Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto with "The Pianist'

Concert Commemorating the Holocaust through the Musical Legacy of Wladyslaw Szpilman

Sunday, April 3, 2011, 4:00 PM
Fowler Hall


Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
   Edward Auer, piano
   Junghwa Moon Auer, piano
   Susan Moses, cello
   Kenneth J. Pereira, baritone
   Colin Sorgi, violin
   Halina Goldberg, narrator

Performance Program

Wladyslaw Szpilman "The Pianist" Official Website

Edward Auer

Edward Auer Edward Auer has long been recognized as a leading interpreter of the works of Chopin. As the first American to win a prize in the prestigious International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, he has returned to Poland for well over 20 concert tours, playing in every major city and with every major orchestra.

Auer has played solo recitals and concertos in over 30 countries on five continents, collaborating with such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Herbert Blomstedt, Sergiu Comissiona and Riccardo Chailly.

Auer grew up in Los Angeles, where he studied piano with Aube Tzerko, a protégé of Artur Schnabel, and composition with Leonard Stein, a Schoenberg student. A precocious chamber musician and the son of an accomplished amateur violist, he was playing the Mozart piano quartets and the Schumann quintet with his father and his friends at the ripe old age of eight. He won several competitions in the Los Angeles area, and frequently appeared in concerts there, both as soloist and in chamber music.

Auer's studies continued at the Juilliard School with Rosina Lhévinne and in Paris on a Fulbright Grant under Julius Katchen. Besides the Chopin Competition, Auer was a prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Beethoven competition in Vienna and the Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, and took First Prize in the Concours Marguerite Long in Paris. Now, years later, these and other contests regularly invite him to be on their juries.

For two years now, Mr. Auer has been at work on an ambitious series of recordings of the works of Chopin, to celebrate that composer's 2010 bicentennial. As currently projected it will consist of at least eight volumes. The first, Chopin Nocturnes Volume 1, was released to great acclaim and a dazzling review from New York Concert Review's Harris Goldsmith.

Edward Auer is on the Piano faculty at Indiana University Bloomington.

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Junghwa Moon Auer

Junghwa Moon Auer A native of Korea, Junghwa Moon Auer began her piano study at the age of six with Hyung Bae Kim, Min Suk Kim, and Kyung Sook Lee at the prestigious Yewon Middle School, Seoul Music and Art High School and Yeonsei University.

Ms. Auer came to the United States in 1991 to study under Gabriel Chodos and Hwa Kyung Byun at the New England Conservatory, where she obtained her MM degree. She attended the Aspen Music Festival several times, as well as summer programs in Chautauqua, Luzern, and Prague, performing and receiving several prizes in the festival competitions. At the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati she pursued her DMA with Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff, performing the Schumann Concerto with the CCM Philharmonia under the baton of Mark Gibson and making frequent concert and radio appearances in the States and in Korea. During her studies in Cincinnati, Ms. Auer was a prizewinner in the Ibla International Competition in Italy, and was also invited back to Korea to play in the Kumho Recital Series. In 2001 Ms. Auer returned home, where she performed frequently in Seoul and Gwangju and taught at Seoul National University and several other institutions. During this time she performed with the Janácek Orchestra in the Czech Republic, the Zilina Orchestra in Slovakia and the Cairo Symphony, the first Korean pianist ever to play in Egypt. Ms. Auer recently played the Mozart double concerto with her husband, pianist Edward Auer, in Korea and Hong Kong as well as at Indiana University. She has been living in Bloomington, Indiana since 2006, where she and her husband host a house concert series, "Music in the Woods," in their home. She has also been instrumental in developing and directing the Edward Auer Piano Workshop at Indiana University, where she teaches alongside her husband in the summer.

