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Presenting

Mariesther Alvarez,
Marielisa Alvarez
and Tae Kim

Sunday

June 15, 2014

3:00 PM at
Robinson Terrace Living Center
28652 Hwy 23, Stamford NY

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Mariesther Alvarez, violin

Marielisa Alvarez, violin

Tae Kim, piano

 

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Photo of Mariesther AlavarezMariesther Alvarez, violin

Violinist Mariesther Alvarez holds a Master of Music Degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, where she was a student of Professor Rictor Noren. Previous violin instructors include Sophie Vilker, Francisco Diaz, and Jose Francisco Del Castillo. A native of Venezuela, Mariesther received her basic music training at “El Sistema,” the National System of Youth and Children Orchestras. At El Sistema she was a member of the Lara Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. She also performed as a soloist and chamber musician at several festivals organized by the Latin American Violin Academy.

Mariesther has attended a number of international festivals including the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival and the Liminka International Music Course in Finland; Prelude Music Academy in Wisconsin and Argentina and the summer violin seminars provided by the Latin American Violin Academy in Venezuela. She has had the privilege of working with numerous internationally acclaimed artists such as Gustavo Dudamel, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Pamela Frank, Joseph Silverstein, and the Berlin Philharmonic String Quartet.

   

Mariesther applies a unique pedagogical approach combining different methods and techniques from her own training at El Sistema in Venezuela, studies with Rictor Noren at the Boston Conservatory, and the period of study with Mimi Zweig at the String Academy of Indiana University. She leads the Boston String Academy, an El Sistema-inspired program which hosts an outstanding children’s string orchestra curriculum aimed at allowing public school elementary age students to experience the passion and joy of music making.

Ms. Alvarez served on the faculty at the Community Music Programs of Longy School of Music of Bard College, and now continues to work with its Conservatory division and Sistema Side by Side Series. She collaborates regularly with El Sistema in Venezuela teaching at the different nucleos and Summer Festivals. In the U.S. she also collaborates with El Sistema-inspired programs such as Play on Philly!, Atlanta Music Project, and Kids 4 Harmony in Pittsfield, MA where she has been mentoring teachers and students intensively since Fall 2013. As a strong advocate for Latin-American music, she also co-founded the Boston based string ensemble “Camerata Latinoamericana.”


 

Photo of Marielisa AlvarezMarielisa Alvarez, violin

Venezuelan violinist Marielisa Alvarez is a graduate of “El Sistema,” the National System of Youth and Children Orchestras of Venezuela. During her time in Venezuela she performed in several orchestras, including the Barquisimeto Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and the Lara Symphony Orchestra. In addition she was featured as a soloist with orchestras and recitals organized by the Latin American Violin Academy.

Ms. Alvarez has performed at festivals and master classes in numerous countries including Venezuela, Argentina, the United States and Finland. She has studied and collaborated with members of the Berlin Philharmonic String Quartet, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Irina Muresanu, Andres Cardenes, Pamela Franck, Joseph Silverstein, and Gustavo Dudamel among others. Her principal mentors during her violin and string pedagogy studies were Francisco Díaz, José Francisco Del Castillo, Sophie Vilker, Rictor Noren, and Mimi Zweig.

   

Inspired by her own experience in El Sistema, Marielisa co-founded the Boston String Academy which hosts a highly successful string orchestra program, serving inner-city children from the Boston area. She is also a founding member of the Camerata Latinoamericana, a newly formed Boston based string ensemble whose mission is to promote classical Latin American music and to collaborate with music education programs.

Ms. Alvarez continues to collaborate in Venezuela by teaching in its different nucleos, conservatories and summer festivals. In the U.S. she also collaborates with El Sistema-inspired programs such as Play on Philly!, Atlanta Music Project, and Kids 4 Harmony in Pittsfield, MA where she has been mentoring teachers and students intensively since Fall 2013. She works at Longy School of Music of Bard College and its new Sistema Side by Side Series. Ms. Alvarez holds a Master of Music Degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Boston Conservatory.


 

Photo of Tae KimTae Kim, piano

Hailed as a “highly skilled improviser” by the New York Times, Tae Kim’s rare blend of rigorous execution and whimsical styling creates an interpretation of the classical repertoire all his own—think Mozart’s impromptu jam sessions from Amadeus, minus the silly wigs.

Tae (Boston Conservatory B.M. '05; New England Conservatory M.M. '08) has gained widespread recognition as a classical pianist and improvisational artist. Part of the ongoing “Piano at South Station,” Tae regularly plays on Wednesdays in what is considered “Boston’s living room.” He has soloed with many ensembles, including Cambridge Philharmonic, Yurodivy Chamber Orchestra, Hemenway Strings, and Boston Conservatory Orchestra. The Boston Globe praised his “sparkling performance” of Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with the BCO as a “glimpse of radiant talent.”

   

Tae regularly collaborates with “America’s most wired composer,” Tod Machover, utilizing his unique talent for classical improv in such productions as Central Square Theatre’s 2012 play Remembering H.M. and part of the 2013 Edinburgh Festival’s “Repertoire Remix.”

Tae Kim’s teachers include Jonathan Bass, Bruce Brubaker, Janice Weber, and Patricia Zander.

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