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Julia Hamos

Julia Hamos

Posted by on Feb 10, 2019 in 2018-2019 Season Artists |

Pianist Julia Hamos performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, notably in Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. She has given recitals and chamber music performances at the Trasimeo Music Festival in Italy, Open Chamber Music of the IMS Prussia Cove festival, the Ravinia Steans Institute, and the Verbier Festival Academy. Julia is the winner of the Sterndale Bennett Prize for romantic-era music at the Royal Academy of Music, the winner of the Mannes College of Music Eidelman Prize for contemporary music, as well as the first prize winner of the international Virtuoso Competition in New York City and the recipient of the first Jacob Barnes Award of the Royal Academy of Music for ideas to create collaboration with other art forms and connect with different communities. She performed in masterclasses at the invitation of Sir Andras Schiff at the Wigmore Hall in London, in the Gstaad Menuhin Academy in Switzerland and at the Klavierfestival Ruhr in Germany in 2017. With a penchant for collaborations with other arts, she has performed with Martha Graham Dance Company, the New English Ballet Theater, and the New School’s Drama division, and has an affinity for experimental contemporary works that combine acting with playing. Julia has worked with such artists as Andras Schiff, Angela Hewitt, Leon Fleisher, Thomas Ades, Peter Serkin, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman and members of the Orion, Juilliard, and Takacs String Quartets. Julia began her studies at the age of 4 with Hungarian pianist Christina Kiss. She is a graduate of the Juilliard pre-college division, the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Christopher Elton, and the Mannes College where she earned a Masters Degree and subsequently a Professional Studies Diploma studying with Richard Goode. Julia is a piano faculty member at the 92nd Street Y School of Music in New...

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Gili Melamed-Lev

Gili Melamed-Lev

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in 2019-2020 Season Artists, Artists |

Pianist Gili Melamed-Lev enjoys a career as soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist. She is the founder and Artistic Director of The Concerts at Camphill Ghent since 2012 and for the past five years has been a member of the Lev-Evans duo with pianist Mark Evans. Since 2014 the duo has been in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute (Boscawen, NH), and their new CD with music by Brahms, Pianist Gili Melamed-Lev enjoys a career as soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist. She is the founder and Artistic Director of The Concerts at Camphill Ghent since 2012 and for the past five years has been a member of the Lev-Evans duo with pianist Mark Evans. Since 2014 the duo has been in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute (Boscawen, NH), and their new CD with music by Brahms, Philip Lasser and Dvorak, was released last January. She garnered rave reviews for her collaboration with Australian actor John McManus during their extended tour of The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico. She also partnered with the Actors’ Ensemble and Walking the Dog Theater (WTD). This past year she performed at the Targ Music Center (Jerusalem), Taconic-Music Series (VT), Columbus Ohio (OSU), Camphill Village Copake (NY) and the Schenectady College Chamber Music Series (NY), in addition to her concerts at Camphill Ghent. Recent collaborations include Eugene Drucker, Michael Slatkin, Aaron Boyd, Kenneth Cooper, Joel Pitchon, Joana Genova, Judith Mendenhall, Eugenia Zukerman, Ah-Ling Neu, Ariel Rudiakov, Peter Weitzner, Roberta Cooper, Ronald Feldman, Ashley Bathgate, Gili Sharett, Jenia Pikovsky, Dimitri Ratush, Gilad Rivkin and Linor Katz. She performed throughout the US, Europe and Canada, at the Goetheanum Stage (Switzerland), the Jerusalem Theater and the Jerusalem Music Center, the 11:11 Music Series in Tzavta (Tel-Aviv), the BPL Concert Series (NY), the Wisteria Chamber Music Society (NY), the Capital Chamber players (NY) and the Taconic Music Series (VT). She was the co-founder of the Music Coalition of Columbia County, dedicated to contemporary music. A passionate advocate of music education, she teaches, performs, and gives master classes at the Schenectady Community College School of Music, and also works with students at Williams College, Bard College and her private studio. Born in Jerusalem, Gili Melamed-Lev studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki, Gyorgy Sandor, Susan Cohen- Zwilich and Miyoko Nakaya-Lotto and was a scholarship student at The Juilliard School, Montclair State College and The Rubin Academy in...

