Lawrence/Shteinberg Duo

September 23, 2012 @3pm

NC Museum of Art East Building

From the faculty of the UNC School of the Arts, this violin/piano duo will present a varied program of works related to the permanent collection.

Kevin Lawrence

Kevin Lawrence

Dimitri Shteinberg

Dimitri Shteinberg

Pre-concert tour of featured exhibition at 1:45pm. Reservations required. Contact Christine Molesky at (919) 664-6785 or christine.molesky@ncdcr.gov.

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PROGRAM:

The Voice of the People: Transcending Artistic Boundaries

Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano

Cowell: Homage to Iran

Copland: Sonata

Schoenfield: Three Souvenirs

Featured Exhibition: Permanent Collection

Praised for his “vibrant intensity,” (The Times, London) and playing “supremely convincing in its vitality,” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) violinist Kevin Lawrence has consistently elicited superlative responses for his performances throughout the United States and Europe. His assertive style and strong musical personality have thrilled audiences at Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and in Houston, Chicago, London, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Rome, Prague, Bucharest, Sofia, St. Petersburg, and Amsterdam, where the Dutch press described him as “simply miraculous.” (Het Vaderland) In the fall of 2003 he made an extensive recital tour of Europe, including concert appearances in Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, Germany and Italy.

His release of the complete violin works of the American composer Arthur Foote on the New World label was “highly recommended” as “beautifully played” by the Washington Post, and heard on the Ken Burns series “Not for Ourselves Alone,” broadcast on PBS; his second CD of American violin sonatas, recently released by New World, was hailed as “vital playing” and “a labor of love” by Classics Today.com.

Kevin Lawrence received his musical education at The Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Ivan Galamian and Margaret Pardee. While at Juilliard he also studied chamber music with Felix Galimir and continued his chamber music study with Josef Gingold at the Meadowmount School in Westport, New York.

Appointed to the Meadowmount faculty by Ivan Galamian in 1980, he taught there each summer until 1994, when he became the Dean of the Killington Music Festival in Vermont. He served as Killington’s Artistic Director from 1997 through 2004, when he founded the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont, called “the newest jewel in our musical crown” by The Vermont Times. Lawrence has given master classes throughout the United States, and in Germany, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia and Venezuela. He is the chair of the string department at the North Carolina School of the Arts, which recognized him with its Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007.

Before joining UNCSA, Dmitri Shteinberg served as a coordinator of piano studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He is also on faculty at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vt. His students won a number of state and regional competition prizes and were awarded scholarships to many prestigious conservatories.

Shteinberg has appeared across North America, Germany, England, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Russia, Bulgaria and Israel. His solo performances include the Jerusalem Symphony, The Italian Filarmonica Marchigiana, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israel Camerata Orchestra and Porto National Symphony under the batons of Massimo Pradella, Roger Nierenberg, Florin Totan and David Shallon, among others. In the United States, he appeared with the Richmond, Charlottesville and Manassas Symphony orchestras. Shteinberg was a guest artist at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, Summit Music Festival, Music Festival of the Hamptons, the ”Oleg Kagan” Festival in Germany, Festival Aix-en-Provence in France and Open Chamber Music in Cornwall, England. Chamber music appearances include the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Alice Tully Hall in New York, and the Saunders Theatre in Boston.

Called “protean and refined” by the New York Times, Shteinberg recorded for Summit Records,   Yamaha Disklavier, Bavarian Radio and NPR, and collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic and cellists Han-Na Chang and Natalia Gutman.

Besides solo and chamber music performances, Shteinberg frequently appears with concert-lectures; he also plays harpsichord and period pianos. His interest in new music has led to world premieres and numerous commissions.

Shteinberg is a prizewinner in 20 competitions worldwide, including the first prize in ”Citta de Senigallia” international piano competition in Italy. In the United States, he won the Naomi Foundation Competition and the Artists International Debut Award, and received the Salon De Virtuosi Fellowship Grant.

A native of Moscow, Dmitri Shteinberg studied at the Gnessin Special School of Music under Anna Kantor, teacher of Evgeny Kissin. His later teachers include Victor Derevianko and Nina Svetlanova, both students of Heinrich Neuhaus. Shteinberg holds a Doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music.