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American Cellist Dane Johansen Makes His Weill Recital Hall Debut Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 8 PM

November 16, 2012 | By Gloria Gottschalk
Media Relations Manager
Cellist and Juilliard alumnus Dane Johansen, a native of Fairbanks, Alaska, has been selected to make his Weill Recital Hall debut on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 8 PM in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Juilliard’s inaugural Leo Ruiz Memorial Recital is made possible by Artists International L. Ruiz Memorial Fund. Mr. Ruiz was founder and executive director of Artists International Presentations, Inc., a nonprofit organization that promoted gifted artists from all over the world. A generous bequest from his estate is now making it possible for Juilliard to award one young artist each year with a debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Dane Johansen is the first recipient of the award. Mr. Johansen is joined by Juilliard String Quartet first violinist Joseph Lin and pianist Steven Beck, an alumnus of Juilliard. Mr. Beck replaces Adam Golka, who was originally scheduled to perform on this recital.

Mr. Johansen submitted this program of French and American music with his proposal for a New York debut recital in Weill Recital Hall. He says: “The idea was to design a program that would be something of an artistic self-portrait, so having completed studies in Paris and New York City, I decided to focus on French and American music.”

The program features Elliott Carter’s Cello Sonata (1948); Maurice Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello in C Major (1920-22) with Joseph Lin; Henri Dutilleux’s Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher (1976-82) for solo cello; Juilliard alumnus and pianist/composer Michael Brown’s Five A.M. (after Allen Ginsberg) (2009); and Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 143 (1940-48).

Very limited FREE tickets available at the Weill Recital Hall Box Office at 154 West 57th Street at 7 PM on the day of the concert. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

Composer Michael Brown based his Five A.M. (after Allen Ginsberg) on a poem of the same name by Ginsberg. “For me,” Mr. Brown says, “the poem captures the fleeting thoughts of early morning restlessness. The work is in two contrasting sections (slow-fast) played without a pause. The music quickly spreads the emotional gamut with fast shifts in character and dramatic mood swings. With Five A.M., I do not attempt to match up the poem word-for-word with the music, but rather give the idea of its essence as I perceive it.” Composed in 2009, the piece is dedicated to cellists Nicholas Canellakis and Gal Nyska, and received its world premiere in Paul Hall at Juilliard on May 9, 2009 with cellist Gal Nyska and Michael Brown, piano.

American cellist Dane Johansen performs extensively throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, and as a member of the Escher String Quartet. Praised for his “brave virtuosity” and “staggering aplomb” by The New York Times and New York magazine, he debuted at Lincoln Center performing Elliott Carter’s Cello Concerto, conducted by James Levine, in celebration of the composer’s centennial. As cellist for the Escher String Quartet, he records on the Naxos and BIS labels with quartet cycles of Mendelssohn and Zemlinsky scheduled for release in 2013. The Quartet is in residence with BBC Radio 3 in London as New Generation Artists and in New York as artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This past season included tours of China and the U.K., performances at the Louvre, Shriver Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall, and collaborations with Pinchas Zukerman, David Shifrin, Sasha Cooke, and Jason Vieaux. Mr. Johansen has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and recently appeared at the City of London Festival, the Harrogate International Festival, and the Cheltenham Music Festival. Mr. Johansen is a native of Fairbanks, Alaska. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris, and at Juilliard, where he earned his Artist Diploma. His mentors include Joel Krosnick, Bernard Greenhouse, David Soyer, Richard Aaron, and the Emerson String Quartet. Mr. Johansen is a faculty assistant to Joel Krosnick and teaches in Juilliard’s Pre-College Division. He plays on a cello made for him by Stefan Valcuha in 2011.

American pianist Steven Beck made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble (under David Robertson). Other orchestras with which he has appeared include the New Juilliard Ensemble, Sequitur, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Virginia Symphony. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Steinway Hall, Tonic, and Barbes, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC. Summer appearances have been at the Aspen Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, the Greenwich Music Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, the Wellesley Composers’ Conference, and the Walden School. He is an artist presenter and regular performer at Bargemusic (where he has recently performed all of the Beethoven piano sonatas), and has performed as a musician with the New York City Ballet, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and the Christopher Caines Dance Company. As an orchestral player, he has appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Riverside Symphony. Mr. Beck has worked with the late Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux, and George Perle, has premiered works by Charles Wuorinen and Louis Karchin, and has performed with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Manhattan String Quartet, the Pacifica String Quartet, the Metropolis Ensemble, New York Philomusica, and the New York New Music Ensemble, among others. Mr. Beck is a member of the Knights, counter)induction, Talea Ensemble, Pleasure is the Law, and the new music ensemble, Future in Reverse (FIRE). He is a graduate of Juilliard, where his teachers were Seymour Lipkin, Peter Serkin, and Bruce Brubaker.

Violinist Joseph Lin’s performances this past year have taken him to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, the Oriental Art Center in Shanghai, the National Grand Theatre in Beijing, Kioi Hall in Tokyo, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center. He has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Sapporo Symphony, the Taiwan National Symphony, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Ukraine National Philharmonic. His regular festival appearances include Marlboro, Ravinia, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and the Tucson Music Festival. Mr. Lin was a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, winner of the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. In 2011, he joined the renowned Juilliard String Quartet as the ensemble’s new first violinist. Along with the Quartet’s extensive performing schedule, Mr. Lin teaches violin and chamber music as a faculty member of The Juilliard School.

PROGRAM LISTING:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 8 PM, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall Debut by Cellist Dane Johansen Juilliard’s Inaugural Leo Ruiz Memorial Recital Steven Beck, piano Joseph Lin, violin

American cellist Dane Johansen gives Juilliard’s inaugural Leo Ruiz Memorial Recital.

ELLIOTT CARTER Cello Sonata (1948) MAURICE RAVEL Sonata for Violin and Cello in C Major (1920-22) HENRI DUTILLEUX Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher for solo cello (1976-82) MICHAEL BROWN Five A.M. (after Allen Ginsberg) (2009) FRANCIS POULENC Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 143 (1940-48)

Very limited FREE tickets available on the day of the concert beginning at 7 PM. Standby admission is not available for this concert. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu. # # #

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