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Release: Feb. 9, 2001
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Uriel Tsachor is
pronounced OO-ree-ell tsah-KHOR.)
UI faculty/guest duo to perform sonatas
for violin, piano Feb. 19
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University
of Iowa faculty-and-guest duo of Uriel Tsachor, piano, and Andrew Hardy, violin,
will perform three major works of the violin repertoire in a free recital
at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Tsachor joined the faculty of the
UI School of Music in 1988 and began working with Hardy soon after. Although
they have performed around the world and made several recordings during the
decade-long collaboration, this will be the first time the duo has performed
on the UI campus.
"We began playing together in 1990
in Belgium," Tsachor said. "A recording producer needed a duo for a recording
of the complete works for violin and piano by Robert and Clara Schumann. He
knew each of us separately and decided to try us out as a duo. After a short
reading of various works it was obvious to both of us regarding the musical
"Since then, we have performed as
a duo in numerous locations and festivals in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium
and the Netherlands, but we just never got around to scheduling a recital
"We have recorded four CDs together,
including the one that got us started -- the complete works of Robert and
Clara Schumann -- as well as the complete works of Brahms and sonatas by Reger
For the UI debut, the Hardy-Tsachor
duo chose three sonatas, all of them serious, demanding works that are considered
among the major challenges of the duo repertoire: Brahms' Sonata No. 2 in
A major, op. 100, Beethoven's Sonata No 10 in G major, op. 96, and Bartok's
Sonata No. 1.
Brahms liked to spend his summers
away from Vienna, in a small country resort where he could work undisturbed.
The summer of 1896 was spent in Hofstetten, Switzerland, where he managed
to complete three large-scale pieces of chamber music: the Violin Sonata No.
2, the Cello Sonata No. 2, op. 99, and the Piano Trio in C minor, op. 101.
The Violin Sonata is very reminiscent of Brahms' songs, calling for a singing-tone
and lyrical style from the violinist.
Beethoven wrote his Violin Sonata
in G major at the end of 1812, for a concert in Vienna by the French violinist
Pierre Rode. It was the first Violin Sonata he had written since completing
the imposing "Kreutzer" Sonata10 years before. In comparison to its predecessor,
the G-major Sonata is more intimate in expression, but its four-movement length
marks it as a serious work nonetheless.
Bartok is one of only a very few composers
to write works in the 20th century that have joined the standard repertoire
in genres of the Classic and Romantic periods. His string quartets, piano
and violin concertos, and the two violin sonatas have all joined the works
of Beethoven, Brahms and other composers
of the 19th century among the essential works of their types. Bartok wrote
the First Violin Sonata for the British violinist Jelly d'Aranyi, with whom
he performed it on tour throughout Europe in 1921 and 1922.
A native of Baltimore, Hardy received
his first musical instruction from his parents. He made his orchestral solo
debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15, playing Max
Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor as the winner of the orchestra's
Young Soloist Competition. Later he attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music,
where he won first prizes in the Concerto and "Concours Recital Competitions.
Hardy has served as co-concertmaster
and soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and as concertmaster and
soloist with professional orchestras in Germany. He currently lives in Brussels,
where he pursues his solo and chamber music career. He performs frequently
as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout Europe, Russia and
the United States.
He has made CD recordings for the
labels Talent (Belgium), Olympia (United Kingdom), and Calliope (France),
including works for violin and piano by Franz Schubert, Robert and Clara Schumann,
Sergei Prokofiev, Leos Janacek, Max Reger, Richard Strauss, and Brahms , and
a recording of Russian Violin Concertos by Nicholas Rakov, Dmitri Kabelevsky,
and Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebaline, recorded at the Melodia Studio in Moscow.
His most recent European recital engagements
include the l'Opera de La Monnaie, the University Library and the Royal Conservatory
in Brussels, the Schloss Konzerten series in Salzburg, the Festival Musicale
in Ravello, Italy, and the Salle Cortot in Paris.
He plays a violin by Josef Guadagnini,
Cremona, dating from 1793.
Tsachor joined the faculty of the
UI School of Music in the fall of 1988 and is currently head of the piano
area. 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.
The School of Music is part of the
Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.
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