34th S E A S O N
Summer: July 2 - 31, 2017
Autumn Classics: Sept/Oct, 2017
Winter Classics: Nov/Dec, 2017
SUMMER ARTIST ROSTER
VIOLINIST STEPHANIE CHASE
Stephanie Chase is internationally recognized as “one of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse Newspapers) through solo appearances with over 170 orchestras that include the New York and Hong Kong Philharmonics and the Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and London Symphony Orchestras. Her interpretations are acclaimed for their "elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination" (Boston Globe), "stunning power" (Louisville Courier-Journal), "matchless technique" (BBC Music Magazine), and “virtuosity galore” (Gramophone).
“Renowned for her impeccable intonation” (Temperament, Stuart Isacoff), her playing is also characterized by “great intensity and a huge tone, the epitome of the modern violinist” (The Baroque Cello Revival, Paul Laird).
A top medalist of the prestigious VII International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Ms. Chase has performed concerts in twenty-five countries throughout the world and is a recipient of the esteemed Avery Fisher Career Grant. In recent seasons her performances have been selected as a “Classical Act of the Decade” (Courier-Journal, Louisville), one of "20 Concerts to Hear this Fall" (WQXR) and “Critics' Choice” (Musical America). Equally at home in the virtuoso's repertoire, historically informed performance practice and contemporary music, Ms. Chase offers a diverse repertoire of over 60 concertos and large works for violin and orchestra. Her recordings include Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, which is “one of the twenty most outstanding performances in the work's recorded history” (Beethoven: Violin Concerto; Cambridge University Press) and honored with the highest possible ratings by BBC Music Magazine and Classic CD, including “Record of the Month.”
Born in Illinois, Stephanie Chase’s early violin teachers were her mother and Sally Thomas, and she was renowned as a child prodigy through concert performances starting at age two. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony at eight and began extensive national concert touring while in her early teens. Following her Carnegie Hall debut at eighteen, she studied violin privately with Arthur Grumiaux and chamber music at the Marlboro Festival.
Ms. Chase often performs in the dual roles of violin soloist and conductor, and she is a favorite guest of chamber music festivals such as Bravo! Vail, Bargemusic, and Caramoor. Her violin was made in 1742 by Petrus Guarnerius of Venice, which she pairs with a bow made by Dominique Peccatte.
CELLIST JEFFREY SOLOW Cellist Jeffrey Solow’s compelling playing has enthralled audiences throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia as soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he studied with Gabor Rejto and earned a degree in Philosophy magna cum laude from UCLA while studying with and assisting the legendary Gregor Piatigorsky at USC. Mr. Solow has performed more than 40 different solo works with orchestras including the LA Philharmonic (also at the Hollywood Bowl), Japan Philharmonic, Prime Philharmonic (Korea), VNOB Symphony (Vietnam), Seattle Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the American Symphony (with whom he also recorded) and he has been guest artist at many national and international festivals. His has recorded for Columbia, New World, ABC, Centaur, Delos, Capstone, Kleos, Laurel, Everest and Telefunken and received two Grammy Award nominations. Mr. Solow’s editions are published by Breitkopf, International Music Company, Peters, Presser, Latham, Ovation, and Henle Urtext, and Strad, Strings and American String Teacher magazines have published his articles. He is editor of the Newsletter of the Violoncello Society, Inc. of NY and serves as VCS president, and he is past president of the American String Teachers Association. Recognized worldwide as an outstanding teacher, Jeffrey Solow is professor of cello at Temple University in Philadelphia and has presented master classes throughout the United States as well as in Switzerland, Austria, Korea, Guatemala, Norway, France, Argentina, Canada, at the Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan, Nanning and WuHan conservatories in China, and at the Chiang Kai-Shek National Library in Taiwan.
