Red Newt Cellars is pleased to welcome pianist Miri Yampolsky, Cellist Elizabeth Simkin and violinist Susan Waterbury to the October 2016 Sunset Chamber Music series. Guests at this “Sunset Recital” will experience a world-class musical performance combined with elegant wine, delicious morsels, and an incredible sunset. Sunday, October 2nd.
– Bach Sonata IV in C minor, BWV 1017, for Violin and Keyboard
– Kodaly Sonata for Cello and Piano
– Brahms Trio in B Major, Op. 8, for Piano, Violin, and Cello
Wines by the glass and tasting fare available.
Doors open at 5pm. Concert begins at 6pm. $20 admission – ($15 student/senior) Seating limited – reserve tickets here
Miri Yampolsky made her orchestral debut as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and maestro Zubin Mehta at the age of 16, playing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.1. Since then, she appeared with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Mainz Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Valencia, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Johannesburg, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Peninsula Music Festival orchestra and Cornell Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. A first prize winner of the Valencia International Piano Competition Prize Iturbi in Valencia, and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Ms. Yampolsky is an avid and active chamber musician, with appearances in festivals such as Tanglewood; Ravinia; Davos; Berlin Festwoche; Tucson Winter International Chamber Music Festival; Olympic Music Festival; Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival; Peninsula Music Festival; Hitzacker “Music Days”; Schwetzingen Festival; Sessa “Musica d’Insieme” ; Citta di Castelo; Klassikfest Kaisrstuhl; Lucena International Piano Festival and Salzburg’s “Mozarteum”.
Yampolsky’s teachers include Hannah Shalgi, Michael Boguslavsky and Chaim Taub in Israel; Prof. Dmitri Bashkirov and Marta Gulyas at the Escuela Superior De Musica “Reina Sofia” in Madrid, and Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore. Yampolsky was a recipient of AICF scholarships between 1985-1996, and is on the faculty at Cornell University and is a co-artistic director of Mayfest. She lives with her husband, Xak Bjerken, and three children, Misha and Anna, and Maya.
Elizabeth Simkin joined the IC School of Music faculty in the fall of 1994. She has also served for seven summers on the artist faculty of the Bowdoin International Music festival. Prior to that, she was the teaching assistant and student of Janos Starker at Indiana University, Bloomington. She received her Master of Music degree with the Performer’s Certificate from Eastman with Steven Doane and her bachelor’s from Oberlin with Richard Kapuscinski, where she won the John Katz prize in cello performance as well as the Oberlin Concerto competition.
As a United States Artistic Ambassador, Elizabeth has performed extensively in International recitals with pianist Karl Paulnack. She has held summer chamber music residencies at Tanglewood and at the Spoleto festival in Italy. She has been a returning guest artist at numerous chamber music festivals including: Olympic, Roycroft, Skaneateles, Chenango, Garth Newel, and Heifetz. As a founding member of Ithaca’s New Music Group Ensemble X, she has toured to major concert halls and universities, and worked personally with many of today’s leading composers.
Susan Waterbury, professor of Violin at the Ithaca College School of Music since 2000, teaches violin and performs as a recitalist and chamber musician. From 1995-99, Waterbury was Professor of Violin at the University of Memphis where she taught violin and performed with the Ceruti String Quartet.
Previously, Waterbury was full-time Artist-in-Residence and Co-Artistic Director for the Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA where she performed chamber music concerts year-round. She has also held positions with the University of California, Riverside Campus, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Waterbury was a founding member of the Cavani String Quartet. The Cavani Quartet garnered many awards including first prize in the 1989 Walter W. Naumberg Chamber Music, and the Cleveland Quartet and Carmel Chamber Music competitions as well as earning prizes at the Banff International, Chicago Discovery, Coleman, and Fischoff competitions. As a member of Cavani, she performed and taught regularly for concert series and festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad for 11 years.
A new music enthusiast, Waterbury has worked with many composers, including Steven Stucky, Donald Erb, Joan Tower, Ellen Zwilich, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Doherty, Kamran Ince, Sally Lamb, Christopher Rouse, Gordon Stout, and John Adams. She is an active performer, playing recitals, concerti, and collaborations regularly with friends locally, and on national and international series and festivals throughout the year. Past and present collaborations include performances with Present Music (new music ensemble), Paul Katz, Colorado Qt., Cleveland Qt., Miami Qt., Frank Cohen, Jesse Levine, Gordon Stout, Josh Smith, David Cerone, Anton Nel, Earl Wild, and Ann Schein. Waterbury has recorded on the Azica, Albany, Pantheon, Polygram, and Cleveland Institute of Music label. She has worked with and performed music by composers Christopher Rouse, Kamran Ince, Sally Lamb, Steve Stucky, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Doherty, Joan Tower, John Adams, Donald Erb, Dan Welcher, Marc Mellits, Gordon Stout, GeorgeTsontakis, and Jon Grier, to name a few.
In recent summers, Waterbury taught and/or performed for The Quartet Program, Zeltsman Marimba Festival, the Adriatic Chamber Music Festival (Termoli, Italy), Deia International Music Festival, (Mallorca, Spain),Tuckamore Festival (Newfoundland, Canada), Bennington Music Conference (Vermont), and Garth Newel Music Center (Virginia).
Susan Waterbury earned a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from The Ohio State University School of Music which named her “Distinguished Alumna of 1995”. She studied violin with Donald Weilerstein, Jens Ellerman, Michael Davis and Walter Levin and was coached extensively in chamber music by the Cleveland, Tokyo, Emerson, and Juilliard Quartets.
Waterbury plays on a 1864 Vincenzo Postiglione violin and also enjoys playing old-time fiddle and other improvised music with her banjo playing husband David Whiting, playing on her grandfathers fiddle.