TRIO CASALS

Sylvia Ahramjian (left) violin

Ovidiu Marinescu (middle) cello

Anna Kislitsyna (right) piano

 

Since making a highly-acclaimed debut at the 1996 edition of the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Trio Casals has delighted audiences with spectacular virtuosity, engaging enthusiasm, and exquisite musical elegance.

 

Recent engagements include performances at Carnegie Hall, a week-long collaboration with the Nashville Ballet and composer Michael Kurek, appearances in the Triple Concerto by Beethoven with the Helena and Southeastern PA Symphonies, and concerts in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware.

 

Trio Casals has performed in the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Holywell Room in Oxford, England, and at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and has toured China and Romania.

 

Trio Casals has created original programs that juxtapose the great classical tradition of Beethoven and Brahms with new works written by American composers such as Paul Schoenfield, Michael Kurek, George Rochberg, and Hilary Tann. Their album MOTO CONTINUO, the second in Navona Records’ MOTO series, features distinguished composers such as Brian Noyes, Osias Wilensky-Schorr, Diane Jones, and Nicholas Ascioti. Recorded for PARMA Recordings, MOTO CONTINUO was presented in concert at Carnegie Hall and other concert venues. MOTO BELLO and MOTO QUARTO,  the third and fourth albums respectively in the series, were performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall  in New York between 2018 - 2019. MOTO CELESTE also culminates in a Carnegie Hall performance.

 

In addition to its performing schedule, Trio Casals is committed to music education, offering regular master classes at schools and colleges. As resident artists for Music for All Seasons, its members have played in shelters for victims of domestic abuse, nursing homes, and hospitals. All three members have distinguished careers as soloists.

 

 

composers

Diane Jones’ music has been performed by The Relâche Ensemble, The Da Capo Chamber Players, Trio Casals, and Flautet. She has been commissioned by Mélomanie, the Society for New Music, and the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, and she recently completed a commission from the Syracuse International Film Festival to score the 1919 silent film, “The Doll,” screened during the 2019 festival with a live ensemble. Her work with Samba Laranja has garnered three SAMMY awards (Native Orange, 2011, Pathways, 2014, and Guaraná, 2019). She has collaborated with choreographers to create new music with dance, and completed five residencies in Syracuse area public schools. Earth Rise marks her third collaboration with Trio Casals on the Navona Records MOTO series.

 

Jones is the midday host on WCNY-FM, Central New York's Classical Radio Station, and the creator, host, and producer of "Feminine Fusion," a nationally-syndicated weekly program highlighting women in the classical music world. She is past President of the Society for New Music, and her music has been featured on Fresh Ink, the weekly new music broadcast produced by the Society.

 

A recipient of the Billy Joel Fellowship, a fellowship with the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska — Lincoln, and awarded the prestigious Grace F. and Theodore Berger Award from the University of Delaware, Jones has also been inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the music honor society. Active as a performer as well as a composer, Jones regularly performs with Samba Laranja, and plays contrabass flute with the Central New York Flute Choir. She has played flute and piccolo in regional orchestras, and was one half of the flute duo, Flutes of Fancy.

 

Jones is privileged to have studied with outstanding composers Daniel S. Godfrey, Nicolas Scherzinger, and Jennifer Margaret Barker. www.PetDragonMusic.com

 

photo: Eric Hayden

Edna Alejandra Longoria

Edna Alejandra Longoria is a Mexican-American composer born in Mcallen TX and raised in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, México. Longoria obtained a master’s degree in Music Composition at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University in Long Beach, and a bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Longoria’s music has been premiered by various ensembles such as the Chatter Ensemble, Elixir Piano Trio, North/ South Consonance Ensemble, Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, and Verdant Vibes Ensemble, among others. In addition, Longoria’s music was part of a workshop with the highly acclaimed Kronos Quartet. Longoria’s music was recently performed at the SCI National Conference, Music by Women Festival, LunArt Festival, Alba’s Music Festival, and the SCI Region VI Conference. Longoria was one of the winners of the "2019 Call for Scores" for the LunArt Festival. In addition, Longoria has won the 2019 San Antonio Performing Arts Grant Award. Longoria’s works have been performed internationally around the United States, México, and Europe.

