3:30PM Doors Open, Pre-Concert Reception
5:30PM Post-Concert Reception
March 24, 2019 (Sun)
3:30PM Doors Open, Pre-Concert Reception
5:30PM Post-Concert Reception
Eric Silberger (violin)
Shizuka Inoue (violin)
Andrew Gonzalez (viola)
Clancy Newman (cello)
Ryo Yanagitani (piano)
The 6821 Quintet consists of international artists coming together to fulfill the understanding that music brings disparate cultures together. The group will put on performances during the National Cherry Blossom Festival and will be showcasing their musical artistry at various venues around the DC area.
From prestigious concert halls around the world to an Icelandic volcano, virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger’s performances have been described by critics as “spine-tingling… astonishing” (The Guardian), “dazzling virtuoso playing” (The Washington Post), “impeccable level of playing, a wonderful musician” (The Strad). “... he has got everything in his favour, technique, composure and personality.” (El Pais, Spain). He is a prize winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2011.
Eric has collaborated as soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonia, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Danish National Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Orquesta Sinfónica de México, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, among others. Conductors Eric has worked with include Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Michael Tilson Thomas, Dimitri Kitajenko, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Donald Runnicles, Robin Ticciati, and others.
He has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Louvre in Paris, the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, The Moscow International House of Music in Russia, Shanghai Grand Theatre in China, Royal Festival Hall in London, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, the National Arts Centre in Canada, and more. Among numerous television and radio appearances in the United States, Asia, and Europe, he was featured on Radio France, STV in China, KBS in Korea, and WQXR, WFYI, FOX 59, WISH-TV, and NPR, among others.
2018-19 highlights include performances with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on tour in Russia, a tour in Spain with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and a performance with the San Francisco Symphony. Highlights of the 2019-2020 season include performances of Tchaikovsky Concerto in Carnegie Hall, Beethoven Concerto in Alaska and Paganini Concerto No. 1 in Wisconsin, a recital playing the three Brahms Sonatas in Berlin, and a concert tour in South Korea.
Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Mentors have included Glenn Dicterow, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and the late Maestro Lorin Maazel.
Eric plays on a rare J.B. Guadagnini violin made in 1757 on generous loan from the Si Yo Music Society Foundation and Sau-Wing Lam collection. Eric is a co-founder of the Hawaii International Music Festival and Executive Director of Strings at Classical Bridge International Music Festival of New York City.
Japanese violinist/violist Shizuka Inoue was the second prize and the audience award winner of the 8th Tokyo Music Competition in 2008. A graduate of the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, she had established her career in Tokyo, Japan, as soloist and chamber musician as well as orchestra musician and recording artist. Recently, she has relocated to Philadelphia, expanding her performing arena on the East Coast. Among other influential teachers, she was under the tutelage of Koichiro Harada and studied chamber music with Sadao Harada, both the original members of the Tokyo String Quartet. Working closely with conductor Seiji Ozawa, she has performed frequently with the Saito Kinen Orchestra and Mito Chamber Orchestra; and has also appeared in numerous festivals in Japan and the US including the Aspen Music Festival, the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto, and La Folle Journée de Niigata. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with principal musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic in Volkhard Steude (concertmaster) and Ernst Ottensamer (principal clarinetist). Ms. Inoue is a regular member of the Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra Tokyo, and has lately been enjoying collaborations with Hidemi Suzuki, period cellist and conductor, performing chamber music with him and joining in his period instrument group Orchestra Libera Classica which specializes in the late 18th- century repertoire.
Hailed by the Strad Magazine for his "warm-hearted playing and mellow tone" Andrew Gonzalez has a diverse career around the world as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and entrepreneur in music.
A native of Chesapeake Virginia, Andrew started viola in a public-school music program at the age of 10. At 14, he began studying with Amy Davis and Stacey Miggliozi, both members of the Virginia Symphony. He then went to the Juilliard School where he did both his undergrad and graduate degrees, completing his bachelors in 2014 and masters in 2016. There he studied with world renowned violists Michael Tree, Heidi Castleman, Steve Tenenbom, and Hsin-Yun Huang.
Right out of school, Andrew began a two-year residency as a member of "Ensemble Connect", a chamber music ensemble based at Carnegie Hall that trains its members to become their own leaders and entrepreneurs in music. As part of Connect, Andrew has taught and performed in 2 residencies at Skidmore College, participated in the inaugural Paris and Colorado winter and spring residencies, and has played in multiple chamber music performances at Carnegie Hall. As part of his fellowship with Ensemble Connect, Andrew taught at PS 226 Alfred De B. Mason in Brooklyn.
Andrew has been a soloist in orchestras across the country, most recently playing Walton Viola Concerto with the Virginia Symphony. Past concerto performances also include playing Stamitz Viola Concerto with the Sphinx Symphony, Telemann viola concerto and Bach Brandenburg 6 with Hampton Roads Chamber Players, as well as Strauss' Don Quixote with the Juilliard orchestra.
Andrew has given numerous recital performances around the country, most recently a recital at Barge Music in New York performing both Brahms viola sonatas. Other recent recitals include, the Clark Arts Center recital series at the Perlman Music Program, the Sunday's at Four series in Smithfield Virginia, a recital at the University of Scranton, and the Beckler Museum recital series in North Carolina. Andrew frequently performs at Barge Music and looks forward to returning there for another recital in September.
