Feb. 16, 2007
UI Matisse Trio Welcomes Preucil As Guest Artist In March 3 Concert
The Matisse Trio, a faculty ensemble from the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by emeritus UI faculty member William Preucil, viola, for a free recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Now in its third season, the Matisse Trio -- violinist Katie Wolfe, cellist Anthony Arnone and pianist Ksenia Nosikova -- gave its debut concert on March 1, 2005. "We are hoping to make this a regular thing over the coming years," Arnone said at the time, and they have, with a concert on campus in the first week of March for three years running.
Two of the composers on this year's program -- Beethoven and Brahms -- have been among the composers identified by the trio as their favorites. To complete the program, they are adding a new name to their repertoire: Spanish composer Gaspar Cassadó. The three works they have chosen for this year's outing are Beethoven's "Ghost" Trio, op. 70 no. 1; Cassadó's Trio in C minor; and Brahms' Piano Quartet in G minor, played by the trio with Preucil.
Arnone said, "This is the third year of the Matisse Trio and we are enjoying including William Preucil in this concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Music School. It will be an honor to get to work with him and to play Brahms with him."
Arnone added that the concert will occur just shortly after the trio complete an eight-day tour in which they will play the Brahms with three other guest violists. "It will be fun to see how different it is with each person," he said.
Born in Barcelona in 1897, Cassadó began musical studies at the age of 5, began to study the cello at 7 and played publicly at 9. After a short time at the Conservatory of Barcelona he was accepted as a scholarship student of Pablo Casals in Paris. While there he also studied under Manuel de Falla and Maurice Ravel. His career is reminiscent of the many 19th-century touring virtuosos in that he was equally renowned as a player and a composer.
He was considered one of the great cellists of his time, he toured extensively with legendary pianists Artur Rubinstein and Jose Iturbi, and he was part of an acclaimed trio with Yehudi Menuhin and Louis Kenter. His Trio in C minor was written in 1926 but was not performed until 1929 and was not recorded until 2001. It is a powerful and virtuosic work infused with Spanish musical rhetoric.
Established in 1906, the UI School of Music will celebrate its centennial throughout the 2006-07 academic year. The full schedule of centennial events can be found online at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/centennial/centennial.htm.
Preucil taught on the UI music faculty for more than 35 years, from 1958 until his retirement in 1997. He served as violist for the Stradivari Quartet at the UI and principal violist of the Cedar Rapids Symphony. He has toured throughout North America, and to more than 25 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He had a solo recital tour of Japan in 1982 and is the recording artist for books of the Suzuki Viola School, a world-wide string teaching method based on principles put forward by the Japanese music teacher Shinichi Suzuki. An acclaimed teacher, Preucil has presented master classes throughout the world, from Russia to Australia. In 1992 he was awarded the M.L. Huit Faculty Award at the UI for his dedication and service to his students.
Originally from Minnesota, Wolfe joined the string faculty of the UI School of Music in August 2004. She has had a diverse career as a soloist, teacher, chamber and orchestral musician on the national and international stage. For more information, see http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/STRGwolfe.htm.
A founding member of the Meriden Trio and the Sedgwick String Quartet, Arnone was principal cellist of the Madison Symphony in Wisconsin, 1996-2001. He has taught and performer across the country, and joined the UI music faculty in 2001. For more information, see http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/STRGarnone.htm .
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 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. In 2006 she was named a Steinway artist. For more, see: http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/PIANOnosikova.htm.
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