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Release date: Nov. 6, 2000
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Assistant Director, 404-727-0644, or

Renowned Violinist Pinchas Zukerman and Friends To Perform At Emory


Pinchas Zukerman, violin; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Ralph Kirshbaum, cello; Yefim Bronfman, piano; Timothy Cobb, double bass

WHEN: 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14
WHERE: Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Rd., Emory.
COST: $23-30. For tickets or information, call 404-727-5050 or e-mail
PROGRAM: Mozart, Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478 Allegro, Andante, Rondo (Allegro)
Mozart, Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat Major, K. 563 Allegro, Adagio, Menuetto: Allegretto, Andante, Menuetto: Allegretto, Allegro
Schubert, Quintet for Piano and Strings in A Major, Op. 114, D. 667 "Trout" Allegro vivace, Andante, Scherzo: Presto, Thema: Andantino, Finale: Allegro giusto

"Pinchas Zukerman is himself one of the finest musicians in the world today, both as a soloist and as a chamber player," says Kendall Simpson, director of Emory's concerts division. "The artists on this program, who all are renowned in their own rite, have decided to come together to perform some of the most noted classical music for the chamber repertoire, and it's always a privilege to have Zukerman on your stage for what he can do as an artist." This is the violinist's second Emory appearance; the first was in 1988. Only a few tickets remain for the first concert in this year's Candler Series at Glenn.

The program is an excellent selection of pieces for a chamber ensemble, according to Simpson. Mozart's "Divertimento" has been arranged in many configurations, and will be performed at Emory in an arrangement for string trio. "Schubert's 'Trout' quintet is one of the most noted quintet pieces in the entire chamber repertoire, so it will be a treat to see such a gifted ensemble's interpretation," says Simpson.

Zukerman was music director of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra from 1980 to 1987. He also served as music director of the South Bank Festival in England from 1979 to 1981, principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony's International Summer Music Festival from 1991-1995 and the Dallas Symphony from 1993-1995, and artistic director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Summer MusicFest, from 1996-1999. In 1999 he was named to a three-season term as artist-in-residence of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Montreal Symphony and Berlin Philharmonic.

Born in 1948 in Tel Aviv, Israel, Zukerman began musical training with his father. Guided by Isaac Stern and Pablo Casals, and with the support of the America-Israel Cultural and Helena Rubinstein foundations, he came to America in 1962 to study with Ivan Galamian at Juilliard. In 1967 Zukerman won the 25th Leventritt International Competition.

Zukerman's discography of more than 100 releases includes recordings that have garnered 21 Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards: "Best Chamber Music Performance" in 1980 and "Best Classical Performance-International Soloist with Orchestra" in 1981.

Cynthia Phelps is considered one of the most accomplished performers in the world today. Currently the principal violist of the New York Philharmonic, her career includes both solo and recital work, as well as numerous chamber music appearances. The recipient of many awards, she captured first prize in both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington, D.C., International String Competition.

Ralph Kirshbaum is considered a member of "the highest echelon of today's cellists" (Los Angeles Times), and his career includes performances with the world's leading symphony orchestras, solo recital appearances, chamber music collaborations and recordings. Kirshbaum catapulted to international attention when he won the top prize in the First International Cassado Competition in Florence, Italy in 1969. The next year he was the only cellist from the West to win a prize in the 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Yefim Bronfman was born in the former Soviet Union, emigrated to Israel in 1973 and later became a U.S. citizen. He made his Washington recital debut at the Kennedy Center in 1981, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1984, with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1985, and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and at Carnegie Hall in 1989, the year he became an American citizen. In 1991, he was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to an American instrumentalist.

Bronfman auditioned for the Israel Philharmonic at age 15 and the following year made his debut with the orchestra conducted by Kostelanetz. Two years later he toured America with the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein and Zubin Mehta and, in 1976, with support from Isaac Stern and the America-Israel Foundation, Bronfman emigrated to the United States, where he studied with Rudolf Serkin, Rudolf Firkusny, William Masselos and Leon Fleisher at the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School.

Timothy Cobb is associate principal double bassist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and Purchase College (N.Y.). He became a member of the Chicago Symphony during his senior year of high school, then went on to graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music. He is a past participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, has appeared with Musicians from Marlboro on tour, and has collaborated with the Emerson and Guarneri Quartets.

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