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Inaugural Strings & Piano Festival Launches In Miami Celebrating Legacy Of Violinist Josef Gingold, Primary Exponent Of “Golden Age” Of Violin

June 11, 2019 | By Jonathan Eifert
  • The Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami is a newly-launched classical music festival with an emphasis on strings and piano chamber music. The concerts and educational programs—open to the public—take place on the Miami Shores campus of Barry University.
  •  Josef Gingold’s principal exponent, Cuban-born violinist Andrés Cárdenes, is the festival’s Music Director. The festival is co-founded by two veteran arts administrators, Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios and Robert H. Smith, Jr., both of Miami, FL. Gary Levinson is General Manager and Michael Klotz is Musical Advisor.
  •  July 7-28, 2019: 55 students from around the world will descend on Miami for intensive study with 18 faculty members from top conservatories (such as Juilliard, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Colburn School, and St. Petersburg Conservatory, among others) and orchestras (such as New York Philharmonic, Dallas and Pittsburgh Symphonies, among others).
  •  Public concerts occur during the three-week festival featuring violinist Andrés Cárdenes, pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine, cellist Andrés Diaz, violist Paul Coletti, and other prestigious artists.


MIAMI, FLThe Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami announces the inaugural season of world-class concerts and intensive educational initiatives celebrating the legacy of violinist Josef Gingold—the primary exponent of the “Golden Age” of violin—on the Miami Shores campus of Barry University, July 7-28, 2019.

Josef Gingold’s principal exponent, Cuban-born violinist Andrés Cárdenes, leads the festival as Music Director.

Fifty-five students from around the world descend on Miami for intensive study with 18 faculty members from top conservatories (such as Juilliard, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Colburn School, and St. Petersburg Conservatory, among others) and orchestras (such as New York Philharmonic, Dallas and Pittsburgh Symphonies, among others).

Public concerts occur during the 2019 festival featuring violinists Andrés Cárdenes and Gary Levinson, pianists Alexandre Moutouzkine and Alon Goldstein, cellists Andrés Diaz and Anne Martindale Williams, violists Paul Coletti and Michael Klotz, and other prestigious artists. This is a unique opportunity in Miami to hear some of the world’s foremost classical musicians in an intimate setting this summer.

Further, the three-week educational program offers master classes, career management symposia, and lectures on musical and industry topics. The festival focuses on both solo and chamber repertoire for strings and piano.

The Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami upholds the belief in mentoring the next generation of performers in the culturally diverse and vibrant city of Miami. It aims to spread knowledge, interest, and appreciation in classical music across Miami-Dade County. The festival is co-founded by two veteran arts administrators, Dr. Giselle Elgarresta Rios and Robert H. Smith, Jr., both of Miami, FL.

Varied concert programming—open to the public—features string quartets, string trios, piano quintets, solo piano as well as works for strings with piano.



All concerts take place at Cor Jesu Chapel, Barry University (11300 NE 2nd Ave.) unless otherwise noted.

 Access full programs for faculty concerts at end of press release.

Tuesday, July 9, 7:30 PM (Opening Concert): Andrés Cárdenes and Friends

Music of Dvorák, Rachmaninov, Brahms

Yuriy Bekker, violin
Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Wendy Chen, piano
Paul Coletti, violin/viola
Andrés Diaz, cello
Gary Levinson, violin

Friday, July 12, 7:30 PM: Slavic Journeys (Faculty Concert)

Music of Dohnanyi, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky

Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Wendy Chen, piano
Paul Coletti, viola
Andrés Diaz, cello
Alon Goldstein, piano

Saturday, July 13, 7:30 PM: Early and Late Bloomers – Gingold Festival Virtuosi

Program TBA

Friday, July 19, 7:30 PM: A Musicale in Budapest (Faculty Concert)

Music of Kodaly, Schubert, Brahms

Yuriy Bekker, violin
Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Katharina Kang, viola
Gary Levinson, violin
Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano
Anne Martindale Williams, cello
Jerry Wong, piano

*Saturday, July 20, 7:30 PM: Romantic Gems of the Repertoire – Gingold Festival Virtuosi

Program TBA

(*This concert is in partnership with Martha/Mary Yamaha Concerts and located at La Merced Chapel, Colonial Florida Cultural Heritage Center, 3220 NW 7th Ave.)

Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 PM: Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano (Faculty Concert)

Program TBA

Friday, July 26, 7:30 PM: All Roads Lead to Vienna (Faculty Concert)

Music of Schumann, Mozart, Mendelssohn

Michael Klotz, viola
Gary Levinson, violin
Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano
Irina Muresanu, violin
David Russell, violin
Bion Tsang, cello

Saturday, July 27, 8:00 PM: Effervescence in Music – Gingold Festival Virtuosi

Program TBA



Gato Gallery, Barry University
11300 NE 2nd Ave.

All concerts begin at 7:30 PM

  • Thursday, July 11
  • Thursday, July 18
  • Thursday, July 25

Further updates will be announced on the festival’s Facebook page as the season progresses.

For further information please call (305) 604-7950 or visit the official website



The Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival of Miami celebrates the transformative power of music through a rigorous three-week study, combined with imaginative performances to elevate and inspire both the participants and audiences throughout their three-week journey.

There are two programs of study: strings and piano. The Solo and Chamber Music Studies program offers the advanced instrumentalist and ensembles a unique opportunity of performance and study with some of the world’s leading pedagogues and performing artists. The program provides daily ensemble coaching, private lessons, studio classes, weekly forums on diverse musical and non-musical topics. The Piano Studies program at the Josef Gingold Chamber Music Festival is an in-depth and intensive study for solo and collaborative pianists. The program is designed for exceptionally talented young artists who desire a supportive, yet challenging environment. Young artists in both programs have numerous performance opportunities through bi-weekly studio classes, young artist recitals, and master classes as well as opportunities to hear the artist faculty in weekly public recitals.

The cornerstone of Josef Gingold’s philosophy emphasizes passionate commitment to music and humanity. Authentic performance practices are embodied by the art of Josef Gingold, one of the primary exponents of the Golden Age of music and violin playing. Miami’s vibrant arts scene and culturally diverse community is the natural partner for this transformative experience.


Jonathan Eifert, Founder

Jonathan Eifert Public Relations | | 347.741.1913
New York, NY



Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad of talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. A ferocious, passionate and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling solo violin, conducting, viola, chamber music, concertmaster and recorded performances. Since capturing the Second Prize in the 1982 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition in Moscow, Mr. Cárdenes has appeared as soloist with over one hundred orchestras on four continents

The year 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of Mr. Cárdenes’s renowned teaching and pedagogical career, which began as an assistant to his teacher and mentor Josef Gingold at Indiana University. Today, Mr. Cárdenes continues Professor Gingold’s legacy, as a proponent of the Franco-Belgian School of Violin Playing. He traces his musical lineage to Eugéne Ysaÿe and as far back as Corelli. Read More


Gary Levinson enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, chamber musician and a pedagogue. In 2013 he accepted the prestigious post of Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth. Praised for his intense musicality and adroit technique by American and European critics, he has served as the Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony since 2002. He was chosen by Zubin Mehta to join the New York Philharmonic before the completion of his undergraduate degree from the Juilliard School in 1988. Mr. Levinson then made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in 1991, under the baton of Erich Leinsdorf, coinciding with the completion of his Master’s of Music degree at The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Dorothy DeLay, Glenn Dicterow and Felix Galimir. Read More


Yuriy Bekker, critically-acclaimed violinist and conductor, has led the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as Concertmaster since 2007 and was named its Principal Pops Conductor in 2016. Bekker served as the orchestra’s Acting Artistic Director from 2010-2014 and Director of Chamber Orchestra from 2014-2015, playing a major role in the orchestra’s successful resurgence. Read More


