Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Sonata no. 2 for violin and piano
Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981)
Rhapsody no. 1 for solo violin
Bright Sheng (b. 1955)
The Stream Flows (for solo violin)
~ 15-min Intermission ~
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Sonata in A minor "Arpeggione"
Amadi Azikiwe, violist
Amadi Azikiwe, violist, violinist and conductor, has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States, such as New York, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Houston, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., including an appearance at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Azikiwe has also been a guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Alice Tully Hall in New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has appeared in recital at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, the “Discovery” recital series in La Jolla, the International Viola Congress, and at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since then, he has performed throughout Israel, Canada, South America, Central America, Switzerland, India, Japan, Nigeria, Hong Kong, and throughout the Caribbean.
“Violist Amadi Azikiwe is a musician who plays so effortlessly that the listener does not fully appreciate what has been accomplished until reflection after the fact. … He captured perfectly the spirit of the Jewish prayer (Bruch’s Kol Nidre, Op. 47) and the technical feats demanded by the Paganini (Sonata per la Grand Viola)”
– Raoul Abdul, New York Amsterdam News New York, NY
As a soloist, Mr. Azikiwe has appeared with the Prince George’s Philharmonic, Delaware Symphony, Virginia Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Fort Collins Symphony, Virginia Beach Symphony, Roanoke Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, Richmond Philharmonic, SUNY Fredonia Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University Symphony Orchestra, Gateways Music Festival Orchestra, Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra, City Island Baroque Ensemble of New York, National Symphony of Ecuador, and at the Costa Rica International Music Festival. He has also toured with Music from Marlboro, and performed at the Sarasota, Tanglewood, Aspen, Norfolk, and San Juan Islands Festivals, El Paso International Chamber Music Festival, Salt Bay Chamber Festival, Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, Virginia Arts Festival, Maui Classical Music Festival, Missouri Chamber Music Festival, Yachats Music Festival, Staunton Music Festival, Carolina Chamber Music Festival, and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Mr. Azikiwe’s performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today”, “St. Paul Sunday”, on WNYC in New York, WGBH in Boston, WFMT in Chicago, and the BBC, along with television appearances in South America.
Debby Azikiwe, pianist
Pianist and pedagogue Debby Azikiwe is a native of Hong Kong. She received her training in the United States in such schools as Edgewood College, Santa Monica Community College and University of California at Santa Barbara. Her teachers include Edward Walters and Charles Ash.
For years, Mrs. Azikiwe maintained a large private piano studio in Hong Kong, and was on the faculty of Eddy's Piano Company, Ltd. She has also given duo recitals at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
In the United States, Mrs. Azikiwe has performed extensively throughout Wisconsin, as accompanist in New York City, at James Madison University in Virginia, and served as guest faculty at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in Vermont. She has also served as accompanist and teacher at the Mammoth Lakes Chamber Music Festival in California, and has performed at the Carolina Chamber Music Festival in New Bern, North Carolina.
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