"From Russia with Love": Telluride Musicfest 2010

"From Russia with Love": Telluride Musicfest 2010

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TMF2010 final:highres Blame it on the the Russians. Telluride Musicfest’s Maria Bachmann came to the States when her parents were forced to flee their homeland in 1956 after the revolution in her home country, Hungary, failed and the Red Menace tightened its grip. Eva and Tibor Bachmann’s grit and self-sacrifice in their adopted country paid off. Son Peter became a dean of math and science at a college outside Philadelphia. And Maria grew up to be a world-renowned violinist, hailed recently (May 25) by The Philadelphia Inquirer for her:

“…near boundless expressive freedom…violinist Maria Bachmann projected the music’s emotionalism, and dazzlingly attenuated the final movement in a mounting cauldron of rhythm.”

The Chamber music trio Maria performs with regularly, the Trio Solisti (Maria, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach and pianist Jon Klibonoff) was praised by The Washington Post for a performance  the critic described as “characterized by passion, lyricism, transparency…” for their performance at The Kennedy Center.

Maria is artistic director of the Telluride Musicfest. Her programming for the 8th annual event amounts to the ultimate detente: The child of Hungarian expats chose to celebrate Russia under the banner of the Bond favorite, “From Russia With Love.’

At four concerts from June 23 – July 2, Musicfest patrons get to enjoy the soulful, passionate music of  Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Arensky, Prokovfiev, Stravinsky, Shastakovich and a little known genius named Lyapunov. Influences such as Chopin and Faure will be explored as well. And there’s also some Beethoven, Schumann, and Schubert on the program.

Joining the Trio this year are two new guests artists: pianist Adam Neiman and Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills. Returning artists include Australian violist Kathryn Lockwood, Taiwanese violist Hsin-Yun Huang, Canadian violist David Harding,  and Seattle native Wendy Sutter on cello, all beloved, virtuosic performers.

The first three concerts take place in a private home, and the last concert on July 3 takes place at the Palm Theater. All concerts begin at 7:30

For tickets, go tellurideticket.com

For info, go to telluridemusicfest.com or call Warner Paige- 970-369-1351

To learn more, click the “play” button and listen to Maria’s podcast.

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