Festival

Only once a year do you have the opportunity to experience a dynamic array of chamber music’s best artists performing in various ways across the span of a week. Anchored by the Jupiter String Quartet and Sitkovetsky Trio, the Festival features a fresh lineup of musicians and includes the premiere of Julia Adolphe's Piano Trio. Proof of vaccination and masks required for all Festival concerts.

FESTIVAL ARTISTS
Peter Rejto, Artistic Director
Jupiter String Quartet
Sitkovetsky Trio
Windscape
Bernadette Harvey, piano
and more to be announced.

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THEN THE SKY WAS FULL OF FACES WITH GOLD GLORIES BEHIND THEM.

EZRA POUND
EXCERPT FROM “THE SEA OF GLASS”

Festival Concerts


Festival Performers

Jupiter String Quartet

The Jupiter String Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister), and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband, Liz’s brother-in-law). Now enjoying their 20th year together, this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. The New Yorker claims, “The Jupiter String Quartet, an ensemble of eloquent intensity, has matured into one of the mainstays of the American chamber-music scene.”

Sitkovetsky Trio

The Sitkovetsky Trio has established itself as an exceptional piano trio of today, with sensational performances in the foremost concert halls around the world. Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) and Wu Qian (piano) were joined recently by German-Korean cellist Isang Enders to continue their journey of successful appearances. Their thoughtful and committed approach have brought the ensemble critical acclaim and invitations to renowned concert halls around the world, such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Palais des Beaux Arts, Musée du Louvre, l’Auditori Barcelona, Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center New York to name but a few.

Bernadette Harvey

One of the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival’s most frequent guests, Australian pianist Bernadette Harvey divides her time between collaborations, solo appearances, and recordings. Recently, a review of one of her solo recitals placed her in “a category of [her] own” for “sheer wizardry at the keyboard.” The 2023 festival will be her tenth appearance.

Windscape

Created in 1994 by five eminent woodwind soloists, Windscape has won a unique place for itself as a vibrant, ever-evolving group of musical individualists, which has delighted audiences throughout the North America. Windscape's innovative programs and accompanying presentations are created to take listeners on a musical and historical world tour -- evoking through music and engaging commentary vivid cultural landscapes of different times and places.

Randall Ellis

Randall Ellis has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Florida Orchestra, and the American Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Ellis has appeared as a guest artist with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has concertized and recorded with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has been a soloist with the New England Bach Festival, the International Bach Festival of Madeira, the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York, and Chamber Music at the 92nd Street Y. Mr. Ellis has freelanced with the Ensemble Wien-Berlin, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New York Philomusica and the Orchestras of the Martha Graham, Paul Taylor, and the American Ballet Theatre dance companies.

Alan R. Kay

Praised by the New York Times for his “spellbinding” performances and “infectious enthusiasm and panache,” Alan R. Kay is Principal Clarinetist and a former Artistic Director of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra as well as Principal Clarinet of New York’s Riverside Symphony and the Little Orchestra Society. He also appears as Principal with the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Mr. Kay is a founding member of Hexagon and Windscape Quintet.

Frank Morelli

Frank Morelli, bassoon soloist, chamber musician and teacher, studied with Stephen Maxym at the Manhattan and Juilliard Schools of Music and was the first bassoonist awarded a doctorate by the Juilliard School. A member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the woodwind quintet, Windscape, he has also made nine appearances as a soloist in Carnegie Hall. He serves on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Yale School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, SUNY Stony Brook and was recently named Distinguished Lecturer in Woodwinds at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, CUNY. He performs exclusively on the Leitzinger Bassoon.

David Jolley

David Jolley has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his “remarkable virtuosity” (New York Times), and has been hailed as “a soloist second to none” by Gramophone Magazine. He has traveled extensively in North and South America, Europe, East Asia, and Japan, sustaining an active performance career. A chamber artist of unusual sensitivity and range, Jolley has frequently collaborated with such groups as the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Guarneri Quartet, the American String Quartet, the Beaux Arts Trio, Musicians from Marlboro, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Tara Helen O’Connor

Returning to the Winter Festival, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor is a charismatic performer noted for her artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone spanning every musical era.

Wu Qian

Qian is also a founding member of the Sitkovetsky Trio, with which she has performed all over the UK and Europe, including the Beethoven Triple with the Munich Symphoniker and the Orchestra of the Swan. The trio was awarded the prestigious 2009 NORDMETALL-ensemble Prize at the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival and the 1st prize at the Kommerzbank Trio competition in Frankfurt.

Alexander Sitkovetsky

Russian-born, British-trained violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky founded the Sitkovetsky Trio, which plays and records to stellar reviews, and he performs regularly in other chamber music projects as well as being a concerto soloist. Music is truly in his blood; among his most celebrated relatives are great-aunt Bella Davidovich and uncle Dmitry Sitkovetsky.

Isang Enders

A dynamic artist in search of new-concepts and works for the violoncello. Recently he made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra, enjoyed collaborations with the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker and Stavanger Symphony orchestras and performs regularly with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

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