It was a privilege to be a faculty member of the Nacionalinę moksleivių akademiją summer session in August 2018. With my colleagues from Trio Agora, we worked with bright, talented, and hardworking students for ten days in beautiful Nida, Lithuania.
5 wonderful weeks in Highland Park, Illinois, surrounded by incredible colleagues and mentors. A few memories from the summer:
We kicked off our tour of Belgium and Italy on November 17th at Atelier Marcel Hastir. Five premieres in one evening, all related to Lithuania, its history and folklore. Looking forward to our concerts in Italy!
We were honored to have been awarded the 2nd prize at the Luigi Nono chamber music competition, held in Rivoli, Italy. It was held October 20-22 in two rounds, and we had a wonderful time getting to know Rivoli and the surroundings.
We enjoyed beautiful New Zealand, and concerts in Auckland and Wellington!
Happy to have completed my studies at the Koningkijk Conservatrorium with this final exam in the main hall of the conservatory.
Violin: Vladyslava Luchenko, Louis Corral, Egle Venslovaityte, Clara Levy, Natalia Kotarba, Hélène Drouguet, Ari Adamopoulos
Viola: Dorotea Vismara, Maxime de Petter, Amalija Kokeza
Cello: Paula Schieferecke, Aurore Molord
Double Bass: Gazmir Gjonaj
Oboe: Ilona Ingels, Yasmina Vandenberghe
Horn: Joannes van Meensel, Brecht Vandenbogaerde
What an inspiring week in Prussia Cove, studying with Ralph Kirshbaum and combining music and nature for an unforgettable 10 days!
We had a wonderful time in Birštonas, Kaunas, and Vilnius in March. Three concerts, two interviews, and one photoshoot in a week; it was exhausting but exhilarating! For more information, visit trioagora.com
Thank you to the Mons Conservatory Orchestra under the baton of Romain Corbisier for a wonderful experience performing Schumann's Cello Concerto!
On January 20, 2017 the Belgian radio station Musiq3 broadcast the January 13 concert with Frank Braley conducting the Orchestre Royale de Chambre de la Wallonie, Salle Arsonic, Mons (Belgium). 35:30 marks the beginning of Haydn's C major Cello Concerto. Cadenzas by Joel Hoffman.
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An inspirational masterclass by Gary Hoffman on Tchaikovsky Pezzo Capriccioso and Beethoven Variations on "bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen."
Category: string instrumentalists (no age limit). A beautiful setting for the competition, which took place December 3-18, 2016. Great memories from the S. Francesco di Paola sanctuary overlooking the sea, and the city of Paola, Calabria.
What a pleasure and honor to have been part of the first "Città di Cremona" competition, October 1 and 2, 2016, as part of Cremona Mondomusica, a fantastic international musical arts fair in Italy.
This prize was awarded to top participants of each instrument participating in this masterclass in beautiful Belém, Portugal. I had the pleasure of studying with Gary Hoffman.
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It was great to perform with Žilvinas Brazauskas in Nida's Catholic Church. Our program ranged from Villa-Lobos to Bártok, and we were happy to give the Lithuanian premiere of Joel Hoffman's "Bitter Lemon Suite". Great memories from such a beautiful country!
Memories from the summer in Cantabria, Spain, playing side by side with Alexander Rudin, Latica Honda-Rosenberg, and many other wonderful musicians.