 

photo Ricardo Ayala Photography

 

Ovidiu Marinescu Ovidiu Marinescu, a native of Romania, is active as a cellist, conductor, composer, and educator. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Rachmaninov Hall, Holywell Room in Oxford, Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, and many other venues around the world. He has appeared as a soloist with the New York Chamber Symphony, the National Radio Orchestra of Romania, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Helena and Newark Symphonies, Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Philharmonic, Limeira Symphony in Brazil, Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain, and most orchestras in Romania. Recently, he served as a member of the jury and guest professor for the Greenhouse Foundation Awards and Festival in Seoul, South Korea, and Composer-in-Residence for the International Chamber Music Festival in Guatemala City.  His works have been performed in Romania, China, Brazil, Guatemala, and across the United States.

 

Marinescu has had more than 10 album releases with PARMA Recordings and Cambria as a cellist, conductor, and chamber musician, as well as several independently-released recordings.

 

Marinescu has conducted the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra in Moscow, the Chamber Orchestra of the Romanian Radio, “New Russia” State Orchestra, the Bacau, Craiova, Ploiesti, Botosani, Targu Mures, and Brasov Philharmonic Orchestras in Romania, Filarmonica de Gaia in Portugal, Orquesta de Extremadura in Spain, the Helena, Newark, and Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestras (USA), and the Vidin Sinfonietta in Bulgaria. www.marinescu.com

 

photo Cassadei Photography

Christina Rusnak, a Northwest-based contemporary composer and explorer, is passionate about composing about place and the human experience. She works at the intersection of place, nature, culture, and history, and seeks to integrate context into her pieces. The composer also strives to create thought-provoking music that engages both the performers and the audience.

 

Rusnak crosses genres and her work encompasses chamber, orchestra, wind band, and solo pieces as well as jazz, women’s choir, electro-acoustic works, and film. Composing since age 9, Rusnak’s works have been performed in concert halls and festivals across the country, including the Festival of New American Music, by talented performers and ensembles: Third Angle, Citywater, and Corvus New Music Ensembles, the Chris Klaxton Band, Vocal Luna Women’s Choir, Winona State University Wind Band, the Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, and Jeffrey Jacob among others.

 

An avid hiker, and a member of the Landscape Music Composers Network, she has served as Artist in Residence at North Cascades National Park, Homestead National Monument, and the Ansel Adams Wilderness, and has composed works inspired by Denali, Glacier, and many other national and state parks as well. For the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System, Rusnak’s Oregon Trail integrated the human experience of indigenous people and the landscape into the historic trail. Rusnak enjoys a diversity of projects. Dallas Contemporary Museum commissioned Rusnak to compose for their new art space, and she was commissioned by Kino-Lorber Films for Pioneers of Women Filmmakers in 2018.

 

An advocate for music and landscape, her essays have been published in New Music Box, LandscapeMusic.org, and the International Alliance for Women in Music Journal among others.

Rusnak reflects on how composers and performers are “looking at the diverse landscapes in which we live, with their complex human histories and changing values, as the grounds to examine the intersection of place and people—past and present.” (New Music USA 2015-2016 Year in Review). Rusnak serves on the board of the International Alliance of Women in Music. Recordings are available on Navona Records and through Amazon and Naxos. christinarusnak.com

 

photo Michael Pina

 

