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Concerts 2016 - 2017

Friday, September 30, 2016

ALEXANDER TSELYAKOV, Piano, JESUS CASTRO-BALBI, Cello

Concert 1 2016 Faces

"Flying through the centuries - From Bach to Piazzolla"

Where: Home of Richard and Enika Schulze 5042 Lakehill Court, Dallas, TX 75220   
When: Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 PM Concert starts at 7:00 PM

More about the artists: ALEXANDER TSELYAKOV, JESUS CASTRO-BALBI.

 

 

Friday, October 21st, 2016

PAUL POSNAK, Piano

Concert 2 2016 Faces

"Classics and Classic Jazz - From Mozart to Gershwin"

Where: Home of Richard and Enika Schulze 5042 Lakehill Court, Dallas, TX 75220   
When: Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 PM Concert starts at 7:00 PM

Award-winning pianist, transcriber, recording artist and educator Paul Posnak will perform a unique "Informance"-recital of classic masterworks by Scarlatti and Chopin and Lecuona, followed by virtuoso classic piano jazz numbers, featuring his own improvisations and note-for-note transcriptions of the original unpublished improvisations of George Gershwin and Thomas "Fats" Waller. In between, he provides brief informative commentaries on the lives and times of these extraordinary pianist-composer-entertainers. An evening not to be missed!


Sunday, December 11th, 2016

CHRIS ADKINS, Cello, ELEN ROSE, Viola, BING WANG, Violin, GARY LEVINSON, Violin, BAYA KAKOUBERI, Piano

Concert 3 2016 Faces

Evening with DSO Friends "Contemplations" Franz Schubert and Alfred Schnittke

Where: Home of Richard and Enika Schulze 5042 Lakehill Court, Dallas, TX 75220   
When: Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 PM Concert starts at 7:00 PM
 

Friday, January 20th, 2017

The Blue Candlelight Music Series announces the 2016 - 17 artist search for their Young Starlights program. This program identifies instrumentalists ages 7 - 17 for a performance at the BCMS concerts during the 2016 - 17 season.
For audition information, please contact bcmseries@gmail.com


CARELLE FLORES, Soprano, ROMAN SALYUTOV, Piano

Concert 4 2016 Faces

"Bel Canto"

Where: Home of Richard and Enika Schulze 5042 Lakehill Court, Dallas, TX 75220   
When: Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 PM Concert starts at 7:00 PM

Carelle Flores, soprano, has performed extensively, including with Sarasota Opera and Palm Beach Opera as Musetta in Puccini's La Boheme, Mimi at Ashlawn Opera, and Barbarina (Nozze di Figaro), also at Palm Beach. She was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions semi-finalist, and is a graduate of Indiana University.

Ms. Flores enjoys a busy career, both in opera as well as concert work, and has been a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the St. Charles Singers, the Central New Jersey Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Dallas Opera, and the Musical Bridges Around the World festival series, among others.

As Musetta in Puccini's La Boheme, "The standout performer of the evening was Carelle Flores, whose Musetta was enchanting, fun, lively and empathetic. Flores is an artist with tremendous promise as a singer and actress. Her energy and apparent joy in being on stage were like spotlights on talent. Her well-produced voice carried her above the vocal lines into the true character of Musetta." - June Lebell, YourObserver.com


Roman Salyutov was born in 1984 in Leningrad, USSR. He was educated at the Special Music Lyceum at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (main focus piano, conducting), then he studied at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory (Diploma with honours, 2008) and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Master with honours, 2010). His PhD with a dissertation on the piano work of César Franck took place in 2011 at the University of Paderborn.

Roman Salyutov’s artistic activity includes appearances solo, with ensembles and orchestras and leads him, among many concert appearances in Germany to Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, USA and Japan.

Since 2013, Roman Salyutov is the Chief Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra Bergisch Gladbach, which has developed in recent times as one of the leading non-professional orchestras in Germany.

For almost 10 years, he leads the concert series "The Work of Great Composers" at various cultural centers in Germany. In these performances, he holds musicological lectures and additionally plays thematically accordant concert programs.

