October 2023 Concert

Maurice Cohn, conductor
Johnny Gandelsman, violin

Saturday October 28, 2023 at 8:00PM
Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
263 W. 86th Street, New York, NY

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About the Artists

Maurice Cohn, conductor

A two-time recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Maurice Cohn currently serves as Assistant Conductor for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest conductor with the Chicago-based contemporary ensemble Zafa Collective and is also the Assistant Conductor of the Aspen Music Festival for the 2022 season.

Recent and upcoming engagements include the Cincinnati Symphony, Utah Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Symphoria New York, and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of last season also include two world premieres, Mason Bates's Philharmonia Fantastique with the DSO, and Liza Sobel’s chamber opera I DID, DID I? with the Zafa Collective. In September 2022, Maurice was a finalist in the Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition, where he received the Orchestra Award.

Maurice spent two summers as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, where he received the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize (2019) and the Aspen Conducting Prize (2021). He recently received an M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, where he worked frequently with the Eastman orchestras and OSSIA New Music Ensemble. He holds a B.M. in cello performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a B.A. from Oberlin College, where he studied history and mathematics. When not conducting or playing cello, you can find him reading mystery novels, playing tennis, or continually searching for the best podcast app.

Johnny Gandelsman, violin

The Russian-born American violinist and producer, Johnny Gandelsman, born in Moscow and raised in Russia and Israel, comes from a family of musicians. His father Yuri is a Professor of Viola at Michigan State University, his mother Janna is a pianist, and his sister Natasha is a violinist as well. He studied at Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts in Israel (1993-1995); and at Curtis Institute of Music (1995-1999). He was recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF)'s Grant (1991-1999).

Johnny Gandelsman's musical voice reflects the artistic collaborations he has been a part of since moving to the USA in 1995. Richard Brody of The New Yorker has called him “revelatory” in concert, placing him in the company of “radically transformative” performers like Maurizio Pollini, Peter Serkin and Christian Zacharias.

As a founding member of Brooklyn Rider (since 2005) and a member of the Silkroad Ensemble (July 2002-June 2020), Johnny Gandelsman has closely worked with such luminaries as Bela Fleck, Martin Hayes, Kayhan Kalhor, Yo-Yo Ma, Mark Morris, Anne Sofie von Otter, Alim Qasimov & Fargana Qasimova, Joshua Redman, Suzanne Vega, Abigail Washburn and Damian Woetzel. He has appeared with Bono, David Byrne, Renée Fleming, Rhiannon Giddens, I'm With Her, Christian McBride, and many others.

Johnny Gandelsman integrates a wide range of creative sensibilities into a unique style amongst today's violinists, one that according to the Boston Globe, possesses "a balletic lightness of touch and a sense of whimsy and imagination". His recording of the complete J.S. Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (BWV 1001-1006), which reached #1 on the Billboard Classical Chart, and made it onto NY Magazine and The New York Times Best of the Year lists, was described by the Boston Globe as "Sparklingly personal Bach, shorn of grandeur, lofted by a spirit of dance, and as predictable as the flight of a swallow."

A passionate advocate for new music, Johnny Gandelsman has premiered dozens of new works, including music by Lisa Bielawa, Tyondai Braxton, Daniel Cords, Christina Courtin, Reena Esmail, Bela Fleck, Gabriela Lena Frank, Bill Frisell, Osvaldo Golijov, Gonzalo Grau, Ethan Iverson, Vijay Iyer, Colin Jacobsen, Gabriel Kahane, Rubin Kodheli, Angel Lam, Ljova, Dana Lyn, Nico Muhly, Padma Newsome, Shara Nova, Edward Perez, Matana Roberts, Kyle Sanna, Gregory Saunier, Caroline Shaw, Kojiro Umezaki, Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, Du Yun, Evan Ziporyn and John Zorn.

Johnny Gandelsman has been producing records since starting his label, In a Circle Records in July 2008. Recent credits include Brooklyn Rider's “Spontaneous Symbols” (In a Circle, 2017); his own recording of the complete Sonatas and Partitas for violin by J.S. Bach (In a Circle, 2018) and 2 albums with Silkroad Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma: Music for “The Vietnam War”, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (In a Circle, 2017); and “Sing Me Home”, a Grammy-award winner for Best World Music album (Sony, 2016). He currently lives in Brooklyn with his partner, Amber Star Merkens, and their two kids, Julius Ivry and Raiya Leone.