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Tai Murray

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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The superb, rising star young violinist Tai Murray and pianist Ángel Sanzo perform works by Schubert, Pärt, Debussy and Corigliano.

PROGRAM
Schubert - Rondo D. 895
Pärt - Spiegel im Spiegel
Pärt - Fratres
Debussy - Sonate
Corigliano - Sonata

Described as “superb” by The New York Times, violinist Tai Murray is establishing herself a musical voice of a generation. Appreciated for her elegance and effortless ability, Murray creates a special bond with listeners through her mature phrasing and subtle sweetness. Her programming reveals musical intelligence; her sound, sophisticated bowing and choice of vibrato remind us of her musical background and influences—principally, Yuval Yaron (a student of Gingold & Heifetz) and Franco Gulli. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, Murray was named a BBC New Generation Artist (2008–2010). She has performed as guest soloist on the stages of such halls as the Barbican, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens and Shanghai’s Concert Hall, performing with such ensembles as the Atlanta Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony and Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar. Now a resident of Berlin and New York, Murray’s appearances include Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Kammermusiksaal at the Philharmonie, projects with the Philharmonic Staatsorchester of Mainz and Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, and tours with the Brandenburger Symphoniker and Niederrheinische Sinfoniker. As a chamber musician, she has joined tours with Musicians from Marlboro and was a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II (2004–2006). Festival appearances include Ireland’s West Cork Festival and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in the United States. Murray’s critically acclaimed debut recording for harmonia mundi of Ysaye’s six sonatas for solo violin was released in 2012. Her second recording with works by American Composers of the 20th century was released in 2013 by the label eaSonus, and her third disc with the Bernstein Serenade was released in 2014.
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Ángel Sanzo is an internationally renowned Spanish pianist, who has become a regular name at concert halls and festivals around Europe and in prestigious concert halls including Madrid’s Teatro Monumental, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Tonhalle in Dusseldorf, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Granada’s Manuel de Falla Auditorium, Valencia’s Palau de la Música, the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Flagey studios in Brussels, and the Palacio de la Bolsa in Porto. Sanzo has also played as a soloist with many orchestras, under the direction of Adrian Leaper, Enrique García Asensio, Max Bragado, Xavier Puig, Michael Thomas, Domenico Longo and Miquel Ortega. Sanzo completed his piano studies at the Conservatorio Superior in Málaga under José Felipe Díaz, for which he was awarded the End of Degree Prize of Honour. He went on to work with celebrated masters such as Joaquín Soriano, Javier Herreros, Peter Bithell, Ferenc Rados and Alicia de Larrocha. He has won numerous awards and recognition, including 1st prize in the Joaquín Rodrigo International Competition, the Frechilla-Zuloaga Piano Competition, the Taranto European Piano Competition, 1st prize in the Moroccan Princess Lalla Meryem International Competition, 2nd prize in Valencia’s José Iturbi Piano Competition, and a unanimous medal at Barcelona’s María Canals International Piano Competition. He began his career in 1995, after his debut of Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concert with Málaga’s Symphony Orchestra was enthusiastically received by audiences and critics. Sanzo’s expressiveness and technical precision give him a unique musical character that enables him to pay tribute to all piano music, as can be seen from his numerous acknowledgements for interpretations of Spanish music and Frederic Chopin’s work. His comprehensive repertoire of chamber music has taken him all over Europe with other prestigious musicians such as Shirly Laub, Benjamin Dieltjens, Tai Murray and Ángel Luís Quintana. Sanzo teaches at the Badajoz Conservatorio Superior de Música, where he has become one of the most requested tutors by Spain’s universities and conservatories, and where he tutors frequent masterclasses and courses for perfecting technique. In April 2013 he was invited to give a masterclass at Chile’s Catholic University of Santiago, and in the autumn of 2014 he will be recording the complete Isaac Albéniz’s Iberia suite for the eaSonus record label (www.easonus.com)

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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