Joseph Haydn
Piano Trio No. 43 in C major Hob XV:27 (1797)

Bela Bartok
Violin Duos (excerpts)

Antonín Dvořák
Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major
(Philip Setzer, guest violinist)

2012-13 Inaugural Season Second Concert

Saturday, December 15, 7:00pm
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street, New York City

Antonín Dvořák, Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major
Joseph Haydn, Piano Trio No. 43 in C major Hob XV:27 (1797)
Bela Bartok, Violin Duos (excerpts)

featuring 9-time Grammy winner, violinist Philip Setzer

Violinist Philip Setzer of the nine-time Grammy award winning Emerson String Quartet is NYCM's star guest in it's December concert. Phil is undoubtedly one of the best violinists of our time. His sweet, velvet-like and tender tone finds few, if any, matches among contemporary violinists. When I hear his playing, I can only think of the greatest violinists of the past century such as David Oistrakh, Oscar Shumsky or Fritz Kreisler. Not only is he an incredibly imaginative player, but also one of the happiest and funniest people that I have ever known. No wonder that this very program, inspired by Phil's appearance with NYCM and by his musical suggestions, is full of sweet melodies, musical jokes, and lighthearted joy that is characteristic to music inspired by folk music. Haydn, Dvořák and Bartók, all three heavily inspired by folk influences of Gypsy, Bohemian, Balkan, Eastern European, and Austro-Hungarian music, are great masters as well as precursors of what we nowadays call “world-music”, a relatively recent hybrid genre that blends folk influences with traditional mediums. Come and enjoy this wonderful program that will surely make your feet want to dance while listening to our performance. ‑‑JK

Philip Setzer, featured artist

Violinist Philip Setzer, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and began studying violin at the age of five with his parents, both former violinists in the Cleveland Orchestra. He continued his studies with Josef Gingold and Rafael Druian, and later at the Juilliard School with Oscar Shumsky.

Joanna Kaczorowska

Acclaimed as an enormously accomplished violinist, Joanna Kaczorowska's playing features uncommon refinement, passionate expression and tonal sensitivity. Her artistry combines rare talent with ferocious enthusiasm: Joanna has an irrepressible passion for musical experimentation and discovery. In both classical and contemporary repertoire and world music traditions, Joanna has an ability to express herself in the deepest personal sense through her music.

José Menor

José Menor was hailed as ‘one of the most outstanding Spanish pianists of the new generation’ after his Wigmore Hall solo recital debut: ‘superb recital (...) a performance of gripping power and evocative colouring’ (The Daily Telegraph, Geoffrey Norris).

Yves Dharamraj

Captivating his audiences with a “primer of technical feats” (New York Sun), and his warm, lush tone “that might be described as something akin to rich old wood” (Boston Musical Intelligencer), Yves Dharamraj has earned a worldwide reputation as a dynamic cellist who blends an immaculate command of the instrument with deep musical understanding to express his fresh and elegant interpretations.

Nathan Schram

A “born and raised” violist growing up around the world, Nathan Schram has established himself as a chamber musician devoted to bringing the music he loves to communities around the world. A prizewinner of the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition and first prize winner of ASTA’s 2009 National Solo Competition, Nathan has gone on to perform in the most prestigious halls of the United States and Europe.