Cicely Parnas and Louis Lohraseb Live
On July 27, 2013, world-renowned cellist Cicely Parnas will join conductor-composer-pianist Louis Lohraseb in a recital featuring the third cello sonata of Beethoven, the cello sonata of Sergei Rachmaninov, and solo and duo selections by Leoš Janáček, Gaspar Cassadó, and W.A. Mozart. The concert will take place in the Picotte Recital Hall of the Massry Center, College of St. Rose, at 7 o'clock.
Cicely Parnas, born in 1993, is a unique presence on the concert stage, recognized for her highly individualized sound, exquisite tone, and spontaneous creativity fueled by an affable fearlessness. She began her cello studies at age four, and made her orchestral debut at age nine. Since then she has performed over forty times as guest soloist with orchestras, including the Albany Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Alan Miller, and in 2011 she was presented as an inaugural performer for the NPR Performance Today's series "Young Artists in Residence". She and her sister, the violinist Madalyn Parnas, as a duo took first prize in international chamber music competition at Carnegie Hall, and have released two "must-have" CDs featuring 20th-century duo literature.
This last season, Cicely made her Carnegie Hall debut in the Saint-Saëns concerto with the New York String Orchestra and in the Elgar concerto with the Vermont Symphony, both concerts under the baton of the master musician and conductor Jaime Laredo. As first prize winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, she will be presented by YCA next season in debuts in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington. She was also awarded the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Concert Prize of Young Concert Artists.
Cicely Parnas is presently completing her undergraduate studies at Cleveland Institute of Music as a full-tuition scholarship recipient in the studio of Sharon Robinson. An alumna of the College of St. Rose in Albany, she also holds an Artist Diploma from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She is the granddaughter of the cellist Leslie Parnas, and a former student of the cellist Peter Wiley.
Louis Lohraseb has recently been named assistant conductor of the Yale Philharmonia, as part of a masters program in orchestral conducting to which he has been admitted at the Yale School of Music. Lohraseb was the only one chosen this year out of an international pool of over 30 applicants.
He was born in 1991, and took up music at an early age. As a child prodigy, Lohraseb was showcased on such shows as the Rosie O'Donnell Show andRegis and Kathy Lee. Later he studied piano with SUNY Albany Professor Emeritus Findlay Cockrell, Harvard Professor Robert Levin, one of the foremost scholars on Mozart, and musicology and composition with internationally renowned Bruckner editor and researcher William Carragan. At Geneseo, Lohraseb studied conducting and composition with James Walker, conducting with Gerard Floriano, and piano with Amy Stanley.
He has conducted both students and professionals in many concerts, and as soloist/conductor, Lohraseb has played many concertos of Mozart, J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no. 5, and Bach's two triple concertos with William Carragan and Findlay Cockrell. As a soloist with orchestra, recent credits include the Mozart two-piano concerto, and this past May Rakhmaninov 2 with the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra.
As well as performing as a soloist, Lohraseb has participated in a number of chamber music recitals, including concerts with members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012, and in Albany with Madalyn and Cicely Parnas in 2008. More recently he organized and conducted a special concert with Cicely Parnas as soloist and members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at Geneseo. His compositions have been performed internationally, and his musicological work was most recently presented in a paper on the sources of Anton Bruckner's Sixth Symphony delivered at a musicological conference at the University of Oxford this past April. This spring he was graduated summa cum laude from Geneseo, where he was an Edgar Fellows Honors student and was made a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
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