Author Archives: Lyn Bronson

The Aptos Keyboard Series presents pianist Alexey Trushechkin

At 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 24, the Aptos Keyboard Series will present pianist Alexey Trushechkin in a recital at the Episcopal Church of Saint John the Baptist at 125 Canterbury Drive in Aptos. Alexey Trushechkin studied at the Moscow State Conservatory with Prof. Maksim Filippov and is a Laureate of the Neuhaus Competition in Moscow. In addition he is a First Prize Winner of the Skryabin International Piano Competition in Paris (2015), a Laureate at the Parnassos International Competition in Monterrey, Mexico and a Laureate at the Neuhaus Competition in Moscow. He has performed numerous times with orchestras and conductors including K. Orbelyan, V. Rizhaev, and F. Krager. He has performed in recital in countries around the world including Russia, Germany, Ukraine, France, Belgium, Spain, Austria, Mexico, and the United States. Read full story

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Bassoon Master Class with Judith LeClair

JUNE 20 – 27, 2018 – Bassoon Master Class with Judith LeClair

Many of the great musicians of our time have presented classes and performances at Hidden Valley Music Seminars. The Masters’ Festival Series continues the tradition in the summer of 2018 with six concerts featuring the talents of our Master Class teachers for English Horn, Cello, Oboe, Bassoon, Flute, Jazz Flute, and Clarinet. These master musicians leave their symphony orchestras behind to bring you an intimate evening of music focused on solo & duo instruments as you’ve never heard them before.

Judith LeClair & Robert Walters

Bassoon & English Horn Recital

Monday June 25th 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Hidden Valley’s Theatre
104 W Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

For information call (831) 659-3115

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Carmel Music Society’s 2018 Piano Competition Awards Concert

1st Prize Winner Kevin Sun, 2nd Prize Winner Xiao Chen, 3rd Prize Winner Christopher Richardson

It was a grand occasion for local piano buffs yesterday when the Carmel Music Society held its 40th Piano Competition at Sunset Center. Six finalists competed from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm, each playing a half-hour solo program. At 3:30 Dr. Anne Thorp, Co-President of the Carmel Music Society announced that the judges had selected 24-year-old Kevin Lee Sun from Sacramento as the Grand Prize Winner, who, in addition to his cash award, will be returning to Sunset Center at 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 13, 2019 to perform a full recital on the CMS regular subscription series. Dr. Thorp then announced that 29-year-old Xiao Chen, who holds a Master of Music degree from Juilliard and a DMA from UCLA, was awarded Second Prize, and 19-year-old Christopher Richardson, a much lauded competition winner who is currently a pre-med student at UC Berkeley, was awarded Third Prize. Read full story

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Pianist Yura Margulis at Hidden Valley

Last night at Hidden Valley pianist Jura Margulis treated us to an evening of bold and expressive keyboard virtuosity. That he has a vast arsenal of virtuoso skills is never in doubt, and he is not shy about showing them off. Thus, in the six Scarlatti Sonatas opening the program Margulis was not trying to give us examples of scholarly and historically informed performance, but rather examples of his own very personal and romantically styled approach to Scarlatti. Some of the faster passages flew by at warp speed while the slower passages tended to be burdened with expressive emoting. Each of the six chosen sonatas is a minor masterpiece, and, like any masterpiece, is capable of a wide variety of stylistic executions, since the original works are greater in conception than can ever be realized in actual performance. So, true to himself, Mr. Margulis gave us an old-fashioned view of romanticized Scarlatti, and for him this approach worked. Read full story

Archived in these categories: Piano, Romantic Era


Monterey Symphony Ends Season with a Bang!

Pianist Philippe Bianconi

The Monterey Symphony ended its 2017-2018 season last night at Sunset Center in a blaze of glory. The ending work on the program, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, sent us on our way with its famous themes resonating in our heads and reminding us how great a piece it is, no matter how many times we may have heard it in the past. The Monterey Symphony, under the direction of Max Bragado-Darman never sounded better, and it is with shock and surprise that we learned in the printed program that Maestro Max will be leaving us at the end of the 2019-2020 season. We will miss him, but he has accomplished a lot during his tenure and will be leaving a much stronger orchestra than the one he inherited. Read full story

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