🌲 "London Borough of Culture meets Classical Music" 🎻
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Dear friends and colleagues,
We hope you are keeping safe and well. You are invited to the 3rd WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2021 in London (online).
As in previous years there will be WFCF Cello Concerts, Underground Lunchtime Recitals (in the historic Victoria Line Carriage), Cello Weekend, Make Music Day and Cello Academy (All ages and abilities are welcome!). Cello events will be held mainly online in June 2021.
Programme to be announced in following weeks! Many cello events are free of charge (donations are welcome).
Festival is supported by the London Borough of Waltham Forest. For latest updates subscribe to our WFCF Newsletter, follow @WalhamForestCelloFest and visit https://www.Brikcius.com/WalthamForestCelloFest .
🌲 Waltham Forest Cello Fest 🎻
P.S. Many cello events are free of charge. Please consider supporting the 3rd WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2021 in London. Your help will enable to resume our cello events online and to support our cellists affected by COVID-19. Pledge here https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/WalthamForestCelloFest or donate via PayPal https://www.paypal.me/WFCelloFest .
Saturday 5th June 2021
- cca 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
INDIVIDUAL CELLO MASTER CLASSES
František Brikcius - Cellist & Cello Tutor
Anna Brikciusová - Cellist & Cello Tutor
CELLO WEBINAR 1
Stijn Kuppens - Cellist & Cello Tutor
INTERPRETATION MASTERCLASS FOR CELLISTS
Peter Askim - Conductor and Artistic Director (The Next Festival of Emerging Artists)
CELLO LAUREATES + Q&A
Yiqi Chen - Cello (the Music and Stars Awards - Grand Prix “Crown of Stars")* + Zijian Wei - Piano
TBC - Cello (TBC)
George Wolfe-McGuire - Cello (the King's Peak International Music Competition)*
*KPIMC 2021 Waltham Forest Cello Fest Scholarship Winners
CELLO WEBINAR 2
Stijn Kuppens - Cellist
REMEMBERING ANNA SHUTTLEWORTH
- Informal online cello gathering of friends, colleagues and students of legendary cellist Prof. Anna Shuttleworth (1927 - 2021).
MUSIC DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKANNA + Q&A
- Online introduction of music documentary film MAKANNA will take place on Sunday 6th June 2021 at 8:00 p.m., to commemorate the 121st anniversary of the birth of Jiří Weil (1900 - 1959). The documentary, back in London following a screening in Beijing (the 9th European Union Film Festival in China), Lisbon (MUVI - the International Music Film Festival in Portugal), Mexico (FIC AUTOR - Author's International Film Festival) and Prague (premiere at the Václav Havel Library), from the concert performance of MAKANNA (organised in the cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Prague and held under the auspices of Sir Tom Stoppard and Václav Havel) is based on the novel of the Jewish writer Jiří Weil, about the rise and fall of the 7th century false prophet with his face covered with the green veil and his eyes glowing as embers. Featuring Jan Talich (Conductor), Jan Židlický (Narrator), František Brikcius (Cellist), Irena Kosíková (Composer) and Talich Chamber Orchestra. Free admission, donations welcome (cca £5 - £15 suggested).
Sunday 6th June 2021
- cca 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 12th June 2021
- 8:00 p.m.
- Virtual poetry reading SAVE THE QUEEN from Anna Brikciusová's new poetry collection, with accompanying cello music by the author, is scheduled for Saturday 12th June 2021 8:00 p.m., to commemorate the 211th anniversary of the birth of poet Karel Hynek Mácha (1810 - 1836). This event will feature Sarabande from the Suite No. 5 in c minor for Solo Cello (BWV 1011) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750). In the cooperation with the Bach Festival Gers. Free admission, donations welcome (cca £5 - £12 suggested).
Sunday 13th June 2021
Saturday 19th June 2021
- 8:00 p.m.
- Online introduction of international project MUSICAL SOLIDARITY / COVID-19 and MUSICAL SOLIDARITY DOCUMENTARY followed by Q&A will take place on Saturday 19th June 2021 - 8:00 p.m. The Musical Solidarity Project / Covid-19 - #VirtualVerdiChoir is created and produced by Italian-Israeli soprano Nofar Yacobi, as a respond to the global COVID-19 crisis. In global collaboration with Waltham Forest Cello Fest, 55 opera houses, orchestras, cultural institutions, 16 Sign Language professionals and about 500 performers (singers, instrumentalists, conductors, soloists, orchestra players, music students and even passionate amateurs) from 65 different countries. Free entry.
