Four Seasons in Music – Meet the Artists

Meet the extraordinary musicians who will perform in the Autumn concert in the Four Seasons in Music series:

Kathryn Lockwood 2Kathryn Lockwood, Viola and Artistic Director

Kathryn has been hailed as a violist of exceptional talents in reviews around the country. The Cleveland Plain Dealer proclaimed, “…Lockwood played the vociferous viola cadenza with mahogany beauty and vivid character.” Kathryn is the violist of the internationally renowned Lark Quartet and the unique viola and percussion duo, duoJalal.  She is the Artistic Director of the Four Seasons in Music concert series at the Sands Point Preserve, Long Island, NY, now in its second year.

She moved from her homeland of Australia to the United States in 1991 and captured some of the most sought-after awards in the country, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. As a member of Lark, she recently released two CDs on Bridge records: an All Higdon CD and Composing America. With duoJalal, she released A Different World on Innova Records of which the Toronto Star wrote: “Lockwood is all slow, sensuous allure with her bowing arm one moment, a tempest of notes the next.”

As an original member of Pacifica Quartet, Kathryn has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Ravinia’s Bennett Gordon Hall, Corcoran Gallery, St. Lawrence Center, and University of Thessaloniki / Greece, and has been heard live on NPR’s Performance Today. She collaborated with violist Michael Tree on an all Dvorak CD and composer Easley Blackwood on recordings released by Cedille Records. In 2005, Kathryn released a solo recital CD of Viola Music by Inessa Zaretsky, Fireoptics, about which Strad declared “Lockwood is absolutely inside the music’s idiom finding appropriate tonal shadings.”

Kathryn is currently on faculty at University of Massachusetts/Amherst and the John Cali School of Music at Montclair State University, previously serving on the faculty at Rutgers University in NJ, Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Music Institute of Chicago, and National Music Camp in Australia. She earned her Master’s Degree with Donald McInnes at the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Music Degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Elizabeth Morgan. www.kathrynlockwood.com

YYousif Sheronickousif Sheronick, Percussion 

Hailed by the New York Times for his “dazzling improvisations” and his “wizardry on a range of humble frame drums” Yousif Sheronick enjoys an active career as percussionist, composer, producer and educator.  Having studied classical percussion through a Masters degree at Yale, Yousif went on to study music from Brazil, India, Africa and the Middle East which he seamlessly incorporates into his playing.  Yousif’s unique skills in both World and Classical music have led him to perform with a diverse range of ensembles and musicians including Philip Glass, Yo-Yo Ma, Laurie Anderson, Ethos Percussion Group, Lark Quartet, Silk Road Ensemble, Branford Marsalis, Sonny Fortune,  Glen Velez and Paul Winter. His many musical influences are highlighted in duoJalal, his venture with violist and wife Kathryn Lockwood.  A feature article in Drum! Magazine highlighted Yousif’s versatility in an article titled “At The Corner Of The World”.

Always wanting to build bridges through music, Yousif has become a major force in bringing world percussion into contemporary/classical music.  He has had the luxury of in-depth work with composers Evan Ziporyn, Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, Ljova and John Patitucci, all of whom were eager to compose for his exotic instruments.  As a composer himself, Yousif’s compositions have been premiered and performed around the world at both the collegiate and professional level.

In demand as an educator, Yousif has conducted residencies and master classes at top universitiesincluding Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Kentucky, the Queensland Conservatorium and National University in Australia.  In 2018 Yousif established his online frame drum school www.framedrumschool.org.

Yousif has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.  Prestigious venue performances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Hollywood Bowl, Royal Festival Hall (London) and Wigmore Hall (London). Yousif holds degrees from Yale University and the University of Iowa.  www.yousifsheronick.com

duoJalalduoJalal, Ensemble in Residence

Racing along with our new global society, duoJalal surprises the music world with their diverse and stunning artistry. duoJalal “are fearless seekers and synthesizers of disparate instruments and cultures” raves the Toronto Star.  Like the marriage between Kathryn Lockwood and Yousif Sheronick, their music represents an organic amalgam of cultural traditions and musical styles. Audiences are enthralled as a classically trained violist from Australia ignites her instrument with passion – one minute embodying a medieval rebec, the next a Shakuhachi (Japanese flute). Yousif, of Lebanese descent, dazzles as he manipulates sound by simply snapping his fingers at the edge of an Egyptian frame drum or dragging his foot across the Peruvian cajon. From their chamber music foundation, duoJalal moves from Classical to Klezmer, Middle Eastern to Jazz, with a skillful confluence that is natural, exploratory and passionate. Inspired by their namesake, 13th century poet Jalal a din Rumi, whose visions and words brought together people of different religions, cultures and races, duoJalal opens their doors to all communities for a diverse and stimulating inter-cultural experience.

