Phan, Nicholas

Named one of National Public Radio’s Favorite New Artists of 2011, Nicholas Phan continues to distinguish himself as one of the most compelling young tenors appearing on the prestigious concert and opera stages of the world today. Mr. Phan has appeared with many of the leading orchestras in the North America and Europe, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Les Violons du Roy, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, and the Lucerne Symphony. He has also toured extensively throughout the major concert halls of Europe with Il Complesso Barocco, and appeared with the Oregon Bach, Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Rheingau, Saint-Denis festivals, as well as the BBC Proms. Among the conductors he has worked with are Harry Bicket, Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Alan Curtis, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Jane Glover, Manfred Honeck, Bernard Labadie, Nicholas McGegan, Zubin Mehta, John Nelson, Helmuth Rilling, David Robertson, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Schulte, Rolf

Rolf Schulte, whom The New Yorker has called “one of the most distinguished violinists of our day,” started playing the violin at age five under his father’s tutelage. He later studied with Kurt Schäffer at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Düsseldorf, attended Yehudi Menuhin’s summer course in Gstaad, Switzerland, and studied with Franco Gulli at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena before moving to the United States to study with Ivan Galamian at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. At age 14, he made his orchestral debut with the Philharmonia Hungarica in Cologne, playing Mendelssohn’s Concerto.

Sherry, Fred

A pioneer and a visionary in the music world, cellist FRED SHERRY has introduced audiences on five continents and all fifty United States to the music of our time through his close association with today’s composers. Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Steven Mackey, David Rakowski, Somei Satoh, Charles Wuorinen and John Zorn have written concertos for Sherry which he has performed with orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Municipal Orchestra of Buenos Aires, BBC Symphony Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, New World Symphony and RAI Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale. Mr. Sherry has premiered solo and chamber works dedicated to him by Milton Babbitt, Derek Bermel, Jason Eckardt, Lukas Foss, Oliver Knussen, Peter Lieberson, Donald Martino and Toru Takemitsu among others.
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Ben Esner

O'Neill, Richard

Richard O'Neill has made solo debuts at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Salle Cortot, and Seoul Arts Center. A Universal Classics Recording Artist, he has made four solo albums that have sold well over 100,000 copies. His two most recent albums, Winter Journey for Deutsche Grammophon and Mysterioso for ARCHIV Produktion, have both earned him Platinum Disc Awards. His 2nd album, Lachrymae for UNIVERSAL Korea was the best selling Classical as well as International Pop Recording of 2006.

Blackwell, Virgil

Clarinetist and Bass Clarinetist Virgil Blackwell was a founding member of the new music ensemble Speculum Musicae and a member of the Steve Reich Ensemble from 1976-1986. He has worked closely and collaborated with Elliott Carter since 1971, and Steep Steps, Carter's work for solo bass clarinet, was written for him. Virgil Blackwell has appeared frequently with groups including the MET Chamber Ensemble, the NY Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, NYC Ballet and NYC Opera, and has performed at the Tanglewood, Aspen and The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festivals, among others. His work as a studio musician can be heard on numerous film soundtracks as a featured soloist and sideman. He has recorded for many labels, has been the Executive Producer on discs of Oliver Knussen and Elliott Carter’s music, and was the Executive Producer on the DVD of Carter’s opera, What Next?.
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Alan Becker

Kibbey, Bridget

Lauded for her compelling artistry and virtuosity, harpist Bridget Kibbey is gaining a reputation for showcasing the broad range of her instrument through multiple-genre performances -- drawing diverse audiences through new collaborations and platforms.Bridget is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist Award, a 2015 Salon de Virtuosi Grant, and the only harpist to win a position with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II, a winner of Concert Artist Guild's International Competition, Astral Artist Auditions, and Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France. She tours internationally as concerto soloist, recitalist, and collaborator with some of today’s most compelling artists.