- Online complete organ performance of 18 LEIPZIG CHORALES will take place on Sunday 20th June 2021 at 8:00 p.m., to commemorate the 336th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach. Don’t miss cca 100 minutes of unique music set of 18 Leipziger Choräle (BWV 651-668) by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) performed by Czech organist and composer Irena Kosíková. It includes manuscript of Bach's score that turns pages along with the music. Free admission, donations welcome (cca £8 - £15 suggested).
Sunday 20th June 2021
- 8:00 p.m.
Monday 21st June 2021
- 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(cca 15 minutes slots)
- To celebrate MAKE MUSIC DAY our WFCF CELLO ACADEMY prepared for you another round of Free Individual Cello Sessions on Monday 21st June 2021 at 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. (cca 15 minutes slots) online via Zoom.
"Make Music Day is the UK’s largest single-day music event and the world’s biggest celebration of music, taking place in 125 countries on 21 June annually."
Do you want to improve your cello performance or know how to practice better? Our Cello Tutor František Brikcius will explain you how. Do you want to learn how to play cello? It's never too late. All ages and abilities are welcome. Contact WFCF for free available slots now.
Saturday 26th June 2021
Sunday 27th June 2021
- Online cello master classes WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST - CELLO ACADEMY (26th July - 1st August 2021). For the second time Waltham Forest Cello Fest is introducing online summer cello master classes CELLO ACADEMY, that will take a place in July - August 2021. Individual remote cello lessons are held in Summer online via Zoom or Skype.
All ages (4-99), levels (Initial Grade, Grades 1-8) and abilities (beginner, student, advanced) are welcome! Our cello tutors are cellists and cello teachers František Brikcius and Anna Brikciusová, members of chamber music ensemble Duo Brikcius [2 Cellists - 2 Siblings].
Book your online cello course now. Each course includes 6 x 50 minutes online lessons (+ cca 5 minutes for technical set up), final online presentation workshop and a certificate of completion. Limited number of accepted students.
26th July - 1st August 2021
The 3rd WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2021 in London presents the 2nd WFCF CELLO ACADEMY (July - August 2021) Online Summer Cello Master Classes via Zoom / Skype.
FRANTIŠEK BRIKCIUS - CELLO, CHAMBER MUSIC
ANNA BRIKCIUSOVÁ - CELLO
Book your One-to-One Cello OnLine Summer Course now - https://WalthamForestCelloFest.eventbrite.com .
All ages (4-99), levels (Initial Grade, Grades 1-8) and abilities (beginner, student, advanced) are welcome!
Czech cellist František Brikcius was born in Prague, into a family with a distinguished cultural background. He has been playing the cello since early childhood. Following his cello studies at the Prague Conservatoire, he completed his Master's degree at the Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU) in the Czech republic. He furthered his cello skills at the Toho Gakuen Academy in Japan and later under the guidance of legendary cellist Prof. Anna Shuttleworth (student of Pablo Casals) in the United Kingdom (Eton Cello Master Classes and the University of Leeds).
He won the 2nd prizes at the Anglo-Czech Competition in London (1999), the International String Competition London (2000) and the International String Competition Jihlava (2003). He has been awarded many scholarships and fellowships, including the Czech Music Foundation (CHF), the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Music Foundation OSA, the Socrates-Erasmus, and the Gideon Klein Foundation for the propagation of works written by Jewish Holocaust Composers.
František chose to dedicate his life to the interpretation of cello compositions written by composers of the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, giving special consideration to compositions for solo cello. His favourites are cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach, Max Reger, Ernest Bloch and Benjamin Britten.
He is particularly involved in researching, studying and performing works by Czech (Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů, Josef Suk and Irena Kosíková), Jewish & Terezín (Gideon Klein, Erwin Schulhoff, Zikmund Schul, Jaromír Weinberger, James Simon and David Popper) and contemporary composers (Conrad Beck, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Benjamin Britten, Henri Dutilleux, Wolfgang Fortner, Alberto Ginastera, Cristobal Halffter, Hans Werner Henze, Heinz Holliger, Klaus Huber and Witold Lutoslawski), playing on a "George Kriwalski" cello made in 1904.
