Daniel Scofield, Baritone – November 18, 2018
Daniel Scofield, a native of Binghamton, NY, continues to garner acclaim for his performances of the baritone repertoire across the United States, including St Petersburg, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and New York City. For his appearance in Rigoletto with Opera in the Heights, the Houston Press declared, “He’s the finest court jester I’ve seen in years.”
Recent and future engagements include a return to the role of Schaunard in La bohème with The Phoenicia Festival of the Voice; the role Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Pacific Opera Project; and his mainstage debut with Annapolis Opera as Gideon March in Mark Adamo’s Little Women. He will also sing Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Plano Symphony in March of 2018.
In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Scofield returns to the St. Petersburg Opera to cover the Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. Other season engagements include Montano in Otello with Phoenicia Festival of the Voice; Der Wanderer inAct 3 of Siegfried with Queen City Opera; Silvio in Pagliacci with Cedar Rapids Opera Theater; and Masetto in Don Giovanni with the South Dakota Symphony. His engagements in the 2015-16 season included Schaunard in La bohème with St. Petersburg Opera; Ford in Falstaff; Lord Henry Wotton in The Portrait of Dorian Grey with Opera Fayetteville; and Der Wanderer in Act 2 of Siegfried with Queen City Opera.
In season 2014-15 he reprised the roles of Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, and Tonio in Pagliacci at Opera Columbus; debuted as Valentin in Faust with Tri-Cities Opera, and sang the title role in Rigoletto with Opera in the Heights. His 2013-14 season engagements included Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Southern Illinois Music Festival, also Masetto in Don Giovanni in his debut with Opera San Jose with the late Maestro George Cleve at the podium; other debuts that year included Santa Barbara in Falstaff, and Los Angeles as Count Almaviva with Pacific Opera Project. In 2012-13 he sang the antecedent title roles in Dead Man Walking with Opera Fayetteville and Die Fledermaus with Knoxville Opera, where he also sang Sonora in La fanciulla del West, for Opera Idaho he performed Tonio in Pagliacci, and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Loon Opera in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Samuel Hall, Tenor – November 18, 2018
Praised for his “laserlike precision in a role that demanded nothing less” (Tampa Bay Times) and a voice that “he can deliver…all the way to the parking lot” (Archikulture Digest) tenor Samuel Hall has made a career on the concert stage, in musical theater, operetta, and opera.
This season, Sam made his role debut as the title character in Gounod’s Faust with St. Petersburg Opera, followed by covering the roles of Des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) and Pollione (Norma) as a Studio Artist with Sarasota Opera. He will also have debuts this season with Opera Tampa as Malcolm (Macbeth) and Mid Ohio Opera as Riccardo (Un ballo in maschera), in addition to concert work across Florida and in Kentucky.
Other performance credits include Giovanni in Daniel Catán’s La hija de Rappaccini for Opera Naples, Benvolio (Roméo et Juliette?) with Opera Grand Rapids, Prince Karl Franz in Orlando Light Opera’s The Student Prince, Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro with Opera Columbus, and Gherardo (Gianni Schicchi), King Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors), and Nelson Deadly (Too Many Sopranos), as well as covering the role of Canio (Pagliacci), all with Opera Project Columbus. Additionally, Sam has covered the roles of Calàf (Turandot), Don José (Carmen), Manrico (Il Trovatore), and Hoffmann (Les contes d’Hoffmann) for St. Petersburg Opera.
In addition to his operatic roles, Sam played Monsieur Thénardier in Mansfield Renaissance Theater’s production of Les Misérables, was the tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Community Church of Vero Beach, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the New Albany Symphony, and performed excerpts from Madama Butterfly with the Tampa Bay Symphony.
Timothy McAllister, Saxophone – January 13, 2019
Soprano chair of the renowned PRISM Quartet and internationally-acclaimed soloist, Timothy McAllister has been hailed as a “virtuoso…one of the foremost saxophonists of his generation” (The New York Times) known for “wondrous dexterity” (Gramophone Magazine) and a “beautifully rounded tone” (The Ann Arbor News). Since his solo debut at age sixteen with the Houston Civic Symphony, his career has taken him throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, China, Mexico, France, Slovenia, Switzerland, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Austria, garnering prizes at many prestigious national and international competitions, with solo performances in such venues as Prince Royal Albert Hall in London, the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium, Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, City Hall Concert Hall in Hong Kong, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall, Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, Dallas’ Meyerson Center, and Rotterdam’s Zaal de Unie.
