William Preucil, Alexandra Preucil, Yariv Aloni, Cameron Crozman and Arthur Rowe

Thursday, August 3, 7:30 pm

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, UVic

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William Preucilviolin
Alexandra Preucilviolin
Yariv Aloni, viola
Cameron Crozmancello
Arthur Rowepiano


Mozart (1756-1791): Sonata in B flat major K.454
Dvorak (1841-1904): Piano Quartet in E flat major Op.87


William Preucil and Alexandra Preucil, violins; Cameron Crozman, cello; and Arthur Rowe, piano, return, with the addition of Yariv Aloni, viola, to perform Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B Flat Major, Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, op. 73, and Dvorak’s Piano Quartet in E Flat Major.

William Preucil has had an impressive musical career. He is currently the concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, a position he has held since 1995. Prior to joining the Cleveland Orchestra, he performed as first violinist of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet and served as the concertmaster of the Atlanta, Utah, and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. He is known for both his collaborative work and solo performances, making appearances with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Hong Kong, Minnesota, Rochester, and Taipei. He has also performed two works composed especially for him by composer Stephen Paulus. Mr. Preucil regularly performs at summer music festivals with chamber music groups, including Santa Fe, Sarasota, Seattle, and Sitka, with international appearances in France, Germany, and Switzerland. He serves as concertmaster and violin soloist with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego each summer. Mr. Preucil is on faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Furman University as Distinguished Professor of Violin, and has taught at the Eastman School of Music and at the University of Georgia.

 

Alexandra Preucil to has been a member of the violin section of the Cleveland Orchestra since 2008 and also served the orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster. Ms. Preucil graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Bachelors degree in music and a minor in dance. While in school, she held the position of Assistant Concertmaster with the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Canton Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Svanito Quartet. Ms. Preucil was selected to be in the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Young Artist Program during which time she was concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra. Ms. Preucil has appeared as soloist and chamber musician with ensembles around the world. She has performed at festivals including The Mainly Mozart Festival, The Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, The Festival der Zukunft, The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, and the Aspen Music Festival. In addition to performing as a member of the Orchestra, Ms. Preucil is a member of the Canterbury Quartet. She is active in teaching and community education programs and serves as Music Artistic Advisor to the Cleveland Ballet.

 

Cameron Crozman is quickly being hailed as one of Canada’s leading young cellists. Playing on the ca. 1696 “Bonjour” Stradivarius cello and the ca. 1830 “Shaw” Adam cello bow generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank, he has been praised for his versatility, musical expressivity, and remarkable technique.

Maintaining an active performance schedule in North America and Europe, engagements have taken Cameron to such prestigious venues as the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Paris Philharmonie, Philadelphia’s Mann Centre, Montreal’s Maison Symphonique, and Canada’s National Arts Centre.

He was the youngest recipient of the Canada Council Michael Measure’s Prize and was one of only 12 cellists chosen to compete at Kronberg Academy’s 2014 Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann.

An avid chamber musician, Cameron is frequently invited to perform with world leading artists and ensembles, including James Ehnes, André Laplante, Huw Watkins, and members of the Tokyo, New Orford, St. Lawrence, and Penderecki String Quartets. He is a member of the Paris based Trio Guermantes, who recently completed a national concert tour of China. Cameron regularly appears at festivals in Canada and Europe including the Ottawa Chamberfest, Toronto Summer Music Festival, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Helsinki Musica Nova, Beauvais Cello Festival, and Giverny Chamber Music Festival.

Always searching to make new discoveries, Cameron is captivated by the music of his time. He regularly works with living composers and contemporary music specialists, and is particularly engaged in sharing Canadian music with the world, giving European premieres of works by Allan Gordon Bell and Kelly-Marie Murphy. His fascination for new methods of creation has brought him into contact with electronic music, and working at the legendary IRCAM in Paris, he gave the world premiere of a new work for cello and live electronics by Frédéric Lebel.

Cameron obtained his Master’s of Cello with highest distinctions from the Paris Conservatoire in the class of Michel Strauss and Guillaume Paoletti. Together with pianist Didier Nguyen, he is currently pursuing further chamber music studies under the guidance of Claire Désert and Ami Flammer. Prior to his studies in Paris, he was a student of Paul Pulford in Canada.

Yariv Aloni, viola, is highly respected as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor. He’s described as “a musician of considerable insight and impeccable taste.”
As the violist of both the Penderecki string quartets and the Aviv piano quartet, he has performed in many concert halls around the world, including Lincoln Centre in New York, the Louvre in Paris, Tonhalle in Zurich, and numerous concert halls in Canada, the United States, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Holland and Mexico.  In 1985 he was invited to join Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zuckerman to play a gala concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.  He was a finalist at the François Shapira competition in Tel Aviv. His awards included the Israel Broadcasting Authority award for chamber music performance and numerous awards and annual scholarships from the American-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Yariv Aloni has recorded for the United, Marquise, Tritonus and CBC labels as well as independent CD labels. He performs in numerous chamber music concerts, festivals and recital series.
He is music director of the Galiano Ensemble of Victoria, the Victoria Chamber Orchestra and the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, as well as being a principal guest conductor of the West Coast Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver.  His other guest appearances include the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Victoria, The Victoria Choral Society and Prima Youth Choir.

Born on a kibbutz in Israel, Yariv began studying the violin at the age of eight and turned to the viola when he was sixteen. He studied viola with David Chen at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Daniel Benyamini, principal violist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Michael Tree and the Guarneri String Quartet. With an emphasis on chamber music, he also studied at the Jerusalem Music Centre with distinguished visiting faculty from around the world, including Isaac Stern, the Amadeus and the Guarneri String Quartets, and many others. He studied conducting under the tutelage of the Hungarian conductor János Sándor, former music director of the Budapest State Opera and the Györ Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Arthur Rowe is an internationally acclaimed pianist who performs as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. He has received enthusiastic praise from his performances in cities such as New York, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Diego, as well as across Europe and New Zealand. Mr. Rowe has also been heard regularly on radio broadcasts in Canada and the United States, and has recorded with various artists for the Crystal, ebs, Innova, GM and Fanfare labels. In 2007 he released an all Schubert recording, receiving a review from Fanfare’s magazine saying, “Rowe’s reading (of the posthumous B flat Sonata) is one of the most beautiful I have heard… The D. 899 Impromptus are equally impressive…his purling right-hand runs recall Schnabel’s velvety sound…. every harmonic change is underscored by a delicate nuance of color change. This kind of expression cannot be taught; it is in the bloodstream and the soul.” He is well known for his expression, clarity, and vigor. Also a highly respected chamber musician, Mr. Rowe regularly collaborates with artists and chamber ensembles across North America. He has been a guest artist at summer festivals in Blossom, Interlochen, Niagara, Santa Fe and Seattle, as well as in France, New Zealand, and Yugoslavia. While at Indiana University, he began his long association with violinist William Preucil, Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra, with whom he has concertized for almost four decades. He has recently performed with the Dover Quartet, and the Cecelia Quartet, both recent winners of the Banff International String Quartet competition. He has held positions at the University of Iowa and the UWO before he began his career as a piano professor at UVic in 1992.