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November 20th - 3PM
Annual Bard Conservatory of Music Student Concert
Michael Bukhman, pianist
a note from Michael Bukhman:
Although the concert is billed as "Bard Students," I am actually on the faculty of the music department here. I will be joined by Bard Conservatory student and excellent violist Xinyi Xu (pronounced Shin-yi Shu), who is in her fifth and final year at Bard. We will do a combination of solo and duo repertoire.
Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 - L.v. Beethoven
1. Andante con moto
5. Quasi allegretto
6. Presto - andante amabile e con moto
Suite in g minor for viola - M. Reger
I. Molto Sostenuto
Five Pieces, Op. 34 - P. Ben-Haim
3. Capriccio Agitato
Sonata in B-flat for viola and piano, Op. 36 - H. Vieuxtemps
3. Finale scherzando
Pianist Michael Bukhman (27) has been tracking steadily towards a career as a musician of all disciplines, utilizing his instrument through all possible social mediums and genres – as a soloist, chamber musician, new music advocate, collaborator, and teacher – and is constantly looking for new avenues to communicate his music in ways that stay perpetually fresh.
Michael is continuously interested in showcasing the music of our time, performing and often premiering the solo piano and chamber music of such composers as Jonathan Harvey, Osvaldo Golijov, Arlene Sierra, Judith Shatin, Zvi Avni, Haim Shtrum, and others, in part as a recitalist, a competitor of international competitions, and a participant in chamber music festivals including Yellow Barn, The Music Academy of the West, and Tel Hai (Israel).
Some of Michael’s accolades and awards include being named Medalist in the 2009 Hilton Head International Piano competition, top-ranked winner of the 2005 National Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 1st prize winner at the 2006 Corpus Christi International Competition, and laureate of the 2006 Gina Bachauer Competition at the Juilliard School. His recital and chamber performances took him to Turkey, Israel, Canada, and across the United States.
Violist Xinyi Xu started playing the violin at the age of 6 and graduated from the MusicMiddle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music where she studied withProfessors Fei Wu, Zulian Wu and Horn-Sim Lam. Ms. Xu won second prize in theChina National Viola Competition in 2003 and participated in Morningside Music Bridgein Calgary, Canada (2005). She later attended Presbyterian Ladies' College (PLC) inMelbourne, Australia as an exchange student (2006).
Ms. Xu enrolled in the Bard College Conservatory of Music in 2007, whereshe studies with Ira Weller. She had previously participated in New York StringOrchestra Seminar under the direction of Jamie Laredo (2008 and 2009).
In 2010, Ms. Xu was invited to Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Salzau, Germanyand toured with the orchestra academy throughout Germany and Eastern Europe underthe direction of Christoph Eschenbach, Ivan Fischer, Christopher Hogwood and DavidGeringas. In summer of 2011, Ms. Xu participated in the Aspen Music Festival andSchool as a full scholarship and fellowship recipient, studying with James Duhnam andJeffrey Irvine; she appeared in Aspen’s Spotlight Recital and numerous orchestra concerts.A prolific chamber musician, Ms. Xu had spent two summers in Kneisel Hall ChamberMusic Festival (2008 and 2009).
Besides playing the viola, Ms. Xu is a strong advocate of new music. She had performedin Bard’s “Music Alive!” series which featured music by living composers and directed by JoanTower, with whom she studied composition. Ms. Xu’s Duet for Violin and Cello was premiered bymembers of the Da Capo Chamber Players (Curtis Macomber and Jane O’Hara) in December 2010.
Ms. Xu will be graduating this spring with a BA in German Studies in addition to her BMdegree in Viola Performance.
All concerts are on Sunday at 3 PM
at the Saugerties United Methodist Church
on the corner of Washington Avenue & Post Street
Admission $12 - Seniors $10 - Students Free
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