Electric Virtuosity

Electric Virtuosity 3/9/2013

PIE presents: Electric Virtuosity
March 9th, 2013 - 8:00pm
Monk Space
4414 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90004
$20, Students/Seniors $15

In PIE's spring 2013 concert, we bring you virtuosic solos and duos for classical instruments and electronics, showcasing world-class Angeleno musicians Sarah Thornblade, Pamela Vliek Martchev, Grace Fong, Paul Sherman, Maggie Parkins, Eric Jacobs, Tom Peters, and Tereza Stanislav.

Taking place at Monk Space, on the edge of Koreatown and Hancock Park, this is a rare opportunity to hear these performers combining their considerable talents and unique voices with live electronics in an intimate performance space. The program includes works by Mario Davidovsky, Eric Moe, Shaun Naidoo, Tom Flaherty, Benjamin Broening, Ken Walicki, and Frances White.


Mario Davidovsky - Syncronisms No. 9 for violin and tape
Sarah Thornblade, violin 

Eric Moe - Dead Elf Tugboat for flute & sampler
Pamela Vliek Martchev, flute and Grace Fong, sampler

Shaun Naidoo - Frozen Warnings for oboe and live electronics **world premiere**
Paul Sherman, oboe

Tom Flaherty - Threnody for cello and live electronics
Magie Parkins, cello


Benjamin Broening - Arioso/Doubles for clarinet and live electronics
Eric Jacobs, clarinet

Ken Walicki - Light for double bass and tape
Tom Peters, double bass

Francis White - The Old Rose Reader for violin, tape, and video
Tereza Stanislav, violin

Artist Biographies:

Flutist PAMELA VLIEK MARTCHEV has played with southern California’s top orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, LA Chamber Orchestra, Pacific, Pasadena, and Riverside Symphonies. She has had the honor of performing under the baton of some of the world’s greatest conductors, including Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Edo de Waart, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Jeffrey Kahane, Leonard Slatkin, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has served as principal flute with the Boulder Philharmonic in CO for 10 seasons, and was also 2nd flute of Philharmonie der Nationen in Germany from 1997-98. An avid lover of chamber music, Pamela has been featured on series such as Jacaranda, Dilijan, Le Salon de Musique, La Jolla Summerfest, Luscious Noise, Art of Elan, Bruman, Hear Now, and with the Felici Trio in Mammoth.   Of her playing, a 2012 LA Times review noted “....You could almost feel her breath transformed into music….” She can be heard on many commercials and movie soundtracks, such as The Tourist, Dear John, Green Hornet, When in Rome, Spiderman 3; on the last 2 CDs of Billy Childs – Lyric; and Autumn: In Moving Pictures, and on Chris Botti’s CD – Impressions.  She has performed on the Jay Leno and Ellen shows, has played with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, and you can see her in the Andrea Bocelli 2009 PBS Christmas Special, the Mariah Carey 2010 Christmas Special, and the movie The Soloist with the LA Phil.

Ms. Vliek Martchev went to the pre-college of Manhattan School of Music for 5 years, and continued on to get her Bachelor of Music from MSM.  She is very thankful for her NY public school music education, which culminated in winning many prizes, and soloing with the Long Island Philharmonic and other LI orchestras. Her primary teachers were Harold Jones, Kathleen Nester, and Linda Chesis. She has taught at Mt. San Antonio College and Riverside Community College, and is currently on the faculties of San Diego State University and Pt. Loma Nazarene University, and is on the board of the San Diego Flute Guild. 

Praised as "positively magical," an artist of "rare eloquence and grace," American pianist GRACE FONG enjoys a career as an international concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and teacher. She has gained critical acclaim in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia, making appearances at major venues around the world, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, Phillips Collection, Disney Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Great Hall in Leeds, UK, the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Germany, among others.

Radio/television broadcasts have included British Broadcasting Company, WCLV-FM 104.9, KUSC 91.5 FM in Los Angeles, the "Emerging Young Artists" series in New York, and "Performance Today" on National Public Radio. Performances with orchestras have included the Halle Orchestra in the United Kingdom, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, the Olympia Philharmonic Orchestra, The Shreveport Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia, the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, among others.

