Below is an example of the format that proposals for Live! concerts could emulate. It contains a program title, times of the year when artists are available (one should include general and/or specific times when available and when not), repertoire, bios, pictures, and critical quotes. It could contain any other “hooks” that might give it caché. It is also helpful to send a CD of a recent performance.
Proposal for Live! at the Everson on December 1, 2013
Sarah Crocker Vonsattel and Company Play chamber music
Piano Trio in A major Hob. XV No. 18 (15 min.) Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Piano Trio No. 1 in d minor, Op. 63 (32 min) Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
- intermission -
Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87 (24 min) Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Former Syracusan, Violinist Sarah Crocker Vonsattel currently resides in New York City where she has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 2008. She has previously held positions in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony.
Sarah leads an active life as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with the musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, among others. Recent and upcoming performances include appearances at Lake Tahoe Summerfest, the Bronxville Chamber Music Series, the New Marlborough House Concerts, the Syracuse Society for New Music, Klavierhaus, and the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble. As a founding member of the Verklärte Quartet, Ms. Crocker was a Grand Prize Winner of the 2003 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, leading to concert tours in the U.S. and Italy with this ensemble. Also a proponent of new music, Sarah has appeared with the iO string quartet, the Talea Ensemble, the League of Composers Orchestra, and Sequitur in New York and can be heard on the Bridge Records label performing the music of Poul Ruders and Tod Machover.
In addition to her performing activities, Sarah is dedicated to teaching. She has appeared as both performer and faculty member at festivals including the Orfeo International Music Festival (Italy), the Wellesley Composers Conference (Massachusetts), and the Musical Friends Academy (Tunisia). She also has taught 2nd- and 3rd-grade aesthetic education classes at Manhattan’s P.S. 11 as a Juilliard School Morse Teaching Fellow.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of David Updegraff, and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where she worked with Ronald Copes and Naoko Tanaka.
Ani Kalayjian's music making is infused with her personal warmth. She brings joy into the concert hall and shares it generously with the audience and with her colleagues. She is an important musician who will undoubtedly touch many lives during her career.
- David Finckel
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “representing the young, up-and-coming generation,” and a cellist with “notable conviction and skill,” by San Diego Arts, Armenian-American cellist Ani Kalayjian enjoys an exciting career that has taken her to Japan, Australia, Canada, Europe, and the United Sates, both as a soloist and chamber musician. Recognized for her innovative programs and passion for expressing music to a wide audience, Ani has performed music from hospitals to concert halls, nursing homes, fundraisers and schools among other communities. This season has included tours around Spain and the United States as cellist of the Sima trio and as a chamber music artist at Music in May chamber music festival in CA and Steamboat festival in CO, among others.
Recent chamber music performances have included appearances at IMS Prussia Cove in England, Lark Chamber Music Society and La Jolla Chamber Music Festival in California, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festivals as a Shouse Artist in Michigan, BargeMusic in NY, American String Project in Seattle, Camerata Nordica in a U.S. and Swedish tour, Lichfield Festival in England, and a Weill Recital Debut at Carnegie Hall. She has performed at numerous universities around the US, including Harvard, Colombia, Dartmouth, Colby, Bates, Eastern Nazarene, Trinity, among others. Her competition successes includes winning the Anglo-Czechoslovak Trust competition in England as a soloist where she was also granted the Bohuslav Martinu Foundation Prize, as well as a top prize at the J.C. Arriaga chamber music competition with Sima Trio. She has also enjoyed collaborations with such musicians as Ani Kavafian, Jorja Fleezanis, Andres Cardenes, Kim Kashkashian, among others, and has served as co-artistic director of AGBU’s Performing Artists at Weill Recital Hall.
As cellist of the Sima Trio, she has performed at major venues in the USA, such as Rutgers Zimmerli Arts Museum in New Brunswick, Dweck Center in Brooklyn, Saugerties ProMusica Series in New York, Avalon Theater in Easton, MD, Parish Hall in Wye Mills, MD, Ridotto series in Huntington, NY, Little Rock Chamber Music Society in Arkansas, Fortuna Music Club and Fort Bragg Arts Center in California, Izumi Hall in Osaka, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, among others.
