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2019 Recital: Instrumental Series

January

An Evening with Pablo Estigarribia

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Friday January 25, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Pablo Estigarribia was born in 1985 in El Chaco, Resistencia, Argentina and started studying piano at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires when he was only 8 years old. At age 17, he won a national competition for chamber music, “sub 18” and at age 22, he won the piano competition that was part of the Shell Biennial Youth Music Festival in Buenos Aires. In 2004, Estigarribia won a prestigious scholarship to the International Festival of Winter Camps of Jordão, Brazil, where he studied with international soloists and conductors Kurt Masur and Glenn Dicterow.

March

Angela Kraft Cross, organ

Angela Kraft Cross

Saturday March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Angela Kraft Cross, San Francisco Bay Area organist, pianist and composer, graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music in 1980 with bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Organ Performance. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Loma Linda University, where she subsequently completed her residency in ophthalmology. In 1993, she completed her Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at the College of Notre Dame with Thomas LaRatta. Her organ teachers have included Louis Robilliard, Marie-Louise Langlais, Sandra Soderlund, S. Leslie Grow, William Porter and Garth Peacock. In 2001, she was awarded the Associateship credential of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO) after passing rigorous playing and written examinations. She has studied composition with Pamela Decker.

Duo Papillon, piano 4-hands

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Saturday March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Barbara Ruzicka and Kumi Uyeda are in love with four-hand music–the communication, conversation, and bringing the entire keyboard to life in all its sonority—they have found much comradery–sometimes it can be lonely just being a solo pianist! Their collaboration began in 2000 with concerts at such venues as UCSC, Ohlone College, Berkeley Piano Club, All Saints’ Carmel, Monterey Center for Spiritual Living, Carmel Presbyterian and soirees for the Carmel Music Society. They enjoy playing a range of styles and repertoire- from the profundity of the Schubert Fantasie to the emotional heart-on-the sleeve Brahms’ dances, discovering new gems and transcriptions and are in the process of having an original four-hand piece written for them.

Clare Longendyke, piano

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Saturday March 30, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Clare Longendyke is a passionate soloist and chamber musician recognized for her colorful musicality, technical fluency, and ability to interpret repertoires across the musical spectrum. She has performed solo and chamber music recitals across Europe and North America and has won 1st place prizes in the Philharmonic Society of Arlington’s Young Artist Competition, the Schubert Club of Minnesota’s Scholarship Competition, the National Society of Arts & Letters Instrumental Competition, and 2nd place in the SIYAO Instrumental Competition. She made her orchestral debut in 2012 performing Bartók’s 3rd Piano Concerto as the winner of the Indiana University Piano Concerto Competition and in 2017, she performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor with the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra (Massachusetts) and Orlando Cela, conductor.

April

Cristobal Selamé, guitar

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Saturday April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Described as “inspired… every note comes straight from his heart” by Grammy-Award winning artist Sérgio Assad, Chilean guitarist Cristobal Selamé is the only undergraduate to ever win the prestigious Guitar Concerto Competition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Since then, Selamé has been invited to perform in prestigious guitar festivals, including the Mauro Biasini International Festival and Competition, where he performed the Giuliani Concerto op.30.

May

Robyn Carmichael, piano

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Saturday May 18, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Robyn Carmichael’s distinctive style has defined her concerts in the U.S. and Europe. Her past season included West Coast concerts in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, a radio interview on Berkeley’s KPFA-FM “Piano” program, and a CD release with music of Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, de Falla, Tchaikovsky, Bach-Alkan, and Rachmaninoff.

Her new 2018 season features East Coast and West Coast tours with all-Russian and all-Romantic recitals, including the virtuosic Tchaikovsky-Pletnev Nutcracker Suite, educational concerts with commentary for libraries and grassroots organizations, a unique Chopin project and a program honoring the 200th anniversary of the legendary choreographer Marius Petipa.

June

Sandro Russo, piano

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Saturday June 1, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Acclaimed for his profound sense of poetry and distinctive style, Sandro Russo has been in demand as a soloist in many venues around the world. He unanimously receives accolades for his sparkling virtuosity and his playing has often been referred to as a throwback to the grand tradition of elegant pianism and beautiful sound. Abbey Simon has praised him as “an artist to his fingertips…musical, intuitive, and a master of the instrument.” Lowell Liebermann has called him “a musician’s musician, and a pianist’s pianist. There is no technical challenge too great for him, but it is his musicianship that ultimately makes the greatest impression. His interpretations reveal a unique and profound artist at work.”

Born in San Giovanni Gemini, Italy, Mr. Russo displayed exceptional musical talent from an early age. After entering the V. Bellini Conservatory, from where he graduated summa cum laude, he went on to earn the Pianoforte Performing Diploma from the Royal College of Music in London, with honors. While still a student, he won top prize awards in numerous national and international competitions, including Senigallia and the Ibla Grand Prize. Mr. Russo has performed in such eminent concert halls as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Salle Cortot in Paris, Teatro Politeama in Palermo, Weill and Zankel halls at Carnegie Hall and Nagasaki Brick Hall in Japan.

