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Sun oct 29
7:30 pm

Guest Recital: Music from Five Centuries featuring Elmira Darvarova (violin) and Howard Wall (horn)

Kresge Theatre, College of Fine Arts
5000 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

Music from Five Centuries (17th C. - 21st C.)

Elmira Darvarova (violin), former Concertmaster of Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York
Howard Wall (horn), New York Philharmonic

Journey through five centuries of music with Elmira Darvarova and Howard Wall (BFA'72) as your guides. From a suite of Baroque music to Mozart, Piazzolla, Norman Zocher and many more great composers past and present. This unique musical journey also includes two American Premieres - Marin Marais' Les Folies d'Espagne (arr. Howard Wall) and Phillip Ramey's Meditation for Violin & Horn. 

COST: Free and open to the public


Elmira Darvarova, violin
A Grammy®-nominated concert violinist since the age of four, Elmira Darvarova caused a  sensation, becoming the first ever (and so far only) woman-concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera. With the MET Orchestra she toured Europe, Japan and the United States, and was heard on the MET's live weekly international radio broadcasts. As MET Opera concertmaster she has performed with the greatest conductors of our time, including the legendary Carlos Kleiber. She can be heard on numerous CDs, recorded for several labels (recent releases include the world premiere of Vernon Duke's violin concerto with the Vienna Radio Symphony, and a CD with world premiere recordings of music by René de Castéra, named by MusicWeb International a Record of the Year 2015). Appearing in recitals and as soloist on five continents, she has been concerto soloist with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and with numerous other orchestras. She has appeared on the world’s most prestigious stages and has shared the stage for symphonic and chamber performances with music giants such as James Levine, Janos Starker, Gary Karr, Pascal Rogé, among others. A documentary film about her life and career was shown on European television. She performs with the New York Piano Quartet, the Delphinium Trio, the Quinteto del Fuego and the Amram Ensemble, and in a duo with pianist/composer Fernando Otero. A jury president of several international chamber music competitions in Europe, she is also Director of the New York Chamber Music Festival. She has been praised by Gramophone Magazine for her "ultra-impassioned performances", and in The Strad for her “intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing" and "silky-smooth voluptuous tone”. In 2015 Gramophone Magazine published on its first page an interview with Elmira Darvarova about her world-premiere recording of Vernon Duke's violin concerto (written for Heifetz in 1940), which she recorded with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. More info at: www.elmiradarvarova.com

Howard Wall, horn
Howard Wall, a native of Pittsburgh, joined the horn section of the New York Philharmonic in 1994, after having been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra for almost 20 years and a former member of the Phoenix and Denver Symphony Orchestras. He also performs and records with the All-Star Orchestra. Mr. Wall has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic in Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns in New York (1995, 2001, and 2007) as well as on Philharmonic tours in Europe (1996) and South America (2001). An avid chamber musician, he appears regularly at the New York Chamber Music Festival and performs with the Delphinium Trio, the Amram Ensemble, and in a duo with his wife, violinist Elmira Darvarova, a former concertmaster of The Metropolitan Opera. He can be heard on the CD Take 9, featuring the New York Philharmonic horn section and the American Horn Quartet, as well as on Principal Horn Philip Myers’s New York Legends CD. Howard Wall recorded Poulenc’s Elégie for Horn and Piano with world-renowned French pianist Pascal Rogé. Mr. Wall has also recorded David Amram’s Blues and Variations for Monk for Solo Horn, and gave its European Premiere in Paris. Howard Wall’s most recent CD is “Phillip Ramey: Music for French Horn” (Affetto, 2017). Howard Wall began playing the horn at age ten and earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance at Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Forrest Standley.  He made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 19 performing Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns; he most recently performed the same work again at Carnegie Hall in 2012, with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.