Fri. October 13 - 7:30 PM
South Delta Baptist Church, Delta
Mon. October 16 - 1:00 PM
Anvil Centre, New Westminster
Tue. October 17 - 1:00 PM
North Delta Centre for the Arts, Delta
Wed. October 18 - 1:00 PM
Highlands United Church, North Vancouver
*Our matinee series consists of one-hour performances with a program separate from the evening concerts.
Piano Trio No. 39 in G major "Gypsy", Hob. XV/25
II. Poco adagio
III. Finale. Rondo all'Ongarese, Presto
Piano Trio in A Minor
II. Pantoum. Assez vif
III. Passacaille. Très large
IV. Final. Animé
Piano Trio No.1 in B major
I. Allegro con brio
II. Scherzo. Allegro molto
IV. Finale. Allegro
American pianist Evren Ozel has established himself as a musician of “refined restraint” (3CR), combining fluent virtuosity with probing, thoughtful interpretations. Having performed extensively in the United States and abroad, Evren is the recipient of a 2023 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and 2022 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and is currently represented by Concert Artists Guild as an Ambassador Prize Winner of their 2021 Victor Elmaleh Competition.
An esteemed chamber musician, Evren has played at the Marlboro Music Festival and ChamberFest Cleveland, with artists such as Jonathan Biss, Franklin Cohen, Hsin-Yun Huang, Joseph Lin, Christoph Richter and Peter Wiley. He has also performed on Musicians from Marlboro tours at venues like the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and New York’s Carnegie Hall. He was recently selected as a Bowers Program Artist for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His 2022-23 season includes recitals with violinist Geneva Lewis for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center. In the 2023-24 season, Evren will perform a concert of Beethoven Trios with violinist Stephanie Zyzak and cellist Alexander Hersh for Capital Region Classical’s Tannery Pond Series, as well as make his debuts at the Gardner Museum in Boston and the Frick Collection in Washington D.C. with violinist Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux.
Evren has performed solo recitals at important venues nationwide, including The Gilmore’s Wellspring Theater, the Harvard Musical Association, and the Ordway. In 2021 he delivered an all-Chopin recital under a joint collaboration between the Schubert Club and Chopin Society of Minnesota, to critical acclaim. His 2022-23 season includes recitals for Chamber Music Detroit and the Asheville Symphony Recital Series. In the 2023-24 season, Evren looks forward to performing the last three Beethoven Sonatas in recital and a recital debut in Boston’s Jordan Hall.
Since his debut at age 11 with the Minnesota Orchestra, Evren has gone on to be a featured soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony, Boston POPS Orchestra, and The Orchestra Now at Bard College with conductors including Jahja Ling, Courtney Lewis, Keith Lockhart, and Leon Botstein. In the 2023-24 season, he will record Mozart Concertos with the Radio Symphonieorchester Wien and conductor Howard Griffiths for the Next Generation Mozart Soloists project in Zurich, Switzerland.
Evren began learning piano from the Suzuki method in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, studying with Cindy Malmin. He later studied for seven years with Dr. Paul Wirth in Minneapolis and then moved to Massachusetts at age 15 to study with Wha Kyung Byun at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. He received his Bachelors's and Master's degrees from the New England Conservatory, and is currently a candidate in their prestigious and highly-exclusive Artist Diploma program, all under the tutelage of Wha Kyung Byun. Other important mentors include Jonathan Biss, Imogen Cooper, Richard Goode, Dr. Sarah Miller, Tom Rosenberg, and Mitsuko Uchida.
Praised for her sensitive musicianship and heartfelt playing, violinist Stephanie Zyzak is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the most soulful and profound musicians of her generation.
