This March, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Music Department will host back-to-back concerts showcasing the talents of two award-winning musical acts: Capital Trio and Richard Steinbach.
The first concert featuref the Capital Trio, a chamber group comprised of pianist Duncan J. Cumming, violinist Hilary Walther Cumming and cellist Sölen Dikener. The concert took place Wednesday, March 4 at 8 p.m. on the HWS campus in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
Steinbach, an acclaimed pianist who is known internationally both as a soloist and for his collaborative work, will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. The concert will also take place in the Geneva Room.
Both the March 4 and the March 8 performances are free and open to the public.
The Capital Trio was formed 1997 for a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Brahms. Since that time, the group has performed in New England, New York, the Midwest, the South, and in Europe. They have participated in summer festivals in Maine and Michigan and held university residencies at Williams College, Long Island University, Bates College, SUNY Oswego and Clark University. Their recording, “A Book of Hours,” music of William Matthews, was released on Albany Records in 2010, and their second recording for Albany Records, music of David Walther, came out this past summer. The Capital Trio has been a chamber ensemble in residence at the University at Albany since 2008.
Throughout his career, Richard Steinbach has performed across North and South America, Europe and Asia, establishing himself as an extraordinarily versatile artist whose insightful interpretations of contemporary music have been widely acclaimed. As the grand prizewinner in the France Piano International Competition, he performed his solo debut recital at the Salle Cortot in Paris in January 1996. In June 2015, Steinbach will perform his solo debut at Carnegie Hall in New York, premiering his latest recording titled, “FUSION.” He will perform one of HWS Assistant Professor of Music Mark Olivieri’s original compositions in his Carnegie Hall debut. Steinbach is a professor of music at Briar Cliff University. He holds degrees in piano performance from the University of Colorado, the Eastman School of Music and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa.