Red Newt Cellars is pleased to welcome violinist Ariana Kim and pianist Dmitri Novgorodsky to the March 2017 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, March 19th
March 19th Program:
Augusta Read Thomas “Rainbow Bridge to Paradise”
Wines by the glass and tasting fare available.
Doors open at 5:00pm. Concert begins at 6:00pm. $20 admission – ($15 student/senior) Seating limited – reserve tickets here
Noted by The New York Times for giving “the proceedings an invaluable central thread of integrity and stylishness” and having “played with soulful flair,” violinist Ariana Kim made her New York recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in 2008 and is now in her third year as a professor at Cornell University. At 16, Ariana made her debut with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and at 24 was appointed acting concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic in New Orleans and has since become one of the most respected artists of her generation.
An avid chamber musician of both the contemporary and traditional literature, Ariana now marks her 10th season as a member of the New Yorker-acclaimed New York new music ensemble, Ne(x)tworks, with whom she improvises, performs, composes, and records. Their debut CD of Earle Brown chamber works on the Mode Records label has now been followed by two self-release albums. In 2013, they made their international debut at the John Cage Festival in Berlin performing Cage’s “Song Books” to a packed house alongside the Maulwerker Company.
She now marks her 9th season with The Knights, a New York-based imaginative and diverse musical collective that performs programs ranging from string quartets to bluegrass tunes and Mid-East folk music, to the great chamber orchestra masterpieces of the 20th century. In January of 2015, the group released its seventh album, …the ground beneath our feet – a collection of live performances from a recent U.S. tour – for Warner Classics, on which Ariana is a featured soloist in Steve Reich’s Duo for two violins and strings, alongside Guillaume Pirard; that track has since received much acclaim and was chosen as one of NPR’s “Songs We Love” for 2015.
Ariana finds another musical home in her native Twin Cities as she is now in her 11th season with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, where recent collaborations have included performances with pianist Leon Fleisher, violinist Robert Mann, cellists Fred Sherry and Peter Wiley, violist Nobuko Imai, and clarinetist Charles Neidich. The CMSM is preparing for their 25th anniversary season which will include the release of a new live compilation album, the premiere of two new commissions, and a roster of renowned guest artists, all to be announced at the start of the 2016-17 season.
Ariana has spent summers at Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Yellow Barn, and Orford Centre d’Arts. A passionate pedagogue, Ariana spends much of the academic year teaching and mentoring a full studio of talented collegiate students at Cornell; this summer, she will join the faculty of the Palo Alto Chamber Music Workshop for the 13th consecutive year, the Northern Lights Chamber Music Institute for the eighth time, and the Crowden Music Center Chamber Music Institute for the first time. She volunteers annually with two Title One schools in San Jose, CA and has presented master classes throughout the U.S. and abroad at such institutions as Kent State University, The MacPhail Center, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Currently, Ariana co-resides in Ithaca and New York City where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard under the tutelage of Robert Mann. Her most recent engagements have included the world premiere of Peter Child’s “Afterglow” for string quartet and wind ensemble, performed at MIT, a new chamber opera “Thomas Paine in Violence” written for Ne(x)tworks by Paul Pinto, a faculty recital at Cornell with fortepianist Roger Moseley and percussionist Shane Shanahan, a European tour with the Knights, and a guest appearance with Brooklyn Rider at the American Academy in Rome. A recipient of an Affinito-Stewart Grant and a Society for the Humanities Grant, Ariana released her first solo album in November of 2015 which will feature works for solo violin and violin + 1 written by American women composers including Ruth Crawford Seeger, Augusta Read Thomas, and Jennifer Curtis.
Hailed by the press as a “breathtaking” and “stunning” pianist, Dmitri Novgorodsky was born to a musical family in Odessa, Ukraine. He began to play the piano at age five and was admitted into a special music school for gifted children a year later. By the age of 16, he had won the First Prize at the Kazakhstan National Piano Competition, and later the Gold Medal of the National Festival of the Arts. After graduating from the studio of Professor Victor Merzhanov at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with high honors, Novgorodsky immigrated to Israel in 1991.
In 1992, he was offered a full scholarship for advanced studies at Yale University School of Music in the United States. Under the tutelage of Professor Boris Berman, he earned the Master of Music, the Master of Musical Arts, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Currently, Mr. Novgorodsky is the first and the only Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory graduate in Piano Performance to have earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance degree from Yale. In 1999, he was granted the “Extraordinary Abilities in the Arts” permanent U.S. residence, “as one of a small percentage of those who have risen to the top in their field of endeavor.”
Dr. Novgorodsky has performed in Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Israel, France, Austria, Spain, Canada, Turkey and Taiwan. In the United States, he has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall (New York City); the Kennedy Center and the Residence of Russian Ambassador to the Unites States (Washington, DC); the WLFN Talent Showcase (Philadelphia); the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, WI (in live broadcast solo recitals). Among highlights in the last several years have been performances at the Center for Advanced Musical Research in Istanbul; a concert tour in Kazakhstan with a solo recital and master classes at the National Conservatory of Music; a chamber music concert at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory; recitals with Patrice Michaels at the International Voice Symposium in Salzburg, Austria; solo recital at the Eden-Tamir Music Center (Jerusalem); engagements as concerto soloist with Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Fox Valley Symphony, Temple Symphony, Lawrence Symphony, Fredonia College Symphony, Western New York Chamber Orchestra. In August 2014, he performed collaborative recitals at the Deià International Music Festival and at the Palau March Summer Concert series in Palma de Mallorca with violinist David Colwell. In May 2015, he appeared both as a concerto soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra and as a chamber musician at the International Music Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
One of four chamber compositions by contemporary authors Mr. Novgorodsky has premiered – “The Prophecy from 47 Ursae Majoris” for clarinet and piano by Andrew Paul MacDonald – won the 2001 Third International Web Concert Hall Competition, was performed at Carnegie Hall with Yamaha performing artist, Arthur Campbell, and became a part of the CD Premieres, released on the Gasparo label. A CD of pieces for oboe and piano by the 20th century Russian-Soviet composers, recorded in collaboration with Professor Mark Fink, was released by the University of Wisconsin Madison Press in the fall of 2007 and has been commercially available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, Greece, China, India, South Africa, and Japan. A CD of cello sonatas by Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss in transcription for double bass, recorded with Michael Klinghoffer at the Eden-Tamir Music Center in Jerusalem, is due to be released in Japan later this year.
Dr. Novgorodsky’s pedagogical experience comprises more than 14 years of university teaching. His former students have continued their graduate studies at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, University of Colorado Boulder and University of Texas at Austin. He has been a piano faculty at Grand Valley State University, University of Wisconsin, Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, Jerusalem Academy of Music, and State University of New York at Fredonia School of Music.
He joins the Ithaca College School of Music as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2015.