Stephanie Zyzak, violin

Filippo Gorini, piano

March 2, 2022

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host


Franz Schubert (1797-1828) – Violin Sonata in A major, Op. posth. 162, D574 (1817) (25’)

I. Allegro moderato

II. Scherzo: presto

III. Andantino

IV. Allegro vivace

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) – Drei Romanzen, op. 94 (1849) (11’)

I. Nicht schnell (not fast)

II. Einfach, innig (simple, intimate)

III. Nicht schnell (not fast)

Praised for her sensitive musicianship and heartfelt playing, violinist Stephanie Zyzak is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most soulful and profound musicians of her generation. At the age of seven, Stephanie made her first solo appearance with the Starling Chamber Orchestra at the Aspen Music School and became the youngest recipient ever to be awarded the Aspen Music School New Horizon Fellowship. The following year, she performed in Germany as an invited guest of the Internationale Kunst – Akademie Liechtenstein (IKAL). She has had the opportunity to perform as a soloist and tour with ensembles in Germany, Russia, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Italy, and France. In 2004, she made her debut with the Louisville Orchestra, and has performed with orchestras such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, and Southeast Missouri Symphony. 

Stephanie is also a deeply passionate chamber musician, performing at festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, Caramoor, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival. In addition, Stephanie has collaborated with renowned artists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Jonathan Biss, Kim Kashkashian, Danny Phillips, Marcy Rosen, and Ida Kavafian, among many others.

Born in South Carolina, Stephanie is a graduate of New England Conservatory where she studied with Miriam Fried. Currently, she studies at CUNY The Graduate Center with Mark Steinberg and is a fellow at Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect. She performs on a 1778 Joseph and Antonio Gagliano violin, generously on loan from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute.


Since winning the First Prize and Audience Prize at the Telekom-Beethoven Competition in Bonn in 2015 and winning the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in the beginning of 2020, Italian pianist Filippo Gorini has enjoyed a rising career. His concert appearances have drawn unanimous acclaim on many prestigious stages such as the Berlin Konzerthaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Munich Herkulessaal, Società del Quartetto di Milano, and the Samsung Concert Hall in Seoul.

Filippo’s highlights from 20/21 include recitals at Mito Settembre Musica, Salle Cortot and Società del Quartetto di Vicenza, live streams from the Festival Bach Montreal and Giovine Orchestra Genovese, and a personal invite to Marlboro Music School by Mitsuko Uchida. Filippo’s debuts at Wigmore Hall and Concertgebouw Amsterdam, were sadly canceled due to the pandemic. However, the performances have been rescheduled for the next seasons. In 21-22, alongside performances at Salle Cortot, Amici della Musica di Firenze, Thuringer Bachwochen, and Società del Quartetto in Milan just to name a few, Filippo will perform with the Cameristi della Scala, record two Mozart concertos on Alpha Classics with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchester and Howard Griffiths. Alongside his solo career, Filippo continues to perform as a chamber musician: as well as the Marlboro Music Festival in 2021, in 2016 he performed at “Chamber Music Connects the World” in Kronberg with Steven Isserlis and Chamber Music Seminars in Prussia Cove.

After graduating from the Donizetti Conservatory in Bergamo and completing a Postgraduate Course at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Filippo is now mentored by Maria Grazia Bellocchio, Pavel Gililov, and Alfred Brendel.

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.

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