Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm
The Sima Trio (Sami Merdinian, violin, Sofya Melikyan, piano, and Ani Kalayjian, cello) have been praised by critics for their "powerful and heartfelt interpretations of the repertoire." It has been labeled "one of the leading young trios of its generation."
The members are highly sought after soloists as well as talented chamber musicians who have performed in major venues world-wide. Stating that their mission is "to bring music to life," their musical focus "is on exploring the abundant standard and forgotten repertoire, discovering new and old works from their various cultural backgrounds and world-wide travels."
According to former Detroiter and world renowned concert violinist Ani Kavafian (once a CMG Brewster scholarship winner), "The Sima Trio is a wonderfully energetic, intensely musical group of young musicians that define the words 'play from your hearts.' They do that and more!"
Mozart K. 502 (Complete)
Rachmaninov Trio Elegiaque #1
Tchebodarian (Armenian folk piece)
Brahms C major
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Andrew von Oeyen, piano
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Pianist Andrew von Oeyen's star began its ascent with his first performance at age 16 with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has since performed to critical acclaim in recital and orchestral performances world-wide.
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat Major, BWV 825
Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in b minor, S. 171
Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte
Sandra Shen and The PEN Ensemble
Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Pianist Sandra Shen, described by critics as “a classical pianist of the first order”. Sandra has said that she strives to “move hearts through music”. She has won first prize in the 2012 International Piano Competition of France and numerous other awards. She currently teaches at the Brevard Music Institute and is a Steinway Artist.
Ms. Shen is joined in this CMG program by The PEN Ensemble (Nora Lewis, oboe, Phillip O. Paglialonga, clarinet, Eric Van der Veer Varner, bassoon and Andrew Pelletier, French horn). The PEN Ensemble was established to explore and expand on the repertoire for the traditional Trio d’Anches. The ensemble has appeared throughout North America and has quickly become known for the quality and energy of their performances.
Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K. 452 (1784), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn in E flat major, Op. 16 (1796), Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
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Hélène Werner, cello
Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Betty Brewster Scholarship Concert
Hélène Werner, a cellist and pianist, is completing her master's program in cello performance at the University of Michigan. She is also a distinguished graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music piano program.
As a member of the Werner Chamber Quartet, with three of her siblings, Ms. Werner has performed to critical acclaim throughout the United States and Western Europe. She also studies and performs at myriad international venues and festivals during the summer months.
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Ensō String Quartet
Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm
The Ensō String Quartet (violinists Maureen Nelson and John Marcus, Melissa Reardon, viola, and Richard Belcher, cello) debut at Cranbrook Music Guild with a reputation as "one of the country's most exciting young ensembles."
It has won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition and was nominated in 2010 for a Best Chamber Music Performance Grammy.
Critics have praised "sheer jaw-dropping prowess" and "edge of the seat vitality."
In 2013 they also received the prestigious Guarneri String Quartet Residency Award from Chamber Music America.
Music Web International has noted: "Seek out this group-they are clearly bound for greatness."
String Quartet Op. 18, No. 4 in C Minor, Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet in e minor, Giuseppe Verdi
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