Manhattan Chamber Players

Adam Golka - Piano  

Francesca de Pasquale - Violin

Luke Fleming - Viola

Andrea Casarrubios - Cello

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Doors open at 6:45 pm | Concert 7:30 pm

West Vancouver United Church

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Doors open at 2:30 pm | Concert 3:00 pm

Evergreen Cultural Centre


Dvořák: Romance in F minor

Brahms: Piano Quartet No.3, Op.60


Dvořák: Piano Quartet No.2, Op.87

brilliant technique and real emotional depth

- The Washington Post

Since first self-presenting and performing Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas at the age of 18, Adam Golka has immersed himself in studying the master’s works. He has studied Beethoven under the guidance of masters such as Leon Fleisher, Alfred Brendel, Sir András Schiff, Murray Perahia, and Ferenc Rados. In 2011, Adam performed a cycle of all five Beethoven concerti with the Lubbock Symphony, with his brother Tomasz at the baton, and last summer, he made his San Francisco Symphony debut at the Stern Grove Festival in Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. He will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020 by playing the whole cycle of Beethoven’s 32 in multiple cities. This will coincide with a self-produced video series called “32@32” and the release of his first volume of Beethoven’s Sonatas on First Hand Records. 

Adam Golka was selected by Sir András Schiff to perform recitals at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Germany, Tonhalle Zürich, as well as in Berlin and New York (organized by the 92nd Street Y). Adam has been regularly on the concert stage since the age of sixteen, when he won first prize at the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition. He has also received the Gilmore Young Artist Award and the Max I. Allen Classical Fellowship Award from the American Pianists Association.

In the 2018/2019 season Adam’s concerto engagements include the Mozart Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491 with the (NFM) Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra in Wroclaw, Poland, Joseph Swensen conducting, and Grieg’s Concerto with Symphony in C in New Jersey. He will partner with Roman Rabinovich for series of two piano recitals in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem, and he will perform a solo recital at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival and also at the Cleveland Chamberfest in June. The Cliburn Foundation presented Adam in a solo recital at the Kimbell Art Museum, with works by Beethoven, Paderewski, and Chopin. Also in collaboration with the Cliburn Foundation, Adam offered his special education program: “Van Cliburn: An American Hero”, an appearance at the Chopin Society of Texas, Corpus Christi, and a recital at the Chopin Foundation (USA) in Miami, FL.

Golka’s solo appearances with orchestra have included the BBC Scottish, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Fort Worth, Vancouver, Seattle, and Jacksonville Symphonies, Grand Teton Festival Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. He made his Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium debut in 2010, performing Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto with the New York Youth Symphony.

Adam’s past appearances as a chamber musician included festivals such as Marlboro, Caramoor, Ravinia, Prussia Cove, and Music@Menlo, the Frankly Music series in Milwaukee, and he is also a member of the Manhattan Chamber Players. He has been presented by the Musicians Emergency Fund in Alice Tully Hall on multiple occassions, and he has performed recitals in the Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal, Musashino Civic Cultural Hall in Tokyo, and at festivals such as Mostly Mozart, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the New York City International Keyboard Festival, the Newport Music Festival, the Hornby Island Festival in British Columbia, and the Duszniki Chopin festival. Adam recently performed a recital of Schubert, Liszt and Brahms at the extraordinary Tippet Rise Arts Center in Fishtail, Montana, and he is also a frequent guest at the Krzyżowa-Music Festival in Poland, where he premiered his own two-piano arrangement of Debussy’s La Mer in 2018 and also narrated his original poetry for Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, created especially for the opening concert of the festival. 

Adam has premiered solo works written for him by Richard Danielpour, Michael Brown and Jarosław Gołembiowski. His début album, featuring the first sonata of Brahms and the Hammerklavier Sonata of Beethoven, was released in 2014 by First Hand Records. In 2017, he released his Schumann album for the same label, not only playing solo works but also partnering with soprano Lauren Eberwein. This album was produced by his friends Michael Brown and Roman Rabinovich, whose First Hand albums Adam in turn produced. 

Adam Golka is greatly indebted to the late José Feghali, with whom he studied throughout all his teenager years and young adulthood, as well as to his insightful studies with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory. He is Artist-in-Residence at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he teaches piano, chamber music, and conducts the Holy Cross Chamber Orchestra.

Immaculate and discreet phrasing

- The Strad

Described by critics as “scintillating” and celebrated for her “rich, expressive playing” (MusicalAmerica), violinist Francesca dePasquale is the First Prize winner of the 2010 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and recipient of the prestigious 2014-2016 career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. Earning her the 2015 Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist Award, her self-titled debut album released in March of 2016 encompasses works that scope from Bach to a new commission from composer Paola Prestini for violin and electronics. For the album and accompanying recital tour, Francesca was praised for “sincerity, intensity” and “individual voice” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and “immaculate and discreet phrasing” (Strad Magazine). Additionally, she was featured in Strings magazine and on SiriusXM, WNYC, WQXR, WRTI (Philadelphia), and WFMT (Chicago).  

