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All Concerts 23/24 Season

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents world-class musical experiences in a diverse range of genres, including classical, cabaret, pop, Broadway, and opera.

NEXUS Chamber Music

01 October 2023

“The music making was at a supremely high level.” —Chicago Classical Review

Following their enormously successful Artist Series Concerts debut in 2022, NEXUS Chamber Music returns to open our 28th season. This Chicago-based chamber music collective’s mission is to create unique and engaging classical music experiences for an ever-broadening audience. NEXUS co-founder Alexander Hersh is joined by Marlboro Music Festival alums Stephanie Zyzak and Evren Ozel in a program of piano trios by Haydn, Brahms, and Ravel.

Ilya Yakushev - piano

10 October 2023

“Mr. Yakushev can do just about anything he wants.” —The New York Times

Winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition, Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev has astounded audiences with performances at Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and as soloist with major orchestras across three continents. He will be joined by a string quartet, including Daniel Jordan, concertmaster of the Sarasota Orchestra, in a performance of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet. Mozart’s Fantasia in d Minor and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” accompanied by images, concludes this extraordinary concert.

Joseph Parrish, bass-baritone with Joseph Holt, piano

18 October 2023

Joseph Parrish’s rich bass-baritone voice has been heard in major opera houses, concert halls and cathedrals across the country. Winner of the 2022 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, 24-year-old Parrish is a versatile artist who will sing traditional spirituals, opera arias, and music from the Broadway stage.

Dr. Joseph Holt has enjoyed a wide-ranging musical career as conductor, pianist, chamber music performer, arts administrator, educator and arranger. This Sarasota resident serves as director of artistic programs for Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota; as artistic director of Choral Artists of Sarasota, Sarasota's professional choral ensemble; and as director of music at Faith Lutheran Church. Dr. Holt served more than 20 years as principal pianist with The United States Army Chorus, performing for U.S. presidents, military officials and dignitaries from around the world.

Amit Peled, cello and Solomon Eichner, piano

31 October 2023

“A glowing tone, a seductive timbre and an emotionally pointed approach to phrasing that made you want to hear him again.”
—The New York Times

“Solomon’s playing is poetic, beautiful, and moving with deep feeling.” —American Liszt Society

Praised by The Strad and The New York Times, internationally renowned cellist Amit Peled is acclaimed as one of the most exciting and virtuosic instrumentalists on the concert stage today. He has performed in prestigious venues across the U.S. and Europe, released 12 recordings, and was named one of the top 30 influencers of 2015 by Musical America. Peled will be joined by Polish American pianist Solomon Eichner, whose performances across the U.S. and Europe have earned wide acclaim. Their program features a variety of music by American composers.

The Chopin Project® featuring Matthew Graybil, piano

02 November 2023

“an exceptional young artist” —The New Yorker

A prize winner in multiple national and international competitions, Matthew Graybil has been heard in recital at venues across the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. He began his association with the Chopin Project® in 2016, releasing a widely acclaimed recording of Chopin études. This concert features music by Chopin and other romantic era composers.

Sunset Serenade

16 November 2023

The three winners of the Artist Series Concerts 2023 Statewide Vocal Competition are Florida natives pursuing degrees at Yale, the Cincinnati Conservatory, and the Eastman School of Music. Bringing their talents back to Florida for this special performance, this program features various art songs, arias and duos from Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro,” and African American spirituals.

Christine Kim, oboe and Sang Yoon Kim, clarinet

30 November 2023

Sang Yoon Kim is the principal clarinet of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and has been heard as soloist with orchestras worldwide. Christine Kim is the principal oboe of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and performed as guest principal oboe of the Sarasota Orchestra for two seasons. This woodwind power couple’s program includes trios as well as sonatas.

The Queen's Six

17 December 2023

Elisabeth Paul
Tom Lilburn, alto
Nicholas Madden
Dominic Bland, tenor
Andrew Thompson
Simon Whiteley, baritone/bass

“this is superb singing” —Gramophone

Direct from Windsor Castle where they work and live, The Queen’s Six is an extraordinary vocal sextet drawn from the lay clerks of St. George's Chapel. In addition to their royal duties, members of the Queen’s Six perform in concert, bringing their glorious voices to centuries of music. Recently featured on “CBS Sunday Morning,” their programs include austere early chant, florid Renaissance polyphony, bawdy madrigals, haunting folk songs, and upbeat jazz and pop arrangements. This program will also include seasonal favorites in the incomparable British tradition.

