Martin Chalifour, Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic
and Cary Lewis of the Lanier Trio
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 – 7pm – A private home in Kohala Ranch
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Martin Chalifour (Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) and pianist Cary Lewis (The Lanier Trio) will present a concert featuring works by Stravinsky, Poulenc, Saint Saëns, and Kreisler. Mr. Chalifour will perform on a rare Stradivarius violin, previously owned by the legendary Fritz Kreisler. Join us for an evening of unforgettable music as these world-class performers serenade you up close and personal. Seating is limited. Tickets are $85.00 and include champagne and dessert.
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Martin Chalifour began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1995. Working closely with Gustavo Dudamel and even partnering with him in chamber music and concertos, Chalifour is proud of being part of a bright new era for the LAPhil , recently hailed “America’s most important Orchestra” by the New York Times. He graduated with honors from the Montreal Conservatory at 18 and then pursued studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. Chalifour received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition, and is also a laureate of the Montreal International Competition. Apart from his Philharmonic duties he maintains an active solo career, playing a diverse repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary commissions. He has appeared as soloist with conductors Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel , Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Outside the U.S., he played solo with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the National Orchestra of Taiwan, among others. Chalifour began his orchestral career with Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony, playing as Associate Concertmaster for six years. Subsequently he occupied the same position for five years in the Cleveland Orchestra, where he was a founding member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio. Mr. Chalifour is a frequent guest at several music festivals, including the Sarasota Festival, the Mainly Mozart Festival and the Nevada Chamber Music Festival where he just filled in as Artistic Director this year. He records for the Telarc, Northstar and Yarlung labels. His latest album features a Mozart concerto recorded live with Neville Marriner and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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Cary Lewis is in constant demand as a collaborative pianist for soloists and chamber music groups. He joined William Preucil (concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra) and Dorothy Lewis as members of the Lanier Trio, which was featured on NPR’s Saint Paul Sunday broadcast. Their recording of the complete Dvorak Trios was honored by TIME magazine as one of the ten best music recordings of any kind in 1993. With degrees from the University of North Texas as well as a doctorate and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, he was a Fulbright scholar for two years in Vienna. His teachers included Eugene List, Brooks Smith, and Dieter Weber. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Library of Congress, the White House, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall in London, the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, and in other music capitals of the United States and Europe. Dr. Lewis is retired from the faculty of Georgia State University in Atlanta and is now based in Portland, Oregon. He is the director of chamber music for the Astoria Music Festival, and in recent years he has participated in festivals in Montana, Colorado, Michigan, Maine, Hawaii, St. Croix, and Turkey, with additional concerts in Australia, Southeast Asia, South America, and Italy. He has recorded works from the standard literature as well as music by American composers on the Turnabout, Vanguard, Educo, Coronet, Crystal, Orion, Musical Heritage Society, ACA, Albany, MSR Classics, and Gasparo labels.