Stefan Jackiw, violin | Danny Koo, violin | Gilad Karni, viola | Allison Eldredge, cello | Andy Milne, piano | Kevin Ahfat, piano
This world-class group of artists will perform works of Bruch and arrangements of musicals for cello and piano in an intimate, casual setting of small tables and hi-tops on the third floor.
PRUTSMAN (arr): Four Songs for cello
“I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady
“On My Own” from Les Miserable
“Shall We Dance” from The King and I
“Where Is It Written” from Yentl
STEFAN JACKIW, violin
Violinist Stefan Jackiw is recognized as one of his generation’s most significant artists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Hailed for playing of “uncommon musical substance” that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe), Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others. As a chamber musician, he is also a member of the JCT Trio that is making a mark on the classical music scene. His teachers have included Zinaida Gilels, Michèle Auclair, and Donald Weilerstein. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and is the recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
“Talent that’s off the scale” Washington Post
DANNY KOO, violin
Described as “unstinting in energetic projection every step of the way” (Calgary Herald), violinist Danny Koo has carved out a distinctive professional profile as a chamber musician, soloist, and recitalist in appearances throughout the world. An outgoing personality, Danny has been profiled on Korean television and in print media, including Marie Claire Korea and Scene Playbill Magazine. Most recently, Danny shared at two TEDxBeaconStreet conferences. He currently leads Toronto’s Academy Chamber Orchestra alongside Barry Shiffman at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he is a Rebanks Fellow. In Korea, he has partnered with ‘Pinkfong’ (creators of Baby Shark) to educate and excite the youngest generation of our world about classical music. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory. He plays on a violin made in Naples by Vincenzo Postiglione in 1901.
GILAD KARNI, viola
Violist Gilad Karni has been praised throughout the world for his tone and interpretation. His technique and musicality have earned him countless honors, from first prizes at competitions to leadership roles in some of the world’s finest orchestras. Equally at home in orchestral and solo or chamber music settings, Karni can be heard on concert stages around the globe in a range of repertoire, as well as on recordings. He is currently Principal Violist of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, a post he was appointed to in 2004, and prior to that, he was Principal Viola for two years at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
ALLISON ELDREDGE, cello
Currently serving on the faculty of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, cellist Allison Eldredge rose to the attention of classical music audiences when she was invited to perform the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Chicago Symphony by Music Director Daniel Barenboim. The Chicago Tribune heralded Allison Eldredge as “a cellist afraid of nothing.” In 1989, she was awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant and Musical America’s “Young Artist of the Year” Award and has since been performing in the world’s leading concert halls. Additionally, in 2012, she founded the Foulger International Music Festival.
Andy Milne, piano
A fearless, versatile explorer, pianist/composer Andy Milne has been a distinct and respected voice at the heart of New York’s creative jazz scene for over 20 years, collaborating with dancers, visual artists, poets and musicians spanning jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music. At the piano he skillfully blends poetic gravitas with a playful sense of order. A former student of Oscar Peterson, Milne was at the center of the M-BASE Collective as a core member of saxophonist Steve Coleman’s bands, as well as performing with Cassandra Wilson and Greg Osby. In addition to his multiple projects, Milne is a sought after educator, balancing teaching positions at The New School, New York University, Columbia University and is the Assistant-Director at The School for Improvisational Music.
KEVIN AHFAT, piano
An acclaimed pianist who “leaves no question about his riveting presentation and technical finesse” (Seattle Times), Kevin Ahfat has made a name for himself as both a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America. Ahfat completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Juilliard School in New York under the tutelage of Mr. Joseph Kalichstein and Mr. Stephen Hough, where he also served as a Keyboard Teaching Fellow. Beginning in the fall of 2018, he began the prestigious Rebanks Family Fellowship & International Performance Residency at the Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto.