Atar Arad, viola; Chih-Yi Chen, piano
Summer Music 2019
Atar Arad, viola
Chih-Yi Chen, piano
J. S. Bach/Arad: Chromatic Fantasia in D Minor, BWV 903/i
J. S. Bach: Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1029
Britten: Lachrymae – Reflections on a Song of Dowland,
Op. 48 (1950/70)
Arad: Selections from “12 Caprices for viola” (2013)
Hindemith: Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 11 No. 4 (1919)
About the Artist
Israeli-born violist and composer Atar Arad is professor of music (viola) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His summer activities include teaching and performing at Keshet Eilon (Israel), Domaine Forget (Canada), Heifetz Institute (Caramoor), Norfolk Chamber Music, and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute (where he has served as faculty since 1991). A cum laude First Prize winner at the Geneva International Music Competition (1972), Arad has performed worldwide in recitals and as a soloist with major orchestras and, for seven years, as a member of the celebrated Cleveland Quartet. His recordings with the quartet and as a soloist for such labels as Teldec, Telarc, RCA, and RIAX are widely acclaimed. His performance of Paganini’s Sonata per la Grand’ Viola e Orchestra in particular is considered by many a landmark in the history of the viola. A late-blooming composer, Arad’s compositions include a sonata for viola solo, two string quartets, a viola concerto (which he premiered in Bloomington, Brussels, and Stockholm), and more. Tikvahfor viola solo was commissioned for the 2008 Munich International Viola Competition by ARD. Listen (Three Poems by W. S. Merwin) for tenor, clarinet, viola, cello, and bass was written for the International Musicians Seminar’s concert tour in England with singer Mark Padmore. Epitaph for cello and string orchestra was written for cellist Gary Hoffman, who premiered it in Kronberg, Germany, with the Kremerata Baltica Orchestra (Arad performed the viola version at the International Viola Congress in Rochester, New York). Arad performed and presented his 12 Caprices for Viola on concert tours of the United States, Canada, Israel, England, Germany, France, Spain, and Portugal. Recent performances include the Primrose Memorial Concert at Brigham Young University and a recital in Toronto as the Lorand Fenyves Distinguished Visitor. Arad’s Tikvah, as well as his set of caprices,are published by Hofmeister Musikverlag, Leipzig. In June 2018, the American Viola Society presented Arad with its Career Achievement Award. More information and some of his essays, published by Strad and Strings, may be found at www.AtarArad.com.
Pianist Chih-Yi Chen’s versatile qualities as a collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and soloist have distinguished her as a rarity amongst pianists. Her work with the talented young violinists of the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi directed by Mimi Zweig, garnered her recognition as a specialist in violin repertoire, and she has since become a sought-after collaborative pianist. Since 2003, she has been performing with International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Laureates on the annual Laureate Series and on tour. She was also one of the official pianists for the 9th Quadrennial Competition. Among the many notable musicians with whom she has collaborated are Noah Bendix-Balgley, Jaime Laredo, Barnabás Kelemen, Mihaela Martin, Augustin Hadelich, Atar Arad, Sharon Robinson, Peter Stumpf, James Campbell, Howard Klug, William Ludwig, and the Michelangelo, Pacifica, Rubens, and Verona string quartets. Solo appearances have included Mozart’s Concerto in C Major, K.467, with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Stephen Paulus’ Concerto for Piano and Winds with the IU Wind Ensemble and a concert with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra under conductor Irwin Hoffman. Born in Taipei, Chen earned her Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Music degrees from Indiana University, where she studied with Lev Vlasenko and Luba Edlina-Dubinsky. Chen is on the faculty of the IU Jacobs School of Music where she teaches collaborative piano. She is also a faculty member for the IU Summer String Academy.