Described by one critic as "absolutely astounding-and now I've run out of praiseworthy adjectives," Dr. Fong is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition in the United Kingdom, 2007 Bosendorfer International Piano Competition, San Antonio International Piano Competition, Viardo International Piano Competition, and the Cleveland International Piano Competition. Dr. Fong is also the first female winner in twelve years of one of America's most prestigious piano awards, the Christel De Haan Classical Fellowship of the American Pianists Association. Previously, Dr. Fong has won the Grand Prize in piano from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and was thereafter named a "Presidential Scholar in the Arts", and was presented a medallion by former President Clinton at the White House. Other prizes include Gold Medalist for the Wideman International Piano Competition, the winner of the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, the winner of the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition, 1st Prize in the Los Angeles Liszt Competition, 1st Prize in the Edith Knox Performance Competition.

Dr. Fong is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Sergei Babayan who describes Dr. Fong as "not only a true artist and an exciting virtuoso, but a sensitive poet who can speak about the most important of subjects through the craft of her hands." During the course of her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, Dr. Fong completed a double major and minor; she was awarded the prestigious Renaissance Scholar Prize, and was named "The USC Thornton School of Music Keyboard Department's - Most Outstanding Student - B.M." Former teachers include Sergei Babayan, John Perry, Louise Lepley, Paulina Drake, and Norberto Cappone.

Dr. Fong is currently the Director of Keyboard Studies at Chapman University Conservatory of Music where she was recently awarded the 2008 faculty excellence award at the Conservatory of Music. She is also faculty at Claremont Graduate University, teaching and advising Doctoral Candidates of Piano Performance. An enthusiastic supporter of the education of young musicians, Dr. Fong has served as guest artist and teacher at the Innsbrook Summer Festival, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Salt Spring Piano Festival, the Montecito Summer Festival, and the Sitka Chamber Music Festival. A chamber music enthusiast, Dr. Fong frequently performs in chamber music settings. Most recently, Dr. Fong has been performing with Sony-Classical Artist Gilles Apap from France, hailed as "a true violinist of the 21st century" by Yehudi Menuhin.

Dr. Fong has embarked on a series of collaborations with dancers, filmmakers, fashion designers, artists, and also enjoys performing music that crosses the genres of classical, jazz and Latin lounge. She is a frequent guest artist with three-time Grammy nominee, Pink Martini, which has been described as the house band of the United Nations. Dr. Fong can be seen on the Alexander Toradze documentary on WNIT-TV and national PBS; she can be heard on the RED label, and on the Heinz label for Starbucks release.

An uncommonly versatile musician, cellist MAGGIE PARKINS is equally at home performing chamber music, orchestral music and the avant-garde, and has concertized throughout the Americas and Europe. Always an advocate for new music, Parkins is a member of the Eclipse String Quartet.  She is also the cellist of the Los Angeles based Mojave Piano Trio and formerly with the Robin Cox Ensemble. Her interest in music outside the classical tradition has led her to perform with Todd Sickafoose, the Jazz Passengers, the Anthony Braxton Tri Centric Ensemble, percussonist Alex Cline and The Phantom Orchard Orchestra. As an orchestral performer, Parkins has performed under the batons of Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Simon Rattle and Andre Previn. An active recording artist as well, Parkins has recorded extensively with harpist Zeena Parkins and with accordionist Guy Klusevsek on the Tzadik, Avan and Victo labels.  Ms. Parkins has performed around the world at prestigious venues including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Centre, Festival Internacional de Musica de Cadaques (Spain), Heidelberg Castle Festival, Spoleto (USA and Italy), the Taktlos Festival (Switzerland), and the Bach Aria Festival in New York. She attended the Eastman School of Music and  has a doctorate from SUNY at Stony Brook. She has taught cello and chamber music at UC Irvine since 1997.

