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Release: Oct. 5, 2001

UI faculty/guest recital will present music by French women composers Oct. 15

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel, a tireless explorer of repertoire off the well beaten path, will join with pianist Ayako Tsuruta to present a program of music by French women composers at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their UI faculty/guest recital will be free and open to the public.

The composers on the program, including Pauline Viardot, Louise Farrenc and Lili Boulanger, are hardly familiar to most audiences, but they were in the middle of the musical scene during their lifetimes, which were during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

In addition to the works of the three women composers, Vogel and Tsuruta will perform the Duo in A major of Franz Schubert.

Vogel and Tsuruta will take the same program on tour to Lebanon and Syria in October. Later in the year they plan to make a CD recording of music by French women composers. Three of the works on the program -- pieces by Farrenc and Viardot -- have not been recorded before.

Pauline Viardot is remembered chiefly as a singer. She was the younger daughter of the Spanish tenor Manuel Garcia, one of the most famous singers of the 19th century, and the sister of another famed singer, Maria Malibran. Viardot won immense success in highly dramatic operatic roles, most notably as Fides in the premiere of Giacomo Meyerbeer's "Le prophete" (The prophet, 1849), and in the title role of Gluck's "Orfeo" (1859). She also gave the first performance of Brahms' "Alto Rhapsody." She was close to writers including Turgenev, and from 1843 she promoted Russian music in the West. Among her own compositions are operettas and songs.

Farrenc studied composition in Paris with Anton Reicha. She published her piano works starting in 1825, and her chamber music, including two piano quintets, two piano trios, violin sonatas, trios, a nonet and a sextet, was even more successful. She was piano professor at the Paris Conservatory and editor, initially with her husband, Aristide Farrenc, of "The Pianist's Treasure," a 23-volume anthology of 17th- and 18th-century music.

Lili Boulanger studied at the Paris Conservatory and in 1913 became the first woman to win the coveted Prix de Rome. Her career was cut short by her tragic death at 24, only five years later. Her relatively few compositions are highly regarded -- several choral works with orchestra, songs and several pieces of flute music. Belonging to a musical family, she was the younger sister of Nadia Boulanger, who became one of the most famed and respected music teachers of the 20th century.

Vogel joined the UI faculty in January 1999. She teaches violin and is the artistic director of Magisterra, the UI International Chamber Music Festival 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

During the 1999-2000 season she presented the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano in Germany and the United States with pianist Ulrich Hofmann, including performances at the UI, and she toured Romania and Germany with critically acclaimed performances of the Brahms violin concerto.

Vogel began studying the violin with her father at the age of four. She was admitted to the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, Germany, when she was 11, one of the youngest students ever admitted to the school, and played her solo debut at the Dusseldorf, Germany, Tonhalle (Concert hall) when she was 12. She received a degree with highest honors in violin solo and chamber music from the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen and an Artist Diploma from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.

Prior to her appointment at the UI, Vogel taught at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen. She has taught master classes in Europe, the United States and Asia. She has won numerous performance competitions, and has been serving on the jury of the "Jugend musiziert" (Young performers) competition in Germany since 1998.

An accomplished pianist in both chamber and solo repertoire, Tsuruta has performed with the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, the Eastern Connecticut Orchestra, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra and the Connecticut Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist, her performances include recitals in England, Italy and throughout North America. Tsuruta has also appeared at music festivals including Figueira da Foz in Portugal, Accademia Musical Chigiana and Meranofest in Italy, Steans Institute- - Ravinia Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts and the Aspen Music Festival.

Born in Fukuoka, Japan, Tsuruta began her piano studies with the Suzuki Method. Since moving to the United States in 1980, she has studied at the Juilliard School, where she received her bachelor's degree. She received the Irving S. Gilmore Fellowship and Catherine S. Winchell Memorial Scholarship at Yale University, where she studied with Claude Frank and received a master's degree and artist's diploma. She is currently a doctoral student and teaching assistant at the University of Alberta, where she has received the FS Chia PhD Scholarship, the Andrew Stewart Graduate Award, the William Rea Scholarship, the Harriet Snowball Winspear Graduate Fellowship and the Beryl Barns Graduate Award.

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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