2020-21 Featured Performer TBA
Anthony Trionfo, flute and Dominic Cheli, piano
Friday, March 20, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Hockett Family Recital Hall
James J. Whalen Center for Music
Anthony Trionfo will give a master class at 10:00 a.m.
and a Q&A at 1:00 p.m.
on Saturday, March 21, in the Nabenhauer Recital Room
Praised as “a musician of prodigious talent and scintillating personality” at his New York recital debut, flutist Anthony Trionfo recently debuted with orchestra in New York, performing the Ibert Flute Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s on the Young Concert Artists Series at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In addition to these concerts, Mr. Trionfo has performed with the Edmonton Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (OH) and Stockton Symphony, given recitals at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, Salvi Academy of Chamber Music in Colombia, Ocean Grove (NJ) Summer Stars Chamber Music Festival, Florida State University and Brownville Concert Series in Los Angeles, and appeared with the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City.
This season, Mr. Trionfo appears as soloist with the Salisbury Orchestra, gives a recital and educational residency for the Ogden Symphony Ballet Associations, and performs on a special Young Concert Artists Gala Concert at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. Mr. Trionfo won First Prize at the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and additional prizes including the prestigious Michaels Award, Saint Vincent College Concert Series Prize, Ruth Laredo Award, and Lied Center of Kansas Prize. He received the further distinction of being the first YCA artist to win the inaugural LP Classics Debut Recording Prize, granting him a commercial recording. In 2018, he debuted in the YCA Series at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, premiering a new work by YCA Composer-in-Residence Katherine Balch.
Anthony Trionfo took the stage for the first time at fourteen, performing with the Las Vegas Philharmonic as a winner of their Young Artist Concerto Competition. He also performed with the "President's Own" Marine Band during his teenage years, appeared on From the Top as a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, and won the Alexander & Buono International Flute and National YoungArts Foundation Competitions. He has appeared with the Interlochen Symphony Orchestra, Colburn Symphony Orchestra and Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, and in recital at Chamber on the Mountain, Iowa State University, Southern Adventist University, Saint Vincent College, the Levine School of Music, and the Port Washington Library. Anthony Trionfo is pursuing his master’s degree under the tutelage of James Walker at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he has been a Teaching Fellow. He graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy, having studied with Nancy Stagnitta, and has performed in masterclasses with Emmanuel Pahud, and YCA alumnae Mimi Stillman and Paula Robison. In addition to more formal performances Mr. Trionfo is committed to community outreach, teaching through the Jumpstart program in Los Angeles.
Dominic Cheli’s playing has been described as “spontaneous yet perfect, the best of how a young person can play.” (Symphony Magazine). His rapidly advancing career included his Walt Disney Concert Hall Debut with legendary conductor Valery Gergiev where Dominic was described as “mesmerizing, (he) transfixed the audience…his fingers were one with each key.” (LA Times). He gave his Carnegie Hall Recital Debut this past season, and recently recorded his second CD on the Naxos label of the music of Liszt/Schubert. In July 2017, Cheli’s first CD, featuring the music of Muzio Clementi and released by Naxos, was hailed as “definitive performances, that match splendid playing with an appreciation of Clementi’s diverse, classically based style.” Also in 2017, Dominic was named 1st prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York City.
Winner of the 2017 Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, Dominic performed Prokofiev’s 2nd Piano concerto with conductor, composer and MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, Matthew Aucoin. Described as a “barnstorming Goliath” Mr. Cheli’s performance of Prokofiev’s 2nd concerto “roared like a locomotive, shot firebrands of energy this way and that, while the piano strained to keep in one piece under the thrall of Cheli’s glorious technique.” (Santa Barbara Voice Magazine).
A native of St. Louis, Dominic has performed with the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis, as well as orchestras all across the country and abroad including the San Diego Symphony, DuPage Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Colburn Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Adrian Symphony, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), and the Great Falls Symphony. He has worked with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Yaniv Dinur, Markus Huber, Rossen Milanov, Arthur Fagen, Bruce Kiesling, Matthew Aucoin, and many others. Dominic recently debuted at several major festivals across the United States including the Ravinia Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, and the Virginia Arts Festival. Upcoming engagements included appearances with the Seattle Symphony, a re-invitation to the Ravinia Festival, his debut at Alice Tully Hall, and recitals in Philadelphia, Washington D.C, and New York City.