Chad Robinson

Houston native Dr. Chad Robinson is the Artistic Director and founder of Texas New Music Ensemble, a Houston-based mixed chamber ensemble focused solely on the work of Texas composers. As a composer, he has worked with many other prestigious ensembles and soloists, such as Ethel, Lontano, The Jack Quartet, The Parker Quartet, Musiqa, George Vosburgh, Mary Dullea, and Emma Steele. His music has been performed throughout North America and in Europe and Turkey. He has received multiple awards and grants throughout his career, including 1st Prize in the CMU Orchestral Composition Competition, 2nd Prize in the Louisa Stude Sarofim Composition Competition, KCL Music Research Grant, and the KCL Arts and Humanities Research Grant. Robinson has learned from some of America’s and Europe’s most distinguished composers, including Marcus Maroney (University of Houston - B.M.), Leonardo Balada (Carnegie Mellon University - M.M.), and Rob Keeley (King’s College, London - Ph.D.). He currently serves on the faculty of several Houston area colleges.  www.chadrobinson.net

 

photo Lynn Lane

Clive Muncaster was born on January 24, 1936. At the young age of 15, he was accepted into the Royal Academy of Music where he studied violin, piano, composition, and conducting, and earned his Royal Academy of Music Licentiate Diploma (LRAM). In the 1960s Chandos Music published some of his compositions, which received many broadcasts in England and Germany.

 

He married his first wife, Ursula Brotherton-Ratcliffe, in 1959, and ended up with five boys. The family moved from London to Charlbury, Oxfordshire, in 1964. His brother, Martin Muncaster, was working as a newscaster for the BBC, and read all the famous tributes to Sir Winston Churchill, who died on Clive's birthday! Clive established the Churchill Memorial Concerts at Blenheim Palace a year later, and conducted his orchestra, The Oxford Chamber Ensemble, with members of the Oxford Choral Society taking part in the first concert. His brother re-read the worldwide tributes. The concert was a success!  Clive conducted the concerts for the first six years. The tradition of having a speaker at each concert continued with nationally and internationally famous politicians taking part.

 

In 1970, a chance meeting with the director of the music therapy program at Florida State University (FSU) resulted in Clive becoming a registered American Music Therapist (RMT). This led to his permanent move to the USA. At FSU, 1973, Clive earned his Masters Degree (MM) in composition. Years later, he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UM-KC), also in composition. Clive conceived the idea of founding "The Music Therapy Charity" U.K. which became established in 1969, celebrating its 50th year in 2019.

 

He moved to Washington D.C. where he wrote the film score for a Smithsonian documentary followed by a move to Lynchburg, VA. He ended up as conductor of the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra before retiring to Princeton NJ in 1993 to live with his second wife, Dulcie Bull.

 

Joanna Estelle (Joanna Estelle (Storoschuk) is a Canadian composer, lyricist, and arranger whose music has won critical acclaim from Parliament Hill, Ottawa to London (UK), Barcelona (Spain), and elsewhere around the world. Estelle studied classical piano and theory with the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) as a youth, but her parents dissuaded her from pursuing music as a career. Instead, she graduated with degrees in Psychology and English (Brock, ’72), then went on to study Certified Management Accounting. However, her enthusiasm for music never waned. While building a successful professional career in Canada's federal public service, Estelle channeled her creative energies into composing songs by studying modern piano, advanced theory, and arranging in her free time. She completed an undergraduate degree in music after eight years as a part-time special student at University of Ottawa, graduating summa cum laude on the Dean’s list as winner of the Faculty of Art’s silver medal (2009).

 

After leaving the public service, Estelle completed the M.A. Music Programme at York University, Toronto (2009-2011), benefitting from the tutelage of choral conductor Dr. Lisette Canton and pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, as well as composer Larysa Kuzmenko (University of Toronto). She became a Melodious Accord Fellow of the renowned American choral composer Alice Parker and completed Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz’s Abwoon Interspiritual Leadership Program.  She was a doctoral candidate in composition through the University of Sheffield (UK) from 2016-2018 with her research focused on exploring the relationship between spirituality, science, and creativity, particularly as applied to choral and vocal music. This preliminary work led to a change in direction for Estelle: she is currently completing a Byzantine liturgical song cycle that began as a doctoral assignment but has evolved into a major touring and recording project for the Ewashko Singers (Ottawa).

