Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Christoph Croisé, cello Noreen Polera, piano The Swan (4’) Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921) Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 119 (25’) I. Andante grave II. Moderato III. Allegro, ma non troppo Sergei Prokofiev (1891 –
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Christoph Croisé, cello
Noreen Polera, piano
The Swan (4’)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921)
Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 119 (25’)
I. Andante grave
III. Allegro, ma non troppo
Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953)
Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 (7’)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)
Cellist Christoph Croisé made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall at the age of 17. He also appears regularly in other world-renowned concert halls including the Tonhalle Zurich, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Residenz Munich, the Capella St. Petersburg and the State Philharmonia Baku. Several of his concerts have been broadcast live on radio and television by the Bavarian Radio, the Norddeutscher Rundfunk, and others.
As a soloist, he has appeared under the batons of conductors such as M. Sanderling, L. Gendre, K. Griffiths, A. Guliyev, A. Ardal, M. Dones and D. Botinis with various orchestras including the State Symphony Orchestra Baku, Azerbaijan, the Skyline Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, the Camerata Zurich, and the Munich Radio Orchestra.
Mr. Croisé is regularly invited to perform at prestigious festivals such as the Festival “Musical Olympus”, the New York Chamber Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Davos Festival “Young Artists in Concert”, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Schwarzwald Music Festival, and the Festival de Sully.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Croisé has performed with Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Mayuko Kamio, Alexander Zemtsov, Bartłomiej Nizioł, Oliver Schnyder, Oxana Shevchenko, Nikita Mndoyants, Lorenzo Soulès, Anna Fedorova and Alexander Panfilov. He has received several first prizes at international competitions including the Schoenfeld International String Competition Harbin/China (2016), the Manhattan International Music Competition (2016), the International “Salieri-Zinetti” Competition in Verona/Italy (2016), the International Johannes Brahms Competition (2015) and the International Carlos Prieto Competition Morelia/Mexico (3rd Prize, 2016).
He plays on a Goffriller cello made in Venice in 1712.
Pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera ranks among the most highly-regarded and diverse chamber artists performing today, and maintains a career that has taken her to every major American music center, and abroad to Europe, Russia, and Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul. Recent performances include at Alice Tully Hall, Zankel Hall, Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y, Jordan Hall, Gardener Museum, Kennedy Center, and Salle Cortot; as well as appearances at the Caramoor, Bard, and Grand Teton festivals. She has also performed with the Chamber Music Societies of Philadelphia and La Jolla. She has recorded for EMI, Audiophon, and Centaur Records.
Ms. Cassidy-Polera has collaborated with leading soloists including David Shifrin, Matt Haimovitz, Carter Brey, Antonio Menesis, Aurora-Natalie Ginastera, Yo-Yo Ma, and Leonard Rose. Winner of the Accompanying Prize at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, she regularly collaborates with laureates of the Queen Elisabeth, Tchaikovsky, and Naumburg international competitions.
Ms. Cassidy-Polera’s mastery and affection for the complete standard cello-piano repertory is well-known, as is her attention and dedication to the works of living composers.
(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST