The Amram Ensemble, hosted by David Amram
THE AMRAM ENSEMBLE
ELMIRA DARVAROVA - Violin
A Grammy-nominated recording artist, and a concert violinist since the age of four, Elmira Darvarova caused a sensation, becoming the first ever (and only so far) woman-concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. With the MET Orchestra she toured Europe, Japan and the United States, and was heard on the MET's live weekly international radio broadcasts, television broadcasts, CDs and laser discs on the Sony, Deutsche Grammophon and EMI labels. As concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera she has performed with the greatest conductors of our time, including the legendary Carlos Kleiber.
She studied with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School in London (on a British Council scholarship), with Josef Gingold at Indiana University in Bloomington (as one of his assistants), and, privately, with Henryk Szeryng.
Elmira Darvarova can be heard on numerous CDs, recorded for several labels (recent releases include the world premiere of Vernon Duke's violin concerto with ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and a CD with world premiere recordings of music by René de Castéra, named by MusicWeb International a RECORD OF THE YEAR 2015).
She has appeared in recitals and as soloist on five continents, and has performed concertos with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and with numerous other orchestras. She has performed on the worlds most prestigious stages, such as Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space in New York; Symphony Hall in Chicago, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto; Suntory Hall, Bunka Kaikan and NHK Hall in Tokyo; Musikverein in Vienna, Cadogan Hall in London, Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford, Koncerthuset in Stockholm, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Smetana Hall in Prague, Megaron in Athens, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, Kölner Philharmonie, Mumbai's National Center for Performing Arts, Moscows Tchaikovsky Hall, Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, among many others. A documentary film about her life and career was shown on European television. She is the founder and leader of the New York Piano Quartet and of the Delphinium Trio, performs with the Quinteto del fuego and the Amram Ensemble, and in a duo with pianist/composer Fernando Otero. A jury president of several international chamber music competitions in Europe, Elmira Darvarova is also Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Music Festival. She has been praised by Gramophone Magazine for her "ultra-impassioned performances", and in The STRAD for her intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing" and "silky-smooth voluptuous tone. In 2015 Gramophone Magazine published an interview with Elmira Darvarova about her world-premiere recording of Vernon Duke's violin concerto, which she recorded with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
KENNETH RADNOFSKY Saxophone
Kenneth Radnofsky has appeared as soloist with leading orchestras throughout the world, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, Jerusalem Symphony with Gisele Ben-Dor, and Boston Pops with John Williams. Radnofsky gave the world premiere of Gunther Schullers Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony (composer conducting). David Amram's Concerto, 'Ode to Lord Buckley,' was premiered with the Portland Symphony, under Bruce Hangen's direction. Of the 100 plus works he has commissioned, Radnofsky has premiered the concerti of Michael Colgrass, Donald Martino, Michael Gandolfi, Betty Olivero, James Yannatos, Baris Perker, Elliott Schwartz, Yang Yong, and Allen Johnson, as well as chamber music by **David Amram, Larry Bell, Milton Babbitt, Ezra Sims, Pasquale Tassone, Armand Qualliotine, Roger Bourland, Michael Horvit, John McDonald, Christian Yufra, Juan Ruiz, Armand Qualliotine, Jaime Fatas, Pasquale Tassone, Shih-Hui Chen, Lei Liang, Jakov Jakoulov, and an innovative commission of John Harbison for a Sonata, premiered by 43 saxophonists world-wide in an effort founded/organized by Radnofsky entitled World-Wide Concurrent Premieres, Inc. He is President of the Boston Woodwind Society, providing assistance to woodwind students, succeeding its late founder Matthew Ruggiero. He is partner with Michael Couper in RCEditions.
Kenneth Radnofsky's teachers were Joseph Allard, Jeffrey Lerner, David Salge, Steven Hoyle, Terry Anderson and Duncan Hale. He teaches at New England Conservatory, Longy School of Bard College, Boston University, and world-wide, including China, Taiwan and South America. He is a Selmer Artist. For more information please visit his website at: www.KenRadnofsky.com
THOMAS WEAVER Piano
Thomas Weaver is an American pianist and composer currently based in New York City. A native of Marlton, NJ, outside of Philadelphia, he began his study of piano at the age of eight, giving his first public performance at the age of nine.
Weaver's playing has been hailed as displaying "sensitivity" and "deep resonance," as well as "incredible dexterity." He has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing in recitals both in the United States and abroad. He has been heard in concert halls in New York City, Boston, Chicago, the Philadelphia Area, Nashville, Florida, New Hampshire, Tanglewood, Germany, and others. Weaver has been featured alongside many other musicians, including Kenneth Radnofsky, Eric Ruske, Jennifer Bill, Klaudia Szlachta, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and others.
A champion of new music, Weaver has premiered the works of his colleagues both in the United States and abroad. Recently, he worked with Kenneth Radnofsky and Jennifer Bill, performing David Amram's Greenwich Village Portraits as part of the premiere period associated with the Worldwide Concurrent Premieres organization. Recently, Weaver performed at the 85th birthday celebration of David Amram, and will join the Amram Ensemble, including Radnofsky and Elmira Darvarova for performances of a newly composed trio, starting in Karlsruhe, Germany. In addition to this, many composers have also written works especially for him, including Passacaglia by Christopher LaRosa.
Weaver is an award-winning composer, whose works have been heard throughout the United States, Japan, Austria, and Germany. He has written for a variety of mediums, including solo, chamber, orchestral, vocal, and stage works. His musical language blends a love of Romantic timing and phrasing with a modernist harmonic and motivic language. He has had works performed or commissioned by many musicians and ensembles, including Alea III, the Boston University Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Radnofsky, Mannes American Composers Ensemble, Daraja Ensemble, Klaudia Szlachta, and others. Weaver is a member of ASCAP.
Weaver was the winner of the Boston University Composition Competition and was recently awarded the Bohuslav Martinu Composition Award for his orchestral piece, Landscapes. Five Sketches for Piano was a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition. This past year, Weaver went on tour with tubist, Joshua deVries, performing Sonata for Tuba and Piano.
An active educator, Weaver has given lectures and master classes at a variety of locations throughout the United States. He has presented at Northwestern University, Murray State University, The People's Music School in Chicago, York Community High School, and others.
Weaver is on faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia (www.curtis.edu), where he teaches Core Studies (harmony, counterpoint, and analysis), Keyboard Studies, and Supplementary Piano. He is a staff pianist and accompanist at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and for Mannes College The New School for Music. He holds a Master of Music degree in both Piano Performance and Composition from Mannes College, and a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Boston University. His primary piano teachers include Anthony di Bonaventura, Victor Rosenbaum, and Pavel Nersessian. His primary composition instructors include David Loeb, Dr. John Wallace, Dr. Martin Amlin, and Jonathan Coopersmith.
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