Join us for these exciting performances featuring faculty and special guests throughout the 2017-18 Season!
Chelsea Basler, soprano
Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 8pm
Acclaimed soprano Chelsea Basler presents an evening of art song and opera at the New School of Music accompanied by pianist Brian Moll and with special guests trumpeter Spencer Aston, soprano Evangelia Leontis, and mezzo-soprano Stephanie Scarcella. The program showcases Chelsea’s “luminous voice” through a variety of works by Liszt, Bach, and more, featuring the Final Trio from Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier.
Ari & Mia Folk Duo | Friday, January 13, 2018 | 8pm
“Strikingly beautiful, distinctive and exhilarating, with expressive vocals that will find a way into hearts and minds” (No Depression), Ari & Mia reference the styles of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to songwriting and the result is a captivating sound.
“Ari & Mia are not creating a new music; they are taking it to another level and exploring areas that have not been attempted in decades. Their all-acoustic, pure and honest approach has significance. Treading the edges of traditional folk in a more faithful manner, they share the lyrical wizardry of 70’s bands Steeleye Span, Tir-na-Nog, and the Incredible String Band, with searing harmony as good as The Beach Boys. The sisters sing in unison like two violins,” continues No Depression on the review of their most recent release, Out of Stone.
Together, the sisters have toured all across the U.S and Australia and are both graduates of New England Conservatory’s cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. Both award winning songwriters, Mia’s song “Across the Water” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category, and Ari’s song “Old Man” was a semi-finalist for the 2016 International Songwriting Competition. Their two previous albums, Land on Shore and Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts.
Sergey Schepkin, piano | Friday, March 16, 2018 | 7:30pm
Pianist Sergey Schepkin has performed worldwide, and made his Carnegie Hall recital début in 1993 (at Weill Recital Hall) to an enthusiastic reception from the audience and The New York Times. He has performed for the Celebrity Series of Boston; Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC; the LACMA and Maestro Chamber Series in Los Angeles; London’s Steinway Hall and Proms at St Jude’s; the National Concert Hall in Dublin; the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki; the Grand and Chamber Philharmonic Halls in St. Petersburg; the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo; and the Kyoto Concert Hall, to name just a few places.
Schepkin’s vast repertoire includes solo, concerto, and chamber works written over the past four hundred years. He is a well-known interpreter of keyboard works by Johann Sebastian Bach, and was hailed by The New York Times as “a formidable Bach pianist . . . [who] plays . . . with the clarity of a harpsichordist and the passion and drama of a young Glenn Gould”. For over twenty years, Schepkin has been embarked on a large-scale project that aims to record Bach’s entire keyboard output on the modern piano while using historical performance practice as a source of knowledge and inspiration, and he has recorded such major works as The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Goldberg Variations, the Italian Concerto, the French Overture, the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, and the French Suites. His latest album, that of Bach Partitas, was released on the Steinway & Sons label in July 2016 to enthusiastic reviews and was featured as the CD of the Week by WGBH/WCRB (Boston Public Radio). His recordings of Schumann, Brahms, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, and Schnittke have also been warmly received.
Schepkin is a recipient of numerous grants and awards, and a prizewinner of several national andinternational competitions, including New Orleans (1999), Crown Princess Sonja of Norway (Oslo, 1988), All-Russia and All-Soviet- Union Piano Competitions (both 1985), and Concertino-Praga (Prague, 1978). A passionate chamber musician, he has performed with many renowned instrumentalists and ensembles, including the Borromeo, New Zealand, and Vilnius string quartets, as well as the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, of which he was a founding member. He has given premieres of works by Alan Fletcher, Michael Gandolfi, John Harbison, Daniel Pinkham, and Christopher Trapani.
A naturalized American, Schepkin was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. He studied piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, graduating summa cum laude in 1985. He taught on the piano faculty at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1988-90. After his move to the United States in 1990, he studied with Russell Sherman at New England Conservatory, where he earned an Artist Diploma in 1992 and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1999. He also coached with the distinguished French-American pianist and concert presenter Paul Doguereau in 1994-98.
A sought-after teacher, Schepkin has presented master classes throughout the USA and abroad. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Piano at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he has taught since 2003, and where he is a full Professor of Music. He also teaches at the New England Conservatory School of Preparatory and Continuing Education, as well as privately, in Boston.
Sergey Schepkin is a Steinway Artist. He lives in Brookline, Mass.
Joshua Peckins, violin | Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8pm
Invitation to Bach and Ysaye
Violinist Joshua Peckins presents a lecture recital featuring solo violin music by Bach and Ysaye, with warm and personal stories about the composers and their music. 2017-2018 marks the third season of Invitation to Bach and Ysaye! This season features new repertoire: Bach’s glorious A Minor Sonata and Ysaye’s dazzling Second Sonata, with fresh stories and a new experience for audiences. For more information please visit Joshua’s website.
Past Concert Series Performers:
Rasa Vitkauskaite and Shizue Sano, duo piano (2016)