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Acclaimed piano and cello virtuosos perform original works at Loyola

Loyola press release - October 19, 2009

New Orleans Friends of Music teams up with Loyola University New Orleans to present exciting masterclasses and a concert by internationally acclaimed virtuosos Lera Auerbach, piano, and Ani Aznavoorian, cello. The concert will feature original works and arrangements by Auerbach and Rachmaninoff.

Two masterclasses with each artist will be held on Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. Auerbach will give a composer’s masterclass in Communications/Music Complex Room 139. Aznavoorian will conduct a cello masterclass in Nunemaker Auditorium. The masterclasses are open to the public.

The two will join forces in a concert on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m., in Roussel Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students and are available through the New Orleans Friends of Music online at www.friendsofmusic.org or call 504-895-0690.

The performance will feature 24 Preludes for Piano, op. 34, by Dmitri Shostakovich, transcribed for cello and piano by Auerbach; Prelude in G Major, op. 32, no. 5, by Sergei Rachmaninoff; Etudes-Tableaux, op. 39, no. 2, and op. 33, no. 2, by Rachmaninoff; and Sonata for Cello and Piano, op. 69, no. 1, by Auerbach.

Auerbach is one of the most widely performed composers of her generation and continues the great tradition of pianist-composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Her music is characterized by a stylistic freedom which juxtaposes varied tonal and atonal musical styles. Auerbach’s work as a composer has been featured in leading halls around the world, including the Bolshoi Theater and Bolshoi Saal of the Moscow Conservatory; Avery Fisher and Carnegie Halls in New York; the Kennedy Center; Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; and the Hamburg Staatsoper.

Her works have been performed by the Tokyo String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Artemis String Quartet and by violinists Gidon Kremer, Vadim Gluzman, and Philippe Quint; and cellists Alisa Weilerstein, David Finckel, Ani Aznavoorian and Wendy Warner.

Auerbach has been awarded the prestigious Hindemith Prize by the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany as well as many other prizes. She was chosen as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and was selected as a member of the Young Global Leaders forum by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Aznavoorian is an acclaimed young cellist who has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Helsinki Philharmonic. She was recently appointed the distinguished position of principal cellist of Camerata Pacifica, one of a number of chamber groups with which she has performed.

Aznavoorian received the prestigious Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award for outstanding cello playing and artistry in 2000. She proudly performs on a cello made by her father, Peter Aznavoorian, of Chicago.

For more information, contact Sean Snyder in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at smsnyder@loyno.edu or call 504-861-5882.

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