Wendy Chen debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 15 under conductor André Previn. She won First Prize in the National Chopin Competition, the Young Concert Artists auditions, was an inaugural recipient of the Gilmore Young Artists Award, and was named a Presidential Scholar by the National Foundation for the Arts.  Ms. Chen is one of the most sought after pianists and chamber musicians, performing on many of the world’s most prestigious concert stages. Read More


Born 1959 in Edinburgh to an Italian family, Mr. Coletti began viola lessons when he was 8 years old and at 18 became a student of Alberto Lysy and Yehudi Menuhin at the International Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland. At age 24 he returned to the Menuhin Academy as professor of viola and chamber music. During his years as a student, Mr. Coletti performed in over 100 concerts as a soloist with Alberto Lysy throughout Europe, North and South America; on CD and in concert with Lord Menuhin at La Salle Pleyel, Paris and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall; and in Berlin in Bartók’s viola concerto broadcast live on Eurovision TV. Read More


Since winning the First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition, Mr. Diaz has exhilarated both critics and audiences with his intense and charismatic performances. He has earned exceptional reviews for his “strongly personal interpretive vision” (The New York Times) and his “bold and imaginative” playing (The Boston Globe) and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant as well as a generous grant from the Susan W. Rose Fund for Music in 1998. Andres Diaz’s numerous orchestral appearances have included return engagements with the Atlanta Symphony under the late conductor Robert Shaw; performances with the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall, the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, Seattle, Rochester under Christopher Seaman, the Boston Pops and Esplanade Orchestras, the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival with Edo de Waart conducting, and the National Symphony Orchestra. Among the highlights of Mr. Diaz’s recent seasons are tours of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Hawaii, and Canada performing in recital and with orchestra; appearances in Chile, Venezuela, Argentina, the Dominican Republic; a series of concerts in the Soviet Union where he performed as soloist with Russia’s Saratov Symphony in the cities of Saratov and Moscow; and a tour of the major cities in New Zealand with the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra. Read More


Alon Goldstein is one of the most original and sensitive pianists of his generation, admired for his musical intelligence, dynamic personality, artistic vision and innovative programming. He has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the San Francisco, Baltimore, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, Toronto and Vancouver symphonies as well as the Israel Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Los Angeles and Radio France Orchestra. He played under the baton of such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Jurowski, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Peter Oundjian, Yoel Levi, Yoav Talmi, Leon Fleisher and others. Read More


As violinist, Katharina Kang has performed with leading orchestras in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Moscow, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Alie Oper Frankfurt, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Historic Concert Hall Wuppertal, Grieg Hall in Bergen, Baltimore Symphony Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonic Halls in Essen, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich, New York, Washington DC, Cleveland and Tel Aviv. She is a regular guest at Summer Festivals of international renown. Read More


Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Michael Klotz has established an international reputation as a performer and pedagogue on the viola. Klotz has performed as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout the world on important concert series and major festivals in the US, Canada, England, Spain Belgium, Israel, Mexico, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Michael Klotz joined the internationally acclaimed Amernet String Quartet, Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami, in 2002 and has performed and recorded with the ensemble worldwide. Read More


Praised by critics as “a diva of the piano” (The Salt Lake City Tribune), “a mesmerizing risk-taker” (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland), and “simply spectacular” (Chicago International Music Foundation) Ukrainian-American pianist Marina Lomazov has established herself as one of the most passionate and charismatic performers on the concert scene today. Following prizes in the Cleveland International Piano Competition, William Kapell International Piano Competition, Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and Hilton Head International Piano Competition, Ms. Lomazov has given performances throughout North America, South America, China, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Russia, Japan and in nearly all of the fifty states in the U.S. Read More


