LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL – CONCERT THREE
Date: Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Artists: Penderecki String Quartet
“After so many impressive concerts given across a decade of summers. expectations are high whenever the Penderecki Quartet makes another appearance in Bloomington. Well when it did on Thursday evening in a filled Auer Hall, there was no disappointment. The four musicians had been chosen to open a six-concert series shared by four different ensembles covering the entire cycle of Beethoven String Quartets. And they had truly come to play. Their sense of unity both technicality and emotionally was exceptional, seamless in the mechanics, of single mind and purpose in approach, that being to not merely master the music but serve it, not to impose will but to accept what Beethoven seemed to be saying to them. For all the passion put into their readings, one did not sense overreach or over-stress but, rather, a comfort with the artistic decisions made.”
Pendereci String Quartet
Celebrating their 31st anniversary, the Penderecki String Quartet began their career as winners of the Penderecki Prize at the National Chamber Music Competition in Lodz, Poland in 1986. Now based in Waterloo, Ontario where they have been Quartet•in–Residence at Wilfred Laurier University since 1991, the Penderecki String Quartet has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of their generation. The four Penderecki musicians (originating from Poland, Canada, and USA) bring their varied yet collective experience to create performances that demonstrate their “remarkable range of technical excellence and emotional sweep” -Globe and Mail.
The PSQ’s international performing schedule has included appearances in New York (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Hong Kong (Academy for The Arts), Los Angeles (REDCAT Hall at Disney Center), St. Petersburg (Sheremetev Palace), the Adam Festival in New Zealand, and throughout Europe in Rome, Madrid, Paris, Belgrade, Prague, Krakow, Vilnius, and Zagreb. The PSQ has also toured extensively in Mexico, Australia, Venezuela, Brazil, and from coast to coast in Canada, nearly a dozen times at Leith.
To this day the PSQ4 is a devoted champion of the music of our time, having premiered over 100 new works from composers in Canada and abroad. Their large discography includes over three dozen recordings including the chamber music repertoire of Beethoven and Brahms on both the Marquis and Eclectra labels, as well as the first Canadian release of the six Bela Bartock quartets. The Penderecki Quartet has performed with such eminent classical artists as Martin Beaver, Atar Arad, Antonio Lysy, Jeremy Menuhin, James Campbell and enjoy exploring new music collaborations having recently appeared with jazz saxophonist Jane Bunnett, Brazilian jazz pianist Egberto Gismonti, pipa virtuoso Ching Wong, Dance-theatre David Earle, Pentaedre Wind Quintet, actor Colin Fox, and New York turntable artist DJ Spooky.
The Penderecki Quartet continue to be active members of the faculty of Music at Laurier University where they have built the string program to be one of the top programs in Canada, attracting an international body of students. Their annual Quartetfest at Laurier is an intensive study seminar and concert series that has featured such ensembles as the Tokyo, Lafayette, Miro, Ying, and Ariana String Quartets.
Jeremy Bell – Violin
A native of Toronto, violinist Jeremy Bell earned a B. Mus degree from the University of Toronto, and from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he received his Masters and Doctor of Music. Dr. Bell is a recipient of numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and is a prize winner of the Eckhardt Grammatte National competition and the Conseil Quebecois’ Prix Opus. Joining the Penderecki String Quartet in 1999, Dr. Bell is Artist in Residence at Wilfrid Laurie, University where he teaches violin and chamber music.
Described by the Toronto Star as a violinist who “agitates in the most intelligent and persuasive manner”, Bell has performed recently with the Penderecki Quartet at Arsenale Festival in Poland, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Is Arti Festival in Lithuania, MBZ Zagreb, State Museum of Music in St. Petersburg, REDCAT / Disney Centre in Los Angeles, Roxy / NOD in Prague, Fundacion Juan March in Madrid, Jane Mallet Theatre in Toronto, Paris University 8, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Indiana University in Bloomington, Casalmaggiore Festival in Italy, Tovar Festival Venezuela, Virtuosi festival Brazil, Adam Festival New Zealand, the Hong Kong Academy, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, the Banff Centre in Alberta, and the Chan Centre in Vancouver.
Bell has performed as soloist with many orchestras in Canada, USA, and Mexico, including the Toronto Symphony, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, performing concertos of Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Hatzis, Locatelli, Lutoslawski, Mendelssohn, Moun, Paart, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, and Schoenberg.
