BCPAC is celebrating its 40th anniversary season (2017-18)
Deborah Robb and
Xue Yang Liu
Deborah is a native of Salem, Oregon where she began her formal study of the piano at the age of four. She made her first formal appearance at the age of eleven in October of 2000 as the featured pianist in “WunderKids – Oregon Musical Prodigies” concert held at the Elsinore Theatre in Salem. This performance was followed with her orchestral debut with the Salem Chamber Orchestra in February 2001 at age twelve.
Deborah has studied piano with Meng-Chieh Liu of the Curtis Institute, Dr. Samuel Bellardo of Juilliard and Columbia, Max Levinson at The Boston Conservatory, and Jerome Rose at Mannes College.
In 2011 Deborah earned her Bachelors Degree in Piano Performance from the Boston Conservatory of Music and was the recipient of the Churchill Scholarship Piano Competition. Deborah graduated from Mannes College The New School for Music in New York City with a Masters Degree in Piano Performance in 2013. Deborah was a member of the Mannes American Composers Ensemble (MACE) directed by composer Lowell Liebermann. MACE made its formal debut in February 2013 at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Deborah has also worked directly with Lowell Liebermann performing his chamber pieces including Night Music Op. 109, and Trio Op. 101 for Violin, Horn, and Piano.
After graduating with her Masters degree, Deborah immersed herself in music production. Currently residing in New York City, she is working alongside producer and engineer Bruno J Sutter III. Together they make up B3D Music Productions based out of NYC. As a combined team, they hold over 40 years of musical and engineering experience covering a wide range of genres. With their diverse backgrounds, they offer expertise in musical composition, film scoring, songwriting, arranging, vocal tracking/ editing, mixing and mastering. Alongside music production, Deborah continues to perform in the NYC area as a soloist and with cellist Xue Yang Liu.
Xue Yang Liu
Cellist Xue Yang Liu was born in Beijing, China. Her versatility as a performer has propelled her into a career as a soloist, chamber musician , and orchestral player. Her talents have brought her performances to such venues as Carnegie, Alice Tully, Avery Fisher, and Merkin Halls, as well as Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center and Le Poisson Rouge. Ms. Liu’s musical education began early. She started piano at age four, and switched to cello at age nine. At age twelve, she was accepted into the pre-college division of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. While she was studying in school She also appeared frequently on the CCTV channel in a number of music and arts events. At age sixteen, she entered the pre-college program at the Juilliard School. After graduated from Juilliard pre college Ms. Liu went to Mannes college of music at the New School completed bachelor degree. She also continued studying at Mannes for professional studies and master degree. She has performed in cello master classes given by Werner Hink, Jerry Grossman, Paul Neubauer, and the Orion String Quartet.
Summer festivals include Kneisel Hall and Bowdoin international Festival.
Recently Ms. Liu performed at Carnegie Weill Recital hall as a soloist and chamber performance for Composer William Maselli's opera works as well as solo and chamber works. In the past Ms. Liu appeared as a soloist with the Manhattan Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Liu also recently gave New York Premiere of David Tcimpidis's cello sonata at Mannes College. In October 2014 Ms.Liu served as principle cellist in a orchestra performance at the Merkin Hall gave premiere of William Maselli's orchestra works and opera woks. Ms. Liu has great passion for chamber music, she has collaborated chamber music with such world-renowned artists as Liang Wang, Lucy Robert, Victor Rosenbaum, and Pavlina Dokovska. Ms. Liu has worked with a number of well known living composers including Lowell Libermann, William Maselli, Paul Moravec, David Del Tredici, Derek Bermal, David Tcimpidis. Under the direction of Lowell Liebermann, she served as solo principal cellist in the MACE chamber ensemble at Mannes.
Deborah Robb and
Xue Yang Liu
Karkowska Sisters Duo
Anna and Kasha Karkowska
Anna Karkowska, described by Daniel Barenboim as “a very gifted young violinist”, was born in Lodz, Poland, and made her successful solo debut at the age fifteen at the prestigious String Masters Festival with Zielona Gora Philharmonic playing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, the performance that met with standing ovations and encores.
Among her many prizes and awards are: the First Prize at the International Competition at the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado, the First Prize at the WGUC Radio Station International Competition (twice) and one of the most precious awards for a violinist: a loan of Guarneri del Gesu, "Sennhauser" from the elite Stradivari Society . Anna is the only violinist born in Poland to be awarded by this prestigious organization whose previous laureates have been Sara Chang, Gil Shaham or Maxim Vengerov. She has also received the Dorothy Starling Foundation Scholarship, Satterwaite Scholarship, G.M. Grunin Prize and J.S. and Barbara P. Johnson Scholarship, as well as Top Prizes at the National Competitions for Young Talented Violinists in Poland (Lodz, Lublin, Elblag, Olsztyn, and others).
