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Release: Feb. 28, 2003

Violinist Vogel, Pianist Tsachor Will Present All-German Program March 9

Violinist Annette-Barbara Vogel and pianist Uriel Tsachor, faculty colleagues at the University of Iowa School of Music, will team up for an all-German program at 8 pm. Sunday, March 9 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their UI faculty recital will be free and open to the public.

Vogel and Tsachor will play three works by well-known German composers: the Sonata in G major by Johannes Brahms; the Sonata in A major, KV 526, of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; and the Sonata No. 2 in D minor, op. 121, by Robert Schumann.

"Having Schumann and Brahms framing a recital makes sense because of the personal connection the two had," Vogel said. "The young Brahms was befriended by Schumann, who was among the first to recognize his talent, and after Schumann's death Brahms remained very close to Schumann's widow, Clara.

"Schumann's Second Sonata was premiered by Joseph Joachim, who also premiered the Brahms violin concerto, and Clara Schumann, in their first public recital together. It is an incredible piece: incredibly difficult for both players individually, then for balance and for ensemble.

"I've been told it has never been performed in Iowa City. I am not surprised -- you have to be rather nutty to perform this live. But it's also a beautiful piece, with a third movement that includes a Bach chorale."

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.

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'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.

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.

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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