Special Event: Summer Suite with Hilary Hahn & Friends
This intimate evening begins with Hilary Hahn's return to the Festival for a special One-Night-Only concert alongside two of her favorite colleagues, pianist Natalie Zhu, and cellist Robert deMaine. Then, in the tradition of our popular "Summer Suite" event, the evening continues with an elegant post-concert dessert and wine reception, sponsored by the Sherwood Inn, at a beautiful home nearby.
Program:Mendelssohn: Trio in C minor, Op. 66
Tchaikovsky: Trio in A minor, Op. 50
Robert deMaine, Cello
Robert deMaine is currently principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A highly sought after solo artist and chamber musician, he is the cellist of the Ehnes quartet and the Dicterow-deMaine-Biegel Piano Trio and a guest at many of this country's finest chamber music festivals. deMaine has soloed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony, the Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Collaborators include violinists James Ehnes, Hilary Hahn, and Gil Shaham; pianists Emanuel Ax, Andre Watts, Jeffrey Kahane, Orion Weiss, and Yefim Bronfman; and the Beaux Arts Trio as well as the Emerson, Juilliard, Kronos, Cleveland, American, and Pacifica Quartets—among many others.
deMaine was the first cellist ever to win San Francisco's prestigious Irving M. Klein International Competition for Strings. He is also the recipient of a career grant from the Helen M. Saunders Foundation. He has written several works for the cello, including a set of twelve Études-Caprices. Among the many works composed for him is "Summer Verses for Violin and Cello" by Christopher Theofanidis. Naxos released his recording of the John Williams Cello Concerto in 2015.
Learn more at http://www.robertdemaine.com/.
Wednesday, August 17
Hilary Hahn, violin
In the more than two decades since her professional debut, three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn has brought her virtuosity, expansive interpretations, and creative repertoire to diverse global audiences. In her active international career she has performed both as soloist with leading orchestras and as a recitalist. She also has built a reputation for championing contemporary music. The Skaneateles Festival audience has watched with great interest as her career blossomed: she first performed here in 1992 at the age of 12, and has returned often.
Hahn took her first lessons in the Suzuki program at age three. She completed her university requirements at the Curtis Institute at sixteen—having already made her solo debuts with the Baltimore and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, and the New York Philharmonic. In 2001 she was named "America's Best Young Classical Musician" by Time magazine.
Learn more at www.hilaryhahn.com.
Wednesday, August 17
Natalie Zhu, Piano
Natalie Zhu has performed widely in North America, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. From 1997 to 2006, she toured with Hilary Hahn throughout the U.S. and in Hanoi, Bangkok, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Lyon, Lucerne, Hamburg, Geneva, London, and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. She has performed with both the Vermeer and Miami quartets and collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Orion, Mendelssohn, and Ying Quartets as well as the Beaux Arts Trio.
Zhu received a 2006 Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award, the 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the 2003 Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award. She also won the Astral Artistic Services 1998 National Auditions as well as grand prize in the both the 1988 and 1989 Young Keyboard Artists Association Competition. She was the first-prize winner in the Johanna Hodges Piano Concerto Competition in 1988 and 1991, and also received its 1991 Concert Series Award.
Zhu began piano studies at six in China and emigrated to the U.S. at eleven. She studied with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute and with Claude Frank at the Yale School of Music.
Wednesday, August 17
Concert Sponsors:The concert is generously sponsored by Sieglinde Wikstrom
Summer Suite is generously sponsored by the Sherwood Inn
Guest Artist Sponsors:Hilary Hahn sponsored by John and Kim Mezzalingua with additional support from Grossman St. Amour
Natalie Zhu sponsored by Donna Graber, Planning Sense, Inc.
Robert deMaine sponsored by Jennifer Sutherland