 

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

The Blue Candlelight Music Series announces the 2016 - 17 artist search for their Young Starlights program. This program identifies instrumentalists ages 7 - 17 for a performance at the BCMS concerts during the 2016 - 17 season.
For audition information, please contact bcmseries@gmail.com


ALESSANDRO DELJAVAN, Piano

Concert 5 2016 Faces

"Evening with Alessandro"

Where: Home of Richard and Enika Schulze 5042 Lakehill Court, Dallas, TX 75220   
When: Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 PM Concert starts at 7:00 PM

Alessandro Deljavan. Born of an Italian mother and Persian father, Alessandro Deljavan began learning to play piano before the age of two and gave his first performances at age three. He has since performed around the world including in Austria, Belgium, China, Columbia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the United States.

Praise coming from the press and eminent pianists include:

“Italian pianist Alessandro Deljavan made the Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto an edge-of-seat experience.” —Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
“He is one of the most interesting pianists I have heard in my life.” —Fou Ts’ong, eminent pianist and pedagogue
“His playing is full of intensive power and contagious artistry.” —Dmitri Bashkirov, eminent pianist and pedagogue
“He is one of the most major talents of his age that I have ever heard and one of the few pianists I would go out of my way to hear.” —John Perry, eminent pianist and pedagogue

Alessandro Deljavan has won top prizes in competitions including “Concours musical de France” (1st Prize, Paris,1996), Hummel Competition (2nd Prize, Bratislava, 2005), Gina Bachauer Young Artist Competition (5th Prize, 2005), Cliburn Competition (John Giordano Discretionary Award, 2009), Isangyun Competition (2nd Prize, Tongyeong, South Korea, 2010), and Cliburn Competition (Raymond E. Buck Discretionary Award, 2013).

Alessandro has performed with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra (St. Petersburg, Russia), the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra (Fort Worth, Texas, USA), The Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (Milan, Italy), Orchestra Sinfonica Leopolis (Atri, Italy), Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento (tour in Italy, Slovakia & South Korea), Wu Han Philharmonic Orchestra (Wu Han, China), among others.

He has appeared at festivals such as the Barletta Piano Festival (Barletta, Italy), Bologna Festival (Bologna, Italy), Festival Piano Master (Gravedona, Italy), Orta Festival (Lago d’Orta, Italy), Gradus International Piano Festival (Aarhus, Denmark), Franz Liszt Festival (Albano Laziale, Italy), Festival Città di Morbegno (Morbegno, Italy), Festival Internazionale di Lapedona (Lapedona, Italy), Rassegna Viva Verdi Festival (Matera, Italy), Autunno Musicale (Como, Italy) and the Bogotà International Piano Festival (Bogotà, Colombia) among others.
His chamber music partners have included the Takács Quartet, the Sine Nomine Quartet and the Brentano Quartet. He has toured extensively with the violinist Daniela Cammarano with whom he has recorded several albums for the Aevea, Brilliant Classics and Onclassical labels.

Alessandro has appeared in films such as ‘Franz Liszt: The Pilgrimage Years’ (RAI – Italian TV), ‘Virtuosity’ (Cliburn / PBS) and numerous live broadcasts on European radio. The live webcasts from the Cliburn competitions (2009 & 2013) were seen by over a million viewers in 155 countries.

Alessandro has a discography of over 30 albums with the Stradivarius, Brilliant Classics, Onclassical, Aevea, Naxos, Tactus and Piano Classics labels. 2015 will see the release of two albums of the complete Chopin Waltzes & Études (Brilliant Classics), the Complete Piano / String works of Taneyev (Aevea), the Complete Piano Works of Reynaldo Hahn (Aevea), the Complete Violin Sonatas of Edvard Grieg (Aevea), the Complete Works for Piano and Cello of Martucci (Tactus), Schumann Works for Piano (Academy / Artalinna), Bach Complete Little Preludes (Aevea) and Bach: The Seven Toccatas (Piano Classics).

Alessandro Deljavan graduated from the Conservatorio Statale di Musica Giuseppe Verdi (Milano, 2003) and the Istituto Gaetano Braga (Teramo, 2006).  From 2005 – 2013 he was among the select young artists attending the International Piano Academy at Lake Como, Italy under the tutelage of the Academy’s artistic director, William Grant Naboré. In addition, he has taken part in courses at the Mozarteum Salzburg, the Festival dell Nazioni at Città di Castello and the Ottorino Respighi Foundation on St. George Island, Venice, Italy.

