Suzy Perelman, Violin
Amadi Azikiwe, Viola
Troy Stuart, Cello
Mary Prescott, Piano
Sunday October 17, 2010 at 2:30pm
- Halvorsen - Passacaglia for Violin and Viola on a theme by Handel
- Tartini - Sonata In G Minor 'Devil's Trill' Violin And Piano
- Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson - Blue/s Form/s
- Schumann - Fantasy Pieces op. 73 for Cello and Piano
- Dvorak - Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, Op. 87
Violinist Suzy Perelman began her study of the violin at age 6 in the Philadelphia public schools. For college Suzy attended the Cleveland Institute of Music (Bachelor of Music, 1994), Case Western Reserve University (Bachelor of Science in Music Education , 1995), and Carnegie Mellon University (Master of Music, 1998). Her teachers were Linda Cerone, Bernie Goldshmidt, David Updegraff, David Russell, and Andrés Cardenes. Following school, Suzy played with the Utah Symphony in Salt Lake City, and then the San Antonio Symphony. She left San Antonio to become the concertmaster of The Phantom of the Opera national tour, on which she traveled for 2 years. Suzy moved to NY 5 years ago and began playing on Broadway. She has played in several shows in cluding Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, LoveMusik, The Color Purple, Legally Blonde, Chita Rivera, South Pacific, 9to5, Phantom, and A Little Night Music. Suzy is a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and can also be heard playing in several other orchestras in the NY area. Suzy is a trained Suzuki Violin teacher and is very proud of her 12 young private students! When not practicing, performing, or teaching, Suzy enjoys rollerblading, flying trapeze, playing games, Israeli folk dancing, emailing, TRAVELING, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Amadi Azikiwe, violist and conductor, has been heard as a recitalist and soloist in the United States and abroad. In the United States, he has given recitals in New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., including a solo performance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Azikiwe has also been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Alice Tully Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Internationally, he has performed throughout Israel, Canada, South America, Central America, India, Japan, Hong Kong, and throughout the Caribbean.
He has also toured with Music from Marlboro, the Maui Classical Music Festival in Hawaii, the El Paso International Chamber Music Festival, the Salt Bay Chamber Festival in Maine, as well as the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado. Mr. Azikiwe’s performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”, “St. Paul Sunday”, on WNYC in New York, WGBH in Boston, WFMT in Chicago, and the BBC.
Mr. Azikiwe is on the faculty of James Madison University in Virginia, and was a visiting faculty member of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He has given masterclasses at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Hong Kong Academy of the Performing Arts, West Texas State University, and for the Boston Symphony's Project STEP.
In addition to his teaching and performing activities, Mr. Azikiwe is the Music Director of the Harlem Symphony Orchestra.
A native of New York City, Amadi Azikiwe was born in 1969. After early studies with his mother, he began his formal training at the North Carolina School of the Arts as a student of Sally Peck. He continued his studies at the New England Conservatory with Marcus Thompson, receiving his Bachelor’s degree. Mr. Azikiwe was also awarded the Performer's Certificate from Indiana University, where he served as an Associate Instructor, and received his Master's Degree in 1994 as a student of Atar Arad.
Troy Stuart, cellist, is a Baltimore native and graduate of the Baltimore School of the Arts, the Oberlin Conservatory, and the Peabody Conservatory. Mr. Stuart was chosen to be a member of the prestigious New York String Orchestra, under the direction of famed violinist/conductor Alexander Schneider. He has performed chamber music with such notables as Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo, Pamela Frank, and Paul Badura-Skoda. Mr. Stuart has also participated in internationally televised (CBS) Kennedy Center Honors honoring Alexander Schneider. He was presented with the Martell Cordon Bleu Award by actor/musician Dudley Moore. Currently he tours nationally with The Ritz Chamber Players, and is on the faculty, of the Peabody Conservatory Prep Program and Opus 118.
New York City based American pianist, Mary Prescott, began formal musical studies at the age of five years old in her hometown of Minneapolis. As a child, Ms. Prescott won several prizes and awards initiating a more serious pathway to a career in music. Upon earning numerous academic and musical scholarships, she began college at the University of Minnesota under the guidance of Dr. Paul Shaw, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. Further studies took her to the Manhattan School of Music, where she received a Master of Music degree as a student of Nina Svetlanova.
Mary Prescott has since established an important role in the NYC music scene as a teacher, performer and musical visionary. She currently maintains a busy private studio in Manhattan, and has been on the faculties of music schools and festivals worldwide, including the Larchmont Music Academy, Great Neck Music Conservatory, the Goppisberger Music Festival in Switzerland, and the Louisiana Chamber Music Institute. Recent performances include New York's famed Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Tenri Cultural Center, Brooklyn’s Bargemusic, the musically renowned St. Peter’s Church and Fraumünster Cathedral in Zürich, Minneapolis’ Macphail Center, and a tour of Croatia with her own piano trio, Trio Soleá. Ms. Prescott’s latest project is an all 20th century American composer solo piano program, which she will be presenting in the upcoming season. She is also a member of the Lexias Cerana Piano Duo, with Turkish pianist, Pınar Başgöze. Further projects have been initiated by Ms. Prescott's passion for world music, particularly that of flamenco, tango, blues and fado, which she has enjoyed fusing with her classical base. In 2010, Ms Prescott will launch the first Lyra Summer Music Workshop as co-Director with pianist Akiko Sasaki, to be held in Randolph, Vermont.
In addition to Dr. Shaw and Madame Svetlanova, Ms. Prescott has been privileged to work with Boris Berman (Yale University), Fabio Bidini (Universitat der Künst, Germany), Anthony de Mare (New York University), Luis de Moura Castro (Hartt School of Music), David Dubal (The Juilliard School), violist Lawrence Dutton (Emerson String Quartet), Jay Gottlieb, Teresa Kelly, violinist Young-Nam Kim (University of Minnesota), Miyoko Lotto (New York University), Menahem Pressler (Indiana University), José Ramon Méndez (New York University), Maria Rantapaa, Victor Rosenbaum (New England Conservatory), Abbey Simon (The Juilliard School), cellist Margo Tatgenhorst (American String Quartet), and Maria Taylor (Temple University), amongst many others.