The Dallas Morning News wrote of a performance by Russian-American pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine that he “played Brahms’ Op. 117 Intermezzi more beautifully, more movingly, than I’ve ever heard them. At once sad, tender and noble, this was playing of heart-stopping intimacy and elegance.” Mr. Moutouzkine has toured throughout Germany, France, Spain, Russia, Italy, and North and South America, as well as in China and Japan. In recent seasons, he has appeared as soloist with the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Television Orchestra of Spain, Cleveland Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Valencia Philharmonic, the Gran Canaria and Tenerife symphonies in the Canary Islands, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Panama, the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra of the Czech Republic. International Piano magazine hailed his recital in London’s Wigmore Hall as “grandly organic” and “technically dazzling.” His performance of the Chopin Études in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory was recorded live and released on the Classical Music Archives label in Russia. Read More


Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike with her “irresistible,” (Boston Globe) exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the classic, romantic and modern repertoire. The Los Angeles Times has written that her “musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception made Irina Muresanu’s performance especially admirable”. Her performances have been frequently cited as among the Best of Classical Music Performances by the Boston Globe, most recently for a 2016 recital titled “Rorem, Ravel, and Rags.” Read More


Violinist David Russell is one of the most celebrated violin pedagogues of his generation.  Mr. Russell served on the Violin Faculty at The Cleveland Institute of Music for 24 years, and was also Visiting Violin Faculty at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He has taught at some of the world's most prestigious violin schools, including Ivan Galamian's Meadowmount School of Music, the ENCORE School for Strings, Keshet Eilon International Violin Mastercourse (Israel), ARIA International Summer Music Academy, Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and LMFL courses in Llandovery, Wales, Bristol, U.K., Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and Valbonne, Cote d'Azure, France. He currently directs the annual Mountaintop Mastercourse for Violin in Elizabethtown, NY (, a program that attracts students from around the globe. He is also co-director of Masterclass Andalusia, a week-long violin masterclass in Cordoba, Spain (, and Masterclass Al-Andalus, a touring masterclass tracing the influence of the music of ancient Spain on the classical repertoire of today. Read More


Cellist Bion Tsang is internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of his generation: among his many honors are an Avery Fisher Career Grant, an MEF Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. Mr. Tsang earned a 2010 Grammy nomination for his performance on the 2009 PBS special A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert (Harmonia Mundi). Read More


Anne Martindale Williams has enjoyed a successful career as principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Throughout her tenure with the orchestra, she has often been featured as soloist both in Pittsburgh and on tour in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall. Williams was soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the Pittsburgh premier of The Giving Tree conducted by the composer, Lorin Maazel. She has also collaborated with guest artists such as Yehudi Menuhin, André Previn, the Emerson Quartet, Lynn Harrell, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham and Pinchas Zukerman in numerous chamber music performances. She made her London debut performing Dvorák’s Cello Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic, Andre Previn conducting. Her solo in The Swan on the Pittsburgh Symphony’s recording of Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns was described by Grammophon critic Edward Greenfield as “…the most memorable performance of all.”


Described by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Martin Bernheimer as "eloquent…sensitivity and a finely honed sense of style" and praised by the Orange County Register for "clean technique, forthright sound and a straight forward approach to classical textures", pianist Jerry Wong has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in such prestigious settings as the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, National Concert Hall of Taipei, National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., Opera City Hall in Tokyo, PianoForte in Chicago, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Shriver Hall in Baltimore and Weill Recital Hall in New York City. His performances, recordings and interviews have been broadcast on the Bravo! Kent State Arts Network, Finnish National Radio, HCTV (Ohio), Nippon Television (Japan), Radio Video Mediterranean (Italy), WCLV (Cleveland), WKSU (Ohio), WWFM (New York) and Reflections from the Keyboard with David Dubal on WQXR (New York). Read More



Festival Opening Concert
Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 7:30 PM

Terzetto, Op. 74, in C Major, Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904)

