Saturday April 7, 2018 | 7:30PM (Pre-concert talk at 6:45)
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The “Little Orchestra” is a snapshot of an early moment in the history of the evolution of the fortepiano on its way to becoming the modern grand piano. Played on original instruments, the potential balance issues inherent with the use of modern instruments in this highly refined repertoire are avoided, and the violin and cello play more equal roles, allowing the charm, wit and subtlety of these works to occur naturally. Music by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.
Supported by Mary Christopher
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Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Piano Trio in C Major K 458
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809)
Piano Trio in G Major No. 39, “Gypsy Rondo” Hob XV:25
Poco adagio, cantabile
Rondo a l’Ongarese: Presto
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Sonata No. 4 for Piano and Violin Op. 23
Andante scherzoso, più Allegretto
Johann Nepomuk HUMMEL (1778-1837)
Piano Trio No. 2 in F Major, Op. 22
Andante con variations
Vivace, Rondo alla Turca
Monica Huggett, violin
Monica Huggett was born in London in 1953, the fifth of seven children. She took up the violin at age six and at age sixteen entered the Royal Academy of Music as a student of Manoug Parikian.
From age seventeen, beginning as a freelance violinist in London, Monica has earned her living solely as a violinist and artistic director and, in 2008, was appointed inaugural artistic director of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program, where she continues as artistic advisor. Monica’s expertise in the musical and social history of the Baroque Era is unparalleled among performing musicians today. This huge body of knowledge and understanding, coupled with her unforced and expressive musicality, has made her an invaluable resource to students of baroque violin and period performance practice through the 19th century.
In the intervening five decades, Monica co-founded, with Ton Koopman, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra; founded her own London-based ensemble, Sonnerie; worked with Christopher Hogwood at the Academy of Ancient Music and Trevor Pinnock with the English Concert; toured the United States in concert with James Galway; co-founded, in 2004, the Montana Baroque Festival; and serves as artistic director of Portland Baroque Orchestra since 1994 where she made her first appearance in 1992 playing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. From 2006 to 2017 she was also the artistic director for Irish Baroque Orchestra, where she recorded “Flights of Fantasy,” named by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as Classical Recording of the Year for 2010.
Monica is a frequent guest director and soloist around the world; recent and upcoming engagements include appearances with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Esterhazy Hofkapelle, the Victoria Symphony, Early Music Vancouver, as well as a revival of 2017’s Breathtaking: A Voice and Cornetto Entwined with Bruce Dickey and Hana Blažíková in spring 2018 on the East Coast. Her annual appearances at the Oregon Bach Festival since 2009, where she regularly plays to sold out audiences, are some of the festival’s most popular. As a chamber musician, Monica enjoys collaborating with her colleagues and is excited this season to be touring with the Benvenue Trio for performances in Portland, Vancouver (BC), San Diego and Sonoma, CA; appearing on the Portland-based 45th Parallel series; and returning to the Valley of the Moon Festival (Sonoma, CA) in summer 2018.
Monica’s recordings, numbering well over 100, have won numerous prizes and acclaim throughout her career. In addition to her baroque violin recordings, she recorded “Angie” with The Rolling Stones in 1972. She received the Gramophone Award for her recording of Biber’s violin sonatas (2002) and her recording of J.S. Bach’s “Orchestra Suites for a Young Prince” with Gonzalo X. Ruiz (principal oboist, Portland Baroque Orchestra) and Ensemble Sonnerie was nominated for a Grammy™ Award and won the Diapason d’or in 2009. Recordings with PBO include a 2011 recording of Bach’s St. John Passion (Avie). This was followed by a 2014 release of “J.S. Bach Concertos for Oboe and Oboe d’amore” (Avie) featuring Gonzalo X. Ruiz, and a 2015 release of “J.S. Bach Concertos for One, Two and Three Violins.” In 2015, Juilliard Baroque, led by Monica, released its inaugural recording, “Couperin, Les Nations: Sonades, et Suites de Simphonies en Trio.” Monica lives in Portland, where she enjoys cycling and gardening (somewhat compulsively).
Tanya Tomkins, cello
Cellist Tanya Tomkins is a chamber musician and soloist who is also co-Principal cellist in both the Portland and Philharmonia Baroque orchestras. She has recorded all six Bach Suites on Baroque cello for Avie and also performed all six in one day at the Library of Congress, the Da Camara Society in LA, and for Vancouver Early Music Society, as well as giving recitals of the Suites at Le Poisson Rouge and at Caramoor.
Other venues where she has performed chamber music on modern cello include the Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal, Lincoln Center, the 92nd St Y, San Francisco Performances, Music in the Vineyards Festival, the Moab Music Festival and Houston’s Da Camara Society. In the San Francisco Bay Area she is a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble which performs both standard and modern repertoire.
Together with pianist, Eric Zivian, Tanya is co-Founder and Artistic Director of the new Valley of the Moon Music Festival in Sonoma, and has also founded and runs a series of house concerts called Benvenue House Music. Both of these organizations have Apprentice Programs that help to further the careers of emerging musicians. She is part-time faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Eric Zivian, fortepiano
Eric Zivian is a fortepianist, modern pianist and composer. He has performed with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Toronto Symphony, among others.
Eric has given solo recitals in Toronto, New York, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. He has performed extensively on fortepiano since 2000 and is a member of the Zivian-Tomkins Duo and the Benvenue Fortepiano Trio, performing at Chamber Music San Francisco, the Da Camera series in Los Angeles, Boston Early Music, the Seattle Early Music Guild and Caramoor. On modern piano, he is a member of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and has performed with the Empyrean Ensemble, Earplay, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He is a founder and Music Director of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, a new festival in Sonoma specializing in Classical and Romantic music on period instruments.
Eric’s compositions have been performed widely in the United States and in Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded an ASCAP Jacob Druckman Memorial Commission to compose an orchestral work, Three Character Pieces, which was premiered by the Seattle Symphony in March 1998.
Eric studied piano with Gary Graffman and Peter Serkin and composition with Ned Rorem, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick. He attended the Tanglewood Music Center both as a performer and as a composer.