His teachers include Valentina Chiola, Piotr Lachert, Ricardo Risaliti, Enrico Belli, Eugenio Bagnoli, Lazar Berman, William Grant Naboré, Dimitri Bashkirov, Laurent Boullet, Fou Ts’ong, Dominique Merlet, John Perry, Menahem Pressler and Andreas Staier.

He is currently professor of piano at the Niccolò Piccinni Conservatory of Bari, Italy. In addition, in the fall of 2015 Alessandro begins his appointment as professor of piano at the Accademia Vivaldi in Locarno, Switzerland.

Current August 2015

 

Friday, March 24th, 2017

The Blue Candlelight Music Series announces the 2016 - 17 artist search for their Young Starlights program. This program identifies instrumentalists ages 7 - 17 for a performance at the BCMS concerts during the 2016 - 17 season.
For audition information, please contact bcmseries@gmail.com


NIKOLAAS KENDE, Piano, JOLENTE DE MAEYER, Violin

Concert 6 V2 2016 Faces

"Kreutzer Sonate"

Where: Home of Richard and Enika Schulze 5042 Lakehill Court, Dallas, TX 75220   
When: Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 PM Concert starts at 7:00 PM

Jolente De Maeyer, born in 1984 in Brussels, received her first violin lessons at the age of four. When she was 14 years old, Jolente was invited by Yehudi Menuhin to pursue her musical studies at the Yehudi Menuhin School near London. She continued her studies with Natasha Boyarsky at the Royal College of Music in London,  Stephan Picard at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin and Augustin Dumay at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.

At the age of 6, Jolente started participating in several national and international competitions. That year she became the youngest ever laureate of the Jong Tenuto Competition and also received First Prizes in the Charles de Bériot Competition Brussels. Later on Jolente became a prizewinner in several international competitions like Cardona International Competition in Portugal, International Violin Competition Liana Issakadze in Russia (2004) and the Benjamin Britten International Violin competition in London (2005). She  also became a semi-finalist in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2009.

Jolente performed as a soloist with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonnie, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, het Kamerorkest Brugge, Nuove Musiche, the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra, the St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Chamber Orchestra and the St-Petersburg State Academic Capella Symphony Orchestra. Conductors Jolente has worked with include Philippe Herreweghe, Patrick Davin, Etienne Siebens, Pascale Rophé, Silveer Van den Broeck, Dirk Brossé, James Stobart, Michel Tilkin, Stefaan Fraas, Alexander Chernushenko and Rudolf Werthen.

In 2013 Jolente made her debut in America (Texas) with the Waco Symphony Orchestra and Stephen Heyde, where she performed Tchaikovsky violin concerto. This was followed by a recital tour with Nikolaas Kende.

In Belgium Jolente has performed regularly in halls like Bozar, Flagey, the Elisabeth Hall, de Singel and the Roma and she played concerts in festivals such as the Festival van Vlaanderen, Festival de Montpellier and Menton. Furthermore, she has performed in countries such as Russia, France, Italy, Portugal, Croatia, The Netherlands, Spain, as well as in London's Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival in Switzerland.

Jolente is also passionate about chamber music. Since 2003, she has formed a duo with pianist Nikolaas Kende . Together they formed the Rubensensemble in 2007. Jolente recorded the 6th Violinconcerto of Henri Vieuxtemps in 2010 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège with Patrick Davin. This recording received the René Snepvangersprijs from the Belgian Music Press in 2011. In 2013 Jolente recorded de 2nd Violinconcerto of Saint Saëns with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège with Christian Arming.


Nikolaas Kende, born in Antwerp in 1981, studied at the Antwerp conservatory with his parents, Heidi Hendrickx and Levente Kende, and at the Amsterdam conservatory with Jan Wijn. This was followed by intense cooperation with Elisso Virsaladze at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and at the Scuola di Musica Fiesole. In addition he was taught by people like Dmitri Bashkirov, Aldo Ciccolini, Murray Perahia, Dmitri Alexeev and Radu Lupu. Whilst training as a pianist he was given the 2013 “Oranjebeurs” and grants by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst in 2004 and 2005.

