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Syrinx XXII Matinee Special
November 25, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The remarkable synergy of three outstanding musicians, each bringing to the stage their own point of view and expertise. With a vast array of flutes of all kinds and sizes – a veritable pan-pipe or Syrinx – a new approach to music and programming – thinking forward to the 22nd Century is forged: unrestrained, creative, collaborative, and always at the highest artistic level.With the recorder player António Carrilho bringing a specialization in the baroque and pre-baroque as well as the avant-garde, the flutist Katharine Rawdon, whose repertoire centers on the modern, but reaches back through the 19th century to the baroque, and the New York pianist Raj Bhimani, bringing a sensitivity for the Romantic and French repertoire, the stage is set for a combustive mix and the pure delight of the senses.Syrinx: XXII had its premier concert in Manhattan in April, 2014, receiving an immediate invitation to return in 2015, along with invitations to perform at the CCB in Lisbon in 2015. The group toured India in 2016 and is planning their next tour for November of 2018. Composers have taken note and have written for the group’s distinctive sound and musicianship.
António Carrilho : recorder player/flauta de bisel : Recorder Player & Conductor
António Carrilho performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor with numerous ensembles and orchestras around the world in works ranging from the pre-Baroque to the avant-garde. He has recorded on the Naxos, Encherialis, and Numérica labels, as well as for the Cultural Ministry of Amazonia (Brazil), Arte (France), Public Television and the Arts Ministry/Movement for Musical Patrimony of Portugal. In addition to his prizes at the 2001 Moeck Solo Recorder Competition in the UK and the 1999 Solo Recorder Competition in Haifa, Israel, he was also awarded an audience prize as well as prizes for best interpretations of 17th and 20th Century repertoire at other international competitions. Along with his global performances and masterclasses Mr. Carrilho is also on faculty in his native Portugal at ESART, the Superior School of Applied Arts where he teaches both recorder and chamber music.
The Lisbon-based American flutist Katharine Rawdon is a Powell Artist, representing the pre-eminent American flute company as performer and master class teacher. She was Co-Principal Flute of the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa in Lisbon for 25 years, performing solo concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, Boulez, and Delgado with the principal Portuguese orchestras, orchestras in New York, and in California. She has performed by invitation at two National Flute Association conventions; as a chamber musician she was presented twice at Weill Recital Hall and won First Prize in the Yellow Springs and Artists International Debut Competition. She has performed with pianist Raj Bhimani in New York, California, Paris, India, and in Portugal for the Portuguese National Radio. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Pomona College, with honors from the Manhattan School of Music, and was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.
Pianist Raj Bhimani’s concerts are “virtuosic, heartfelt and eloquent,” writes New York Times critic Michael Kimmelman. Time Out NY noted him for being a “gifted and highly expressive pianist.” Mr. Bhimani performs across North America, Europe and India, and appears regularly at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He has released CDs of Schubert and Thérèse Brenet on the Delatour Label, and two more of Brahms and Brenet for the Editions de la Musique Fabrique. He has taught at NYU, Concordia College, and the 92nd Street Y. He served on the board of The Leschetizky Association and teaches students of all ages, some of whom have been heard at Carnegie Hall and other prestigious locations.
Opening Act by Ishaan Rao
Ishaan Leonard Rao is a 14-year old aspiring pianist and sitarist living in New Delhi. He is the son of world-renowned musicians, sitarist Pt Shubhendra Rao and Dutch cellist Saskia Rao-de Haas. Since a very young age, he has gone on concert tours all over the world with his parents and has performed at various programs with them.Ishaan’s repertoire is as varied as his musical training. From Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Brahms and Chopin to jazz standards, not to mention his own compositions, Ishaan connects to all. With his deep understanding of different stylistic approaches to music, it is not surprising that Ishaan started writing his own compositions at the age of 5.Ishaan also teaches piano to underprivileged children and has performed and helped to organize the ‘Music For Children By Children’ series to promote classical music among children.