Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Trio Céleste Iryna Krechkovsky, Violin Ross Gasworth, Cello Kevin Kwan Loucks, Piano Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (6’) I. Verano Porteño Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992) arr. José Bragato (1915 – 2017) Piano Trio
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts
Iryna Krechkovsky, Violin
Ross Gasworth, Cello
Kevin Kwan Loucks, Piano
Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (6’)
I. Verano Porteño
Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)
arr. José Bragato (1915 – 2017)
Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky Trio” (30’)
I. Lento maestoso – Allegro quasi doppio movimento
II. Poco Adagio – Vivace non troppo
III. Andante – Vivace non troppo
IV. Andante moderato – Allegretto scherzando
V. Allegro – Meno mosso
VI. Lento maestoso – Vivace
Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904)
Hailed as “a first-class ensemble” (Orange County Register) and “one of the best young chamber groups around today” (Philip Setzer, Emerson String Quartet), Trio Céleste has quickly established itself as a dynamic chamber music ensembles. Their performance on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series marks the trio’s Chicago debut. Winners of the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions in Los Angeles, Trio Céleste is currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine. Their 2016-2017 season featured the release of their debut album on Navona Records and prestigious, critically-acclaimed concert debuts at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Flagler Museum Music Series, Palm Beach, FL, and a concert tour of South Korea. Committed to fostering a love for chamber music in the next generation of performing artists, Trio Céleste directs UC Irvine’s Summer Chamber Music Festival and regularly presents masterclasses, educational forums, and outreach events worldwide. They also lead the performance, educational, and marketing divisions of Chamber Music | OC, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting the art of chamber music.
Canadian violinist Iryna Krechkovsky is a prize-winning violinist with an international career. Celebrated for her tone, emotionality, and precision, she has performed at some of the world’s finest concert halls, from Stern Auditorium and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, to The American Church in Paris, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, and more. Ms. Krechkovsky has been heard on National Public Radio, KABC-TV Los Angeles, and as a featured speaker/performer at TEDxChapmanU. Krechkovsky holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University and earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Among her esteemed mentors are violinists Philip Setzer, Phillippe Graffin, Pamela Frank, and Henk Guittart.
Cellist Ross Gasworth’s playing has been praised as “gorgeous” (Waco Tribune-Harold) and “warm and generous” (Orange County Register), with performances throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. He has performed chamber music alongside principal players from the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ross was selected by Michael Tilson-Thomas to perform as Principal Cellist of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House and Google’s Zeitgeist festival in London. Gasworth earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Richard Aaron and Stephen Geber.
Pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks enjoys a multifaceted career as international concert artist, educator, and arts entrepreneur. He has been described as “impeccable” (La Presse, Montreal) and “a pianist of exhilarating polish, unity and engagement” (Orange County Register, California). He has earned ovations from Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, to Prösels Castle in Italy, the Kennedy Center, Kumho Art Hall in South Korea, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Lichtenstein Palace in Prague. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Loucks was mentored by Julian Martin, David Finckel, Wu Han, and Nina Scolnik. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University and an Executive MBA from Chapman University.
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