Sheffield Concerts 

Monday, March 24

7pm, Winchester MA

 

                                                                                                   Program:

 

Sonata for viola and piano op. 120 N1 in F minor                                                                                        Johannes Brahms

                 I. Allegro appassionato

                 II. Andante un poco Adagio

                 III. Allegretto grazioso

                 IV. Vivace

 

~ short break ~

 

Piano Quartet op. 47 in E-flat Major                                                                                                           Robert Schumann

                 I. Sostenuto assai - Allegro ma non troppo

                 II. Scherzo: Molto vivace

                 III. Andante cantabile

                 IV. Finale: Vivace

 

Sasha Callahan, violin

Alexander Vavilov, viola

Annie Bartlett, viola

Leo Eguchi, cello

Artem Belogurov, piano

Cellist Leo Eguchi enjoys a very active and multi-faceted performance schedule – he can be heard as a the assistant principal of the conductor-less Camerata New England, as a founding member of the Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, cellist of Xanthos (a contemporary music ensemble in residence at Boston University), principal of the New Bedford Symphony, a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra and the Portland Symphony, as well as in frequent appearances with the Boston Pops, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), and many of New England’s other notable musical institutions. Always a strong advocate of new music, Mr. Eguchi has premiered scores of pieces by and worked closely with many notable composers, including William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, George Crumb, Lukas Foss, Joan Tower, Ken Ueno, Yehudi Wyner, Gabriela Lena Frank and Michael Daugherty. Recent performing highlights as soloist include appearances in Kabul Afghanistan as well as concerto performances with the Parkway Concert Orchestra and Mastersingers by the Sea. Degrees include BM (CelloPerformance) and BS (Physics), cum laude from the University of Michigan and MM (cello performance) from Boston University, where he received the String Department Award for Excellence.

Violinist Sasha Callahan has established a vibrant and diverse career as recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician. She has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Japan and is a founding member of the Lunaire String Quartet and Kalistos Chamber Orchestra. Recent highlights include a sold out run as the violinist forthe American Repertory Theater’s revival of Porgy and Bess, a performance as soloist of Brahms Double Concerto, a solo Bach performance at the National Cathedral (D.C.), and performances with the World Youth Orchestra, an international orchestra assembled to present concerts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ms. Callahan can be heard as a member of the Portland (ME) Symphony and Rhode Island Philharmonic, and New Hampshire Music Festival, as well as with the Boston Pops, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, ALEA III, Boston Classical Orchestra, and Boston Lyric Opera, and the Boston Ballet Orchestra. A native of Portland, Oregon, Sasha Callahan received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Rice University and her Master of Music from Boston University. Principal teachers include Lucia Lin, Sergiu Luca, Denes Zsigmondy, and Carol Sindell.

Known equally for his “verve, wit, and delicatesse” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and his “infinite tenderness” (Evening Odessa), Artem Belogurov has an extensive repertoire, ranging through three centuries of solo and chamber works. He has a particular affinity for the Viennese classical style, in which he is distinguished by his use of improvisatory ornamentation. His interest in period pianos of all kinds extends through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He is also a discerning advocate of contemporary music, and collaborates with a number of composers. In 2009 he had the honor of performing the Boston premiere of Elliott Carter’s Caténaires for solo piano. As a soloist and in chamber groups, Artem has performed in a wide variety of venues, among them Jordan Hall, Harvard Musical Association, the Universität der Kunste in Berlin, the Musikhochschule in Hanover, St Andrews University in Scotland, the Odessa Philharmonic Hall in Ukraine, the Rachmaninoff Society in Saint Petersburg, and the Castello di Galeazza in Italy. Artem received his early training at the Stolyarsky School of Music in Odessa, Ukraine, majoring in music theory, piano performance, and composition. In 2009, he received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where his primary teachers were Gabriel Chodos, Patricia Zander, and Victor Rosenbaum. He has also studied with Peter Serkin.In 2007, Artem attended the Aspen Music Festival, and in 2009 the Tanglewood Music Festival. In 2010, he studied with Robert Levin at the Sommerakademie of the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has participated in masterclasses with Christian Tetzlaff, Emanuel Ax, Claude and Pamela Frank, Garrick Ohllson, Alexander Lonquich, James Levine, and András Schiff.Artem’s recent projects included a series of lectures, recitals, and masterclasses in Germany on the Chopin Préludes with the noted musicologist and historian Mark Lindley. During the summer of 2013 he recorded his debut solo album of late nineteenth-century romantic American composers on a recently restored 1870s Chickering grand, which will be released in the fall of 2013. His other projects this coming season will include a series of performances of this delightful and rarely-heard repertoire across New England, and a tour of the eastern USA with the brilliant young Ukrainian violinist, Aleksey Semenenko.