On Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Ukrainian Institute of America, Music at the Institute (MATI) presented “VARIATION AND TRANSFIGURATION” – Featuring the Art of Katia Setzer.
Violinist PHILIP SETZER, a founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and began studying violin at the age of five with his parents, both former violinists in the Cleveland Orchestra. He continued his studies with Josef Gingold and Rafael Druian, and later at the Juilliard School with Oscar Shumsky. In 1967, Mr. Setzer won second prize at the Marjorie Merriweather Post Competition in Washington, DC, and in 1976 received a Bronze Medal at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition in Brussels. He has appeared with the National Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony (David Robertson, conductor), Memphis Symphony (Michael Stern), New Mexico and Puerto Rico Symphonies (Guillermo Figueroa), Omaha and Anchorage Symphonies (David Loebel) and on several occasions with the Cleveland Orchestra (Louis Lane). He has also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival. Mr. Setzer has been a regular faculty member of the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshops at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center. His article about those workshops appeared in The New York Times on the occasion of Isaac Stern’s 80th birthday celebration. He also teaches as Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at SUNY Stony Brook and has given master classes at schools around the world, including The Curtis Institute, London’s Royal Academy of Music, The San Francisco Conservatory, UCLA, The Cleveland Institute of Music and The Mannes School. The Noise of Time, a groundbreaking theater collaboration between the Emerson Quartet and Simon McBurney—about the life of Shostakovich—was based on an original idea of Mr. Setzer’s. In April of 1989, Mr. Setzer premiered Paul Epstein’s Matinee Concerto. This piece, dedicated to and written for Mr. Setzer, has since been performed by him in Hartford, New York, Cleveland, Boston and Aspen. Recently, Mr. Setzer has also been touring and recording the piano trios of Schubert and Mendelssohn with David Finckel and Wu Han.
Violinist SOLOMIYA IVAKHIV, noted by critics for performing with “a distinctive charm and subtle profundity” (Daily Freeman), enjoys an international career as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, North America, and China. Her numerous festival credits include Tanglewood and the Embassy Series (U.S.), Musique de Chambre à Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), Banff Centre and Ottawa ChamberFest (Canada), Modern Music “Contrasts” and the Kyiv International Music Fest (Ukraine), and Verbier Festival (Switzerland). Ms Ivakhiv, who made her debut with the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of twelve, has appeared as soloist with the International Symphony, Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Henderson Symphony, Londontowne Symphony, Orchestra of Southern Utah, and Civic Orchestra of New Haven in the U.S., and extensively in her native Ukraine with the Lviv Philharmonic, Virtuozy Lvova, and the Ukrainian National Symphony. In China, she has appeared with the Hunan Symphony Orchestra. Many of her concerts have been broadcast on National Public Radio, Voice of America Radio, Ukrainian National Radio and Television, and China’s Hunan Television. Ms Ivakhiv is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and holds a Doctorate of Music Arts degree from Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers have been Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, the late Rafael Druian, and Philip Setzer. She is Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola at Ohio University and the Artistic Director of the “Music at the Institute” Concert Series.
Violist MARCUS THOMPSON, hailed as “a master of his instrument” (Pittsburgh Post Gazette), has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and chamber music player in series throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Far East. He was featured as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and the Czech National Symphony. He has recorded the Bartok Viola Concerto and the Bloch Suite with the Slovenian Radio Symphony and the Tibor Serly Concerto, Jongen Suite, and Françaix Rhapsodie with the Czech National Symphony. Mr. Thompson has received critical acclaim for performances of the John Harbison Viola Concerto with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and with the Chicago Sinfonietta, and for performances of the Penderecki Viola Concerto in Boston and London. His solo repertoire includes the recent, Ligeti, Overton, and Schnittke, and the exotic with works by Ariosti, Vivaldi, and Hindemith performed on the viola d’amore. He has been a guest of the Audubon, Borromeo, Cleveland, Emerson, Jupiter, Muir, Orion, Shanghai, and Miami String Quartets, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and a frequent participant in chamber music festivals in Amsterdam, Anchorage, Dubrovnik, Montreal, Seattle, Sitka, Los Angeles, Okinawa, Portland, and Vail. Mr. Thompson, who is a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, earned his doctorate degree at The Juilliard School following studies with Walter Trampler. He is an alumnus of Young Concert Artists, Inc. Born and raised in The Bronx, he currently lives in Boston, where, as the Robert R. Taylor Professor of Music and a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow, he founded and leads programs in chamber music and performance study at MIT, and serves on the viola faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Violist JASON BONHAM is known as a recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, and educator. Currently the Principal Violist of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, he has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra. As a recitalist he has been described as “an extraordinary, first-class viola virtuoso” (St. George Spectrum) and his playing as possessing a “full, rich sound, a solid technique with mature musicality” (Roland Vamos). Mr. Bonham is the Director of Orchestras at Tuacahn High School for the Performing Arts, as well as the founder and artistic director of music festivals at the Tuacahn Summer Arts institute. He has been a board member of the American Viola Society, Kayenta Arts Foundation, and the Chamber Music Society of Southern Utah. Currently he teaches viola at University of Nevada Las Vegas, and in the past has been a faculty member at Brigham Young University and Dixie State College. His articles (both music and non-music related) have been published and discussed in the Journal of the American Viola Society, Time, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and many others. His viola teachers include Roland Vamos, Albert Igolnikov, Charles Pikler, Hellen Callus, and David Dalton.
