October 27, 2013
Honoring Liana Alexandra
Pianist Riko Higuma has performed and collaborated with legendary artists such as Albert Markov, Neil Rosenshein, Aaron Rosand, Cho- Liang Lin, Alan Gilbert, Steven Tanenbom, Dora Schwarzberg, and Timothy Eddy. She was a top-prize winner at the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition and was one of the Young Artists at the Van Cliburn Piano Institute, where she appeared with the Fort Worth Symphony. Individually and as the pianist of the acclaimed Zodiac Trio, Ms. Higuma has performed around the globe, including the LaJolla Music Society Summerfest, Summit Music Festival, Russian River Chamber Music, Festival c’est pas classique, and most recently at the Festival Radio- France Montpellier. Ms.Higuma studied with Phillip Kawin at the Manhattan School of Music and with the Ysaye String Quartet at the Paris Conservatory.
Korean saxophonist Wonki Lee was born in Tokyo and began playing the saxophone at the age of thirteen. He has distinguished himself as a remarkable saxophonist with his instrumental prowess and keen artistic grasp. He was the first Korean selected as a semi-finalist in the Adolphe Sax International Competition. As an active concert saxophonist, he performs a wide range of music, including solo premieres and chamber music. Wonki made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 2008 and has performed at the Metropolitan Museum, Merkin Concert Hall, Time Warner Building, and Macys. His concerto recording was broadcasted on a WQXR. He won 1st prize for MTNA Young Artist NY State Competition, and 3rd prize for the LISMA International Music Competition. Wonki exclusively uses YAMAHA Custom EX saxophones.
Hailed by the New York Times for her "lightning-fast reflexes" and "breathtaking" performances, Pauline Kim Harris has been notably described as "a sorceress of the violin." A Grammynominated artist (Universal/Decca), she engages her audiences world-wide in ground-breaking classical and genre-bending crossover, to the envelope-pushing experimental/ avant-garde. Most recently, her recording of John Zorn's "Passagen" for Solo Violin was released on Tzadik and will be featured LIVE at The Joyce Theater in a new work by critically acclaimed choreographer, Pam Tanowitz in February 2014. As the first violinist of the Alchemy String Quartet, Ms. Harris recently completed a European tour in the "Zorn @60" concerts in London, Gent, North Sea and Warsaw, as well as at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Miller Theater and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.
Jennifer Shaw began playing the cello at age nine in Taipei, Taiwan. Her various experiences have brought her to perform with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and the Eagles, and in NYC venues including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and the Beacon Theater. Recent projects around NYC include performing with the One World Symphony and NYU Tisch’s production of Ragtime, as well as recording with the bands Hunter & Wolfe and The Arcane Insignia. Jennifer received her M.M. as a student of Edward Arron at New York University, where she also taught cello as an adjunct instructor. She graduated with her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where she studied with Karen Buranskas.
Liana Alexandra was born in Bucharest, Romania in May 27, 1947. From 1965 to 1971, she studied at the University of Music Ciprian Porumbescu, Bucharest. She received the "George Enescu" scholarship and took composition courses in 1974, 1978, 1980 and 1984 in Darmstadt, West Germany. In 1983 she received a USIA stipend to study in the USA and received a Ph.D. in Musicology. In 1978 Liana Alexandra married the Romanian musician and composer Serban Nichifor. She has received the Prize of the Romanian Composers and Musicologists Union on five occasions in 1975, 1979, 1981, 1982, and 1984. In 1979, she received the first prize in Dresden at the "Carl Maria von Weber Competition." She won the "Gaudeamus" Foundation prize in 1979 and 1980, and in 1980, she also won the prize of the Romanian Academy. Alexandra took a position as professor at the National University of Music of Bucharest, teaching composition, orchestration and musical analysis. She performed as a member of Duo Intermedia and was co-director of the Nuova Musica Consonante-Living Music Foundation Festival with Serban Nichifor.
Douglas DaSilva, is a composer, guitarist, educator, curator, and film-maker and in New York City. As Artistic Director for the Composer’s Voice concert series “DaSilva knows just how to tempt you with a delicious array of musical desserts that titillate your ear.” NM421 Much of his composing is influenced by Brazilian music and self-inflicted stress. His compositions have been described as “very individual, and to us has a very clear personality” in Classical Guitar Magazine. His pieces Sarabande; How to Build a Totalitarian State and Contrails have been included in 60x60 projects. His works have been performed in Brazil, England, Italy, Germany, Romania, Brazil & throughout the USA. His documentary “My Dad’s Violin” is scheduled for release in 2014.
Composer/cellist and professor of music Serban Nichifor (b. 25.08.1954, Bucharest); STUDIES: National University of Music Bucharest (NUMB), PhD Musicology; USIA Grant, 1982; - COMPOSITION PRIZES: Amsterdam (First Prize Gaudeamus), Tours, Evian, Atena, Toledo, Urbana-Illinois, Trento, Roma, Bydgoszcz, Hong Kong, Jihlava, Karlsruhe, Koln, Newtown-Wales, Birmingham-Alabama, Zagreb; Officer Belgium Crown Order; AT PRESENT: Professor at the NUMB. His piece Prayer for My Angel Liana was composed for Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Conway Kuo, violin as “an homage to my very dear wife Liana Alexandra, for his love, support and sacrifice….” Serban lives in Bucharest, Romania.
“The word 'viral,' comes to mind as a trendy but disquietingly accurate image for Robert Voisey's infectious enthusiasm. He is always ready to mutate and reinfect the process as indicated to maintain the highest degree of project fever" -60x60: netsuke for the musical mind -- Richard Arnest, Sounding Board, Spring 2011. "With few opportunities and much competition, young composers show creativity in just getting heard." And in Chris Pasles's article in the Los Angeles Times, Robert Voisey is highlighted as one of those composers. Composing electroacoustic and chamber music, his aesthetic oscillates from the romantic to Post Modern Mash-Up. His work has been performed in venues throughout the world including: Carnegie Hall, World Financial Center Winter Garden Atrium, and Stratford Circus in London.