Caroline Goulding and Danae Dörken ENESCU • DVORÁK • SCHUMANN

Caroline Goulding & Danae Dörken , Danae Dörken, Caroline Goulding
Caroline Goulding

The GRAMMY-nominated violinist and rising star pianist join forces on a new album released on ARS - distributed in the US by Naxos - July 29

New York City recital September 9 at Steinway Hall 

Recently released in Europe, the album just secured a nomination for the prestigious Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik 

For nearly a decade, the virtuoso violinist Caroline Goulding has performed with the world’s premier orchestras, in recital and on record, blossoming from the “precociously gifted” (Gramophone) child who made her solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at age 13 to “a skilled violinist well on her way to an important career” (Washington Post). Now, on July 29th, 2016 the German label ARS will release Caroline’s first new recording since herGRAMMY-nominated and chart-topping 2009 debut, released when the violinist was just 16. Joining Caroline on this album featuring Schumann’s Sonata, no. 2, Enescu’s Suite in D major, op. 28, Impressions d’enfance,and Dvorák’s Romantic Pieces is pianist Danae Dörken, recently named BBC Music Magazine’s Rising Starfor July 2016 and described by German newspaper Die Welt as "a poet on the piano". Caroline and Danae celebrate the release of the new album with a recital at New York’s Steinway Hall on September 9, 2016.

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New York Polyphony

On July 25, Chamber Music America announced the recipients of its 2016 commissioning programs, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles. The grant will make possible a commission for New York Polyphony from composer Gregory Spears, entitled "The Bitter Good." Their latest album, Roma Æterna will be released August 12 on BIS Records.  ... »

Review: Music at Menlo draws elegant links from Mozart to his admiring Russians

Calidore String Quartet
The Mercury News

This year's Music@Menlo festival is all about Russian music, but Friday evening's concert, titled "Elegant Emotion," started with Mozart.

If that seems counterintuitive, the reasons quickly became clear. Tchaikovsky's idol was Mozart, who was also a primary influence on the evening's other composers, Mendelssohn and Glinka.

Making those kinds of links is par for the course at Menlo, the annual South Bay chamber music festival and institute that places high value on context and connections. The festival's founders, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, want their audiences to experience something more than beautiful sounds -- although, with the Calidore String Quartet among the featured performers, there were plenty of beautiful sounds on this splendid program at the Menlo-Atherton Center for Performing Arts.

If Finckel and Wu Han excel at assembling interesting programs, they've also proven adept at attracting top-flight artists to the festival. Dozens of acclaimed chamber musicians are on the schedule this year. But the Calidore String Quartet may prove the hottest of this year's attractions.

The foursome -- violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi -- have been much in the news lately. Founded in 2010 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, the quartet won two big awards this year: the $100,000 grand prize at the inaugural M-Prize Chamber Music competition, as well as England's coveted Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. ... »