  1. Introduzione: Allegro ma non troppo
  2. Larghetto
  3. Scherzo: Vivace— Trio: Poco meno mosso
  4. Tema con Variazioni

Yuriy Bekker, violin
Gary Levinson, violin
Paul Coletti, violin

Cello Sonata, Op. 19, Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)

  1. Lento – Allegro moderato
  2. Allegro scherzando
  3. Andante
  4. Allegro mosso

Andrés Diaz, cello
Wendy Chen, piano


Piano Quartet, Op. 25 in G minor, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

  1. Allegro
  2. Intermezzo: Allegro ma non troppo — Trio: Animato 
  3. Andante con moto 
  4. Rondo alla Zingarese

Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Paul Coletti, viola
Andrés Diaz, cello
Wendy Chen, piano


Faculty Concert No. 1
Friday, July 12, 2019, 7:30 PM

Serenade in C Major, Op. 10, Erno Dohnanyi (1877-1960)

  1. Marcia: Allegro
  2. Romanza: Adagio non troppo
  3. Scherzo: Vivace 
  4. Tema con variazioni: Andante con moto
  5. Rondo (Finale): Allegro vivace

Gary Levinson, violin
Paul Coletti, viola
Andrés Diaz, cello


Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor (Quasi una fantasia), Op. 27, No. 2, Ludwig van Beethoven

  1.  Adagio Sostenuto (1770-1827)
  2.  Allegretto
  3.  Presto agitato

Alon Goldstein, piano


Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

“À la mémoire d'un grand artiste”

  1.  Pezzo elegiaco (Moderato assai – Allegro giusto
  2. Tema con variazioni:

Var I: Andante con moto
Var II: Più mosso
Var III: Allegro moderato
Var IV: L'istesso tempo (Allegro moderato)
Var V: L'istesso tempo
Var VI: Tempo di Valse
Var VII: Allegro moderato
Var VIII: Fuga (Allegro moderato)
Var IX: Andante flebile, ma non tanto
Var X: Tempo di mazurka
Var XI: Moderato
Variazioni finale e coda: Allegro risoluto e con fuoco
Coda: Andante con moto – Lugubre (L'istesso tempo)

Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Andrés Diaz, cello
Wendy Chen, piano


Faculty Concert No. 2
Friday, July 19, 2019, 7:30 PM

Serenade, Op. 12, Zoltán Kodaly (1882-1967)

  1. Allegramente - Sostenuto ma non troppo
  2. Lento ma non troppo
  3. Vivo

Gary Levinson, violin
Yuriy Bekker, violin
Katharina Kang, viola

Fantasia in F minor, D. 940, Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Jerry Wong, piano
Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano


Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)  

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Andante, un poco adagio
  3. Scherzo: Allegro
  4. Finale: Poco sostenuto – Allegro non troppo – Presto, non troppo

Andrés Cárdenes, violin
Gary Levinson, violin
Katharina Kang, viola
Anne Martindale Williams, cello
Jerry Wong, piano


Faculty Concert No. 3
Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 7:30 PM

 Program TBA


Faculty Concert No. 4
Friday, July 26, 2019, 7:30 PM


Fantasiestücke, Op. 73, Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

  1.  Zart und mit Ausdruck (Tender and with expression)
  2. Lebhaft, leicht (Lively, light)
  3. Rasch und mit Feuer (Quick and with fire)

Michael Klotz, viola
Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano

Duo K. 423, in G Major, W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Rondeau: Allegro

Irina Muresanu violin
Michael Klotz, viola



Sonata K.301 in G Major, W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

  1. Allegro con spirito
  2. Allegro

David Russell, violin
Alexandre Moutouzkine, piano

String Quintet No. 2, Op. 87, in B-flat Major, Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)

  1. Allegro vivace
  2. Andante scherzando
  3. Adagio e lento
  4. Allegro molto vivace

 Gary Levinson, violin
Irina Muresanu violin
Michael Klotz, viola
Bion Tsang, cello




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