While still young Nikolaas Kende won several competitions: the Cantabile competition (Antwerp, 1998), the EPTA international competition for piano duos (1999), the Axion Classics competition (Brussels, 1999), the Stefaan de Jonghe competition (Aalst, 2000) and the Tenuto competition (Brussels, 2002).
In 2002 he was a laureate of the Belgian Foundation for Young Soloists, in 2004 he came second in the competition of the Young Pianist Foundation in The Hague, and in 2005 he won the PianistenParade
in ’s-Hertogenbosch, in which he also obtained the prizes of the public and of the press. In the next year he was a laureate of the th music competition of the Ghent Rotary Club and he won the 57th competition organized by the Friends of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In this competition too he won the prize of the press and the AVRO Klassiek prize, which enabled him to record a CD.

In 2007 he reached the semi-finals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and he was a laureate of the Young Soloists Competition organized by the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe. He was still young when he began his international career with invitations to France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria and Bulgaria. His American debut (California and Texas) in 2009 got favorable press reviews, and he followed it up with another American tour in 2013.

He has performed on all the important Belgian concert stages. Recently, concerts have taken him to Spain, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Netherlands Antilles and the festivals of Montpellier, Menton and Vexin in France.
He has played concertos by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Poulenc, Ravel, Rakhmaninov and Bartók, with orchestras such as the Brussels Philharmonic, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra conducted by Etienne Siebens, Koen Kessels, Ivo Venkov, Jurgen Küssmaul, Ernst van Tiel, Daniele Callegari, Dirk Vermeulen, Paul Goodwin, Stephen Heyde and David Angus among others.

Nikolaas Kende is also an avid chamber musician. Since 2003 he has formed a duo with the violinist Jolente De Maeyer and he was a co-founder of the Rubens Ensemble in 2007. He was the pianist of the Narziss und Goldmund Trio in their recording of Schubert’s Piano Trio in E flat (D. 929) on Phaedra Classics 292021, which got rave reviews in the press. He has made numerous recordings for radio (the Belgian classical channel Klara, RTBF, AVRO, Radio Romania, France Musique , WDR) and television. In 2015, Nikolaas was appointed professor of piano at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp.

 

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The Blue Candlelight Music Series announces the 2016 - 17 artist search for their Young Starlights program. This program identifies instrumentalists ages 7 - 17 for a performance at the BCMS concerts during the 2016 - 17 season.
For audition information, please contact bcmseries@gmail.com


ANTON NEL, Piano, ANDRES CARDENES, Violin

Concert 7 2016 Faces

"Ageless Romantics"

Where: Home of Richard and Enika Schulze 5042 Lakehill Court, Dallas, TX 75220   
When: Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 PM Concert starts at 7:00 PM

Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. An intensely passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling performances as a violinist, conductor, violist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and recording artist.

Since capturing Second Prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, Mr. Cárdenes has appeared as a soloist on four continents with over 100 orchestras including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Louis Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Sinfonica Nacional de Caracas, Sinfonica de Barcelona, and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.  He has collaborated with many of the world's greatest conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir André Previn, Leonard Slatkin, Jaap van Zweden, David Zinman and Manfred Honeck.

This year and next Mr. Cárdenes continues his project to record many standard and contemporary concerti.  Released in 2009 are recordings of concerti by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Barber and David Stock on the Artek and Albany labels. A recording of the complete works for violin by Leonardo Balada was released on Naxos in January 2011. The complete Sonatas by both Hindemith and Brahms, along with the Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Violin Concertos and the complete Schubert Sonatinas and Fantasie are to be released on Artek in the summer and fall of 2016. Plans to record the complete Beethoven violin and piano sonatas with Ian Hobson are slated for 2015/16. Cárdenes’s discography includes over two dozen recordings of concerti, sonatas, short works, orchestral and chamber music on the Ocean, Naxos, Albany, Sony, Arabesque, RCA, ProArte, Telarc, Artek, Melodya and Enharmonic labels.

