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Jan. 14, 2005

Violin-piano Duo Of Hardy And Tsachor Will Play UI Recital Jan. 23

The duo of American-born violinist Andrew Hardy, a teacher at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music in Belgium, and pianist Uriel Tsachor from the University of Iowa School of Music, will present a recital featuring music written for the great Belgian violinist Eugene Ysaye, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

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

One of the most celebrated and influential performers of the early 20th century, Ysaye is considered "the father of modern violin playing." His playing inspired a great many composers to write for him, including Claude Debussy, Cesar Franck and Ernest Chausson, as well as many composers whose names are less familiar today.

Soon after their UI performance, Hardy and Tsachor will record a four-CD set of works dedicated to Ysaye. The program for the Jan. 23 recital comes in part from that project.

The complete program will comprise four works: the Sonata in E major, BWV 1016, by J.S. Bach; the Sonata in G minor for violin and piano by little-known French composer Alberic Magnard, written in 1901; "Reve d'Enfante" (Child's Dream) by Ysaye; and the Sonata in G for violin and piano of 1891 by another composer little known to American audiences, Belgian Guillaume Lekeu.

The Magnard and Lekeu sonatas were written specifically for Ysaye, and are part of the planned set of recordings.

"The recording project, 'Dedicated to Eugene Ysaye' is planned as a testament to the memory of one of the greatest, and most influential Belgian violinists of all times," Tsachor said. "Aside from being a spiritual guide for many great violinists of the past, present and undoubtedly the future, Ysaye inspired a massive outpouring of music from many wonderfully gifted composers."

The recording project will include not only the sonatas by Franck and Lekeu, but will also introduce little-known sonatas by Magnard, Sylvio Lazzari, Louis Vierne, Gustav Samazeuilh, Guy Ropartz and Joseph Jongen. All of these sonatas were specifically written for and dedicated to Ysaye. The recording sessions will take place in February and June, and the set is scheduled to be released Sept. 27 on the Brussels-based Fuga Libera label.

The international release date will coincide with nation-wide artistic events in Belgium celebrating the 175th anniversary of the country's independence. Tsachor and Hardy will participate in these celebrations by performing the sonatas around Belgium throughout the year.

Tsachor and Hardy began performing as a duo in 1990. They have played recitals around the world and made several recordings together, including the complete original works for violin and piano of Robert and Clara Schumann, and the complete works for violin and piano by Johannes Brahms. This will be their second recital on the UI campus.

A native of Baltimore, Hardy received his first musical instruction from his parents. He made his orchestral solo debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15, playing Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor as the winner of the orchestra's Young Soloist Competition. Later he attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he won first prizes in the Concerto and Concours Recital Competitions.

Hardy has served as co-concertmaster and soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and as concertmaster and soloist with professional orchestras in Germany. He currently lives in Brussels, where he pursues his solo and chamber music career. He performs frequently as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Russia and the United States.

He has made CD recordings for the labels Talent (Belgium), Olympia (United Kingdom), and Calliope (France), including works for violin and piano by Franz Schubert, Robert and Clara Schumann, Sergei Prokofiev, Leos Janacek, Max Reger, Richard Strauss, and Brahms, and a recording of Russian Violin Concertos by Nicholas Rakov, Dmitri Kabelevsky, and Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebaline, recorded at the Melodia Studio in Moscow.

His most recent European recital engagements include the Schloss Konzerten series in Salzburg, the Festival Musicale Ravello (Italy), the Museum of Modern Art in Santiago di Compostella, Spain, the Salle Cortot in Paris, l'Université Libre Bruxelles, l'Opera de La Monnaie in Brussels and the Hague Royal Conservatory in Holland.

He plays a violin by Josef Guadagnini, Cremona, dating from 1793.

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 is a graduate of the Rubin Academy in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and the Juilliard School in New York. 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. In November 1999 the Paris-based label CALLIOPE released a two-CD set of the complete violin and piano sonatas and arrangements by Brahms, featuring Tsachor and violinist Andrew Hardy.

Tsachor and Hardy's recording project is sponsored by major grants from the office of the prime minister of the federal government of Belgium and by two major art organizations in Belgium, Fondation SPES and the cultural association "Les XXI".

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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