Ani was one of two cellists accepted into the inaugural season of David Finckel and Wu Han’s Music@Menlo festival. She has also taken part in Michael Tilson Thomas’ Carnegie Hall workshop in NY, Pablo Casals Prades festival in France, Mendelsohn on Mull in Scotland, Banff in Canada, Sarasota/FL, Apeldoorn/Holland, London Masterclasses, New York String Seminar, Holland Music Sessions and the RNCM International Cello Festival in England. At Prussia Cove, she was featured in a BBC documentary playing in a masterclass with Steven Isserlis.
Ani completed her Masters degree with Distinction at the Royal Northern College of Music as a student of Ralph Kirshbaum. Undergraduate studies were at Mannes College of Music as a student of Timothy Eddy. Passionate about teaching, Ani currently serves on faculty at the Elisabeth Morrow and Horace Mann schools.
“He has a way of taming the piano without ever raising his voice, [with] a firm caress that eloquently and softly moves through his hands. In chamber music, this predisposition is marvelous. For Mozart it fits like a glove.”
Winner of a 2008 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of uncommon breadth. With repertoire that ranges from Bach’s Art of the Fugue to Xenakis, as well as equal comfort as a soloist and chamber musician, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers. He began touring after capturing the top prize at the prestigious 2002 Naumburg International Piano Competition. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut that same year and has since performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic; at Zürich’s Tonhalle, Warsaw’s Chopin Festival, and Tokyo’s Opera City Hall; and in the U.S. with the Utah, Santa Fe, Nashville, and Grand Rapids symphonies, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. In July 2010 he made his Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood debuts in the Brahms First Piano Concerto under Herbert Blomstedt, and in 2011 he made his San Francisco Symphony debut. He returns to the San Francisco Symphony in 2012 under conductor Michael Francis. A former member of the Chamber Music Society Two, Vonsattel has been an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2011.
Vonsattel has performed on the renowned stages of Boston’s Symphony Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Aspen Music Festival’s Benedict Music Tent, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, and Geneva’s Victoria Hall. Recent recitals include performances at the Library of Congress, the Gilmore, La Roque d’Anthéron, Musée d’Orsay, Davos Festival, Zürich’s Tonhalle, Warsaw’s National Philharmonic Hall, La Jolla Music Society, the Munich Gasteig and Atlanta’s Spivey Hall. Deeply committed to the chamber music repertoire, he has performed with the Seattle and Philadelphia chamber music societies, and has collaborated with artists such as Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Jerome Lowenthal, David Shifrin, Heinz Holliger, Jörg Widmann, Gary Hoffman, Carter Brey, and Yo-Yo Ma. He has performed with the Borromeo, St. Petersburg, Pacifica, Ying, Orion, and Ebène Quartets and has given the world premieres of works by Ned Rorem (Alice Tully Hall) and Nico Muhly (National Gallery of Art).
Vonsattel is regularly invited to prestigious festivals, including Rockport, Angelfire, Bard, Ottawa, Bridgehampton, Seattle, Caramoor, West Cork, and Archipel. The top prize winner at the 2006 Geneva International Music Competition, Vonsattel was a laureate of the 2009 Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary and is also a laureate of the Cleveland and Dublin piano competitions. He has been heard frequently on NPR’s Performance Today, Radio France Musique, CBC, ARD, and the BBC. Vonsattel’s recording of Liszt solo works and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with L’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève was released in 2007 on the Pan Classics label to critical acclaim. His recording of Bartók’s Contrasts on Deutsche Grammophon with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is available for download on iTunes. In 2011 his recording on the Honens label featuring the music of Ravel, Debussy, Honegger, and Holliger was named one of the year’s best classical albums by Timeout New York.
After studying with pianist David Deveau in Boston, Vonsattel received his B.A. in political science and economics from Columbia University and his M.M. from The Juilliard School, where he worked with Jerome Lowenthal. Beginning in September 2010, he assumed the position of Assistant Professor of Piano at University of Massachusetts/Amherst.