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Coastal Concerts to present noted violinist and pianist March 1

Program will include music from ‘Porgy and Bess’
Feb 12, 2014 
Source: Cape Gazette
Violinist Elena Urioste and pianist Michael Brown will perform in Lewes March 1.

Two fast-rising young stars will share the stage at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 1, in Lewes when Coastal Concerts hosts violinist Elena Urioste and pianist Michael Brown.

Each of these artists is a highly acclaimed soloist, with Urioste’s performances called stunning and Mr. Brown hailed as a young piano visionary by The New York Times. When these formidable talents play as a duo, the rapport between them is something special.

Currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Urioste, who grew up in Philadelphia, is a first-place laureate in both the junior and senior divisions of the Sphinx Competition. She appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 13, and since then has made debuts with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, impressing audiences with her tone, lyricism and captivating stage presence. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Urioste is no stranger to the Lewes area, having performed as a teenage student in summer chamber music concerts held in the city a decade ago.

The other half of the duo, pianist Michael Brown, is First Prize Winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition. With degrees in both piano and composition from The Juilliard School, he is a winner of that school’s 2012 William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award.

Brown has appeared on four continents in such major venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and, most recently, London’s Wigmore Hall. He is a two-time winner of Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and has worked with such piano luminaries as Mitsuko Uchida, Alfred Brendel, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, Pamela Frank, Adam Kent, and Richard Goode.

Leading off the program will be “Four Souvenirs” by American composer Paul Schoenfield, a work that draws on jazz, blues and folk elements. Next will be one of Elgar’s major contributions to chamber music, the “Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 82,” to be followed by Britten’s rarely performed “Op. 6 Suite” and a two-part work by Copland comprising a bluesy segment titled “Nocturne” and a wildly contrasting one, “Ukulele Serenade.” Capping the afternoon will be music from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” arranged by legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz.

The 2 p.m. matinee will take place at wheelchair-accessible Bethel United Methodist Church Hall, Fourth and Market streets, Lewes. Tickets are $30. Ages 10-18, along with one adult per youth, are admitted free with advance reservations; call 888-212-6458. Also, at the door only, students 19 and older can purchase discounted tickets for $10 upon presentation of a valid college ID.

For online purchases and more information, visit coastalconcerts.org. Tickets may also be obtained at the door on the afternoon of the performance (all forms of payment) or in advance (cash only) at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and at Lewes Gourmet/Puzzles on Front Street.

Coastal Concerts is a nonprofit organization promoting classical music appreciation in central Delmarva. This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Check out the NY Times Review for the world premiere of my new work for one piano, four hands at Bargemusic and for my performance of Kurtag with pianist Adam Golka!
“One highlight was the gorgeous rendition of Gyorgy Kurtag’s “Jatekok IV” (“Games”) by the pianists Michael Brown and Adam Golka. Technically, it’s scored “for piano four hands,” but the players also make use of elbows and forearms. At times, one player silently pressed multiple keys so that their corresponding strings vibrate along, adding a pastel shimmer to the notes played by the other. Mr. Brown’s own darkly alluring “Chant” takes a similar restrained approach to the four-hand idiom, reaching for added color rather than a warren of voices.”
CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM (The New York Times)
Click here for the full review!

Check out the NY Times Review for the world premiere of my new work for one piano, four hands at Bargemusic and for my performance of Kurtag with pianist Adam Golka!

One highlight was the gorgeous rendition of Gyorgy Kurtag’s “Jatekok IV” (“Games”) by the pianists Michael Brown and Adam Golka. Technically, it’s scored “for piano four hands,” but the players also make use of elbows and forearms. At times, one player silently pressed multiple keys so that their corresponding strings vibrate along, adding a pastel shimmer to the notes played by the other. Mr. Brown’s own darkly alluring “Chant” takes a similar restrained approach to the four-hand idiom, reaching for added color rather than a warren of voices.

CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM (The New York Times)

Click here for the full review!


New episode of “Conversations” features dynamic husband/wife & cello/piano duo David Finckel and Wu Han! And yours truly and Nick Canellakis of course. 

Trying the beautiful piano today in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium for my debut with the New York Youth Symphony on 11/24 playing Mozart’s K. 467 and a new concerto by Katherine Balch! 

Trying the beautiful piano today in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium for my debut with the New York Youth Symphony on 11/24 playing Mozart’s K. 467 and a new concerto by Katherine Balch! 

Playing Perle in the amazingly beautiful Grotto along the Colorado River yesterday at the Moab Music Festival! 

Playing Perle in the amazingly beautiful Grotto along the Colorado River yesterday at the Moab Music Festival

Tonight, in Moab, Utah…
Cellist/filmmaker Nick Canellakis and myself perform our own creation for cello/piano/and original film entitled “Self-Portrait” to open the 21st Moab Music Festival! The film stars pianist/painter Roman Rabinovich who is haunted by his own self-portraits and wanders frantically through the streets of New York City at night.  I wrote the music and Nick shot and directed the film. 

Tonight, in Moab, Utah…

Cellist/filmmaker Nick Canellakis and myself perform our own creation for cello/piano/and original film entitled “Self-Portrait” to open the 21st Moab Music Festival! The film stars pianist/painter Roman Rabinovich who is haunted by his own self-portraits and wanders frantically through the streets of New York City at night.  I wrote the music and Nick shot and directed the film. 

with legendary composer Krzysztof Penderecki at the Marlboro Music Festival. Tonight I perform his “Sextet” at Marlboro for piano, horn, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello.

with legendary composer Krzysztof Penderecki at the Marlboro Music Festival. Tonight I perform his “Sextet” at Marlboro for piano, horn, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello.

My dear friend, pianist Adam Golka gave the world premiere performance of my “Folk Variations” last month in Wroclaw, Poland. The work was written for him. Here’s a video of that performance!