Vadim Gluzman & Angela Yoffe

Violin and Piano

January 7, 2018, 4 PM

The Warne Ballroom at the Cosmos Club

Renowned violinist Vadim Gluzman was born in the former Soviet Union in 1973, and moved to Israel in 1990. Much encouraged by Isaac Stern, Gluzman was the recipient of the Henryk Szeryng Foundation Career Award in 1994. Since then he has appeared as a concert soloist and performed in recitals throughout the world, and has also recorded extensively. Angela Yoffe, originally from Riga, Latvia, is Gluzman’s regular recital partner and they have made several recordings for the BIS label. Their program includes the early Violin Sonata by Richard Strauss, as well as 20th-century works by Stravinsky, Bloch, and Arvo Pärt, alongside Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s brilliant and witty transcription of themes from Rossini’s Barber of Seville.


ARVO PÄRT (b. 1937)
Mirror in Mirror 

Sonata for Violin and Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 18
     Allegro, ma non troppo
     Improvisation: Andante cantabile
     Finale: Andante – allegro


Suite italienne
     Gavotta con due variazioni
     Minuetto e finale

ERNEST BLOCH (1880-1959)
Baal Shem Suite (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life)
     Vidui (Contrition)
     Nigun (Improvisation)
     Simchas Torah (Rejoicing)

Figaro: Concert transcription after Rossini’s Barber of Seville            

Please note that this concert takes place at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave., NW.

Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces new music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings exclusively for the BIS label.

The Israeli violinist collaborates regularly with leading conductors including Christoph von Dohnányi, Tugan Sokhiev, Sir Andrew Davis, Neeme Järvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Semyon Bychkov, JukkaPekka Saraste, Paavo Järvi, Hannu Lintu and Peter Oundjian. He has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, London Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and other major symphony orchestras. Gluzman’s festival appearances include performances at Tanglewood, Verbier, Ravinia, Lockenhaus, and the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Illinois, which was founded by Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe, his wife and recital partner.

Highlights of the current season include appearances in London at The Proms with the BBC Symphony and Edward Gardner, with the Chicago Symphony under Neeme Järvi, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Hamburg under Christoph von Dohnányi, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev, and with the Orchestre de Paris under Juraj Valčuha. Mr. Gluzman appears in New York’s Carnegie Hall with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and leads performances of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, where he continues his third year as Creative Partner and Principal Guest Artist.

This season, Gluzman gives world premieres of concertos by Sofia Gubaidulina with the NDR Radio Philhamonic in Hannover under Andrew Manze, and by Elena Firsova with Deutsches SymphonieOrchester Berlin under Tugan Sokhiev.

Accolades for his extensive discography include the Diapason d’Or of the Year, Gramophone’s Editor’s Choice, Classica Magazine’s esteemed Choc de Classica award, and Disc of the Month by The Strad, BBC Music Magazine, ClassicFM, and others.

Vadim Gluzman plays on the legendary 1690 “ex-Leopold Auer” Stradivari on extended loan to him through the generosity of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.

Pianist, producer, and educator, Angela Yoffe, is widely admired for her dazzling musicianship and passion for music education. In 2010, Yoffe created Chicago’s annual North Shore Chamber Music Festival, now in its seventh season, and each year presents career advancement awards, such as the Arkady Fomin Scholarship, to exceptional emerging artists. Yoffe is also founder of the Collaborative Piano Class at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and the Creative Learning Program of the Betty Haag Academy of Music. She has created collaborative projects with the International Center on Deafness and the Arts and the Lurie Children’s hospital.

Yoffe has performed as a chamber musician and recitalist in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, San Francisco, London, Berlin, Paris, Tel Aviv, Geneva, Rome, and Tokyo. She has appeared as guest soloist with the Seattle Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, SWR Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, the Hamburg Symphony, and with New York’s Jupiter Symphony under the batons of Andrey Boreyko, Gerard Schwarz, Jens Nygaard, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, and Victor Yampolsky. Yoffe has been invited to perform at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Lockenhaus Festival in Austria, Festival de Radio France, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Colmar Festival in France, MIDEM Festival, Ravinia Festival, Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Schwetzingen Festspiele, and the Bantry Festival in West Cork.

Yoffe records exclusively for BIS Records, and her discography includes a recently released album with violinist Vadim Gluzman of Sergey Prokofiev’s Violin Sonatas. Her world premiere recording of Lera Auerbach’s “24 Preludes for Violin and Piano” (composed for Yoffe and Gluzman) was released on BIS Records to rave reviews, as well as their other albums: Time… and Again, Ballet for a Lonely Violinist, and Fireworks.

Yoffe was born in Riga, Latvia into a family of respected musicians. After studying piano performance in the Soviet Union and Israel she continued with Joaquín Achúcarro and Jonathan Feldman in the US and became an assistant to Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music.