Sonata D minor – Claude Debussy
"Clair de lune" – Claude Debussy
"Minstrels" – Claude Debussy
"Spanish Folk Suite" – Manuel de Falla
"Elegie" – Gabriel Fauré
Sonata Op. 36 – Edvard Grieg
Meet the Artists! A reception was held immediately following the performance.
Evgeny Tonkha, Cellist
1st Prize and the Golden Medal at the 12th International Cello Competition in the Czech Republic.
Special Jury Prize at the 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Evgeny Tonkha was born in 1981 into a musical family, and studied at the Gnessin Music School (class of Professor Vladimir Tonkha.) In 1998 he entered the Russian Academy of Music (classes of Professor Natalia Shakhovskaya and Professor Valentin Berlinsky.) After graduating from the Russian Academy of Music, Evgeny was invited by Professor David Geringas to post-graduate studies at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin.
Since 2006, Evgeny has been collaborating with the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra. Since the age of 10, he has toured Germany, France, England, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and the USA. Conductors he has worked with include Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons, and Daniel Barenboim. Among his achievements are the 1st Prize and the Golden Medal at the 12th International Cello Competition in the Czech Republic, the Special Jury Prize at the 13th International Tchaikovsky Competition, and prizes for the best performance of contemporary music.
He participated in many prestigious festivals including "Marlboro" festival. Evgeny teaches at MiMoDa studio. In 2014, in collaboration with Nathan Frankel, he founded a new "K17" concert series in LA and was proud to represent such world-favorite artists as David Geringas, Gilles Apap, Giovanni Sollima, and many others.
"The Existential Tourist" - A Composition by Juan Colomer
Evgeny Tonkha, cello with Anton Smirnoff, piano
Steven Vanhauwaert, Pianist
Recipient of the Maurice Lefranc award, the Galiot Prize,
and the Grand Prize at the 2004 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition.
"His impressive clarity and sense of structure — to say nothing of a monster technique — provided an often startling immediacy to all his sure fingers touched." - Mark Swed, L.A. Times
A native of Belgium, Steven Vanhauwaert was hailed by the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Swed for his “impressive clarity, sense of structure and monster technique.” Since then, Mr. Vanhauwaert has appeared in solo recitals at the world’s leading venues, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Concertgebouw in Bruges, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center. He has appeared with orchestras such as the Pacific Symphony, the Flemish Symphony, the Lviv Philharmonic, Sinfonietta Sofia, the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Kyiv Kamerata, and the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico.
Many of Mr. Vanhauwaert’s performances have been broadcast live on networks such as CBS, PBS, K-MZT, K-USC, K-PFK, K-NCJ, W-FMT, and RTBF. He was also a featured guest in a documentary on creativity for the German/French channel ARTE. He is the co-director of the Unbound Chamber Music Festival in Mammoth Lakes, a 3-week long summer festival featuring guest artists from around the world. He also serves as the Artistic Director for the Second-Sundays-at-Two recital series in Rolling Hills, CA.
Mr. Vanhauwaert is passionate about discovering the less familiar jewels of the repertoire. He has championed works by Joseph Woelfl, Éric Tanguy, Magnus Lindberg, Thomas Adès, Steve Reich, Ferruccio Busoni, Erwin Schulhoff, and Viktor Ullman.
He is frequently invited to give lecture recitals and masterclasses at prestigious universities throughout the world, including the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv, New York University at Abu Dhabi, the Colburn School, the University of Tennessee, the University of Louisiana, the Jerusalem Music Center, the University of Connecticut, the University of California at Los Angeles, California State University at Long Beach, and California Institute of the Arts.
He is the recipient of the Maurice Lefranc award, the Galiot Prize, and the Grand Prize at the 2004 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. His discography covers a wide range of composers, from Woelfl and Liszt to Stravinsky, Mansurian and Éric Tanguy. He has recorded on the Hortus, Sonarti, ECM, and Bridge labels. His recordings have garnered praise in the international press; several of his albums have received 5 diapasons in France, the Coup de Coeur on France Musique, 5 stars in the Pizzicato Magazine, and a nomination for the International Classical Music Awards. He serves as Assistant Professor on the faculty at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.