Bachmann and Klibonoff to Perform at Wabash College

by Karen Handley

November 9, 2006

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The Visiting Artists Series will present Bachmann-Klibonoff in Concert at 8 p.m., Wednesday, November 15, in Salter Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, Wabash College. (Click here for photos of Ms. Bachmann's master class with Wabash students.)

Maria Bachmann is hailed by The New York Times as "a violinist of soul and patrician refinement." Bachmann has been a featured soloist around the world and has been profiled by Mirabella, Time Magazine, and CD Review as a premier artist of her generation. Billboard Magazine raved about her "brilliant instrumental command;" The Boston Globe proclaimed, "Bachmann is astonishing in every musical and technical regard." She has won numerous competitions including First Prizes at the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna, the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York, and the Pro Musicis Foundation International Award.

Bachmann has made acclaimed debuts with Leonard Slatkin and The St. Louis Symphony, with The National Symphony at The Kennedy Center with Robert Spano, and with Marin Alsop leading the Pacific Symphony in Los Angeles. Bachmann has performed John Corigliano’s Red Violin Concerto with the Omaha Symphony, the Chicago Humanities Festival Orchestra, The Richmond Symphony, and at Royce Hall in Los Angeles with The Mancini Institute Orchestra. Bachmann has performed as soloist with the Taipei Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, MAV Symphony in Budapest, the Het Brabants Orchestra in the Netherlands, and with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra while on tour in Japan. She has performed recitals in Tokyo, Kyoto, London, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Taipei, Vienna, Budapest, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Her recordings have generated raves in the critical press; in a review of her debut CD, Fratres, The New York Daily News named the release "the best classical recording of the year." Fratres was reissued in 2005 on RCA Red Seal. She has recorded Beethoven and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with conductor Libor Pesek for BMG/Conifer, concertos of Lou Harrison for Argo and Koch, Kiss on Wood, a recital disc for BMG/Catalyst, Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata and George Rochberg Sonata for Connoisseur Society, and in March 2007 her recital CD, Red Violin, will be released on Endeavour Classics/Allegro and it includes music of Corigliano, Ravel, Copland, Gershwin, and World premier performances of music by Paul Moravec.

Bachmann is an eminent proponent of contemporary music and has been praised for her romantic and deeply personalized approach to contemporary repertoire. She has premiered and recorded works by John Corigliano, George Rochberg, Leon Kirchner, Alfred Schnittke, Paul Moravec, Arvo Part, Willian Bolcom, James MacMillan, and many living composers. Of Hungarian descent, Bachmann is noted for her performance of Bela Bartok, and was invited by the Library of Congress to recreate the legendary Szigeti/Bartok recital of 1940 in a nationally broadcast performance there.

Bachmann is the Artistic Director of Telluride MusicFest, an annual chamber festival in Telluride, Colorado, and she is the Artistic Director of Trio Solisti’s concert series at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. where they celebrate their fifth year in residence in 2006-07. Bachmann studied at The Curtis Institute of Music with Ivan Galamian and Szymon Goldberg, and she was awarded the Fritz Kreisler Prize for outstanding graduating violinist at Curtis. She performs on a 1782 violin by Niccolo Gagliano.

Jon Klibonoff has established a versatile career as orchestra soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and abroad. His many awards include the Silver Medal of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the Affiliate Artists Xerox Pianists Award, the Pro Musicis Foundation Award, First Prize in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, and a Solo Recitalists Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Presently a member of Trio Solisti, Klibonoff has also appeared as guest artist with numerous chamber groups including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Shanghai, Miami, and Lark String Quartets. For three seasons, he was an artist-in-residence for the "On Air" radio series produced by WQXR classical radio in New York City.

In recital, Klibonoff has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the National Gallery, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. His many orchestral appearances include the Baltimore, Utah, Buffalo, Denver, and North Carolina Symphonies. He has several CD recordings to his credit including two CDs of 20th century violin and piano music with violinist Maria Bachmann on the BMG/Catalyst label. The first of those, Fratres, was reissued on RCA Red Seal in 2005. His most recent recordings are of Brahms Piano Trios with Trio Solisti on the Marquis Classics, and music of 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Moravec on Naxos.

A graduate of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, Klibonoff is currently a member of the faculty at SUNY Purchase College.

In addition to their concert they will give a workshop at 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, November 14 in Salter Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Seating for Visiting Artists Series events will be by general admission, though free tickets are required for Visiting Artists Series programs.

Contact the Fine Arts Center Box Office by email at or phone: 765-361-6411. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. The box office will open 90 minutes before curtain time for Visiting Artists events. Tickets not claimed at the Box Office 10 minutes prior to curtain will be released to the general public.


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