May 8 2005
Ludwig van Beethoven
Trio for clarinet cello and piano Opus 11
Allegro con brio
Thema: Pria Chio limpegno (Allegretto) and variations.
Sonata for cello and piano opus 117
2 Lizst Hungarian Rhapsodies, announced at the concert
Trio for clarinet cello and piano opus 114
Kemal Gekic rides the charismatic edge of genius," says The Boston Globe about the pianist whose artistic credo encompasses both a knowledge of all the facts essential to reconstructing the musical idea behind the works he plays and the power to bring it alive for today's audiences. Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, Kemal Gekic presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations of Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Modern masterworks.
As a recording artist, Kemal Gekic has won accolades in Europe, America and Japan for insightful, original and sometimes iconoclastic views of the music of Handel, Mozart, Chopin, Scriabin and Liszt - a list that grows with every season. His outstanding Naxos CD of Rossini-Liszt transcriptions (including the phenomenal William Tell Overture) has won "The Rosette" of The Penguin Guide for Music, while his JVC CD of Liszt's Twelve Transcendental Etudes is generally considered to be the best recording of the set in history.
He has been the subject of broadcasts by the CBC (Canada), NKH (Japan), NDR (Germany), RAI (Italy), TV Portugal, POLTEL (Poland) and PBS (USA). Mr. Gekic's appearance at the Second Annual Miami International Piano Festival of Discovery , marked his South Florida debut.
Born in Croatia (former Yugoslavia), Kemal Gekic (pronounced geh-kitch) lives in the United States. Mr. Gekic is presently the Artist in Residence at The Florida International University
Iris van Eck, Cellist,
a native of Holland, studied at the Royal Conservatory in the
Hague with Jean Decroos & Rene van Ast before moving to the
United States where she studied with madame Raya Garbousova. She
participated in master classes with Paul and Maude Tortellier
in Essen and in Luzern, with William Pleeth, Lyn Harrell, Mischa
Maiski and Jeffrey Solow at the Piattigorsky Seminar, and with
Joseph Gingold and the Guarneri Quartet at the Cleveland Chamber
Ms van Eck is principal cellist for the Florida Grand Opera Orchestra and the Florida Classical Orchestra and teaches at Florida International University. She has appeared as soloist with various orchestras in the United States & in Europe. In March 2006 she will be the solist with the Florida Classical Orchestra with the (Robert) Schumann cello concerto. She plays a beautiful French cello made by Bernardel Pere in 1831.
Ms van Eck is the founder of Chameleon Musicians inc.
Paul Green, Clarinetist,
has dazzled audiences worldwide with his virtuosity and versatility.
He appeared at a young age with Leonard Bernstein and the New
York Philharmonic on a televised Young People's Concert. He was
also presented in a solo debut recital at Carnegie Recital Hall
as winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
Mr. Green participated in the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, at the invitation of composer Gian Carlo Menotti, where he performed chamber music with Richard Goode, Jacqueline Du Pré, Charles Wadsworth, and Judith Blegen. He has also performed at the Manchester Music Festival; the Yale School of Music Festival at Norfolk, Connecticut; the Festival at Sandpoint; the Rutgers and Hamptons Summerfest; and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.
In 1988, Mr. Green won the Distinguished Artists Award of the Artists International Competition. He was appointed principal clarinetist of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra for the 1989-90 season, and is presently the principal clarinetist of the Symphony of the Americas, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Ensemble 21, and Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. He is also a member of the Festival Chamber Music Society, NYC. In addition to his position as artist faculty - clarinet at the Lynn University Conservatory of Music, Mr. Green serves on the faculties of Florida International University and Florida Atlantic University.A former attorney and professor at Brooklyn Law School, Mr. Green is founder and artistic director of the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival.