On September 27, with the very kind support of Ambassador Ferenc Kumin and the Consulate General of Hungary, we offered a very special pre-season concert at the Hungarian Consulate featuring last season’s award-winning basso Gabor Bretz. We know that all who attended were thrilled by Gabor’s magnificent performance!
In November Charlotte was deeply honored to have been invited, along with Alan Gilbert and a select group of other members of the New York cultural community, to meet with His Highness the Crown Prince of Japan at the residence of the Consul General of Japan, Ambassador Reiichiro Takahashi, in recognition of the Salon’s work in promoting young artists from Japan and other countries.
In December Charlotte and the Salon were featured in a documentary on Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
For those who missed it, please watch it HERE...
Those who joined us for a "Salute to Poland" at the elegant Kosciuszko Foundation heard an array of dazzling Polish talents: the superb young oboist Olivier Stankiewicz, winner of the 2015 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 2016 Young Classical Artists Trust in London, the thrilling mezzo-soprano Monika Krajewska, winner of numerous vocal competitions, and the dynamic young brother-sister violin duo of Ania Filochowska and Piotr Filochowski, students at the Curtis Institute, who have received acclaim from audiences and teachers alike since childhood.
On June 16 we were thrilled to present our annual East Meets West concert at the beautiful Indian Consulate, with the kind support of Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das. The concert featured the remarkable and highly accomplished Aeolus String Quartet, from the West, and Pandit Barun Kumar Pal, renowned disciple of Ravi Shankar, on the Hansaveena, and table virtuoso Dibyarka Chatterjee, from the East. The finale saw East and West come together in a magical and inspiring collaboration revealing our common musical soul!
On April 27, 2016 Salon De Virtuosi was delighted to present "A Czech Serenade" at the Bohemian National Hall, with the kind support of Consul General Martin Dvořák of the Czech Republic. The program featured a thrilling performance by Josef Spacek, concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic, and Czech pianist Miroslav Sekera. The evening also included a tour of many prized possessions of Antonin Dvořák, housed in a room that is accurately recreated from images of his apartment where he lived when he conducted the New York Philharmonic (1909 -1911).
On March 10, 2016 the Salon De Virtuosi presented our annual “Spring Song From Japan” concert at the elegant residence of the Consul General of Japan. We extend our deepest thanks to Ambassador & Mrs. Reiichiro Takahashi and the Consulate General of Japan for their gracious support. The concert, which was dedicated in honor of the victims and survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake, featured three outstanding young Japanese musicians: pianist Rieko Tsuchida, who is 1st prize winner of the Bradshaw & Bruno International Piano Competition; soprano Hirona Amamiya, who is celebrated for her versatile talents and who embraces a wide range of repertoire and styles; and violinist Ken Hamao, who was acclaimed by The New York Times for his “especially eloquent playing.”
The Salon de Virtuosi opened the New Year with a concert on January 20, 2016 presenting performances by two remarkable young musical talents: clarinetist Narek Arutyunian – an artist who “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity,” according to The Washington Post; and the 16-year-old piano phenom Wei Luo, protege of Garry Graffman, whom the Philadelphia Inquirer has compared to her Chinese predecessors Lang Lang and Yuja Wang for her remarkable sonority and power, with “moments when she took you so deep inside the music that your ears left behind previous points of reference.” The concert took place at the elegant Sony Club atop the Sony Building at 550 Madison Avenue, with stunning vistas of the Manhattan skyline.
On December 16, our audience was thrilled by the impassioned performance of the cello-piano duo of Chang Pan and Ronaldo Rolim. Very shortly after their performance for the Salon, they made their Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall, where their performance was hailed for Chang’s “sublime intonation” and the variety of colors he obtains from the cello and Ronaldo’s “consummate elegance ” and texture.
BRIDGET KIBBEY, harpist - $5,000 SONY-USA Foundation Grant
SARA DANESHPOUR, pianist - $5,000 Barbara Brookes/Arthur W. Diamond Foundation Grant
SEAN LEE, violinist - $5,000 David & Goldie Blanksteen Grant
BARON FENWICK, pianist - $5,000 Monique Schoen-Warshaw Grant
NATHAN CHAN, cellist - $5000 Helen Roosevelt Grant
GABOR BRETZ, bass - $5000 Mara & Arik Kashper Grant
2015 - 16 SEASON
CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO OUR AMAZING 2015 AWARD WINNERS!!!
At our opening Gala Awards Concert on October 14, 2015 the Salon de Virtuosi awarded a total of $30,000 in career grants to these six outstanding young musicians:
The concert was held at the elegant Hungarian Consulate, followed by a lavish Hungarian buffet reception with the generous support of Ambassador Ferenc Kumin. Robert Sherman, host of the McGraw-Hill Financial Young Artist Showcase on WQXR-FM, acted as master of ceremonies. The audience was overwhelmed by the thrilling performances of the artists, which were met by thunderous applause and standing ovations. For those who were unable to attend or would like to hear these magnificent performances once again, they will be broadcast on WQXR-FM on January 6, 2016. Please click here to see photos from the Gala Awards Concert.
Mr.Sherman, producer and host of The McGraw-Hill Companies' Young Artists Showcase on WQXR, hosted a program on April 9, 2014 that looks back to Salon De Virtuosi gala concerts from recent years, with live recordings from those private Salon performances.
Performing are cellist James Kim and pianist Larry Weng, pianist Vassily Primakov and saxophonist Ashu who performs the rare 1935 Concertino de Camera by Jacques Ibert, with musicians from the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and conductor Jeff Meyers.
Bach: Prelude and fugue in D Minor - Bridget Kibbey, harp
Liszt: Hungarian Dance No. 2 - Baron Fenwick, piano
Franck: Cello Sonata in A Major - Nathan Chan, cello; Mika Emily Sasaki, piano
Scarlatti: Piano Sonata in B minor, No. 27 - Sara Daneshpour, piano
Prokofiev: D Minor Toccata, Op. 11 - Sara Daneshpour, piano
Mr.Sherman, producer and host of The McGraw-Hill Companies' Young Artists Showcase on WQXR, hosted a program on January 6, 2016 introducing the 2015 winners of Salon de Virtuosi Grants.
Young Artists Showcase on WQXR
Other concerts are being planned. Keep checking this website or sign up to receive invitations.
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