The home of Susan Blake, Hillsborough
Open to CMC donors at the Patron level and above, plus others by invitation
This special house concert will feature two outstanding past Klein Competition prizewinners who are both current members of the Cleveland Orchestra: Principal Cellist Mark Kosower (1st Prize, 1992) and Assistant Concertmaster Amy Lee (1st Prize, 2004), performing solo and duo works by Bach, Britten and Handel-Halvorsen.
J.S. Bach – Partita No. 3 in E Major for Violin, BWV 1006
Benjamin Britten – Cello Suite No. 1, Opus 72
G.F. Handel/Johan Halvorsen – Passacaglia for Violin and Cello
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
MARK KOSOWER (Klein Competition 1st Prize, 1992) joined The Cleveland Orchestra as Principal cello in July 2010. He served as solo cellist (a position equivalent to the American title of Principal cello) of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra in Germany from 2006 to 2010 and was professor of cello and chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Kosower joined the faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music in September 2010.
In addition to his orchestral career and educational activities, Mr. Kosower continues an active career as a soloist. He makes regular appearances as guest soloist with orchestras, both nationally and internationally, and has performed with the Orchestre de Paris, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China National Symphony Orchestra (Beijing), National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra. In the United States, Mr. Kosower has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minnesota, and Seattle, and with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, among many others. As a recitalist, Mr. Kosower has appeared on the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Aspen Music Festival, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. He has also performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Juilliard String Quartet. Among his many accolades, he is an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient.
Born in Wisconsin, Mr. Kosower began to study cello at the age of one-and-a-half with his father, who studied with former Cleveland Orchestra principal cello Ernst Silberstein. Mr. Kosower holds a bachelor's degree and artist diploma in cello performance from Indiana University, where he studied with Janos Starker, and a master's degree and artist diploma in cello performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Joel Krosnick.
AMY LEE (Klein Competition 1st Prize, 2004) joined The Cleveland Orchestra as Associate Concertmaster in March 2008. A soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age fifteen, Ms. Lee holds a bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and a master's degree from the Juilliard School. Ms. Lee is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two program, participating in tours, a digital concert series and recordings, and educational outreach. She has performed with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, the National Gallery Orchestra, and Germany's Baden-Baden Philharmonic. She is a member of the Omni String Quartet, founded with three fellow members of The Cleveland Orchestra: Alicia Koelz, Joanna Patterson, and Tanya Ell.