Festival Chamber Players
Summer Music 2019
Faculty/Guest Chamber Music Recital
Festival Chamber Players
Aram Arakelyan, piano
Ching-Yi Lin, violin
Grigory Kalinovsky, violin
Howard Klug, clarinet
Gulrukh Shakirova, piano
Poulenc: Sonata for violin and piano (1943/49)
Weinberg: Sonata No. 5 for violin and piano, Op. 53 (1953)
Schoenfield: Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano (1990)
About the Artists
Armenian pianist Aram Arakelyan performs as a collaborator throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He wears many hats, from collaborative partner to chamber musician, to orchestral and choral keyboardist, arranger, ballet class pianist, and even graphic designer. He was a pianist for the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition and the 2015 International Horn Symposium. He also has been on staff at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York. He has been one of the primary pianists in the viola studio of Donald McInnes. For the past three years, Arakelyan was the pianist, under the direction of Jo-Michael Scheibe, for the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton Chamber Singers, with which he performed at the 10thWorld Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, Korea, and the 12th China International Chorus Festival in Beijing, China. He earned degrees from the University of Utah, University of Texas at Austin, and USC. His mentors include Susan Duehlmeier, Anne Epperson, Norman Krieger, and Alan Smith. Arakelyan is lecturer in Chamber Music and Collaborative Piano at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Hailed by critics as a “superior poet” (Vancouver Sun) and praised for his “heart and indomitable will” (Gramophone), Grigory Kalinovsky has performed at some of the world’s major venues, from all three stages of Carnegie Hall in New York to Musikhalle Grosser Saal in Hamburg. As a recitalist and avid chamber musician, he has performed at numerous concert series and festivals, collaborating with such renowned musicians as Pinchas Zukerman, Shmuel Ashkeniasi, Ralph Kirshbaum, Miriam Fried, Dora Schwarzberg, and Paul Coletti, among others. A devoted educator, Kalinovsky is professor of violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he holds a Starling Professorship. He has taught at many summer festivals, including Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artists Program in Canada, Heifetz Institute in Virginia, Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine, Summit Music Festival in New York, Il Violino Magico in Italy, and Manhattan in the Mountains in New York, where he was also one of the founding artistic directors. He has presented master classes at major conservatories across United States, Europe, and Asia. Kalinovsky’s recording with pianist Tatiana Goncharova featuring Shostakovich’s Violin Sonata and Twenty-Four Preludes released by Centaur was hailed by the composer's son, conductor Maxim Shostakovich, as “a must-have for any Shostakovich music connoisseur.” The duo’s recording of complete Weinberg Sonatas for violin and piano was released by Naxos in March 2017. Kalinovsky started his music education with Tatiana Liberova in his native St. Petersburg, Russia. After coming to New York, he continued his studies with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec at Manhattan School of Music, where he served as a faculty member shortly after graduating and until his move to Indiana University.
Howard Klug is a chamber musician, soloist, and clinician who has performed throughout the United States, Great Britain, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, Venezuela, China, and Israel. He plays flute and clarinet, and was a saxophone soloist as member of the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. Klug was principal clarinet with the Fresno Philharmonic, Bear Valley Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and is a former member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony. Klug’s chamber music affiliations have included the Illinois Trio, the Illinois Woodwind Quintet, the Chicago Ensemble, Trio Indiana, and fourté.
Violinist Ching-Yi Lin’s recent performances and master classes have taken her to the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Norway, the Shenyang and Xi’an Conservatories in China, Northwestern University, Louisiana State University, and the University of British Columbia. She’s also performed in New York on the Museum of Modern Art’s Summer Garden Series and in Taiwan at the National Concert Hall in Taipei. Her new album on MSR Classics features sonatas for violin and piano by Ives, Bolcom, and Corigliano. In reviewing the album, Gramophone noted the “panache and warmth” of Lin’s playing and described the interpretations as “a series of tender, lively, and challenging conversations.” A dedicated and creative teacher, Lin is associate professor at Western Kentucky University (WKU) and also serves on the faculty at the Summer String Academy at the IU Jacobs School of Music and the WKU Summer String Institute. Previously, she served on the faculty of the Sommersymfoni i Kristiansand in Norway. As a board member for the Daraja Music Initiative, a non-profit organization in Moshi, Tanzania, Lin initiated a beginning strings program for students of the Majengo Primary School in 2016. Over 60 string instruments were donated from across the United States for this endeavor. The program offers college music majors an opportunity to teach, inspire, and make an impact in a global classroom setting. In 2013, Lin was presented with the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service in Washington, D.C., recognizing her work in bringing music into the lives of young people throughout her community. And in 2017, Ching-Yi received a WKU Sisterhood grant to direct student teachers and volunteers in teaching the violin to refugee children in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Lin earned her B.M., M.M., and D.M. degrees in Violin Performance at the Jacobs School, and undertook additional studies at the Vienna Conservatory (2001-03). Her principal teachers include Mauricio Fuks, Boris Kuschnir, Fredell Lack, and Nelli Shkolnikova. She plays on a violin made in 1863 by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.
Pianist Gulrukh Shakirova won the Republican Piano Competition in Uzbekistan, and is a top prizewinner of international piano competitions such as the Wideman (U.S.A.), Nikolai Rubinstein (France) and International Piano Competition (Almaty, Kazakhstan). She received the Presidential State Scholarship for Culture and Art in Uzbekistan, and the Certificate of Achievement from Kansas City’s International Relations Council for fostering international understanding between Uzbekistan and the United States. Shakirova has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Uzbekistan and the United States. In Uzbekistan she soloed with the National Philharmonic Orchestra. As a winner of the Mozart Piano Concerto Competition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, she performed with the Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Effron. Shakirova had the honor of playing a solo recital prior to Menahem Pressler’s concert at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit. She was an Artist Fellow of the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival. She also performed with violinist Alexander Kerr and cellist Eric Kim in the IU Starling Chamber Players Series. Her other performances have been featured at such venues as the Portland Piano International Summer Festival, the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, and the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington, D.C., among others. Shakirova was invited to the Anchorage Chamber Music festival as faculty and guest artist. She was an associate instructor of piano at the Jacobs School. She has also worked as a pianist and coach at the IU String Academy. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan Shakirova earned her master’s degree in piano performance from the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan, as well as a Master of Music with Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University. Shakirova earned an Artist Diploma at the IU Jacobs School of Music, and presently, is completing her doctorate in piano performance under the tutelage of Menahem Pressler.