Presenting the Carriage House Classic Roots Series: Concert Proceeds to Benefit Ithaca Charities

04/09/2012

Contributed by Molly O'Shea Polk

Nicholas DiEugenio, School of Music, is starting an exciting new series at the Carriage House Cafe on select Wednesdays at 7pm.  The first performance will take place Wednesday, April 25, 7 pm and feature Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano. 

Each event will feature three Ithaca-area charities, and patrons may choose one of those three to support with the cost of their ticket.  Ticket prices are:  $20 adult, $10 student and senior, and are children free.  

Internationally recognized artists Nicholas DiEugenio and Mimi Solomon, who make their home in Ithaca, present this concert of the three Brahms Sonatas for violin and piano in Ithaca’s Carriage House Café.

American pianist Mimi Solomon has performed throughout the United States, China, Japan and Europe. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras including Shanghai Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi, and Yale Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts including the McGraw-Hill Young Artist's Showcase, France 3, France Inter and National Public Radio. 

An avid chamber musician, Mimi regularly appears at music festivals on both sides of the Atlantic such as Santander, IMS Prussia Cove, Lockenhaus, Rencontres de Bel-Air, Ravinia, Taos, Norfolk, Charlottesville, Yellow Barn, La Loingtaine and Aspen.  Mimi is the  pianist of Trio La Loingtaine, the Ikarus Chamber Players, and the Cristofori Piano Quartet.   She  spends part of every year coaching and performing chamber music at Kinhaven Festival in Vermont.

Recent highlights include performances at Albert-Konzert in Freiburg, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Myra Hess Memorial series in Chicago and Lockenhaus Festival, as well as trio concerts in Japan's Suntory Hall and Alti Hall.

Mimi graduated cum laude in East Asian Studies  from Yale and went on to receive a Masters of Music from Juilliard.  Her main teachers were Peter Frankl and Robert McDonald, and she has also played regularly for  Ferenc Rados and studied the pianoforte in Paris with Patrick Cohen.  Her studies were generously supported by a Beebe Grant and two Woolley Scholarships from the Fondation des Etats-Unis.

Praised by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for his "invigorating, silken" playing and "mysterious atmosphere," violinist Nicholas DiEugenio leads a versatile musical life as a multi-faceted performer of composers from Buxtehude to Carter.

Projects this year include a Brahms sonata cycle with pianist Mimi Solomon, Bach cantatas, experimental jazz ballads, new music premieres, and several concerts as guest artist with the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble. Mr. DiEugenio has taken part in concerts at Town Hall in Seattle and Merkin Hall in New York, as well in the Kavafian Sisters’ 25th Anniversary at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In 2008, Mr. DiEugenio performed Ezra Laderman's Violin Duets in Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall) along with violinist Katie Hyun.

Mr. DiEugenio has performed as soloist with the Cleveland Bach Consort, National Repertory Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, CIM Orchestra, and Interlochen's World Youth Symphony Orchestra. A prizewinner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as a founding member of both the Lorien Trio and Biava Quartet, he has also been the first violinist of the iO Quartet in New York. Mr. DiEugenio has served as concertmaster of the National Repertory Orchestra, Cleveland Bach Consort, The Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, and the Mimesis Ensemble. Mr. DiEugenio was also a member of the Yale Collegium Players and took part in a 2009 Naxos recording of the Mendelssohn and Bach Magnifacts, led by Simon Carrington. Last Spring, Mr. DiEugenio recorded Schumann’s three Violin Sonatas with fortepianist  Chi-Chen Wu.

An enthusiastic supporter of the continued life of music, Mr. DiEugenio has premiered and/or commissioned chamber works by composers Fernando Buide, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Matthew Barnson, Ted Hearne, and Timo Andres, and also by Stephen Gorbos, Kay Rhie, Eric Nathan, and Jessie Jones.

In demand as a teacher, Mr. DiEugenio has been invited to give masterclasses at the University of British Columbia, Penn State University, the University of Arkansas, the University of North Dakota, and in high schools throughout the US. During the year, Mr. DiEugenio teaches at the Ithaca College School of Music, where he is Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music. In the summers, Mr. DiEugenio teaches at the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont. A member of the violin faculty of the ENCORE School for Strings in the summers from 2005-07, Mr. DiEugenio has also taught undergraduate students at Yale. He holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (BM, MM ’05), where he studied with David Cerone, Linda Cerone, and Paul Kantor; from Purchase College, where he worked with Laurie Smukler and Cal Weirsma; and from the Yale School of Music (Artist Diploma ’08, MMA ‘09), where he studied with Ani Kavafian and was a recipient of the Alumni Foundation Award and an AlumniVentures grant.

For additional information please contact Nicholas DiEugenio. 

 

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