Jonathan Mamora, piano

09 January 2024

Indonesian American pianist Jonathan Mamora has taken the piano world by storm after winning first prize in the Olga Kern International Piano Competition, AntwerPiano International Competition, Dallas International Piano Competition, American Virtuoso International Music Competition, and “Sviatoslav Richter” International Piano Competition. This program includes Schubert’s iconic “Trout” Quintet.

“most assured pianism,” “natural, songful lyricism”
—The Dallas Morning News

Cavatina Duo

17 January 2024

The Cavatina Duo’s extravagant program features flamenco, tango, and opera fantasies. Spanish flutist Eugenia Moliner and her husband, Bosnian guitarist Denis Azabagic, have created a fiery duo that has wowed audiences worldwide. Gifted soloists, together they join their talents in an innovative program guaranteed to ignite your imagination!

“exceptional virtuosity and panache” —Fort Worth Star Telegram 

Chelsea Guo, piano and soprano, with Joseph Holt, piano

01 February 2024

Chelsea Guo is a rare musical double feature. Winner of the 2022 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, she was included in Classic FM’s “Rising Stars: 30 Brilliant Musicians We’re Celebrating in 2022.” Her 2021 debut album, “Chelsea Guo: Chopin in My Voice,” reached #7 on the Billboard classical chart. This program features both vocal and keyboard works.

“As both a pianist and a singer, Chelsea Guo is clearly a special talent.”  — Gramophone

Empire Wild

21 February 2024

Winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Ambassador Prize, Empire Wild is a genre-hopping trio whose performances have been dazzling audiences across the country. This concert features Mitch Lyon, cello; Ken Kubota, cello and Ji-Yong Kim, piano and will be held outdoors at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, weather permitting. The musicians channel their love for musical exploration into their trio by fusing the sounds of pop, folk, jazz and classical into their songwriting and composition. Don’t miss their unique performance in the “wild” of Selby Gardens!

“as personable and entertaining as their music” —Greater Olean

Lin Ye, piano

24 February 2024

In 2019, Lin Ye wowed Sarasota audiences in two sold out all-Beethoven programs. Having subsequently performed in prestigious venues worldwide, the former Artist Series Concerts prizewinner returns with a program of works by Rachmaninoff and the chamber version of Chopin’s beloved Piano Concerto #1. Ye will be joined by principal musicians of the Sarasota Orchestra in this not-to-be-missed concert.

“outstanding performance, both intellectually and emotionally”
—Vladimir Ashkenazy, legendary pianist and conductor

Hannah Cope, harp and Marcelina Suchocka, percussion

03 March 2024

Two of Sarasota Orchestra’s newest principal musicians join forces for an innovative program. Hannah Cope made her mark on the harp world as the 2020 winner of the American Harp Society Foundation Grandjany Memorial Competition and has performed regularly with the Boston Symphony. When Marcelina Suchocka isn’t in Sarasota, she performs as principal percussion of the Britt Festival Orchestra and as an extra with many major American orchestras. This program features solos from the standard repertoire of each instrument and beloved classics reimagined for marimba and harp duet.

Duo Chinoiserie

07 March 2024

Surround yourself with the entrancing sounds of Duo Chinoiserie. A unique project initiated by Chinese guzheng performer Jing Xia and classical guitarist Bin Hu, the duo has been enchanting audiences across the U.S. and China since 2016. Their blending of ancient Chinese zither and classical guitar has been described as “sonic alchemy,” and is simply unforgettable.

“East meets West, classical blends with traditional, and the music that results is pure gold.”
—Tucson Lifestyle

Curtis on Tour 2023-24

12 March 2024

Curtis on Tour brings together three Curtis Institute of Music alumni – Benjamin Beilman, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; Oliver Herbert, cello – and three current Curtis students in a powerful program of string sextets by Strauss, Berg, and Brahms. Hear the next generation of gifted musical artists performing side by side with their accomplished mentors.

