Rockport Chamber Music Festival
Sunday, June 26, 5 PM
DEVEAU & FRIENDS
Andres Cardenes, violin | Yinzi Kong, viola | Anne Martindale Williams, cello | David Deveau, piano
DOHNANYI: Serenade for String Trio, Op.10
BRAHMS: Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26
Tickets: $65, $59, $47 (fees may apply)
Andrés Cárdenes, violin
An intensely passionate and personally charismatic artist, Grammy nominated Andrés Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling performances. Since capturing Second Prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, Cárdenes has appeared as a soloist on four continents with over 100 orchestras, collaborating with many of today’s greatest conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, André Previn and Leonard Slatkin.
Cárdenes has served as President of the Jury of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and on the jury of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition. As a chamber musician, he has performed with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Pinchas Zukerman, Christof Eschenbach and Andre Previn, and has been a member of both the Diaz Trio and the Carnegie Mellon Piano Trio since the 1990’s.
“dynamic virtuosity and passionate music-making.” —Los Angeles Times
Yinzi Kong, viola
Violist Yinzi Kong, born and raised in Shanghai China, is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Vega String Quartet. Miss Kong started her musical training at age five and gave her first public performances at seven. After moving to the United States in 1995, Miss Kong received a bachelor’s degree from the Harid Conservatory in Florida and a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Since winning several top prizes at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France, the Carmel String Quartet Competition and the Coleman Competition in the US with the Vega, Miss Kong has enjoyed a versatile career in both solo and chamber music performance and teaching. She has performed in major concert halls all over the world including the stages of Carnegie Hall, and her live performances have been heard on NPR’s Performance Today (USA), the National Radio of China, Shanghai TV, Radio France, France Musiques, and the National Radio of the Czech Republic. Miss Kong has also collaborated with some finest musicians of our time including Elliot Fisk, William Preucil, David Shifrin, Richard Stoltzman, Charles Wadsworth and Sarah Chang among others. Ms. Kong serves as full-time music faculty with Emory University where the Vega Quartet are Artists-in-Residence.
Anne Martindale Williams, cello
Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Throughout her tenure with the Orchestra, she has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. Williams was soloist with the PSO in the Pittsburgh premier of The Giving Tree conducted by the composer, Lorin Maazel. She has also collaborated with guest artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, André Previn, the Emerson Quartet, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and Pinchas Zukerman in numerous chamber music performances.
She made her London debut performing Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic, Andre Previn conducting. Williams divides her time between the orchestra, teaching at Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne universities, and solo and chamber music performances in America, Europe and the Far East. She has appeared in several nationally televised productions including Concertos, produced by the BBC and Previn and the Pittsburgh, produced by WQED. She is a member of the Carnegie Mellon Trio, which performs throughout the United States and is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Orlando Cole.
David Deveau, piano
Now in his twenty-first year as Artistic Director of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, pianist David Deveau has been critically acclaimed internationally for his expressive and poetic interpretations of solo piano repertoire ranging from Haydn to the present. He has been heard on four continents in recital, concerti and chamber music, and in recent years has presented the world premieres of works of John Harbison, Peter Child, Scott Wheeler and other significant American composers. Deveau has performed with members of the Juilliard, Shanghai, Jupiter, Cleveland, Borromeo, Muir, Ying, Kronos, Brentano and St. Lawrence string quartets, and has been a guest artist with the Boston Chamber Music Society, most recently performing in the 2009 and 2012 seasons.
Mr. Deveau has performed frequently in New York at Town Hall, Merkin Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum, and Lincoln Center, as well as a myriad of other series throughout the US and Canada. Internationally, Mr. Deveau made his debut concert tour of mainland China in early 2005, where he performed a New Year’s solo recital in Beijing at the Zhong Shan Music Hall in the Forbidden City, and the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in Qingdao. Both performances were broadcast on China Central Television. A music faculty member at MIT since 1988, Deveau has given master classes in piano and chamber music at Harvard, Dartmouth, the San Francisco Conservatory, Boston University, New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music.
David Deveau’s recently released CD Siegfried Idyll by Steinway Classics received rave reviews including Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times hailing that “…pianist David Deveau gives a sensitive account of a fascinating solo piano transcription of Wagner’s ‘Siegfried Idyll’…It’s a revelation to hear this sublime, intimate work played on the piano.” He has a recording with longtime collaborator violinist Andrés Cárdenes scheduled for release Spring 2016.
“Altogether, this recital was, in short, one of those musical events that linger long in the memory – not for grandeur of effect and not for dazzlement, but for lyric expression that goes straight to the heart of the matter.” The New York Times