Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Musicians and Artists featured on Sept 27th program

Christoph Bull, a concert organist, pianist, singer, composer, and recording artist, currently finishing the world premiere recording of the one-of-a-kind Walt Disney Concert Hall pipe organ.

Roberto Cani, Italian violinist, has been hailed by critics as "…a violinist of high caliber following the great Italian tradition of the virtuoso violinist, Paganini."

Whitney Crockett joined LA Phil as Principal bassoon after being Principal bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and other great orchestras.

Eduardo Delgado, CU favorite, renowned performer of romantic and Argentinian piano repertoire, Prof. at CSUF. Just came back from performing in Argentina and Italy.

Ariana Ghez is a Principal Oboe at Los Angeles Philharmonic, a frequent soloist and an avid lover of chamber music.

Courtney Jones, an instant hit at CU, who frequently plays with the Golden State pops Orchestra, Southeast Symphony, MET LA Theater.

Kanae Matsumoto, is active as a soloist and a collaborative pianist, having performed at many recital halls in Germany, Italy, Russia, Japan and the United States.

Laszlo Mezo, winner of several International competitions, is a a member of the Pacific Symphony and has performed extensively in Europe, Asia and America.

Vicky Miskolczy, associate principal viola of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, a member of the Capitol Ensemble. She also performed solo recitals in Australia, US and Canada.

Mitsuko Morikawa, a professional accompanist over 10 years, recorded music for the New World Records label and have been featured on radio programs such as WCLV, Cleveland and NHK-FM, Japan.

Robert Thies, the only American pianist in four decades to win a Russian piano competition since Van Cliburn. "A pianist of unerring warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power" (LA Times)

Bradley Wisk, lyric tenor, described as having "an alluring rich color and exceptionally spinning stratospheric top notes", and a "tall dark drink of a leading man".


It is so exciting to see LA on the front line of a great cultural transition in ART yet again as we see happening in front of our very eyes. Among other various intriguing forms of contemporary expression, American Realism as a most recent form of American Non-Conformism is gaining energy and excitement among young and rebellious talents. The rapidly gaining note (if not notoriety!) LA Classical Visual Art gang, which is much represented at CU showcases, is certainly a raucous part of this wide and diverse movement across the land, which different people call different names and which I call Novorealism.

We are enormously excited to host a consellation of new bright young stars of this exciting movement: Scott Burdick, Rose Franzen, Nancy Guzik, Ignat Ignatov, Jeremy Lipking, Susan Lyon, Tony Pro, Joseph Todorovich, Michelle Dunaway, among other great talents. Yet the most fascinating part is that these Young Guns got together with their beloved iconic Maestro Richard Schmid and a special appearance of my dad, Master Leonid Steele, to paint one of the beloved CU musical stars and an unforgettable character - cellist Armen Ksajikian.

Armen Ksajikian, has performed as principal or soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber, Opus Chamber and Hollywood Bowl orchestras, among others.

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