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Cabezas & Yang Concert



Gabriel Cabezas, cellist, 


Amy Yang, pianist


Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Norma and Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship

(across from Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center)

7 p.m. CT


Gabriel Cabezas biography: Born in Chicago in 1992, violoncellist Gabriel Cabezas commenced his music studies at age four. Gabriel has been portrayed as "…an intense player who connects to the music naturally, without artifice, and brings a singing line to the cello" (David Stabler, Oregonian) and his debut performance with The Cleveland Orchestra described as a "…remarkably poised and elegant account, with superb attention to phrasing, nuance and tonal coloration" (Donald Rosenberg, Plain Dealer). Gabriel has performed with artist Béla Fleck in the televised program "From The Top - Live from Carnegie Hall" and with the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra at "The Sphinx Gala Concert," both at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has made appearances on the National Public Radio programs From The Top and Performance Today, and Chicago's WFMT-FM's Introductions, as well as performances in Chicago's Music in the Loft, "Exploring Music Live with Bill McLaughlin" and The Northeastern Illinois University's Music Series.

Gabriel's musical engagements have included solo debut performances with the Portland Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Florida Symphony Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, the Rackham Symphony Choir and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, among others. In February, 2007, Gabriel released "Moyugba Orisha," his first compact disc with Portuguese pianist Alexandra Mascolo-David featuring a collection of Latin American works for violoncello and piano on the White Pine recording label. Gabriel's first orchestral work entitled "March" premiered by The Northbrook Symphony under the direction of Lawrence Rapchak.

Formerly a recipient of an Education Grant by the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation, Cabezas has supported music outreach and education programs including Midori's Partners in Performance, the Sphinx Organization, Costa Rica's national SINEM music education program, and Chicago's Citizen Musician movement. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Carter Brey. As a writer, Cabezas has been featured in Teen Strings Magazine and has been a contributing writer for Strings Magazine.

Amy Yang Biography: Hailed by New York Concert Review as "a magnificent artist and poet", pianist Amy Yang is a seasoned soloist and chamber musician. In the exciting 2012-13 season, she played over seventy concerts with highlights including performing Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy" with the Mansfield Symphony under Maestro Thomas Hong, performing across the United States in spaces such as Merkin Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Kravis Center.

Upcoming concerts include solo, chamber, and orchestral engagements in the U.S., Europe, and China with highlights that include recitals on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series, Music at the Institute (NYC), residencies at SUNY University, Washington and Lee University, New Hampshire Music Festival, and debuts with the Shenyang Conservatory Orchestra in Schumann's Piano Concerto. This summer, she appears in Music in May and Newburyport Festivals and performs solo concerts for the Chopin Society of Texas. At the Curtis Institute of Music, she served again as Program Director and faculty for the second year of Young Artist Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest. An experienced performer, Ms. Yang has concertized in many major halls in the United States and abroad in Turkey, Spain, Poland, and China. First prize winner of competitions including the International Corpus Christi Young Artists' Competition and the Kosciuszko National Chopin Piano Competition, she has soloed with the Houston Symphony, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Great Hall Chamber Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony, Shenyang Conservatory Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, and Richardson Symphony, among others. She was a quarterfinalist the Thirteenth International Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Passionate about chamber music, she has collaborated with such extraordinary artists as Richard Goode, David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Ida and Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, Tara O'Connor, Miriam Fried, Joseph Silverstein, Philip Setzer, Fred Sherry, Paul Neubauer, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Kim Kashkashian. She has toured with Musicians from Ravinia and Curtis on Tour. Festival appearances include Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Prussia Cove Masterclasses, Verbier Academy, Music Academy of the West, Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, OK Mozart, Olympic Music Festival, Music in May, and Newburyport Festival. An advocate for new music, she has given world premieres of music by Ezra Laderman and the latest Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, among others.She is the founder of The Schumann Project, a special series of concerts to present Schumann's major solo piano, chamber, and vocal works. 2012 saw the exciting release of a new album of chamber music with clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester (iTinerant Records, Spain). A debut solo album is in the works.Ms. Yang is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and The Yale School of Music, where she received the Parisot Prize for an Outstanding Pianist as well as the Alumni Association Prize. Her principal teachers are Timothy Hester, Claude Frank, Robert McDonald, and Peter Frankl. She's currently working as a Chamber Music Mentor within Curtis Institute of Music's Young Artists' Initiative Program. She loves literature, psychology, neuroscience, art history, and drawing caricatures.



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