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June 6, 2003

Violinist Vogel Will Play Chamber Recital With Pianists Nakamura, Wan June 16

Violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel, a member of the faculty at the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a recital with two award-winning UI graduate students, pianists Hikari Nakamura and Agnes Wan, at 8 p.m. Monday, June 16 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their recital will be free and open to the public.

Nakamura, who won the 2002 Maia String Quartet Competition for student chamber music performers, will play three works with Vogel: Beethoven's Sonata No. 8 in G major for violin and piano, op. 30 no. 3; Alfred Schnittke's Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano; and Henryk Wieniawski's Polonaise in D major, op. 4.

Wan, the winner of the 2001-02 All-University Concerto/Aria Competition at the University of Iowa School of Music, will play one work with Vogel, Edward Elgar's extensive Sonata in E minor for violin and piano.

The recital is the first of two that Vogel has scheduled for the summer, featuring performances of pieces that her violin students studied during the year, and rehearsed with student pianists. By performing the pieces, Vogel gave her violin students the opportunity to hear repertoire they had studied, some of which is not often performed, and also gave the pianists, who are advanced graduate students, the opportunity to perform music they had prepared.

The second recital, at 8 p.m. July 23 will feature Vogel and pianist Ourania Menelaou performing music of Edvard Grieg, Fritz Kreisler, Tchaikovsky and Wieniawski.

The majority of Beethoven's 10 violin sonatas were written in the early years of the composer's career. The earliest set of three, published as op. 12, was composed in 1797 and 98, and several more were completed over the next few years: op. 23 and 24 around 1800, the set of three op. 30 in 1801-02, and the monumental "Kreutzer" Sonata op. 47, in 1802-03. These were the years when Beethoven wrote his first major works, including his first set of six string quartets, the first three symphonies, the first three piano concertos and several of his best known piano sonatas, among them the "Pathetique" and the "Moonlight."

Schnittke was the leading figure of the Soviet post-war avant-garde and remains a prominent composer of international acclaim. The majority of his works were written using the classical forms of symphony, sonata and concerto, but with 20-century freedoms applied. The result is a mixture of past and present stylistic features that is referred to as "polystylism."

The First Violin Sonata was written for Schnittke's friend, the violinist Mark Lubotsky, who played it for the first time in Moscow in 1964.

The four-movement Sonata's opening Andante is built around a twelve-tone row that is first announced by the violin. The second movement is an intense Allegretto, which is followed by a slow variation movement on the theme C, B, D, C sharp. The finale is brilliant and full of irony.

One of the most important violinists of the late 19th century, Wieniawski was born in Poland and studied at the Paris Conservatory. He began a career as traveling virtuoso, with concerts in Russia, Germany, Paris and London. He settled for a while in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he influenced the development of the Russian violin school. He later resumed traveling, with appearances in the United States and Russia, and taught briefly at the Brussels Conservatory before his health failed and he died at the age of 45 in 1880.

Wieniawski was known for the emotional quality of his playing. As a composer he combined the brilliant technique of Paganini with a Romantic imagination and Slavonic coloring, and stressing his Polish heritage in his mazurkas, Polonaises and similar works.

Edward Elgar was the most accomplished, the most famed and remains the most appreciated English composer of the late Romantic period. His lifetime (1857-1934) coincided with the last great period of Imperial Britain, the Victorian and Edwardian eras of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Personally reserved, pious and patriotic, Elgar exemplified the most characteristic qualities of the age, and his music seemed to his contemporaries, and still seems to us today, equally to express the man and to capture the essence of his homeland.

Several of his best known works have become unmistakable musical symbols of Victorian England: the set of five military marches titled "Pomp and Circumstance," of which the first is familiar from countless graduation ceremonies; the sacred oratorio "The Dream of Gerontius"; the concert overture "Cockaigne (In London Town)"; his most loved orchestral work, Variations on an Original Theme (known as the "Enigma" Variations); both of his completed symphonies; and a number of overtly patriotic works.

In addition to these familiar staples of the concert and recording repertoire, Elgar wrote a number of chamber works and concertos that are performed less frequently, including the Sonata for Violin and Piano, composed in 1918. Together with a string quartet, a piano quintet and the Cello Concerto from the same years, the Violin Sonata is one of the last major works that Elgar completed.

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 continued studies with many of the leading violinists in Europe and America, including the famed violin teacher Dorothy DeLay at the University of Southern California. 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.

At the recommendation of the Tokyo String Quartet Vogel 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 on the Harmonia Mundi, Cybele and Highland labels, including music by Beethoven, Khachaturian, Smetana, Ravel, Richard Strauss and Schnittke.

Vogel's most recent CD recordings include "Strings Attached," a violin-cello duo CD of works by Fiorillo. Pleyel, Sibelius, Gliere; "Recital" with pianist Ulrich Hofmann featuring sonatas and pieces by Brahms, Enesco, Lutoslawksi and Reger; and "Hans Gal Chamber Music," including the Violin Sonata and Cello Sonata. All recordings are released on the Cybele label. An upcoming release will be dedicated to women composers: Louise Farrenc, Lili Boulanger and Pauline Viardot.

Wan studies with Uriel Tsachor and holds a teaching assistantship in piano. Born in Hong Kong, she holds a bachelor's degree from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and master's degrees in piano and music therapy from Loyola University in New Orleans. At Loyola she received awards as Outstanding Graduate Student and Outstanding Keyboardist, and was included in the "2001 Who's Who among Students in American Universities/Colleges." As a 1999 concerto competition winner she performed with the Loyola Chamber Orchestra. She gave her formal debut recital in Hong Kong in June 2001 and has also become a board-certified music therapist.

As a winner of the 2001-02 All-University Concerto/Aria Competition at the University of Iowa School of Music, Wan played the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 with the UI Chamber Orchestra in April 2002.

Born in Japan, Nakamura moved with her family to Chatswood, Australia, where she received the majority of her musical and Suzuki training. She holds degrees from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney, the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Queensland University of Technology.

She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa studying with Uriel Tsachor. In addition to her extensive teaching background, she has soloed with orchestras in both Japan and Australia and participated in piano competitions around the world. She won the 11th North Queensland Concerto Competition and the National Chopin and Wieniawski Competition, and last year was the winner of the Maia String Quartet Competition at the UI School of Music.

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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