As an ambassador for music of our time, Mr. Cárdenes has commissioned and premiered over 70 works by American, Turkish and Latin American composers such as David Stock, Mike Garson, Erberk Eriylmaz, Leonardo Balada, Ricardo Lorenz, Eduardo Alonso-Crespo, Roberto Sierra, and Marilyn Taft Thomas. His concerto repertoire includes over 100 works, ranging from the Baroque era to the present.

Mr. Cárdenes has thrice served as President of the Jury of the Stradivarius International Violin Competition and in 2011 joined the jury of the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.

A Cultural Ambassador for UNICEF from 1980-1991 and an indefatigable spokesperson for the arts, Mr. Cárdenes has received numerous awards for his teaching, performances, recordings and humanitarian efforts, most notably from the Mexican Red Cross and the cities of Los Angeles and Shanghai.  He was named Pittsburgh Magazine’s 1997 Classical Artist of the Year and received the 2001 “Shalom” Award from Kollell’s International Jewish Center and the 2013 Chesed-Kindness Award from the Chabad Foundation for promoting world harmony and peace through music.

Mr. Cárdenes was appointed Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra by Maestro Lorin Maazel in 1989 and departed after the 2010 season to concentrate on his conducting, solo and chamber music careers.


Anton Nel, winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Following an auspicious debut at the age of twelve with Beethoven’s C Major Concerto after only two years of study, the Johannesburg native captured first prizes in all the major South African competitions while still in his teens, toured his native country extensively and became a well-known radio and television personality. A student of Adolph Hallis, he made his European debut in France in 1982, and in the same year graduated with highest distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He came to the United States in 1983, attending the University of Cincinnati, where he pursued his Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees under Bela Siki and Frank Weinstock. In addition to garnering many awards from his alma mater during this three-year period he was a prizewinner at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition in England and won several first prizes at the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition in Palm Desert in 1986.

Highlights of Mr. Nel’s four decades of concertizing include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the symphonies of Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, and London, among many others. (He has an active repertoire of more than 100 works for piano and orchestra.) An acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, Anton Nel has performed the concerto cycle several times, most notably on two consecutive evenings with the Cape Philharmonic in 2005. Additionally he has performed all-Beethoven solo recitals, complete cycles of the violin and cello works, and most recently a highly successful run of the Diabelli Variations as part of Moises Kaufman’s play 33 Variations. He was also chosen to give the North American premiere of the newly discovered Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Minor by Felix Mendelssohn in 1992. Two noteworthy world premieres of works by living composers include "Virtuoso Alice" by David Del Tredici (dedicated to, and performed by Mr. Nel at his Lincoln Center debut in 1988) as well as Stephen Paulus's Piano Concerto also written for for Mr. Nel; the acclaimed world premiere took place in New York in 2003.

As recitalist he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum and the Frick Collection in New York, at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Davies Hall in San Francisco, and the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Internationally he has performed recitals in major concert halls in Canada, England (Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls in London), France, Holland (Concertgebouw in Amsterdam), Japan (Suntory Hall in Tokyo), Korea, and South Africa. In May of 2016 he will teach and perform in China for the first time.

A favorite at summer festivals he has performed at at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, as well as at the music festivals of Aspen and Ravinia (where he is on the artist-faculties), Vancouver, Cartagena, and Stellenbosch, among many others. Possessing an encyclopedic chamber music and vocal repertoire he has, over the years, regularly collaborated with many of the world's foremost string quartets, instrumental soloists, and singers. With acclaimed violinist Sarah Chang he completed a highly successful tour of Japan as well as appearing at a special benefit concert for Live Music Now in London, hosted by HRH the Prince of Wales.

His recordings include four solo CDs,  several chamber music recordings (including the complete Beethoven Piano and Cello Sonatas and Variations, and the Brahms Sonatas with Bion Tsang) , and works for piano and orchestra by Franck, Faure, and Saint-Saens. His latest release features premiere recordings of all the works for piano and orchestra of Edward Burlingame Hill with the Austin Symphony conducted by Peter Bay.

Anton Nel became a citizen of the United States of America on September 11, 2003.

He is a Steinway artist.

 

The Blue Candlelight Music Series announces the 2016-17 artist search for their Young Starlights program.
This program identifies instrumentalists ages 7-17 for a performance at the BCMS concerts during the 2016-17 season.
For audition information, please contact bcmseries@gmail.com

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