Festival Artist in Residence, Violist Leslie Harlow, is the Founder and Co-Director of the Park City Beethoven Festival. She has performed in chamber concerts with many of the finest artists of this era. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Leslie Harlow performed in master classes for William Primrose, Paul Doktor, Donald McGinnis, Heidi Castleman and Nabuko Imai and her primary teachers were Marna Street, Susan Schoenfeld, Paul Doktor, and violinist Harry Shub with additional lessons with Heidi Castleman, Donald Wright and Francis Tursi. Ms. Harlow studied chamber music with coaches including Felix Galimer, Samuel Rhodes, David Soyer, Paul Doktor, Charles Castleman, Robert Sylvester and Julius Baker. Following graduation from Juilliard, Ms Harlow founded the Deer Valley (Utah) Chamber Music Festival in 1984. Renamed the Park City Beethoven Festival, the festival continues as Utah's oldest classical music festival, and, as of 2016, having presented nearly 700 festival chamber concerts. Leslie Harlow also founded and directs the Park City Film Music Festival. An active recording artist, both in chamber music and in commercial studio work, Ms. Harlow's viola solos can be heard on a number of film and television soundtracks including "Murder in the First" and "Surviving Picasso." In 2015 Ms. Harlow presented the collegiate level viola master class at the National ASTA Convention along with serving as a judge for the collegiate solo competition. Leslie and her husband, clarinetist Russell Harlow, perform recitals throughout the year including performing for senior retirement homes and the Harlows are invited to perform outside Utah including for the Bargemusic Series in New York.
Clarinetist and Beethoven Festival Artist in Residence Russell Harlow is one of the nation's premiere solo and chamber clarinetists. Mr. Harlow performed the New York Premiere of the Ramiro Cortes Trio (written for him), along with the Brahms Quintet, at Carnegie's Weill Hall in New York. The Sonolumina Ensemble ISOMIKE Label recording featuring Mr. Harlow, "Chamber Music for Clarinets and Strings”, has received critical acclaim in both the U.S. and Europe. Russell Harlow co-directs the Beethoven Festival Park City and has performed and lectured for International Clarinet Association events throughout the world. His webiste ClarinetCentral.com is regularly visited by clarinetists worldwide. In addition to performances in Utah with the Beethoven Festival, the Contemporary Music Consortium and Sonolumina Orchestra, Mr. Harlow has performed with the Affetti Festival, Sitka and Anchorage Fall Classics Festivals (Alaska), the Amsterdam Chamber Players, the Puerto Rico Clarinet Festival, the Ars Nova, Lyrica and Piatigorsky Foundation concerts in New Jersey and with the Leonore Trio and Bargemusic in NYC. Russell Harlow’s mentors include Gary Foster, Mitchell Lurie, Harold Wright and violinist Charles Libove, and he was coached in chamber music and attended the master classes by cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Harlow is featured on recordings with flutist Laurel Ann Maurer, the Mirecourt Trio, the Beethoven Festival and the Utah Symphony abd has recorded numerous solos for major filmscores. He founded and directed Utah's Nova Series until he joined the Beethoven Festival as Co-Director in 1986. He attended both UCLA and USC before joining the Utah Symphony at the age of 21.
Cellist and conductor Cheung Chau is director of orchestral studies and cello studies at Utah Valley University and directs the Utah Valley Youth Symphony and the Sinfonietta Polonia in Poland. He has served as music director of Bloomington Symphony, Central Pennsylvania Symphony, the Manchester Symphony, assistant conductor to Edo de Waart at the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and held positions at Haverford College and University of Connecticut. Chau received the first-ever double doctorate degree from the New England Conservatory in wind ensemble conducting and cello. He studied with Frank Battisti and Jorma Panula, cello with Colin Carr, Aldo Parisot and Eleonore Schoenfeld. Chau soloed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Macao Orchestra, and recorded works of Ravel, Mendelssohn and Szymanowska for Acte Preable as member of Atma Trio. Chau has conducted the Hong Kong, Nordhausen, Sudecka, Lublin, Tianjin and Wuhan Philharmonics, and Filharmonica Marchigiana. He conducted the Williamsport Symphony, Moscow Symphony, Gavle Symphony, Kielce Philharmonic, Olsztyn and Bialystok Philharmonic Orchestras. Invited by Edo de Waart, Chau led the Hong Kong Philharmonic in the 2007 world live broadcast opening ceremony of the 10th anniversary celebration of Hong Kong’s HandoverChau was conductor of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Poznan Dance Academy in productions of Giselle and L'histoire du soldat. He guest conducted the Royal Swedish Academy Opera and Georgia Southern Opera in Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Cosi fan tutte. As conductor Chau has collaborated with soloists from the Berlin Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Colin Carr, Pierre-Ives Artaud, Adrian Levine, Maria Masycheva, Nathan Hughes, Barbara Kubiak, Barnabas Kelleman,and Patrycja Piekutowska. As music director of Sinfonietta Polonia Chau recorded Palester’s String Serenade for the label Acte Preable, conducted the orchestra in the International Szymanowski Festival in Beijing in 2011 with performances at the National Center for the Arts and the Beijing Concert Hall.
