Pianist Richard Wilson and cellist Sophie Shao, both Vassar professors, will be joined by violinist Joseph Genualdi for a recital of works by Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, and Wilson on Sunday, July 7, at 3:00pm in the Skinner Hall of Music
The program begins with Mozart's Sonata in Bb, K. 454 for violin and piano. “It is the grandest of Mozart's many works for that combination,” said Richard Wilson. Next will be Brahms's Sonata in G, Op. 78, the first of his three sonatas. Wilson explained, “This is often called the ‘Raindrop Sonata’ because Brahms quotes, in the last movement, his own song entitled ‘Regenlied’ or ‘rainsong’.” After intermission Genualdi and Wilson will perform Wilson's work “Three Interludes for Violin and Piano.” The program will conclude with Beethoven's Trio in Eb, Op. 70 No. 2.
About the Musicians
Violinist Joseph Genualdi is currently Professor of Violin at the University of Missouri (Kansas City) Conservatory of Music and Dance. He was founding member and first violinist of the Muir Quartet which won first prize at Le Concours d’Evian as well as the Walter W. Naumburg Chamber Music Award. He has also been a founding member and first violinist of the Chicago String Quartet and artistic director for seventeen years of the Chicago Chamber Musicians, where he remains an active member. Genualdi had a long association with the Marlboro Festival; its spiritual founder, Rudolf Serkin, was a guiding influence on his career. His other mentors have included Menahem Pressler, Oscar Shumsky, Raphael Hillyer and Mieczyslow Horszowski. The son of professional musicians, Genualdi’s formal training began at age 11 with Broadus Erle. Later studies took place at The North Carolina School of the Arts and the Curtis Institute of Music. During his years at Curtis he formed a lifelong friendship with Felix Galimir
At the age of nineteen, cellist Sophie Shao received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and has since performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Winner of top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky Competitions, the New York Times has applauded her “eloquent, powerful” interpretations of repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Crumb. She recently gave the world-premiere performances of Richard Wilson’s “Concerto for Cello and Mezzo-soprano” with the American Symphony Orchestra. A native of Houston, Texas, Ms. Shao enrolled at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia at age thirteen, studying with David Soyer and Felix Galimir. She then went to Yale, receiving a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale College and an M.M. from the Yale School of Music, where she was a pupil of Aldo Parisot. Shao is on the faculty of Vassar College and the Bard Conservatory of Music.
Richard Wilson is the composer of over one hundred works in many genres. His opera, Aethelred the Unready, was given its first staged production in January, 2011, in Symphony Space, New York City. He was a recent recipient of the Roger Sessions Memorial Bogliasco Fellowship as well as an Academy Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has previously received the Hinrichsen Award, the Stoeger Prize, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Burge/Eastman Prize, a Frank Huntington Beebe Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Commissions have come from the Naumburg, Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations as well as the Chicago Chamber Musicians and the Library of Congress. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Wilson holds the Mary Conover Mellon Chair in Music at Vassar College. Since 1992 he has also served as Composer-in-Residence with the American Symphony Orchestra.
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