Gabriela Lena Frank
Sueños de Chambi: Snapshots for an Andean Album ("Dreams of Chambi")

Gabriela Lena Frank

Franz Schubert
Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 114, D. 667 ("The Trout")

2012-13 Inaugural Season Final Concert

Saturday, May 11, 7:00pm
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street, New York City

Gabriela Lena Frank,
Sueños de Chambi: Snapshots for an Andean Album ("Dreams of Chambi")
Gabriela Lena Frank, Quijotadas
Franz Schubert, Piano Quintet in A major, Op. 114, D. 667 ("The Trout")

featuring pianist, Gilbert Kalish
and composer Gabriela Lena Frank

Our last concert this season will be a most colorful and imaginative musical feast, based upon two mavericks that are amongst the most vital and important voices of our time: pianist Gilbert Kalish and composer Gabriela Lena Frank.

Gil Kalish is a legend in the classical music world, in part due to his breathtakingly large discography, encompassing classical repertory, 20th-century masterworks and new compositions. The list of Gil's achievements goes on and on...but most remarkably it is his fingers, while playing piano, which are creating sound worlds which one most likely has never ventured to before. His charisma, his depth of musical and life insight, always ensure that each of his concerts turns into an unforgettable musical odyssey that takes each participant, fellow musicians and audience alike, to places that the human soul always yearns for. Gil joins us on piano for our final selection of the season, the Trout Quintet by Franz Schubert, perhaps the most beautiful chamber work in existence.

Gabriela Lena Frank is as colorful a person as her music is. Her Peruvian, Chinese, Lithuanian and Jewish origins give her a spectacular foundation to explore her identity as human and as composer. Winning many accolades, including a Latin Grammy Award, Frank's music is as original as it is powerful, as joyful as it is soulful. She masterfully combines lyrical elements of her hauntingly beautiful melodies with a driving and primal force of wild, dancing rhythms. All of this gives us an insight into the seductive world of South American folk traditions, mythology, and legends; causing the listener to feel like a young child again, experiencing fascinating adventures during a musical scavenger hunt. Hers is a musical voice that I personally cannot get enough of and I always feel the internal thrill of excitement whenever I play Frank's music. We present two exciting works of Gabriela: Quijotadas: a string quartet based on Cervantes' Don Quixote, and Sueños de Chambi: Snapshots for an Andean Album for violin and piano which is inspired by selections from Peruvian photographer Martin Chambi's vast work.

Please join us for an outstanding and surely unforgettable last concert of our inaugural season of New York Chamber Musicians. --JK

Gilbert Kalish, featured artist

Gilbert Kalish leads a musical life of unusual variety and breadth. His profound influence on the musical community as educator and as pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music making.

Gabriela Lena Frank,
featured composer

Frank’s compositions have been described by critics as “luminous… bursting with fresh originality” (Los Angeles Times), “of unearthly beauty” (Miami Sun-Sentinel), and “brilliant” (Chicago Tribune). In 2011, the all-Frank Naxos CD “Hilos” broke into the top 100 classical recordings on Billboard in the first week of its release and earned Frank a 2012 Grammy nomination as pianist with the Alias Ensemble in the category of Best Small Ensemble Performance.

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.

Pablo Lavandera

Pablo Lavandera, the First Prize Winner of the 2009 Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition in the collaborative artist category together with violinist Joanna Kaczorowska (Baltimore, USA), has appeared as a recitalist, chamber musician, soloist with orchestra and music educator through the Americas and Europe at such venues as Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall), Steinway Hall and Yamaha Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires as well as various venues in Germany and Poland.

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.

Anna Elashvili

Violinist Anna Elashvili, hailed as "riveting" by the New York Times, has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster in major halls around the world.  She has collaborated with renowned artists such as Lynn Harrell, Dawn Upshaw, Daniel Hope and Maxim Vengerov.

Pawel Knapik

Pawel Knapik, hailed by the top contemporary artists as “an outstanding instrumentalist” and “an extraordinary double bass player”, a Polish-American double bassist and composer is a recipient of numerous international awards, grants, and scholarships including Kosciuszko, Arthur, and Stanley Thomas Johnson foundations.