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Nov. 18, 2004

Faculty And Guests Join Forces In All-Enescu Recital Nov. 30

Marcelina Turcanu, a recent graduate of the University of Iowa, will join with UI faculty members Uriel Tsachor, piano, and Rachel Joselson, soprano, and Iowa City resident Natalia Timofeyeva, cello, to play a program of music by Romanian composer George Enescu at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

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

Enescu was the most important Romanian composer of the first half of the 20th century. A musical prodigy, he began violin lessons at four and composition lessons at 5. After completing studies in Vienna and Paris, he had an international career as violinist, conductor and composer. He made frequent appearances leading the New York Philharmonic in the 1930s and again after World War II. He is best known for his Romanian Rhapsodies for orchestra, but he wrote many other works for piano, chamber music and orchestra.

For the Nov. 30 concert, Turcanu and Tsachor will play the Variations for two pianos, op.5; Joselson will sing two song cycles with Turcanu, "Neun Lieder nach Gedichte von Carmen Sylva" (Nine songs on poems by Carmen Sylva) and "Sept Chanson de Clement Marot" (Seven songs of Clement Marot); and Turcanu and Timofeyeva will close the concert with the Sonata for cello and piano, op. 26 no. 1.

A native of Romania, Turcanu graduated from Kishniev and Bucharest Conservatories with first prizes. To further her teaching career, she was given the opportunity to assist major teachers at the St. Petersburg, Kiev and Moscow conservatories. A student of Uriel Tsachor, she completed a doctorate in piano performance at the UI in May 2004.

Turcanu is a winner of numerous national and international piano competitions including the Dinu Lipatti International Piano Competition and the Tallin International Piano Competition, and she received the prestigious Prince De Lambrino Award in 1997. In 2000 she was awarded the first prize in the Art Song Competition in Ohio. She has appeared in recitals and concerto performances throughout the former Soviet Union, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the United States.

Turcanu has been a faculty member at the Kishinev Institute of the Arts, Kishniev Rachmaninoff College, Porumbesco College and the Enesco Conservatory in Bucharest. She has also been coach/accompanist for the Kishniev and Bucharest opera houses. A frequent adjudicator for local and national piano competitions and festivals, she has also taught master classes in Sweden, Denmark, Romania, Haiti and the United States.

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 Clliope released a two-CD set of the complete violin and piano sonatas and arrangements by Brahms, featuring Tsachor and violinist Andrew Hardy.

Before joining the School of Music faculty in the fall of 1997, Joselson spent 13 years in Europe performing in opera and concert with theaters and orchestras in Darmstadt, Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn, Basel, Barcelona, Bilbao, Braunschweig, Brussels, Kiel, St. Gallen, Trier, and other cities in Germany, Switzerland and Spain. In this country she has appeared in Atlanta, Indianapolis, Madison, Johnson City, Tenn., and New Brunswick, N.J.

In the 1995-96 season she had her first engagement at the Metropolitan Opera, and was engaged by London's Covent Garden for their 1992 Japan tour with Mozart's "Don Giovanni."

She has performed many of the major soprano roles in the repertoire, including Leonore in Beethoven's "Fidelio"; Mimi in Puccini's "La Boheme," Micaela in Bizet's "Carmen," Melisande in Debussy's "Pelleas et Melisande," Donna Elvira in Mozart's "Don Giovanni," Tosca, Elisabetta in Verdi's Don Carlo, and Eva in Wagner's "Meistersingers of Nuremberg." She is currently recording a CD of the songs of Swiss composer Arthur Honegger. Most recently she performed a recital of song and arias at the Chicago Cultural Center, debuted "Madame Butterfly" with Chicago's American Opera Group, and sang the title role in Smetana's "Bartered Bride" with Cedar Rapids Opera Theater.

A graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, Timofeyeva has lived in the United States for the past eight years. Her principal teacher was the well-known Russian cellist Sergei Shirinsky. Timofeyeva also took classes from the world-renowned cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. She taught cello at the Shaporin Music College from 1966 to 1996.

An interest in early music led Timofeyeva to study the viola da gamba, which she mastered on her own. She performed with Pratum Musicum, an early music group organized by her son Oleg Timofeyev. Timofeyeva toured with Pratum Musicum from 1983 to 1996 and played with the group for numerous appearances on Russian radio and television. Since 1997, she has lived and taught cello in Iowa City.

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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