Faculty RecitalJoanna Kurkowicz, violin, and Doris Stevenson, piano
The Williams College Department of Music presents pianist Doris Stevenson and violinist Joanna Kurkowicz on Saturday, April 13 at 8 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public.
Ms. Stevenson and Ms. Kurkowicz have been performing together for over ten years, and frequently appear with the Williams Chamber Players. Saturday’s performance will include Sonata A Minor op. 23 for Violin and Piano by Ludwig van Beethoven, Partita for Violin and Piano by Witold Lutoslawski, and Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano by Bela Bartok. The performance will also feature Darkening Images, Dramatic Monologue for Solo Violin, a premiere work by Williams faculty member David Kechley.
Ms. Kurkowicz is an award-winning soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and concertmaster. She has appeared as a soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Jefferson Symphony, San Luis Obispo Symphony, New England String Ensemble, Poznan Philharmonic and Polish National Radio Orchestra. She has collaborated with such eminent artists as Jaime Laredo, Charles Treger, Laurence Lesser and James Buswell. Ms. Kurkowicz currently serves as concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic and the Berkshire Symphony and previously held the same post for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and the Vermont Symphony. She has been praised by Gramophone Magazine for her “disciplined virtuosity.”
A prize winner in numerous competitions and praised in the magazine Gramophone for her ‘disciplined virtuosity’, the Polish-born violinist Joanna Kurkowicz enjoys an active and versatile career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and concertmistress. She has performed with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berkshire Symphony in which she currently serves as concertmistress. She holds the position of Artist in Residence at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and serves on the faculty at Tufts University. Joanna Kurkowicz is a strong advocate of contemporary music and has premiered many works by living composers and made many recordings on such labels as Chandos, Bridge, Centaur, CRI, Albany, New World , Neuma, Capstone and Archetype. Her Chandos recording of Violin Concertos Nos 1, 3, and 7 by Bacewicz was awarded a ‘Golden Tuning Fork’ by the magazine Diapason d’or and reached No. 6 on Amazon’s chart of Best Classical Albums in 2009. A founding member and artistic advisor for the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston, she has been a guest artist at the Mozarteum Festival in Salzburg, Ravinia Festival, Bargemusic in New York, Asia Pacific Festival in Wellington, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and Marthas’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society, among others. Joanna Kurkowicz plays a violin made by Pietro Giovanni Guarneri in 1699.
Ms. Stevenson has won lavish praise from critics and public alike in performances around the world. She has soloed with the Boston Pops, played at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Salle Pleyel in Paris, Sala de Musica Arango in Bogota, and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. Her work as a collaborative pianist is marked by her acute sensitivity and musicianship. Ms. Stevenson has performed with Gregor Piatigorsky, Ruggiero Ricci and Paul Tortelier. Early in her career, she was invited by Heifetz and Piatigorsky to perform with them in their chamber concerts. She was pianist for the cello master classes of Piatigorsky, who described her as “an artist of the highest order.”