Please join us on Thursday May 10, 2018 for our much-beloved "Spring Song From Japan" at the elegant residence of Ambassador & Mrs. Reiichiro Takahashi of Japan, located at 4 East 67th Street in NYC, presenting the phenomenal young Japanese violinist Ririko Takagi and the rising young Japanese cellist Mari Nagahara.
The concert begins at 6 pm sharp (please note the change from our usual time) and will be followed by an elegant Japanese Buffet Reception where you will have the chance to meet and mingle with the artists and fellow guests.
We express our deepest thanks to Ambassador & Mrs. Takahashi and the Consulate General of Japan for generously hosting this very special event!
This concert is free for Salon members. Seating for this concert is very limited.
Please RSVP by April 30, 2018 to
Salon De Virtuosi,
P.O. Box 816,
New York, NY 10163 or
"Spring Song from Japan"
Congratulations again to our Career Grant winners, who presented a thrilling performance on October 17!
We are thrilled to announce that the following outstanding young musicians were selected as recipients of this year’s $5,000 Career Grants:
The Aizuri Quartet
Ania & Piotr Filochowski, violin duo
Ariel Horowitz, violin
Indrayuddh Majumder, sarod and Dibyarka Chatterjee, tabla
Asi Matathias, violin
Drew Petersen, piano*
Olivier Stankiewicz, oboe
Yun-Chin Zhou, piano
We extend our warmest congratulations to all of these remarkable young artists!
* Winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards
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Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6 p.m.
We are delighted to introduce our new Artistic Director, Lora Tchekoratova, who will ensure that the Salon continues to discover and present young musicians of the highest promise and caliber. A student of the great pianist Seymour Lipkin, Lora holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Juilliard and has been praised for her musical intensity and virtuosity. She also has extensive experience as a music pedagogue and concert presenter, with deep connections in both the classical music world and the diplomatic community. She is committed to continue Charlotte’s work and to honor and preserve her legacy for years to come, and looks forward to getting to know the members of the Salon community.
Additional Upcoming Concerts
We have many exciting and varied concerts planned for this season, featuring thrilling new young artists as well as special appearances by our outstanding Grant Winners. We hope you will join us!
December 14, 2017 at 7 PM
We usher in the holidays with our annual Holiday Concert at the lovely home of Lewis and Elizabeth Bryden at the Des Artistes Apartments, 1 West 67th Street.
Join us as we celebrate the season with the exciting Armenian pianist/composer Karen Hakobyan and the delightful Jazz Ensemble Peter and Will Anderson on saxophone and clarinet, accompanied by guitar.
NEW YEAR’S CONCERT
January 29, 2018 at 7 PM
We kick off the new year with a thrilling concert at Yamaha Piano Salon, 689 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor, featuring oboist Olivier Stankiewicz, a 2017 Salon Career Grant winner, and introducing the sensitive pianist Daniel Baer and superb young violinist William Ching-Yi Wei.
We have many more exciting concerts planned for the spring. As our members know, each year we present concerts at elegant consulates and other diplomatic venues and we are now in the process of coordinating with our hosts’ diplomatic schedules. These events are always memorable and well worth waiting for! Stay tuned for more details for the following planned events:
THE MUSICAL SOUL OF HUNGARY
April 9, 2018 at 7 pm
Consulate General of Hungary, 227 East 52nd Street
Featuring the young Hungarian clarinetist Noemi Sallai, the exciting pianist Reed Tetzloff and a special guest appearance by the 2009 Salon Career Award Winner István Vardái, cello.
SPRING SONG FROM JAPAN
May 2018 — Date and artists TBA
EAST MEETS WEST
June 2018 — Date TBA
Consulate General of India, 3 East 64th Street
An encore performance by 2017 Salon Career Grant Winners Indrayuddh Majumder and Dibyarka Chatterjee (sarod and tabla), who will perform and receive their award, together with the Argus Quartet, current resident string quartet at the Juilliard School.
Special Bonus Concerts
As a special thank-you to our members, we are planning two bonus concerts for those who join for the entire season:
Return visit on November 7, 2017 to the Bohemian National Hall, located at 321 East 73rd Street, in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic presenting Matyas Novak, winner of the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, together with other artists to be announced.
On February 21, 2018 at 7 p.m. we will host a special bonus concert for our members at the new Steinway Hall, featuring Janice Carissa, the up and coming young pianist from Indonesia, a scholar of the Lang Lang International Foundation and recipient of numerous awards and honors. In addition we will present the beautiful virtuoso violinist Danbi Um, who recently became a member of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Chamber Music Society II.
All concerts are followed by an elegant buffet dinner or cocktail reception
Please Join Us for
In Loving Memory
1914 - 2017
We usher in the Salon’s new season with a mix of emotions: deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love and support following the passing of my mother Charlotte White, Founder of the Salon, just a few months short of her 103rd birthday, and renewed dedication to fulfill her legacy by ensuring that the Salon continues to thrive.
My mother's message at her 100th birthday celebration was that the secret to a long life is not a special vitamin or exercise, but to have a reason to wake up in the morning and to have a passion. The Salon was her passion, and her mind never ceased thinking up new ideas for concerts she wanted to present, exciting young musicians she wanted to introduce, and ways to impart her vivid personal experience of how music truly unites us. She shared her abundant energy and passion with her family, friends and members of the Salon, and I know her light will continue to shine on
– Erika White
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 74 (“Harp”), I. Poco adagio – allegro
- Aizuri Quartet: Ariana Kim, violin; Miho Saegusa, violin; Ayane Kozasa, viola; Karen Ouzounian, cello
Wagner-Liszt: Isolde’s Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
- Yun-Chin Zhou, piano
Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 75, IV. Allegro molto
- Asi Matathis, violin; Victor Stanislavsky, piano
Chopin: Grand Valses Brillantes, Op. 34, I. Waltz in A-flat Major
- Drew Petersen, piano
Shostakovich: Prelude from The Gadfly, Op. 97
- Ania Filochowski, violin; Piotr Filochowski, violin; Hugh Sung, piano
- Ania Filochowski, violin; Piotr Filochowski, violin; Hugh Sung, piano
Szymanowski: Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28
- Ariel Horowitz, violin; Eri Kang, piano
Salon de Virtuosi Grant Winners 2017 on WQXR
Ririko Takagi, Violin
At age 21, Ririko Takagi has established herself as one of the most promising young talents of her generation. In the last several years she has garnered numerous distinguished honors and prizes: She came in first at the EuroAsia International Music Competition in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and in 2017 won Third prize at the International Shlomo Mintz Competition and Second prize at the Bartok World Competition. Most recently, Ririko was a semifinalist in the April 2018 Paganini International Violin Competition. She is currently participating in the M.A. program at Tokyo University of Arts, under the tutelage of Takashi Shimizu. This concert marks Ririko’s New York debut
Mari Nagahara, Cello
18-year old Japanese cellist Mari Nagahara is a student at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where she studies with the renowned cellist Paul Katz. She was featured on NPR’s From the Top with host Christopher O’Reilly’s episode “Backstage at Fischoff,” with her piano trio Trio Adonais, which was subsequently awarded the Silver Medal at the renowned Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.