Violinist Blanka Bednarz enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, concertmaster and teacher. She has concertized in the USA, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, and Lithuania; at venues such as the Jordan Hall in Boston, Miller Hall, Philadelphia Ethical Society, Kosciuszko Foundation House, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, Aula UAM and White Hall in Poznan, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Cardiff City Hall; and at various prestigious festivals such as Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Chanterelle Festival, Mozart Festival in Poznan, Wieniawski Festival, Days of Szymanowski, and the International Chopin and Friends Festival in New York. As a soloist Bednarz has appeared with the orchestras internationally and her playing has been hailed as “beautiful, mature, and rich in color” (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland). Bednarz is a member of the Atma Trio (established in 2002 with cellist Cheung Chau and pianist Slawomir Dobrzanski). The ensemble’s performances consistently meet with critical acclaim. Gazeta Wyborcza praised Bednarz’s “passionate performance and artistic maturity.” The Trio has performed under the auspices of the Szymanowski and Hofmann Associations, A. Kawecka Foundation, in venues and at festivals such as the National Museum of Instruments, the Baltic Sea Culture Center, the White Hall, Wielkopolskie Centrum Chopinowskie, the Wieniawski Festival, the Days of Szymanowski Festival, and the Mozart Festival. The Trio broke several attendance records in Poland, performing also in Lithuania, Germany, and Sweden. In the US, the trio has performed under the auspices of the Chopin Foundation of the US in Miami, at Lawrence Conservatory, at numerous universities, and at the Chopin and Friends Festival in New York City. The trio has been heard on Radio Merkury and Radio Emaus, as well as on television stations in Poznan and Wroclaw. The Trio’s series Atma Trio and Friends has been sought after. Prior to joining the Atma Trio, Bednarz had been a member of the Huntington Piano Trio which performed at the Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, on Boston's WGBH Radio and concert series, and on Polish Radio. Tygodnik Podhalanski described the trio’s performance as “beautifully sensitive,” and the Boston Globe praised its “eloquent” rendition of Kirchner’s Second Trio.
At a young age violinist Monte Belknap won a number of important national prizes including top prize at the Starling International Violin Competition at the Aspen Music Festival in 1989. He went on to study with the world-renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the University of Cincinnati, College–Conservatory of Music, and served on the faculty for the Starling Preparatory String Project as a graduate assistant of Kurt Sassmannshaus. He has been a regular at the Beethoven Festival since 2004. Of his playing at the Festival, the Deseret News music critic stated, “his playing was infused with finely crafted lyricism that was mirrored by the others”. He also performs with rave reviews as concertmaster and soloist for the Orchestra of the Cathedral of the Madeline in Salt Lake City. In recent years Mr. Belknap has performed as a guest artist at the George Enescu International Violin Competition, the Barge Music Series in NYC, and served as concertmaster of the Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Monte Belknap also presented a critically-acclaimed set of performances presenting the complete Beethoven Sonatas. Deseret News wrote of the sonata duo, they performed with “vibrancy and dynamic expressiveness”. Mr. Belknap also serves as the concertmaster and soloist with the LA East recording studio and has been the featured violin soloist on many sound tracks including “The Work and the Glory” movies, the “The Iceland Saints”, the online video games “Lord of the Rings” and “Dungeons and Dragons”. In recent years he has performed chamber music with international artists Jeffrey Solow, Scott Ballantyne, Steve Balderston, Mark Kosower, John Novacek, Denise Djokic, Menahim Pressler, Miriam Fried and many others.
Donna Fairbanks received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Arizona, a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from Brigham Young University, with additional conservatory studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City and the University of Cincinnati. She studied with Zvi Zeitlin, Varujan Kojan, William Harroutonian, Tiberius Klausner, Percy Kalt, John Ferrell, John Lambros, and Howard Beebe. She received chamber coaching from members of the Cleveland Quartet and the legendary violist William Primrose. She also performed and participated in master classes with Joseph Silverstein, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Dorothy Delay. She has given solo performances with several orchestras including the Orquestra Sinfônica de Londrina (Brazil), Utah Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Sun Valley Festival Orchestra, Utah Valley Symphony, as well as numerous collegiate and youth orchestras. Among her competition successes are the Kansas City Philharmonic Competition for Young Artists, the Cincinnati Conservatory Congress of Strings Competition, and the Utah Symphony Competition for Young Artists. She has presented masterclasses and recitals in Europe, China, Mexico, Brazil, and throughout the United States. Notable venues include the Teatro Ouro Verde in Brazil, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, the Cyrus Dallin Museum in Boston, the Rotterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, the Schumann in Zwickau Festival in Germany, the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest, the Ghent Festival in Belgium, the Hagibor Center in Prague, the Universities of Valladolid and Córdoba in Spain, and the Universities of Nanjing, Shanzi, and Huazhong in China. Dr. Fairbanks has been a member of several chamber ensembles including the Aurora Duo with harpist Lysa Rytting, the Escalante Trio with pianist Jeffrey Shumway and cellist Nicole Jackson, and the Atma Quartet with violinist Blanka Bednarz, violist Elizabeth Wallace, and cellist Cheung Chau. As a member of the Aurora Duo with harpist Lysa Rytting, she has recorded CDs with MSR Classics, 4TAY Records, and Tantara Records. These CDs have received widespread acclaim, featured on dozens of classical music radio stations throughout the country, including WNYC New York City, WFMT Chicago, WPRB Princeton, WQED Pittsburgh, WSHU Connecticut, WFSU Florida, the Minnesota and Wisconsin Public Radio Networks, and the Beethoven Satellite Network. In particular, WNYC New York City and WGBH Boston devoted special programs with commentary to selections from her CDs.
