Cellist Inbal Segev and
Guitarist Jason Vieaux
Performing works by De Falla,
Piazzolla, Otero, Villa- Lobos,
Granados, and Gnattali
Friday, December 18, 2015 at 8pm
1 Water St., Fulton Ferry Landing | Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $35 ($30 Seniors & $15 Students)
New York, NY – On Friday, December 18 at 8pm, cellist Inbal Segev and classical guitarist Jason Vieaux will make their duo debut in concert at the iconic Bargemusic (1 Water St. Fulton Ferry landing). The program will include De Falla’s Suite popular Española for cello and piano; Piazzolla’s Café 1930, Oblivion, and Libertango; the world premiere of Fernando Otero Pagina de Buenos Aires arranged for cello and guitar; Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas brasileiras No.5, W389-391; Granados’ Danza española No. 5; and Gnattali’s Sonata for cello and guitar.
Suite popular Española was transcribed for the cello by Maurice Maréchal and acts as a collection of miniatures that take the listener on a metaphorical journey through Spanish culture. Café 1930 from Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango was written for flute and guitar and celebrates one of the slower, more romantic decades of tango music history, while Oblivion is one of Piazzolla’s more traditional tango works. Libertango was written 1974 and symbolizes Piazzola’s transition from Classical Tango to Tango Nueva. Argentinian composer Fernando Otero’s Pagina de Buenos Aires or “A Page of Buenos Aires” is part of the Tango Nueva tradition and this will be the first ever performance of the arrangement for cello and guitar. Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas brasileiras No.5, is one of nine suites composed between 1930-1945 and was written for soprano and an orchestra of cellos. Granados’ Danza española No. 5 is part of 12 dances originally written for piano and later transcribed for classical guitar. Brazilian composer Radamés Gnattali’s Sonata for cello and guitar pairs Brazilian and jazz elements with a traditional classical form, and is the most well known of all Gnattali’s chamber works.
After Bargemusic, the duo will head to the Cartagena International Music Festival in Columbia, where they will perform two concerts and conduct a series of masterclasses from January 10-15, 2016.
About Inbal Segev
Cellist Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “characterized by a strong and warm tone . . . delivered with impressive fluency and style,” by The Strad and “first class,” “richly inspired,” and “very moving indeed,” by Gramophone. Equally committed to new repertoire and masterworks, Segev brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of music she performs.
Segev released her recording of the complete Cello Suites of J.S. Bach in fall 2015 on the Vox label. Audiences have the opportunity to look behind the scenes at the making of Segev’s album through a companion documentary film about her journey through the music of Bach. She has performed Bach’s Cello Suites in venues around the world including Lincoln Center and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Shanghai Concert Hall, and Henry Crown Hall in the Jerusalem Theatre.
Inbal Segev has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Castleton Festival Orchestra with Lorin Maazel, Bogotá Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Dortmund Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Polish National Radio Symphony, and the Bangkok Symphony. She made debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic, led by Zubin Mehta, at age 17.
Segev’s repertoire includes all of the standard concerti and solo works for cello, as well as new pieces and rarely performed gems. She has recently premiered cello concertos by Avner Dorman and Lucas Richman. Segev gave the U.S. premiere of English composer Sir Arthur Sullivan’s Cello Concerto in D Major. She performed jazz composer David Baker’s cello concerto in New York, and was the first cellist to perform Henri Dutilleux’s challenging Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher for solo cello at Carnegie Hall. Commissioning new repertoire for the cello is a priority for Segev; current projects include new works by composers Gity Razaz, Timo Andres, and Fernando Otero.
Inbal Segev is a founding member of the Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus. She has collaborated with artists such as Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, Jeremy Denk, Anthony McGill, Gilbert Kalish, Michael Tree, Anne Akiko Meyers, and the Vogler Quartet. Festival appearances include the Banff, Ravinia, Bowdoin, Olympic, and Cape & Islands festivals in North America; the Siena, Rolandseck, and Montpellier festivals in Europe; and the Jerusalem Music Center and Upper Galilee festivals in Israel.
In addition to her new Bach album, Segev’s discography includes Lucas Richman’s Three Pieces for Cello and Orchestra with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Albany), Sonatas by Beethoven and Boccherini (Opus One), Nigun (Vox), and Max Schubel’s Concerto for Cello and Horn (Opus One). With the Amerigo Trio she has recorded the Dohnányi Serenade (Navona).
Inbal Segev’s many honors include the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship and top prizes at the Pablo Casals, Paulo, and Washington International Competitions. She began playing the cello in Israel at age five and at 16 was invited by Isaac Stern to come to the U.S. to continue her studies. She earned degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University.
Inbal Segev lives in New York City with her husband and three children. Her cello was made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673.
About Jason Vieaux
NPR describes Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux as, “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation,” and Gramophone magazine puts him “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists.” His most recent solo album, Play, won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo. In June 2014, NPR named “Zapateado” from the album as one of its “50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far).”
Vieaux has earned a reputation for putting his expressiveness and virtuosity at the service of a remarkably wide range of music, and his schedule of performing, teaching, and recording commitments is distinguished throughout the U.S. and abroad. His solo recitals have been a feature at every major guitar series in North America and at many of the important international festivals. Recent and future highlights include performances at the Caramoor Festival, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, New York’s 92Y, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bard Music Festival, [email protected], Strings Music Festival, Grand Teton, and many others.
A first-rate chamber musician and programmer, he frequently collaborates with artists such as the Escher Quartet, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, and accordion/bandoneón virtuoso Julien Labro. Vieaux’s passion for new music has fostered premieres of works by Dan Visconti, Vivian Fung, Keith Fitch, Kinan Abou-Afach, David Ludwig, Jerod Tate, Eric Sessler, José Luis Merlin and Gary Schocker. He has performed as concerto soloist with nearly 100 orchestras, including Cleveland, Houston, Toronto, San Diego, Fort Worth, and Buffalo.
Vieaux continues to bring important repertoire alive in the recording studio as well. His latest album Together, with harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, was released in January 2015. His previous eleven albums include a recording of Astor Piazzolla’s music with Julien Labro and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, Bach: Works for Lute, Vol. 1, Images of Metheny, and Sevilla: The Music of Isaac Albeniz. Vieaux was the first classical musician to be featured on NPR’s popular “Tiny Desk” series, on which he made a rare repeat performance in 2015 with Kondonassis.
In 2012, the Jason Vieaux School of Classical Guitar was launched with ArtistWorks Inc., an unprecedented technological interface that provides one-on-one online study with Vieaux for guitar students around the world. In 2011, he co-founded the guitar department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and in 2015 was invited to inaugurate the guitar program at the Eastern Music Festival. Vieaux has taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1997, heading the guitar department since 2001.
Vieaux is a member of the Advisory Board of the Guitar Foundation of America, and is affiliated with Philadelphia’s Astral Artists. His primary teachers were Jeremy Sparks and John Holmquist. In 1992 he was awarded the prestigious GFA International Guitar Competition First Prize, the event’s youngest winner ever. He is also honored with a Naumburg Foundation top prize, a Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award, and a Salon di Virtuosi Career Grant. In 1995, Vieaux was an Artistic Ambassador of the U.S. to Southeast Asia.
Jason Vieaux is represented by Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd and plays a 2013 Gernot Wagner guitar.
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