Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
Sonata for Violin and Cembalo in B minor, BWV 1014
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827):
Sonata in D minor, op. 31 no. 2
1. Largo – Allegro
Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major, op. 30 no. 1
2. Adagio molto espressivo
3. Allegretto con Variazioni
~ intermission ~
Eugene Ysaÿe (1858-1931):
Sonata for Solo Violin, op. 27, No. 2 ("Obsession")
1. Obsession; Prelude
3. Danse des Ombres; Sarabande
4. Les furies
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897):
Sonata for Piano and Violin in D minor, op. 108
3. Un poco presto con sentimento
4. Presto agitato
Emil Israel Chudnovsky, violin
Emil Israel Chudnovsky hearkens back to the grand romantic tradition of the golden age of violinists.
Recent seasons have included his debut at the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea with the KammerSymphonie Berlin, and his recent inaugural recording with the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra. Other recent appearances include his debut with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco in Mexico, when he replaced an indisposed soloist for a previously unknown concerto on ten days’ notice, along with his recital debut in Auckland, New Zealand, concert debuts with the Macon Symphony, the Palm Beach Symphony and the Orquesta de la Ciudad de los Reyes in Lima, Peru.
Chudnovsky has been featured on NPR’s “Performance Today”, Boston’s WGBH, and the UK’s BBC3. His chamber music activity has included repeat festival appearances at the Newport Music Festival, Germany’s Henselt Festival, and concerts at the Kennedy Center, New York’s Merkin Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Chudnovsky is the winner of top prizes from nine international competitions. He holds 1st Prize from the XI International CurciViolin Competition (Naples), 1st Prize from the Young Artists Competition of the National Federation of Music Clubs and 1st prize from the Valsesia-Musica International Violin Competition (Milan). Twice a laureate of the “Premio Paganini” International Competition, he also holds 2nd Prize from the D’Angelo International, and awards from the Rodolfo Lipizer, Szeryng, and Enescu international competitions. Chudnovsky has performed worldwide throughout Europe, the middle east, the far east, and North, Central, and South America.
He has played throughout the USA in recitals and concerts with orchestra including multiple appearances at Carnegie Recital Hall.
Chudnovsky began concertizing at age eleven and was featured in live radio broadcasts from the Mostly Mozart Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.
Born in Moscow, Russia to the renowned violinist Nina Beilina and eminent opera conductor, Maestro Israel Chudnovsky, he immigrated to the United States and began violin studies at the Mannes College of Music prep division.
He also studied at The Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music, and holds degrees from the Mannes College of Music and Yale University.
Ernest Barretta, piano
Dr. Ernest Barretta has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad, as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony in St. Petersburg, Russia, the National Gallery Orchestra of Washington, D.C., and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra among others. He has appeared in interviews and live performances at XM Radio studios, on WBJC in Baltimore and WFLN in Philadelphia. He has recorded contemporary, chamber, and solo repertoire on multiple labels, and his solo recording of works by Bach, Beethoven, and Musorgsky on the MRC label has earned critical acclaim.
Barretta is a member of the Allegheny Ensemble and the Musa Amici trio. He has appeared multiple times as soloist at the Seoul Summer Music Festival and Academy in South Korea, where he also served as a piano faculty member. He has performed and given masterclasses at numerous music festivals in China and Taiwan, and has served as a juror at international piano competitions in New York, China, and Taiwan.
Dr. Barretta is a dedicated and highly sought-after teacher, currently on the piano faculty of the Juilliard School of Music, pre-college division, having served previously on the piano faculties of The Peabody Conservatory and Towson University.
He earned his BM in Piano Performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, studying with Sanford Margolis, MM from the University of the Arts, and DMA from the Peabody Conservatory – studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky at both schools.