Liszt Festival Participants
Kenneth Hamilton, pianist and author
‘An outstanding virtuoso—one of the finest players of his generation’ (Kommersant Daily, Moscow)
‘A performer full of energy and wit’ (New York Times)
‘A formidable virtuoso’ (Singapore Straits Times)
Scottish pianist and musicologist Kenneth Hamilton has performed worldwide as a recitalist and concerto soloist on both modern and historical instruments. He studied with Lawrence Glover, and later with Ronald Stevenson. He has appeared frequently on radio and television in the UK, US, Germany, Canada, Australia, Turkey, Russia and Singapore, most recently as soloist in a performance of Chopin’s first piano concerto with the Istanbul Chamber Orchestra for Turkish Television, and as pianist and presenter in “Mendelssohn in Scotland”, broadcast in Europe and the US by Deutsche Welle Channel.
He is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 3 and 4, and has numerous festival engagements to his credit, including a memorable recreation of Liszt’s 1847 concerts in Constantinople for the Istanbul International Festival, performances of works by Chopin and Liszt on historical pianos at the Cité de la Musique, Paris, participation as a soloist in the Beethoven Unwrapped and Mozart Unwrapped Festivals at London’s new Kings Place Concert Hall, and three recent recitals on the art of the piano transcription at the Singapore Esplanade.
Kenneth Hamilton is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and of Balliol College, Oxford. His doctoral dissertation was a critical study of the opera fantasias and transcriptions of Franz Liszt. He was subsequently De Velling Willis Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, and a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, before joining the Music Department of the University of Birmingham. In 2005 he was Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut, US. He is author of After the Golden Age: Romantic Music and Modern Performance (Oxford University Press).
Cecil Lytle, pianist and educator
Cecil Lytle is Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of California San Diego. He has recorded and performed widely around the world in works of the most daring avant garde composers and in jazz venues. The last in a family of ten children in New York City, music became his life at an early age. Lytle studied at the Julliard School of Music while in high school, enrolled at Oberlin College in Ohio and continued graduate studies in Music at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
While in graduate school, he won First Prize at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest, Hungary (1970), and subsequently concertized throughout the world in Asia, South America, Europe and the United States. He has been a professor of music at Grinnell College in Iowa and joined the music faculty at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) in 1974, served a stint as department chair, then Provost of UCSD’s Thurgood Marshall College 1988-2005.
Cecil Lytle was elected Outstanding UCSD Faculty in 1994; Visiting Professor at the Beijing Conservatory of Music, Spring 1986; and, Artist-In-Residence at the Darmstadt Contemporary Music Festival (West Germany), Summer 1988. Because he believes that education changed his fortunes as a youngster growing up in Harlem, he has dedicated himself to providing opportunities for all aspiring young people. His dedication to quality education for all led him to found Preuss School (a college prep public charter school for low income student, grades 6-12) in 1998 on the campus of UC San Diego, and served ten years as the Founding Chair of the school’s Board of Directors.
Cecil Lytle's recordings reflect his eclectic tastes and abilities including: a recently released six CD set of the complete piano music of George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, the Music of Thomas "Fats" Waller, albums and CDs of the Complete Piano Music of Alexander Scriabin, and several recorded appearances with jazz and gospel artists. His latest release on Klavier records was a CD of Beethoven piano sonatas.
Dana Gooley, musicologist
Dana Gooley is Associate Professor of Music at Brown Univesity. His research focuses on Franz Liszt, music criticism, and 19th century European musical culture. His publications have focused on the cult of the virtuoso, music criticism, and the role of charisma in the public sphere of 19th century Europe. He studied piano at New England Conservatory and English at Wesleyan University before pursuing his Ph.D. in musicology at Princeton University in 1999. He is author of The Virtuoso Liszt and co-author of Franz Liszt and His World. He is currently researching a book on the pianist-composers of the 19th century and their improvisational practices. He also writes about jazz history, and is presently engaged in a study of jazz-pop crossovers in the 1950s.
Susan Bernstein, literary scholar
Susan Bernstein works in German, French and English and American literature of the 18th-20th centuries. She has particular interests in literary theory, literature and the arts, Romanticism, philosophy and poetry. Bernstein received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University, her B.A. from Yale and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She also studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Ecole normale supérieure in Paris. She has published articles on Nietzsche, Kant, Heine, Shelley and others; her book, Virtuosity of the Nineteenth Century: Performing Music and Language in Heine, Liszt and Baudelaire was published by Stanford University Press in 1998. She began teaching at Brown in 1989. Her interests extend to the history of literary theory and western aesthetics, lyric poetry in the European tradition, the Bildungsroman, Romanticism, phenomenology and poetry, and individual topics such as the uncanny, irony, and Romantic genre theory. In particular, her book, Virtuosity of the 19th Century: Performing Music and Language in Heine, Liszt and Baudelaire, examines the reflexive relationship between performance of music and language. Currently, she is completing a book entitled Housing Problems: Writing and Architecture in Goethe, Walpole, Freud, and Heidegger.