 

Among Estelle's many accomplishments, her work has been arranged and orchestrated for performance and recording by artists and choirs in Canada, the United States, and Europe, as well as broadcast on CBC. Two of her choral compositions were premiered at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa as part of the UNISONG festival on Canada Day (2004 and 2009). Her music is often included in recitals by the Dominion Carillonneur from the Peace Tower, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, and her choral works are published by Cypress Choral Music (Vancouver). A member of the Canadian League of Composers (CLC) and an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), Estelle served on the board of the Association of Canadian Women Composers (ACWC) for many years to help promote their work internationally. She also established the Joanna Estelle Commemorative Scholarship Fund as a bequest to the University of Ottawa to encourage other women to find their musical voices.

 

In 2018, PARMA Recordings released Estelle’s first international album EMERGENCE on the Navona label.  Upon completion of her song cycle project, she will continue writing additional new material for her upcoming second album.  www.joannaestelle.com

Eliane Aberdam was born in Nancy, France. She studied piano and theory at the Conservatoire National de Region in Grenoble (1972-1981). She completed her undergraduate studies in composition at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel, where she studied with Mark Kopytman. In 1989, she entered the graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania where she studied with George Crumb, and obtained her master’s degree in 1992. She completed her Ph.D. in Composition at U.C. Berkeley. In 1998-1999, she taught composition, theory, and music technology at the University of Northern Iowa. Her works are performed in Israel, Europe, and the United States. She attended music festivals such as The Bartók Seminar in Hungary (1990), June in Buffalo (1994), the Académie d’Été in Paris (1995), and Voix Nouvelles in Royaumont, France (1996). In 1995, she was selected by IRCAM (Institute of Research & Coordination Acoustic/Music) for the Annual Course in electronic music, and for the commission of PaRDeS, an electro-acoustic work for chamber ensemble and electronics. In 2000, the Ensemble Inter-Contemporain (Paris) commissioned and premiered the chamber orchestra piece Quoi? Ce point after Primo Levi’s novel The Periodic Table.

 

In 2006, she composed Tamar, an opera in 3 acts (libretto by Maurya Simon based on the biblical story of Tamar and Amnon). The opera was premiered at URI in 2007. Aberdam writes for a wide variety of styles and genres: electronics, orchestral, chamber, chorus, and solo. Her recent works and commissions include a piece for soprano and electronics, The Seven Deadly Sins (2010), an orchestra piece, Les Bons Augures (2011), Zamarine, a piece for wind ensemble (2012), and a piece for soprano, harp, and violin, Deux Poèmes Océaniques (2012). She composed A Demon in my View for the Aurea Ensemble (2013) and Figurines for the Earplay Ensemble in summer 2014 (performed in San Francisco in January 2015). In August 2015, Shahrazad for harp, singer, and actress (an operatic play) premiered in Pittsburgh PA.

 

During her sabbatical in France (2015-2016) she was a guest at ACROE (Institut polytechnique of Grenoble), where she worked with Genesis — a Sound-Synthesis-by-Physical-Models program – and composed a piano and electronic piece for Disklavier, Encounter, which was recorded by pianist Eric Ferrand N’Kaoua in 2016. She recently completed a percussion quartet, a trio (flute, cello, clarinet), and Otohime, a concerto for double bass and orchestra that won second prize in the Bass Lucca 2018 competition of Donne in Musica and was premiered in Chisinau by the National Orchestra of Moldova (September 2019). She is now composing a chamber opera, In Our Own Voices, on the topic on interracial adoption, premiering on November 2, 2019. She has been teaching composition, theory, orchestration, form and analysis, electronic music, ear-training, counterpoint, and modern era at the University of Rhode Island since 2001.

 www.composer.aberdam.com

 

 

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