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Ensemble da Camera - April 15, 2018


Ensemble da Camera of Washington
April 15, 2018  I  3:00pm
Providence Presbyterian Church, Fairfax

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Ensemble da Camera of Washington

Claire Eichhorn, clarinet
Ricardo Cyncynates, violin/viola

with guest artists
David Hardy, cello
Lisa Emenheiser, piano

DEBUSSY        Violin Sonata in G minor
BERNSTEIN     Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
MESSIAEN       Quartet for the End of Time


About EDC Washington

Founded in 1990, The Ensemble da Camera of Washington is among the country’s finest ensembles in its configuration. These three internationally acclaimed musicians come from Russia, Germany and Brazil and together they have performed throughout the United States to outstanding reviews. Admired for their remarkable homogeneity, style and virtuosity, their programs include works covering four centuries of music from solo works to duos and trios. The Ensemble also performs with guest artists, which further expands their repertoire. Their recordings for the Vernissage Records label were received with unanimous praise from radio and print critics among them, WETA, Washington Post, Fanfare Magazine, The Clarinet Magazine, Classical Pulse, High Performance Magazine and The American Record Guide. The Ensemble also has commissioned new works for its combination and they have premiered trios by the American composers Richard Faith and Michael Hersch and gave the Washington premiere of the Trio “Leaves From an Autumn Album” by Russian composer R. Riabov.  


ABOut the guest artists

David Hardy, principal cello of the National Symphony Orchestra, achieved international recognition in 1982 as the top American prize winner at the seventh International Tchaikovsky Cello Competition in Moscow. Mr. Hardy won a special prize for the best performance of the Suite for Solo Cello by Victoria Yagling, commissioned for the competition. Tass particularly praised Mr. Hardy's performance of the Dvo?ák Cello Concerto.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, David Hardy began his cello studies there at the age of eight. He was 16 when he made his debut as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. When he was 21 years old, Mr. Hardy won the certificate in the prestigious Geneva International Cello Competition. The next year, he was graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Laurence Lesser, Stephen Kates, and Berl Senofsky. In 1981 he was appointed to the National Symphony Orchestra as associate principal cello by its then music director, Mstislav Rostropovich. In 1994 Mr. Hardy was named principal cello of the NSO by its next music director, Leonard Slatkin.

Mr. Hardy made his solo debut with the National Symphony Orchestra in 1986 with Mstislav Rostropovich conducting. A regular soloist with the NSO, Mr. Hardy, in 2004, gave the world premiere performance, with Leonard Slatkin conducting, of Stephen Jaffe's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, which was commissioned by the John and June Hechinger Fund for New Orchestral Works. Mr. Hardy gave the European premiere of the Jaffe concerto in Slovenia in 2007. Bridge Records released the premiere recording of the Concerto with Mr. Hardy and the Odense Symphony of Denmark.

The National Symphony Orchestra's recording of John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1 featuring Mr. Hardy's solo cello performance won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Classical Album. Another recent recording-in collaboration with NSO principal keyboard Lambert Orkis-is Beethoven Past & Present, consisting of two complete performances of Beethoven's eight works for piano and cello, performed on both modern and period instruments.

Mr. Hardy is a founding member of the Opus 3 Trio, with violinist Charles Wetherbee and pianist Lisa Emenheiser. The Opus 3 Trio has performed to critical acclaim across the country and has commissioned, premiered, and recorded many new works. Mr. Hardy is also a founding member of the Kennedy Center Chamber Players.

Additionally, Mr. Hardy was cellist of the 20th Century Consort in Washington, D.C., where he premiered works by Stephen Albert, Nicholas Maw, and Joseph Schwantner.

Mr. Hardy's playing can be heard on recordings under the Melodyia, Educo, RCA, London, Centaur, and Delos labels. Critics in Washington and beyond have praised his virtuoso technique and deep musical sensitivity.

In addition to his performing schedule Mr. Hardy is professor of cello at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Mr. Hardy's instruments were made by Carlo Giuseppe Testore in 1694 and Raymond Hardy in 2000.

Lisa Emenheiser is one of Washington, D.C.'s most highly regarded pianists. She has been performing with the National Symphony Orchestra for the past 25 years.  A graduate of the Juilliard School, Ms. Emenheiser has performed in recital at Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fischer Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and has appeared in many venues in DC, including the National Gallery, Phillips Collection, Smithsonian Institution, and the Kennedy Center.  Her performances have earned high praise from esteemed critics, including those of the New York Times and the Washington Post.  Ms. Emenheiser has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, the Virginia Chamber Orchestra, the Fairfax Symphony, the McLean Orchestra, and was one of the featured piano soloists at the Kennedy Center's Piano 2000 Festival.   She was also a soloist for the Kennedy Center's "Journey to America" Festival, and the NSO's "Composer Portrait:  Mozart."   An established chamber musician, Ms. Emenheiser has performed across the United States, as well as many international venues, including performances with some of the world's most renowned artists.  She is also an avid performer of contemporary music, and is pianist for the 21st Century Consort and Opus 3 Trio.  Ms. Emenheiser has recorded for Pro Arte, VAI Audio, Centaur, Arabesque, Delos, AUR, and Cascades labels.  Lisa has appeared on national television as an expert artist commentator and performer in the PBS documentary entitled "Exploring Your Brain".  A committed teacher, Lisa holds a private studio in her home and has represented the NSO on various occasions by teaching master classes and serving as piano instructor for numerous cultural exchange liaisons.