Ashland: Friday, Oct. 6 ♦ Medford: Saturday, Oct. 7 ♦ Grants Pass: Sunday, Oct. 8
I’lana COTTON: Cantus
Commissioned by The Rogue Valley Symphony
HAYDN: Symphony No. 103 “Drum Roll”
BEETHOVEN: Triple Concerto
The Tempest Trio
Ilya Kaler, violin · Amit Peled, cello · Alon Goldstein, piano
Masterworks Series Ashland performances
Sponsored by Robert Pohl
Masterworks Series Medford performances
Sponsored by Anonymous
Medford Concert Sponsored by Katheryn McElrath & Stan Shulster
The Tempest Trio
Combining technical mastery, expressive depth, and performance experience, pianist Alon Goldstein, violinist Ilya Kaler, and cellist Amit Peled have joined forces to form one of the most exciting trios on the international scene. Each virtuoso member of the ensemble has a successful solo career and together they bring vitality to the concert stage with their dynamic musical interplay and collaborative spirit. The Trio has been recently compared by critics to the legendary “Million Dollar Trio” of Arthur Rubinstein, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Jascha Heifetz.
The Tempest Trio has performed in cities throughout the US, Europe, Israel and Asia and has been known to share with the public unique and exotic programs of trios ranging from the standard repertoire of Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms and Dvorak, to newly commissioned pieces as well as lesser known repertoire by Bernstein, Bloch and Amy Beach. They also presented to critical acclaim the complete Schumann, Brahms and Dvorak trio cycles at the Seattle Chamber music festival, Four Arts society in Palm Beach etc. They have performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Chicago, Washington DC as well as Palm Beach Florida. The Tempest Trio was ensemble in residence at the Heifetz International Music Festival as well as Cape Cod chamber music festival.
The 2017/18 season will mark the trio’s 11th anniversary season and will include concerts throughout the US and Europe including Washington DC, Fort Worth Texas, Santa Cruz California, Rogue Valley Oregon, Lexington, Baltimore, London UK, Berlin Germany and in several cities in Spain. They will perform Beethoven Triple concerto with the Rogue Valley Symphony to mark the orchestra’s 50th anniversary. A CD of Dvorak Trios, Vol. 2 on NAXOS will be released in the fall of 2017.
As committed pedagogues, the members of the Tempest Trio are all teaching in prestigious universities and summer festivals around the world and share their knowledge, experience and joy of music making through intensive educational residencies, masterclasses and lectures which they offer during each season.
I’lana Cotton is a composer, improviser and pianist who has written extensively for acoustic chamber ensembles and choral groups. She has also collaborated with other musicians and artists in visual and theatrical media, and has created several commissions for choreographers and poets. For many years a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has lived in Southern Oregon since 2003.
She began her piano studies at the age of 4, and was trained in Western classical technique and literature. During her middle school years, she began a life-long exploration of improvisation, which at first led to studying composition. Her undergraduate music study was with John Adams and Alden Jenks at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
She holds an M.A. in composition from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she studied with Paul Reale and Elaine Barkin, and where she also became exposed to the rich world of non-Western music. Here she studied Javanese gamelan with Max Harrell. During this time, she also began extensive work as a pianist for dance classes and choreography.
She then broadened her scope to other arts, in improvised performance with mimes, poets, and visual artists, as well as with other musicians. She wrote several works for chamber ensembles and chamber orchestra as commissions for choreographers. Returning to the San Francisco Bay area, she continued her work with dancers while studying north Indian classical vocal technique with Faquir Pran Nath. Three cassette albums of piano improvisations preceded her 2003 CD release, entitled “Songs for the Journey“.
In the 1990’s she again focused on composition for chamber ensembles. Her concert music has been performed throughout the US and has won several awards. Recent commissions include those by Siskiyou Singers, oboist Kristin Kessler and Rogue Valley Music Teachers Ass’n. Recent performances include those by Max Lifchitz and North/South Consonance, SyZyGy, Cascadia Composers, Mazama Saxophone Quartet, Beatriz Abella and Southern Oregon University Percussion Ensemble, Southern Oregon and San Francisco Chapters of NACUSA, Leuwi Asih Gamelan Degung, and SOU Faculty Brass Quintet. Earlier performances include those by Ives Quartet, Menlo Brass Quintet, Pacific Sticks Percussion Ensemble, Masterworks Chorale, and Ernest Bloch Festival Composers’ Symposium. She has received awards from the California-based Peninsula Community Foundation, ASCAP, and Britten-on-the-Bay, and was a participant at Oregon Bach Festival Composers’ Symposium. Her works have been recorded by Max Lifchitz on North/South Recordings “American Women Composers” and by Menlo Brass Quintet on “A Simpler Life.”
For over 20 years, she was on the music faculty of the College of San Mateo, in California, and is the author of “Music of the Moment: A Graded Approach to the Art of Keyboard Improvisation,” available from New Music Publications. An active member of NACUSA (National Association of Composers, USA), she helped found its Southern Oregon chapter. She also co-founded and served for many years as music director of Threshold Singers Southern Oregon which serves the hospice community near her Medford home.
Dates, music, and soloists subject to change without notice.