Between January and March 2019, the following musicians performed at the Flagler Museum. Concert programs have been included for each performance.
2019 Music Series sponsored by:
January 8, 2019 7:30 p.m.
Prizewinners of the 2015 Orlando Concours in the Netherlands, the Delphi Trio has performed in Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, and across the United States. Recent highlights include the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Piano Trio; a concerto residency with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra and Barbara Day Turner; the west coast premiere of Paul Juon’s Episodes Concertantes (1912) with Michael Morgan and the Oakland Symphony; and performances throughout the United States, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and WFMT Studios Chicago. The Delphi Trio is grounded in the immensely rich classic repertoire for piano trio and is committed to the exploration of its deep, lasting meaning for performers and audience alike.
"Spot-on ensemble playing and a beautifully blended sound" - San Francisco Classical Voice
Cuban-American cellist, Thomas Mesa, won the $50,000 First Prize in the 2016 Sphinx Competition. He performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the annual Tchaikovsky Spectacular before 30,000 people, and he was also a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, performing the Dvorák Concerto. Thomas won first place in the Thaviu Competition for String Performance in Chicago and the Alhambra Orchestra Concerto Competition. He received the Ray Millette Young Artists Award and the New World Symphony’s Outstanding Musicianship Award.
Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, with many awards and honors to his credit, continues to astound and mesmerize audiences at major venues. He has performed in prestigious venues worldwide, including Glinka Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg), Victoria Hall (Singapore), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), and Sejong Performing Arts Center (Seoul, South Korea). His performances with orchestras include those with the San Francisco Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, and many others.
Recently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances, and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios. With a repertoire that ranges from the traditional to the contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century. The ensemble-in-residence at Music Toronto for nine years, the Gryphon Trio tours extensively throughout North America and Europe.
“This is a piano trio that plays with strength and unanimity… big, bold, almost orchestral performances.” – The Los Angeles Times
Hailed for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), the Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, Akropolis has won seven national chamber music prizes since 2011, including the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal and the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award. Akropolis is an alumnus of APAP’s prestigious Young Performer’s Career Advancement Program and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (Art Works), the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, CultureSource, Quicken Loans, and Chamber Music America, as well as operating support from the Aaron Copland for Music and the Amphion Foundation.
Top prize-winners at both the 2018 Fischoff and Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competitions, the Thalea String Quartet brings together artists of Nigerian, Venezuelan, Japanese and Canadian heritage. The quartet was founded in 2014 and made their U.S. début at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in 2016. They have performed across North America and in Italy and France.
Thalea was appointed Young Professional Quartet-in-Residency at the University of Texas, Austin Butler School of Music beginning in September 2018. They were also the inaugural Quartet-in-Residence of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music from 2015-17, and are Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel Associated Artists in 2018, under the mentorship of the Artemis Quartet.
“Thalea never failed to deliver a stirring performance” - Calgary Herald