Music by Joseph Joachim, Bach, and Brahms
Public Admission: $25.00 at the door
Friday, June 17, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Pre-concert Talk: James Buswell, 7:00 p.m.
Ouverture to Hamlet, op. 4 (arranged for piano four-hands by Johannes Brahms)
Mana Tokuno and Victor Rosenbaum, piano
Chaconne from the Partita in D minor, BWV 1004
Johann Sebastian Bach
James Buswell, violin
Two Songs for Alto, Viola, and Piano, op. 91
Geistliches Wiegenlied (Sacred Lullaby)
Gestillte Sehnsucht (Stilled Longing)
Jaime Korkos, alto
James Buswell, viola
Mana Tokuno, piano
— Intermission —
Hebrew Melodies, op. 9
James Buswell, viola
Mana Tokuno, piano
Piano Trio no. 3 in C minor, op. 101
Presto non assai
James Buswell, violin
Carol Ou, violoncello
Victor Rosenbaum, piano
James Buswell, violinist and violist
James Buswell is one of the most versatile musicians of the 21st century. As a solo violinist, he has performed more than one hundred concerti with orchestras on five continents. Buswell is as closely associated with new music as he has been with the standard repertoire. World premiere performances include works by Donald Erb, Charles Wuorinen, Gian Carlo Menotti, Ned Rorem, Leon Kirchner, John Harbison, Gunther Schuller, William Bolcom, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Yehudi Wyner. In 2014 he expanded this list of solo repertoire with debut recordings of one Turkish and one American Concerto from the 20th century for release on the Naxos label. He was a Grammy nominee for his recording of the Barber Violin Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Distinguished conductors with whom he has collaborated include Leonard Bernstein, George Szell, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta, Andre Previn, Pierre Boulez, and Michael Tilson Thomas. Ever since appearing at the Spoleto Festival in Italy prior to enrolling in college, Buswell has also been an enthusiastic chamber musician. For more than a decade he was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.
Jaime Korkos, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Jaime Korkos is excited to join this fabulous ensemble for the Joachim Conference. While opera is her main focus, Ms. Korkos is no stranger to the concert scene. Most recently, she sang with the Boston Art Song Society for its May concert, A Bouquet of German Lieder. She was also seen singing Charles Fussell’s song cycle November Leaves with Maestro Gil Rose and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project at the Monadnock Music Festival, as well as multiple recent appearances with Boston’s Juventas New Music Ensemble. In other appearances, she sang the alto solos in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with organist Richard Clark and the St. Cecilia String Quartet, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with Maestro Mark Lane Swanson and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. In the fall of 2013, she commenced a four-city U.S. tour with Phillip Gossett and the Italian chamber orchestra Ensemble Nuove Musiche performing Verdi nostro contemporaneo, the art songs of Verdi and his contemporaries. She also gave a full recital in Boston’s Jordan Hall, her repertoire including Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs and Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben. She will join Boston Lyric Opera this Fall for their production of Carmen.
A versatile artist, cellist Carol Ou is known for her “fiery, marvelous” and “meltingly melodic outpourings” (Boston Globe) and her “wonderfully pure cello tone and incisive technique” (The Strad).
A founding member of the Buswell-Ou Duo, Ou often appears in solo, chamber music, and concerto performances with violinist James Buswell. As the cellist of the Carpe Diem String Quartet, she frequently tours all over the U.S., performing an eclectic mix of classical string quartet repertoire with many crossover genres of music. Ou has collaborated with celebrated artists such as Midori, Hillary Hahn, Kim Kashkashian, Timothy Eddy, Pascal Rogé, András Schiff, Raul Juarena, and Jayme Stone at the Marlboro Music Festival, Summerfest La Jolla, Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Austin Chamber Music Center, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, and other noted music festivals.
At ease with the diverse music styles of the last five centuries, Ou regularly programs traditional European masterworks with more eclectic works in concert. She has recorded three of the most beloved cello concerti by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Elgar, and premiered several new compositions written for her. She gave the first performance of Hsiao Tyzen’s Cello Concerto in Taipei and collaborated with Hsiao on the premiere of a number of solo and chamber music works throughout the U.S. and Singapore. American composers such as Richard Toensing and the late Daniel Pinkham have also dedicated works to her. Other unusual works that she has performed include Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera for string quartet and pipa, Peter Sculthorpe’s string quartet with didjeridu, and Reza Vali’s Calligraphy No. 4 for string quartet and Persian santoor.
Victor Rosenbaum, pianist
American pianist Victor Rosenbaum has performed widely as soloist and chamber music performer in the United States, Europe, Asia, Israel, and Russia in such prestigious halls as Tully Hall in New York and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia and in such cities as New York, Chicago, Tokyo, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Vienna. He has collaborated with such artists as Leonard Rose, Arnold Steinhardt, Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, Malcolm Lowe, and the Brentano and Cleveland String Quartets, among others. Festival appearances have included Tanglewood, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Kfar Blum and Tel Hai (in Israel), Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall (Blue Hill), Musicorda, Masters de Pontlevoy (France), the Heifetz Institute, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, the International Musik Seminar in Vienna, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
A faculty member at New England Conservatory since 1967, he is past Chair of both the Piano and Chamber Music departments. Rosenbaum also teaches at the Mannes College of Music in New York and has given master classes at London’s Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School, the conservatories of St. Petersburg and Moscow, and such other institutions as the Menuhin School, the Toho School in Tokyo, Beijing Central Conservatory and the Jerusalem Music Center. He was Visiting Professor of Piano at the Eastman School, a guest teacher at Juilliard, and gives lectures, workshops, and master classes for teachers’ groups and schools both in the U. S. and abroad. During his tenure as Director and President of the Longy School of Music from 1985 to 2001, the school established an internationally known degree-granting Conservatory division and greatly expanded its community and performance programs.
A student of Elizabeth Brock and Martin Marks in his hometown of Indianapolis, Rosen- baum later studied with Rosina Lhevinne at the Aspen Festival and with Leonard Shure while earning degrees at Brandeis and Princeton Universities, where he studied theory and composition. His highly praised recording of Schubert is on Bridge Records and a recording of the last three Beethoven sonatas on the same label was named by American Record Guide critic Alan Becker as one of the top ten classical recordings of 2005. Three discs on the Fleur de Son label feature music of Schubert and a Mozart.
Pianist Mana Tokuno has received wide-spread acclaim for her sensitive and insightful interpretations and her brilliant virtuosity. First Prize winner of the Competition Internationalé, she also received prizes from Corpus Christi International Competition and International Competition Valsesia Musica among others. Among other honors, Ms. Tokuno was selected in two consecutive seasons from a world-wide pool of applicants to perform in master classes by Daniel Barenboim and Leon Fleischer at Carnegie Hall. She has performed widely as soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., Europe, and her native Japan. She is on the faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School in Boston and International Music Academy in Cremona, Italy. Ms. Tokuno’s debut solo CD “Mana Tokuno: Beethoven Sonatas & Bagatelles” was released on GiNOTE RECORDS®.
The Joseph Joachim at 185 conference is supported in part by a generous grant from the
University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities
Burt Feintuch, director
We are grateful for additional financial and practical support from the
Ryan C. McClelland, President
Christoph Mücher, Director
the Federal Republic of Germany through the German Academic Exchange Service
Dr. Nina Lemmens, Director DAAD North America
and Michael Thomanek, Senior Program Officer