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A House Concert
at the
Piano  Study Center
30 Main Street, Ashburnham,  MA

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Janusz Grzelazka, piano, Ignacy Gaydamovich, celloJanusz Grzelazka, piano
Ignacy Gaydamovich, cello

A selection of  Preludes

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Prelude in G sharp minor, Allegro, Op. 32 (1910)
Prelude in G major, Moderato, Op. 32 (1910)
Prelude in B flat major, Maestoso, Op. 23 (1901-03)
The Andante movement from the Sonata for Cello and Piano in g minor, Op. 19 (1901)Rachmaninoff
on a Blüthner to be selected from The Frederick Collection
Intermezzo for Cello and Piano (1941), from his stage music to "The Tempest" by Shakespeare 
Lukas Foss
Melody in E-flat major for cello and piano (1946)

John Woods Duke
on an Erard to be selected from The Frederick Collection
A selection of pieces

Frédéric Chopin

Waltzes No. 1 and No. 2, Op. 64
Etude in C sharp minor, Op.25 (arranged by Aaron Copland)
Introduction and Polonaise brilliante, Op. 3 (arranged by Emanuel Feuermann)
on the 1846 Streicher

About the artists...

Pianist Janusz Grzelazka studied at the Warsaw Academy of Music with Regina Smendzianka, and at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of professor Victor Merzhanov. The artist received the Honorary Diplomas at the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels, Belgium, and in Senigallia, Italy. He was the laureate of the 15th Polish pianistic Festival in Slupsk and won the Torneo di Musica - the international competition of chamber music with the piano trio Dell´Arte in Roma, Italy in 1995. Janusz Grzelazka is involved in concert activities as a soloist and chamber musician. He performed with dozens of symphonic orchestras. His concerts span France, Italy, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Great Britain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Finland, and Bulgaria. Records for the Radio and TV in Poland, France, Germany, Russia, and Finland. The repertoire of Mr. Grzelazka includes works of all the styles ranging from the 18th century to contemporary composers. Currently, he lives and works in Finland.

Cellist Ignacy Gaydamovich is an active soloist, recitalist, teacher, and a chamber musician. Born into an artistic family, he spent his formative years in Poland studying piano, cello, and composition. There he also devoted his time as a music director at the Dzien Smierci Mozarta theater, and produced a play for light and shadow after Britten's Suite No. 1. After winning several prizes at international competitions in Austria and Poland and having earned his Master of Arts in Cello Performance at The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, he moved to the United States to continue his graduate studies at Texas Christian, The Boston Conservatory (now known as the Boston Conservatory at Berklee), and the Longy School  (now known as the Longy School of Music of Bard College), leading to his Doctor of Musical Arts degree, Cello Performance, from the University of Hartford - Hartt School of Music. He has studied with Terry King, Jesús Castro-Balbi, Rhonda Rider, Andrzej Bauer and Kazimierz Michalik.
Dr. Gaydamovich performs in Europe, Lebanon, Japan, and the United States. He is a recipient of multiple awards from Austrian, American, and Polish institutions. In 2012 he gave the Albanian premiere of the Korngold Cello Concerto with the National Radio and Tv Orchestra of Albania in Tirana. As an advocate for new music, he gave the American premiere of Cellotronicum for cello and computer by Michal Talma-Sutt, commissioned and premiered a solo work by Alexander Barsov, and appeared on a crossover CD Cosmospir. He is a founding member of the Xonor Piano Trio as well as the principal cellist of the Boston Chamber Orchestra.
A passionate teacher and organizer, Dr. Gaydamovich has been a frequent guest at Music in the Mountains Conservatory in Durango, Colorado. He has given master classes at the first middle-east orchestra program in Beirut in 2015, as well as at festivals in Japan, Poland, Lithuania, and at several American colleges and schools, and is a co-founder of the Promisek Bach Workshops in Bridgewater, Connecticut. During the Fall of 2015, he served on the cello faculty at the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
In addition to performance and pedagogical work, Dr. Gaydamovich is the author of a dissertation about Alfred Schnittke’s Cello Sonata No. 1, as well as the author and publisher of a cello method, Beyond the Octave, that expands upon the work of Janos Starker, and has lectured on historically-informed performance practices relating to the classical cello repertoire. In his spare time, he likes to make arrangements and transcriptions. Thanks to Chabner Family Foundation, Dr. Gaydamovich is playing on a modern copy of an Amati "The King" 1566 cello made by Wojciech Topa. Gaydamovich plays exclusively on Presto Strings.

Because of the very limited seating available at The Piano Study Center this house concert will be by advance reservation only; admission is, as usual, your freewill donation for the support of the Study Center.

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