As a chamber musician, Andrew has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Martin Beaver, David Kim, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Nobuko Imai, Danny Philips, Natalie Dessay, and many others. Andrew's recent performances include the Brahms songs for Mezzo, Viola, and Piano at the Morgan Library with Ken Noda and Sarah Mesko, Mozart Divertimento and Copland Sextet in Weill Recital Hall, both Mozart Piano Quartets, Schumann piano quartet, and Beethoven G major string trio at Barge Music, as well as a performance of Mendelssohn's string Octet with Itzhak Perlman and alumni of the Perlman Music Program.
He has participated in music festivals including, the Verbier Academy, Music@Menlo, the Perlman Music Program, the Heifetz Institute, Sarasota Music Festival, Valley of the Moon Music Festival, American Bach Soloists, and many others. Since 2014, Andrew has continuously returned to the Heifetz Institute as an artist in residence and has recently been put on chamber music faculty for their Program for the Exceptionally Gifted.
In 2014, Andrew began playing the baroque viola and studied with Cynthia Roberts at the Juilliard School. Andrew has performed in a baroque and classical ensemble in New York called Quodlibet and have had a chance to work with a lot of musicians who have come through Juilliard 415 and Yale Baroque programs. Andrew recently performed at American Bach Soloists and Valley of the Moon Music Festival where he studied with both Robert Mealy and Elizabeth Blumenstock. Andrew looks forward to returning this summer as an artist at the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.
Andrew is also passionate about performing music of living composers. His most recent performances include a performance of Steve Reich's "Different Trains" in Weill Hall and a premiere of Caroline Shaw's "Stucco and Brocatelle". He looks forward to giving a premiere of a work by Andy Akiho in June 2018. In 2016, Andrew gave a New York premiere of Joel Friedman's "When the World Disintegrates Before Your Eyes". Andrew regularly plays at the here and now festival at Barge Music, a contemporary music series dedicated to performing works by living composers.
Andrew performs regularly with Sejong Soloists, an ensemble based in New York City and has toured with them all over Europe and Asia. He is also on the sublist for the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and plays with them frequently. Andrew plays on a 1930 Frederick Haenel modeled after a Gasparo da Saló.
Cellist Clancy Newman, first prize winner of the prestigious Naumburg International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, has had the unusual career of a performer/composer. He received his first significant public recognition at the age of twelve, when he won a Gold Medal at the Dandenong Youth Festival in Australia, competing against people twice his age. Since then, he has performed as soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia.
He can often be heard on NPR’s “Performance Today” and has been featured on A&E and PBS. A sought-after chamber musician, he is a member of the Clarosa piano quartet and a former member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center and Musicians from Marlboro. As a composer, he has expanded cello technique in ways heretofore thought unimaginable, particularly in his "Pop-Unpopped" project, which been ongoing since 2014. He has also written numerous chamber works and has been a featured composer on series by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. In March 2019, his piano quintet, commissioned by the Ryuji Ueno Foundation, was premiered at the opening ceremony of the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC.
Mr. Newman is a graduate of the five-year exchange program between Juilliard and Columbia University, receiving a M.M. from Juilliard and a B.A. in English from Columbia.
Cellist Clancy Newman, first prize winner of the Naumburg International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, has had the unusual career of a performer/composer. He has performed as soloist throughout the U.S., as well as in Europe, Asia, and Australia, and he has been a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center and Musicians from Marlboro, and is a current member of the Clarosa piano quartet. He has been a featured composer on series by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Chicago Chamber Musicians, and his "Pop-Unpopped" solo cello project has expanded cello technique in ways heretofore unimagined. He is a graduate of the five-year exchange program between Columbia University and The Juilliard School. www.clancynewman.com
Hailed by the Washington Post as "a pianist's pianist," Ryo has established himself as one of Canada's shining artists. His success includes winning the gold medal at the 10th San Antonio International Piano Competition, where he was also given special recognition for a performance of the complete Chopin Ballades. He is also the grand prize winner of the Hugo Kauder International Piano competition and a laureate of the Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition, the Dr. Luis Sigall International Piano competition in Vina del Mar (Chile), and the Hilton Head International Piano Competition.
Ryo has made concerto appearances with orchestras around the world including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Moroccan Symphony Orchestra, and the Tokyo Kioi Symphonietta. His performances have taken him to such venues as the Kennedy Center, The National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and Salle Cortot in Paris among others.
In addition to his solo career, he is much sought after as a chamber musician, performing in a wide range of settings from the duo sonata repertoire to large ensembles. Ryo is frequently invited as guest pianist to chamber music festivals across the US, in the capacity of both lecturer and collaborative pianist.
A recipient of many scholarships and awards, Ryo has been endowed twice by the Canadian Arts Council with a grant as an Emerging Artist and is a recipient of the Arthur Foote Scholarship from the Harvard Musical Association. He was also awarded the Sony Foundation of America Career Grant through the Salon de Virtuosi of New York, and a Washington Award by the S&R Foundation of Washington DC. He has also been an artist-in-residence of the Maxwell Shepherd Fund of Connecticut. Ryo is also increasingly recognized not only as a performer but as a pedagogue and is in demand as adjudicator to competitions and as masterclass clinician in North America and Asia. He has also released two solo CDs consisting of works by Chopin and Debussy, as well as a CD in collaboration with the cellist Dai Miyata in Japan.
Ryo Yanagitani received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music under Boris Berman, a Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance from the University of British Columbia under Doctor Henri-Paul Sicsic, and an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute under Sergei Babayan. He was an instructor for the Chamber Music Program at Yale and was a visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He currently holds the title of Artistic Director of the Ryuji Ueno Foundation in Washington, DC, and oversees the Evermay Concert Series in Georgetown.