Ashland: Friday, Feb. 16 ♦ Medford: Saturday, Feb 17 ♦ Grants Pass: Sunday, Feb. 18
Jonathan LESHNOFF: Rogue Sparks
Commissioned by The Rogue Valley Symphony
FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Gabriela Martinez, piano
RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances
Masterworks Series Ashland performances
Sponsored by Robert Pohl
Masterworks Series Medford performances
Sponsored by Anonymous
Versatile, daring and insightful, young Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Martinez is establishing a reputation on both the national and international stages for the lyricism of her playing, her compelling interpretations, and her elegant stage presence. An artist equally at home with both established and contemporary repertoire, by composers ranging from Beethoven and Rachmaninoff to Mason Bates and Adam Schoenberg, she has performed throughout the United States as well as in Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, and Venezuela.
Of special note this season, in addition to orchestral and recital performances across the U.S., and an appearance at Festival Casals, is the Delos release (November 2016) of Ms. Martinez’s debut solo album, Amplified Soul, a wide-ranging program featuring works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Szymanowski. She also pays homage to acclaimed contemporary composers Mason Bates and Dan Visconti, whose title selection, Amplified Soul (world premiere recording), was written for her. Ms. Martinez collaborated with Grammy Award-winning producer David Frost on the recording. A video of the Visconti work can be heard/seen on YouTube.
Respected for her inspiring performances and ability to clearly present the essence of a work, Gabriela Martinez has given world premieres of works by such contemporary composers as Mason Bates, Samuel Zyman, and Liduino Pitombeira.
Recent performance highlights have included debuts with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Delaware and Jacksonville symphony orchestras. Orchestral engagements have included the Houston, Tucson, Pacific, West Michigan, Stockton, and Texarkana symphony orchestras, the National Philharmonic, and the Wisconsin Philharmonic in the United States; with Canada’s Victoria Symphony Orchestra, and with the Costa Rica National Symphony. Recital venues included Canada’s Glenn Gould Studio; South Carolina’s Brooks Center for the Performing Arts; and both Merkin Concert Hall and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York. As a chamber musician she has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, the El Paso Pro Musica Series, and the Kansas City Harriman-Jewell Series, to name a few.
As an orchestral soloist, Ms Martinez has played with numerous distinguished organizations including the San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, New Jersey, Tucson, and Fort Worth symphonies; Germany’s Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, MDR Rundfunkorchester, and Nurnberger Philharmoniker; and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela. Among the conductors whose baton she has performed under are Gustavo Dudamel, James Gaffigan, James Conlon, Marcelo Lehninger, and Guilllermo Figueroa. Ms. Martinez has performed at such esteemed venues as New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall; Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus; Dresden’s Semperoper; Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens; and Paris’s Palace of Versailles. As a chamber musician, she regularly performs in recitals and festivals. Among the musicians and ensembles with whom she has collaborated are violinists Itzhak Perlman and Elena Urioste, cellist Carter Brey, the Diaz Trio, and the Takács and Calder quartets. Her festival credits include the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, and Rockport festivals in the United States; Italy’s Festival dei Due Mondi (Spoleto); Switzerland’s Verbier Festival; the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier; and Japan’s Tokyo International Music Festival.
First Prize winner of the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Dresden and a semifinalist at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, where she also received the Jury Discretionary Award, Gabriela Martinez began her piano studies in Caracas with her mother, Alicia Gaggioni, and made her orchestral debut at age 7. She emigrated to the United States to attend The Juilliard School, where she earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees as a full scholarship student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. Ms. Martinez was a fellow of Carnegie Hall’s The Academy, and a member of its celebrated Ensemble ACJW, while concurrently working on her doctoral studies with Marco Antonio de Almeida in Halle, Germany. Ms. Martinez resides in the United States with her family.
Gabriela Martinez is represented worldwide by Sciolinio Artist Management
Praised by the Washington Post as one of the “gifted young composers” of this generation, Jonathan Leshnoff is described by The New York Times as “a leader of contemporary American lyricism.” His compositions have earned international acclaim for their striking harmonies, structural complexity, and powerful themes.
The Baltimore-based composer’s works have been performed by more than 50 orchestras worldwide in hundreds of orchestral concerts, He has received commissions from Carnegie Hall and orchestras including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, and Nashville Symphonies, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the IRIS and Philadelphia Orchestras. Leshnoff’s compositions have been performed by classical music’s most celebrated stars, such as Gil and Orli Shaham, Roberto Díaz, and Manuel Barrueco, and have been conducted and embraced by esteemed music directors including Marin Alsop, Giancarlo Guerrero, Yannick Nézet–Séguin, Robert Spano, and Michael Stern.
Named by the Baltimore Symphony as one of the top ten most performed living composers in the 2015-16 orchestral season, the current season is rich with musical activity as well. In 2016-17, Leshnoff’s works will be performed by numerous ensembles, such as the Atlanta, Baltimore, Kalamazoo, Nashville, New World, and Santa Barbara Symphonies, the National Philharmonic, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and the United States Marine and Navy Bands. Leshnoff also looks forward to the fruitful activity of the 2017-18 season, including the premiere of his Symphony No. 4 and Violin Concerto No. 2.
Leshnoff has released three albums to date, all on the Naxos American Classics label. The recording of his Violin Concerto No. 1, performed by Charles Wetherbee with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, was selected among Naxos’ Top 40 CDs of 2009. Other Naxos releases feature his Symphony No. 1, conducted by Michael Stern with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, along with Leshnoff’s chamber music. A recording of the Atlanta Symphony performing Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Zohar oratorio will be released in November 2016.
Celebrated by Fanfare magazine as “the real thing,” Leshnoff’s music has been lauded by Strings magazine as “distinct from anything else that’s out there” and by the Baltimore Sun as “remarkably assured, cohesively constructed and radiantly lyrical.” Leshnoff’s catalog is vast, including several symphonies and oratorios in addition to numerous concerti, solo, and chamber works. Leshnoff is a Professor of Music at Towson University.
Dates, music, and soloists subject to change without notice.