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Adam Zukiewicz, piano and Friends

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Adam Zukiewicz, piano
Adam Zukiewicz, piano and Friends

$15 | $10 Seniors and Students

Adam Zukiewicz, piano
Angela Kratchmer, viola
Tulio Rondón, cello

Join pianist Adam Zukiewicz with collaborators Tulio Rondón (cello) and Angela Kratchmer (viola) for a program that explores the rich compositional history of dance, folk song, and fantasy throughout several centuries of western art music.  Beginning with French Suite No. 3 in B minor by J. S. Bach (1685-1750), this dance suite for solo keyboard features elements of galant style, emphasizing singing melodies and a transparent, idiomatic counterpoint. Moving to Central Europe, Frédéric Chopin’s (1810-1849) 3 Mazurkas, Op. 59 is a set of Polish folk dances characterized by a lively triple meter and surprising metrical accents, combined with the composer's virtuosity and romantic chromaticism. A final work for solo piano, Zukiewicz will present Reflections: Prologue, variations and epilogue on an Afrikaans folk song (1998) by Kobie Kloppers, a contemporary Canadian composer who immigrated from South Africa to protest Apartheid policies during the 1970s.

Following Reflections, Zukiewicz and Rondón will perform Drei Fantasiestück, Op. 73 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). Written in 1849, this set of three fantasy pieces was originally composed for piano and clarinet, though the composer indicated that viola or cello were worthy substitutes. A close friend of Schumann, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) also made significant contributions to the clarinet chamber music repertoire late in his career, including the Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114, which—similar to Schumann’s Fantasiestück—may also be performed with viola. This four movement work features folk melodies and dances nestled into traditional forms and structures, resulting in a somber trio, unique in its introspective romanticism where, as one of Brahms’ contemporaries remarked, “It is as though the instruments were in love with each other."

J.S. Bach – French Suite No. 3 in B Minor, BWV 814
F. Chopin – 3 Mazurkas, Op. 59, Ballade No. 2, Op. 38, Scherzo in C sharp Minor, Op. 39
Kobie Kloppers - Reflections: Prologue, variations and epilogue on an Afrikaans folk song (1998)
R. Schumann - Fantasiestücke, Op. 73
J. Brahms - Trio in A minor, Op. 114

A native of Poland, Adam Piotr Żukiewicz has performed across Europe, United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, and Macau. He has appeared on TV in Poland and Canada and his performances were broadcast in USA, Canada, Italy, Slovenia, and Poland.

Maintaining an active international career Adam Piotr Żukiewicz performs as soloist and chamber musician in concerts with renowned instrumentalists and vocalists in USA, Canada, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Hong Kong, and Poland. Highlights of recent performances include debut recitals at the Royal Lazienki Theatre in Warsaw, Chicago Cultural Center, and Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, concerts with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Toronto
Sinfonietta, Toronto Concert Orchestra and Celebrity Symphony Orchestra; debut recital at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona (March 2014), as well as debut at the Residenztheater during the 2013 Munich Opera Festival Chamber Music Concert Series, performing chamber music with the members of the Bayerische Staatsorchester.

Competition successes include several first prizes in competitions in Poland, First Prize at the 2012 Shean Piano Competition in Canada, First Prize at the 2011 TD Canada Trust Music Competition, and Second Prize at the 13th Pacific Piano Competition in 2011 in Richmond, BC. Most recently Mr. Żukiewicz became a medalist of the 2014 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Spain.

As an avid performer of new music, Mr. Żukiewicz regularly performs modern works, including several premieres of new compositions; most recently Brooke Joyce’s Lament for Orlando (2016), Stefano Sacher’s La memoria di Medea (2016), Zdenek Trnka’s Cervnova Nokturna (sonata pro klavir) (2015), and John Beckwith’s Follow me (2013) with clarinetist Peter Stoll. Mr. Żukiewicz’s interest in modern music manifests itself also through his own composition and commissioning of new works from modern composers such as Krystian Kiełb, Bryan Christian, and Wendy Lee. Several of those compositions will be featured on his debut piano solo album The Beginnings, to be released internationally by the DUX label in late 2018.

