2019/2020 Season

Presenting our 35th concert season with a series of eight concerts featuring internationally known and regionally acclaimed artists.
Michael Brown
Pianist, Composer, and Lincoln Center Emerging Young Artist
Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 3 pm

Michael Brown has been described as “one of the most refined of all pianist-composers” (International Piano) and “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” (The New York Times). His unique artistry is reflected in his creative approach to programming, which often interweaves the classics and his own compositions.  Winner of the 2018 Emerging Artist Award from Lincoln Center and a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Brown has recently performed as soloist with the Seattle Symphony, the National Philharmonic, and the Grand Rapids, North Carolina, Maryland and Albany Symphonies; and recitals at Carnegie Hall, Caramoor, the Smithsonian, and the Gilmore Festival. He was selected by András Schiff to perform on an international solo tour making debuts in Berlin, Milan, Florence, Zurich’s Tonhalle and New York’s 92nd Street Y.
St. Petersburg Piano Quartet
World Class Piano Quartet 
Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3 pm
The Quartet was founded in spring of 2014, making its debut in New York City the same season with a pair of extremely successful concerts on the popular Barge Music series. Since then, they have performed nationwide, including the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles, Music Mountain, Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Friends of Chamber Music of Troy, NY; Music at Kohl Mansion, and many other series. They received a GRAMMY nomination and “Best Record” honors in Gramophone Magazine, held a five-year residency at the Oberlin Conservatory, and gave hundreds of concerts on many of North America, Europe and Asia’s most prestigious series and festivals.
Jasper String Quartet
Masterful Quartet Returns to Brookings
Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 3 pm
The Jaspers have been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and the New York Times named their recent album, Unbound, as one of the 25 Best Classical Recordings of 2017.
 
Named after the Jasper Nation Park in Alberta, Canada, and formed at Oberlin Conservatory, the Jaspers began pursuing a professional career in 2006 while studying with James Dunham, Norman Fischer, and Kenneth Goldsmith as Rice University’s Graduate Quartet-in-Residence. In 2008, the quartet continued its training with the Tokyo String Quartet as Yale University's Graduate Quartet-in-Residence.
In 2008, the Jaspers swept through the competition circuit, winning the Grand Prize and the Audience Prize in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Grand Prize at the Coleman Competition, First Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs, and the Silver Medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. They were also the first ensemble honored with Yale School of Music’s Horatio Parker Memorial Prize, an award established in 1945 and selected by the faculty for “best fulfilling… lofty musical ideals."

Rastrelli Cello Quartet
Very popular group from Russia
Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 3 pm

A singularly unique ensemble, the Rastrelli Cello Quartet has been thrilling audiences with their renderings of non-traditional programming since 2002. Kira Kraftzoff - founder and artistic director, Kirill Timofeev, Misha Degtjareff and Sergio Drabkin formed the ensemble with a mission to perform music “between the genres,” and their widely varied programs mix comfortably works by Bach, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky with that of George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck and Leroy Anderson. Broadcasted by: NBC, SWR, BR, HR, ABC, Chicago Classic FM and many others, the quartet have performed in many of Europe’s great concert halls, including the Gasteig in Munich, Berlin Philharmony, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and St. Petersburg’s Philharmonic Hall. 

Mayuko Kamio, Virtuoso Violinist
Back by Popular Demand
Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 3 pm
Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio*, the gold medalist of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition, is widely praised for her luxurious silken tone, long expressive phrasing and virtuoso techniques. The New York Times has called Ms. Kamio an "exciting young musician" and "a radiant talent."  Ms. Kamio made her concerto debut in Tokyo at the age of ten under the baton of Charles Dutoit, in a concert broadcast on NHK television. Since then, she has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich with Mstislav Rostropovich, and the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. As the youngest winner ever of the 1998 Menuhin International Violin Competition, Ms. Kamio performed with the Orchestra National de Lille with Lord Menuhin conducting. In 2000 she took first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and in 2004 she won the first Monte Carlo Violin Masters Competition.

Alexander Tutunov, Professor of Piano
A Brookings Favorite!
Presenting awards to scholarship students 
Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 3 pm - FREE to all!
Alexander Tutunov is widely recognized as one of the most outstanding virtuosos of the former Soviet Union. First Prize winner of the Belarusian National Piano Competition and winner of the Russian National Piano Competition, Tutunov's playing was described by Soviet Culture, Moscow, as "exhilarating and inspired, and which demonstrated a unique talent". Alexander Tutunov now lives in Ashland, where he is Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at Southern Oregon University.
This concert will include performances by the young artists. After intermission, Dr. Tutunov will also perform. This concert is FREE to the public.

2019/2020 Season Completed Concerts

Hannah Penn and David Saffert
Performed a program of Classical Cabaret on October 6, 2019  
Hannah Penn, mezzo-soprano, enjoys a diverse career as a performer of opera, oratorio, and recital literature. Frequently praised for her musicality and the timbre of her voice, Ms. Penn has recently been called “…a major talent”, and “…an intelligent and wonderfully musical singer” by Portland’s Willamette Week, and was praised for having “…intriguing colors at both ends of her range” by The Oregonian. She has sung more than twenty operatic roles with Glimmerglass Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Portland Opera, Tacoma Opera, and other companies. 
David Saffert is a classically trained pianist from Wisconsin.  He has been seen on stage in sketch comedy, improv, solo piano concerts, and in his very own music & comedy variety shows. David has worked as a pianist with such organizations as the Guthrie Theater (MN), Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera, Oregon Symphony, and the Interlochen Arts Camp.
ATOS Trio
Hugely acclaimed German Piano Trio
Performed Sunday, November 3, 2019
 
The Detroit Press proclaimed: "Three voices – one sound: The kind of pitch-perfect unanimity of phrasing, tone, feeling and interpretation that distinguishes the finest chamber ensembles."
 
Founded in 2003 by violinist Annette von Hehn, cellist Stefan Heinemeyer and pianist Thomas Hoppe, the ATOS TRIO strives to convey the spirit of string quartet playing to the piano trio realm. Never shying from extremes, the ensemble aims to push limits when it comes to sound and dynamics and is known for its honesty of interpretation. The 'Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award' recognized the achievement of the ATOS TRIO and awarded this distinction to the trio in 2007. It offers the winners twenty important US concerts including a debut concert at New York's Carnegie Hall and performances in Chicago, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Detroit, Kansas City and Tucson.