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Ieva Jokubaviciute and Michael Mizrahi

Ieva Jokubaviciute and Michael Mizrahi

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March 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm
702 University Drive
Winchester, VA, 22601
United States
Ieva Jokubaviciute and Michael Mizrahi

Double Hammer
Internationally-renowned artists and new-music specialists Ieva Jokubaviciute and Michael Mizrahi perform beautifully bombastic solo and duo works for piano including Hallelujah Junction by John Adams, works by George Crumb, György Kurtág and more.
John Luther Adams: Dark Waves for Two Pianos and Electronic Sound
Sarah Kirkland Snider: The Currents (2012)
György Kurtág: Selections from Játékok – Games
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Scape (2011)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Allein Gott in der Hoh’ sei Her, BWV 711 (arr. György Kurtág)
Philip Glass: Dance
György Ligeti: Sonatina from 5 Pieces for Piano Four Hands
George Crumb: Selections from Otherworldly Resonances (Tableaux, Book II) for Two Amplified Pianos
Douglas Boyce: Etude No. 1 – First Quire from A Book of Etudes
Johann Sebastian Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 (arr. György Kurtág)
John Adams: Hallelujah Junction for Two Pianos (1996)
Meet the Artists
Ieva Jokubaviciute
Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute’s powerfully and intricately crafted performances have earned her critical acclaim throughout the United States and Europe. Her ability to communicate the essential substance of a work has led critics to describe her as possessing “razor-sharp intelligence and wit” and “subtle, complex, almost impossibly detailed and riveting in every way” (The Washington Post) and as “an artist of commanding technique, refined temperament and persuasive insight” (The New York Times). In 2006, she was honored as a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship.

In late 2010, Labor Records released Jokubaviciute’s Alban Berg Tribute recording comprising Berg’s piano sonata and previously unknown or unrecorded works written in tribute to Berg by Giacinto Scelsi, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Ross Lee Finney, Jacob Gilboa, and Hans Erich Apostel. London’s Sunday Times called it a “very interestingly devised debut disc,” and The New York Times lauded it and described Jokubaviciute as, “an authoritative and compelling guide throughout this fascinating disc.”

In the wake of this enthusiastic critical reception, Jokubaviciute has performed the Berg sonata in a number of contexts throughout the United States and Europe over the last seasons. Jokubaviciute was invited by Festival Pianos aux Jacobins in Toulouse to give her French recital debut in September 2011. Jokubaviciute’s performance of works written in the first decade of the twentieth century—Debussy, Janacek, Scriabin, Berg, Schoenberg—was described as “revelatory,” as demonstrating “impressive intensity,” and as “illuminating each piece with a deep luminescence” by Voix du Gars. Most recently, Jokubaviciute presented this program in January 2013 in Chicago, Baltimore, and in her Philadelphia recital debut presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. The Philadelphia Inquirer remarked: “However impressive Jokubaviciute’s fingers were in the music’s execution, it is her brain that is most entrancing.”

With a reputation for presenting masterful and insightful programs, Jokubaviciute regularly gives recitals in major American and European cities—most recently in France, Chicago, New York City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Vilnius, Lithuania, and at the Smithsonian Institution’s Freer Gallery in Washington, D.C. where she performed a program in conjunction with an exhibit on the nineteenth century American painter James McNeil Whistler. The Washington Post called her a “splendid colorist” and described her performance as “magical tone-painting.”

Jokubaviciute made her Chicago Symphony debut at the Ravinia Festival in June of 2005 under the baton of James Conlon and her orchestral debut in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil performing Mozart’s K. 488 under the baton of Ligia Amadio the following season. She has also performed concerti with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Gratz University Orchestra, and the Lithuanian National Symphony.

In June of 2009, Jokubaviciute’s piano trio—Trio Cavatina—won the Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition and made its Carnegie Hall debut in May of 2010 and its San Francisco debut at Herbst Theater later that year. Since its New York City debut at the New School and its Boston debut at Jordan Hall in 2006, the trio has become a prominent force within the chamber music culture in the US and tours extensively throughout the country.

A much sought after chamber musician and collaborator, Jokubaviciute regularly tours and appears at international music festivals including: Marlboro, Ravinia, Bard, Caramoor, Chesapeake Chamber Music, Prussia Cove in Cornwall, England, and Festival de la musique de chambre at La Lointaine in France. She has participated in the Schleswig-Holstein Festival in Lubeck, Germany, the Katrina Chamber Music Festival, Aland Islands, Finland, the Oulunsalo Chamber Music Festival in Oulunsalo, Finland, the Joaquin Turina Chamber Music Festival in Seville, Spain, and Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley, CA, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT, among others.

Earning degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and from Mannes College of Music in New York City, her principal teachers have been Seymour Lipkin and Richard Goode.

Visit www.ievajokubaviciute.com to learn more.
Michael Mizrahi
Praised as “intrepid” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “engaging” (Houston Chronicle), and “endlessly fascinating” (WQXR New York), pianist Michael Mizrahi has won acclaim for his compelling performances of a wide-ranging repertoire and his ability to connect with audiences of all ages. He has appeared as concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and teaching artist across the United States and abroad.

Mizrahi has performed in the world’s leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Toyko’s Suntory Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Jordan Hall and the Gardner Museum in Boston, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Chicago Cultural Center and Houston’s Jones Hall. He has performed as soloist with major orchestras including the Houston Symphony, National Symphony, Haddonfield Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, and Prince Georges Philharmonic. He has given solo recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and has made repeated appearances on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. His chamber music festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Verbier, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Mizrahi won First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Ima Hogg International Competition, as well as first prizes in the International Bartók-Kabalevsky Competition and the Iowa International Piano Competition. He won third prize in the San Antonio International Piano Competition. Mizrahi appeared for many years on the active roster of Astral Artists.

An enthusiastic promoter of music education, Mizrahi has presented lecture-recitals and masterclasses at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. As a member of Carnegie Hall’s prestigious Academy program and Teaching Artists Collaborative, Mizrahi spent several hours a week as a teaching artist in New York City public schools.

Dedicated to the music of our time, Mizrahi has commissioned and given world premieres of several new works for piano and frequently collaborates with composers and instrumentalists in the performance of 21st-century music. He is a founding member of NOW Ensemble, a chamber group devoted to the commissioning and performing of new music by emerging composers. NOW Ensemble released its third album, Dreamfall, to critical acclaim in 2015. Mizrahi’s celebrated recording The Bright Motion, an album of newly commissioned works for solo piano, was released on the New Amsterdam Records label. His music video, also called The Bright Motion, was lauded by National Public Radio and New Yorker music critic Alex Ross.

Mizrahi was a founding member of the Moët Trio, which performed in major venues across the United States and Canada, and established itself as one of today’s most exciting young piano trios. The Moët Trio completed a two-year residency, the only one of its kind for piano trios, at the New England Conservatory.

Mizrahi is also a member of Decoda, a chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. Based in New York City, Decoda creates innovative performances and engaging projects with partners around the world. Mizrahi teaches each summer at the prestigious Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute.

Michael Mizrahi received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, where his concentrations were in music, religion and physics. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Claude Frank. After his Philadelphia debut recital, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that “…the performance had transparency, revealing a forward-moving logic and chord voices you didn’t previously realize were there…textures were sumptuous.”

Recognized widely for his commitment to artistic excellence, Michael Mizrahi won Lawrence University’s Award for Excellence in Creative Activity, and, in 2014, was one of five international recipients of the S&R Foundation’s Washington Award.

He is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Visit www.michaelmizrahipiano.com to learn more.

Photo by Andrew Chiciak