Saturday, May 22, 2010

Jeffrey Solow and Ayke Agus to perform cello-piano duos in Los Angeles recital

Jeffrey Solow

--Robert Schumann: Fantasy Pieces, op. 73
--Samuel Barber: Sonata in C minor, op. 6
--Giovanni Battista Pergolesi: Sinfonia á cello solo
--Frédéric Chopin: Sonata in G minor, op. 65

When: Friday, May 28, 7:30 pm
General admission, $25 (revised rates)
Where: Sherman Oaks home of Richard and Darlene Grant
Reservations and location, call Benida: (310) 826-3470

Preview by Rodney Punt

Music lovers of a certain age in Los Angeles will recall the residency of two remarkable artists - violinist Jascha Heifetz and cellist Gregor Piatigorsky - who in their later years instructed at USC’s School of Music during the 1960’s and 70’s. They trained many students who went on to worldwide fame in their own right.

Cellist and Los Angeles native Jeffrey Solow is one of them, having in his youth served as Piatigorsky’s assistant at USC. Now a resident of Philadelphia, Solow returns here for a rare chamber recital this coming Friday evening at a private home in Sherman Oaks. He will be joined by pianist Ayke Agus, herself a pupil of Heifetz and a longtime colleague of Solow’s.

A reception will follow, providing an opportunity to talk with the performers. It's a chance to take in lovely music not often heard live, and possibly also learn more about the varied performance and teaching dynamics of Heifetz and Piatigorsky, two of the legendary performers of the Twentieth Century.

Ayke Agus

Background on the artists:

Now a Professor of cello and chamber music and the Chair of the Department of Instrumental Studies at Temple University 's Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, Solow has performed with many important orchestras, notably our own Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Japan Philharmonic, and the Seattle Symphony. He has recordings on Columbia, ABC, Centaur, Delos and Telefunken labels. Active in chamber music, he is President of The Violoncello Society, Inc. (of New York) and the American String Teachers Association.

Press comments: "Flawless intonation and generous technique” – Time magazine
"Jeffrey Solow plays with taste, sense, and most striking of all, tremendous verve and temperament." - The Boston Globe

Ayke Agus, piano, is a multi-talented artist: a master violinist and pianist of incomparable skills. Her longtime association with the great violinist Jascha Heifetz includes numerous performances and chamber music concerts.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm really looking forward to Jeff's performance in Temecula on the 29th and I know that anyone who has heard him play, will want to hear him again. Marvelous!

Deborah Nourse Lattimore