At the age of seven, Stephanie made her first solo appearance with the Starling Chamber Orchestra at the Aspen Music School and became the youngest recipient ever to be awarded the Aspen Music School New Horizon Fellowship. The following year, she performed in Germany as an invited guest of the Internationale Kunst – Akademie Liechtenstein (IKAL). Since making her debut in 2004 with the Louisville Orchestra, Stephanie has performed as a soloist throughout Germany, Russia, Austria, Sweden, Spain, Italy, and France, and with orchestras including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Southeast Missouri Symphony, and the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. Recent and upcoming season highlights include performances at Caramoor, Carnegie Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Phillips Collection, among others.
A deeply passionate chamber musician, Stephanie has had the privilege of collaborating with renowned musicians, including Jonathan Biss, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Alice Neary, Danny Phillips, Marcy Rosen, and Mitsuko Uchida. She has also performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Caramoor, the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, and on tour with Musicians From Marlboro.
Stephanie was born in South Carolina and graduated from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Miriam Fried. Currently, she is studying at CUNY The Graduate Center with Mark Steinberg. She is also a founding member of ensemble132, a roster-based chamber music collective and was a 2020-22 Ensemble Connect fellow at Carnegie Hall.
Stephanie performs on a 1778 Joseph and Antonio Gagliano violin, generously on loan from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and a bow by François-Nicolas Voirin.
Having already performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony and the Boston Pops, cellist Alexander Hersh has quickly established himself as one of his generation's most exciting and versatile talents. He has received top prizes at competitions worldwide, including the: 2022 Pro Musicis International Award, 2020 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, 2019 Astral Artists National Auditions, National Federation of Music Clubs Biennial Young Artists Competition, New York International Artists Association Competition, Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra, Ima Hogg, Schadt, Artist Concerts Series National Solo Competition, Luminarts Classical Music Fellowship, Borromeo String Quartet Guest Artist Award, Hellam Young Artist Competition, Boston Pops/New England Conservatory Competition, Jefferson Symphony International Young Artists Competition, Society of American Musicians, Saint Paul String Quartet, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music competition.
The Musiq3 critics of the RTBF Belgian Radio company gave Hersh’s performance at the inaugural Queen Elisabeth Cello Competition in Belgium in 2017 a rave review: “With his scenic presence and charm, Hersh has everything to become the darling of the public.”
A passionate chamber musician, Hersh has performed the complete string quartets of Béla Bartok and Alban Berg and much of the rest of the chamber music canon at music festivals worldwide including: Marlboro, Caramoor, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Music@Menlo, I-M-S Prussia Cove, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, Amsterdam Cello Biennial, Kneisel Hall, Lucerne, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Domaine Forget, and the Meadowmount School of Music.
Hersh is co-artistic director of NEXUS Chamber Music, a collective of international artists committed to stimulating interest in serious chamber music. NEXUS presents a two-week chamber music festival across Chicago each August, featuring new and obscure works alongside standard works of the chamber music canon. NEXUS plays to unusual and intimate venues with the mission of breaking down the barriers that often separate performers from audience members.
A 4th generation string player, Alexander’s parents, Stefan and Roberta, are both active professional violinists. His grandfather, Paul Hersh, is a professor of viola and piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and his great-grandfather, Ralph Hersh, was a member of the WQXR and Stuyvesant String Quartets, and principal violist of the Dallas and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras.
Raised in Chicago, Alexander Hersh began playing the cello at the age of 5. He studied with Steve Balderston and Hans Jørgen Jensen and attended the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. Hersh received his B.M. from New England Conservatory (with academic honours), where he was a student of Laurence Lesser and recipient of the Clara M. Friedlaender Scholarship. In May 2017, he received his M.M. from New England Conservatory, where he studied under the tutelage of Paul Katz and Kim Kashkashian. Hersh received the Frank Huntington Beebe fund for studies in Berlin during the 2017 - 2018 academic year, where he studied with Nicolas Altstaedt at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule for Musik Berlin. He plays a G.B. Rogeri cello on a generous loan from a sponsor through the Guarneri Hall Affiliate Artists program and Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins in Chicago, IL.