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Cornish College of the Arts Music Series Presents Paul Taub: Edge

October 19, 2011

SEATTLE, WA – Cornish College of the Arts Music Series is proud to present Paul Taub: Edge.  Come celebrate the release of renowned flutist Paul Taub’s new CD Edge – Flute Music from the Periphery of Europe in this concert for flute and mixed chamber ensembles.  Receive your copy of Edge free with the price of admission.

Paul Taub: Edge
November 6 at 7pm
PONCHO HALL, 710 East Roy, Seattle
Tickets: $20 general, $15 seniors $10 students, & Cornish alumni (with ID)

Mikhail Shmidt, violin
Natasha Bazhanov, violin
Julie Whitton, viola
David Sabee, cello
Roger Nelson, piano
Matthew Kocmieroski, percussion

For more information on how to purchase tickets please visit or call 206.726.5030.

Thanks to the CityArtist program of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs for its support of this project.

Sonata (for flute alone) by Peteris Vasks (Latvia). Vasks was one of the first composers to “emerge” after the break-up of the former Soviet Union, and Paul Taub was one of the first Americans to champion Vasks’ music in the west, first at the Goodwill Arts Festival in Seattle in 1990 and later all over the world.  This soulful, stirring piece was written in 1992 for the Helsinki Festival.

Ninna Nonna Per Anna (for flute and string quartet) by Giya Kancheli (Georgia).  One of the most singular composers living today, Kancheli has been a resident of Antwerp since a civil war ravaged his home country of Georgia following the break up of the Soviet Union.  The Arditti Quartet, Gidon Kremer, and many others have championed Kancheli’s music.  The composer has written that “Music, like life itself, is inconceivable without romanticism.  Romanticism is a high dream of the past, present, and future – a force of invincible beauty which towers above, and conquers the forces of ignorance, bigotry, violence, and evil.  Paul Taub spearheaded the commissioning of Ninna Nonna Per Anna by the National Flute Association in 2009.  This will be the US premiere of the revised, and final version of the work.

Recitativ, Aria and Burlesque (for flute, piano and percussion) by Sergei Slonimsky (Russia).  The dean of St. Petersburg composers, and nephew of the noted composer and musicologist Nicolas Slonimsky, Sergei Slonimsky writes music with the wit of Stravinsky and the bite of Shostakovich.  Paul Taub commissioned and premiered this work at the Goodwill Arts Festival in 1990.  A tour de force of flute techniques, exotic percussion and an enormity of piano sounds, it is Sergei Slonimsky at his best.

Paul Taub
Born in New York City, Paul Taub has been a resident of Seattle and a Cornish faculty member since 1979.  He holds a BA from Rutgers University and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, and has studied with some of the world’s greatest flutists including Michel Debost, Samuel Baron, Marcel Moyse, and Robert Aitken.  As a founding member and Executive Director of the Seattle Chamber Players, Taub has played an active role in the Seattle contemporary music scene and has performed and recorded American and world premieres by internationally known composers such as Robert Aitken, John Cage, George Crumb, and Janice Gitek, among others. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, the Everett Symphony, and the Esoterics.  Taub has also worked extensively to promote Soviet/Russian composers in America and American composers in the former Soviet Union.  His Soviet repertoire has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today, at the Goodwill Arts Festival, and in a solo recital at the Leningrad Musical Spring International Festival.  His recital of ten commissioned works has been performed in Seattle -  where he gave his first flute recital in the new Benaroya Hall – and in New York City.  A CD of these works entitled Oo-Ee is available on Periplum Records.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of both Chamber Music America and the National Flute Association.
Matthew Kocmieroski
Matthew is a principal percussionist with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra.  He regularly performs with the Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera and is on the faculty at Cornish College. He is also currently the President of the International Guild of Symphony, Opera and Ballet Musicians.  In the field of chamber music he served for 10 years as artistic director and percussionist of the New Performance Group and was a founding member of Taneko, and currently, Pacific Rims Percussion Quartet.  In the Northwest he regularly performs with the Seattle Chamber Players, and has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Society Festival, the Icicle Creek Music Festival, and the Seattle International Chamber Music Festival, among others.  Internationally he has appeared at the Bergen, Moscow Autumn, Moscow Cold Alternativa, and St. Petersburg Sound Waves.  He may be heard on many recordings of solo, chamber and orchestral music as well as a wide variety of both major and independent motion picture, television, and video game soundtracks.

Roger Nelson
A member of the Cornish faculty since 1979, Roger Nelson, performs frequently as a pianist and conductor.  He holds a BA degree from Pomona College and an MM in Choral Conducting from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  His early teachers were Adolph Baller and John Steele Ritter.  Nelson’s previous conducting appearances have included engagements with the Minnesota Opera’s New Music Theater Ensemble, the George Coates Performance Works, and the Floating Opera on Puget Sound.  Nelson also served as conductor of the Bainbridge Orchestra from 1987 to 2000 and was pianist with the New Performance Group from 1979 until 1997.  During the 1997-98 academic year, Nelson was a visiting professor at Qufu Teachers University in China.  As a composer, Nelson has produced a book of fiddle tunes for violin and piano in a variety of styles.  He has written more than 1,200 fiddle tunes as well as choral works and ensemble pieces.  He currently conducts and sings with Canzonetta, an a cappella ensemble, and conducts the Seattle Chinese Orchestra.

Mikhail Schmidt
Born in Moscow, Russia, Mikhail (violin) began his musical education at the age of five, and at 14 became the winner of the International Chamber Music Competition “Concertino Prague.”  He graduated cum laude from Gnessin Institute of Music in 1987.  His major teachers were Halida Akhtiamova and Valentin Berlinsky of the celebrated Borodin Quartet.  Since immigrating to the United States in 1989, Schmidt established himself as a leading chamber musician.  He was a founding member of the Bridge Ensemble, which recorded and toured in the U.S. and Europe.  As a guest violinist of the Moscow Piano Quartet, he tours Europe annually.  He has collaborated with such diverse and distinguished composers such as Steve Reich, John Zorn and Wayne Horvitz. Schmidt has recorded on Melodia, Delos, ECM, Tzadik, Six Degrees, and Innova labels.