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Violist Kim Kashkashian, praised for her “rich, mellow timbre and impressive artistry” by The New York Times, will perform an all-Schumann program with notable pianist Robert Levin, who was last heard at UB in 2008. This concert will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:30pm in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall. Kashkashian and Levin will also be featured in our free monthly Brown Bag concert series, which will take place earlier that day at noon on the stage of Lippes Concert Hall.




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BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo Department of Music is pleased to present, as part of this season's Slee/ Visiting Artist Series, violist Kim Kashkashian and pianist Robert Levin on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall, at UB’s Amherst Campus.


Coming to UB for the first time, the enchanting Kim Kashkashian will be playing an all- Schumann program with returning artist, Robert Levin. Kashkashian has been called one of the most accomplished artists of her generation. Her recordings have received many awards such as the Edison Prize in 1999 and the Cannes Prize for Chamber Music in 2000.  Ms. Kashkashian has also toured and played with many notable artists such as Gidon Kremer and Yo-Yo Ma. Playing with her is Robert Levin who performed at UB in the Fall of 2008. Levin is known for his love of Mozart and new music. He is also a beloved music theorist and composer, who has reconstructed and completed a number of classical works, including, but not limited to, incomplete works by Mozart.


During the same week, there will also be two free events featuring Kashkashian and Levin. The first is the monthly Brown Bag Concert which will take place on Tuesday, February 7 at noon on the stage at Lippes Concert Hall. The second is a Composer Informance which will take place at 3:30pm on Wednesday, February 8 in Baird Recital Hall.





Advanced tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for faculty/staff/alumni and senior citizens, and $5 for students.  At the door, tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for faculty/staff/alumni and senior citizens and $8 for students. Tickets can be obtained in person or by calling the Slee Hall box office Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., the Center for the Arts box office Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., or any Ticketmaster outlet.


(The Brown Bag and Composer Informance are both free and open to the public.)



PROGRAM- the music of Robert Schumann (1810-1856)


Adagio and Allegro: Opus 70

Stuecke im Volkston: Opus 102

Fantasiestuecke: Opus 73 


Sonata in d minor: Opus 121






Violist Kim Kashkashian has established herself as one of the most accomplished artists of her generation. Inspiring world-wide critical acclaim, she has been hailed by The San Francisco Chronicle as "an artist who combines a probing, restless musical intellect with enormous beauty of tone." The New York Times has joined in these accolades, praising her "rich, mellow timbre and impressive artistry." In recent seasons, Kim Kashkashian has appeared as soloist with the major orchestras of New York, Berlin, London, Munich and Tokyo. She continually works with composers such as Gubaidulina, Penderecki, Kancheli, Kurtág, Mansurian, Pärt and Eötvös, and most recently with Eitan Steinberg, Betty Olivero, Ken Ueno and Thomas Larcher, to extensively enlarge the repertoire for solo viola. Her commitment to chamber music, which began during years of participation at the Marlboro Music Festival where she was strongly influenced by her work with Felix Galimir, continues through appearances at the Salzburg, Marlboro and Lockenhaus Festivals. Current ongoing partnerships include duos with pianist Robert Levin, percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, and harpsichordist Robert Hill. Kashkashian has made guest appearances with the Tokyo, Guarneri, and Galimir Quartets and toured with a unique quartet which included violinists Gidon Kremer and Daniel Phillips and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. After earlier recordings of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante and Divertimento KV 563 with DGG and Sony, her extensive discography with ECM comprises many works including the complete Viola Sonatas of Hindemith, the Shostakovich Sonata Op. 147 (Robert Levin, piano), the solo concerti from Britten, Penderecki, Kancheli and Schnittke as well as works by Linda Bouchard and Paul Chihara for viola and percussion (Robyn Schulkowsky), the Bach Sonatas for viola da gamba and cembalo (Keith Jarrett), music from Eleni Karaindrou for the film Ulysses' Gaze by Theo Angelopoulos, and a chamber music CD with works of Kurtág and Schumann together with Eduard Brunner, clarinet and Robert Levin, piano. Kashkashian's recording, with Robert Levin, of the Brahms Sonatas won the Edison Prize in 1999. Her June 2000 recording of concertos by Bartók, Eötvös and Kurtág won the 2001 Cannes Classical Award for a premiere recording by soloist with orchestra. Kashkashian's extensive teaching activities have included professorships at the University of Indiana in Bloomington and at Conservatories in Freiburg and Berlin, Germany. In September 2000, she began teaching viola and chamber music at the New England Conservatory in Boston. Born in Detroit, Michigan, of Armenian descent, Kashkashian graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Walter Trampler and Karen Tuttle. 



