SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2:00PM

Classical Encounters Foundation Inc

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

David Kaplan - Piano & Coleman Itzkoff - Cello

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David Kaplan

David Kaplan, pianist, has been called "excellent and adventurous" by The New York Times, and praised by the Boston Globe for "grace and fire" at the keyboard.He has appeared at London's Barbican Centre, at Miami's Arscht Center with Itzhak Perlman, and worked with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recent recital appearances include the Ravinia Festival, Sarasota Opera House, and National Gallery, and he looks forward to appearances at Music on Main in Vancouver and Strathmore's Music at the Mansion in Baltimore. An avid concerto soloist who often conducts from the keyboard, he recently performed Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Johnstown Symphony and James Blachly, and the De Falla Harpsichord Concerto at the Mondavi Center in Davis, CA

Kaplan's passion for drawing connections between past and present music has resulted in New Dances of the League of David, a suite that incorporates newly commissioned miniatures into Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6, including such eminent composers as Augusta Read Thomas, Hannah Lash, Gabriel Kahane, and Andrew Norman. Selected as one of the "Best Classical Music Performances of 2015," by The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini wrote: "'New Dances' is no gimmick... it was fascinating to hear Schumann through the ears of these perceptive, stylistically varied contemporary composers."

Kaplan balances solo performances with meaningful collaborations. This season includes programs together with the Enso and Ariel String Quartets, a new violin sonata commissioned from Christopher Cerrone together with Rachel Lee Priday, a joint recital with Pulitzer winning composer/performer Caroline Shaw, and piano-duo work with long-time collaborator Timo Andres (including a new two-piano concerto for the Britten Sinfonia in 2017). As a core member of Decoda, the affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall, David performs frequently in New York's most exciting venues, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to National Sawdust, and appears frequently as part of the group's groundbreaking residency work, which has taken him on residencies throughout the US as well as internationally in Abu Dhabi, Mexico, and the UK. He appears widely as a guest of the New York Chamber Soloists, with whom he first performed replacing an ailing Menahem Pressler. He is a young veteran of numerous distinguished chamber music festivals and series: he has appeared at the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and at Seattle Town Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Barge Music, and the Canadian festivals of Banff and Orford. In addition, he has been a guest at Ravinia (RSMI), Tanglewood, Bard, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. He is the Artistic Director of Lyrica Chamber Music, a community series in Morris County, NJ celebrating its 30th season next year.

Kaplan has recorded for Naxos, in music of Mohammed Fairouz with soprano Kiera Duffy (2016), and on Nonesuch in the acclaimed disc, Shy and Mighty (2010), featuring an album length two-piano suite by Timo Andres.

The recipient of a DMA from Yale University in 2014, Kaplan's distinguished mentors over the years include the late Claude Frank, Alfred Brendel, Richard Goode, and Emanuel Ax. Before entering Yale, he studied at the University of California Los Angeles with Walter Ponce, and under the auspices of a Fulbright Grant, he studied conducting with Lutz Köhler at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Away from the keyboard, he loves cartooning and cooking, and is mildly obsessed with classic cars.

David is proud to be a Yamaha Artist.

Coleman Itzkoff

Hailed by the Alex Ross and The New Yorker for his "flawless technique and keen musicality," cellist Coleman Itzkoff enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Coleman was born into a musical family - both parents are professional violinists - and began playing cello at the age. Principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Eric Kim, was Coleman's first primary teacher. Further studies have included his undergraduate work with Desmond Hoebig at the Shepherd School ( Rice University, Houston, TX) and more recently he achieved his Master's degree at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music while a member of the studio of Ralph Kirshbaum.

Gold Medalist in the 2017 International Berliner Music Competition, Coleman was a multiple prize winner at the 2016 Irving Klein Competition and in the 2016 Boulder International Chamber Music Competition. He has also taken prizes at the Fischoff, Johansen, Blount Slawson, and Young Texas Artist Competitions. In January 2013, Coleman was a featured guest artist for a weeklong residency on NPR's Performance Today, recording interviews with host Fred Child and a full recital program. He has been guest soloist with numerous orchestras across the nation. A recent career highlight was his acclaimed Walt Disney Concert Hall concerto debut, performing the epic cello solo in "Heaven, Earth and Mankind" by Tan Dun.

Aside from his performing career, Coleman is a devoted and dynamic educator and communicator, teaching and performing outreach concerts in schools, community centers, and hospitals around the county. His inspiring work has earned him kudos wherever he appears and, in 2015, the Cleveland Clinic Arts and Medicine Award for his engaging talks and accessible performances for clinic patients.

Coleman holds a BM from Rice University and his Master's Degree at the Thornton School of Music at USC under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbaum. He performs on a Paul Siefried bow on loan to him from the Maestro Foundation and on a 1740 Gennaro Gagliano Cello, generously loaned to him by the Amatius Foundation of Austin, TX.


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