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Oct. 3, 2003

Photo: Violist Christine Rutledge

Rutledge, Nosikova Focus On Composer York Bowen In Oct. 14 Concert

Violist Christine Rutledge will team up with pianist Ksenia Nosikova to introduce the music of York Bowen, one of the most prolific composers of music for the viola from the mid-20th century, on a University of Iowa faculty recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their performance will be free and open to the public.

Bowen was born in 1884 in London, where he spent most of his career as an accomplished virtuoso pianist and teacher at the Royal Academy of Music. One of his colleagues at the Royal Academy was the prominent violist Lionel Tertis, for whom Bowen composed his many works with viola.

Owing to Tertis' celebrity and outstanding technique, Bowen's works for viola are extremely demanding technically. His music is characterized by traditional idioms and styles, mostly similar to the Russian Romantics. Bowen died in 1961.

Rutledge and Nosikova will play two of Bowen's works for viola and piano, the Sonata No. 2 and the Phantasy. Rutledge will also perform Paul Hindemith's Sonata for solo viola, op. 25 no. 1.

One of the leading musicians in pre-World-War II Germany, Hindemith was an extremely versatile composer. He taught composition, performed as a violist and violinist, and wrote chamber music, orchestral and choral pieces, operas and music for children and amateurs.

The Sonata for solo viola, op. 25 no. 1, is perhaps Hindemith's most popular work for viola. Because Hindemith was also one of the leading viola soloists of his day, premiering his own works as well as other well-known works such as the Walton Concerto, the body of solo repertoire for the viola that he left behind is vast. This includes three sonatas for viola and piano, four sonatas for solo viola, two concertos with orchestra and two additional solo works with orchestra.

Rutledge joined the UI faculty in 1998. She had previously been a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, 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. Her solo performances have included those before her professional peers at the 23rd International Viola Congress in Bloomington, Ind., the 24th Congress in Germany, the 28th Congress in Sweden and the 31st Congress in Germany. 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 the former assistant principal viola of the Louisville Orchestra and violist of the Ceruti Chamber Players and the Kentucky Center Chamber Players. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where she studied with the distinguished viola teachers Karen Tuttle and Michael Tree, and the Interlochen Arts Academy, where she was valedictorian of her class and recipient of the Young Artist Award.

She is also 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." Last year she played a series of recitals at the UI covering the viola repertoire of J.S. Bach.

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 presented two solo recitals in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City and has been a 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." New York Concert Reviews noted, "in her Weill Hall recital, the space bloomed with fresh colors and supple pulse, an invigorating and pleasing effusion."

In addition to international appearances in France, England, Brazil and Argentina, she has performed as a guest artist at several American universities, including the universities of Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. She received a return invitation to the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago and concert series in England and Moscow for 2002-03 season

The Italy volume of her three- CD set of the complete "Years of Pilgrimage" by Franz Liszt was released by Centaur Records in March 2001. The year 2003 will see the release of the Switzerland volume the recording of the third and final volume of the set. She has also recorded a disk of chamber music works for viola and piano by early 20th-century English composers Rebecca Clarke, Arthur Bliss and Frank Bridge with Rutledge.

Nosikova has presented master classes in England and both North and South America. The winner of several international competitions, she regularly serves the Ibla Grand Prize International Competition in Italy as a jury member. She is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Women. She has received two major grants from the Arts and Humanities Initiative and the Central Investment Found for Research Enhancement at the UI.

Nosikova received a masters degree with high honors from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia and a doctorate from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has been invited to perform with renowned artists in numerous international master classes.

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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