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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.


Program  Bios 


Six Bagatelles, Op. 126 - L.v. Beethoven

   1. Andante con moto

   2. Allegro

   3. Andante

   4. Presto

   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

   1. Pastorale

   2. Intermezzo

   3. Capriccio Agitato

   4. Canzonetta

   5. Toccata


Sonata in B-flat for viola and piano, Op. 36 - H. Vieuxtemps

   1. Maestoso-Allegro

   2. Barcarolla

   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 Music 
Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music where she studied with 
Professors Fei Wu, Zulian Wu and Horn-Sim Lam.  Ms. Xu won second prize in the 
China National Viola Competition in 2003 and participated in Morningside Music Bridge 
in Calgary, Canada (2005). She later attended Presbyterian Ladies' College (PLC) in 
Melbourne, Australia as an exchange student (2006).

 Ms. Xu enrolled in the Bard College Conservatory of Music in 2007, where 
she studies with Ira Weller.  She had previously participated in New York String 
Orchestra Seminar under the direction of Jamie Laredo (2008 and 2009).  

In 2010, Ms. Xu was invited to Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Salzau, Germany 
and toured with the orchestra academy throughout Germany and Eastern Europe under 
the direction of Christoph Eschenbach, Ivan Fischer, Christopher Hogwood and David 
Geringas.  In summer of 2011, Ms. Xu participated in the Aspen Music Festival and 
School as a full scholarship and fellowship recipient, studying with James Duhnam and 
Jeffrey 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 Chamber 
Music Festival (2008 and 2009). 

               Besides playing the viola, Ms. Xu is a strong advocate of new music. She had performed 
in Bard’s “Music Alive!” series which featured music by living composers and directed by Joan 
Tower, with whom she studied composition. Ms. Xu’s Duet for Violin and Cello was premiered by 
members 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 BM 
degree 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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