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Release: Nov. 30, 2001

Violist Rutledge Will Perform With Pianist Nosikova Dec. 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Violist Christine Rutledge will play works originally written for cello and violin, as well as music composed for viola, on a University of Iowa School of Music faculty recital with pianist Ksenia Nosikova at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Rutledge will open the program with a solo performance of the Suite No1 in G major by J.S. Bach, originally written for cello. With Nosikova, she will play the Sonata No. 1 in C minor by York Bowen, and the Cesar Franck Sonata in A major, originally written for violin and piano.

"This program is an interesting blend of original compositions for viola and transcriptions," Rutledge said. "The Bach Suites are often played on viola, since the transcription only requires that the suites be played one octave higher than the original cello version.

"The Franck Sonata is played about as often on other instruments as it is on the violin, its original instrumentation. It is most often played on cello or flute, but violists consider it a major part of their repertoire, since there is not a wealth of literature for our instrument from this particular period. The transcription that I will be playing keeps the viola in the original key of A Major and also keeps most of the original range of the violin, rather than the standard method of taking most passages down the octave."

Rutledge calls the Bowen Sonata, the only 'original' viola composition on the program, "a wonderful example of the English neo-Romantic style which was popular at around the turn of the20th century. It is a charming blend of Elgar-esque and Kreisler-like writing, very instrumental and virtuosic. It is one of the many, many compositions that were written for Lionel Tertis, a famous English violist. Tertis served on the faculty of the Royal Academy of Music and is considered to be the first important champion of the viola as a solo instrument."

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. She performs as a member of the Fontana Chamber Music Festival ensemble. Her performances and recordings with the Notre Dame String Trio have earned glowing reviews from The Strad, Fanfare and other music publications. She has performed the standard viola repertoire, her own transcriptions of Baroque works, several lesser known works for viola, and new works that were written specifically for her.

Rutledge is a prize winner in the Aspen Festival Viola Competition, and the recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist's Fellowship, an Eli Lilly Foundation grant for undergraduate teaching development, and awards from the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at Notre Dame. 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."

Nosikova, who joined the UI faculty in 1998, has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States Europe and South America. She gave her New York debut performance in 1996 in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has been an invited guest soloist with symphony and wind orchestras in Colorado, Louisiana and Iowa. In addition she has been invited to perform at international festivals in Munster, France; Rimini, Italy; and Rovin, Yugoslavia; as well as the Aspen and Sarasota Music Festivals in the United States.

A critic in the Boston Globe wrote, "Nosikova again displayed impressive musicianship," and in Alsace, France, a review noted, "her performance is brilliant, full of grace and the most astonishing precision."

Last year, in addition to international appearances in France, Brazil and Argentina, she performed as a guest artist at several American universities, including the universities of Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The 2000-2001 season will feature a return to Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, a solo recital on the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, and a recital tour of the United Kingdom. Recently she recorded the first solo CD of Franz Liszt's "Years of Pilgrimage."

She has been a prize winner in numerous piano competitions, including the Frinna Awerbach International Piano Competition in New York, the Alabama International Piano Competition, and the Ibla International Piano Competition in Italy, to which she has returned as a jury member. She has received two major grants from the Arts and Humanities Initiative and the Central Investment Found for Research Enhancement at the UI.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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