SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2:00PM

Classical Encounters Foundation Inc

A California Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation
Presents a Program Featuring 

Timothy Durkovic - Piano
Andrew Sords - Violin
John Walz - Cello

   
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Timothy Durkovic
Los Angeles based pianist, Timothy Durkovic, is an active soloist and chamber musician, collaborating regularly with some of world's finest instrumentalists and vocalists including Lynn Harrell, Martin Chalifour, Andrew Sords, Helen Callus, Movses Pogossian, John Walz, Timothy Landauer, Richard O'Neil, Jonathan Mack, the Calder Quartet, the Miró Quartet, and the Casal Quartet among others. He is the Grand Prize Winner of the 1996 Los Angels Liszt Competition as well as a winner of the Beverly Hills Auditions, the Carmel Music Society Competition, the 2001 San Diego Duo Piano Competition and the 2001 IBLA Grand Prize Duo Award (Sicily, Italy) with his duo partner Chie Nagatani, as well as the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Master's Graduate Award from the USC Thornton School of Music. He has served as the Director of Keyboard Studies at Long Beach City College as well as on the faculties of the Orange County High School of the Arts, the University of La Verne, and the USC Thornton School of Music. He also performs regularly as part of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. Tim makes regular appearances at Chamber Festivals both nationally and internationally, including the High Desert Chamber Music Festival in Bend, Oregon, the Festival BRAVISSIMO in Guatemala and ProMusica in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and has been featured as a headline entertainer on Crystal Cruises, Regent Cruises and Hapag Lloyd Cruises. His playing has been described as having great "sensitivity to colors" (Salt Lake City Tribune) and "effortless, with the music always in the forefront, and an overall effect...of music making that is too rarely heard." (Frederick Swann). His CD recording "Gargoyles," available on iTunes, received rave reviews as being "an incisive and exciting performance" from Lowell Lieberman, the title track's composer himself. He has also performed and arranged music for advertising campaigns for clients such as Christina Aguilera and Dignity Health. Born and raised in Guatemala, Mr. Durkovic studied at the National Conservatory of Guatemala, the Juilliard School, Salem College and the USC Thornton School of Music. Tim is also a Broker Associate and President of the Durkovic Group, a luxury real estate group with Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Please visit his website for more information at www.timothydurkovic.com.

 

Andrew Sords

American violinist Andrew Sords has garnered accolades on 4 continents for his performances combining visceral virtuosity and ravishing tone. Hailed in the press as "a fully formed artist" (Kalisz-Poland News), "utterly radiant" (Canada's Arts Forum), and "exceptionally heartfelt and soulful" (St. Maarten's Daily Herald), Sords has received numerous awards and distinctions reflecting his career trajectory, including the Pittsburgh Concert Society's Career Grant, the National Shirley Valentin Award, and the NFMC Young Artist Award. A recent debut with the Boulder Chamber Orchestra (Arensky concerto) prompted Opus Colorado to declare: "[Sords'] remarkably flexible bow arm and relaxed left hand created the impression that he was having no difficulty whatsoever".

Born in Newark, Delaware, Sords was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. After seeing famed violinist Itzhak Perlman on "Sesame Street", he began piano lessons at 5, and shortly thereafter asked for a violin. After studying for seven years with Liza Grossman, Sords was a pupil of Linda Cerone, David Russell, and Chee-Yun Kim at both the Cleveland Institute of Music and Southern Methodist University. Early competition successes led to collaborations with nearly 300 orchestras worldwide: of Sords' Australia debut, the Melbourne Age declared, "Sords made a voluble soloist in the A Major Turkish concerto, forging his statements with an admirably firm clarity and bringing out the work's virtuosity as often as possible. His bowing arm showed an attractive suppleness and an attention to variety of phrasing that made even the episodic finale a pleasure."

Andrew Sords has appeared with celebrated conductors and orchestras. The 2017/18 season features appearances with the El Paso Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, Pueblo Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Southeastern Ohio Symphony, Des Moines Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony, Durham Chamber Orchestra, Longmont Symphony, and at Guatemala's "Festival Bravissimo". In recent seasons, concerto collaborations have included the Oakland Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Motor City Symphony, Kalisz Philharmonic, North State Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Cleveland Philharmonic, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Gulf Coast Symphony, Melbourne Chamber Symphony, and the Dvorak concerto at Toronto's famed Glenn Gould Studio. Sords made his UK concerto debut in Edinburgh and Scotland (Tchaikovsky) with the Glasgow Philharmonia, and his Guatemala debut with the Bruch concerto. In 2016, Sords returned to his childhood orchestra, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, with the Barber Concerto (Liza Grossman). In Madison, Wisconsin, an estimated audience of 30,000 heard a recent outdoor performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto with the WCO. Additionally, Sords has worked with myriad conductors including Robert Franz, Michael Morgan, Sidney Harth, Mario Mateus, Andrew Sewell, Carl Topilow, Scott Seaton, Luis Biava, and Matthew Kraemer.