SARAH THORNBLADE is the associate principal second violin of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She is an avid chamber musician and a member of both the Eclipse quartet (a new music string quartet) and X-tet. She has performed with Camerata Pacifica, and the Auros Group for New Music (Boston). Her playing has been described by the L.A. Times as “rapturously winning” and has been called a “marvelously versatile violinist” by the Santa Barbara News. As a former founding member of the  Arianna String Quartet, former quartet in residence at Eastern Michigan University, she won first prize at the Fischoff, Coleman and Carmel chamber music competitions. Sarah has performed throughout the country and abroad including festivals such as Tanglewood, Spoleto, Colorado Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, Norfolk Festival, Banff and the Portland Chamber Music Festival. She has collaborated with artists such as Glibert Kalish, Jeffrey Kahane, Andres Cardenes, Randall Hodgkinson and Warren Jones. Sarah studied with Miriam Fried and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Currently, she is on faculty at Pomona College.

Conductor, oboist and pedagogue, DR. PAUL SHERMAN, D.M.A, enjoys a musical career with a wide range of styles and forms.  He is now entering his third year as Director of the Chapman Wind Symphony.  The Wind Symphony performs both classic repertoire and the best of new wave of contemporary music.  He also directs winds chamber music and is Instructor of Oboe.  For the last decade he has been music director for the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Philharmonic, Orchestra and Prelude Strings an organization of three orchestras and 200 students based at College of the Canyons.  This season his orchestra is a Los Angeles Philharmonic Partner Orchestra and will perform in Walt Disney Concert Hall in May as part of the International Youth Orchestra Festival.  He is also deeply involved in contemporary music and is Executive Director of ensembleGREEN along with commissioning works for his large ensembles and solo oboe.

He performs regularly on modern and period oboes in orchestral, solo and studio settings.  On period instruments he performs with: Musica Angelica, San Diego Bach Collegium, Harmonia Baroque Players, Del Mar Baroque and is a founding member of Arroyo Baroque.  He teaches baroque oboe performance and is director of Le Canards du Roy, baroque oboe band at USC.

ERIC JACOBS made his professional debut performing Mozart’s ‘Gran Partita’ with members of the Chicago Symphony and the NY Philharmonic in 2006. He has performed with the Richmond Symphony, Quad Cities Symphony, Long Beach Opera and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with musicians from the Chicago Symphony, LA Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in performances ranging from Mozart and Schumann to contemporary Scandinavian music.  He has received fellowships to study and perform with the National Orchestral Institute (USA), Banff Center (Canada) and the Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark). As advocate of new music, Eric has worked with many composers in the Los Angeles area on concert series such as the What’s Next? Ensemble’s LA Composers Project, HEAR NOW Music Festival and Jacaranda Music Series.  He also has performed with Germany’s Ensemble Modern and is the current clarinet fellow in the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble.

TOM PETERS, double bass, is known for his interpretations of contemporary music. Tom has worked directly with composers Ken Walicki, Chinary Ung, Stephen L. Mosko, Mary Lou Newmark, Alex Shapiro and Eric Schwartz among many others in presenting new works for the double bass. He will be presenting the world premiere of William Albright’s Canon in D (Berimbau!), a work thought lost for nearly 30 years, at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in January 2013.Tom has been a champion of John Cage’s seminal work 26’ 1.1499” for String Player, recording it with KPFK’s John Schneider performing Cage’s 45’ for a Speaker on the Tiger Barb Records label. He also has recorded Hanne Darboven’s monumental Wunschkonzerte, a 4-hour work for solo double bass for Los Angeles River Records.

Tom combines his talents with his love of silent movies by creating and performing original scores through looping electronics. He has presented his scores to Nosferatu, Chicago, Borderline, Der Golem, The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Pandora’s Box and The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, In June 2011, Tom created music for the John Pennington Dance Group’s Yield of Vision. In October 2012, Tom will present a new score for the comedy-horror classic The Cat and the Canary (1927) at Boston Court in Pasadena, California. He has also been invited to present a new electronic score to The Passion of Joan of Arc at the Toronto Silent Film Festival in April 2013 with violonist Joelle Morton.

Tom is also a very active writer. His blogs Asperger’s Ukulele and The Aspie and the NT document life with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.