Tachouet, Marie

Marie Tachouet is the Principal Flute of the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has performed as principal flute with the Seattle Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Sarasota Opera, Joffrey Ballet, and Pittsburgh Opera orchestras and has also performed with the Pittsburgh and Oregon Symphony orchestras. Marie is on the flute faculty at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts and recently presented masterclasses at Depaul University, University of Arkansas Fort Smith, and Western Illinois University. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Marie has worked closely with composers including Charles Wuorinen, Elliot Carter, and John Zorn in varied venues such as the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, and the Guggenheim. Praised by the New York Times for her “extraordinary agile” solo playing, she has also been a featured soloist with the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Olympia (WA) Symphony, Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, and Akron Symphony. Marie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Jeanne Baxtresser, Alberto Almarza, and Amy Porter.

Kolkay, Peter

Called “stunningly virtuosic” by The New York Times and “superb” by the The Washington Post, bassoonist Peter Kolkay claimed First Prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2002 and was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004. He is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tenn. He is Associate Professor of Bassoon at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Current season highlights include a recording of Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat, a chamber music appearance on the String Theory series in Chattanooga, and a solo performance at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, N.Y. Kolkay’s recent seasons have included solo recitals at Wolf Trap, Merkin Hall, St. Martin’s Abbey (Wash.), and the Teatro Nacional in Panama City; concerto appearances with the South Carolina, Rochester, and Westchester Philharmonics and Waukesha Symphony; and chamber music engagements at Music@Menlo, the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Spoleto USA Festival, and the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.

Truesdell, Mike

Mike Truesdell (b. 1984) is a freelance percussionist residing in New York City. Mike’s endeavors as a solo and chamber musician have brought him throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. In October 2009, he received acclaim in The New York Times for his performance of Tan Dun’s Silk Road in New York’s Alice Tully Hall, saying “Michael Truesdell…played with sensitivity and dexterity.” Recently Mike was awarded 2nd prize, out of 95 initial candidates, at the TROMP International Percussion Competition in Eindhoven, Netherlands and became the first American to win a prize at any of the TROMP Competitions. After performing the world premiere of Michael Torke’s Mojave for marimba and full orchestra, Mike embarked on a performing tour which took him throughout the Netherlands, including a performance at the acclaimed Concertgebouw. Post-competition performances included a duo performance with composer Nico Muhly and full-length concert Emmanuel Sejourné and the other two TROMP laureates in 2011.

McAdams, Ryan

Ryan McAdams is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation. Equally prized as a symphonic, operatic, and contemporary music conductor, he made a highly successful subscription European debut in February, 2010 with the orchestra of the Maggio Musicale in Florence, where he has returned three times in the past three years. He made his Eastern European debut with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Julian Rachlin, and Mischa Maisky in Dubrovnik in September, 2010. His subscription debut with the Israel Philharmonic, replacing an indisposed Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos, was hailed as "extraordinary," "masterful," and "immense[ly] dramatic" by the Jerusalem Post; a live recording of the concert was released by the IPO on the Helicon Classics label. He has returned to the Israel Philharmonic twice since, most recently in a run of performances featuring concerti with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and Orff's "Carmina Burana." A Fulbright scholar, he previously served as Apprentice Conductor of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, assisting then-Chief Conductor Alan Gilbert. Mr. McAdams is the first-ever recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award.


Elliott Carter 103rd Birthday Concert, December 8, 2011, New York City (Trailer)



Live concert DVD of Elliott Carter's 103rd birthday concert, 8 December 2011

Concert available as download here

• Features 4 world premieres (A Sunbeam’s Architecture, String Trio, Mnemosyné, Rigmarole) - two of which were specially written for this concert.

• Features filmed tributes from leading British composers George Benjamin, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews

• 24-page booklet with a personal tribute to Elliott from Colin Matthews, Fred Sherry (Artistic Director) and extensive programme notes and many rare photographs from Carter archive.

