ALEXANDER FITERSTEIN clarinet
MICHAEL BORISKIN piano
CURTIS MACOMBER violin
ALEXIS PIA GERLACH cello
“Excellent musicians in vital performances… Copland would have been proud of all of them.”
-THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“A grand and stirring performance. The music came through with searing clarity.”
-AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
“All exuberance and bright sunshine. What a well-prepared and confidently managed evening it was.”
-THE NEW YORK TIMES
“They played with exhilarating confidence and verve … fluid, fluent, and lithely balletic.”
-THE STRAD (ENGLAND)
“Music from Copland House is our paramount keeper of Copland’s flame.”
–AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE
“The caliber of musicianship here could be a model for chamber music camaraderie. Watching these players interact with each other was a pleasure all in itself.”
–MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL (Britain)
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Returning to Chamber Music Monterey Bay, MUSIC FROM COPLAND HOUSE is the internationally-acclaimed touring ensemble-in-residence at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home near New York City, an award-winning creative center for American music (www.coplandhouse.org). Hailed by The New York Times for “all the richness of its offerings” and “illuminating essential truths about music,” MCH occupies a special place as the only wide-ranging American repertory ensemble journeying across 150 years of the U.S. musical landscape. MCH has been engaged by Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Yale, Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery of Art, Merkin Hall, Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles, NPR, European Broadcasting Union, and the Caramoor, Cape Cod, Bard, SONiC, and Ecstatic Music Festivals, among many others. The ensemble records for the Arabesque, Koch International, and Copland House Blend labels, and has just begun the 10th season of its popular main-stage concert series at the historic Merestead estate in New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Its live and recorded performances feature a stellar roster of award-winning Founding, Principal, and Guest Artists. Inspired by Copland’s peerless, lifelong advocacy of American composers and their work, MCH also presents a wide variety of educational and community outreach activities across the U.S.
Clarinetist ALEXANDER FITERSTEIN has performed in recital and with prestigious orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the world. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Lincoln Center, Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, Tokyo and Belgrade Philharmonics, China and Danish National Symphonies, Israel and Vienna Chamber Orchestras, Jerusalem Symphony, KBS Symphony in Seoul, Korea, Polish Chamber Philharmonic, and many others. A dedicated performer of chamber music, he frequently collaborates with distinguished musicians and ensembles, and performs at esteemed chamber music festivals and societies. He taught at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and is Professor of Clarinet at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory.
Violinist CURTIS MACOMBER is a member of Da Capo Chamber Players, the Manhattan String Quartet, and Walden Chamber Players, and a founder of the Apollo Trio. Previously, he was a member of the pioneering Speculum Musicae, and, as a member of the New World String Quartet, performed on nearly all of America’s leading concert series and toured widely abroad. He is on the chamber music faculty of The Juilliard School, his alma mater, and the violin faculties of both the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music, and has also taught at the Tanglewood, Taos, and Yellow Barn Music Festivals. Among one of today’s most versatile performers, his extensive discography includes core repertory and critically-praised recordings of hundreds of contemporary solo and chamber works.
Cellist ALEXIS PIA GERLACH has appeared extensively in recitals and as soloist with orchestras around the U.S. and the world. As a sought-after chamber musician, she performs at the Marlboro, Aspen, Bridgehampton, La Musica di Asolo, and Caramoor Festivals, and as a Guest Artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and is a founder of Trio Solisti and the string sextet Concertante. She has frequently collaborated with dancers, performing as on-stage soloist with the Paul Taylor Dance Company on tour in India and at New York’s City Center, and as a duo with famed New York City Ballet Principal Damian Woetzel. She has also commissioned new works from Kevin Puts, Lowell Liebermann, Shulamit Ran, Richard Danielpour, and Paul Moravec, and worked with Philip Glass, Thomas Adès, Osvaldo Golijov, and Bright Sheng, among many others.
Pianist and Copland House Artistic and Executive Director MICHAEL BORISKIN has performed in over 30 countries, at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, BBC, London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin and South West German Radios, Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and Vienna‘s Arnold Schoenberg Center, among many others. He has appeared extensively as soloist with leading international orchestras and as guest artist with the Borromeo, Lark, St. Lawrence, and St. Petersburg String Quartets, Dorian and Sylvan Wind Quintets, and New York Philharmonic Ensembles, and served as Music Director of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s fabled White Oak Dance Project. He has recorded widely on Naxos, SONY, New World, Albany, and Bridge, and is a frequent presence as performer, host, and commentator on NPR and American Public Media.
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