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Susan Moses

Susan Moses Susan Moses is presently Co-Director of the Indiana University String Academy. With degrees from Indiana and Yale Universities under Janos Starker and Aldo Parisot, she completed her studies at the renowned Jascha Heifetz-Gregor Piatigorsky Master Classes at the University of Southern California and at the Paris Conservatoire. Ms. Moses was awarded a Ford Foundation prize and has performed throughout the world in recital, with orchestras, and as solo violoncellist of the celebrated I Solisti Veneti orchestra. She was a founding member of the Chicago String Trio, which received a special prize from the University of Milan for outstanding contributions to chamber music. The University of Padua has also recognized Susan Moses for her research on the school of Giuseppe Tartini. She has been on the faculty of Boston University and Oberlin College. Moses records for the ERATO and CONCERTO labels, has been nominated for a Grand Prix du Disque and has represented the United States in major international cello competitions. She is also a special lecturer and performer for the Trinity College Elderhostal Programs in Italy since 1989.

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Kenneth Pereira

Kenneth J. Pereira Kenneth J. Pereira, baritone, is a young artist whose repertoire encompasses a wide variety of genres including opera, oratorio, art song and musical theater. His operatic roles include Puccini's Marcello in La Bohème, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, the title role in Gianni Schicchi, and Mozart's Il Conte Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte among others. Mr. Pereira has appeared regularly as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in works by Beethoven and Haydn under the baton of Raymond Leppard, and is a featured soloist on the orchestra's recently released recording of classical and traditional Christmas music.

Born and raised in northern California, Mr. Pereira graduated Magna cum Laude from California State University, Stanislaus, where he completed a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice. He is currently in his final year of doctoral studies at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where he also completed a Master of Music Degree in Voice. He is a student of Andreas Poulimenos.

Colin Sorgi

Colin Sorgi Violinist, Colin Sorgi is a native of San Antonio, Texas where he began playing at the age of nine. Currently a graduate student at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Colin studies with renowned violinist and teacher, Jaime Laredo. He is the first violinist of the 2010-2011 IU Kuttner String Quartet in Residence and was recently named Grand-Prizewinner in the 2009 William Marbury Violin Competition and 2011 Latin American Music Center Competition, 1st Prizewinner in the 2011 Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition and 2nd Prizewinner in the 2011 Indiana University Violin Competition. Colin is currently working on a recording, under the auspices of the Latin American Music Center, of recent works for violin by six different Latin American composers which will be available soon.

Colin is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and studied with Herbert Greenberg, former concertmaster of the Baltimore. Upon graduation from Peabody, Colin was named the recipient of the Melissa Tiller Memorial Prize for Strings. In the summer of 2008, Colin made his European debut on a tour through the cities of Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague performing works of Fritz Kreisler with the MacArthur Chamber Orchestra. A champion of contemporary music, Colin is the Founder and Artistic Director of the SONAR new music ensemble and has performed at the Lucerne Festival Academy under the direction of Pierre Boulez in Lucerne, Switzerland. This summer, Colin will take a position as violinist of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, in residence at the Aspen Music Festival and School and is also co-founder of the San Antonio, Tx. based River City Chamber Players.

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Halina Goldberg

Halina Goldberg Halina Goldberg is Associate Professor of Musicology at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University-Bloomington (Adjunct Professor of the Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program and Affiliated Professor Russian and East European Institute).

Her research interests focus on 19th- and 20th-century Poland and Eastern Europe, Chopin, cultural studies, music and politics, performance practice, reception, and Jewish studies.

She is the author of Music in Chopin's Warsaw (Oxford University Press, 2008) and editor of The Age of Chopin: Interdisciplinary Inquiries (Indiana University Press, 2004). Her recent articles deal with Chopin's chamber versions of his concert works, Chopin in Warsaw's salons, national constructs in Glinka's music, and the participation of nineteenth-century Jewish musicians in the articulation of Polish musical identity.

She is a recipient of the 1998 Wilk Award for Research in Polish Music (Polish Music Reference Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles) and 2005-6 Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad grant for "National Identity, Assimilation, and Jewishness in Nineteenth-Century Polish Music."

She has lectured widely nationally and internationally (Poland, Germany, France, Spain, England, Ireland, Israel, Taiwan). Her radio interviews include WETA in Washington, D.C., Warsaw 2 in Poland, and "Music Matters" (BBC). She has appeared in the BBC documentary "Chopin: The Women Behind the Music."

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