Cellist ROBERTA COOPER, a winner of the Artists International Competition, is a member of the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio, which has performed extensively in major series in Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and New York City, and recently made its European debut. Ms. Cooper is the assistant principal cellist of the American Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Westchester Philharmonic. She has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York City Opera, and the ballet orchestras of both the NYC Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. Ms. Cooper has been a cellist with harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper (no relation) and the Berkshire Bach Society for many years. She has been a guest cellist with the Emerson Quartet in concerts in the U.S. and Europe. A favorite project was as featured soloist on pop singer Linda Ronstadt’s recording of jazz standards, titled “Hummin’ to Myself.” This group, filled with jazz legends performed for a A&E TV special and at Jazz@ Lincoln Center. Ms. Cooper was a scholarship student of Lorne Munroe and Harvey Shapiro at the Juilliard School, where she received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and the William Henderson Prize for outstanding achievement.
Cellist MARCY ROSEN has been called “one of the intimate art’s abiding treasures” by Los Angeles Times music critic Herbert Glass. She has performed in recital and with orchestra throughout Canada, England, France, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and all fifty of the United States. In recent seasons she has given Master Classes and appeared on stage in Beijing and Shanghai in China, the Seoul Arts Center in Korea, and in Cartagena, Colombia. As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with the world’s finest musicians, including Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Andras Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Peter Serkin, Isaac Stern, Robert Mann, Sandor Vegh, Kim Kashkashian, Jessye Norman, Lucy Shelton, Charles Neidich, and the Juilliard, Emerson, and Orion Quartets. She is a founding member of the ensemble La Fenice, a group comprised of Oboe, Piano and String Trio, as well as a founding member of the world renowned Mendelssohn String Quartet. With the Mendelssohn String Quartet she was Artist-in-Residence at the North Carolina School of the Arts and for nine years served as Blodgett-Artist-in Residence at Harvard University. Ms. Rosen appears regularly at festivals both here and abroad, and since 1986 has been Artistic Director of the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in Maryland. Since first attending the Marlboro Music Festival in 1975, she has taken part in 21 tours of “Musicians from Marlboro” and performed in concerts celebrating the 40th, 50th and 60th Anniversaries of the Festival. Marcy Rosen was born in Phoenix, Arizona and her teachers have included Gordon Epperson, Orlando Cole, Marcus Adeney, Felix Galimir, Karen Tuttle, and Sandor Vegh. She is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. Ms. Rosen is currently Professor of Cello at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she is also Artistic Coordinator of the concert series Chamber Music Live, and she serves on the Faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.
Painter KATIA SETZER (b. 1988) grew up in South Orange, New Jersey. She studied at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, spending Spring 2009 abroad in Florence, Italy. She graduated from Colby in 2010 with a B.A. in both Art and English. In 2013, she earned her M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. During this time she took part in PAFA’s Annual Student Exhibition, a solo exhibition at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City, and provided the program cover for the Grammy award-winning Emerson String Quartet’s concert series at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Her painting was used as the CD cover for the Emerson Quartet’s newest album, “Journeys” (released 5/21/13). She currently lives and works in Philadelphia.