Music on Mondays: Music of Beethoven, Britten, Lavista, and Shostakovich
Music on Mondays
November 3, 2022
Monday, April 3, 2023 at 8 p.m.
Squires Recital Salon
Alan Weinstein, cello; Yevgeny Dokshansky, clarinet; and Elizabeth Bachelder, piano, perform a recital of music by Beethoven, Britten, Lavista, and Shostakovich.
Alan Weinstein, cellist, has performed as a soloist and chamber player throughout North America and Europe in venues including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Spivey Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Edinbrough Fringe Festival. He is a founding member of the Kandinsky Trio, winner of the Chamber Music America Residency Award, the NEA American Masterpieces Grant and a NEA Meet the Composers Award. He frequently collaborates with internationally acclaimed artists including Dawn Upshaw, Ida Kavafian, Kurt Rosenwinkle and Andrés Cárdenes.
Weinstein has appeared on television and radio broadcasts throughout the United States, Canada and Europe including the McNeil/Lehrer Report, WNYC, and Performance Today on National Public Radio. He has served as an artist/faculty member at the Hindemith Institute in Blonay, Switzerland, the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, and Acqui Terme, Italy and the Montecito International Music Festival. He has given numerous master classes at institutions including Penn State, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Vanderbilt University. Mr. Weinstein has performed with the Portland String Quartet, the Rochester Philharmonic and served as principal cellist of the Eastman/Dryden Orchestra.
His dedication to new music has led him to premiere compositions by artists such as Mike Reid (“Tales of Appalachia” performed in over 150 cities), Richard Danielpour, and Hilary Tan. His jazz collaborations have included performances with Larry Coryell, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Dave Samuels, and as a harmonica player with Ray Charles.
Weinstein holds degrees in music performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Eastman School of Music. His principal teachers include Steven Doane, Robert Sylvester, Timothy Eddy and chamber music studies with the Cleveland Quartet, Menachem Pressler, Walter Trampler, and Eugene Lehner.
Virginia Tech has awarded Weinstein the Alumni Teaching Award, the Certificate of Teaching Excellence Award, and the Sturm Award for Faculty Excellence in the Creative Arts. He has recorded for Arabesque Records, Brioso and OmniTone labels and plays a cello attributed to Albani circa 1690.
Yevgeny Dokshansky is a clarinetist, saxophonist, and conductor. He has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and conductor throughout Europe, North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. He is a first prize winner at the Minsk Jazz Competition, third prize-winner at the second International Music of Hope Competition, special prize-winner at the fifth Aginski International Competition of Chamber Music, and two-time Baird Concerto Competition winner on both clarinet and saxophone. Deeply committed to chamber music, he founded the Chicago Q Ensemble, Martin & Dokshansky Duo, Alito Quintet, and has performed as tenor saxophonist from 2004 to 2006 with the Amherst Saxophone Quartet. He presently holds positions as Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts, Artistic Director of Ensemble Next Parallel in Washington, D.C., and Principal Clarinet of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. Dokshansky is an endorsing performing artist for Légère Reeds and BG France.
Elizabeth Bachelder, pianist, made her highly successful debut as a child prodigy in a solo piano recital at Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weill Hall) at the age of 9 and her first appearance with orchestra at the age of 12. Selected to study with the renowned Myra Hess, she spent a year in London before returning to New York to study with David Saperton. Having earned her B. Mus., M. Mus, and D.M.A. at the Eastman School of Music, Bachelder is retired from Roanoke College in Salem, VA where she founded the Kandinsky Trio in 1995. She has recorded for Columbia Records and Brioso Recordings, toured the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe as soloist and chamber musician, and in 2008 she performed the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra to great critical acclaim. Prior to relocating to Virginia in 1981, Bachelder held teaching and performing positions at Texas Lutheran College, Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University), The University of Texas at San Antonio, and Virginia Tech. Bachelder continues to teach privately and perform as collaborative pianist in the region.