Violinist TEREZA STANISLAV was appointed Assistant Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2003 by music director Jeffrey Kahane. Dividing her time among orchestral, solo, chamber and recording projects, Tereza has been hailed for her “expressive beauty and wonderful intensity” (Robert Mann) and her “sure technique and musical intelligence” (Calgary Herald).

An active performer, Tereza will be the featured soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2012 performing the world premiere of the Violin Concerto by Benjamin Wallfisch. She has appeared in venues including Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, the Ravinia Music Festival, Bravo! Vail, the Chautauqua Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, La Jolla Summerfest, Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, the Banff Center in Canada, St. Barth’s Music Festival and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She has performed in concert with artists including Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gilbert Kalish, Jon Kimura Parker, Jian Wang and Colin Currie. In 2004, Tereza released a CD in collaboration with pianist Hung-Kuan Chen.

Tereza has joined the Miró Quartet on several extensive tours in 2009 and 2011, that have taken them to Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, the Kennedy Center, Maverick Concerts, Sprague Concert Hall at Yale University, as well as many others. 

In 2010, Tereza served as Concertmaster of the Los Angeles’ Opera production of The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Placido Domingo. In 2009, Tereza was invited to be the Chamber Music Collaborator for Sonata Programs and a member of the jury for the Sixth Esther Honens International Piano Competition. 

As a founding member of the Grammy® nominated Ensō String Quartet, Tereza was awarded the Second Prize of the 2004 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and led the quartet to win the Special Prize awarded for best performance of the “Pièce de Concert”, commissioned for the competition. The quartet was a winner of the 2003 Concert Artists Guild, Chamber Music Yellow Springs and Fischoff competitions. The Strad magazine cited the quartet for “…totally committed, imaginative interpretation that emphasized contrasts of mood, dynamics and articulation.”

With the Ensō, Tereza is featured on the Naxos recording of the complete Ignaz Pleyel quartets, Op.2. The quartet was highlighted on the Minnesota Public Radio’s St. Paul Sunday in 2004 and was appointed to a Lectureship in String Quartet at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in the 2004-2005 academic year.

An advocate for new music, Tereza traveled to Israel to represent the United States as the violinist in the New Juilliard Ensemble at the World Composer’s Symposium, under the direction of Dr. Joel Sachs. She has worked with composers including Steve Reich, Joan Tower, Toshio Hosokawa, Gunther Schuller and Louis Andriessen. World premieres include Gunther Schuller’s Horn Quintet (2009) with Julie Landsman, Louis Andriessen’s The City of Dis (2007) as Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, James Matheson’s Violin Sonata (2007), Bruce Adolphe’s Oceanophony (2003), Gernot Wolfgang’s Rolling Hills and Jagged Ridges (2009) and the West Coast premieres of Steve Reich’s Daniel Variations and Gernot Wolfgang’s Jazz and Cocktails. She is featured on a new recording of the Wolfgang on Albany Records and the Reich on Nonesuch label.

Tereza holds a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University where she studied with Miriam Fried, and a Master of Music from the Juilliard School where her teachers were Robert Mann and Felix Galimir and where she served as Concertmaster of The Juilliard Orchestra. As Concertmaster of the Festival Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence in 1999, she received intensive orchestral and chamber music coaching from the late Isaac Stern. Tereza also completed quartet residencies at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, England, at Northern Illinois University under the tutelage of the Vermeer Quartet and at Rice University.

Tereza enjoys participating in educational outreach and has collaborated with educator Robert Kapilow of NPR’s program, “What Makes It Great?” and musicologist Robert Winter of UCLA. With the Enso Quartet, she performed over 100 outreach concerts for schoolchildren in the greater Chicago area in 2001-2003.

Tereza was invited to perform at the 2002 G-8 World Summit held in Kananaskis, Canada where she performed for Presidents Jacques Chirac and George W. Bush, and Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien. 

In 2000, Tereza was awarded the highest grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in the category for Professional Musicians (Individuals) in Classical Music.

She is active in the film scoring industry in Los Angeles and in 2009, co-created the new music series, In Frequency.