Together with his sister Anna Brikciusová, he is a founder member of the "Duo Brikcius". He is artistic director of Festival Brikcius - Chamber Music Concert Series in Prague, Bach Festival Gers in France and Waltham Forest Cello Fest (the 1st London Borough of Culture meets Classical Music) in London.
František works as independent film-maker as well. His first music documentary film MAKANNA (in the cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Prague and under the auspices of Sir Tom Stoppard and Václav Havel) was already screened in the Czech republic, China, Mexico and Portugal. He is currently working on new music documentary film eSACHERe (2021).
As a soloist František has performed at many festivals in Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liberland, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom.
František has been teaching cello for many years. He is experienced at taking students at all levels, able to give master classes as well as support beginners. He is giving cello master classes in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and remotely online via Zoom/Skype.
Served as a jury member in various competitions including the Berliner International Music Competition in Germany, the Music and Stars Awards, the Music International Grand Prix, the Sound Espressivo Global Competition, the Palm Beach International Music Awards, the King's Peak International Music Competition and the Baku International Cinema Festival in Azerbaijan.
More information about František Brikcius and his many cello projects is available on the websites https://www.Brikcius.com , https://www.Brikcius.com/CelloTutor and https://www.Twitter.com/Brikcius .
Czech organist and composer Irena Kosíková was born in Prague into the intellectual family of prohibited philosopher Karel Kosík and literary scientist Růžena Grebeníčková, the Herder prize laureate.
She began her organ studies with Prof. Jan Hora, together with piano lessons given by Prof. Eliška Kleinová and Prof. Arnoštka Grünfeldová. Irena Kosíková studied organ performance (Prof. Jaroslava Potměšilová) and conducting (Prof. Karel Fiala) at Ježek's Conservatory. For political reasons she was refused to further her studies. She took private composition lessons with Prof. Miroslav Raichl.
Finally after the Velvet Revolution she was accepted at the Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU) in Brno into the organ class of Prof. Alena Veselá and Prof. Kamila Klugarová. She graduated at the Academy of Music (HAMU) in Prague, under the guidance of Prof. Josef Popelka.
Irena Kosíková now gives organ concerts and intensively compose. Her works have been performed in the Czech Republic, Algeria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Israel, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Sweden and in the United Kingdom. As an organist she specialises in the interpretation of organ works written by Johann Sebastian Bach: including performances of the complete Organ Toccatas, Voluntaries, Leipzig Chorales, The Art of Fugue, Organ Mass.
She is one of the six chosen composers (Jiří Matys, Petr Hejný, Jan Jirásek, Luboš Fišer, Miloš Štědroň and Irena Kosíková) of the project "Prague - Brno: 6 Contemporary Composers", held under the auspices of Václav Havel.
For the celebration of the Year of Jewish Culture - 100 Years of the Jewish Museum in Prague, she wrote orchestra composition "7 Candles" introduced, together with the work of murdered "Terezín" composers Gideon Klein (1919 - 1945) and Pavel Haas (1899 - 1944), in Prague and Terezín.
On the occasion of the 110th anniversary commemoration of the birth of Jewish writer Jiří Weil (1900 - 1959), Irena Kosíková was commissioned to create ballet "MAKANNA" for voice, cello and orchestra, it's concert performance was held under the auspices of Sir Tom Stoppard and Václav Havel. Live recording is available on Supraphonline.cz and iTunes.
Music cooperation with the Talich Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, cellist Anna Brikciusová, Czech pianist Tomáš Víšek, cellist František Brikcius, siblings cello chamber ensemble Duo Brikcius, Czech Maestro Jan Talich and Russian conductor Mischa Rachlevsky.
Organ compositions in the interpretation of Irena Kosíková are published on YouTube, currently complete performance of Leipzig Chorales.
She currently resides in France. For more information about Czech composer and organist Irena Kosíková visit websites https://www.iKosik.com and https://Twitter.com/IrenaKosikova .`
Czech cellist Anna Brikciusová was born in Prague, into a family with a distinguished cultural background. She began to play the cello in early childhood. After her studies at the Prague Conservatory in the cello classes of Prof. Jaroslav Kulhan and Prof. Viktor Moučka, Anna graduated under the tutelage of Prof. Vladan Kočí. Tutorials with Prof. Stanislav Apolín.
