2021 SUMMER SEASON
Saturdays @ 7:30pm
July 10 – Cuarteto Latinoamericano (string quartet) with Jiji (guitar)
July 17 – Thomas Mesa (cello) & Ilya Yakushev (piano)
Sundays @ 4pm
August 1 – The Claremont Trio
August 8 – Albert Cano Smit (piano)
Cuarteto Latinoamericano (string quartet) with Jiji (guitar)
July 10, 2021 @ 7:30pm
Cuarteto Latinoamericano is one of the world’s most renowned string quartets and, for over thirty‑five years, the leading proponent of Latin American music for the genre. Founded in Mexico in 1982, the Cuarteto has toured extensively throughout Europe, North and South America, Israel, China, Japan and New Zealand. Winners of two Latin Grammys for Best Classical Recording, they have also been awarded with the prestigious Diapason D’Or. Their albums “Brasileiro, works of Mignone” (2012) and “El Hilo Invisible” (2016) won Latin Grammys for Best Classical Recording.
Cuarteto Latinoamericano’s members are three Bitran brothers: violinists Saul and Aron and cellist Alvaro, with violist Javier Montiel. The Cuarteto has performed as soloist with many orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa‑Pekka Salonen, the Seattle Symphony under Gerard Schwarz, Ottawa’s National Arts Center Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México, the Dallas Symphony and the Simón Bolívar Orchestra of Venezuela, under Eduardo Mata. They have collaborated with celebrated artists over the years including cellist János Starker, pianists Rudolph Buchbinder and Cyprien Katsaris, tenor Ramón Vargas, guitarists Narciso Yepes, Sharon Isbin, David Tanenbaum, and Manuel Barrueco. For twenty years they were quartet‑in‑ residence at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Since 2004, they have been recipients of the México en Escena grants given by the Mexican government through FONCA (National Fund for Culture and the Arts).
For more info, go to: www.cuartetolatinoamericano.com
Jiji (Jiyeon Kim), born in Seoul, South Korea, began playing classical guitar at the age of nine, and was accepted to the Korea National University of Arts at age fourteen. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for two years and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2015. She recently earned her Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, studying with Benjamin Verdery. In 2016 JIJI was awarded First Prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Featured NYC recitals this season include Jiji’s April 2019 Lincoln Center debut on the Great Performers series, preceded by 2018 Summer appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival and the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes School of Music. Other recitals include Grand Canyon Guitar Society and Arizona State University in Tempe, where Jiji joins the ASU Music school faculty as Assistant Professor of Guitar starting in fall 2018.
For more info, go to: www.jijiguitar.com
Thomas Mesa (cello) & Ilya Yakushev (piano)
July 17, 2021 @ 7:30pm
The Cuban‑American cellist Thomas Mesa has established himself as one of the most charismatic, innovative, and engaging performers of his generation. Mr. Mesa won First Prize in the 2016 Sphinx Competition; the Thaviu Competition for String Performance (Chicago, 2013); The Astral Artists 2017 National Auditions; and the Alhambra Orchestra Concerto Competition. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States and Mexico, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Santa Barbara Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra. As a recitalist, appearances include the Mainly Mozart Festival, The Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC, Bargemusic, University of Miami’s Signature Series, Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Columbia University, Flagler Museum, Carnegie Hall, The U.S. Supreme Court, The Heifetz Institute, California Center for the Arts, Meadowmount School of Music, Strad for Lunch Series, International Beethoven Project, Perlman Music Program Alumni Recital, and universities nationwide. Mr. Mesa is a sought‑after educator for his ability to connect with students and teach them to teach themselves. He has given masterclasses at institutions such as U.C Berkeley, Boston Conservatory, Northwestern University, DePaul University, University of Nevada‑Las Vegas, University of Miami, Meadowmount School of Music, Walnut Hill School and has held faculty positions at Sphinx Performance Academy, The Heifetz Institute’s PEG Program, Music Mountain Festival and School, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Montecito International Music Festival, St. Petersburg International Music Academy, The Mozart Academy at John Jay College in New York City.
Mr. Mesa received his BM from The Juilliard School, MM from Northwestern University, and is a doctoral candidate at Manhattan School of Music.
