Music At Oakmont 1-15-20

PRESS RELEASE NO. 1, FOR CONCERT FEB. 13, 2020

–Rosemary Waller

A FABULOUS VIOLIN AND GUITAR DUO

On Feb. 13 Music at Oakmont welcomes the immensely popular duo of Ian Swensen and Marc Teicholz for their third appearance on this series. A native of New York, violinist Ian Swensen comes from a musically gifted family of Norwegian and Japanese-Hawaiian descent. He has lived in the Bay Area for over 20years, teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Sacramento State University.

In addition, Mr. Swensen maintains an active schedule as soloist and chamber musician, appearing at such venues as Music@Menlo, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society. Among recent projects are a series of recitals with pianist Jeffrey LaDeur, Stravinsky’s L’Histoire duSoldatwith members of the San Francisco Symphony, and a series of Haydn trios with Kenneth Slowik on fortepiano. Other engagements have included the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival; the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds; Music from Marlboro; residencies at Tanglewood, Banff, and Morningside Music Bridge in Calgary; and travels to Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand to teach and perform. He has appeared with members of the Juilliard, Cleveland, Emerson, Takács, Concord and Tokyo Quartets, as well as with Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Mark O’Connor and Yo-Yo Ma. Mr. Swensen is one of the few musicians to have been awarded the Walter W. Naumburg International Competition’s top prize for both solo violin and chamber music. His recordings can be found on the Telarc and Deutsche Grammophon labels.

Marc Teicholz, also serving on the faculty of the SF Conservatory,was awarded first prize at the l989 International Guitar Foundation of America Competition. A prize winner at the 1991 New York East-West Artists Competition, he has been described by Gramophone magazineas “arguably the best of the new young guitarists to have emerged.” Mr. Teicholz has performed throughout the US, Canada, Russia, Poland, Switzerland, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Fiji. His recitals and master classes have received critical acclaim, and he has soloed with orchestras in Spain, Portugal, California, and Hawaii.

Among the new works written specially for him, Clarice Assad’s Concerto for Guitar, O Saci-Pererêwas debuted by Mr. Teicholz at the Biasini Festival in San Francisco. He is featured on the pilot soundtrack for George Lucas’ Young Indiana Jones, and has recorded solo CDs for Naxos, Sugo, Menus and Music, and Guitar Salon International. His latest solo disc presents works performed on historic guitars of the period of each musical selection. On Delos records he has recently released Open Your Heart, with soprano Laura Claycomb, featuring 19th and 20th century composers. For Naxos, Mr. Teicholz has recorded two collections of music byFernando Sor, and also works by the 19th century French virtuoso guitarist and composer Napoléon Coste.

The Swensen/Teicholz Oakmont program will include Astor Piazzolla’s monumental workL’Histoire du Tango.

WHAT: Music at Oakmont

WHEN: Thurs. Feb. 13, 1:30 PM

WHERE: Berger Center

ADMISSION: $25 at the door, or your Season Pass

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