【Rachmaninoff:compositional style as reflected from his different periods】
主講人: Cello/Simona Barbu
An astounding international cellist and educator, Simona Barbu began her musical studies at age seven and gained public attention as a member of the leading string quartet of the Conservatory of Timisoara in her native Romania, where she made her solo debut in Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with the Music Conservatory’s symphonic orchestra.
After graduating from her undergraduate as the Music Conservatory valedictorian from Lynn University in Florida, Dr. Barbu continued her graduate studies with a Master of Music in Cello Performance at Southern Methodist University under the tutelage of Nathaniel Rosen and Christopher Adkins. Subsequently, she earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Memphis where she studied with professor Leonardo Altino. She has performed in master classes with Janos Starker, Lynn Harrell, Aldo Parisot, Pieter Wispelwey, Carol Ou, Timothy Eddy, AmitPeled and Yehuda Hanani.
SimonaBarbu has traveled to Europe, Asia, and the United States as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, and most recently she held residencies at conservatories and universities in China (Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Wenzhou and Hong Kong), in Hungary (Budapest and Kecskemet) and Romania (Timisoara and Cluj). She has also been an active orchestral musician, performing with Memphis Symphony Orchestra, South Dakota Symphony, Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, and serving as principal with the Eroica Ensemble in Memphis, Starkville Symphony Orchestra, Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra and Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra.
Barbu served as a faculty member at Mississippi State University for four years (2007-2011), where she taught strings, coached string chamber ensembles, and conducted the symphonic orchestra. In 2011, Dr. Barbu was appointed Assistant Professor of Cello and Burgum Endowed Chair at the University of North Dakota, where she currently teaches cello, string bass and chamber music. During summers, she is a cello faculty at MasterWorks Festival in Ohio.
Music critics have raved about NariakiSugiura’s performances in Europe with such accolades as “the most sensitive touch on the piano,” and “possessing the rigueur, passion, and discipline of an old Samurai.” International concert artist NariakiSugiura has performed solo recitals and concerto engagements in the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia at some of the most prestigious concert halls including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Shenzhen Concert Hall (China), Ferenc Liszt Music Academy Recital Hall (Hungary), Daejeon Arts and Cultural Center Hall (South Korea), ManoelTheater (Malta), Kioi Hall (Japan), and Museo de Arte (Puerto Rico). He has appeared as soloist with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, UND Chamber Orchestra, and many others. His arrangements for chamber ensembles and piano ensembles have been frequently performed, and he has also conducted his large ensemble arrangements.
A devoted teacher as well as performer, Dr. Sugiura has become of the leading piano pedagogues of his generation. He has given piano master classes at numerous institutions such as CivicoInstituto Musicale “V. Baravalle” (Italy), Gheorghe Dima Music Academy (Romania), Xinghai Conservatory of Music (China), EwhaWomens University and Sunhwa Arts High School (South Korea), UniversitasPelitaHarapan (Indonesia), St. Paul’s College (Hong Kong), University of Denver, and many other music institutions around the world. Currently he is Assistant Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano at University of North Dakota while also holding visiting faculty positions at East China Normal University and Jiangyin Royal Piano Art in China. Previously, he has taught at DePauw University, Indiana University, Festival Internacional de Inverno da Universidade Federal de Santa Maria in Brazil, and Lamont Summer Pre-College Music Academy in Denver. While he was at Indiana University, he worked for legendary cellist/pedagogue Janos Starker as a staff accompanist. He has been an adjudicator for many national and international piano competitions in the US and Asia.
Sugiura has recorded eight CD albums for such labels as Klavier Records, Eroica Classical Recordings, and T. K. Music Productions. His performances have been featured on television and radio, broadcast nationally and internationally. Active as an editor, his editions of chamber music scores are published by Ludwig Masters Music Publications.
A native of Japan, NariakiSugiura began piano studies with his mother at age five. Under the tutelage of Michel Block and Shigeo Neriki, he received his Masters and Doctor of Music in Piano Performance degrees from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Other prominent teachers include Alicia de Larrocha, Friedrich Schurr, and Leonard Hokanson. He has won prizes at numerous competitions, including the 1999 and 2000 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition Top Prizes. He was laureate of the 1993 National Music Competition in Tokyo and of the Annual Competition of Music from Spain and Latin America in 1999.