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Jennifer Stumm, viola & Roman Rabinovich, piano
Presented by the Department of Visual and Performing Arts/Division of Music.
Jennifer Stumm, viola
Violist JENNIFER STUMM is recognized as one of the world’s dynamic and creative advocates for her instrument, known both for her distinctive sound and unbridled enthusiasm for music. Hailed by the Washington Post for the “opal-like beauty” of her playing, Stumm’s appears on many of the world’s great stages, including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Concertgebouw, Sala São Paulo, and the Wigmore Hall, London. Her solo career was launched after victories in three major international competitions: William Primrose, Geneva and Concert Artists Guild (where she was the first violist ever to win First Prize.) This season she makes her solo debut at the Berlin Philharmonie, performs with orchestras on four continents, plays the complete chamber works of Brahms in Tel Aviv and directs the second year of her festival and social project in Brazil.
An enthusiastic speaker and writer about music, Jennifer Stumm’s TEDx talk about the viola and the blessings of being different, “The Imperfect Instrument,” was named an editor’s pick of all talks on ted.com and she was recently cover artist of Symphony Magazine. She released her second album in 2014, for Orchid Classics, of Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, to much critical acclaim, and performed the work almost fifty times.. Her debut recording for Naxos’ Laureate Series, of virtuoso works by Italian composer/violist Alessandro Rolla, received high critical praise. A recipient of the prestigious BBC New Generation artist and Borletti Buitoni Awards for her work in chamber music, she appears at major festivals such as Verbier, Marlboro, Spoleto, Aldeburgh, Delft and IMS Prussia Cove. Her collaborative partners have included members of the Beaux Arts Trio, Guarneri, Vermeer and Alban Berg Quartets and the period ensemble L’Archibudelli.
Since her school days strings in the Atlanta inner city, Jennifer has been devoted to the power of art to inspire social progress in us all, and especially to the idea that anyone who can do should teach. In January 2015 she founded the Ilumina Festival, a chamber music festival and social initiative in the mountains outside São Paulo uniting prominent international soloists with Brazil’s most talented younger musicians. Ilumina provides opportunity and connections to raise the prospects of a worthy generation of young artists, offers busy soloists a fresh and inspiring space to do their best work, and gives the world a dynamic reminder that talent never decides where it is born.
Native of Atlanta, Jennifer chose the viola in her school’s orchestra when she was eight because she thought it had the most beautiful sound. She went on to study with Karen Tuttle at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School and also pursued interests in politics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer Stumm is currently International Chair of Viola Studies at the Royal College of Music, London and visiting professor at EMESP Tom Jobim, São Paulo. She performs on a viola by Gasparo da Salò, c 1590, generously on permanent loan from a private collection.
Roman Rabinovich, piano
Praised by the New York Times for his “uncommon sensitivity and feeling”, the Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich is the winner of the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Mr. Rabinovich has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Israel in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Lucerne Festival, Prague Spring Festival, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, as well as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Cite de la Musique in Paris and the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Mr. Rabinovich was honored with the Classical Recording Foundation Artist of the Year award for his CD, which was also given a four-star review by BBC Music Magazine, who had this to say: “This is clearly a labour of love. Rabinovich’s stylish line drawings adorn the booklet, and the enthusiasm of his joyful playing is infectious.”
At age 10 he made his Israel Philharmonic Orchestra debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta, and performed with that orchestra and Maestro Mehta again in 1999 and 2003. Since then his expansive concerto appearances included most of Israeli orchestras (including Israel Symphony of Rishon-Lizion, Israel Chamber, Jerusalem Symphony, Camerata Jerusalem, Haifa, Raanana Symphony orchestras), KBS Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony in C Orchestra, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Dohnányi Orchestra, Prague Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Lubbock Symphony. In addition to Maestro Mehta, Roman has worked with such conductors as Yoel Levi, JoAnn Falletta, Joseph Swensen, Rossen Milanov, Boguslaw Dawidow, David Amado, Yoav Talmi, Noam Sheriff, Uri Segal, Arie Lipsky, Tomasz Golka, Avner Biron.
Mr. Rabinovich, born in 1985 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, began his piano studies at the age of six with his mother, Mira. In 1994, he and his parents immigrated to Israel where he studied with Irena Vishnevitsky and later with professor Arieh Vardi at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin got his Masters Degree at the Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald. Mr. Rabinovich also excels as a gifted artist. He often combines his concerts with exhibitions of his paintings. Besides traditional painting Mr Rabinovich draws on his IPad. His artwork can be viewed on his website at www.romanrabinovich.net
ProgramBrahms Scherzo in C minor from the F.A.E. Sonata
Brahms Sonata in E Flat Major, op. 120 no 2
Brahms Sonata in F minor, op. 120 no 1