2023-24 String Sextet appears by special arrangement with Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Hina Khuong-Huu, violin and Rohan De Silva, piano

31 March 2024

Violin Channel “Rising Star” and first prize winner of the 2023 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, Hina Khuong-Huu performs around the globe as soloist and collaborator with many of today's leading ensembles and musicians. Steinway Artist Rohan De Silva’s collaborations with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Midori, Joshua Bell and others have been acclaimed worldwide.

“razor sharp virtuosity, panache and a very sweet soul”
—The Violin Channel

Hina Khuong-Huu, violin and Rohan De Silva, piano

01 April 2024

Violin Channel “Rising Star” and first prize winner of the 2023 Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, Hina Khuong-Huu performs around the globe as soloist and collaborator with many of today's leading ensembles and musicians. Steinway Artist Rohan De Silva’s collaborations with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Midori, Joshua Bell and others have been acclaimed worldwide.

“razor sharp virtuosity, panache and a very sweet soul”
—The Violin Channel

Boyd Meets Girl

04 April 2024

Boyd Meets Girl pairs Australian classical guitarist Rupert Boyd with American cellist Laura Metcalf. This husband and wife have toured the world sharing their eclectic mix of music from Debussy and Bach to Radiohead and Beyoncé. Their studio albums have been streamed over three million times. The duo arranges much of their repertoire themselves, drawing inspiration from artists across all genres, and speak from the stage to create an engaging, conversational concert experience.

“beguiling … fascinating … enchanting” —Gramophone

Duo Beaux Arts

16 April 2024

Founded in 2008 by a husband-and-wife team of internationally renowned pianists, Duo Beaux Arts takes the power of the piano and doubles it. Known for their adrenalized performances, this dynamic duo has performed to critical acclaim across the U.S., Europe, and China. This recital features works for piano “four hands,” and two pianos.

“There is an exquisite musicality at work here.” —Fanfare Magazine

Shannon Lee, violin and Ying Li, piano

28 April 2024

Two first place winners of Artist Series Concerts’ international competitions join forces for a spectacular program of music for violin and piano. Shannon Lee made her solo debut with the Dallas Symphony at age 12. Since then, she has been a prize winner in multiple competitions, including the Sendai Competition in Japan, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, and the Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition. Ying Li was the first place winner of Young Concert Artists 2021 Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, and has been heard as soloist with major orchestras and in recital across the U.S. and Europe. Li recently made her Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center recital debuts.

“remarkable fire, impeccable intonation, and big, vibrant tone” [Shannon Lee] —Gramophone

“graceful, lyrical” [Ying Li] —Cleveland Classical

Shannon Lee, violin and Ying Li, piano

29 April 2024

Two first place winners of Artist Series Concerts’ international competitions join forces for a spectacular program of music for violin and piano. Shannon Lee made her solo debut with the Dallas Symphony at age 12. Since then, she has been a prize winner in multiple competitions, including the Sendai Competition in Japan, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, and the Shanghai Isaac Stern Competition. Ying Li was the first place winner of Young Concert Artists 2021 Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, and has been heard as soloist with major orchestras and in recital across the U.S. and Europe. Li recently made her Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center recital debuts.

“remarkable fire, impeccable intonation, and big, vibrant tone” [Shannon Lee] —Gramophone

“graceful, lyrical” [Ying Li] —Cleveland Classical

Miró Quartet

05 May 2024

One of America’s most celebrated and dedicated string quartets, the Miró Quartet has been performing to sold out houses in the world’s most prestigious concert halls since 1995. First prize winner in both the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Naumberg Chamber Music Competition, they have released nine recordings and an Emmy Award-winning multimedia project titled “Transcendence.” This program includes Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14, Op. 131, the piece around which the 2012 film “A Late Quartet” was based.

“The ensemble played with lithe tempos and lean textures, beautifully balancing cool refinement and intense expressivity.” —Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

Trio Gaia

14 May 2024

New England Conservatory’s graduate piano trio in residence, Trio Gaia has quickly gained recognition as one of the most compelling chamber groups performing today. Dedicated to offering audiences dynamic, personally relevant experiences, the trio won first prize at the 2022 WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition. This program includes music inspired by folk tunes, including the daring trio by Charles Ives, and Antonín Dvořák’s iconic “Dumky” Trio.

“Watching Trio Gaia make music together is magic.” —WDAV: Of Note