In August 2013, he gave the World Premiere of John Adams’ Saxophone Concerto – described by The Sydney Morning Herald as “an astonishing performance” – with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer in the Sydney Opera House. Subsequent United States premieres and international performances throughout 2013 and 2014 occurred with Marin Alsop and the Baltimore and Sao Paulo State (Brazil) symphonies, along with a recording of the Concerto and City Noir for Nonesuch Records with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony, which won the 2015 GRAMMY Award for Best Orchestral Performance. Other engagements with the Concerto have included the BBC Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony, and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. As part of the 70th Birthday celebrations worldwide honoring Adams in 2017, he will perform the Concerto with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Indianapolis Symphony, along with other performances of Adams’s music with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, and the Berlin Philharmonic.
McAllister has performed with notable big bands, and in many regional music theater and studio orchestra touring productions, having appeared with numerous entertainers including Broadway icon Patti LuPone. He has also performed behind such jazz greats as saxophonists Jimmy Heath, Rick Margitza, Dave Liebman and trumpeteer Ed Sarath. Since joining PRISM, he has premiered several jazz compositions by composer/performers Greg Osby, Tim Ries, Matt Levy, Tim Berne, and has collaborated with guitarist/composer Ben Monder and drummer Anthony Pinciotti. Upcoming activities in 2014 include crossover projects between PRISM and jazz saxophonists/composers Dave Liebman, Greg Osby, Steve Lehman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Miguel Zenon and Tim Ries.
Timothy McAllister is a Conn-Selmer artist, and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively. He is also a DANSR/Vandoren Woodwind Artist, assisting with research and design, and endorses the Vandoren saxophone reeds, mouthpieces and ligatures.
Jeffrey Multer, Violin – January 27, 2019
Violinist Jeffrey Multer was appointed concertmaster to the Florida Orchestra in 2006 where he currently holds the Suzette and Monroe Berkman chair. Among his many musical posts, Multer has served as first violinist of the critically acclaimed Elements Quartet, whose New York series was named Best Classical Music Event of 2003 by The Washington Post. Multer has appeared as soloist and recitalist at Lincoln Center in New York, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Rudolphinium in Prague, and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Among his diverse chamber music activities, Multer serves as artistic director of chamber music at the Eastern Music Festival in residence at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition, he has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Great Lakes Festival in Detroit, and he has served as first violinist of the Oxford String Quartet as a member of Leon Fleisher’s Kennedy Center Theater Chamber Players. Past concertmaster appointments include the Colorado Symphony, Breckenridge Music Institute in Colorado, Washington Concert Opera, and Echternacht Festival in Luxembourg.
Multer began violin studies at age 5. At 16, he moved to New York City to continue studies at the Juilliard School, where he was the recipient of a Lincoln Center Fellowship. He studied under Arnold Steinhardt and Michael Tree of the Guarneri Quartet and Shmuel Ashkenasi of the Vermeer Quartet. Multer has recorded for Albany and Naxos records.
In addition to his post with The Florida Orchestra, Multer currently serves as concertmaster and head of violin faculty at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. He taught at Juilliard pre-college from 2000 to 2006.
Fabio Bidini,Piano – February 10, 2019
Italian pianist Fabio Bidini is one of this generation’s top-flight pianists. His appearances have included performances with The London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican, The Philharmonia Orchestra of London at Royal Festival Hall, the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Forth Worth Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra Prague at the Rudolphinum, and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra at Liszt Academy Hall. He has collaborated with conductors including Michael Tilson Thomas, Carlos Prieto, Max Valdes, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Ivan Fisher, Jesus Lopez Cobos, JoAnn Falletta, Zoltan Kocsis, Michael Christie, and Gianandrea Noseda.
In the 2017-18 season he performs with the Hawaii Symphony (repeat engagement) and Omaha Symphony, as well as in recital in Kansas City. In recent seasons Bidini has appeared in North America with various U.S. orchestras, and in 2016-17 season Bidini appeared with the orchestras of Buffalo (for the sixth time), Ft. Wayne, Grand Rapids, Charlotte, Reading, and Springfield, MA.
Mr. Bidini has repeatedly performed at the prestigious festivals of Europe, including the Tuscan Sun Festival Cortona/Napa, Festival Radio France Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon, La Roque d’Anthéron International Piano Festival, Stern Grove Festival, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli International Piano Festival, Festival dei due Mondi and most recently, Grant Park Festival.
Mr. Bidini began his piano studies at the age of five. He graduated magna cum laude from the Cecilia Conservatory in Rome and studied composition at the Florence Conservatory. He has been awarded first prize in eleven of Italy’s most prestigious national piano competitions and has been the recipient of the top prizes awarded in eight international competitions – Terni, Köln, Busoni 1988 and 1992, Pretoria, Marsala, London and the Van Cliburn Fort Worth. He made his North American debut in 1993 with the Atlanta Symphony.