David Jaronowski, organ

David Jaronowski

Friday June 14, 7 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

David Jaronowski, M.M., CAGO, has served as director of music at the parish of Mary Queen of Peace for six years and as director of music and liturgy for the Congregation of St. Joseph for five years. Prior to that time, he was the director of music and organist at several area churches; He also spent two years in Kansas City, MO as the director of music at St. Peter’s Parish in Kansas City and as staff organist at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

July

Amy Stephens (piano)

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Saturday July 13, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Pianist, composer and bandleader Amy Stephens loves jazz and classical piano and is well- versed in both realms, performing and recording extensively for the past 18 years. She is particularly fond of Third Stream music, the fusion of classical form with jazz style and sensibilities. Her newest album, Becoming (2018), showcases Amy performing new Third Stream works for solo piano written by herself and others.

August

Laurens Platzlaff

Friday August 16, 7:30 p.m.

Laurens Patzlaff is both a Classical and Jazz pianist gifted with the unique ability to improvise in every style.  Within the field of improvisation, he is a true phenomenon.  The Classics and improvisation have rarely intermixed, and Laurens is devoted to promoting and popularizing this fascinating musical duo.  Improvisation is the main focus of his artistic and academic career. A German music professor who works frequently in the U.S.A. and Australia as well as in Germany and throughout Europe and Asia, he was appointed Germany’s first ever Professor for Piano and Improvisation (Jazz and Classical) at Lübeck University of Music in 2013. Since 2007, he has taught improvisation at the Stuttgart State University for Music and Performing Arts as well as at universities in Freiburg and Trossingen.  He regularly hosts master classes for piano and improvisation at universities in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia, Hong Kong, Beijing and other cities around the world.  In the U.S.A., he has taught at Hunter College in New York City, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, to name just a few American universities and venues.

A & R Duo – pianists Arianna Körting and Robin Giesbrecht 

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Saturday August 24, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Arianna Körting, has performed throughout the world in solo recital and with orchestra, in radio and television. She was one of eighteen recipients nationwide under the age of 18 to have been selected as a 2011 Davidson Fellow by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Recognized by the United States Senate, her achievements were entered into the Congressional Record on October 6, 2011. Premier awards include: First Prizes in the Fifth Julia Crane International Piano Competition, the 2007 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, the CIPC Young Artists Competition, the David D. Dubois Piano Competition and in the Duquesne Young Artists National Piano Competition.

Praised for his “stunning bravura and seemingly unlimited virtuosity” (Epoch Times) and “nimbleness at the keys” (Cologne-City News), pianist Robin Giesbrecht has been celebrated internationally with a career reaching mature artistry. Since winning the International Grotrian-Steinweg Competition at age seven and the NDR Arts Prize subsequently, Mr. Giesbrecht has enjoyed performances with in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, North America and Asia, including debuts with the NDR Radio Philharmonic and the Southwest German Philharmonic.

September

Mark Valenti (piano)

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Saturday September 28, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Mark Valenti received his Master of Music from Northwestern University, Bachelor of Music from the Philadelphia Musical Academy and has studied with such notable teachers as Benjamin Whitten, Zoltan Kocsis and Mary Sauer. In addition to giving solo recitals in cities throughout the U.S., Mr. Valenti has performed in France, Belgium, Hungary and Luxembourg as well as for former First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington, D.C.

Mark Valenti has performed recitals live on WFMT classical radio. He has also done extensive work in the Jazz field including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster and Al Grey and has appeared on television with Joe Sudler’s Swing Machine and singer/actor Christopher Durham.

October

Susan Ellinger (piano)

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Saturday October 19, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Praised for her “refined, poised and singular” vision, pianist Susan Ellinger has performed extensively as both a soloist and chamber musician, presenting recitals at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, Caramoor Music Center, Harvard University, Oberlin Conservatory, Tanglewood Music Festival, the Taos School of Music and many more. She has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Peabody Conservatory Orchestra, in regular concerts with The Chelsea Chamber Players in New York City, and as a featured soloist in a series of concerts with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra with conductor Marin Alsop. Susan Ellinger has won top prizes both as a soloist and chamber musician at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Manhattan School of Music and at age 13 was awarded the National Baldwin Junior Keyboard Achievement Award presenting solo recitals in Washington DC for the Music Teachers Association of America.

November

Laura Farré Rozada – PIANIST · MATHEMATICIAN · RESEARCHER

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Saturday November 2, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1750 29th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

Laura Farré Rozada is an award-winning pianist and mathematician specialised in contemporary music. She has been among the 11 musicians selected for the NEXT music programme with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group for the 2018/2019 season.

She recently completed her Master of Music degree at the Royal College of Music in London as an RCM Patrons’ Award Holder, where she received an ‘Exceptional’ Distinction (94%) at her 1st-year MMus Recital. Previously, she graduated with Distinction from her Bachelor and Master piano studies with Jean-François Dichamp at ESMUC (Catalonia College of Music), and from her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia). She obtained several Distinction Awards in all her studies.

Laura recently published her first solo album The French Reverie. She has performed as a soloist in Spain, France, Germany, Canada, Bulgaria and the UK, and has appeared on the main Catalan media, Channel France 3, Classic FM Radio and the Bulgarian National Radio.

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