Folk Variations featuring pianist Gilles Vonsattel

Sunday, August 6 at 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel

Gilles Vonsattel performs August 6 with the Jasper Quartet and Linda Chesis

Acclaimed pianist Gilles Vonsattel is joined by the Jasper String Quartet and Linda Chesis  in a folk-inspired program.

William Grant Still: Summerland Folk Song Suite No. 1
Ludwig von Beethoven: Seven Variations on “God Save the King,” WoO 78
Frederic RzewskiWinnsboro Cotton Mill Blues from North American Ballads
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81

Swiss-born American pianist GILLES VONSATTEL is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. Comfortable with and seeking out an enormous range of repertoire, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers. Recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions as well as the 2016 Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award, he has in recent years made his Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, and San Francisco Symphony debuts, while performing recitals and chamber music around the world. His latest solo release (2015) for Honens of Scarlatti, Webern, Messiaen, Debussy, and George Benjamin’s Shadowlines received rave reviews in Gramophone, The New York Times, and the American Record Guide. He is on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and makes his home in New York City. Gilles Vonsattel is a Steinway Artist.

Jasper String Quartet performs at the Festival August 4-6

Winner of the prestigious CMA Cleveland Quartet Award, Philadelphia’s JASPER STRING QUARTET is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. The Jaspers have been hailed as sonically delightful and expressively compelling (The Strad) and “powerful” (New York Times). “The Jaspers… match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments.” (New Haven Advocate). The quartet records exclusively for Sono Luminus and have released three highly acclaimed albums – Beethoven Op. 131, The Kernis Project: Schubert, and The Kernis Project: Beethoven.  The Jaspers also perform at the Festival in an Evening Concert on August 4, and a daytime Family Music Fest on August 5.

Linda Chesis, festival artistic director, founder and flutist

Flutist LINDA CHESIS is founder and artistic director of the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival. She is a member of the flute faculty and chair of the Woodwind Department at the Manhattan School of Music. She has been hailed by critics on three continents as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. The top prize winner at the Paris and Barcelona International competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition, Ms. Chesis has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Korea. Her recordings can be heard on the EMI, Nonesuch and Music Masters labels. More about Linda Chesis…

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