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Chopin Project Concert Sunday, November 11, 2018
Church of the Redeemer
Sarasota, FL
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Chopin Project Concert Sunday, November 11, 2018

Throughout history, music has been a touchstone of cultural pride and national identity around the world. This program highlights the variety of ways in which composers have celebrated their own heritage as well as explores the ways in which they have taken inspiration from the music of exotic faraway lands, or what they borrow from right next door.

World-renowned pianist Matthew Graybil and internationally acclaimed violinist Rhiannon Banerdt combine extraordinary talents in a piano/violin duo performance featuring Chopin, Dvorak, Ravel, de Falla, and Saint-Saens

Violinist Rhiannon Banerdt made her solo debut at age 14 with the New England Symphonic Ensemble in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has since given solo and chamber music performances at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, New York's Weill Hall at Carnegie, and Boston's Jordan Hall, among others. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Banerdt performs regularly throughout New England with a variety of ensembles and is a founding member of the Ulysses String Quartet, Grand Prize Winners of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Silver Medalists at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.
A recipient of the 2012 Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, Ms. Banerdt was invited to perform with the quartet in Jordan Hall.  Other collaborations have included performances with the Chiara Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Biss, and Frans Helmerson.  Ms. Banerdt has participated in numerous eminent chamber music festivals including Ravinias Steans Music Institute, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Taos School of Music, and the Castleman Quartet Program.  A former member of the Amethyst Piano Trio, Ms. Banerdt was selected for the semifinals of the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the same year the trio was awarded First Prize in the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition, where their performance was hailed by Edith Eisler, correspondent for Strings Magazine, as real music-making  concentrated and deeply felt.    
Ms. Banerdt holds the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Cape Symphony and has served as Principal Second Violin of Boston's Discovery Ensemble, as well as performing regularly with other orchestras in the New England and New York areas. She was one of two Violin Fellowships for the 2013-2015 seasons with the flagship music education organization Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI, where she taught individual lessons and group classes for disadvantaged youth and performed regularly with the Fellowship Quartet and Community MusicWorks Players. Ms. Banerdt is currently a member of the violin faculty at the Bloomingdale School of Music on New York Citys Upper West Side and a Graduate Teaching Fellow at CUNY's Brooklyn College.
A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Banerdt attended the New England Conservatory, where she received her Bachelors and Masters degrees with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Lucy Chapman and Paul Biss and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the CUNY Graduate Center studying with Mark Steinberg. She plays on a Guarneri model violin made by Marco Coppiardi in 2012.

Pianist, Matthew Graybil
Praised by The New Yorker as an exceptional young artist", and The Southampton Press as "hypnotic and compelling", American pianist Matthew Graybil has performed throughout the United States, Canada, France, Holland, and Mexico in venues such as Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center and Lincoln Center. He has appeared on radio and television including KNYC, WQXR, WWFM, CBS Chicago, the Discovery Channel and PBS.

Since making his orchestral debut at age 14, he has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and the National Chamber Players among others.

He has been a prize-winner in the MTNA/Yamaha National Piano Competition, the New York Piano Competition, the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the Juilliard Gina Bachauer Competition, Missouri Southern International Piano Competition and the Wideman International Piano Competition.

Graybil began his piano studies at age 6 and presented his first recital the following year. He was a pupil of Harvey Wedeen for six years and in 2009, received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. In 2011, he completed the Master's program at Juilliard where he continued t work with Mr. Lowenthal as well as Matti Raekallio.

Graybil's debut album, featuring works by Brahms and Schubert, was released in 2012 as part of the Victor Elmaleh Collection. In a review of the album, Fanfare Magazine wrote that he becomes so at one with the [music] that the line between composer and performer vanishes. Matthew Graybil's playing marks him . . . as one of the most sensitive, poetic young pianists to debut on record in recent memory. A second disc of Chopins Etudes, Opus 10, will be released shortly as part of The Chopin Project® label. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1987, Matthew Graybil resides in New York City.


Church of the Redeemer (View)
222 S Palm Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
United States



Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Chopin Project
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