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Boca Raton Symphonia
Five Concert Connoisseur Concert Series

January 15, 2012

Roberts Theater
at Saint Andrew's School, 3900 Jog Road Boca Raton, FL 33431

3:00 p.m.

Arthur Fagen
Guest Conductor

  Alex Kobrin
Piano Soloist


TURKIN - Five Brief Essays on One Theme (World Premiere)

BEETHOVEN - Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, op.58

MENDELSSOHN - Symphony No. 3 in A minor op. 56, “Scottish”

Arthur Fagen’s, career has been marked by a string of notable appearances. On the concert podium, Mr. Fagen has appeared with internationally-known orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Czech Philharmonic, Munich Radio Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, RAI Orchestras (Torino, Naples, Milano, Roma), the Bergen Philharmonic, Prague Spring Festival, the Dutch Radio Orchestra, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few. Mr. Fagen was first prize winner of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Conductors Competition as well as prize winner of the Gino Marinuzzi International Conductors’ Competition in Italy.

Mr. Fagan is especially noted as an operatic conductor. In 2010 the Atlanta Opera appointed him as Music Director. He has an opera repertory of more than 75 works, and has directed new opera productions of Siegfried, Götterdämmerung and two Ring Cycles. He has conducted opera productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Munich State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Berlin, New York City Opera, Theatre Capitole de Toulouse, Bordeaux Opera, Frankfurt Opera, Staatstheater Stuttgart, New Israeli Opera, Baltimore Opera, Edmonton Opera, Spoleto Festival, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, and Stadttheater Bozen. From 1998 to 2001, Mr. Fagen appeared regularly as Guest Conductor at the Vienna State Opera.

He has served as Principal Conductor in Kassel and Brunswick, as Chief Conductor of the Flanders Opera of Antwerp and Ghent, as Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and as a member of the conducting staff of the Chicago Lyric Opera. From 2002 to 2007 Mr. Fagen was the Music Director of the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dortmund Opera. Following his successful concerts with the Dortmund Philharmonic at the Grosse Festspielhaus in Salzburg, he and the Philharmonic were invited to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, and venues in Salzburg, Beijing and Shanghai.

In 2008, Arthur Fagen was appointed Professor of Music in Instrumental Conducting at Indiana University. He has recorded for BMG, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SFB and WDR Cologne. He currently records for Naxos, for whom he has completed the six symphonies of Bohuslav Martinu. His recent Naxos recording of Martinu’s Piano Concertos was awarded an Editor’s Choice in the March 2010 issue of Gramophone magazine.

Alex Kobrin is the winner of numerous piano competitions including the prestigious Gold Medal at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition as well as the Neigauz, Busoni, Hamamatsu, Glasgow, Caltanissetta, and Warsaw Chopin International Competitions. He has also received many special awards for his brilliant technique and musicality. After his performance at the renowned Klavier-Festival Ruhr, critics praised his “interpretative musicianship [and] considerable insight” and the “elegance, grace and spirit” of his playing. Kobrin’s debut with the New York Philharmonic was hugely successful, with critics writing about his “lyricism, which he couched in a thoughtfully shaped, singing line….When he addressed the barnstorming passages on their own terms, he did so with a steely edge and ample—if thoroughly controlled—force.” Gramophone magazine has described his playing as “memorably personal and stylish” and “hypnotic.”

Kobrin has toured extensively in Europe, Asia, and the US. He has collaborated with many major orchestras such as New York Philharmonic, Tokyo Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Verdi, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Moscow Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Berliner Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, and many others. His recent and upcoming engagements include a German tour with the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Munich, Frankfurt and Dortmund; Swedish Radio Symphony with Juraj Valcuha; Ulster Orchestra with Kenneth Montgomery; Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin with Ludovic Morlot; Warsaw Philharmonic with Eiji Oue; KBS Symphony Orchestra with Claus Peter Flor; BBC Symphony Orchestra with Krzysztof Urbanski; Phoenix Symphony with Michael Christie; the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras.

His appearances worldwide have featured recitals and performances in many major halls, including the Louvre Auditorium and Saller Cortot in Paris, Wigmore Hall and Albert Hall in London, Munich Herkulesaal and Berliner Filarmonia Hall in Germany, Kennedy Centre in Washington, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatoire, Sheung Wan Civic Centre in Hong Kong, as well as the Esplanade Concert Hall, Sala Verdi in Milan, and many others. He has also performed at Salle Gaveau, Paris, where both Mezzo and ARTE broadcast his recital. Kobrin has made appearances and given master classes at the Festival Musique dans le Grésivaudan and the International Keyboard Institute & Festival in Mannes as well as at the International Piano Series and the Busoni Festival.

Kobrin now divides his time between performing around the world and teaching, and he has been a genuine inspiration to many students. He served on the faculty of the Gnessin’s Academy of Music from 2003 to 2010; since 2006 he has been on the faculty of the IKIF at Mannes College of Music, and is now the “L. Rexford Whiddon Distinguished Chair in Piano” at the Schwob School of Music of Columbus State University.

Kobrin regularly undertakes recording projects working with various well-known labels (Quartz, King Records, Fondamenta, and Harmonia Mundi). In addition to the Van Cliburn Competition disc, three volumes of Essential Chopin, and a Rachmaninoff disc, he released a Brahms CD in the summer of 2010, and additional albums are scheduled.




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