February 5, 2008

Violin Futura

Piotr Szewczyk, violin
Program Selections*:

• Piotr Szewczyk: Cadenza I 

 • Lawrence Dillon: Mister Blister 

 • John Kennedy: fp (For Piotr) 

 • Carson Cooman: The Doors in the Sky 

 • Marc Mellits: Zubrowka 

 • Nathan Williamson: Homecoming 

 • Hiro Morozumi: Real Phone Key 

 • Ethan Wickman: Respite 

 • Mark Grey: Left for the Dogs 

 • Mason Bates: Blue Berceuse 

 • Patrick Castillo: Cirque 

 • Jeff Harrington: Puce 

 • Aaron Einbond: Fish Gotta Swim 

 • Daniel Kellogg: Sizzle 

 • Moritz Eggert: Idyl 

 • Piotr Szewczyk: All-Wheel Drive
*Several pieces from this list will be selected for performance on April 10; the entire program will be performed on February 5

Violin Futura

Program Description:
Enjoy short, exciting and innovative solo violin pieces written by composers from around the world especially for Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra violinist Piotr Szewczyk.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 @
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, 2008 @
12:15-1:15 p.m.

About the Artist

Polish-born violinist and composer Piotr Szewczyk (b. 1977) attended the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studying composition with Darrel Handel, Joel Hoffman, Henry Gwiazda, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Michael Fiday, and violin with Kurt Sassmannshaus, Piotr Milewski and Dorothy DeLay. While earning both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees as well as his Artist Diploma, Piotr served as concert-master of several of the College-Conservatory's orchestras, including its premier orchestral ensemble, the Philharmonia Orchestra. Piotr recently completed a 3-year fellowship at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach where he served as rotating concertmaster under Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas, and in September 2007 Piotr joined the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.

The winner of the 2006 New World Symphony Concerto competition, Szewczyk has been described by the press variously as a "mature virtuoso", a "gifted violinist with remarkable facility" and "an excellent young violinist with a beautiful musical taste," and his playing has been likened to that of the legendary Soviet violinist David Oistrakh by colleagues in the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with numerous ensembles, including the Lima Symphony, New World Symphony, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Queen City Virtuosi, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. Piotr has given solo and chamber recitals in the United States, Poland, Germany and Austria, performing with the FAZA String Quartet, the Roggero Trio and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and he has been featured in the Spoleto Festival Music in Time series as well as in the New World Symphony's Chamber Music Series, Xchange concerts, and Musican's Forum concerts.

Mr. Szewczyk's compositions have been performed by numerous orchestral and chamber ensembles, including the New World Symphony, ALIAS Ensemble, Degas Quartet, Quarteto Latinoamericano, ACCORD Quartet, INTY Contemporary Orchestra, Young Musican's Orchestra of Miami, CCM Philharmonia Orchestra, Queen City Virtuosi, Sybarite 5, and at various music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Colorado Music Festival, UPBEAT-Hvar Festival in Croatia, and Music X New Music Festival in Cincinnati. His work has been featured on National Public Radio and on the CBS Early Show, and his CADENZA I for solo violin became a compulsory work for the UPBEAT-Hvar Violin Competition after being awarded 1st Prize in the 2003 UPBEAT-Hvar Composition Competition. Piotr won the 2004 University of Cincinnati Orchestral Composition Competition, placed second in the 2004 ACCENT Composition Competition at the MUSIC X New Music Festival in Cincinnati, and won the 2005 Vox Novus 60x60 Project.

For more information including a schedule of upcoming concerts by Piotr Szewczyk, please visit www.VeryNewMusic.com. To hear MP3 recordings of pieces featured in Violin Futura, please visit http://www.violinfutura.com/2.html.