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Drachman, Dowling return classical concert
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TRINITY – Cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Richard Dowling will be returning to Trinity for a Dec. 6 concert at the Trinity First United Methodist Church. Sponsored by the United Methodist Women, the concert will begin at 7 p.m. featuring classical masterpieces being performed by two Piatigorsky Foundation artists. For over 22 years, the Piatigorsky Foundation’s commitment to artistic excellence and public outreach has brought top performers to smaller communities throughout the nation. In February the foundation presented a tour in East Texas reaching over 1,100 people in Houston, Palestine, Crockett, Trinity, Eastland and Stephenville. The artists in that concert series were violinist Linda Rosenthal and pianist Mary Au. Drachman and Dowling were part of the East Texas tour that performed in Trinity in April 2010. Drachman, founder and artistic director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, has combined musical talent with artistic vision to create a rich and varied career. He spends much of his time performing recitals, concerti and chamber music in the United States and abroad. As artistic director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, he has become one of this country’s most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music to diverse audiences. The Foundation’s mission is to make live classical music a part of the fabric of everyday life for underserved communities throughout the United States. The organization is named for Drachman’s grandfather, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. Drachman received his BMA from The Curtis Institute of Music in 1988. In 1994, he performed with the Odessa Philharmonic in Odessa and Kiev. In 1997, at the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich, Drachman traveled to Russia to perform as soloist with the St. Petersburg Symphony under Maestro Rostropovich. In 1999, Drachman recorded his first CD, A Frog He Went a Courting, with pianist Richard Dowling. The Baltimore Sun’s Steven Wigler wrote of the recording: “Drachman possesses in abundance two qualities for which his grandfather was revered: the ability to make the cello imitate the human singing voice and, even more important, the ability to tell a story.” Following this success, Drachman and Dowling released two more recordings titled, Infinity in 2004 and Romance and Revelation in 2007. This summer, Drachman and pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion recorded works including Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in G minor Op.19 for cello and piano. This new CD will be released in December 2012. Drachman currently lives in Maryland with his wife Joan and their two sons, Eli and Oliver. Hailed by The New York Times as “an especially impressive fine young pianist,” Dowling appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime festivals, and as a guest soloist in concerto performances with orchestras. He has been acclaimed by audiences for his elegant and exciting style of playing which earns him frequent return engagements. An artist of international stature, Dowling has presented solo recitals in the Far East, Australia, Africa, and Europe. Career highlights include a sold-out New York orchestral debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, a solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, and a special award from the National Federation of Music Clubs recognizing his outstanding performances of American music. In the United States he has received nationwide attention for recitals seen on the PBS television program Debut, and heard on the NPR radio program Performance Today. In New York, Mr. Dowling has performed in Central Park with orchestra, and in recitals at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, the 92nd Street Y, Steinway Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Trinity Church, St. Bartholomew’s Church, the Metropolitan Museum, the Metropolitan Club, the Dahesh Museum, Christie’s, the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, the Brooklyn Conservatory, and Concordia College. Works of Chopin, Ravel, Gershwin, and ragtime figure prominently in his repertoire. Mr. Dowling is also a versatile recording artist with over a dozen CDs of classical, chamber, ragtime, jazz, and popular music. A native Houstonian, Dowling began his piano studies at age five and his musical talent quickly became evident. He gave his first recital at six and won prizes in many piano competitions throughout his childhood. He studied privately in high school with pianist Madge Waterston Hunt and made his orchestral debut in a Beethoven concerto performance with the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra at age eighteen. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston as a student of Ruth Tomfohrde and Abbey Simon. While at UH he received many performance and academic awards, including a full scholarship from the UH Alumni Association. As a freshman he won first prize in the annual school wide UH Concerto Competition, and as a senior was declared National Winner of the prestigious MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition at its national convention. Subsequently, he earned a master’s degree at Yale University where he was honored with the Lockwood Award for performing the best solo recital and the Simonds Award for outstanding solo and ensemble playing. In 1989 Dowling was appointed Artist-in-Residence at Lamar University in Beaumont where he held the first Walles Endowed Chair in the Performing Arts. In 1990 he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Between concert tours Mr. Dowling divides his time at homes in New York and Houston. He is a Steinway Artist and is represented by Parker Artists in New York (www.parkerartists.com). He is also owner of Dowling Music, the comprehensive store for sheet music, CDs, and musical gifts with locations in Houston (US 59 & Kirby) and New York (inside Steinway Hall on West 57th Street). Visit his websites at www.richard-dowling.com and www.dowlingmusic.com.


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