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Thursday, July 18
City of Beverly Hills Municipal Gallery
455 N Rexford Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Parking: across the street at 450 N Rexford Dr, adjacent to Beverly Hills Public Library
Composer-in-Residence Franghiz Ali-Zadeh
Master class & Performance
Performance of Ali-Zadeh compositions:
Impulse (premiered by Hilary Hahn, 2013)
Azer Damirov, violin
Jacopo Giacopuzzi, piano
Habil-Sayagy (premiered by Yo-Yo Ma)
Francisco Vila, cello
Ian Barber, piano
Young composers Master class *
* Georgy Gusev (Los Angeles, CA)
Georgy Gusev, cello
* Sunny Knable (New York, NY)
The Green Violin
Chase Spruill , violin
Sunny Knable, piano
MEET THE ARTISTS
Composer/AzerbaijaniFranghiz Ali-Zadeh is an Azerbaijani composer and pianist, currently living in Germany. She is best known for her works that combine the musical tradition of the Azerbaijani mugam and 20th century Western compositional techniques, especially those of Arnold Schoenberg and Gara Garayev. Her works have been performed by Yo-Yo Ma and the Kronos Quartet. On June 20, 2007, Ali-Zadeh was elected chair of the Composers' Union of Azerbaijan.
Violinist/AzerbaijanAzer began his musical studies at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted in the Musical College of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Professor Maria Keselman from which he graduated in 2007 at the age of 20 with an equivalent of a Bachelor Degree Diploma. Azer participated in master classes and festivals in Dortmund in Germany, Britten-Pearce Orchestra in Great Britain, and Volga Regional Young Symphony festival. Recipient of the Ministry of Culture Russian Federation’s Stipend, Azer is a Laureate of numerous national competitions. In 2007 Azer received a Diploma at the 14th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Fermo, Italy, and a special iPalpiti prize for participation in the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles. In the fall 2010, Azer was accepted into Bachelor of Music Program at Boyer College at Temple University in the class of Professor Schmieder, where, subsequently he completed his Master's degree in 2013, and currently pursues a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. Last year, Azer formed the Philadelphia-based The Amaranth Piano Trio with several performances in its debut season. He is a member of iPalpiti since 2009, including East Coast residency and in concerts at the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall, and Los Angeles festivals. In 2012, he performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall as a winner the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music. In 2018, on a special invitation by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan he gave solo recitals and master class in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital. In May 2019, as a winner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions he and fellow iPalpitian, violist Adelya Shagidullina gave a series of concerts in Southern California.
Cellist/Ecuador“Vila brought out the fervour and vitality…consummate projection.” — The Strad Magazine, April 2012 Ecuadorian cellist Francisco Vila began playing the cello at age 8 and had his solo debut with orchestra at 14. Concert activities have taken him throughout Europe, North and South America. Vila was granted a Presidential Scholarship to the Boston Conservatory for his Bachelor studies, after which he received a Performance Diploma from Indiana University where he was a student of Janos Starker and Sharon Robinson. In 2012, he was selected to the inaugural cello class at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, where he earned an Artist Diploma under the famed cellist Gary Hoffman. Performing collaborations have included those with artists such as Nobuko Imai, Maria João Pires, Gary Hoffman, Wolfram Christ, Martin Chalifour, members of the Juilliard String Quartet, violist Kim Kashkashian and others. Mr. Vila has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Santander Festival Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony, Indiana University Philharmonic, the Central Florida Orchestra, and all principal orchestras of his native Ecuador. He has been a participant at the Ravinia Steans Institute and guest artist at the Beaumaris, Santander, and Stavelot music festivals among others; as a member of the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates performed in such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, Mozarteum Salzburg, and on international tours. Vila views teaching as an important aspect in music-making. In March of 2015, supported by a grant from iPalpiti Artists International, Mr. Vila founded the International Music Festival of Esmeraldas (Ecuador) in his hometown. This project that unites gifted young artists from Central and South America for two weeks of masterclasses with international artists, providing all concerts free of charge to the public. Principal cellist of the Aalborg Symphony in Denmark since 2016 - a happy collaboration with iPalpiti alumni concertmaster Vesselin Demirev and Principal 2nd Alexander Dzyubinsky - he performs on a fine 1790 Vincenzo Panormo cello on generous loan from the Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation. iPalpiti artist since 2009, this season Francisco joined iPalpiti Artists International as a Fellow of the New Leadership Initiative.
Pianist/FranceIan Barber started studying piano at age seven in Colorado with Patricia Chen, continuing with Larry Graham and Rodney Mobley in high school. He has also worked with several prestigious teachers including Jullian Martin and Yoheved Kaplinsky from the Juilliard School of Music, Emilio del Rosario from the Music Institute of Chicago and French pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jean-Claude Pennetier. Winner of several national competitions, he was twice chosen to serve a two-year term on the Young Musicians Foundation Roster. After winning Yamaha Piano Competition in 2004, he was selected to perform with the National Repertory Orchestra in the Breckenridge Music Festival, and the following year, as a winner of the Denver/Steinway Piano Competition, he was the soloist with the Colorado Symphony and reinvited to perform with the National Repertory Orchestra playing Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto. In 2008 he won Indiana University's concerto competition and performed Brahms 2nd piano concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra. With French violinist and cellist Boris Borgolotto and Marc Girard Garcia, Ian founded the Zadig Trio. Since its creation in 2014, the Trio has won 11 international prizes in France, the USA, Austria and Italy, and is regularly invited to play in great halls worldwide. The Zadig Trio is currently a resident of the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, under the tutelage of Artemis Quartet. The Trio’s first album, called “Something in Between”, was released in March 2019. It features music by Leonard Bernstein, Benjamin Attahir and Maurice Ravel.