Anna has already performed as a soloist with many orchestras including the Penderecki Festival Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, Sinfonia Cracovia, the Polish-American Symphony Orchestra, the Deaborn Symphony Orchestra, Paderewski Symphony Orchestra, the Fairmont Chamber Orchestra and the Starling Orchestra, and in many prestigious venues including the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (NYC) National Center for the Arts, (Mexico City, Mexico) the Gusman Center for Performing Arts (Miami, Florida), National Grand Theater (Warsaw, Poland) , Ford Performing Arts Center (Deaborn, MI) and Cracow Royal Philharmonic to a great success.
A special chapter in her career are the following performances: the concert for the Fulbright Foundation Gala at the National Grand Theater in Warsaw, Poland, with the Penderecki Festival Orchestra, for the Eightieth Birthday of Pope John Paul II in Chicago, Illinois with the Polish-American Symphony Orchestra, for the governor of Kentucky at the celebration of Henry Clay Award, for the UNICEF as a benefit for children in Guatemala, Miami, Fl, for His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Henri Constantine Paleologue, and for the Panasonic Foundation Conference, Colorado Springs, CO. Her performances have won the hearts of audiences and press.
Anna is a graduate of Wieniawski Music Highschool. Lodz Poland (the violin class of Zenon Ploszaj), College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, OH (Bachelor of Music, recipient of a full scholarship and a special award in the form of a stipend for living, the violin class of Piotr Milewski), and of the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York City (Master of Music, recipient of full scholarship, the violin class of Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang ).
She has recorded several programs for Polish National Television and Radio (Pegaz, Harmonia Mundi, Karkowska Sisters Duo, Written by the Bow), appeared on PolVision (Chicago) and PBS Buffalo.
Her talent was recognized and aided by letters of recommendation from the famous musicians of our times : Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, and Krzysztof Penderecki.
“a superbly talented young pianist”
So exclaimed David Mulbury, DMA, FAGO, University of Cincinnati. Kasha was born in Lodz, Poland. She earned her Masters of Arts majoring in piano solo performance from Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw.
Kasha studied at the Music Academy in Lodz majoring in piano after graduating from Wieniawski Music High School. Bronislawa Kawalla, an internationally renowned pianist invited Miss Karkowska to continue her studies with her at Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. While at the Chopin Academy Kasha won awards for her music and scholastic achievements. In Warsaw, besides studying solo piano, she became an avid chamber music performer, playing in a variety of chamber music groups. Both her solo concerts and her chamber music performances met with a great success
As an accompanist she shared her sister's triumph at the Aspen Festival International Competition. Since then she has continued to perform as a soloist and a part of the Karkowska Sisters Duo to a great public acclaim. Kasha has appeared on Polish National, Mexican and American TV and Radio (including PBS) as a part of the Karkowska Sisters Duo.
Karkowska Sisters Duo
Anna and Kasha Karkowska
Singer/Songwriter Avi Wisnia presents an eclectic mix of refreshingly origi- nal songs, finding inspiration in classic Brazilian bossa nova, acoustic American folk, 1950 s west-
coast jazz, and contemporary pop. A wordsmith as well as a composer and performer, Avi's clever lyr- ics give a knowing nod to those that came before, while his smooth vocals and deft piano skills assure you that this is truly something new.
In the summer of 2007, after earning an enthusiastic following, Avi gathered a few of his band mem- bers in the sanctuary of the New Jersey synagogue where his father serves as rabbi to record his debut EP, Avi Wisnia Presents: . The project was completed in just 2 days. The EP was released later that year with sold-out shows at The Bitter End in NYC and The Tin Angel in Philadelphia. His debut full- length studio album, "Something New", showcases Avi Wisnia as a formidable talent and a true artist on the rise. Produced by Grammy-winner Glenn Barratt (Melody Gardot, Amos Lee), the album fea- tures Avi's signature songwriting - introspective takes on complicated universal themes with clever turns of phrase - supported by lush arrangements in a variety of styles. The album also features promi- nent local Philadelphia musicians including supporting vocals from fellow songwriter Lizanne Knott. His latest single "Sky Blue Sky" was recorded via satellite between Philadelphia and Brazil, winning recognition from the Philadelphia Songwriters Project and MidAtlantic Songwriters Competition.
