Visiting Artists

Visiting Artist Series
Sezi Seskir, fortepiano & Lucy Russell, violin

The Williams College Department of Music presents Sezi Seskir, pianoforte and Lucy Russell, violin on Sunday, February 18 at 3 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the Williams College campus. There is also a master class featuring talented Williams student pianists on Monday, Feb. 19 at 4:15 p.m. in the Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall. These free events are open to the public.

Classical music fans are offered a unique chance to hear a fortepiano and period violin, playing repertoire of the time. Sezi Seskir plays a 5-octave fortepiano. The instrument is a Walter copy that is based on an instrument from 1799. Lucy Russell plays a violin and bow from the 18th century to match the fortepiano. Featuring works from the latter half of the eighteenth century, the duo explores different writing styles from the classical period. The program highlights works of Beethoven and Mozart. The first half includes Beethoven’s Violin sonata in A-Minor, op. 23, No. 4 and Mozart’s Violin sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454. In the second half there is the Violin sonata in E-Minor, K. 304 by Mozart, and Violin sonata in A-Major, op. 12, No. 2, by Beethoven.

About Sezi Seskir

Sezi Seskir received her first degree in piano in her native city, Ankara, Turkey. She went on with her studies in Lübeck Musikhochschule and then completed a D.M.A. degree with Malcolm Bilson in Cornell University. She has given guest lectures at schools such as UC Berkeley, Stanford University, University of Toronto and Trinity College of London among others. Her articles appeared in collected editions titled “Schumann Interpretieren” and “Schumann Studien 11” respectively by Studio Punkt Verlag. Seskir is currently an assistant professor of music at Bucknell University and is an editor of Schumann’s keyboard works for the Schumann complete edition for Schott and Bärenreiter publishing houses.

About Lucy Russell

Lucy Russell has achieved eminence on both historical instruments and ‘modern’ counterparts, performing and recording music from Monteverdi to the present day. She became leader of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet in 1995 and with them has performed across Europe, North America, South Africa, Canada and Israel. They have recorded with Linn Records, Divine Art Records, and the BBC. The quartet plays on both modern and historical instruments and will be recording late Beethoven string quartets on heavy gut for Linn this autumn. Their recording of Bruckner’s string quintet and quartet (also on heavy gut) has received wide acclaim.

Lucy Russel has led several early music groups such as The King’s Consort, Classical Opera Company, Dunedin Consort, and she has also been a member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  Her recordings as an orchestral and chamber player include work with Rachel Podger and the ensemble Brecon Baroque. Her first solo CD of Bach’s obbligato violin sonatas with John Butt has just been released by Linn. The Strad recommends: ‘Intellectual challenge and a spirit of Empfindsamkeit animate these magnificent new recordings’ The Sunday Times: ‘Russell’s beautifully polished playing reveals an affecting relish for the music’s searching expressivity….’

Lucy Russel is Professor of Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music in London; Visiting Professor of Violin at St. Andrews University, Scotland; and has a passion for teaching.