A piano ensemble master class, performances by prize-winning musicians, and a composition workshop with award-winning composers will highlight the spring quarter’s Shpachenko & Friends Chamber Music Festival.
The festival will kick off on Monday, April 28, with a free piano ensemble master class by guest artists Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers of the Lomazov/Rackers Piano Duo. The duo won second prize in the Sixth Biennial Ellis Duo Piano Competition, which was the only piano duo competition nationally at the time, and the Steinway artists have performed internationally as well.
Maia Jasper and Marek Szpakiewicz will perform with Professor Nadia Shpachenko at a concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 29. The program includes Beethoven’s Piano Trio in D major, Op. 70., No. 1 “Ghost”; Schoenfield’s Café Music for Violin, Cello and Piano; and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49.
Jasper is a violinist in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony, and was a recipient of the Master’s Prize in Music Performance from Yale University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree with honors in musicology. She is also co-artistic director of the Salastina Music Society, which presents chamber music performances throughout Southern California, and has a master’s degree from the Thornton School of Music at USC.
Szpakiewicz is a Polish-born cellist who teaches cello and chamber music at Azusa Pacific University. He won the 16th Mu Phi Epsilon International Competition and earned his doctorate at the Thornton School.
The two musicians will hold a free chamber music master class on Thursday, May 1.
The festival will conclude with a free workshop on Monday, May 5, with composers Adam Schoenberg, James Matheson and Tom Flaherty.
A Juilliard graduate, Schoenberg teaches composition, orchestration and theory at UCLA and has received commissions from the Aspen Music Festival and School, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Lexington Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Matheson is director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Composer Fellowship Program and is artistic director of Neighborhood Classics at P.S. 142, a concert series that raises money through classical music concerts in the community for one of New York’s most underserved schools.
Flaherty is a cellist and the John P. and Magdalena R. Dexter Professor of Music at Pomona College. He has received grants, prizes, awards and residencies from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Music Center, the Pasadena Arts Council and USC.
All events will be held in the Music Recital Hall. The master classes are free and begin at 12:30 p.m. Tickets to the concert are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. They are available at https://csupomona.tix.com or through the music department’s publicity office at Building 24, room 188.