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Release: March 16, 2001
Visiting cellist Uri Vardi will perform 'Trout' Quintet with UI colleagues
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Cellist Uri Vardi, a visiting faculty member at the University
of Iowa School of Music, will perform with his faculty colleagues in a varied
program of chamber music at 8 p.m. Friday, March 30 in Clapp Recital Hall
on the UI campus.
The concert will be free and open to the public.
Vardi will display his versatility, performing unaccompanied, in two different
duo contexts, and as a member of a larger chamber ensemble. He will open the
program with Beethovens Sonata in D major, op. 102 no. 2, performed
with pianist Rene Lecuona. He will next appear alone, to play Paul Hindemiths
Sonata for Solo Cello, op.25 no. 3. That will be followed by the Duo for Viola
and Violoncello by Walter Piston, performed by Vardi and Christine Rutledge.
The final piece on the program will be Franz Schuberts "Trout"
Quintet, which calls for the unusual combination of piano with violin, viola,
cello and stringed bass, rather than the more usual quintet of piano with
a string quartet of two violins, viola and cello. Performing with Vardi will
be Rutledge, pianist Uriel Tsachor, violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel and bassist
Schubert composed the "Trout" Quintet during the summer of 1819
while traveling through upper Austria with Johann Michael Vogl, a singer who
championed Schuberts songs. The work was commissioned by an amateur
cellist, Sylvester Paumgartner, who is also supposed to have stipulated the
unusual instrumentation in imitation of a quintet he liked that was by the
classical composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel.
To compensate for the deep sound of the double bass, Schubert lightened
the texture of the piano part, which plays mostly in the upper register. This
gives the Quintet an unmistakable, sparkling quality that, together with Schuberts
graceful melodies, contributes greatly to the works popularity.
Paumgartner is also supposed to have specified that the composer use his
popular song "Die Forelle" (The trout) as the basis of the theme-and-variations
fourth movement. It is this movement that gives the quintet its name. "Die
Forelle," about a fisherman and the elusive fish that he tries to catch,
is one of Schuberts most delightfully tuneful songs. Schubert wrote
a series of decorative variations on the main theme of the song, ending with
a gentle variation that introduces the distinctive piano figuration from the
accompaniment of the original song.
A member of the music faculty at the University of Wisconsin, Vardi has
given cello and chamber music master classes at Indiana University, the New
England Conservatory, Yale and the Eastman School of Music, and at summer
festivals around the world. His students have been successful as soloists,
chamber players and members of major orchestras including the Metropolitan
Opera Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic.
Although born in Hungary, Vardi grew up on a kibbutz in Israel. He studied
cello at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, and later with the master
teachers Janos Starker at Indiana University and Aldo Parisot at Yale University.
He has served as principal cellist of the Israel Sinfonietta and the Israel
Chamber Orchestra, in addition to appearances as soloist with both orchestras.
Vardi has also recorded and toured Israel and Italy with the Sol-La-Re String
Quartet, founded a chamber music series in Tel Aviv and taught for many years
at the Israel Conservatory and the Jerusalem Music Center. He has toured the
United States and Israel with "Fusions," a concert of western Jewish
music and Arabic art music for cello, oud (a stringed instrument characteristic
of Arabic North Africa) and piano.
Lecuona maintains an active teaching and performing schedule at the UI School
of Music, including frequent collaborations with her faculty colleagues. She
has given solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States, South
America and the Caribbean. Most recently she performed and presented master
classes in Mexico.
Lecuona made her Carnegie Hall debut in a chamber performance in Weill Recital
Hall in 1993. As an Artistic Ambassador for the United States, she has given
concerts and master classes in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Trinidad and Tobago.
She has also performed solo recitals and given master classes at many universities
Tsachor joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in the fall of 1988.
A Steinway artist, Tsachor was a winner of the Bosendorfer Empire International
Competition in 1986 and the Busoni Competition in 1985, and a laureate of
the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 1983. He has performed as a soloist
in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, New York, Chicago, Vienna, Paris and other cities
around the world.
Tsachor has performed with the Israel Philharmonic by invitation from Zubin
Mehta. He has also appeared as soloist with the New York City Symphony, the
Teatro La Fenice Symphony in Venice and the National Orchestra of Belgium,
among others. He has performed both live and in recordings for radio and television
stations in Israel, Europe and the United States, and he has made 18 recordings
for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DIVOX, Olympia and EMS labels.
Vogel joined the UI faculty in January 1999. She teaches violin and is the
artistic director of Magisterra, the UI International Chamber Music Festival
and Academy that was inaugurated in May 2000. She has performed extensively
in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, playing as a soloist with orchestra,
a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared at the Aspen, Ravinia,
Chautauqua, Menuhin and Schleswig-Holstein festivals, among others
Prior to her appointment at the UI, Vogel taught at the Folkwang-Hochschule
in Essen, Germany. She has taught master classes in Europe, the United States
and Asia. At the recommendation of the Tokyo String Quartet she was appointed
artist in residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where
she taught on the faculty and was a member of the Monticello Trio. She has
recorded several CDs on the Harmonia Mundi, Cybele and Highland labels.
Rutledge joined the UI faculty in 1998. She had previously been a faculty
member at Notre Dame University, where she also played with the Notre Dame
String Trio. She is a graduate of the UI School of Music, where she studied
with William Preucil.
She has appeared as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player throughout
the United States and abroad. Her solo performances have included three before
her professional peers at the International Viola Congress. She has performed
the standard viola repertoire, her own transcriptions of Baroque works, lesser
known works for viola, and new works that were written specifically for her.
She recently received a major grant from the Arts and Humanities Initiative
at the UI, which will assist in a solo CD recording of "Early 20th-Century
English Works for Viola and Piano."
A graduate of the UI School of Music, Gannett returned to the UI to teach
double bass in the fall of 1992. She also is the principal double bass of
the Quad City Symphony. As a teacher and performer she has had an active career
including appointments at Yale University, the Hartt School of Music, Oberlin
College and the University of South Florida. She has been principal double
bass of the Gulf Coast Symphony, the Black Hills Festival Orchestra, the Eastern
Music Festival and the Bronx Symphony, and been a member of the New Haven
and New Jersey symphonies.
As a chamber musician she has performed with members of the Guarneri, Emerson,
Laurentian and Stanford string quartets and the Borodin Trio. Her frequent
solo appearances have included many premieres and solo improvisations as well
as traditional repertoire. She has recorded a solo CD, "Ladybass."
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts.
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