James Baker, music theorist
James Baker, Professor of Music, has taught at Brown since 1983. He is Chair of the Department of Music, having served as well in this position from 1991 to 1996. He received the B.A. from Yale University, with majors in Intensive English and Music Theory, and earned the Ph.D. at Yale in Music Theory. He has taught at the University of Virginia, Columbia University, and Yale, and has served as Editor of Music Theory Spectrum and the Journal of Music Theory. His research has been supported by fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His publications includeThe Music of Alexander Scriabin, Music Theory in Concept and Practice (coedited with Jonathan Bernard and David Beach), and numerous articles on music by such diverse composers as Mozart, Haydn, Liszt, Ives, and Webern. He is currently completing a book on Tonal Implication and Form in Eighteenth-Century Music. Baker's research on Liszt focuses on the late piano music and has appeared in the Journal of Music Theory and the Cambridge Companion to Liszt. He teaches courses on harmony and voice leading in tonal music, analytical approaches to music since Debussy, and analysis and performance.
Daniel Harkett, art historian
Daniel Harkett completed his PhD at Brown University in 2004, subsequently held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Society of Fellows at Columbia University, and came to the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2007. He teaches classes on nineteenth- and twentieth-century art, exhibition culture, fashion, and the idea of the artist. Prof. Harkett’s research focuses on early nineteenth-century French visual culture. He has published an essay on Jacques-Louis David, an article on Louis Daguerre’s Diorama as well as book and exhibition reviews in caa.reviews and Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. He is currently working on a book on the visual culture of sociability in post-revolutionary France. His research has been funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Institut Français d’Amérique, and RISD’s Humanities Fund.
Monika Hennemann, musicologist
Monika Hennemann has graduate degrees in German and Musicology and has taught both subject areas at the Florida State University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Birmingham (UK), the University of London, and URI. In addition to giving numerous international lectures, she has published widely on various aspects of text-music relationship, particularly in connection to Felix Mendelssohn and other Romantics. Her forthcoming book on Mendelssohn's opera projects in their cultural context embraces once more the strong ties between language and music. She has been a faculty member at the Deutsche Sommerschule am Atlantik for many years and is currently program director.
Mark Steinbach University Organist
Mark Steinbach is University Organist, Curator of Instruments, and Lecturer in Music at Brown University, where he teaches Tonal Music Theory and Organ through The Applied Music Program. He also serves as organist and choirmaster of historic St. Paul's Church in Wickford, Rhode Island. Mr. Steinbach earned the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Kansas, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The Eastman School of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar he studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. He was the first place winner in the Ottumwa, Iowa National Organ Competition, and the Rochester and Kansas City Chapters of The American Guild of Organists Young Artist Competitions. Mr. Steinbach has performed in Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Austria, Germany, and Italy. He performed the world premiere of Dan Pinkham's Odes at the Regional American Guild of Organists convention in Worcester, MA. He has also performed at the National Convention of The Organ Historical Society, the International Organ Festival at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, and the Bolzano, Storici Organi della Valsesia, and Associazione Organistica Picena Music Festivals in Italy. Steinbach has been featured on National Public Radio. He performed this past summer at Bolzano, Italy, Methuen Memorial Music Hall and The Washington D.C. National Organ Historical Society Convention. His former student Anne Laver (Brown ’03) was the 2nd place winner of the AGO Young Artist Competition-July 2010. His forthcoming Heiller CD will be released on Loft Recordings.
Andrew Garland Baritone
Andrew Garland is saluted for having a ‘distinctly American presence’ (The New York Times) and for his coloratura which borders on the ‘phenomenal.’ (Opera News). He performs in wide-ranging leading operatic roles at the Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Ft. Worth Opera, Nevada Opera, Dayton Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and the Utah Symphony and Opera, among others. In November he makes his New York City Opera debut in a concert with Rufus Wainwright. Concert highlights include performances with the Ravinia Festival, Atlanta Symphony, National Philharmonic, University Musical Society (University of Michigan), Boston Baroque, Washington Master Chorale at the Kennedy Center and the New York Festival of Song at Carnegie Hall. Rapidly becoming known as an important recitalist, (“The fine art of poetry in music has found a rare ambassador” – Matthew Gurewitsch,) performing across the continent often under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation. Mr. Garland’s recordings include Puccini’sLa Bohèmewith the Atlanta Symphony (Telarc), a disc of songs by Lee Hoiby accompanied by the composer on piano (Naxos) and a disc of folk song settings by Steven Mark Kohn (Azica). A new disc of 21st century American songs is due out on the new GPR label. Andrew took home 2nd prize in the Jose Iturbi International Music Competition. He is also the winner of the Washington International, American Traditions, and Lotte Lehman competitions.