She has actively participated in many international cello master classes, the French Academy (Prof. J. Bárta), the Jihlava International Master Classes (Prof. D. Sella, Prof. E. Rattay) and the International Cello Interpretation Master classes (Prof. S. Apolín). She has performed in the Czech Republic, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Currently she is also writing. Anna Brikciusová was a nominee for the Dresdner Lyrikpreis, her collection of short stories "Eutanazie" was published by H+H (edited by Jan Suk). Her poems were published at the Revolver Revue, Souvislosti, Tvar, Reflex and Protimluv. Anna's collection of poems "Kolibří úsměv" was published by Protimluv (edited by Jan Suk). In 2018 she received international residency scholarship of the Visegrad Literary Residency Programme in Bratislava. Her autumnal yearly show is part of the Festival Poetry Day and the Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Her poem "Podzimní" was chosen for the Best Czech Poems 2018 anthology (Host) and for the anthology Short poem (Protimluv, 2020). Recently her collection of poems "Do bouře" was released by Nakladatelství Bor (2020).
Anna Brikciusová plays a "Benjamin Patočka" cello made in 1913. Together with her brother František Brikcius, she is a founder member of the "Duo Brikcius". More information is available on websites https://www.Brikcius.com/Anna .
Duo Brikcius is a Czech chamber music ensemble created by two promising young cellists (brother and sister), Anna Brikciusová and František Brikcius. Both founding members are well acquainted with the solo cello repertoire, but decided to increase their repertoire with music written for this unusual combination (with great hidden potential) of two cellos. The main aims of Duo Brikcius are to study and perform works written for two cellos, enable the creation and performance of works that are not well known to the audience, encourage contemporary composers regardless of nationality or age), to create music for this ensemble, maintain the tradition of established composers, present Czech music culture abroad and bring to other people the joy of music.
Duo Brikcius has appeared in many festivals (for example Chotěbořské jaro, Boskovice, Baščaršijske noći, Duo Brikcius - 2 Cellos Tour, Dvořák festival, European days of Jewish culture, Století andělů a ďáblů v Pošumaví, Daniel Pearl Music Festival, Festival Culturel International de Musique Symphonique, Festival Smetanovské dny, Festival Brikcius, Festival Baroko v krvi, Bach Festival Gers) both in the Czech republic and abroad (Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, etc.). More details are available on the website https://www.Brikcius.com .
"Života děj vane, či vleče mě sem i tam, leč jiskra vzpomínky zůstává mi ku svitu navzdory temnotě - - mnoho zdaru vám, Brikciusové!"
George Thomas Alexander Wolfe-McGuire, age 17, of Amityville, New York, has studied cello since age four and is now in his fourth year at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School as a student of Fred Sherry.
George was a semifinalist in the 2020 and 2021 Junior Division of the Sphinx Competition and is a recipient of the Sphinx Organization’s MPower Artist Grant. In the summer of 2017 George attended the Sphinx Performance Academy at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he performed in the masterclasses of Richard Weiss, First Assistant Principal of the Cleveland Orchestra. An active member of the Metropolitan String Orchestra since 2013, George has performed as a soloist with orchestras and string ensembles in many venues in the New York metropolitan region.
In 2019 he received the Paul Rudolff award, given as a second prize in the annual Island Symphony Orchestra Young Performer’s Competition. George has spent summers honing his cello skills at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Meadowmount School of Music, the Heifetz International Music Institute and Junior Greenwood Music Camp.
Since the spring of 2019 George has been volunteering as OMP Ambassador and cello instructor at the Opportunity Music Project, a non-profit that provides free instruction, instruments, and performance opportunities to young musicians in underserved communities in New York City that traditionally do not have access to a classical music education. George is a ranked sabre fencer who competes in tournaments around the country including Nationals and the Junior Olympics. Visit https://www.georgewolfemcguire.com .
My name is Yiqi Chen from Shenzhen, an advanced and international city in China. When I was 7 years old, I run into and love the cello , a beautiful sweet instrument. Perhaps it was fate, when I was 10 years old, I met the talent scout Prof. Yu Mingqing in my life, and I was admitted to the fifth grade of CCOM affiliated primary school and began my road to cello professional.
