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Feb. 20, 2003

Photo: UI faculty member and violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel. Click here for a high-resolution version of the image.

UI, Preucil School Music Faculty Team Up March 4

Faculty from the University of Iowa and the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City will team up for a free concert of piano trios at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus. UI faculty member and violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel, who is having a very busy concert season in Iowa City, will perform piano trios by Felix Mendelssohn and Antonin Dvorak with Preucil faculty members David Evenchick, cello, and Hikari Nakamura, piano.

This is the second concert of piano trios that Vogel has given in as many weeks, and it precedes by only a five days a solo recital with pianist Uriel Tsachor from the UI, at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 9, also in Clapp Hall.

Vogel, who has carved out a reputation for discovering and sharing fascinating but unknown pieces of music, dares to go in another direction for the March 4 concert, playing with her colleagues two very familiar works: Mendelssohn's Trio in D minor, which is probably the most popular piece in the piano trio repertoire, and Dvorak's Trio in F minor

Vogel said the origin of the program came last year, when she was both playing in and coaching chamber groups with School of Music graduate students, including a trio with Evenchick and Nakamura.

"David and Hikari first played Dvorak's 'Dumky' Trio with me," she said. "They also wanted to learn Dvorak's F minor Trio at some point, and so we worked on that privately. Last fall we played an all-Dvorak recital in the Czech Museum in Cedar Rapids, including the F minor Trio. It's such a wonderful but incredibly demanding piece -- technically for all players, musically and balance wise -- that we decided we wanted to do it again.

"Also, both Hikari and David are wonderful players, so I didn't see any reason not to do it in Clapp Recital Hall."

As for the familiarity of the music on this concert, Vogel said, "You can make discoveries in very well known music, too. For me, it is the exploration of the music itself that is rewarding. If you can approach Mendelssohn or Dvorak as if it is a brand new piece, then you can make wonderful discoveries for yourself as players and for the audience."

Evenchick is a graduate of the Victoria Conservatory in Canada. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where he studied with cello legend Zara Nelsova, and earned a master's degree from Western Illinois University. As a chamber musician, he has been a semi-finalist in the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Talent Festival. He has been a soloist with the Victoria Conservatory Orchestra, the Prince George Symphony and the Western Illinois University Orchestra.

Evenchick has performed with the Victoria Symphony, the Toronto Philharmonic, the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Quad City Symphony. He has taught in the United States and Canada, at the Prince George Music School, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Peterborough Suzuki School and Western Illinois University's Suzuki Program. In 1994 he was invited as a guest clinician to teach in Korea for the Korean Talent Development Institute. Currently he is head of the Cello Department at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City and is a certified cello teacher trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Born in Japan, Nakamura moved with her family to Chatswood, Australia, where she received the majority of her musical and Suzuki training. She holds degrees from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney, the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Queensland University of Technology.

She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa studying with Uriel Tsachor. In addition to her extensive teaching background, she has soloed with orchestras in both Japan and Australia and participated in piano competitions around the world. She most recently won the 11th North Queensland Concerto Competition and the National Chopin and Wieniawski Competition.

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.

At the recommendation of the Tokyo String Quartet Vogel 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 recorded on the Harmonia Mundi, Cybele and Highland labels, including music by Beethoven, Khachaturian, Smetana, Ravel, Richard Strauss and Alfred Schnittke.

Vogel's most recent CD recordings include "Strings Attached," a violin-cello duo CD of works by Fiorillo. Pleyel, Sibelius, Gliere; "Recital" with pianist Ulrich Hofmann with sonatas and pieces by Brahms, Enesco, Lutoslawksi and Reger; and "Hans Gal Chamber Music," including the Violin Sonata and Cello Sonata. All recordings are released on the Cybele label. An upcoming release in the spring will be dedicated to women composers: Louise Farrenc, Lili Boulanger and Pauline Viardot.

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

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