Four Seasons: Vivaldi and Piazzolla

Sunday, August 27 at 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Hotel


Antonio VivaldiThe Four Seasons
Astor PiazzollaFour Seasons Suite (Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas)

Performers: Joseph Lin, violin; the Verona Quartet (Jonathan Ong, violin; Dorothy Ro, violin; Abigail Rojansky, viola; and Jonathan Dormand, cello) and Bradley Brookshire, harpsichord, Andrew Trombley, double bass

This concert is underwritten in part by the generous support of Geri & Bob Brose, and Lou Allstadt & Melinda Hardin.

First violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet since 2011, JOSEPH LIN is on the violin and chamber music faculty of the Juilliard School. Mr. Lin was a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, winner of the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition.  An active solo and chamber musician, Mr. Lin was awarded First Prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. In 1999, he was selected for the Pro Musicis International Award, and in 2001, he won First Prize at the inaugural Michael Hill World Violin Competition in New Zealand. Mr. Lin’s recordings include the music of Korngold and Busoni with pianist Benjamin Loeb (Naxos), the complete unaccompanied works of Bach and Ysaÿe (N&F), and an album of Debussy, Franck, and Milhaud with pianist Orion Weiss (N&F).  In 2013, he was part of the JSQ’s recording of Elliot Carter’s Quartet No. 5 (Sony Classical), and his latest recording project, the Mozart A major Violin Concerto with original cadenzas, was  released in January. Joseph Lin’s violin teachers have included Mary Canberg, Shirley Givens and Lynn Chang. Mr. Lin graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2000. In 2002, he began an extended exploration of China, spending 2004 studying Chinese music in Beijing as a Fulbright Scholar.

Recognized as “thoughtful, impressive musicians” (Cleveland Classical), the VERONA QUARTET is a winner of the 2015 Concert Artists Guild Competition. 2017–18 season highlights include the Verona Quartet’s Kennedy Center debut presented by Washington Performing Arts, as well as concerts spanning the US from New York (Museum of Modern Art and Merkin Concert Hall) to San Francisco (Morrison Arts Series at SFSU). Also for 2017-2018 season, the Verona Quartet has been selected by New York’s Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts for its Ernst Stiefel String Quartet Residency, including two extended educational residencies and three performances, including the 2018 Caramoor Summer Festival. Beginning in fall 2017, the Verona Quartet will  be in residence at the New England Conservatory of Music for NEC’s Professional String Quartet Training program, under the mentorship of Paul Katz. This two-year program also features an annual recital in Jordan Hall, as well as numerous performances in and around Boston. This follows VQ’s two seasons as Graduate Resident String Quartet at The Juilliard School, where they worked closely with members of the Juilliard String Quartet. The Verona Quartet has performed across four continents in venues such as Wigmore Hall (London), Izumi Hall (Osaka, Japan), the National Theatre (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Melbourne Recital Hall (Melbourne, Australia), and, in New York City, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Strongly committed to education, they have been on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy as Quartet-in-Residence since 2016, and recent international educational residencies include: the Beethoven-Haus (Bonn, Germany); Oberlin Conservatory of Music; New York University-Abu Dhabi, and Lunenberg Academy of Music Performance (Nova Scotia). They have also appeared on National Public Radio, WQXR, WFMT, The Weekly Special on PBS, and Abu Dhabi Classical FM.

ANDREW TROMBLEY is currently Principal Bass of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Stamford Symphony Orchestra and in 2018 will join the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra as Principal Bass. Andrew also performs with ensembles such as The New York Philharmonic, The Minnesota Orchestra, and The Metropolitan Opera. Active as a chamber musician, Andrew collaborates with musicians from the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera, and with the JP Jofre Hard Tango Band. He is co-founder of The Aspiring Young Musicians and the Nesin Summer Music Academy, and serves as Artistic Director of the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra. Andrew is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music.

BRADLEY BROOKSHIRE is the harpsichordist for the Metropolitan Opera where he is also an assistant conductor. His solo harpsichord recording of J.S. Bach’s French Suites was named a Critic’s Choice recording of the year by the New York Times. His 2007 recording of Bach’s Art of Fugue was similarly recognized with a five-star rating and a European distribution contract by Goldberg magazine. Brookshire is an associate professor of music in the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, where he teaches baroque performance practice and history.

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