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PASSION! LA PASSION! PASIJE! @ Seasons
September 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The SPARK Piano Trio: PASSION! LA PASSION! PASIJE!
Sunday, Sep 22, 2019: 6:00 PM
Tickets: Balcony: $15; General Admission: $20; VIP Table $30
Doors Open: 1.5 hours before Performance
Experience the Passion of SPARK Trio in a program of ravishing music. Dvorak’s Dumky Trio, his beloved masterwork, will anchor a program that includes Franck’s searing Violin Sonata and music by Debussy and Haydn. Internationally known pianist Tanya Gabrielian connects with Associate Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony Helen Kim and longtime Season’s artist, Kevin Krentz, for this rare event.
Piano Trio in E major Joseph Haydn
- Allegro moderato
- Finale. Allegro
Violin Sonata Cesar Franck
- Allegretto ben moderato
- Recitativo-Fantasia: Ben moderato
- Allegretto poco mosso
Violin Sonata Claude Debussy
- Allegro vivo
- Intermède: fantasque et léger
- Finale: très animé
Piano Trio No.4, Op.90 Antonin Dvorak
- Lento maestoso – Allegro quasi doppio movimento
- Poco Adagio – Vivace non troppo
- Andante – Vivace non troppo
- Andante moderato – Allegretto scherzando
- Allegro – Meno mosso
- Lento maestoso – Vivace
Helen Kim, Violin
Violinist Helen Kim enjoys a versatile career as performer and teacher. She is currently the Associate Principal Second Violin with the San Francisco Symphony. From 2011 to 2016, she was a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, making solo appearances in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Ms. Kim received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and her master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. She has spent her summers teaching and performing at festivals including Aspen Music Festival and School, Yellow Barn Festival, Luzerne Music Festival, and the Innsbrook Institute.
Kevin Krentz, Cello
is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys a varied career as performer, inventor, Artistic Director and teacher. He has built a uniquely varied and exciting career as performer, recording artist, inventor, teacher, entrepreneur, and arts leader.
In 2000 Kevin was a winner at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, with his clarinet, piano, and cello trio, In Flight 3. He then formed a piano trio, Finisterra Trio, which won the Silver Medal at the Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Verona, Italy against ensembles from every continent and 20 countries. Finisterra was also winner in the 2005 Greenlake National Chamber Music Competition where they also won the Audience Prize. Finisterra went on to perform throughout the US, Italy, and the UK. They were Artist-In-Residence at both the Phoenix Series in New York City, NY as well as the Seasons Hall in Yakima, WA. Finisterra Trio recorded all four of Daron Hagen’s piano trios for the Naxos label for an album NPR hailed as one of the top 5 albums of 2010. In 2006, Finisterra was invited to perform and stay in London for extensive collaboration with the famed Florestan Trio.
Since 2007, Kevin has been Artistic Director of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival which invites some of the finest artists in the US to perform together for two weeks. He is well-known for his innovative programming and direction that focuses on combining beloved masterworks with carefully selected modern works and the Festival has become highly successful.
Kevin is very active as a recording studio session player in Seattle where he can be heard on many major films, as well as commercials, some of the most popular video games including Halo and Destiny, and CD’s from Dave Matthews Band to Evanescence. Recently, Kevin performed the cello solos for the world’s largest video game by revenue and number of players, Honor of Kings by Tencent, the Chinese software company. Kevin can also be heard as the solo cellist on the movie, Bordertown starring Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas. Sought after for his ability to improvise his own parts, Kevin has lent his talents to countless other projects as well.
In 2013, Dr. Krentz created Krentz String Works which sells his inventions worldwide. The Krentz Modulator is used in nearly every major symphony in the world for its ability to stop annoying wolf tones as well as enhancing and instrument’s tone. Other products and inventions include a technology for using electromagnetics to play-in instruments, composite bass bars for instruments that lighten their mass, a silicon nitride endpin that dramatically increases power and speed for the cello and is also tonally adjustable and various innovations leading to the upcoming launch of a new line of cases, Krentz Case,..
Kevin is a devoted teacher where he employs research he has conducted into illuminating the subjective world of string technique, helping it become objective wherever possible. No private cello studio in the US Northwest has won more awards in recent years. Dr. Krentz also taught at Seattle University.
He is the delighted father of Elena, 11 and Jesse, 10 and Katherine, 6.
Tanya Gabrielian, piano
Hailed by the London Times as a “pianist of powerful physical and imaginative muscle”, Tanya Gabrielian has captivated audiences worldwide with her gripping performances. She has performed on four continents in acclaimed venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Sydney Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, and the Salle Cortot in Paris, with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Sinfonia, and the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tanya shot onto the international stage at the age of twenty with back-to-back victories in the Scottish International Piano Competition and Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition. Since then, performance engagements have included Alice Tully Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York, Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago, Edinburgh International Festival, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, an eleven-city tour of China, and a return recital engagement at Wigmore Hall in London. Tanya’s Southbank debut recital in the Purcell Room in London, presented by the Philharmonia Orchestra, was chosen as “Performance of the Year” by Seen and Heard International. Her Wigmore Hall debut, as winner of the coveted Wigmore Prize awarded by the Royal Academy of Music, was reviewed as “revelatory, a feast of romantic pianism which held us enthralled” and “an astounding achievement by any standards, and one I cannot imagine being bettered… Remember the name—Tanya Gabrielian—you will be hearing a lot more from her I feel sure.” Tanya’s latest recording, Remix: Bach Transcriptions, was released on MSR Classics and was selected as Album of the Week by radio stations in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. She has also been featured on the cover of the magazine Clavier.
In addition to the traditional concert stage, Tanya is passionate about inspiring new generations of musicians and music lovers in diverse settings, dedicated to community engagement, education, and activism through art. Projects have included collaborations with the National Alliance on Mental Illness in programs featuring composers with mental illnesses, highlighting the stigma around mental health issues; founding an interactive performance series for patients at the New York State Psychiatric Institute; an installation with the artist Fran Bull for the exhibit In Flanders Fields: A Meditation on War; and a multidisciplinary collaboration combining Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross with final statements from executed death row inmates. Tanya was awarded the Pro Musicis International Award, McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach, Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and the S&R Washington Award for her work.
Tanya’s interests have always been diverse. Admitted to Harvard University to study biomedical engineering at the age of sixteen, Tanya instead pursued a career in music, completing her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Royal Academy of Music in London, originally studying both piano and viola. She received the prize for the best final recital for all six years of study and received a DipRAM, the highest performance award given by the Royal Academy of Music. Tanya was the only candidate accepted for the prestigious Artist Diploma, an extraordinarily selective post-graduate residency program, at The Juilliard School, and she received her doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Boston University and a Shigeru Kawai Recording Artist.
Please visit www.tanyagabrielian.com for more information.