Nothing dazzles like a finely polished cello and piano duo, and no duo quite compares with this one. Widely acclaimed New York cellist Nicholas Tzavras will team up with Steinway master, Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa. Taking full advantage of Pro Musica’s new 9’ Steinway concert grand, San Miguel’s finest piano, they will take to the stage on Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th at 5 pm at St. Paul’s church on Calle Cardo for two different concerts.
Nicholas Tzavaras, hailing from Spanish Harlem in New York City, is the name on every chamber music lover’s lips right now. Cellist of the internationally renowned Shanghai Quartet since 2000, having played over 1300 international concerts, his popularity has skyrocketed. Praised as “beautifully nuanced” with his cello “richly singing” by the New York Times, Tzavaras is a chamber musician, soloist and educator renowned worldwide.
Tzavaras holds the esteemed title of guest principal cellist of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (since 2009) and guest Professor at the Shanghai and Central Conservatories in China, the only Westener to hold such high ranking and prestigious positions. He has recorded more than 20 albums and leads the String Department of the Faculty of the University of Richmond, as well as being artist in residence at Montclair State University, Tzavaras performs in many international festivals worldwide. If this were not enough he can be seen in the Academy Award nominated documentary “Small Wonders;” the movie “Music of the Heart” starring Meryl Streep; and with the Shanghai Quartet in Woody Allen’s “Melinda Melinda.”
Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa debuted in the United States at 14 years old, playing the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, accompanied by the New York String Orchestra. Since then she has only grown in her talents. Celebrated by the NY Times for her “impressive musicality, a crisp touch and expressive phrasing,” she has gone on to perform worldwide as a soloist and with many leading orchestras.
After a recent all-Beethoven recital in Dresden, Germany, a reviewer wrote: "Her listeners followed her playing -full of details and delicate contrasts- breathlessly." Aizawa performs a "Prism" series in Japan, with tributes to Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann, contrasted with specially commissioned works for each program. Currently, Aizawa lives in New York City.
The two concerts will include works by Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms, Fauré, Bach and more These Tickets for these two unmissable concerts at St. Paul’s are $150, $250 and $350 pesos donation each, and are on sale at La Tienda in the Biblioteca Pública; La Conexión; only at Aldama 3, the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22, and at the concert half an hour before performance time.