Award-winning Swiss-Venezuelan violinist Simon Gollo, has a recognized career in prestigious scenarios such as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (Philadelphia, USA), 92Y- Kaufmann Concert Hall (NY, USA), Chamber Music Society of Detroit, National Gallery of Art (Washington DC, USA), Bolivar Hall (London, UK), Teatro Teresa Carreño (Caracas, Venezuela), Auditorio Blas Galindo, (Mexico City, Mexico). Performing with international figures such as Alessio Bax, Ricardo Morales, Paul Rosenthal, Dmitri Berlinsky, Alissa Margulis, Monique Duphil, Jakob Koranyi, John Novacek, Marcio Carneiro, Richard Young (Member of the Vermeer Quartet). Simon Gollo is a gifted and committed pedagogue who keeps a very busy teaching schedule. This includes invitations to teach masterclasses around the world. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Nuevo Mundo Festival and Academy in Aruba, faculty member at the Summit Music Festival in New York and he is regularly invited by Professor Naoko Tanaka to the precollege department of Juilliard School of Music. From 2012 to 2015 Simon Gollo was a member of the Dali String Quartet, and he is regularly invited by the St. Luke’s Orchestra in NYC and other chamber music ensembles including Camerata Nordica (Sweden), Classical Jam, International Chamber Soloists, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio for tours and concerts given at esteemed venues such as Carnegie Hall in NYC and the Cadogan Hall (London, UK – BBC Proms Festival). Simon Gollo earned degrees from the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland, and the Conservatoire Superieur et Academie de Musique Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland. His teachers include Gyula Stuller, Anne Bauer, Gabor Takaçs. Mr. Gollo has also participated in masterclasses given by members of the Amadeus, Bartok, and Sine Nomine quartets as well as violin masters Alexander Kerr, Naoko Tanaka, Tibor Varga, Ana Chumachenko and Igor Bezrodny. Currently, Simon Gollo is Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at New Mexico State University (NMSU), Conductor of the NMSU Philharmonic and a member of La Catrina String Quartet. He is guest concertmaster at the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio (COSA) and concertmaster of Las Cruces Symphony.
Pianist Doris Stevenson has won lavish praise from critics and public alike in performances around the world. She has soloed with the Boston Pops, played at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Salle Pleyel in Paris and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Her acute sensitivity and profound musicality have made her a sought-after partner with some of the leading lights in string playing. She has performed with Gregor Piatigorsky, Ruggiero Ricci and Paul Tortelier, great players of the past. Early in her career, she was invited to play with Heifetz and Piatigorsky together. She was pianist for the cello master classes of Gregor Piatigorsky, who described her as "an artist of the highest order." She is a founding member of the Sitka Summer Music Festival in Alaska and has participated in many other chamber music festivals, including the Grand Canyon Festival, Steamboat Springs in the Mountains, The Park City Beethoven Festival and Chamber Music/L.A. Her recordings include the Saint Saens violin sonatas with Andres Cardenes on the Arabesque label and the complete Mendelssohn cello works with Jeffrey Solow for Centaur, as well as three CDs with cellist Nathaniel Rosen: the Brahms Sonatas for JMR records, plus two albums of romantic pieces entitled "Reverie" and "Orientale" for Northstar. A recent Stravinsky CD with violinist Mark Peskanov received a Grammy nomination. Miss Stevenson taught for ten years at the University of Southern California and has been Artist in Residence at Williams College since 1987.