Dublin-born clarinetist Carol McGonnell has served as artistic director for ambitious projects like the "Music for Museums" series (a collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland, the J. Paul Getty Museum in LA, the Gardner Museum in Boston, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York) and the “New Music, New lreland" series (in association with the Irish Centre for Contemporary Music). She is a founding member of the cutting-edge Argento Ensemble, and she has also performed with the Zankel Band, Ensemble Modern, Santa Fe Chamber Music, and musicians from Marlboro. Her teaching credentials include faculty positions at the French American Academy at Fontainebleau, the Music Advancement Program at The Juilliard School, and auxiliary faculty at Juilliard's college division.
Elizabeth Joy Roe
Hailed “brilliant” (The New York Times) and “an artist to be taken seriously” (The Chicago Tribune), pianist Elizabeth Joy Roe was named one of Symphony Magazine’s “Six on the Rise: Young Artists to Watch.” The recipient of the prestigious William Petschek Piano Debut Recital Award, she has appeared as recitalist, orchestral soloist, and collaborative musician at major venues worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Ravinia Festival, the Seoul Arts Center, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, Singapore’s Esplanade, Salle Cortot, Teatro Argentino, the Banff Centre, and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Career highlights include a solo recording, Images Poetiques (Universal Classics/Deutsche Grammophon); four piano duo albums; a Visiting Artist faculty appointment at Smith College; broadcasts on the BBC, NPR, and KBS; presentations at the EG Conference and other leadership symposia; an artistic residency sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Argentina; the McGraw-Hill Companies’ Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach; and the groundbreaking Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, whose music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube. A graduate of The Juilliard School and The Academy (Carnegie Hall’s fellowship program), Ms. Roe is a Soros Fellow and Steinway Artist.
“Charismatic” (New York Times) cellist, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir recently made her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for which the LA Times praised her for her “emotional intensity”. Following the release of her debut recording of Britten’s Suites for Solo Cello, she has performed solo with the Toronto and Iceland Symphonies as well as in some of the worlds greatest halls including Carnegie Hall, Suntory Hall and Disney Hall.
A versatile artist, Sæunn’s 2014-2015 season includes solo recitals with San Francisco Performances Salons at the Rex, the Embassy Series in Washington, DC, a return to Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music Sessions as well as concerts with the Manhattan Piano Trio, Trio Ariadne and Decoda at Weill Hall, Sonoma, the Lyric Chamber Music Society, Hudson Valley Music Club with additional appearances at festivals in the US and Europe. Sæunn also returns as Visiting Artist at the Green Music Center´s Weill Hall in Sonoma, CA, presenting concerts, masterclasses, lectures and informal discussions at Sonoma State University.
An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated in performance with Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode and members of the Emerson, Guarneri and Cavani Quartets and has participated in numerous chamber music festivals, including Prussia Cove and Marlboro, with whom she has toured. She is a founding member of Decoda; a group that seeks to revitalize the world of chamber music through refreshing concert experiences, creative education, and community engagement.
Along with the masterpieces of the 18th, 19th and 20th century, Sæunn is constantly inspired by works composed in our time and enjoys working with living composers. In addition to working closely with Daníel Bjarnason on his award-winning composition “Bow to String”, she has premiered dozens of works, including new pieces by Peter Schikele, Paul Schoenfield, Anna Thorvaldsdóttir and Kendall Briggs.
Sæunn has garnered numerous top prizes in international competitions, including the 2008 Naumburg Competition in New York and the Antonio Janigro Competition in Zagreb, Croatia. She received a Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music from The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers include Richard Aaron, Tanya L. Carey and Joel Krosnick.
Sæunn was a fellow of Ensemble ACJW—The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education—performing chamber music at Carnegie Hall and bringing classical music to students in the New York City Public Schools.
Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, Sæunn lives in New York City.
Sunday, March 1, 3:00 pm
Carol McGonnell, Clarinet
Elizabeth Joy Roe, Piano
Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, cello
Berg: Four Pieces Op. 5
Crumb: Voice of the Whale
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire
Price: All Tickets $25
Sunday, Mar. 1, 3:00 pm at Schroeder Hall
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