For ticket-holders, both concerts offer a Free Concert Preview with Maestro Cumming in Mortensen Hall beginning at 7:00 pm. Also prior to each HSO Masterworks concert is a Free Pre-Concert Showcase in the Seaverns Room featuring select Suzuki string students from Linda Fiore and Carlynn Savott's studios at The Hartt School Community Division of the University of Hartford beginning at 7:30 pm.
The 2006-2007 Season is sponsored by RBC Dain Rauscher. The Masterworks Series is presented by MetLife Foundation.
These concerts mark the first annual Koski Memorial Concert. Earlier this year (June 2006), Sylvia Koski established a permanent Endowment Fund at the Hartford Symphony Orchestra to create an annual concert in memory of her late husband. The Koskis, of Newington, were both longtime members of the HSO beginning in 1949; Sylvia played until 1966 and Ed retired in 1989.
About the guest artist:
Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman, in technique and sensibility, harkens back to the Golden Age of violinists of the 19th and 20th centuries, while possessing the passion and energy of the 21st century. Regarded by both critics and audiences as a performer of great depth, virtuosity and technical brilliance, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Japan, Korea and Australia as a soloist and in a duo setting with his wife, pianist Angela Yoffe. After being granted five minutes to play for the late Isaac Stern in 1990 at the age of 16, a friendship was born.
Mr. Stern was a great influence on Gluzman both as a musician and human being, and he had the privilege of working with Stern in Israel and the United States. In 1994, Mr. Gluzman received the prestigious Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award. He now plays the extraordinary 1690 ex-Leopold Auer Stradivarius on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. "In Gluzman's hands, this Strad doesn't speak: it proclaims, sings, sighs, laughs"Â said the Detroit Times after Mr. Gluzman's sensational debut with the Detroit Symphony under Maestro Neeme JÃƒÂ¤rvi. In addition to performing with the Hartford Symphony during 2006-2007, Mr. Gluzman's U. S. performances schedule includes the Detroit and New Jersey symphonies, both under Neeme JÃƒÂ¤rvi, and the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Cincinnati, Seattle, Jacksonville, Charlotte, El Paso and Portland (ME). In 2006, he made his New York recital debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
His international career has included, on the European continent, performing under Paavo JÃƒÂ¤rvi at Estonia's David Oistrakh Festival, with the Dresden and Bergen philharmonics, Tampere Orchestra in Finland, Nancy in France, Beethovenhalle Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, Mainz Orchestra, and the orchestras of Lugano, Basel, Luxembourg, Pamplona, Strassbourg and Berlin, as well as appearances in Russia, Israel and Turkey. In Asia he has performed with the NHK, Hiroshima and Tokyo symphonies as well as the Tokyo Philharmonic, given recitals in Tokyo and Nagoya, and performed with Korea's KBS Symphony in Seoul. He has toured Australia, playing with orchestras in Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and Tasmania. North American highlights include performances with the Boston Pops and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. He has performed in recital at the Kennedy Center, Paris' Salle Gaveau and Theatre du Chatelet. Mr. Gluzman records exclusively for the BIS label.
The recording of the Preludes (written for Mr. Gluzman and Ms. Yoffe), released on BIS, received rave reviews, as did their second album, featuring music by Schnittke, Vasks, PÃƒÂ¤rt, and Kancheli, which was released in spring of 2004. He also has recorded and appeared internationally for radio and television. A laureate at the Corpus Christi International Competition, the Irving Klein International Competition (San Francisco), the Tibor Varga International Competition in Switzerland, and the Geneva International Competition, Vadim Gluzman was born in 1973 in the city of Zhitomir, Ukraine, into a family of professional musicians. He began studying the violin at the age of seven. Before moving to Israel in 1990, he studied with Zakhar Bron and later with Yair Kless at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv. He also has studied in the United States with Arkady Fomin and at the Juilliard School with the late Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki. Mr. Gluzman, his wife and daughter make their home in the Chicago area.