A Concert for Peace
November 12, 2023, 3:00 p.m.
Mark Peskanov, violin
William Frampton, viola
Julian Schwarz, cello
Marika Bournaki, piano
Melodies of the Moments - Cycle VII Valentin Silvestrov (1937- )
Piano Trio in B flat, D. 898 Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor. Op. 15 Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
A Concert for Peace features Ukrainian violinist Mark Peskanov and the music of Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. Music at Bunker Hill encourages patrons to support a trusted charity for the special humanitarian relief effort for the people of Ukraine.
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American virtuoso violinist and artistic visionary Mark Peskanov was born in Odessa. Peskanov sang before he could walk or talk, and soon became a star violin student at the famed Stolyarsky school. At fifteen, he emigrated to the United States, where he was immediately accepted at the Aspen Music Festival and the Juilliard School. His phenomenal facility and musicianship won him both the Aspen and Juilliard concerto competitions, bringing him to the notice of Isaac Stern and Mstislav Rostropovich and rocketing him into the top echelons of the music world. Peskanov has performed more than fifty concertos with virtually every major U.S. orchestra and in Europe, the Middle East, Australia, South America and Japan. He inaugurated Tokyo’s Suntory Hall with Yo-Yo Ma and Stern, and Weill Recital Hall with Stern, Midori and Gil Shaham. Peskanov’s major accolades include the Avery Fischer Career Grant, the first Frederick R. Mann Award, and Carnegie Hall’s first Isaac Stern Award. His delight in chamber music, his independent artistic vision, and his desire to mentor promising musicians as he had been mentored, led to Peskanov’s present role. Since 2005, he is president and artistic/executive director of Bargemusic, New York City’s floating concert hall. Under his leadership Bargemusic continues to evolve as an innovative, influential, and integral component of New York City’s cultural world.
Violist William Frampton has been praised by critics for his “impressive” performances (The New York Times) and “a glowing amber tone” (The Boston Globe). Since his New York recital debut in 2009 at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, William has enjoyed a career of performances around the world as a chamber musician, soloist, and orchestral player. Highlights include over 100 performances with a string quartet led by Midori Goto in tours of Asia and North America, appearances as guest artist with Escher Quartet and Johannes Quartet, and world premieres of chamber music by J. Mark Stambaugh and a concerto by Peter Homans. William is Principal Viola of American Symphony Orchestra, Associate Musician with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and member of Harlem Chamber Players String Quartet. He performs in the Broadway orchestras of Hamilton, Wicked, and The Lion King, and on film scores including The Joker, West Side Story, The Greatest Showman, The Girl on the Train, the Barbie Movie, and many others.William is Artistic Director of Music at Bunker Hill. He has performed at festivals including Bard Summerscape, Verbier, and IMS Prussia Cove, and as soloist with conductors including Joseph Silverstein and David Hoose. He holds degrees from New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, and studied with Kim Kashkashian, Samuel Rhodes, Choong-Jin Chang, and Byrnina Socolofsky. William teaches viola and chamber music at The College of New Jersey.
Cellist Julian Schwarz was awarded first prize at the inaugural Schoenfeld International Competition in 2013 and has since made over 200 concerto appearances in the US and abroad. Julian performs in a duo with Marika Bournaki as winners of the 2016 Boulder International Competition’s “The Art of Duo”, and is a founding member of the Frisson Ensemble.A devoted teacher, Mr. Schwarz serves as AssociateProfessor of Cello at Shenandoah Conservatory and on the artist faculty of New York University and Eastern Music Festival. He received BM and MM degrees from The Juilliard School under Joel Krosnick. A Pirastro artist, he endorses Pirastro "Perpetual" cello strings.julianschwarz.com
Named “the Celine Dion of classical” by The Huffington Post, world class Canadian pianist Marika Bournaki is known for the combination of her effervescent youth and innovative approach to her art. Her evolution into an esteemed performer was documented by Bobbi Jo Hart, from the age of 12 to 20, for the multi award-winning feature-length documentary “I Am Not A Rock Star” and was a huge success at multiple international film festivals as well as being featured on BBC Four. The film has also been seen in Greece (ERT), The Netherlands (NTS), Norway (NRK), Sweden (SVT) the United Kingdom (BBC4), Australia (SBS) and New Zealand (Sky).
Bournaki appears frequently as a soloist, as a duo with partner cellist Julian Schwarz, and is a founding member of the Mile-End Trio with Julian Schwarz and violinist Jeffrey Multer. In 2016, the Schwarz-Bournaki Duo was awarded 1st prize at the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition. Ms. Bournaki is Assistant Professor of Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va, serves on the piano faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC, is an artist in residence at the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance in Nova Scotia, and is a frequent guest artist at Bargemusic in Brooklyn where she recently presented a complete cycle of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas. She is also a member of Piano Six’s new generation, a touring ensemble that brings classical musical to remote and underserved Canadian communities, as well as the pianist for the mixed ensemble nonet “Frisson”.