As a prolific recitalist, Sords has appeared in St. Croix, Washington, D.C., Maui, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, and at St. Augustine's (FL) EMMA Series at Flagler College. In Fall 2016, Sords returned to Australia to present the Mendelssohn concerto and Vaughan-Williams "Lark Ascending", and collaborated with cellists John Walz and Joseph Johnson in performances of the Brahms "Double" concerto. A 2015 Canada tour with the Mendelssohn Piano Trios and Violin Sonata will be reprised with Cheryl Duvall and Luke Severn in 2017 with the Brahms Trio Cycle in Ottawa, Montreal, Guelph, and Toronto. First invited by San Miguel de Allende's ProMusica Series in 2011, Sords has returned with six varied recitals, and performed two programs for West Palm Beach's Norton Museum Series. As a frequent soloist in the Caribbean, Sords has appeared in Puerto Rico, Anguilla, St. Maarten, Trinidad and Tobago, Grand Cayman, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and "STRINGS MAGAZINE" profiled a series of performances with the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Philharmonic. From a Cleveland recital with Eriko Izumida, the review enthused: "Expertly performed, he brought a full and rich sound and gave a heroic performance of Ravel's 'Tzigane', powerful and in control of the many notes. Sords impressed with his total command of technique, consummate musicianship and bravura as he tossed of scads of notes and sang out like a diva...he and Izumida kept the audience in the palm of their hands all afternoon." (Cleveland Classical)

Sords has appeared on the festival circuit including summer appearances in Fairbanks, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and the Republic of Georgia with Liana Isakadze's World Virtuosi. With Ms. Isakadze's ensemble, Sords appeared in Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall. In 2018, Sords will collaborate with pianist Elyane Laussade at Australia's Brunswick Beethoven Festival. After a successful debut at the Glenn Gould Theatre in 2015, Sords will return with the Elgar Violin Concerto celebrating 2018's Canada Day. Appearing annually in Canada with Cheryl Duvall, their collaborations next season include a return engagement on the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society.

A man of diverse interests, Sords competed in the charity fundraiser "Pittsburgh's Dancing With The Stars" as the first classical artist to do so. Sords has performed numerous times for LGBT outreach, including both the Tchaikovsky and Beethoven Violin Concerti in repeats collaborations with the Minnesota Philharmonic and Atlanta Philharmonic, and a summer 2017 appearance with Orchestra Amadeus (Tchaikovsky) marks his New York City concerto debut. Featured four times as a guest on Sirius XM's Derek and Romaine Show and profiled by "OUT Magazine", NPR'S Morning Edition, and hundreds of media outlets, Sords also performed the National Anthem for ESPN2's WNBA Pride Game (2014). In 2017, Sords opened a sold-out Cleveland Indians game with the National Anthem at Cleveland's Progressive Field. Sords's recent collaboration with Sean Christopher on the New-Age album "Transcendence" has been a commercial and critical success, with reviews stating: "much of this is owed to the gorgeous and precise playing by Andrew Sords, whose violin adds a thrumming undercurrent of pure life throughout the album's stainless steel structure." This album is available on iTunes, Amazon.com, and CDBaby.

 

John Walz

John Walz is a celebrated soloist and chamber music artist, known for his dazzling virtuosity and elegant musicianship. A student of the legendary French cellist, Pierre Fournier, he has appeared as soloist with more than 300 symphony orchestras on 5 continents. His performances of 25 different concertos include both standard showcases and rarities like Martinu's Concerto #1 and William Schuman's Song of Orfeus. In addition, he has had the honor of premiering works by many noted composers, including John Williams.

In 1979, Mr. Walz, along with pianist Edith Orloff, founded the Pacific Trio. Now performing with violinist Roger Wilkie, this renowned ensemble has played more than 900 concerts throughout North America and Europe.

In addition to his solo and chamber music duties, he is currently the principal cellist with the Los Angeles Opera, a position he previously held for 20 years with the Long Beach Symphony.

His ever expanding discography includes recordings of the concertos by Dvorak, Haydn, Shostakovich, Bloch, Martinu and Vivaldi. Pacific Trio recordings include Brahms, Shostakovich, Dvorak, Smetana, Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Archduke Trio, an all-American CD, and the most recent, Trios of Korngold, Zemlinsky and Bloch.

He is on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program and Academy, and the Colburn School.


Progam

Rachmaninoff g minor Trio
Shostakovich Trio No. 2 in e minor

 

** Intermission **

 

Brahms Trio No. 2 in C major