Denison Vail Series Presents Chamber Trio
Posted: October 16, 2006
Three highly skilled solo musicians will perform as a trio when they grace Denison University's Swasey Chapel stage. The University's Vail Series hosts pianist Yefim Bronfman, violinist Gil Shaham, and cellist Lynn Harrell. Harrell is joining Bronfman and Shaham for this trio performance rather than the previously announced Trul MÃ¸rk who has a family crisis in Norway and is unable to join the tour. The Bronfman-Shaham-Harrell Trio performs at 8 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 27) in Swasey Chapel.
The trio's autumn tour, which is scheduled to play Carnegie Hall later this fall, features chamber music works by Schubert and Tchaikovsky. The program remains unchanged with the addition of Harrell.
A limited number of tickets may be available to the general public at $15 each. You may mail a check made payable to The Vail Series P. O. Box 701 Granville, OH 43023 and requests will be processed in the order received as space is determined. For more information you may call the Vail Hotline at 740-587-6557 or go to the websites Vail Series.
Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Yefim Bronfman emigrated to Israel in 1973 and later to the U. S. where he became an American citizen in 1989. He studied at the Curtis Institute (Philadelphia) and the Juilliard School (NYC). In 1997, he won a Best Instrumental Soloist Grammy for his recording "Bartok Piano Concertos." His "Prokofiev Piano Concertos" recording also was nominated for both Grammy and Gramophone awards. Bronfman was also asked to perform the Shostakovich "Piano Concerto No. 2" on the soundtrack for Fantasia/2000. Among the orchestras Bronfman has worked with are the Bayerische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra in Munich, the Prague Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony.
Last season, violinist Shaham made appearances with orchestras in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Saint Louis Symphony, and abroad in Rome, Florence, Birmingham, Prague, Paris, and London. He also has had the opportunity to enjoy musical collaboration with his family, including his wife, violinist Adele Anthony, his sister, pianist Orli Shaham, and his brother-in-law, conductor David Robertson. Born in Illinois in 1971, he was seven when his family moved to Israel. In 1981, he debuted with the Jerusalem Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic. That same year he began his studies with Dorothy DeLay and Jens Ellerman at Aspen. In 1982, he became a scholarship student at Juilliard and, in 1990 he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. His works include more than two-dozen concerto and solo recordings, a number of bestsellers, multiple Grammy Awards, a Grand Prix du Disque Diaposon d'or and a Gramophone Editor's Choice. He plays the 1699 "Countess Polignac" Stradivarius.
Harrell's outstanding musicianship has made him a sought after soloist. He won a seat in the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell at the age of 18 and regularly performs with leading orchestras in the United States and Europe. He also has toured in Japan with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Pinchas Zukerman, joined the Hong Kong Philharmonic for a three-week "Lynn Harrell Cello Festival," and toured in New Zealand and Australia. The Aspen (Colo.) Music Festival has been a special part of his life for nearly 50 years. His discography of more than 30 recordings includes two Grammy Awards. In 1994 he performed at the first official commemoration of the Holocaust at the Vatican with the Royal Philharmonic conducted by Gilbert Levine in a concert dedicated to the memory of the six million Jews who perished. The audience included Pope John Paul II and the Chief Rabbi of Rome. Harrell serves as a professor of cello at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Texas. He plays a 1720 Domenico Montagnana cello.
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- The Vail Series hosts the Bronfman-Shaham-Harrell Trio; 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 27), Swasey Chapel. Tickets are $15 each. For more information contact the Vail Hotline at 740-587-6557.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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