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Zela Terry

Zela Terry

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in 2019-2020 Season Artists, Artists |

Zela Terry began her cello career at the age of 19 as a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony and then joined the New York Philharmonic. She later held the post of first chair cellist with the Stuttgart Symphony and the International Bach Academy. In 1990 she became principal cello with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Nice and has served as the cellist for the Orchestre des Concerts Syrinx since its creation. She has soloed frequently with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice. At the same time she has frequently played and recorded with some of the great jazz...

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Judith Nelson

Judith Nelson

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in 2019-2020 Season Artists, Artists |

Violist Judith Nelson joined the New York Philharmonic in 1983. A native of Portland, Oregon, she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington (Seattle) and also holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School. As a student, she received the University of Washington’s highest music award, the Brechemin Scholarship, and performed concertos by Mozart, Hindemith, Walton, and Bartók with the University Symphony and the Seattle Symphony. She earned a master’s degree from The Juilliard School and taught at the University of Evansville and Memphis State University, performing in its resident quartets and as a recitalist. She is a former Governor of the New York Chapter of the GRAMMY organization. She states that her most memorable moments were playing Mahler with Leonard Bernstein, and the Verdi Requiem with Riccardo Muti. Time in the outdoors is important to Ms. Nelson. Vacations are spent hiking and cycling, often in her native West; at home in New York, she blades, runs, and practices yoga. Other interests include books, especially twentieth-century fiction and poetry, languages, and jazz. A favorite recreation is reading string quartets with...

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Concert Notes for 10.28.18

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in News, Uncategorized |

Chamber music, especially in its purest type, the string quartet, is regarded by many music-lovers as the highest form of music. To begin with, by its very limitations it is to some extent free from sensationalism into which orchestral music so easily falls. Impossible to two violins, a viola, and a violoncello are the purely sensuous stimulations of ears and nerve centers to which Wagner, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and the Stokowsky-Bach transcriptions, and in general the whole ‘Overwhelming’ school, owe a good deal of their popularity. A quartet has a great soul in a small body, and depends on the intelligence and sympathy of the listener to fill out, progressively as his experience deepens, what it only suggests… In other words, the string quartet may grow, as our experience of it grows, to be more vivid to us than the most luxurious orchestra, for the very reason that we cannot take it passively, but must enter it actively, becoming co-creators with it. Daniel Gregory Mason, Columbia University, 1947 I’m always secretly glad when I realize that it’s time to crank up the aged brain and plunge into that pretty much useless activity of writing program notes. I don’t know what the “secretly” part really means, but the ‘glad’ is because I love chamber music and writing about it gives me a chance to think about chamber music and most of all to cast the aged mind back over the decades of chamber music and the many years of rich and fertile programs that we Saratoga Chamber Player fans have enjoyed…. And being refreshed, have often times, yes, been improved in mind & spirit. Among many other fine composers, Beethoven has been, of course, an oft honored participant in these our festal occasions, feeding the soul beginning for us back near the end of the last century — March 24th 1996 — with the fully mature, glorious & formidable “Archduke” Piano Trio opus 97 dedicated to Ludwig’s pupil & young patron the archduke Rudolf, youngest son of the Emperor Leopold II. Some months later we were treated to a much earlier work, the wonderfully dramatic String Trio in C minor, the 3rd trio of his opus 9. These three early string trios (Vienna 1797) are, by the way, as refreshing a pair of musical delights as any of the many pieces of the time, but because they were composed at a point in time when young Beethoven’s teacher, “Papa” Haydn was the King of the String Quartet and universally acknowledged as the greatest composer of his day in Europe, Russia & even in the more or less United States of America. Furthermore, Der Alte (the old man) had just published another “six-pack” of those excellent Quartets, as opus 96, soon to be well-known works and attracting nicknames: “Emperor,” “Sunrise” “Quintens/the Fifths” and to this day are among the most performed. Some...

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