Gabriel Martins, cello; Ilya Friedberg, piano - Summer Music 2017

  • July 14, 2017
  • Simon Music Center
  • Sweeney Hall, 200 S. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • 812-855-9846
  • 7:30 PM
  • Free

Summer Music 2017

Guest/Student Recital

Gabriel Martins*, guest cello
Ilya Friedberg, piano

*String Academy alumnus

Repertoire to be announced

About the Artists

Ilya Friedberg (piano)

Ilya Friedberg has been referred to as a “poet of the piano with a magical touch that can bring a fresh view on much-played pieces.” At home on the stage as both a soloist and chamber musician, Ilya is a vivid performer, composer, and conductor as well as a very active promoter of new music. A winner of multiple international competition Ilya has enjoyed collaborations with great artists such as the Pacifica Quartet, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Claude Baker, Mark Kaplan, Evelyne Brancart, Tim Noble, Carol Vaness, Uriel Segal, Eric Stumacher. He has performed worldwide in concert halls such as Small Philharmonic Hall in St.Petersburg, Carnegie Hall, and other venues across Europe and the United States. Ilya is a student of Menahem Pressler and has been his assistant for the past three years at Indiana University.


Gabriel Martins (guest cello)

Eighteen-year-old American cellist Gabriel Martins is the gold medalist of the V International David Popper Cello Competition in Hungary, the silver medalist of the VIII International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Moscow, and the bronze medalist of the 20th Sphinx Competition.

Martins has performed as soloist with ensembles such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, New Russia State Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra, New World Youth Orchestra and Fukuda Ensemble (São Paulo). He has collaborated in chamber music with artists such as Darrett Adkins, Robert Chen and Edgar Meyer. He is also the newest member of the SAKURA Cello Quintet, which has been described as “brilliant” and “superb” by the Los Angeles Times.

Martins began playing the cello when he was five, studying with Susan Moses. He grew up performing with the Indiana University String Academy Virtuosi, touring internationally and playing in packed halls at venues such as Teatro Gran Rex in Buenos Aires, and Carnegie Hall in New York. Other than his long-time mentor, Moses, he also received guidance from Richard Aaron, David Finckel, Csaba Onczay, Brinton Smith and Mimi Zweig.

Martins was a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival and School for two summers, where he participated in the Finckel-Wu Han chamber music studio and won the concerto competition.

Martins is currently in his second year of undergraduate studies at the USC Thornton School of Music, studying with legendary cellist Ralph Kirshbaum. In his freshman year at USC, Martins won both the concerto competition and the solo Bach competition.

Gabriel Martins, cello; Ilya Friedberg, piano - Summer Music 2017