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Release: Feb. 23, 2001

UI Faculty/guest piano trio will play music of Schubert and Brahms March 8

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel, a member of the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music, will be joined by guest artists Fulbert Slenczka, cello, and Mirela Lato Slenczka, piano, for a program of music for piano trio at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

This UI faculty/guest recital will be free and open to the public.

Vogel and Fulbert Slenczka will be featured together just one day earlier, on a concert of the University Symphony. Together with pianist Rene Lecuona from the UI faculty, they will perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the orchestra. In fact, it was the arrangements for that concert that led to the trio concert.

"I helped arrange for Fulbert Slenczka to be a featured guest artist on the March 7 UI Symphony concert playing the Beethoven Triple concerto with Rene and me," Vogel said. "Since I have performed with him and his wife, Albanian pianist Mirela Lato Slenczka, a number of times, we thought it might be a nice idea to play a trio recital while Fulbert would be in Iowa City."

Two works will comprise the program. Franz Schubert’s Trio E-flat Major, op. 100, is one of the best known, and most loved, works of the piano trio repertoire.

Paired with it will be a work not usually associated with the standard piano trio of violin, cello and piano, Johannes Brahms’ Trio A Minor Op. 114. Originally written by Brahms for piano, clarinet and cello, this work is sometimes performed with viola in place of the clarinet, but the score also exists in a version for piano, violin and cello that was arranged by the composer. It is this little known version that will be performed.

This pairing of the familiar with the unfamiliar continues a pattern of programming that Vogel has perfected in her own solo and chamber recitals, as well as last year’s first annual International Chamber Music Festival, Magisterra, which she directed.

"As usual, we tried to combine known and not-so-known works," Vogel said. "In this case it will be two very well known pieces of chamber music, except that the Brahms Trio is never heard in this version with the violin replacing the clarinet."

Slenczka was born in Heidelberg, Germany. Following studies with some of the leading artists teachers in Germany, he came to the United States in the late 1980s to study with Janos Starker at Indiana University, where he received his Artist Diploma. In addition he played in master classes for the major cellists and teachers, and his strong devotion to chamber music was supported by the Amadeus Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio throughout his early career.

Slenczka has won top prizes in many national and international competitions, including Jugend musiziert and Hochschulwettbewerb Essen in Germany and the Cello Competition of the Society of American Musicians. He received scholarships from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the BDI (Cultural Foundation of Industry in Germany), and from Indiana University.

After receiving his Solo Diploma at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen, he was appointed principal cellist at the orchestra of Deutsche Oper am Rhein (German opera on the Rhine) in Duisburg/Düsseldorf. Slenczka also pursues an active career as soloist and recitalist throughout Germany, Western Europe and the United States, and is an avid teacher and competition judge. He has recorded for most of the major German Radio and TV stations. Most recently, he recorded a violin-cello duo CD that will be released in the spring of 2001.

Mirela Lato Slenczka was born in Albania. After finishing her studies in piano performance at the Academy of Fine Arts in Tirana with highest honors, she continued her studies in Milan, Italy.

After moving to Germany in 1996 she enrolled in the Folkwang-Hochschule Conservatory in Essen/Duisburg. She received scholarships from the European Community and took prizes in various competitions in Italy and her native Albania. Since the fall semester of 2000 /2001 she is on the faculty of the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen/Duisburg. In addition she is an active performer both as soloist and chamber musician in Germany and abroad. She has recorded for various radio and TV stations and can be heard on a CD that has been recently recorded with works of German composer Michael Denhoff.

Vogel joined the UI faculty in January 1999. She teaches violin and is the artistic director of Magisterra, the UI International Chamber Music Festival and Academy that was inaugurated in May 2000. 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

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.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts.

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