after the family moved to the west coast of Canada, turning heads at performances at blues and jazz festivals during the summer of 1996. More

Elissa Lee Koljonen, Violin - Recognized as one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, Elissa Lee Koljonen has thrilled audiences and critics in over one hundred cities throughout the world. Ms. Koljonen initially received international acclaim when she became the first recipient of the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Award and silver medalist of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition. Her playing has been lauded by the Helsingin Sanomat (Helsinki) as “sparkling, sensual and personal”. Dan Tucker of the Chicago Tribune writes, “She displayed boundless technique and musicianship”, and reports the Detroit News, “…Koljonen brings to her playing not just assured technique but unflinching purpose and confidence.” More

Meridian Quartet
Anne Lee, Cello
Claude Halter, Violin
Karl Pedersen, Viola
Anastasia Storer, Violin

Mark Nucio, Clarinet –Mark Nuccio joined the New York Philharmonic in 1999 as Associate Principal and Solo E-flat Clarinet. He previously held positions with orchestras in Pittsburgh, Denver, Savannah, and Florida. He has worked with distinguished conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Erich Leinsdorf, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, André Previn, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Gustavo Dudamel. Additionally, Mr. Nuccio has toured with both the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to numerous countries, recorded with both orchestras, and performed with the Philharmonic on the award-winning series,Live From Lincoln Center, broadcast on PBS. A recent New York Philharmonic tour included a historic visit to North Korea — an event watched around the world. More

Gilles Vonsattel, Piano Winner of a 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of uncommon breadth. With repertoire that ranges from Bach’s Art of the Fugue to Xenakis, as well as equal comfort as a soloist and chamber musician, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers. He began touring after capturing the top prize at the prestigious 2002 Naumburg International Piano Competition. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut that same year and has si nce performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic; at Zürich’s Tonhalle, Warsaw’s Chopin Festival, and Tokyo’s Opera City Hall; and in the U.S. with the Utah, Santa Fe, Nashville, and Grand Rapids symphonies, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In July 2010 he made his Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood debuts in the Brahms First Piano Concerto under Herbert Blomstedt. For the 2006-09 three-year appointment, Vonsattel was a member of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Chamber Music Society Two, with whom he performed extensively both in New York and on tour. More

Anne Martindale Williams, Cello – Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as Principal Cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Throughout her tenure with the Orchestra, she has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. She has also collaborated with guest artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, André Previn, Lynn Harrell and Pinchas Zukerman in numerous chamber music performances. Her solo in The Swan on the Pittsburgh Symphony’s recording of Carnival ofthe Animals by Saint-Saëns was described by Grammophon critic Edward Greenfield as “…the most memorable performance of all.” More