As guest concertmaster he has appeared with the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the New Zealand National Symphony, and the Canadian Opera Company. Dr. Bell plays an A.S. Bernadel violin (1854).
Katie Schlaikjer – Cello
A recognized quartet player, performer and teacher, she became a member of the Colorado Quartet in 2009 and joined the faculty of the University of Connecticut in 2010. As a former member of the Avalon Quartet, she received top prizes from the Concert Artist Guild, the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Katie has performed at the Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen, and Caramoor festivals, collaborated with Claude Frank, Roger Tapping and Peter Wiley and recorded for Albany Records.
Ms Schlaikjer’s appearances with the Colorado Quartet have included Symphony Spaces’ 2010 and 2011 Wall to Wall marathon concerts, performances in San Francisco, Ohio, Virginia, Delaware, and the British Virgin Islands and two performances of the complete Bartok quartets. In 2011, she premiered J Mark Scearce’s cello concerto “Aracana” with the University of Connecticut’s Symphony Orchestra and traveled to China to play the Haydn D major cello concerto with the Wuhan Symphony Orchestra. Katie has taught chamber music and cello at the New England Conservatory’s Extension Division, Bard Conservatory’s Preparatory Program, the Quartet Program (NY), Apple Hill (NH), and Sound/est (MA) music festivals and given master classes at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Delaware.
Katie received her Doctoral and Master’s degrees from Stony Brook University and her Bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory. Her principal teachers have included Timothy Eddy, Laurence lesser and Andres Diaz. Her cello was made by Paolo Castello in Genoa in 1775.
Jerzy Kaplanek – Violin
Internationally renowned violinist Jerzy Kaplanek has established himself as a chamber musician, member of the celebrated Penderecki String Quartet, soloist, dedicated teacher, adjudicator, artistic director of Quartetfest and lately as a jazz violinist. He performs throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America over 80 concerts each season. His album of works by Karol Szymanowski with pianist Stephan Sylvestre was highly praised by The Strad magazine as “an outstanding release”.
Mr. Kaplanek has collaborated with such notable musicians as pianists David Braid, Leopoldo Erice , Vladimir Feltsman, Janina Fialkowska, Francine Kay, Lev Natochenny, Jamie Parker, Stephan Sylvestre, cellists Marc Johnson, Antonio Lysy, Paul Pulford, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and clarinetist James Campbell among others. Jerzy Kaplanek was born in Poland in 1965. His music education started at the age of six on piano and at the age of ten he began his violin studies. In 1984, he received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory in Bytom. In 1990, he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Musical Arts from the prestigious Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. Jerzy Kaplanek is presently an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, where since 1991 he has been teaching violin and chamber musk. He frequently gives master classes in Canada and abroad. Mr. Kaplanek performs on a 2016 Samuel Zygmuntowicz violin made in New York City. In 1987-1988 he studied with Efim Boico and the fine Arts Quartet at the Chamber Music Institute in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Pursuing his interest in performance practice, Mr. Kaplanek also worked with the pioneer of baroque violin, Jaap Schroeder.
Christine Vlajlt – Viola
Christine has performed extensively in North and South America, Europe, much of China, Hong Kong and New Zealand. Some of the concert halls where she has performed with the Penderecki String Quartet have included Weill Concert Hal at Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, Kennedy Center, REOCAT Hall in Los Angeles, and the Hong Kong Academy to name a few.
She has held the positions of violinist of the Penderecki String Quartet and Artist-In-Residence in viola and chamber music at Laurier University since 1997. She has received Prizes at the Banff. Coleman, Yellow Springs, Carmel and Evian Chamber Music Competitions. She was granted the Friedlander Fellowship from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory and Scholarships to attend the Aspen Center for Advanced Quartet Studies, The Julliard and Cleveland Quartet Seminars, all helping to pave the road for a life as a chamber musician.
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Vlajk has Bachelor degrees in Viola Performance (B.M.) and Music Education (B.M.E.) from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Masters degree in Viola Performance (M.M.) from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.. Her teachers have included Oswald Lehnert, Jerry Horner, Denes Koromzay and members of the Cleveland, Julliard, LaSalle, Takas, and Fine Arts Quartets.
She has been guest soloist with the West Virginia Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic. Peterborough Symphony and the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. She has performed recitals in Canada, the United States and Germany she has premiered two viola concertos by Peter Grella-Mozejko and Karol Gostyniski and was a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival
Dedicated to the education of young people, she has performed an extensive series of children’s concerts across the United States and Canada.
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