For more info, go to: www.thomasmesacello.com
In the 2018‑19 season, Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev performed as piano soloist with Edmonton Symphony, Cheyenne Symphony, Zacatecas Symphony, and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in addition to over 50 recitals in North America and Europe. Highlights of Yakushev’s 2019B20 season include return appearances with Millikin‑Decatur Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Fairfield County Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Zacatecas Symphony, and Hunterdon Symphony. He will also play recitals in the US and Russia.
Mr. Yakushev was the winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition which took place in Cincinnati, OH. He received his first award at age 12 as a prizewinner of the Young Artists Concerto Competition in his native St. Petersburg. In 1997 and Mayor of St. Petersburg’s Young Talents award, and in both 1997 and 1998. In 1998, Mr. Yakushev received a national honor, The Award for Excellence in Performance, presented by the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation in Moscow.
Mr. Yakushev attended the Rimsky‑Korsakov College of Music in his native St. Petersburg, Russia, and subsequently came to New York City to attend Mannes College of Music where he studied with legendary pianist Vladimir Feltsman.
For more info, go to: www.ilyayakushev.com
August 1, 2021 @ 4pm
Lauded as “one of America’s finest young chamber groups” by Strad Magazine, the Claremont Trio (Emily Bruskin, violin, Julia Bruskin, cello, and Andrea Lam, piano) is sought after for its thrillingly virtuosic and richly communicative performances. First winners of the Kalichstein‑Laredo‑Robinson International Trio Award and the only piano trio ever to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the Claremonts are consistently lauded for their “aesthetic maturity, interpretive depth, and exuberance” (Palm Beach Daily News).
In 2017 the Claremont Trio recorded and performed Eric Sawyer’s Triple Concerto and John Harbison’s Double Concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. The trio also gave the world premiere of Kati Agócs’ “Queen of Hearts” as part of a week‑long residency at the Chamber Music Northwest festival in Portland, OR. Highlights of the Trio’s 2017‑18 season include performances for Newtown Friends of Music in Connecticut; ArtsLIVE at the University of Dayton, OH; Chamber
Music Live at Queens College in New York; Chamber Music Monterey Bay and Mill Valley Chamber Music in California; Classical Interludes at the Brooklyn Public Library in New York.
The Claremont Trio;s recent seasons have included engagements at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Boston’s Celebrity Series, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Series, Pasadena’s Coleman Chamber Music Association, Johns Hopkins University, the Austin Chamber Music Festival, Stanford Lively Arts, Kansas City Friends of Chamber Music, along with the Chamber Music Societies of Phoenix, Dallas, Sedona, San Antonio, Buffalo, and the Universities of Washington, Wisconsin, and Missouri. The Trio has performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with orchestras such as the Nashville Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and Utah Symphony. The group also appears regularly at festivals including Ravinia, Saratoga, Mostly Mozart, Caramoor, Skaneateles, Rockport, Bard, and Norfolk.
For more info, go to: www.claremonttrio.com
Albert Cano Smit (piano)
August 8, 2021 @ 4pm
Spanish/Dutch pianist Albert Cano Smit won First Prize at the 2019 Young Concert Artists
International Auditions, as well as The Paul A. Fish Memorial Prize, the Alexander
Kasza-Kasser Concert Prize for support of his Kennedy Center debut, the Friends of Music
Concert Prize (NY), and the Sunday Musicale Prize (NJ). He also won First Prize at the 2017
Walter W. Naumburg Piano Competition, which presented him in recital at Carnegie’s Weill
This season, Mr. Cano Smit performs the Brahms Concerto No. 2 with the Las Vegas
Philharmonic conducted by Donato Cabrera, and debuts with the Seattle Symphony, Boca del
Río Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfònica de Barcelona and Glacier Symphony. He has also
appeared with the San Diego Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Manchester Camerata,
Nottingham Youth Orchestra, and American Youth Symphony.
Albert Cano Smit has given solo recitals at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, for the Steinway
Society The Bay Area in San Jose, New York’s Salon de Virtuosi, and Bravo! Vail Festival, and
has been in residency at the Tippet Rise Art Center. He has given recitals abroad in Xiamen,
China, in France at the Wissembourg Festival and Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, at
Germany’s Rheingau Music Festival, and throughout Spain. Mr. Cano Smit tours with violinist
William Hagen in venues throughout the U.S. and in Germany, and with flutist Anthony Trionfo.
He has performed in New York at Merkin Concert Hall and the Morgan Library & Museum, and
at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater in Washington, DC.
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