Sunday, February 12th, 2017 • 4:00pm
Occidental Center for the Arts
Tanya Tomkins, cello
Eric Zivian, piano
Eric Hoeprich, clarinet
with special guest Catherine Manson, violin and viola
Redwood Arts has long understood that the best performances not only come from great performers, but great performers who are let loose to collaborate and plan their program as they see fit. Giving them this artistic license leads to breathtaking live performances that can’t be duplicated.
These three period performers, consummate soloists in their own right, have chosen to work together for this concert.
Tanya Tomkins is a chamber musician and soloist who is also co-Principal cellist in both the Portland and Philharmonia Baroque orchestras. She has recorded all six Bach Suites on Baroque cello for Avie and also performed all six in one day at the Library of Congress, the Da Camara Society in LA, and for Vancouver Early Music Society, as well as giving recitals of the Suites at Le Poisson Rouge and at Caramoor. Other venues where she has performed chamber music on modern cello include the Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal, Lincoln Center, the 92nd St Y, San Francisco Performances, Music in the Vineyards Festival, the Moab Music Festival and Houston’s Da Camara Society. In the San Francisco Bay Area she is a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble which performs both standard and modern repertoire.
Together with pianist, Eric Zivian, Tanya is co-Founder and Artistic Director of the new Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma, and has also founded and runs a series of house concerts called Benvenue House Music. Both of these organizations have Apprentice Programs that help to further the careers of emerging musicians. She is part-time faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Eric Zivian is a fortepianist, modern pianist and composer. He has performed with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Toronto Symphony, among others.
Eric has given solo recitals in Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed extensively on fortepiano since 2000 and is a member of the Zivian-Tomkins Duo and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio, performing at Chamber Music San Francisco, the Da Camera series in Los Angeles, Boston Early Music, the Seattle Early Music Guild and Caramoor. On modern piano, he is a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and has performed with the Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He is a founder and Music Director of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, a new festival in Sonoma specializing in Classical and Romantic music on period instruments. Eric’s compositions have been performed widely in the United States and in Tokyo, Japan.
Eric was born in Michigan and grew up in Toronto, Canada where he attended the Royal Conservatory of Music. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree. He went on to receive graduate degrees from the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music. He studied piano with Gary Graffman and Peter Serkin and composition with Ned Rorem, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick. He attended the Tanglewood Music Center both as a performer and as a composer.
Eric Hoeprich is one of the world's leading exponents of the historical clarinet. He was born in Baltimore, MD, and has an honors degree in philosophy from Harvard. He teaches at the Paris Conservatoire, Indiana University’s Early Music Institute, and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. For the past thirty years he has specialized in performing on the historical clarinet. His expertise as a musician, scholar, and instrument maker allows for a unique approach to the solo clarinet repertoire of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Hoeprich’s activities as a chamber musician also take him around the world, both with his own ensembles and as a guest with numerous string quartets and pianists. For a recent recording on Glossa of the Mozart Clarinet Quintet (for which he again plays the rare basset clarinet) coupled with the Brahms Quintet, he was joined by the London Haydn Quartet (with the quartet using gut strings and classical bows). His groups Nachtmusique (a Harmoniemusik ensemble) and the Stadler Trio (three basset horns) were both founded in the 1980s: with them Hoeprich has recorded music by Mozart, Beethoven, and Franz Krommer. He is also the author of The Clarinet (Yale University Press, 2008).
Catherine Manson enjoys a versatile performing career specializing in period performance as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She was appointed as leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 2006. As first violinist of the classical London Haydn Quartet she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London's Wigmore Hall. The quartet's series of recordings of the Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label has met with high critical acclaim internationally.
In a duo partnership with Ton Koopman she has recorded the six obbligato sonatas by Bach, Haydn's concerto for violin and organ and the complete chamber music by Buxtehude. They have given many concerts together throughout Europe.
Teaching has always been an important part of her musical life; in 2001 she co-founded and now directs MusicWorks, presenting chamber music courses for young musicians. In addition to giving classes and seminars at King's College, the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music she has taught at the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin College, USA, the Granada International Festival's 'Musical Interpretation' course, the Domaine Forget chamber music courses in Canada and given masterclasses at Juilliard School, Yale and Indiana Universities.
Kreutzer Trio for clarinet, cello and piano
Mozart Kegelstatt Trio
Mozart E minor Sonata for violin and piano
Beethoven "Moonlight Sonata"
Beethoven Op. 11 Trio.
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