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Release: April 2, 1999

Violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel will play UI debut recital April 12

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel, the newest member of the string faculty at the University of Iowa School of Music, will play her UI debut recital at 8 p.m. Monday, April 12 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Vogel will be accompanied by pianist Uriel Tsachor on the recital, which will be free and open to the public. Vogel, who is from Germany, will play music representing three generations of German composers -- works by Beethoven, Brahms and Richard Strauss.

Although she is new to Iowa City, having joined the UI faculty in January, Vogel is not new to the international concert scene. She has performed extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia, playing as a soloist with orchestra, a solo recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared at the Aspen, Ravinia, Chautauqua, Menuhin and Schleswig-Holstein festivals, among others.

Vogel began studying the violin at the age of four. She played her solo debut at the Dusseldorf, Germany, Tonhalle (Concert hall) when she was 12. She received solo and chamber music diplomas for her studies in Germany, then completed an artist diploma with the famed violin teacher Dorothy DeLay.

Prior to her appointment at the UI, Vogel taught at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen in Germany. She has taught master classes in Europe, the United States and Asia, and was artist in residence at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she taught on the faculty and was a member of the Monticello Trio. She has won numerous performance competitions and was selected to play in the "Bundesauswahl Konzerte junger Kuenstler," a national German young artists concert series.

She has appeared on radio and television broadcasts in Europe and the United States and has recorded CDs of music by Beethoven, Ravel, Smetana, Shostakovich, Richard Strauss. She plays on a 1787 violin made by violin maker Lorenzo Storioni. The instrument has been loaned to her by the Stiftung Kunst und Kulture des Landes NRW (Art and cultural foundation of Nordrhein-Westfallen).

The April 12 program will feature three works: Brahms' Sonata in F minor, op. 120 no 1; the Sonata in G major, op. 96 of Beethoven; and Richard Strauss' Sonata in E-flat major, op. 18, performed in observance of the 50th anniversary of the composer's death.

Brahms' two sonatas of Op. 120 were originally written for the clarinet virtuoso Richard Muehlfeld, whose playing Brahms admired. They were published in an edition for clarinet or viola and later arranged for violin by the composer. Among the last pieces Brahms wrote, the sonatas are considered among the most lyrical and appealing of his works.

Beethoven's G major Violin Sonata was written in 1812, around the same time as the Eighth Symphony and the "Archduke" Trio. The Sonata has neither the light humor of the symphony nor the grand nobility of the trio, but is notable for its restrained and intimate quality.

As a young man, Richard Strauss wrote several works in the 1880s that were modeled on the classical forms of the early 19th century. Among them were the only major pieces of chamber music he completed: a string quartet, a cello sonata, a piano quartet, and the Violin Sonata, completed in 1887 when Strauss was 23.

Uriel Tsachor joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in the fall of 1988. The first prize-winner of the Bosendorfer Empire International Competition in 1986, the second prize-winner of 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 recordings for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DIVOX, Olympia and EMS labels.