Vibrant American and Russian Music
Gregory Wood, Cello
Fred Karpoff, Piano
Guest Soprano Laura Enslin
Capriccio for Cello and Piano Lucas Foss (1922-2009)
Vocalise for Soprano, Cello and Piano Andre Previn (b.1929)
Ballade in C min, Op 15 for Cello & Piano Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
Sonata in G min, Op 19 for Cello & Piano Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
listen to 3rd movement
Gregory Wood is Acting Principal Cellist of Symphoria, and was Assistant Principal Cellist of the SSO since 1978. Mr. Wood was also a member of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra and he has recently performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Fingerlakes Opera in Geneseo. He is adjunct instructor of violoncello and coaches chamber music at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University, where he has performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals, most recently with Laura Enslin in April, 2014, and with Fred Karpoff and Harumi Rhodes in November, 2013. In addition to SU, he is also adjunct instructor of violoncello at Onondaga Community College.
Mr. Wood received his Bachelor of Music Degree in performance at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, studying with Lynn Harrell, Jack Kirstein, and Zara Nelsova, including chamber music coaching from the LaSalle Quartet. Mr. Wood has performed in many chamber music recitals including the Jewell Trio, the Southwick Trio, Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music, Skaneateles Festival, Society for New Music, and Civic Morning Musicals: his first CMM performance was in 1981. He has also performed as soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse University Orchestra, Cincinnati Pro Musica, and the Onondaga Symphony. Mr. Wood was given the 2006 Excellence in Chamber Music Performance award from CMM.
Fred Karpoff has performed as both soloist and collaborative pianist on four continents, including prominent venues in Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Finland, Italy, China, and the United States. As guest artist at major music festivals in the U.S. and Europe, he has collaborated with many of America’s foremost musicians.
He is the Winner of the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award presented by Music Teachers National Association, for The 3-D Piano Method. Produced with filmmaker Richard Breyer, 3-D Piano is a multi-DVD series and book on a whole-body approach to piano playing and teaching, already in use by hundreds of pianists and teachers in over thirty countries around the world. Karpoff presents workshops and master classes throughout North America, including recent appearances at the Music Teachers Association of California and Texas Music Teachers Association Conventions, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Entrada Piano Technique, his new online resource for piano teachers and students, launched in September of 2014.
A former Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency, Fred Karpoff is a prize winner in the San Antonio, Frinna Awerbuch, Dublin, and Competition Internationale international piano competitions. In addition to his critically acclaimed CD release, Heroic Tales: Piano Music of Edward MacDowell, Renegade Classics issued his live Beethoven Trio performances with musicians at the Skaneateles Festival and This Moment and Snapshots with soprano Rebecca Karpoff.
He has studied with Ann Schein, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Robert Weirich, and holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where he was a frequent performer in the master classes of Leon Fleisher. His undergraduate training took place at Northwestern University. He has also worked with Jeffrey Kahane, Richard Goode, and Karl-Ulrich Schnabel.
He is Professor of Piano and Ensemble Arts at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University, which has honored him with the Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award. In 2013, he lived in Strasbourg, France, where he led SUAbroad’s music program in conjunction with the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. He has served on the faculties of the Peabody Conservatory, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and as Visiting Professor at the Eastman School of Music.
Fred Karpoff is a Steinway Artist. More information is available at entradapiano.com
Laura Enslin: The Syracuse Post-Standard has described Laura Enslin's singing as “superb”; “lovely”; and “well-suited to the material and the space, allowing her to show different sides of herself that heightened the effect of the music.” Laura has also been singled out by The Buffalo News, which has called her a “perfect vessel of beautiful singing”; and The Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, N.Y.), which has recognized her “plush, velvety voice and unfailing sensitivity.”
Laura’s solo engagements have included Symphoria and its predecessor, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra; the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Syracuse Opera; Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music; Society for New Music (SNM); Springfield (Mo.) Symphony; Lake Placid Sinfonietta; Cayuga Chamber Orchestra; Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra; Syracuse University Brass Ensemble; and Syracuse University Oratorio Society. She has been active as a recitalist and has performed numerous operatic and stage roles.
An ardent champion of new music, Laura has premiered numerous works for SNM and The Commission Project. In 2008, she made national headlines for her premiere of In Praise of Science, which Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Robert Ward wrote for the opening of Syracuse University’s Life Sciences Complex.
Laura is frequently heard on WCNY-TV and FM throughout Central and Upstate New York, as well as Southern Canada.