2018-2019 season highlights include recital and chamber music appearances for Noree Chamber Soloists, Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove (Cornwall, England), Manhattan Chamber Players, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society with Marinus Ensemble, and Music at Bunker Hill. Additionally, this season marks debut appearances for Play the Classics at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Bethel, NY) and Shenson Chamber Music Concerts (Washington D.C.) with the Aletheia Piano Trio.

 Since her debut as soloist at age 9 touring Spain with the Main Line Chamber Orchestra, Francesca has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, Colburn Orchestra, Galesburg Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, and Santa Cruz Symphony. As recitalist, she has collaborated with artists Meng-Chieh Liu, Natalie Zhu, John Root, and Reiko Uchida on series such as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, National Sawdust, Rutgers University, the University of Pennsylvania, California Music Center, and the Perlman Music Program. 

An active chamber musician, Francesca has performed with renowned artists Adrian Brendel, Paul Coletti, Thomas Cooley, Jennifer Frautschi, Kim Kashkashian, Nicholas Kitchen, Ronald Leonard, Robert Levin, Pavel Nersessian, Merry Peckham, Itzhak Perlman, Jeffrey Sykes, Roger Tapping, Richard Todd, Donald Weilerstein, and Helena Winkelman. She has performed for the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, Open Chamber Music at IMS Prussia Cove, Chameleon Arts Ensemble, Busan Maru International Festival, Macon Concert Association, Friends of Chamber Music, Broyhill Chamber Ensemble, Chesapeake Chamber Music, Heifetz International Music Institute, Marinus Ensemble, Lyrica Chamber Music, Music at Bunker Hill, 23Arts Initiative, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Manhattan Chamber Players, Music in the Vineyards, Olympic Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Colburn Chamber Music Society, and the Perlman Music Program. Francesca is the violinist of the Aletheia Piano Trio alongside pianist Fei-Fei Dong and cellist Juliette Herlin. Additionally, she has collaborated with dancers Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside for the Fall for Dance Festival alongside composer Stefan Levin, as well as performed with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Brooklyn based orchestral collective The Knights, and A Far Cry.

 Francesca is a member of the violin faculty at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and Visiting Assistant Professor at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, as well as Assistant Violin faculty and Chamber Music faculty for the Juilliard School Pre-College Program. Additionally, she is a member of the violin faculty at the Heifetz International Music Institute and its Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, as well as assistant chamber music faculty emeritus for the Perlman Music Program Sarasota Residency. Previously, Francesca served as the Starling Fellow teaching assistant to Itzhak Perlman from 2013-2016 and teaching assistant to Catherine Cho from 2013-2018 at the Juilliard School. A graduate of the Juilliard and Colburn Schools, Francesca studied with Itzhak Perlman, Catherine Cho, and Robert Lipsett. Previous teachers include Hirono Oka and William dePasquale, with additional mentorship from Norman Carol and Arnold Steinhardt. Francesca performs on a 1968 Sergio Peresson violin and a François Nicolas Voirin bow. Please visit for more information.

With tender lyrical lines, the viola’s richness suited the music wonderfully…I wished I could put [him] on repeat

- Strings Magazine

Praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for his “glowing refinement,” violist Luke Fleming‘s performances have been described by The Strad as “confident and expressive…playing with uncanny precision,” and lauded by Gramophone for their “superlative technical and artistic execution.”  Strings Magazine said of a recent performance by Mr. Fleming: “With tender lyrical lines, the viola’s richness suited the music wonderfully…I wished I could put [him] on repeat.” Festival appearances include the Marlboro Music School and Festival, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, Perlman Music Program, the Norfolk and Great Lakes Chamber Music Festivals, the Melbourne Festival, Bravo!Vail, and Festival Mozaic, as well as concerts and residencies across North and South America, Europe, and Asia. Formerly the violist of the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet, he has served as Artist-in-Residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and received the National Federation of Music Clubs Centennial Chamber Music Award.  He was awarded First Prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and top prizes at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

In 2015, Mr. Fleming became the Founding Artistic Director of both the Manhattan Chamber Players, a New York-based chamber music collective, and the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival, a mission/outreach-centric festival held annually in his hometown, New Orleans. Mr. Fleming has been featured on a Live from Marlboro CD release on the Archiv Music label, and his recordings with the Attacca Quartet on Azica Records were released to widespread critical acclaim.  He has performed as a guest artist with the Pacifica, Solera, Serafin, and Canterbury Quartets, the Eroica Trio, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Sejong Soloists, Ensemble Connect, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New York Classical Players, and has given masterclasses at UCLA, Louisiana State University, Ithaca College, Columbus State University, Syracuse University, Melbourne University, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, among others.  He has served on the faculties of the Innsbrook Institute, Renova Music Festival, Festival del Lago, and Houston ChamberFest, and Fei Tian College, writes frequently for Strings Magazine, and is Lecturer-in-Residence for the concert series Project: Music Heals Us.

