Release date: April 10, 2001
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The selection of a concerto was a specific decision by instrumental music director Scott Stewart as a way to wrap up the orchestras involvement in the universitys Year of Reconciliation. The concerto was a good choice because the concerto as a genre is a reconciliation in itself in that it is a balance of solo virtuosity and the collaborative nature of the large orchestra. I also thought it would be a nice balance against the Williams choral work, says Stewart.
Cerovsek is a young, rising star, and he brings a lot of energy and youthful vitality, says Stewart. I always want to expose my students to the best possible musicianship.
The 29-year-old violinist is one of the true, rare prodigies, but not just in music. The Vancouver, British Columbia, native began studying the violin at age five, beat out 3,000 other musicians for the grand prize in the Canadian Music Competition at age nine, and graduated from the University of Torontos Royal Conservatory of Music with the highest marks in strings at age 12. That same year he was accepted at Indiana Universitywhere he was a classmate of Stewartsto study with the famed teacher Josef Gingold. At age 15 Cerovsek earned his bachelors degree in music, but also in mathematics. Masters degrees in both subjects followed at 16, doctoral degrees at 18.
And what do math and music have to do with each other? Apparently Cerovseks ability in both makes it easy for him to memorize an astounding repertoire of pieces. In a Tulsa, Okla., magazine interview in February, he said such memorization was a matter of data compression and that he has lucky neurons. The repertoire for each season of about 80 performances includes some 15 concerti and two or three recital programs.
Cerovsek is best known for his handling of material from the romantic violin tradition, although he does enjoy contemporary composers as well. He has recorded three CDs: a collection of Russian pieces titled Russian Soul, Mozart Adagios with pianist Carol Rosenberger, and a collection of Wieniawskis music performed with his sister, pianist Katja Cerovsek.
The affinity for Wieniawski is no accident. Cerovsek studied under Gingold until the teachers death in 1995. Gingold had studied violin with Eugene Ysaÿe, who in turn had studied under Wieniawski (1835-80).
Cerovseks engagements this season include appearances with Austrias
Pannonische Philharmonie, New Zealands Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
and Canadas Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, in addition to several
recitals. Other upcoming dates include performances with the Huntsville
(Ala.) Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach (Calif.) Symphony Orchestra, Toledo
(Ohio) Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Symphony and Real Filharmonica
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