Having grown up in Yardley, Avi Wisnia currently lives in the city of Philadelphia. He and his talented ensemble have shared the stage with an eclectic array of artists like The Roots, Ani DiFranco, Arturo Sandoval and Maroon 5, performing at prestigious venues around the world from The Kennedy Center in DC to The Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC, to featured concerts in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and War- saw, Poland. Avi is the winner of several OutMusic Awards (2009, 2010, 2012) and was most recently named Musician of the Year by Bucks Happening Magazine (2017) and Outstanding Keyboard Player of the Year at the MoBucks Music Awards (2013) in Pennsylvania. The music video for "Rabbit Hole" was honored as an Official Selection at the Florida Indie Film Festival and The Philadelphia Film Fes- tival. His songs have been featured in movies such as "All Dressed Up" and "Party on the 49th Floor" in addition to ABC, NBC and MNN TV Shows. In addition to being a performing songwriter, Avi Wis- nia has also given a TED talk about The Nature and Nurture of Bossa Nova and performed with The Moth storytellers.
Creating community through music and giving back always remains a priority. Avi works with stu- dents, from pre-schools to high-schools, encouraging a new enthusiasm for music through discussions, workshops and interactive performances. In 2008, Avi created The No Brainer Benefit Concert with his family, which continues to raise funds and awareness for The National Brain Tumor Society. He organ- izes and hosts events such as the annual Make Music New York Festival, The Bent Compass Party (for LGBT artists) and The House of Tribes Fundraiser (for Habitat for Humanity). Avi runs the monthly Philly Songwriters Circle, which brings together musicians from the Philadelphia area to share new works. Avi is also the creator of and ensemble director for The New York Megaphonica.
Allen Krantz and
ALLEN KRANTZ, a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and Stan- ford University, has received acclaim as a solo guitarist and chamber musician and composer. His performances throughout the United States have in- cluded appearances at Carnegie Hall, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Phillips Collection in Washington, with his diverse programs often featur- ing original compositions.
Recent compositions include a Trio for Flute Clarinet and Guitar, a Guitar Quintet, a book of Guitar Etudes and Marilyn Cycle , a setting of Marilyn Monroe s poetry for voice, clarinet, cello and piano commissioned by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Associa- tion. On the Road and Little Elegy for voice and string quartet, were com- missioned by Lyric Fest in Philadelphia. Other recent pieces are Quartet for Pi- ano and Strings , which premiered at Gretna Music, Passacaglia for trom-
bone, guitar and piano, premiered by Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic; Three Pieces for Chamber Orchestra , "Sacred Places" for solo guitar, and American Document commissioned by the Martha Graham Dance Company. A Musical Walk", a children's piece was commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, and "Under One Roof", a trio for trumpet violin and piano was written in cele- bration of the 125th anniversary of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Mr. Krantz heads the guitar program and teaches chamber music at Temple University. He also serves on the Artistic Committee for the Gretna Music festival. Krantz has received support from the Ameri- can Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance among others. Allen Krantz s compositions are published by the Theodore Presser Co. and Falls House Press. His solo and chamber music arrangements for gui- tar are published by International Music. Allen Krantz s recordings for the DTR label include Notes for flute and guitar with Mimi Stillman, Summer Music , The Romantic Guitar , and The Philadel- phia Connection . He has also recorded for Albany and Crystal Records labels.
the St. John Passion of Bach of Bach at Alice Tully Hall with Musica Sacra and her Kimmel Center debut in Mahler s Das Lied von der Erde with Orchestra 2001. Her career in opera has spanned debuts with Arizona Opera, Austin Lyric, New Orleans Opera, Mobile Opera, Eugene Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Knoxville Op- era, Chautauqua Opera and Opera Company of Philadelphia in roles from Rossini s heroines Rosina and Isabella, Carmen to Waltraute.
In oratorio, chamber music and song, Suzanne has appeared on numerous occasions with many of Philadelphia s premiere arts organizations in- cluding The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Bucks County Choral So- ciety, Choral Arts Society, Singing City, The Wister Quartet, Mendelssohn Club, Music at Gretna and The Philadelphia Chamber Ensemble.
Ms. DuPlantis has premiered many new works written for her including Andrea Clearfield s Les Fenêtres and the Women of Valor Suite, Kile Smith s In this Blue Room, Two Laudate Psalms, and There is No Great and No Small; Allen Krantz s From On the Road; Robert Maggio s Rachel and her Children, Small Hands Relinquish All; Roxanna Panufnik s Love Abide; Logan Skel- ton s Dickinson Songs, Tom Lloyd s Ben Unleashed. She has recorded Ancestral Waters of Brian Gaber for mezzo, orchestra and jazz trio. Ms. DuPlantis holds degrees from Loyola University, the Eastman School of Music and The Academy of Vocal Arts, and is an active and committed teacher in Philadelphia.
With a passionate commitment to song and a belief in its power to reach all listeners, Suzanne co- founded Lyric Fest. This novel and dynamic song festival in Philadelphia presents theme-oriented pro- grams with various artists and spoken commentary. Noted for artistic excellence, scholarship and fun, Lyric Fest has received critical acclaim and enjoys broad audience appeal.
Allen Krantz and
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