Fabio Bidini is also in great demand as a chamber music partner. He is the pianist of the highly acclaimed ensemble, Trio Solisti, and has enjoyed artistic collaboration with many ensembles and artists including the American String Quartet, the Janacek Quartet, the Brodsky Quartet, the Szymanowski Quartet, the Modigliani Quartet, Zoltan Kocsis, Alexis Pia Gerlach, Maria Bachmann, Eva Urbanova, Nina Kotova, Dimitri Ashkenazy, and Sabrina-Vivian Höpcker. A stable duo is being formed with the latter, and Mr. Bidini and she have laid the foundation for an extensive collaboration with the publication of their debut CD of sonatas of Prokofiev and R. Strauss with the label True Sounds.
In 2015 Fabio Bidini became the first recipient of the Carol Grigor Piano Chair – a new position enabled by a $5-million endowment gift from the Colburn School’s board chairwoman Carol Colburn Grigor in Los Angeles. Mr. Bidini has been Professor of Piano at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, in Berlin, one of Europe’s premiere music conservatories. He also serves as an Artist-in-Residence at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Köln.
Julian Schwarz, Cello – March 10, 2019
Julian Schwarz was born to a multigenerational musical family in 1991. Heralded from a young age as a cellist destined to rank among the greatest of the 21st century, Julian’s powerful tone, effortless virtuosity, and extraordinarily large color palate are hallmarks of his style.
After making his concerto debut at the age of 11 with the Seattle Symphony and his father Gerard Schwarz on the podium, he made his US touring debut with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2010. Since then he has led an active career as soloist. The 18-19 sees debuts with the symphony orchestras of Lake Forest, Winston-Salem, Charlotte (FL), Springfield (OH), Galveston (TX), Hendersonville, and South Florida, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and the String Orchestra of the Rockies; returns to the Des Moines Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, and the Boca del Rio Philharmonic in Mexico. Internationally, he has made his Australian debut with the Queensland Symphony, his Mexican debuts with the Boca del Rio Philharmonic in Veracruz and the Mexico City Philharmonic with frequent collaborator Jorge Mester, and his Hong Kong debut at the Intimacy of Creativity Festival. He has also appeared at the Salzburg Mozarteum, and the Verbier festival in Switzerland.
As a recitalist, he has performed at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Rosenegg Castle in Steyr Austria, on the Embassy Series in Washington DC, at the National Arts Club, University Club, Musical Club of Hartford, Boulder Bach Festival, and for International Concerts of the Desert in Palm Springs. In March 2017, Mr. Schwarz embarked on an extensive 10-recital tour of China with duo partner Marika Bournaki. A committed chamber musician, he is a member of the New York based Frisson Ensemble (a mixed nonet of winds and strings), the New York Classical Players, and the Mile-End Trio with violinist Jeff Multer and Ms. Bournaki. He performs frequently at Bargemusic in Brooklyn with violinist Mark Peskanov, on the Frankly Music Series in Milwaukee with violinist Frank Almond, as a member of the Palladium Chamber Players in St Petersburg FL, and has been the featured young artist at both the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival and the Seattle Chamber Music Festival.
Julian Schwarz is an ardent supporter of new music, and has premiered concertos by Richard Danielpour and Samuel Jones (recorded with the All Star Orchestra for public television in 2012, subsequently released as a DVD on Naxos). In the 17-18 season, he gave the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s first Cello Concerto with a consortium of five orchestras. Other premieres include the US Premiere of Dobrinka Tabakova’s Cello Concerto with the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, and recital works by Paul Frucht, Gavin Fraser, Alex Weiser, and Ofer Ben-Amots. On record, the Schwarz-Bournaki duo has recorded Bright Sheng’s “Northern Lights” for Naxos, the complete cello/piano works by Ernest Bloch for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, and will release a debut recital album in 2019.
A devoted teacher, Mr. Schwarz serves as Asst. Professor of Cello at Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA). Other faculty appointments include artist-in-residence at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance (Nova Scotia, Canada), faculty teaching assistant to Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School, and faculty at the Eastern Music Festival (Greensboro, NC). At the Eastern Music Festival, he runs programming for the Tuesday evening chamber music series.
Born in Seattle, WA, Mr. Schwarz studied at the Academy of Music Northwest and the Lakeside School. He continued to the Colburn School in Los Angeles under Ronald Leonard, and then moved to New York City to study with mentor Joel Krosnick at The Juilliard School (BM 14’MM 16’). Other influential teachers include the late David Tonkonogui, the late Toby Saks, Lynn Harrell, Neal Cary, and chamber music mentors Andre Roy, Arnold Steinhardt, Jonathan Feldman, Toby Appel and Paul Coletti. In 2013 Mr. Schwarz won 1st prize in the professional cello division of the Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong, and in 2016 won 1st prize at the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition’s “The Art of Duo” with Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki. He plays on a Neapolitan cello made by Gennaro Gagliano in 1743, is an active contributor to Strings Magazine’s Artist Blog, and sits on the music committee of the National Arts Club. A Pirastro artist, he endorses and plays the “Perpetual” medium set of cello strings.