Winter Academy of Chamber Music
Evan Rothstein studied at the Eastman School, the Yale School of Music and the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington. There he received his Doctor of Music in violin performance with a dissertation devoted to the music of Ives under the direction of noted Ives scholar J. Peter Burkholder. His violin professors included Nelli Shkolnikova, James Buswell and Stanley Ritchie (baroque repertoire), and in chamber music he worked with members of the Cleveland, Tokyo, Julliard, Fine Arts, and Borodin Quartets. He also studied violin pedagogy with Mimi Zweig and worked as an assistant in her Young Violinists program. In 1989 he moved to Paris, where he studied with Veda Reynolds as a Harriet Hale Woolley Fellow of the Fondation des Etats-Unis. He then performed in recitals and as chamber musician throughout Europe, including six years as a member of I Solisti del Festival at the Festival dei due mondi in Spoleto.
Pedagogy consultant to the ProQuartet Centre européen de musique de chambre (2004-2010), he was re-elected unanimously to a second three-year term as Chairman of the European Chamber Music Teachers’ Association in 2012; he writes a bimonthly column on chamber music teaching for Ensemble Magazine. He has also taught violin since 1992 in various conservatories in the Paris region and in workshops for both children and adult amateurs. Since 1997 he teaches chamber music at the Summer String Academy at Indiana University in Bloomington.
Mr Rothstein also holds graduate degrees in musicology from the University of Paris 8 - Saint Denis, where he focused on the experimental music-theatre of Georges Aperghis under the direction of Jean-Paul Olive. He later joined the musicology faculty, and from 2001 to 2012 taught both analysis and history of music. He has contributed chapters and texts to a variety of publications, writing not only about the music of Ives and Aperghis, but more generally about music and society, from the minimalism of Steve Reich to Broadway musicals. In recent years he has worked with Olive Music, the Théâtre de Châtelet and the Cité de la musique, producing concert and CD program notes, written and video interviews, and participating in professional development round tables and the Zoom pre-concert lecture series.
He has lectured in residencies including both conferences and interactive performance workshops internationally, and has served in the juries for a number of chamber music competitions across Europe.
Petras Kunca (b.1942) is a famous Lithuanian violinist and educator. In 1965 he graduated from the Lithuanian State Conservatoire (Prof. V. Radovičius’s violin class), in 1971, he was awarded art licenciate from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire (Prof. A. Grigorian and Prof. V. Gvozdecki’s quartet class). He attended the Bela Bartók string quartet seminar in Budapest held by Prof. A. Mihaly (Hungary, 1968), violin master classes in Finland (1988), Spain (1992), violin and chamber music master classes in Denmark (1999), chamber music master classes in Sweden (1998), Estonia (2000), Latvia (2001) and Austria (2001).
In 1969–1974 P. Kunca taught at the M. K. Čiurlionis Art Gymnasium. Since 1974 he has been teaching at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre; professor (1994), head of the Chamber Ensemble Department at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre (1996).
The performer has given concerts in Lithuania and abroad as well as over 100 recitals. In 1968–1999 he was the second violin at the Vilnius State Quartet. Together with Vilnius State Quartet he toured Europe, Africa, America and Asia, participated in musical festivals and other events around the world. In 1972 the violinist won the first prize at the String Quartet Competition in Liége (Belgium).
The repertoire of Petras Kunca as a soloist includes opuses by I. Stravinsky, F. Liszt, D. Shostakovich, S. Prokofiev, Lithuanian and foreign contemporary composers. Many of them have been recorded in radio studios in Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn and Moscow. P. Kunca has recorded around 30 vinyl and compact discs (with a quartet), has written articles about music, edited opuses for violin solo, string quartet and other chamber ensembles by Lithuanian composers. Over 200 alumni have graduated from P. Kunca’s violin, string quartet and chamber ensemble class at the Lithuanian Academy of Music.
Since 1998 Petras Kunca has been conducting the Teachers Chamber Orchestra at B. Dvarionas Music School.
For his contribution to Lithuanian culture Petras Kunca has been awarded the Lithuanian State Prize (together with the Quartet, 1979) and V Class Order of the Grand Duke of Lithuania Gediminas.
"I began to learn the piano when I was four. I completed all three steps of my music education and graduated from the State College of Music in Warsaw as Master of Fine Arts in the class run by Professor Natalia Hornowska and Jerzy Marchwiński. I then continued to improve my piano skills under Professor Tatiana Nikolayeva at the P. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and also under Guido Agosti, Ricard Brengolo and Alain Meunier at Accademia Chigiana in Sienna.
Already as a freshman at the Warsaw College of Music I began to take interest in chamber music to which I have devoted my entire professional life, both as a performer and as a teacher. I won a prize at the First International Contemporary Music Competition in Utrecht in 1968 where I played with a violinist, I was given a congratulating letter by the jury of a competition in Vienne in 1969 when I accompanied a singer, and then I was given many more diplomas and awards for this type of activity at other national and international competitions.
