Saturday, November 19
1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, Kansas 66205
Born in Tel-Aviv in 1941, Shmuel Ashkenasi began his musical training at the Musical Academy of Tel-Aviv studying with legendary teacher Ilona Feher. He is a noted teacher, currently holding the post of Professor of Violin at the Curtis Institute of Music. Shmuel Ashkenasi will be in concert at the 1900 Building.
Ferruccio Busoni Violin Sonata No.2 in e minor, Op.36a
Moritz Moszkowski Suite for 2 Violins and Piano, Op. 71
With Ben Sayevich, violin, and Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, piano
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Shmuel Ashkenasi attended the Musical Academy of Tel Aviv and gave his first public performance at the age of eight. After studying with Ilona Feher, he came to the United States to study with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music.
He won the Merriweather Post Competition, was a finalist in Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth competition, and received second prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. In 1969, he formed the famed Vermeer Quartet and remained its first violinist throughout the quartet’s 39-year career, gaining a reputation as one of the world’s outstanding chamber musicians.
Mr. Ashkenasi has toured the former Soviet Union twice and concertized extensively in Europe, Israel, the Far East, and the United States; and he has collaborated with Rudolf Serkin, Thomas Hampson, Murray Perahia, Peter Serkin, and Menahem Pressler. He has performed as soloist with many leading orchestras, including those of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Moscow, and Tokyo.
Shmuel Ashkenasi IN THE PRESS
“Ashkenasi’s performance displayed an ease of that technique and musical expression that is something that only long experience with the composer can provide.” -The Shiny Sheet, By Michael O’Connor, January 12, 2017
“Genuine talent…profoundly gifted.” -The Vienna Express