Under the guidance of my mentor, I have participated in several competitions at home and abroad, and won all the first place in the same age group and got the invitation of some master courses.
I have often performed with my teacher all over the country, and finished demonstration performance in some large-scale activities and master classes. Such activities gave me a lot of learning experience . I am really grateful to my teacher very much.
I often play the music at freely, but it is in moderation.
In my music, people can feel my energy and inner voice. Maybe the strong personal style makes me to be unique!
AWARDS and HONOURS:
*2017 Hong Kong International Music & Arts Festival / Children Group: Second Prize
*2019 The 1st "Cello Family" International Competition for Young Cellists Winter / Children Group: First Place Winner
*2019 The 6th Scholarship Competition for Central Conservatory of Music School / Viola & Cello: Third Prize
*2019 The 8th "AiQin" Prize And The 3rd International Cello Competition / Children Group: First Prize, Ensemble Group: First Prize and he gave a solo performance at the closing ceremony at The Poly Theatre in Beijing.
*2020 The 2nd "Cello Family" International Competition for Young Cellists Winter / Junior Group: First Prize, Ensemble Group: First Prize
*2020 The 30th Young Musician International Competition "Città di Barletta" / First Prize + Special Prize for Arts Management
*2020 International Music Competition Best Saint-Saëns Performance / First Prize Winner
*2020 The 1st Moscow International Art Elite Competition, Russia / Strings Group: First Prize
*2020 International Music Competition Bonn "Grand Prize Virtuoso" / First Prize Winner + Exceptional Young Talent Special Prize
*2020 San Francisco, USA International Innovative Music Competition / Junior Cello: First Prize
*2020 "CROWN OF STARS" Music & Star Awards
Chen has been awarded The "GRAND PRIX-CROWN OF STARS" Best Instrumentalist in all age categories for strings. And the only special award : "FULL CELLO SCHOLARSHIP" by WFCF - František Brikcius, Concert Cellist, International soloist and Artistic Director of Waltham Forest Cello Fest, and awarded the "SILVER STAR" of Chamber Music-Duo-D.
*2021 The 3rd Gustav Mahler Prize Cello Competition / 1st Prize and Category Winner, Prize of Director of Gustav Mahler Institute and Special Prize Online Lessons by Michaela Fukačová.
Visit https://b23.tv/3gVAes .
Anna Shuttleworth (2nd May 1927 – 2nd March 2021) was a British cellist. She studied cello with Ivor James and Harvey Phillips at the Royal College of Music and later became a professor at the same college. After leaving the RCM her friend Joan Dickson organised for the cellist Enrico Mainardi to give lessons in London in which Shuttleworth took part. She also continued her studies with Franz Walter in Geneva.
Shortly after leaving college, Shuttleworth was invited to play at the Newbury Festival with the Newbury String Players, both in the orchestra and later as a soloist. This initiated a long friendship with the family of Gerald Finzi and their musical circle, including Ursula and Ralph Vaughan Williams. This period also witnessed a richly varied freelance career, playing in a number of festival orchestras, as a chamber musician and soloist. She was once affectionately referred to as “The Swellest Cellist” by Vaughan Williams.
In 1953, at the recommendation of the composer Herbert Howells, Shuttleworth applied for the Boise scholarship and in 1954 was awarded a substantial sum to further her cello studies. This she used to study with Mainardi in Salzburg and Rome, and with Pablo Casals in Zermatt and Prades.
Shuttleworth was married twice, first time to Noel Taylor, a fellow cellist, in 1957, and the second time to David Sellen, a biophysics researcher, in 1973. They remained married until her death in 2021.
In the 1960s, Shuttleworth’s career took off and she became a member of several ensembles and performed for many BBC broadcasts. She had a lesson with Rostropovich who complimented her on her beautiful cello sound and musicianship. This was also the year when she was invited to teach the cello at the Junior Department at the RCM, followed by the appointment to the Senior Department in 1967. In 1968 she was approved as an Associated Board examiner and also bought her very first Renault 4, the car that was to become her habitual transport, travelling around the country.
