March 2011

Violinist Yuval Waldman Performs “Music Forgotten And Remembered” in Merkin Concert Hall

March 19, 2011 10:56

I wanted to let everyone in the New York area know about an upcoming recital on Tuesday, March 29th by violinist Yuval Waldman. It takes place at 8 PM at at Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Center, 129 West 67th Street.

I first met Mr. Waldman a couple years ago when he coached me in some ensembles for a series at the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, and immediately became a fan of this generous man and amazing violinist. I've been fortunate enough to have a private lesson with him, to listen to his recordings, and to get to know him as a friend and mentor, but next Tuesday will be my first opportunity to hear him play live!

Here are some details about the repertoire from the press release about the recital: 

“Music Forgotten and Remembered” presents the first New York performance of five of these rediscovered works:

  • “Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes” (1952) was composed by Mieczyslaw Weinberg, an outstanding Russian-Jewish composer and close friend of Shostakovich, whose intervention with authorities probably kept Weinberg  alive. The piece is a brilliant fantasy on Moldavian and Jewish themes.
  • “Lullaby”, an arrangement of a traditional Hebrew song, was composed in the Terezin concentration camp in 1943 by Gideon Klein, a young Czech-Jewish composer. Shortly after he wrote this, Klein was transferred to Auschwitz, where he was murdered.
  • “Colloque Sentimentale”, an impressionistic prelude on the poem by Paul Verlaine, was written in 1920 by Czech Jaromir Weinberger, who escaped the Nazis by emigrating to the United States, where he ended up on the music faculty at Ithaca College.
  • “Variations on ‘Hatikvah’”, a virtuoso violin solo written in the early 1900’s by then famous, now forgotten Ukrainian Klezmer violinist and composer, Yehiel Goizman.
  • “Entrata” from Concerto da Camera (1945), a seldom-heard master work by the Russian emigre and avant-garde composer Arthur Lourie.

Rounding out the program are two French violin masterpieces: “Sonata in A Major” for violin and piano by Cesar Franck, written for the great Belgian violinist Eugene Ysaye, and Maurice Ravel’s “Tzigane”. Mr. Waldman dedicates the performance of these pieces to his mentors Josef Gingold, a student of Eugene Ysaye and Zino Francescatti, the foremost representative of violin French romantic school who performed the “Tzigane” with Maurice Ravel.

 Mr. Waldman will be assisted by Ukrainian-Israeli pianist Inesa Sinkevych, a prize winner in the Arthur Rubinstein International Competition.

 More information about the concert is on Mr. Waldman's website:



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Rayos de Canción -- and Spring Update

March 8, 2011 12:02

I'm home for spring break from Juilliard, enjoying the bright, chilly spring weather and the company of my sisters! This semester, so far, is busy and exhausting, but also exciting. One highlight was playing a concert in Carnegie Hall under the baton of composer John Adams. His piece, "City Noir" was unlike any other orchestral piece I've played - it was jazzy and full of tension (based off the music from the old black-and-white noir films, Maestro Adams told us) - complete with drum kit and saxophone. 

When I get back to Juilliard next Monday, we'll be gearing up for a March 25 performance of Mahler 5 and the Berg Violin Concerto with soloist Itamar Zorman under the direction of James DePreist in Avery Fisher Hall. Then on April 15, the concert I've been most looking forward to all year: Mahler 9 in Avery Fisher, under the direction of Alan Gilbert. I feel so incredibly fortunate to be able to play under these fabulous music directors.

During my 2-week break, in addition to kicking back with my sisters and taking care of little chores like eye-doctor appointments and violin adjustments, I've been preparing a recital for this coming Sunday, March 13, on behalf of Rayos de Canción (Rays of Music), a group I've cofounded with five other Juilliard friends.

The six of us-- four musicians and two dancers--  will travel to Antigua City, Guatemala in May to work with children suffering from cerebral palsy at Las Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro (Social Works of Brother Pedro). We plan to create a documentary about the trip and to establish an ongoing connection between Juilliard students and the hospital in Antigua City. Juilliard is supplying a partial grant of $2500 to help cover transportation, room and board, safety measures and supplies. It's up to me and the other group co-founders to raise the rest, about $700 apiece. We are doing this by holding benefit recitals in our hometowns during break, and another recital at a church in Manhattan when we get back. We're also writing letters to friends and relatives, and even holding bake sales. A bake sale during Juilliard audition week has already raised over $200. Here is an article with more detail about our project

If you happen to live in or near Philadelphia, please come to the concert! It is free to the public (we are asking a freewill donation to support the cause, but foremost we want to raise awareness and have a great audience.) Kids are welcome to attend! I will be playing works by Bach, Barber, and Piazzolla with my longtime and fabulous accompanist, Tim Ribchester

The concert is at 3 PM in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. For specifics, see this link in the local "Patch."

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