• The oldest work on this DVD was written when Carter was 83, and all the others post-date his 90th birthday


Rolf Schulte violin - Fred Sherry cello
Richard O’Neill viola - Virgil Blackwell bass clarinet
Bridget Kibbey harp - Marie Tachouet flute/ piccolo
Mike Truesdell percussion - Jim Pugh trombone
Peter Evans trumpet - Stephen Gosling piano
Stephen Taylor oboe - Peter Kolkay bassoon
Charles Neidich clarinet - Ayako Oshima clarinet
Nicholas Phan tenor
Ryan McAdams conductor

Fred Sherry  Artistic Director

This DVD features 4 world premieres - String Trio, Mnemosyné, Rigmarole and the e.e.cummimgs song cycle A Sunbeam’s Architecture - two of which were specially written for this concert. It also includes a short film of tributes to Carter and his music from leading British composers.

The accompanying booklet features memoirs of the concert from Artistic Director Fred Sherry, and of Elliott from Colin Matthews plus extensive programme notes and rare photographs from Carter archive.

Compatible with DVD players from any region


International Record Review - Outstanding Recording

BBC Music Magazine - Choice of the Month


''What an amazing valedictory event for the indefatigable centenarian. This thoughtfully produced DVD of the event also includes extras – footage of a post-tonal rendition of “Happy Birthday to You” with Carter, beaming, looking on; liner notes by John Link, Fred Sherry, and Colin Matthews; and a segment “On Carter,” with filmed tributes by UK composers' Signal to Noise

'So many exemplary performances of this fundamentally challenging music ... tribute must be paid to the imperturbable cello playing of Fred Sherry and the eloquence of Rolf Schulte's violin, not only in his solo Mnemosyne but as chief line-carrier in the fizzing Double Trio'  BBC Music Magazine

'It was the composer's wish that this concert be released by NMC and the absence of any British music is compensated for by the 12 minutes tributes (from George Benjamin, Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr, Oliver Knussen and  Matthews himself) [...] as entertaining and affectionate a sequence of reminiscences as one could wish. A worthwhile conspectus and an event of first-rate music-making.' International Record Review

‘What a treat it is to see Carter fêted in such a creative way and to see the composer’s pleasure in the performances. […] an amazing testament to Carter’s longevity and joie de vivre.’ The Whole Note

‘The performances by a cast of Carter devotees are flawless.’ Gramophone


Supported by The Amphion Foundation, Inc.


This concert was made possible by the generous support of the following foundations and individuals:
Unbroken Chain Foundation
Peter Jay Sharp Foundation
Boosey & Hawkes
Ann and Harry Santen
Richard and Dee Wilson
Rosamond Bernier
Jean Stein
Pia Gilbert
Peggy and Ralph Brown
Paula S. Lawrence
Simon Freakley
Joel Chadabe
Robert Pounder
Francine Gray


All music by Elliott Carter
Published by Boosey & Hawkes


Artistic Director: Fred Sherry | Concert Producers: Carol Archer, Fred Sherry | Concert Executive Producer: Virgil Blackwell

Concert (Tracks 1 – 18):
DVD Creative Direction: Karen McLaughlin | DVD Producers: Fred Sherry,  Carol Archer | DVD Editor: Jeffrey McLaughlin | DVD Graphics: Gregory MacDonald

On Carter (Track 19):
Producer & Editor: Tommy Pearson | Lighting Cameramen: Simon Douglas, Jason Hall

Special Thanks To: Phil Lesh, Zizi Mueller and Boosey & Hawkes, John Link, Ara Guzelimian, Joanna Trebelhorn and The Juilliard School , Marimba One, Musical Explorations Society, Inc.

This concert was videotaped on December 8, 2011 at the 92nd Street Y, New York, NY •
DVD Executive Producer: The Amphion Foundation, Inc.
Executive Producer for NMC: Colin Matthews

Cover photo (still from DVD): Gregory Macdonald

Tracks 1-18 (P) 2013 The Amphion Foundation, Inc
Track 19 (P) 2013 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2013 NMC Recordings Ltd





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24 November 2013