Caroline Stinson, cello & Gabrielius Alekna, piano
Program: Beethoven: Variations on "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" from Die Zauberflöte; Žibuoklė Martinaitytė: "... and under every deep a lower deep opens..." (2020 commission); Beethoven: Sonatas No. 3 & No. 5 for cello and piano; Webern: 3 Kleine Stücke for cello and piano, Op. 11; Andrew Waggoner: Catenary
Described by Daniel Barenboim as "a highly gifted pianist and musician," pianist Gabrielius Alekna has built a prolific performance and recording career. After earning over one dozen top prizes in international competition early in his career-including 2nd Prize at the Beethoven International Piano Competition in Vienna-he has established himself as a soloist of international renown. Performances include with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO Wien), Juilliard Orchestra, the New Amsterdam and Adelphi Symphony Orchestras (New York), Bilkent Symphony Orchestra (Turkey), the Belarus State Symphony Orchestra (Minsk), and with nearly every major orchestra and ensemble in Lithuania. Alekna is based in New York City, where he serves as both Adjunct Faculty at CUNY's Brooklyn College and as substitute faculty at The Juilliard School.
Cellist Caroline Stinson performs widely as a chamber musician, soloist, and recitalist, committed to giving equal expression to music old and new. She has appeared at Carnegie's Zankel Hall, the Gardner Museum, and Smithsonian; the Koelner Philharmonie, Lucerne Festival and Cité de la Musique in Europe; and the Centennial Centre in Canada. She joined the Duke Music faculty in 2018, where she is Cellist of the Ciompi String Quartet, Associate Professor of the Practice, and coordinates the Chamber Music Program.
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