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Release: Nov. 3, 2000

'Known and unknown' will be paired by violinist and pianist from UI faculty Nov. 13

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel states her goal very clearly: "My aim is always to come up with exciting program combinations that present the known with the unknown."

Vogel will live up to that goal when she presents a free University of Iowa faculty recital with pianist Uriel Tsachor, her colleague at the School of Music, at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

In three pieces, the program covers the full range from known to unknown: the Sonata in B-flat major, K454, of W.A. Mozart, certainly one of the most known composers in the classical canon; the Sonata No. 2 in D major, op. 94, by Sergei Prokofiev, a 20th-century composer whose name is more known than much of his music; and the Sonata No. 2 in F minor by Georges Enesco, a composer whose music -- apart from his First Romanian Rhapsody for orchestra -- is almost completely unknown to audiences outside of his native country.

This is not the first time Vogel has created this kind of programming. The known/unknown mix was very much in evidence last May during the concerts of Magisterra, the UI International Chamber Music Festival of which she was the artistic director, and a concert she gave earlier this fall featured a composer as well known for his chamber music as Schubert alongside unknowns Frederico Fiorillo, Reinhold Gliere and Bohuslav Martinu.

About the Nov. 13 program, Vogel commented: "Because Prokofiev is a ‘classical modern’ composer -- this is, someone who used Classical principals within a contemporary style -- it’s nice to pair his sonata with something completely classical -- a Mozart sonata.

"The idea to program the Enesco, who is hardly ever performed in public, was partly born because I will record this piece to finish a CD recording at the end of the year. Enesco having been a child prodigy in both violin and piano -- and as a composer -- his Sonata is naturally very challenging for both players. He certainly knew to write well for both instruments, going to the technical limits of each but still mainly conveying a strong musical language and personality."

Vogel joined the UI faculty in January 1999. 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

During the 1999-2000 season she presented the complete cycle of Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano in Germany and the United States with pianist Ulrich Hofmann, including performances at the UI, and she toured Romania and Germany with critically acclaimed performances of the Brahms violin concerto.

Vogel began studying the violin with her father at the age of four. She was admitted to the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, Germany, when she was 11, one of the youngest students ever admitted to the school, and played her solo debut at the Dusseldorf, Germany, Tonhalle (Concert hall) when she was 12. She continued studies with many of the leading violinists in Europe and America, including the famed violin teacher Dorothy DeLay at the University of Southern California. She received a degree with highest honors in violin solo and chamber music from the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen and an Artist Diploma from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati.

Prior to her appointment at the UI, Vogel taught at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen. She has taught master classes in Europe, the United States and Asia. At the recommendation of the Tokyo String Quartet she was appointed 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 has been serving on the jury of the "Jugend musiziert" (Young performers) competition in Germany since 1998.

Vogel has recorded on the Harmonia Mundi, Cybele and Highland labels, including music by Beethoven, Khachaturian, Smetana, Ravel, Richard Strauss and Alfred Schnittke. Future recording projects include a violin-cello duo CD and a violin-piano CD with Sonatas and pieces by Brahms, Enesco, Lutoslawksi and Reger.

Uriel Tsachor joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in the fall of 1988. A Steinway artist, Tsachor was a winner of the Bosendorfer Empire International Competition in 1986 and 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 18 recordings for the EMI, Musical Heritage Society, PHONIC, DIVOX, Olympia and EMS labels. In November 1999 the Paris-based label CALLIOPE released a two-CD set of the complete violin and piano sonatas and arrangements by Brahms, featuring Tsachor and violinist Andrew Hardy.

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