SummerFest Visions and Decisions: Schubert’s Grand Vision
Schubert’s Grand Vision
- Doors: 6:30 PM
- Concert: 7 PM
- Prokofiev Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Minor
- Ligeti Sonata for Solo Cello
- Schubert B-Flat Piano Trio
Ari Isaacman-Beck, Violin
Violinist Ari Isaacman-Beck, originally from Minneapolis, is the first violinist of the Philadelphia-based Dalí Quartet, in residence at West Chester University. His playing has been praised for its “impressive, masterful finesse” and “enormous soul and a big, vibrant sound.” Equally at home as a solo violinist and chamber musician, he has performed as a soloist or chamber musician across North America, Europe, and Asia at venues such as the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Tonhalle (Zürich), Jordan Hall (Boston), the Kennedy Center (Washington DC), and Carnegie Hall (New York City).
Matthew Zalkind, Cello
Praised for his “impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone” by The New York Times, cellist Matthew Zalkind performs internationally as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. A former member of the Harlem String Quartet, Mr. Zalkind toured to Japan, England, Ethiopia, and every region of the United States with the ensemble. He garnered top prizes in many international solo competitions including the Washington International Competition, Isang Yun International Competition, and the Beijing International Competition. With his partner Alice Yoo, Zalkind is the co-artistic director of the brand-new Denver Chamber Music Festival, a destination for world-class chamber music in Colorado. Zalkind serves as an Assistant Professor of Cello at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.
Marija Stroke, Piano
Pianist Marija Stroke, whose playing has been described by Strad Magazine as “music making of stature and substance”, has performed in chamber music, concerti, and solo recitals in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, and Asia. She has played frequently at such music festivals as Chamber Music Northwest, Caramoor, the City of London Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Mostly Mozart Festival. Ms. Stroke is the co-artistic Director of the Garden City Chamber Music Society in Long Island, New York.