Pianist Robert Levin has been heard throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia, in recital, as soloist, and in chamber concerts. His solo engagements include the orchestras of Atlanta, Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto, Utah and Vienna on the Steinway with such conductors as James Conlon, Bernard Haitink, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle and Joseph Silverstein. On period pianos he has appeared with the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Baroque Soloists, the Handel & Haydn Society, the London Classical Players, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, with Christopher Hogwood, Sir Charles Mackerras, Nicholas McGegan, Sir Roger Norrington, and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. He has performed frequently at such festivals as Sarasota, Oregon Bach, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Bremen, Lockenhaus, and the Mozartwoche in Salzburg. As a chamber musician he has a long association with violist Kim Kashkashian and appears frequently with his wife, pianist Ya-Fei Chuang, in duo recitals and with orchestra. After more than a quarter century as an artist faculty member at the Sarasota Music Festival he succeeded Paul Wolfe as Artistic Director in 2007. Robert Levin is renowned for his restoration of the Classical period practice of improvised embellishments and cadenzas; his Mozart and Beethoven performances have been hailed for their active mastery of the Classical musical language. He has made recordings for DG Archiv, CRI, Decca/Oiseau-Lyre, Deutsche Grammophon, ECM, Klavierfestival Ruhr, New York Philomusica, Nonesuch, Philips, and SONY Classical. Among these are the complete Bach concertos with Helmuth Rilling as well as the English Suites and the Well- Tempered Clavier (on five keyboard instruments) for Hänssler’s 172-CD Edition Bach-akademie. A passionate advocate of new music, Robert Levin has commissioned and premiered a large number of works, including Joshua Fineberg’s Veils (2001), John Harbison’s Second Sonata (2003), Yehudi Wyner’s piano concerto Chiavi in mano (Pulitzer Prize, 2006), Bernard Rands’ Preludes (2007) and Thomas Oboe Lee’s Piano Concerto (2007). His recording of the complete piano music of Henri Dutilleux was released by ECM this year. Robert Levin studied piano with Louis Martin and composition with Stefan Wolpe in New York. He worked with Nadia Boulanger in Fontainebleau and Paris while still in high school, afterwards attending Harvard. Upon graduation he was invited by Rudolf Serkin to head the theory department of the Curtis Institute of Music, a post he left after five years to take up a professorship at the School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase, outside of New York City. In 1979 he was Resident Director of the Conservatoire américain in Fontainebleau, France, at the request of Nadia Boulanger, and taught there from 1979 to 1983. From 1986 to 1993 he was professor of piano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. President of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is Dwight P. Robinson, Jr. Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. In addition to his performing activities, Robert Levin is a noted theorist and Mozart scholar, and is the author of a number of articles and essays on Mozart. A member of the Akademie für Mozartforschung, his completions of Mozart fragments are published by Bärenreiter, Breitkopf & Härtel, Carus, Peters, and Wiener Urtext Edition, and have been recorded and performed throughout the world. Levin’s cadenzas to the Mozart violin concertos have been recorded by Gidon Kremer with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Vienna Philharmonic for Deutsche Grammophon and published by Universal-Edition. His reconstruction of the Symphonie concertante in E-flat major for four winds and orchestra, K.297B, was premičred by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Mozartwoche in Salzburg, and has subsequently been performed worldwide. The first of the many recordings of the work, by Philips, won the 1985 Grand Prix International du Disque. In August 1991 Robert Levin’s completion of the Mozart Requiem was premičred by Helmuth Rilling at the European Music Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. His completion of the Mozart Mass in C minor, K. 427, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, was premiered by Rilling in New York in January 2005 and in Europe two months later. Both works have been performed worldwide and are published by Carus-Verlag





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