Alexander Hersh, cello

Victor Asuncion, piano


February 16, 2022

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host


Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) – 3 Pieces for Cello and Piano (1914) (8’)

I. No. 1 in E-flat minor, Moderato

II.No. 2 in A minor, Sans vitesse et à l’aise

III. No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Vite et nerveusement rythmé

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) – Cello Sonata (1914) (11’)

I.Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto

II. Sérénade: Modérément animé, Fantasque et Léger

III. Final: Animé, Léger et nerveux

Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) – Pohádka “A Tale” for Cello and Piano (1910) (12′)

I. Con moto

II. Con moto

III. Allegro

Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915);arr. G. Piatigorsky – Poem, Op. 32 No. 1 (1903) (4′)

Having already performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony and the Boston Pops,  cellist Alexander Hersh has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting and creative  talents of his generation. He has received top prizes at competitions worldwide including the:  Astral Artists National Auditions, Salon de Virtuosi Career grant, National Federation of Music  Clubs Biennial Young Artists Competition, New York International Artists Association  Competition, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, Ima Hogg, Schadt, Luminarts, Hellam, Boston  Pops/New England Conservatory Competition, Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists  Competition, Society of American Musicians, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music  competition.

A passionate chamber musician, Hersh has performed at music festivals worldwide  including: Marlboro, Caramoor, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Music@Menlo, I-M-S Prussia  Cove, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Amsterdam Cello Biennial, Kneisel  Hall, Lucerne, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. He serves as co-Artistic Director of  NEXUS Chamber Music, an artist driven collective of musicians whose mission is to make  classical music culturally relevant through live concerts and multimedia content.

Raised in Chicago, Alexander Hersh began playing the cello at the age of 5. He received  his B.M. and M.M. from New England Conservatory where he graduated with academic honors.  Hersh was a recipient of the Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for studies in Berlin during the 2017 –  2018 academic year where he studied at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik Berlin. His  previous teachers have included Laurence Lesser, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Kim Kashkashian, and  Paul Katz. He plays a G.B. Rogeri cello, courtesy of Guarneri Hall NFP and Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins.

Hailed by The Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing,” pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey and the USA, as a recitalist and concerto soloist.  He played his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Manila Chamber Orchestra, and his New York recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1999.

A chamber music enthusiast, he has performed with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, Antonio Meneses, Joshua Roman, Cho-Liang Lin, and many others. He was on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival, and the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival.  He was also the pianist for the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for three seasons.  His recordings include the complete Sonatas of L. van Beethoven with cellist Tobias Werner, Sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff with cellist Joseph Johnson, and the Rachmaninoff Sonata with the cellist Evan Drachman. He is also featured in the award winning recording “Songs My Father Taught Me” with Lynn Harrell, produced by Louise Frank and WFMT-Chicago.

He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland at College Park under the tutelage of Rita Sloan. Victor Asuncion is a Steinway artist.

Read program notes here

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with 98.7 WFMT.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Don’t miss Katherine Beck and Chris Reynolds

next week on the

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts!

Wednesday February 23, 12:15pm

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