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Emily Darrow
Concerts Feature World Renowned Musicians Syviatoslav Moroz and Dmitry Rachmanov; Boris Berman; and Alan Gampel

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The Bard Center will present three concerts, free and open to the public, featuring world renowned musicians on Friday, October 22; Tuesday, October 26; and Wednesday, November 3. The concerts will begin at 8:00 p.m. and will be held in Olin Hall at Bard College.

The first concert, on Friday, October 22, features Russian violinist Sviatoslav Moroz and pianist Dmitry Rachmanov, who will perform Beethoven's Sonata G. Major, opus 30; Grieg's Sonata No. 1, opus 45; and Prokofiev's Sonata No. 1, opus 80.

Violinist Sviatoslav Moroz, the son of cellist Natalie Gutman, has appeared in Europe's most prestigious concert halls, including the Kremlin Palace and the Moscow Conservatory; the Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris; and the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Moroz is a member of the Tchaikovsky Piano Trio, with which he tours internationally. He has performed with the Berner Symphonie Orchester and the Constance Symphonie Orchester, Switzerland; the Toulouse Youth Symphony Orchestra in France; and the the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, Brazil. Moroz is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with legendary violinist Oleg Kagan. He also studied with Gerard Poulet at the Paris Conservatory. He resides in Saugerties, NY, with his wife, soprano Olga Dyachkovskaya.

Pianist Dmitry Rachmanov has been called "an indisputable musician" by Brussels' Le Soir and praised for his "power and fluidity" by the New York Times. He has performed throughout the world as concerto soloist, chamber musician, and in solo recital. He received first prize in the Frinna Awerbach International Piano Competition, as well as the Irwin Freundlich Prize and the Beethoven Foundation's top fellowship award. He has appeared at the Kennedy Center and the Phillips Collection in Waashington, D.C; in New York at Carnegie Hall, the Merkin Concert Hall, 92nd Street Y, and Weill Recital Hall; in London at the Barbican Center and Queen Elizabeth Hall with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra; and in Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, and Canada. He began his piano studies at Moscow's Gnesins School of Music where he was a pupil of Ada Traub. After moving to the United States in 1977, he has earned advanced degrees from the Juilliard School and the Manhattan School of Music. He is on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and the Lucy Moses School of Music in New York City and the Adamant Music School in Vermont.

The second concert in the series, on Tuesday, October 26, features pianist Boris Berman. He will be playing Beethoven's Fifteen Variations and a Fugue in E-Flat Major, opus 35 ("Eroica") and Sonata in E-flat Major, opus 81a ("Les Adieux, L'Absence, et Le Retour"); Chopin's Polonaise Fantasie in A-flat Major, opus 61; and Brahms' Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, opus 26.

Boris Berman, whose playing has been described by the New York Times as displaying "...poetical refinement, intense musicality, and virtually limitless technical resources," was born in Moscow. He studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished pianist Lev Oborin and performed extensively throughout the Soviet Union including as guest soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic and the Moscow Chamber orchestras. After emigrating to Israel in 1973, he began performing internationally with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Philharmonia (London), the Toronto Symphony, the Israel Philharmonic, the Detroit and Houston symphonies, and the Royal Scottish Orchestra, among others. He is the founding director of the Music Spectrum concert series in Israel and the Yale Music Spectrum series in the United States. He is the head of the piano department at the Yale School of Music and conducts master classes throughout the world. His recordings have been released on Philips, Deutsche Gramophon, and Melodia labels, among others.

The third and final concert in this autumn series is on Wednesday, November 3 featuring pianist Alan Gampel and his "Chopin 150th Anniversary Program." Gampel will be performing this same program at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on Sunday, November 7. "Velvety sound and virtuoso assurance" writes the New York Times about Gampel. "Lyricism-special even by Chopin's standards." The program, all Chopin pieces, includes Mazurka in A Minor, opus 17, no 4; Fantasia on Polish Airs, opus 13; Etudes Nos. 5, 3, 12, opus 10; Waltz in A-flat major, opus 69, no. 1; Scherzo, No. 2, B-flat minor, opus 31; Ballade, No. 3, A-flat major, opus 47; Polonaise, A-flat major, opus 53; Sonata, no. 3, B-minor, opus 58; and Mazurka, F minor, opus 68, no. 4. In addition to the performance at Lincoln Center, Gampel will be performing this concert in eighteen cities including Paris, France; Jerusalem; and Los Angeles, California.

Alan Gampel, grandson of legendary harpsichordist Wanda Landowska, made his debut at the age of seven at the Hollywood Bowl. Honored with the Presidential Scholars Award at the White House at age sixteen, he graduated from Stanford University at the age of nineteen. He received the top prize at the Naumburg Internal Piano Competition in New York. He also received the coveted Chopin Prize at the Artur Rubenstein International Piano Competition in Israel and was subsequently invited by Daniel Barenboim to play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Gampel's other recent performances have included engagements with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London; the Orchestre de Paris; and the Irish National Symphony. He has appeared in recital at London's Wigmore Hall; in Paris at the Theatre du Chatelet, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, the Auditorium du Louvre and Musee d'Orsay; in Rome at the Teatro Ghione, and in the United States at the Kennedy Center, Chicago's Ravinia Festival, and New York's Frick Collection Series. He has performed at Lincoln Center with the American Symphony Orchestra and at the Mostly Mozart Festival.

For further information call The Bard Center at 914-758-7425.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001