Recital: Pamela Ryan, Guest Artist Viola Recital

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Allegro Moderato from Sonata for Viola and Piano in D Minor - Mikhail Glinka   

Elegy in G Minor, op. 44 - Alexander Glazunov

Introduction, The Street Awakens, Dance of the Knights, Balcony scene         

from Selected Pieces for Viola and Piano from the Ballet “Romeo and Juliet”  - Sergei Prokofiev

Allegretto from Sonata for Viola and Piano. Op. 147 - Dmitri Shostakovich  

Adagio soave and Scherzo energico - Andrey Rubtsov

Pamela Ryan, Professor of Viola at The Florida State University College of Music, gave her solo debut at the Aspen Music Festival as winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition performing Alan Shulman’s Theme and Variations for Viola and Orchestra.  She maintains an active performing schedule including performing as soloist in the Bartok Viola Concerto with the Thailand Philharmonic in June, 2014.  She has collaborated in chamber music performances with Robert Spano, Christian Tetzlaff, Robert McDuffie, Manny Hurwitz and with principals of major orchestras.  She has recorded new music chamber music for labels Naxos (on CD “Gulfstream” May, 2012: BBC Music Magazine US choice), Col Legno and the Canadian Broadcasting Company (Gold Label). Her viola playing was critically praised by the American Record Guide for “superb technique and musicianship.”  She served as faculty artist for summer festivals at Aspen, Brevard, Yellow Barn, Schlern/Italy, Green Mountain (returning summer 2015), Idyllwild and Bowdoin.  She was violist of the Bowling Green String Quartet and principal violist of the Southwest Florida Symphony for three years, and continues as principal violist of the Tallahassee Symphony since 1989. By invitation, she gave the national collegiate viola master class at the American String Teachers Association 2008 National Conference, and performed as soloist at the national American Viola Society Congress. She also performs on the Balinese rebab, historic period viola, and jazz viola. Her live video performances of 24 rarely played original viola caprices are on YouTube. Ryan won the FSU University Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her former students hold viola positions in professional orchestras and universities worldwide. Ryan received a high school diploma with emphasis in viola from the North Carolina School of the Arts, a B.M (cum laude) from the University of Maryland, a M.M from the Conservatory of Brooklyn College (CUNY) and a D.M.A from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory (UC). She studied viola with Paul Doktor, Karen Tuttle, Masao Kawasaki (who she assisted for seven years) and in several masterclasses with Itzhak Perlman.


Dmitri Shteinberg’s recent performances include a return appearance with the Salisbury Symphony of NC as well as concertos with the Greensboro Philharmonia and Danville Symphony. Later this season, Shteinberg will be heard live on Chicago’s WFMT classical station and in concert in Florida, Connecticut, Virginia and North Carolina, as well as on a new CD featuring chamber works by Barber and Richard Strauss, a Fleur de Son Classics release.

Always striving to keep the broadest possible perspective on style and repertoire, Shteinberg is equally involved in solo and chamber music, and has worked with a number of important musicians, including a three-year collaboration with the cellist Natalia Gutman, which took him to some of America’s most important concert halls, including the Kennedy Center in Washington and the Alice Tully Hall in New York. He played with the cellist Han-na Chang on “Good Morning America,” and was privileged to share the stage with the clarinetists Edward Brunner and Stanley Drucker. Other chamber venues have included the Mostly Mozart Festival, Summit Music Festival, Music Festival of the Hamptons, the ''Oleg Kagan'' and Sulzbach-Rosenberg Festivals in Germany, Festival Aix-en-Provence in France and Open Chamber Music in Cornwall, England.

Dmitri Shteinberg is also very involved in advancing contemporary repertoire, and has played dozens of works by living American composers, including Bolcom (with the composer in attendance), Shoenfeld, Adams and Dana Wilson among many others. His recording of Alban Berg’s Chamber concerto with the Baton Rouge Symphony on Sono Luminus was enthusiastically reviewed by the Grammaphone and the Fanfare magazines in 2013. In May 2015, Shteinberg will premiere a new concerto of Washington-based Jonathan Kolm, with the Manassas Symphony of VA.

Harpsichord is another area of interest, sparked by three years of close contact  with renowned harpsichordist and scholar Kenneth Cooper in New York, and Shteinberg remains involved in both playing and teaching the instrument at his home base at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

A native of Moscow, Dmitri Shteinberg studied at the Gnessin Special School of Music under Anna Kantor, teacher of Evgeny Kissin. His later teachers included Victor Derevianko in Tel-Aviv and Nina Svetlanova in New York, both students of Heinrich Neuhaus, whose teaching philosophy remains a beacon for Shteinberg’s work in the studio. Another important influence is that of the elusive Ferenc Rados of Budapest, whose students include Andras Schiff and Zoltan Kocsis, and whose mentorship was as difficult as it was priceless.

Since 2005, Dmitri Shteinberg spends his summers at the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, VT. In 2014, he also joined the faculty of the Rebecca Penneys Piano Festival in Tampa.