March 25th, 2017 8:00 pm at Battelle Auditorium
Emlyn Ngai, violin
Steve Larson, viola
Mark Fraser, cello
Tom Gallant, oboe and English Horn
|Quator for English Horn and Strings||Jean Francaix (1912-1997)|
|String Trio Op. 9, No. 2||L. van Beethoven (1770-1827)|
|String Trio||Alexis Roland-Manuel (1891-1966)|
|Quartet in F Major for oboe and strings, K. 370||W. A. Mozart (1756-1791)|
About the Musicians
Emlyn Ngai, in addition to his role on modern violin in the trio, is a highly respected historical violinist. He is Associate Concertmaster for the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra and Concertmaster of the Philadelphia baroque orchestra and chamber ensemble Tempest di Mare. He has performed with these and numerous other renowned ensembles throughout Europe and North America. As first prize winner at the 1995 Locatelli Concours Amsterdam, Emlyn recorded a solo CD for Vanguard Classics and has since released many other highly praised discs for Musica Omnia, ATMA, Centaur, Eclectra, Koch, New World Records, and Telarc. Currently he teaches modern and baroque violin, chamber music and performance practice at The Hartt School where he also co-directs the Collegium Musicum.
Violist Steve Larson performs regularly in duo with his wife, violinist Annie Trépanier and throughout the Americas and Europe with their chamber groups Avery Ensemble and Cuatro Puntos. He is also a member of the acclaimed oboe, viola & piano trio, Ensemble Schumann. Praised for a singing tone and flawless intonation, Larson performs and teaches each summer at the Wintergreen Festival in Virginia and has performed as a guest with esteemed ensembles such as the Emerson String Quartet and Lions Gate Trio. Also a former member of the Alcan String Quartet, Larson won second prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition in 1997 in Great Britain, receiving the award for his performance of the commissioned work. Currently Senior Artist Teacher at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford in Connecticut where he has served both as String Department Chair and Chamber Music Chair, Larson holds degrees from McGill University, the University of Montreal and The Hartt School. He plays an exceptional 17-3/8 inch viola made by Helmuth Keller in 1981.
Cellist Mark Fraser, originally from Montreal, studied with Walter Joachim, Aldo Parisot, Yuli Turovsky, and David Finckel; he holds degrees from McGill University, l'Université de Montréal, and The Hartt School. For many years he was the founding Artistic Director of Project Renaissance, an arts festival near Montreal. Mark also performs frequently as a soloist and in recital - recording credits include a CD of works by Bach, Schumann, and Prokofiev with pianist Sooka Wang, and a 2013 CD of three of the Bach Suites for Solo Cello. In 2014 he became Executive Artistic Director of Mohawk Trail Concerts, a 45-year-old chamber music series based in Western Massachusetts, where he now lives.
Thomas Gallant is a First Prize Winner of the Concert Artists Guild International New York Competition. His performances have taken him to Avery Fisher Hall and the Frick Collection in New York City, to Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, to the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and to the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center and Cleveland Chamber Music Society He has appeared as guest soloist with the Kronos Quartet at the Ravinia Festival and has collaborated with flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal with Cuarteto Casals, the Colorado, Calder and Lark Quartets, Cuarteto Latinoamericano and with the Adaskin String Trio. Recent and upcoming performances include a concert of solo and chamber music works for the oboe at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and tours across the United States as soloist with Camerata Bariloche from Argentina performing concerti by J. S. Bach, Bellini and Vaughan-Williams. Mr. Gallant is the solo oboist of the Wind Soloists of New York.