Always keen on exploring new musical experiences, Adam Piotr Żukiewicz joined the Bayerische Staatsoper for the 2015 production of Alban Berg’s Lulu, under the artistic direction of Kirill Petrenko. In September 2016 he joined the Bayerische Staatsorchester under Maestro Petrenko on their European tour. Adam Piotr Żukiewicz has studied with such renowned pianists and pedagogues as Pawel Zawadzki, Dario de Rosa, Alberto Miodini, Arnaldo Cohen, Vanessa Latarche, Marietta Orlov, James Parker, and Jerome Lowenthal. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Toronto and Masters of Music degree from Indiana University. He has also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK, and was a music scholar at the United World College of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy. His doctoral dissertation “Chopin’s Third Piano Sonata, Op. 58: Late Style, Formal Ambiguity, and Performance Considerations” was published in 2013 by Lambert Academic Publishing.

Adam Piotr Żukiewicz served as faculty at the University of Toronto and St Michael's Choir School in Toronto. His students have studied in renowned institutions such as Indiana University and Eastman School of Music and their successes include festival and competition awards in Canada and beyond. Adam Piotr Żukiewicz currently resides in Greeley, Colorado, where he was recently appointed an Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Northern Colorado. He is also a Resident Faculty Pianist at the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Duino, Italy. 

Cellist and gambist Tulio Rondón performs throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, and North and South America as a soloist and chamber musician.  Known for his vivid depth, passionate performances and strong leadership, he started his professional life early as principal cellist of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Tulio Rondón's
performance career has taken him all over the world, sharing the stage with many internationally celebrated artists.

Tulio Rondón is in demand as a chamber musician and early music specialist. He has been on faculty as the viola da gamba instructor at the White Water Early Music Festival in Wisconsin. He joined the Vancouver Early Music Festival as faculty on viola da gamba and baroque cello alongside Jaap ter Linden in the summer of 2012 and is currently a faculty member of the IMFA (International Music Festival of the Adriatic) in Duino, Italy.

Born in La Victoria, Venezuela, Tulio Rondón began his cello studies through El Sistema, quickly moving up to the highest orchestra by age fifteen.  He received his Bachelor of Music from the Simón Bolivar Conservatory, his Master of Music from Miami University (Oxford, OH), and completed a Doctoral Degree in performance at the University of Arizona. Pursuing his strong interest in historic performance practice, he continued his studies in The Netherlands, doing post-graduate studies on baroque cello and viola da gamba with Jaap ter
Linden and Rainer Zipperling at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Mr. Rondón is currently the violoncello professor at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire.

A native of Iowa, violist Angela Kratchmer has recently completed degrees at Luther College and the Eastman School of Music where she served as the principal violist of both institutions’ top symphonic ensembles. Additional study has included summer festivals such as the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute, Music Mountain, California Summer Music, and the International Orchestra Institute Attergau with the Vienna Philharmonic. An avid student of chamber music, Kratchmer has participated in coachings and masterclasses of the Juilliard, Ying, Brentano, Parker, and Avalon string quartets, with additional instruction from eminent chamber musicians such as Colin Carr, Violaine Melançon, and Kim Kashkashian. Her primary teachers have included Spencer Martin and Carol Rodland.

Before beginning graduate studies at Eastman, Kratchmer was granted a fellowship with Orchestra Institute Napa Valley, a post-graduate program emphasizing performance, arts outreach, and professional development. As an OINV Fellow, Kratchmer was engaged in diverse teaching capacities, providing instruction in an El Sistema-inspired initiative, coaching the Napa Valley Youth Symphony, and developing curriculum for an Artful Learning elementary school. While in California, Kratchmer regularly performed in the sections of the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Merced Symphony, Silicon Valley Philharmonic, and Symphony Napa Valley. 

Currently based in Rochester, NY, Kratchmer enjoys an active life as a teaching and performing artist. In addition to maintaining a private studio and providing group lessons through a local school district, Kratchmer served as a graduate teaching assistant while completing her studies at Eastman. Kratchmer performs throughout upstate New York and beyond, appearing in the viola sections of Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Tri-City Opera, and the Erie Philharmonic.