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Frantically in Love with the Cello
February 13, 2015

How many famous cellists can you fit onto Boston Court's Branson stage? Find out at our season opener celebrating the wide range of repertoire for multiple celli, voice, and piano.

Featuring cellists John Walz, Stephen Erdody, Jacob Braun, Timothy Loo, and Tim Landauer with soprano Elissa Johnston and pianist Mark Robson.

Tickets: $25/$20 for seniors

Stephen Erdody is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he received both his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees.  While at the Juilliard School, Mr. Erdody was principal cellist of the Juilliard Orchestra and the recipient of both the Otto G. Storm and Juilliard Alumni Scholarships.  Upon graduation Stephen received Juilliard’s highest honor, the Morris Loeb Prize for Outstanding Achievement in String Studies. Stephen was the founding cellist of both the New York String Quartet and the highly acclaimed Angeles String Quartet, the 2002 Grammy winner for their complete recordings of the 68 Haydn String Quartets on the Philips label.  He has taught on the faculties of the University of California, Irvine, as well as the Aspen Music Festival. For the past thirty years Mr. Erdody has been active in the motion picture and recording industry and can be heard as solo cellist in John Williams’ “Angela’s Ashes”, “Munich”, and “Memoirs of a Geisha”, where he performs a duo with his good friend, Yo-Yo Ma.  Stephen also can be heard as soloist in Danny Elfman’s score for 50 Shades of Grey which opens in theaters today.

Jacob Braun has distinguished himself as performer, teacher and recording artist. Jacob teaches at the Colburn School for Performing Arts, Chapman University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He attended the New England Conservatory Preparatory School where he received invaluable training in theory, orchestra and chamber music. Jacob was a founding member of the Biava Quartet, winning the 2003 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. The Biava Quartet won grand prize at the Fischoff competition and top prizes at the Premio Paolo Borciani String Quartet Competition and London String Quartet Competition. This season (2014-2015), Jacob will perform at the Colburn School, Chapman University, South Bay Chamber Music Series, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Salon de Musique at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. 

Timothy Landauer is the Cello Principal of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1992.  He was born in Shanghai, the son of musician parents,  he first studied with his father and later attended the Shanghai Conservatory Middle School, a pupil of Ying-Rong Lin. He continued his studies in the United States with Eleonore Schoenfeld at the University of Southern California where upon receiving his master's degree was immediately invited to join the faculty as a lecturer and assistant to Piatigorsky Chair Professor Lynn Harrell. Landauer was the recipient of "The Outstanding Individual Artist Award 2004" presented by Arts Orange County. Landauer was hailed "a cellist of extraordinary gifts" by the New York Times when he won the coveted Concert Artists Guild International Award in 1983, New York. Landauer is the winner of numerous prestigious prizes and awards, among them the Young Musicians Foundation's National Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Cello Award, the Samuel Applebaum Grand Prize of the National Solo Competition of the American String Teacher's Association and the 1984 Hammer-Rostropovich Scholarship Award.

John Walz is a celebrated soloist and chamber music artist, known for his dazzling virtuosity and elegant musicianship.  A student of the legendary French cellist, Pierre Fournier, he has appeared as soloist with more than 200 symphony orchestras on 5 continents.  His performances of 25 different concertos include both standard showcases and rarities like Martinu’s Concerto #1 and William Schuman’s Song of Orfeus.  In addition, he has had the honor of premiering works by many noted composers, including John Williams. In 1979, Mr. Walz, along with pianist Edith Orloff, founded the Pacific Trio.  Now performing with violinist Roger Wilkie, this renowned ensemble has played more than 900 concerts throughout North America and Europe. In addition to his solo and chamber music duties, he is currently the principal cellist with the Los Angeles Opera, a position he previously held for 20 years with the Long Beach Symphony. He is on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program and Academy.

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