Mr. Fleming holds the degrees of Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma, and Master of Music from the Juilliard School, a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Louisiana State University.  He is represented by Arts Global, Inc.

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traversed the palette of emotions

- New York Times

Praised by the New York Times for having "traversed the palette of emotions" with "gorgeous tone and an edge of-seat intensity" and described by Diario de Menorca as an "ideal performer" that offers "elegance, displayed virtuosity, and great expressive power," Spanish cellist Andrea Casarrubios has played extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and America. She has collaborated in festivals such as the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival in Los Angeles, Ravinia RSMI Festival in Chicago, Pablo Casals Festival in France, the International Cello Forum in Spain, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany, and the Menuhin and the Verbier Festivals in Switzerland. Andrea has also performed with artists including Daniel Phillips, Ralph Kirshbaum, Soovin Kim, François Salque, and Ida Kavafian.

Andrea is a founding member of Trio Appassionata, along with violinist Lydia Chernicoff and pianist Ronaldo Rolim. The trio has performed in Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall in 2011 among other venues in the U.S, Spain, the U.K., Italy, Brazil and China. The ensemble released a CD on Odradek Records entitled “gone into night are all the eyes” in 2014. Andrea is also a member of the Brandenburg String Trio based in Berlin and the Manhattan Chamber Players in New York. Andrea's solo appearances include recitals for cello and piano of a wide range of repertoire, performances of the Franz Schubert's Arpeggione Sonata in A minor arranged for cello and orchestra, a debut solo concert at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall of the Caude Debussy Sonata, performances in Spain of several works for cello and orchestra including Joseph Haydn Cello Concerto in C major. She is also a pianist and a composer herself, and she has premiered dozens of contemporary works including Meredith Monk's Backlight (2015), Thomas Kotcheff's Piano Trio (2012-2013), As the Universe Unfolds for cello and acoustics (First Prize "Prix D'Eté 2010") by composer Griffin Cohen, and many of her own works, including Maktub for three cellos, which was premiered at the VI Festival Luigi Boccherini in 2013. Her latest album,Caminante, released in 2019 on Odradek Records, includes some of her own compositions written in the last five years. 

Andrea is a first prize winner of numerous competitions including the Solo Violoncello Competition Illa de Menorca-FIDAH 2010, the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition 2012, the SOR Solo String Concerto Competition 2009, and the National Piano Competition Rio del Oro 2005 in Spain among others. She was also awarded second and special prize at the XIV Llanes International Cello Competition 2012, and has been sponsored by the Wingate Foundation in the U.K., the Spanish Cello Forum, as well as Juventudes Musicales of Madrid. She was awarded the Beatrice Feldman Kahn and Raymond S. Kahn Endowed Cello Scholarship in order to pursue a Bachelor's degree in cello performance at the Peabody Conservatory, from where she graduated in 2011 receiving the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music. Andrea Casarrubios began to play the piano at the age of two under the guidance of composer María Escribano and continued her development with pianists Ludmil Angelov, Seth Knopp, and Bernadene Blaha in Toledo (Spain), Baltimore and Los Angeles respectively. At the age of five she started to take cello lessons and became a student of Maria de Macedo in Madrid. Andrea expanded her studies with Lluis Claret in Barcelona before moving to the United States in 2007, in order to study at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University with Amit Peled. Andrea has also had the pleasure of working closely with Frans Helmerson, Laurence Lesser, Gary Hoffman, Timothy Eddy, Paul Katz, Lluis Claret, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Donald Weilerstein, Leon Fleisher, Miklós Perényi, and Thomas Demenga. In 2011 she was invited on a full scholarship to the University of Southern California where in 2013 she completed her Master of Music degree under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbaum. As part of her doctorate degree in New York, Andrea had Marcy Rosen as a performance mentor and studied form and composition with John Corigliano.

Andrea currently lives in New York City where she works as an advisor for Ensemble Connect in residence at Carnegie Hall. Andrea has taught at The Juilliard School, Lake Champlain Music Festival, Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, as well as masterclasses on tour. Andrea's latest engagements include tours of South Africa, China and Brazil, and solo and chamber music concerts in Spain, Germany, New York, Vermont, Illinois, Maryland, and California.

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