Faculty Chamber Series at UNCG
EMF Monday Chamber Series
Jeffrey Multer, violin; Julian Schwarz, cello; Marika Bournaki, piano
Sérénade: Modérément animé
Final: Animé, léger et nerveux
Julian Schwarz, cello; Marika Bournaki, piano
Finale. Allegro con brio
Jeffrey Multer, violin; Julian Schwarz, cello; Marika Bournaki, piano
Violinist Jeffrey Multer has been recognized worldwide for his passionate performances, extraordinary depth of musical understanding and brilliant technique. A native of upstate New York, Mr. Multer made his Kennedy Center debut in 1993 and since that time he has appeared in recital, as a soloist with orchestra and as a chamber musician throughout north and south America, Europe, and Asia.
This year marks his sixth season as artistic director of chamber music at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. Praised for his dynamic and accessible programming style, Mr. Multer has been appointed this season as artistic director of the newly formed Palladium Chamber Players in St. Petersburg, Florida. Prior chamber music positions include the Oxford Quartet where at age 28 he was appointed the first violinist. In 2001 he was asked to join the critically acclaimed Elements Quartet, whose New York series was named Best Classical Music Event of 2003 by The Washington Post.
Mr. Multer has performed numerous times at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Hall and the National Gallery in Washington, DC. Recently he has appeared at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Rudolphinium in Prague, with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, with the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center and with the Smithsonian Chamber Players. Past festival appearances include Great Lakes, Barga Tuscany, Tibor Varga in Budapest, Central Vermont and Breckinridge, CO. This season in addition to his busy concert schedule Mr. Multer made his debut at the Casal's festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In May he will be one of the few U.S. artists to travel to Cuba where he will be appearing as soloist and conductor with the Cuban National Orchestra in Havana.
Mr. Multer was appointed concertmaster to the Florida Orchestra in 2006 where he currently holds the Suzette and Monroe Berkman chair. In addition to his post with The Florida Orchestra, Multer currently serves as concertmaster at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. Past concertmaster appointments include the Colorado Symphony, Breckenridge Music Institute in Colorado, Washington Concert Opera, and Echternacht Festival in Luxembourg. In 2012 Mr. Multer joined the "All-Star" orchestra in New York City as associate concertmaster.
A committed educator, Mr. Multer is currently head of the violin faculty at the Eastern Music Festival. He has recently taught and coached at the New World Symphony in Miami and at the National Orchestra Institute at the University of Maryland. Previously he has held teaching positions at the Miami University of Ohio and in the pre-college division of the Juilliard School.
Mr. Multer began violin studies at age 5. At 16, he moved to New York City to continue studies at The Juilliard School where he was the recipient of a Lincoln Center Fellowship. His teachers include Lewis Kaplan, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Gerald Fischbach and Arnold Steinhardt. Coming from a long line of accomplished musicians, he is the seventh Multer to have attended Juilliard.
Mr. Multer has recorded for Albany and Naxos records.
Born in Seattle into a musical family, Julian Schwarz is recognized as a cellist destined to rank among the finest of the 21stcentury.In August 2013, he was awarded first prize in the professional cello division of the inaugural Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong.
Schwarz made his orchestral debut at the age of 11 playing the Saint-Saёns Concerto No. 1 with the Seattle Symphony with his father, Eastern Music Festival Music Director Gerard Schwarz, on the podium.Since then, he hasappeared with the Seattle, San Diego, Puerto Rico, Columbus (OH), Syracuse, Virginia, Hartford, Grand Rapids, Springfield (MA), Greensboro, Memphis, Sarasota, Grand Rapids, Omaha, Wichita and Modesto symphoniesamong others and performed recitals at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico and in Palm Springs.
Schwarz’ recent performances include concerts with the Charlotte, Des Moines, West Virginia, Toledo, Amarillo and Washington/Idaho symphonies, Louisville Orchestra and Symphony Silicon Valley in San Jose; return engagements with the Hartford and Boca Raton symphonies and the Northwest Sinfonietta; and recitals in Palm Springs, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and Nova Scotia.Internationally, he made his Australian debut with the Queensland Symphony in Brisbane as well as his debut in Hong Kong appearing at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival. In 2010, he was one of the featured soloists on a 13-concert U.S. tour with the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In August 2012, Julian Schwarz recorded the Samuel Jones Cello Concerto, which was written for him, with the newly formed All-Star Orchestra which was founded by Gerard Schwarz.The All-Star Orchestra, comprised of orchestral musicians from major American orchestras, taped eight programs at that time, all of which were broadcast on public television in the fall of 2013 and then issued on DVD by Naxos. Schwarz’s previous recordings for Naxos include In Memoriam for the Music of Remembrance series and the Saint-Saёns Concerto No. 1 and Haydn C Major cello concertos with the Seattle Symphony. He has also been heard on NPR’s acclaimed radio program From the Top and on a live recording of his Brahms Double concerto with Caroline Goulding and the Eastern Festival Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, Julian Schwarz has performed at the Aspen, Bellingham, Interlochen, California Summer, Encore and Eastern Music festivals.He has been the featured young artist at both the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and the Cape Cod Music Festival and performed at the prestigious Verbier Festival in Switzerland. He performed in Pollack and Weill halls as part of the Montréal International String Quartet Festival and a Carnegie Hall workshop, respectively. In 2013, he premiered a new concerto by Richard Danielpour,A Prayer for Our Time, at the Eastern Music Festival where he has been associate principal cello since 2012.
Schwarz started piano lessons at the age of 5 and began his cello studies the following year with the late David Tonkonogui; subsequent teachers include Toby Saks, Lynn Harrell, Neal Cary and Ronald Leonard.He received his bachelor’s of music degree from The Juilliard School in New York City in May 2014 where he studied with Joel Krosnick and is currently pursuing his master’s of music degree, also at Juilliard.He currently performs on a cello made in Naples by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743.
Named “the Celine Dion of classical” by The Huffington Post, world-class Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki is known for the combination of her effervescent youth and innovative approach to her art. Her evolution into an esteemed performer was documented by Bobbi Jo Hart, from the age of 12 to 20, in the multi-award-winning feature-length documentary “I Am Not A Rock Star", a huge success at multiple international film festivals, and the winner of two Canadian Academy Awards. It has been seen in Greece (ERT), The Netherlands (NTS), Norway (NRK), Sweden (SVT) the United Kingdom (BBC4), Australia (SBS), New Zealand (Sky), and others. She appears frequently as a soloist, as a duo with partner cellist Julian Schwarz, and is a founding member of The Mile-End Trio with Julian Schwarz and violinist Jeffrey Multer. Marika holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, where her principal teachers were Yoheved Kaplinsky and Matti Raekallio.
She lives in New York City and is represented by Parker Artists and Wild Kat PR. Marika is looking forward to her third summer at EMF. www.marikabournaki.com
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