Since then I have been performing very actively all over Europe, in the USA and Cuba, where my partners have been such outstanding musicians as Kaja Danczowska, Jadwiga Rappé, Oleg Krys, Ivan Monighetti, Milos Sadlo, Michael Flaksman, Jean Fournier, Wolfgang Marscher and many, many others.
I play many forms of chamber music and many stylistic genres. In 1971 Barbara Halska and I set up the Warsaw Piano Duet and in 1974 Kaja Danczowska, Tadeusz Wojciechowski and I formed a trio. I have also co-operated in the role of harpsichord player with several Polish chamber orchestras: T. Ochlewski’s, K. Teutsch’s and J. Maksymiuk’s. I have made a number of record and radio-television recordings for Polish Radio and Television and many European broadcasting houses. I feel a special affinity to the music of Schubert, Brahms and Szymanowski but I also like French music very much.
Another form of activity
My real passion is teaching which occupies just as much room in my life as performing and recording. I have been working for many years at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music where I lead a chamber music class. For several years now I have also been teaching chamber music at the F. Chopin Secondary Music School in Warsaw. I am especially dedicated to the artistic song. I have also conducted master courses in Poland and abroad: at State California University Fresno, Nord Holland Festival Alkmaar, Accademia Tranese. Just recently I have coached singers and pianists at a course at Epsom College (England) at the Colla Voce Summer School.
I am interested in various systems of music education throughout the world and whether or not they can be transferred to our conditions here at home. In particular, I am looking closely at the appropriate and conscious use of the body in singing and playing musical instruments as well as in the communication of artistic ideas.
My deep concern for the need to keep this “instrument”, i.e., the human body, in good order has led me to establish the Saint Cecilia — Health for Musicians Foundation. The main purpose of this foundation is to bring to professional musicians the awareness that they must continually care for their own psycho-physical fitness and that of their students (professional prevention) and I eventually plan to develop a rehabilitation centre for musicians.
When I am not working I like best to walk in the mountains, the woods or the countryside … and go to the cinema."
Junio Kimanen studied piano at the Sibelius Academy under Marita Viitasalo and Juhani Lagerspetz, and went on to complete his studies in Italy and France under Konstantin Bogino. He has given concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Finland, Russia, France, Italy, Canada and Japan, and has been a guest at several music festivals. Junio Kimanen is also a busy teacher of chamber music and piano and a publisher of educational materials, and has been Artistic Director of the Kuhmo chamber music courses since 2002.
Pianist Marje Lohuaru has achieved recognition above all as valued chamber musician. She is also pedagogue and active figure in Estonian musical life.
Lohuaru began her musical studies at the Tallinn Music High School with Professor Hilja Olm and continued with Professor Heljo Sepp in Tallinn State Conservatoire (1968–1973). She improved her skills at the postgraduate level at Leningrad Conservatoire with Marina Karandashova.
After graduating from the Tallinn State Conservatoire, Lohuaru has remained affiliated with the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. From 1973 to 1978 she was active as an accompanist, since 1981, has served as a professor in the Chamber Music Department of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. In 1988 she became a Associate Professor in the department, serving as chair from 1991 to 1997, and was elevated to full professor in 1998. In 1992–1993, Lohuaru was an assistant to the chancellor in foreign relations, and since 1993 she has worked as the Vice-Rector of International Relations. Thanks to Lohuaru’s work, there are agreements with over 50 higher musical education institutions throughout Europe and also with prestigous foreign projects like Culture 2000, TEMPUS, Socrates/Erasmus, and Japanese Government Cultural Aid programs. As an academic expert, Lohuaru has often evaluated higher education projects for the European Commission.
As Professor of Chamber Music at the Estonian Academy of Music, Lohuaru has greatly contributed to furthering the artistry of young Estonian chamber musicians and enriching their repertoire. Among her pupils are Jana and Mihkel Peäske, Tuuli Teder and Selvadore Rähni, Ruth Haav and Kaido Kelder, Ralf Taal and Virgo Veldi. Lohuaru has participated in many Estonian and international competition juries as well as given master courses in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Russia, Italy and elsewhere.
As a highly valued ensemble partner among singers and instrumentalists, Lohuaru has performed with many interprets such as Urve Tauts, Pille Lill, Riina Airenne, Ulrika Kristian, Urmas Vulp, Mare Teearu, Peeter Paemurru, Jelena Komarova and Marianne Boettcher. She has given concerts in Finland, Germany, Russia, Scandinavian countries and Canada.
Lohuaru has been the member of the board of Estonian Music Council (1995–2005) and the president of Endowment for Music of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (2003–2005). She is the member of Estonian National Commission for UNESCO (since 1996), the member of the board of ELIA (European League of the Institutes of the Arts, since 2004), European Union expert of educational and cultural programs, the member of the board of Association of Estonian Professional Musicians (2002–2008 chairman of the board). She has been awarded Estonian Republic’s V Class Order of the White Star in 2005.
Lohuaru has recorded music for Estonian Radio and Estonian Television. Together with violinist Ulrika Kristian, Lohuaru has CD „An altered landscape” (Estonian Radio, 1998). On compilation CD „To reach yesterday” (Megadisc, 2003) she performs Lepo Sumera’s vocal music together with soprano Pille Lill.
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