For the past eleven years duoJalal has performed throughout the United States, Australia and Brazil regularly performing world premiers of works composed or arranged for the group by Philip Glass, Andrew Waggoner, Derek Bermel, Kenji Bunch, Evan Ziporyn and Giovanni Sollima.

Their project The Rumi Experience was premiered at the Williams Center in Easton PA and continues to intrigue audiences with the coupling of poetry, multi media and music.  duoJalal released their first CD on Innova Recordings titled A Different World. Critics hail the CD as an “exhilarating sonic and somewhat mystical experience” (Jordon Times). And their second CD on Bridge Records titled Shadow & Light.  The Toronto Star exclaimed, “If this is what the world music’s future holds, bring on the party.”

Always eager to collaborate, the duo embarks on a new venture as the ensemble in residence for the Four Seasons in Music concert series in Long Island in 2019 and 2020.  The duo collaborate with the string quartet, voice, clarinet, and dancers.

Also known for their outstanding teaching skills, duoJalal offers masterclasses and clinics for string soloists and ensembles as well as world drumming to both children and adults. Recent masterclasses were held at Manhattan School of Music, New York University and the Percussive Arts Society’s International Convention.

AUTUMN GUEST ARTISTS:

Deborah Buck - ViolinistDeborah Buck, Violin

Described by Strad Magazine as “Particularly impressive for her surpassing degree of imagination and vibrant sound,” violinist Deborah Buck has built a strong musical career as chamber musician, concertmaster, soloist, professor, and artistic leader. For seventeen years, Ms. Buck enjoyed concertizing, commissioning, and recording works by many of America’s most celebrated composers as a member of the Lark Quartet. In 2019, Ms. Buck was awarded a  Music Faculty Incentive Research Grant by the SUNY Purchase College Conservatory that facilitated two commissions: one for solo violin by John Harbison called DeBut, and another for violin and piano called Fantasia on Beethoven’s Spring Sonata by Bruce Adolphe. Ms. Buck has held the position of Assistant Professor of Violin and Head of Chamber Music at SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music since 2013. Since 2017, Ms. Buck has led the Stamford Symphony (CT) as it’s Acting Concertmaster; she was the tenured Concertmaster of the Brooklyn Philharmonic from 2008-2013. Ms. Buck is the Co-Executive Director of the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont. She graduated from the Juilliard School as a student of Dorothy DeLay and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California where she studied with Robert Lipsett. Ms. Buck performs on a violin by Vincenzo Postiglione, graciously on loan by the family of Ray and Marcia Corwin. www.deborahbuck.net

Nurit Pacht - ViolinistNurit Pacht, Violin 

Violinist Nurit Pacht was a top prize winner in international competitions including the Irving Klein International Music Competition in California and the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Switzerland. As a soloist she was featured in major world events such as the European conference for the inauguration of the Euro in Brussels and under the auspices of the European Commission and United Nations, she toured the former Yugoslavia during the cease-fire in 1996. She has collaborated with stage director Robert Wilson, choreographers such as Bill T. Jones and has worked closely with many of today’s celebrated composers. She has toured as soloist with orchestras around the world including the Houston Symphony, the Pacific Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. The Israeli Composer Noam Sheriff dedicated the violin concerto “Dibrot” to her and she performed it in Israel’s main concert venues. As a baroque violinist, she has a master’s degree from Juilliard’s Historical Performance program and is frequently a guest leader for ensembles such as Chicago’s Music of the Baroque and NY Baroque Inc. In 2015, she performed for Pope Francis on his visit to New York and gave a State Department funded recital tour of Ukraine.  In 2017 she recorded for Toccata Classics as soloist with the English Symphony Orchestra and she has also recorded for Nimbus Records.  www.nuritpacht.com

Alexis Gerlach - Cellist

Alexis Pia Gerlach, Cello

Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach has been lauded by the press for the “gripping emotion” and “powerful artistry” of her interpretations. She has appeared extensively across the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and South America, as a soloist with orchestras led by such conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, James DePreist, and Peter Oundjian, and as the founding cellist of both Trio Solisti and the string sextet Concertante. She has performed at major music festivals including Marlboro, Aspen, Casals, La Musica di Asolo, and Caramoor, and she has appeared as guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A frequent collaborator with dancers, she has performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and New York City Ballet’s principal dancer, Damian Woetzel. Gerlach has commissioned and premiered new chamber works from preeminent composers including Kevin Puts, Lowell Liebermann, Shulamit Ran, Richard Danielpour, Tigran Mansurian, and Paul Moravec.  Her numerous chamber music recordings include the Franck and Rachmaninoff Sonatas in a collaboration with pianist Fabio Bidini for the Encore Performance label.

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