Chamber Music on the Hill, in residence at McDaniel College, presents “Chamber Music and Piano Camp,” Wednesday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will take place in WMC Alumni Hall.
The concert, the first of Chamber Music on the Hill’s 2013-14 season, will include excerpts from Schumann's Piano Quintet and from Brahms' Piano and Violin Sonata in G Major. Performing will be Jeffrey Sharkey, piano; Jonathan Carney, violin; Julie Marie Savignon, violin; Jessica Sharkey, viola; and Alison Wells Sharkey, viola.
Pianist, composer and veteran music educator Jeffrey Sharkey became director of the Peabody Institute, the music school of The Johns Hopkins University, on Sept. 1, 2006. He is a 1986 graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and earned a Master of Music degree in Composition from Yale University in 1988 and a Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University a year later. Sharkey was a founding member of the Pirasti Piano Trio, which recorded with ASV Records in the United Kingdom and toured throughout Europe and the United States. Since returning to America, he has played in Trio Zannetti and performed regularly with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Institute faculty. His compositions have been performed by the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of Leonard Slatkin and in chamber concerts in the United States and Britain.
BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney is in his ninth season with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra after 12 seasons in the same position with London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in New Jersey, Mr. Carney hails from a musical family with all six members having graduated from The Juilliard School. After completing his studies with Ivan Galamian and Christine Dethier, he was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to continue his studies in London at the Royal College of Music. Mr. Carney is passionate about music education and currently serves as artistic advisor for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. He is also an artist in residence at the Baltimore School for the Arts, one of the country's premier high schools and also serves on its Board of Directors.
Julie Marie Savignon is an active soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. She has performed at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. Salle Cortot in France, and in concerts in Pennsylvania. She studied in France where she received her academic Baccalaureate Degree and at Rice University where she received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in violin peformance. Ms. Savignon has served as the Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Charlotte Symphony and currently is associate concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra.
Jessica Sharkey is the daughter of Alison Wells Sharkey and Jeffrey Sharkey. She is making her Chamber Music on the Hill debut.
Alison Wells Sharkey, a founding member of the Pirasti Trio in the United Kingdom, has toured throughout Europe and has broadcast on classical radio throughout the world. Ms. Wells is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music in England, studying with Ralph Kirshbaum and David Strange. She holds a doctorate from Yale University, where she studied with Aldo Parisot as a Harkness Fellow. She has been on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory since 2007.
Tickets, which will be available at the door, are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and veterans. Children and students with valid ID are admitted free. For more information, call 410-857-2599.
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