George Lopez, Eva Gruesser, to Perform Brahms Sonatas Feb. 4

Story posted January 30, 2012

Pianist George Lopez, artist in residence in Bowdoin's Department of Music, and violinist Eva Gruesser, concertmaster of the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2012, in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall.

The program, which is open to the public free of charge, will include the three violin sonatas of Johannes Brahms.

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Eva Gruesser was appointed to the Roger Sessions chair of concertmaster of American Composers Orchestra in 2000. She has performed throughout North America, Europe and Australia as soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster.

As first violinist of the Lark Quartet from 1988 to 1996 Gruesser performed on many occasions at Lincoln Center and Weill Hall in New York and the Kennedy Center and Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. With the Lark Quartet she won the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1991 and the Gold Medal at the 1991 Shostakovich International String Quartet Competition in St. Petersburg.

Gruesser has collaborated on commissions with composers Aaron Jay Kernis, Libby Larsen, Penka Kouneva and Jon Deak. Recently she performed with Lukas Foss at Weill Hall in his three American pieces for violin and piano, recorded Martin Bresnick's "Bird as Prophet" for violin and piano and Trio for violin, clarinet and piano and participated in a performance at the Kennedy Center honoring the compositions of Joan Tower.

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George Lopez began a two-year appointment as artist in residence at Bowdoin in fall 2010. He inaugurated the appointment with a Bowdoin recital of Bach's Goldberg Variations, his interpretation of which earned him critical acclaim when he performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Well known around the world as a recitalist and soloist, he performed the complete cycle of Beethoven's Piano Concertos during his last two concert seasons. In addition to his performances with symphony orchestras, he has collaborated with such chamber ensembles as the Emerson String Quartet and Montclaire String Quartet, and he is a participant at the New Hampshire Music Festival. He is also a strong advocate for music education.

For more information call 798-4141.

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