Mary Artmann, Cello
June 24, 2016
Tickets available at: http://www.mynextconcert.com/#!grandepassion/pbqza
After ten years, an award winning classical vocalist Yulia Ronskaya returns to the Bay Area for one concert with a celebrity accompanist, pianist Miles Graber and a prominent soloist and recording artist Mary Artmann, cello. The trio will perform a program of romantic and passionate music ranging from Verdi, Faure, and Rachmaninov to Neapolitan and America songs, and Broadway tunes. Yulia Ronskaya, soprano, has gained international acclaim for her beautiful tone and distinct style of performing well know music in uniquely charismatic and personal way. Her all-embracing interests in the most varied branches of great music have always ranged far afield from opera. That is why, after starting her career as an opera singer, she later made a decision to become exclusively a concert soloist that allowed her to venture off into different musical genres while always keeping operatic arias in her repertoire. Following her passion for pushing the envelope and taking her art well outside its conventional scope, in 2013 Ms. Ronskaya recorded a controversial cross-gender operatic album Les Frissons D'Amour for which she received a Hollywood Music in Media Award as Best Female Vocalist and also, among fellow musicians, an unofficial title Antichrist of Opera. Currently, Yulia resides in Los Angeles and continues to perform in the US and internationally, and to teach voice privately. Her new classical crossover album Dream by Night will be coming out in late 2016.
Ms. Ronskaya is thrilled to come back to the Bay Area that she used to call home for 15 years, and where she started her life and career after emigrating from Russia in 1994. She always remembers wonderful times teaching chorus and directing stage productions at the Crowden School in Berkeley and being a private coach to many voice students from Berkeley, Oakland, and Piedmont.
Friday, June 24 at 7:30pm
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Cellist Mary Artmann started her career in Colorado as a member of the award-winning Veronika String Quartet, while artist-in-residence at Colorado State University-Pueblo. As a devoted performer of new music she has performed with the Empyrean Ensemble, the SF Contemporary Music Players and the June in Buffalo Festival. She has also performed with the String Orchestra of Hidden Valley and has appeared as a guest artist with the Colorado Chamber Players and the Colorado Bach Ensemble.
Ms. Artmann is an active recitalist and has served on the faculties of CSU-Pueblo, Mercyhurst College, and Rocky Ridge Music Center. She received grants from the New York State Council of the Arts and recorded for Colorado Public Radio, Radio Nuevo Leon, Radio France, WDR (Cologne, Germany) and WBFO's Opus Classics Series (Buffalo, NY). She graduated with high distinction from the University of California at Berkeley and received a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California. She was twice the recipient of the Alfred Hertz Memorial Traveling Fellowship, sponsoring intensive study with the legendary Siegfried Palm in Cologne, Germany.
She now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has a thriving teaching studio.
Miles Graber, a graduate of Juilliard School of Music, has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area since early 1970s, where he has developed a wide reputation as an accompanist and collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and singers. Mr. Graber has become famous in musical circles for his unique ability to be perfectly in tune with the soloist while maintaining his own musical style, which in combination with his exceptional musicality and virtuoso piano technique makes him indispensible for any musician he works with. He has performed with numerous solo artists, including Issac Stern, Sarah Chang, Frederica von Stade, Cho-Liang Lin, Camilla Wicks, Axel Strauss, Mimi Stillman, Judith LeClair, Martha Aarons, and Lev Polyakin, to name a few. Mr. Graber has accompanied master classes of Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Joseph Silverstein, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Pamela Frank, Alexander Barantchik, James Galway, Lynn Harrell, Robert Lipsett, Ronald Leonard and many other world renowned musicians. He is a staff accompanist at the San Domenico Conservatory in San Anselmo, California, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Northern California Flute Camp in Carmel Valley. Other accompanying posts include the Mondavi Center for the Arts Young Artist Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the Summer Brass Institute.