Beethoven Op. 1 #1 in E-flat Major
Bernstein Piano Trio
Beethoven Op. 1 #3 in c minor
Jesse Mills (violin):
Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills enjoys performing music of many genres,
from classical to contemporary, as well as composed and improvised music of his own invention.
In 2004, Mills made his concerto debut with the Chicago's Ravinia Festival Orchestra. He has
performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, including concerts at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall,
Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC,
Boston's Gardener Museum, and the Marlboro Music Festival. He has also appeared at prestigious
venues in Europe, such as the Barbican Centre of London, La Cité de la Musique in Paris, Amsterdam's
Royal Carré Theatre, Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.
Mills is highly regarded as a champion of contemporary music, a renowned improvisational artist,
as well as a composer. He earned a Grammy nomination for his work on a CD of Arnold Schoenberg's
music, released by NAXOS in 2005. He can also be heard on the Koch, Centaur, Tzadik, Max Jazz and
Verve labels for various compositions of Webern, Schoenberg, Zorn, Wuorinen, and others. As a member
of the FLUX Quartet from 2001-2003, Mills performed music composed during the last 50 years (including
the famous six-hour-long String Quartet No. 2 by Morton Feldman), in addition to frequent world premieres.
Mills is co-founder of Duo Prism, a violin-piano duo with Rieko Aizawa, which earned 1st Prize at the
Zinetti International Competition in Italy in 2006. With Ms. Aizawa, Mills became co-artistic director
of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado in 2010.
As a composer and arranger, Mills has been commissioned by venues including Columbia University's
Miller Theater, the Chamber Music Northwest festival in Portland, OR, and Bargemusic in Brooklyn, NYC.
Mills is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Dorothy DeLay, Robert Mann
and Itzhak Perlman. In 2010 the Third Street Music School Settlement in NYC honored him with the
'Rising Star Award' for musical achievement.
Jesse's web site
Raman Ramakrishnan (cello): As a former founding member of the Daedalus Quartet, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan won the grand prize at the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition. With the quartet, he has performed coast-to-coast in the United States and Canada, in Japan, Hong Kong, and Panama, and across Europe. The quartet has been in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and Columbia University, where Mr. Ramakrishnan maintains a teaching studio. Mr. Ramakrishnan has given solo recitals in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and has performed chamber music on Caramoor's "Rising Stars" series, at Bargemusic, with the Boston Chamber Music Society, and at the Aspen, Charlottesville, Four Seasons, Lincolnshire (UK), Marlboro, Mehli Mehta (India), Oklahoma Mozart, and Vail Music Festivals. He has toured with Musicians from Marlboro, is a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and has performed, as guest principal cellist, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a guest member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, he has collaborated with musicians from the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra and performed in New Delhi and Agra, India and in Cairo, Egypt. Mr. Ramakrishnan was born in Athens, Ohio and grew up in East Patchogue, New York. His father is a molecular biologist and his mother is the children's book author and illustrator Vera Rosenberry. He holds a Bachelor's degree in physics from Harvard University and a Master's degree in music from The Juilliard School. His principal teachers have been Fred Sherry, Andrés Díaz, and André Emelianoff. He lives in New York City with his wife, the violist Melissa Reardon. He plays a Neapolitan cello made by Vincenzo Jorio in 1837.
Rieko Aizawa (Piano): Praised by the NY Times for her "impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing", Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa has performed in solo and orchestral engagements throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, Chicago's Orchestra Hall and Vienna's Konzerthaus. At the age of thirteen, Ms. Aizawa was brought to the attention of conductor Alexander Schneider on the recommendation of the pianist Mitsuko Uchida. Schneider engaged Ms. Aizawa as soloist with his Brandenburg Ensemble at the opening concerts of Tokyo's Casals Hall. Later that year, Schneider presented her in her United States début concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with his New York String Orchestra. She has since established her own unique musical voice. Ms. Aizawa is also an active chamber musician. The youngest-ever participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, she has also performed as a guest with string quartets including the Guarneri Quartet and the Orion Quartet. Ms. Aizawa is a founding member of Duo Prism with a violinist Jesse Mills, which earned the 1st Prize at the Zinetti International Competition in Italy in 2006. With Mr. Mills, Ms. Aizawa became co-artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado in 2010. March 2005 marked the release of Ms. Aizawa's first solo recording of Shostakovich's and Scriabin's "24 Preludes" on the Altus Music label. Her second album of Messiaens' and Faure's preludes will come out in 2013. Rieko Aizawa was the last pupil of Mieczyslaw Horszowski at the Curtis Institute, where she received the Rachmaninoff Prize, and she also studied with Seymour Lipkin and Peter Serkin at the Juilliard School. Rieko's web site
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