Artists announced for Mimir Chamber Music Festival's 19th seasonMarch 19th 2016
FORT WORTH, Texas - Mimir Chamber Music Festival is proud to announce a distinguished lineup of eight guest artists for its 19th season, June 27-July 8, 2016, which includes some familiar faces and a newcomer. Performances will be held at PepsiCo Recital Hall on the campus of Texas Christian University, with a Sunday matinee concert at the Kimbell Art Museum's Renzo Piano Pavilion.
Mimir is nationally recognized as one of the leading summer classical music concert series and teaching workshops, and it annually presents some of the finest chamber music performances in the region. It has been included in annual "Top 10 Musical Events of the Year" listings in The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and TheaterJones.com, and has been mentioned in The New York Times and Travel & Leisure magazine as a "hot spot" for classical music.
Mimir Artists Concerts are: June 30, July 1, July 3, July 5, and July 8. All concerts are held at TCU's PepsiCo Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. except for the July 3 performance, which will be 2 p.m. at the Renzo Piano Pavilion. Individual tickets are $30; $25 for seniors and students; and $120 for the concert series.
This year's guest artists:
Alessio Bax (piano) is an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, and was first prize-winner of the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Pianoforte Competitions. He is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two and has performed with more than 70 orchestras, and many of today's most esteemed conductors, worldwide. He has recorded on Warner Classics and Signum records. He is currently on the teaching faculty of Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Carol Cook (viola) is making her Mimir debut. She is the newly appointed principal violist of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra and has appeared as guest principal violist with numerous international orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she performs regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Rembrandt Chamber Players in Chicago.
Joan DerHovsepian (viola) returns for her second year to Mimir. She is Associate Principal Viola of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, and is an Artist Teacher of Viola at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. She spends her summers in Wyoming performing with the Grand Teton Music Festival and in Wisconsin as Principal Viola of the Peninsula Music Festival.
Jun Iwasaki (violin) serves as concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony following his appointment in 2011. He previously served as concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony (2007) and the Canton Symphony Orchestra (2005-2007). A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music's prestigious Concertmaster Academy, he has been hailed for his combination of dazzling technique and lyrical musicianship.
John Novacek (piano) is a Grammy-nominated musician who regularly tours the world as a solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. He has recorded more than 30 CDs. He much sought-after as a collaborative artist and has performed with Joshua Bell, Matt Haimovitz, Leila Josefowicz, Cho-Liang Lin, Yo-Yo Ma, Truls Mork, Elmar Oliveira and Emmanuel Pahud.
Stephen Rose (violin) is principal second violin of The Cleveland Orchestra and serves on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is a featured artist in festivals world-wide. Along with Taylor and DerHovsepian, he was a founding member of the award-winning Everest String Quartet.
Brant Taylor (cello) is a member of the Chicago Symphony, and appears as a guest soloist with orchestras and music festivals around the world. His varied career also has included appearances with Pink Martini on the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and The Late Show with David Letterman. He serves on the faculty of the DePaul University School of Music.
Curt Thompson (violin) is the founding director of Mimir and is Head of Strings at the University of Melbourne Conservatory of Music. He served as associate professor of violin at the TCU School of Music from 1997-2012. He has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician on five continents, and has appeared as concertmaster of numerous orchestras, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Spoleto (Italy) Festival Orchestra.