Frederick Jodry Director of Choral Activities
Frederick Jodry is a native of Ohio, and holds the Bachelor's degree in Organ Performance from New England Conservatory where he studied organ with Yuko Hayashi and conducting with Lorna Cooke de Varon and Donald Teeters. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Chadwick Medal, given each year to the most promising graduate who shows distinction both in musical performance and academic excellence. He continued at NEC, being awarded a Master's degree in the Performance of Early Music in 1987, during which time he was a harpsichord student of Francis Fitch, and an organ pupil of William Porter. While completing his studies, Mr. Jodry founded the Schola Cantorum of Boston, a twelve-voice ensemble dedicated to the performance of Renaissance sacred music. During the past Twenty five years, the group has presented concerts throughout New England, and has frequently been heard at the Boston Early Music Festivals. As a vocal soloist, Mr. Jodry has appeared with the Providence singers, the Civic Chorale, Boston Cecilia, the Boston Camerata, Musique Ancienne de Montreal, and at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institue under Gustav Leonhardt. Since 1991 he has been Director of Choral Activities at Brown University, where he is also an instructor in music theory and history, and teaches Harpsichord.. He has led the Brown Chorus throughout New England, singing in Boston, New York and Washington DC. Recent Tours include Argentina, Russia/Finland and the Czech Republic. Mr. Jodry also serves as Music Director at the First Unitarian Church of Providence
Paul Phillips Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music
Paul Phillips has been Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music since 1989, and Music Director and Conductor of the Pioneer Valley Symphony and Chorus since 1994, is an award-winning conductor, composer, and author whose honors include ten ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, seven with the Brown University Orchestra. A new Naxos recording, Music for Great Films of the Silent Era, features the RTE National Symphony of Ireland under his direction. His book A Clockwork Counterpoint: The Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess was recently published, as was an essay in the new Norton Critical Edition of A Clockwork Orange. Last year he conducted the first staged production of Burgess’s Shakespeare ballet Mr W.S.; Cosi fan tutte for Opera Providence using his own revised English version of the libretto; and Commonwealth Opera’s annual Messiah Sing. He also guest conducted at the Manhattan School of Music, and, as pianist, accompanied concerts for Opera Providence throughout the 2010-11 season. His reduced orchestration of Stravinsky’s opera Mavra, which Boosey and Hawkes published in 2010, was performed at the Glyndebourne Festival that year. His newest composition, Battle-Pieces –a song cycle for baritone and orchestra based on Civil War poems by Herman Melville – premiered last month. Phillips began his career as an opera coach and conductor at the Frankfurt Opera and Stadttheater Lüneburg in Germany. He has conducted more than sixty orchestras, opera companies, and ballet troupes worldwide, including the San Francisco Symphony and Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra.
The Brown University Orchestra
Founded in 1918, the Brown University Orchestra is recognized as one of the finest university orchestras in the United States. Under the direction of Music Director Paul Phillips, the orchestra has given concerts at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, travelled to Montreal and toured China, and performed with such renowned soloists as Itzhak Perlman, Christopher O’Riley, Eugenia Zukerman, and Dave Brubeck. Composers-in-residence hosted by the Brown Orchestra include Samuel Adler, Peter Boyer, Lukas Foss, William Perry, Steve Reich, Joseph Schwantner, Steven Stucky, and Michael Torke. In 2006, Daniel Barenboim conducted the Brown Orchestra in during his residency with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. Notable performances include Mahler’s Symphonies Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6, and Das Lied von der Erde; Stravinsky’s Firebird, Petrushka, Le Sacre du Printemps, and Symphony in Three Movements; and several concerti with the soloists for whom they were composed, including William Bolcom’s Violin Concerto in D with Sergiu Luca, Christopher Rouse’s Flute Concerto with Carol Wincenc, and William Perry’s The Silent Years with pianist Michael Chertock. The Brown University Orchestra, a member of the League of American Orchestras, has won seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Progamming, most recently in 2009. Its alumni include current and former members of the New World Symphony, YouTube Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra is currently planning a concert tour to Bermuda in March 2012.
The Brown University Chorus
The Brown University Chorus, 55 dedicated singers drawn from all concentrations within the University, is one of the oldest groups on campus. As well as performing regularly in Providence and New England, the choir has earned an international reputation over the past 30 years for the quality of its performances and most recently returned from a 2009 concert tour of Vienna and Prague, adding to their already impressive legacy as university ambassadors. Previous tours include a 2006 tour of Argentina and Uruguay, a 2004 tour of Russia and Finland, a 2002 tour of Costa Rica, and a 1999 tour of Italy. The chorus also enjoyed a 1996 journey through Iberia, a 1993 concert tour of the Mediterranean, with performances in Greece, Israel and Egypt, a three-week concert tour of the USSR and Scandinavia in 1990, and a four-week concert tour of the Pacific Rim, featuring concerts in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. In 1979, the Chorus was the first American collegiate performing group to tour China, while in 1976 the group spent one month in India at the invitation of the Indian Government, presenting concerts for Prime Minister Indira Ghandi and Mother Teresa.