Faculty and students from the University of Maryland’s School of Music perform “Tête-à-Tête: Duets and Other Intimate Conversations,” a concert of vocal duets by the Romantics, from Schubert to Schumann, and piano works by Debussy and his conservatory classmate in Paris, Mélanie Bonis.
CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
Petite Suite, L. 65
En Bateau: Andantino
Ballet: Allegro giusto
Performed by Piano faculty members Larissa Dedova and Mikhail Volchuk
MEL BONIS (1858–1937)
Romance sans paroles, Op. 56
Femmes de Légende
Eglogue, Op. 12
Près du ruisseau, Op. 9
Performed by graduate piano student Rok Palcic
JOHANNES BRAHMS (1833-97)
Botschaft, Op. 47, No. 1
Vergebliches Ständchen, Op. 84, No. 4
Meine Liebe ist grün, Op. 63, No. 5
Die Mainacht, Op. 43, No. 2
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (1809-47)
From Op. 63
Ich wollt’ meine Lieb’ ergösse
CLAUDE DEBUSSY (1862-1918)
C'est l'extase langoureuse
Il pleure dans mon cœur
L'ombre des arbres
Chevaux de bois
Performed by Shafali Jalota, Amanda Staub, and Ju Young Lee
Larissa Dedova has appeared in solo and chamber recitals in concert halls throughout the world at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Great Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Teatro Ghione of Rome, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Neue Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and Bulgaria Hall in Sofia. As soloist, she has played with famous orchestras, including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Kiev Philharmonic, Orchestre de Chambre de Budapest, Moscow Philharmonic,and Estonian State Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
Dedova’s recording credits include releases for the Melodia, ConClaRec, and Morning Storm labels. Her four-album set Debussy: The Complete Solo Piano Music (May 2011, Centaur Records) earned praise from Fanfare Magazine, declaring Dedova “an artist of the highest caliber ... an unerring musical instinct and flawless technique.”Dedova’s new set of recordings, Ravel: The Complete Solo Piano Music, was released by Centaur Records in June 2017.
Dedova holds both Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Piano Performance from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where she studied with Lev Oborin and Evgeny Malinin. She is a Professor of Music at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Mikhail Volchok studied with Professor Yakov Zak at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and with Professor Pavel Serebriakov at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory in St. Petersburg for his BM, MM, and DMA obtained at the age of 25. In 1976, he won the gold medal at the 5th Bach International Competition in Leipzig.
Volchok has toured with famous conductors, such as Mariss Jansons, Alexander Lazarev, Arvīds Jansons, and Eduard Serov, among others. He gives solo and duo recitals with Larissa Dedova in Europe, the US, and Asia. In 1996, Volchok and Dedova became winners of the International “Pro Piano” Competition in New York. His recording credits include releases for the Melodia, ConClaRec, Morning Storm, and Centaur labels. Volchok is also a composer, and has written numerous works, including a piano sonata, Dialogues for two pianos, as well as a piano trio and cello sonata. His Three Poems of Anna Ahmatova for soprano, flute, and piano were premiered in Basel, Switzerland in 2013. Currently Volchok is on the piano faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park and a Master-teacher at the Levine Music in Washington, DC.
Slovenian-born, pianist Rok Palčič is active as a soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. He began his musical education at the age of five and studied with Russian professor and pianist Sijavush Gadjievv. He then continued his studies with Pavel Gililov at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany. After graduating in 2009, he began a graduate degree in chamber music performance in Graz, Austria, with Chia Chou. He then obtained a degree in pedagogy and andragogy before moving to the US to pursue an additional Master’s degree in piano performance, following which he received a two-year appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of Florida. In 2003, he was awarded the Škerjanc prize for exceptional musical achievements. In 2007, he performed at the Ruhr Klavier-Festival in Germany, and was also awarded the YEHUDI MENUHIN Live Music Now foundation scholarship. His performances have taken him to venues across Europe, the UK, and the US. He has performed with renowned artists, such as Ida Bieler, Ofer Canetti, Dudu Carmel, Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg, Steven Thomas, Benjamin Ziervogel, Andrej Žust, and others. In addition to his concert activity, Rok Palčič is founder and artistic director of the Cultural Arts Society Ars Haliaeti, focused on organizing educational and artistic events, as well as director of the Chevy Chase Music School. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland under the guidance of Professor Larissa Dedova.
Pianist Ju Young Lee performs actively as a soloist and collaborative artist. She was the winner of the Music Teachers National Association (2009) and the Young Artist Competition of West Virginia University (2011). She was also the winner at the Pittsburgh Concert Society (2011) and was praised as being “deeply in touch with the inner drama of music and having the technique to realize her artistic intent.” Lee has performed in Italy, Mexico, and South Korea. In 2013, Lee was the finalist in the Liszt Garrison Competition as a Collaborative Artist and also received the Best Interpretation Award of American songs. As an assistant coach, she accompanied and coached for Hansel and Gretel, Cendrillon, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Street Scene, and Così fan tutte at the Peabody School. In 2016, she accompanied Roméo et Juliette at Lyric Opera Baltimore and directed You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Coppin State University. Lee received a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma in Vocal Accompanying with a full tuition scholarship at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she studied with Professor Eileen Cornett. Lee is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano, studying with Professor Rita Sloan, and is the rehearsal pianist at the Maryland Opera Studio.
British-American soprano Shafali Jalota is currently in her final year at the Maryland Opera Studio. In the 2018/2019 season, Jalota will sing the Toy Fairy in Die Zaubernacht, and Rose in Street Scene. Jalota’s previous roles include Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro (Maryland Opera Studio, 2018), the trio in Trouble in Tahiti (Capital City Symphony Orchestra, 2018), the world premiere of Mina in Town Hall (Maryland Opera Studio, 2018), Dido in Dido and Aeneas (UNC Opera, 2017), Suor Genovieffa in Suor Angelica (Halifax Summer Opera Festival, 2016), and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (Amalfi Coast Summer Music and Arts Festival, 2016). Equally at home on the concert stage, Jalota made her debut with the Durham Symphony Orchestra in 2017 and the North Carolina Symphony in 2015. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017, where she was a Robertson Scholar and a Vollmer Music Scholar.
Amanda Staub, mezzo-soprano, is a second year student in the Maryland Opera Studio. Staub’s recently performed roles include Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with the Maryland Opera Studio, the title role in Handel’s Ariodante with Oberlin in Italy, Soeur Mathilde in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Terry Evans in Theo Popov’s Town Hall with the Maryland Opera Studio. Upcoming engagements include the roles of Bessie in Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel and Emma Jones in Street Scene with the Maryland Opera Studio, as well as Sesto in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Chicago Summer Opera. Staub is a student of Delores Ziegler.