The 1970s was Shuttleworth's golden period and through the connection with Hilary Finzi, Jacqueline du Pré's sister, she was allowed to play on Jacqui's Davidov Stradivarius for two years. She became a “sought after” cello professor at the RCM and taught many of today’s well-known musicians, including Adrian Brendel, Alexander Baillie, Clare Finzi, Elizabeth Wilson and Jonathan del Mar. But, as Shuttleworth felt like she had neglected her academic career, and partly to better understand David’s work at the Leeds University, she took an Open University course 1971-75 and was awarded a BA (Hons) degree in 1975. In 1972 Shuttleworth put Stuart Lowe in contact with Sue Jennings and later Stuart and Sue married. Later Shuttleworth taught Matthew, Daniel and Time Lowe at Sue’s request. She and Sue developed a long-standing teaching relationship together, and with the Lowe family members and Alexander Baillie, they created “Gathering of the Clans”, a long running cello course with teachers such as Baillie and Johannes Goritzki as well as Alexander teachers/cellists Vivien Mackie and Rhuna Martin. Other cellists included Joan Dickson, Amanda Truelove, Sasha Boyarsky, Lowri Blake, Andreas Burzik, Melissa Phelps, Louise Hopkins, and Moray Welsh.
After the 1960s Shuttleworth performed many successful piano and cello recitals with some of the leading pianists in Britain, including Bernard Roberts, Ian Brown, Martin Roscoe and John Thwaites. When in London she knew Sylvia Cleaver who in 1964 asked Shuttleworth to become the principal cellist of the Midland Sinfonia Orchestra (later renamed the English Sinfonia). She held this post until she retired from the orchestra in 1996. Apart from this, Shuttleworth worked with many orchestras over the years such as the Alexandra Orchestra (founded by Denys Darlow) which later became the Tilford Bach Orchestra, Chelsea Opera Group, Kalmar Orchestra, Sadler’s Wells Opera Orchestra (now English National Opera) and Orchestra d'Amici.
Shuttleworth’s teaching career evolved over the years. From initially teaching at independent schools and later being appointed a professor at the RCM she eventually took on many teaching positions in England, including Canterbury, Leeds and students from York University, as well as at Leeds Girls High School. On top of this she had many private pupils. In 1994, Shuttleworth’s teaching became more widely known when her pupil, Natalie Clein, won both the UK and European Young Musician of the Year competitions. Although this was at a time when Shuttleworth was near retirement, she was now very much a sought after teacher. Much later she taught the very talented Czech cellist František Brikcius, who came to Leeds University as an Erasmus scholar.
In 2008 Shuttleworth was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Music from Prince Charles. This followed a number of years when she supported the RCM and also created a cello prize in her own name. Shuttleworth co-wrote a cello method "Playing the Cello" for young cellists aged 10 and upwards and her Memoirs were published in July 2009.
Active as a composer, conductor, and educator, Peter Askim is Founder and Artistic Director of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists, Director of Orchestral Studies at NC State University and conductor of the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.
As a conductor, he is known for innovative programming, championing the work of living composers and his advocacy of underrepresented voices in the concert hall. He has conducted premieres by Nico Muhly, Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Theofanidis, Brett Dean, Jeff Scott, Aleksandra Vrebalov and led the American premiere of Florence Price’s Ethiopia’s Shadow in America. His work was featured on HBO and National Public Radio conducting Richard Thompson’s soundtrack for The Cold Blue, and he has collaborated with such artists as the Matt Haimovitz, Vijay Iyer, Jennifer Koh, Miranda Cuckson, Jeffrey Zeigler, Nadia Sirota, and Sō Percussion.
With the creation of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists, Askim founded a festival dedicated to the next generation of performers, composers and choreographers. Founded in 2013, the festival structure encourages young artists, ages 20-30, to focus on artistic development, entrepreneurial career strategies and the music of living composers. It has been awarded grants by the Amphion and ASCAP foundations, and the Copland Fund for Music.
With the Raleigh Civic Orchestras, Askim has pioneered collaborative, multimedia concert events focused on social and environmental justice and has programmed a newly-commissioned world premiere on each concert for the last five seasons. Themes have included Martin Luther King, Jr.’s North Carolina “I Have A Dream” speech and a work for Virtual Reality and orchestra highlighting the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Voting Rights Act. Under his direction, the orchestras have received multiple grants recognizing diversity in programming, including from New Music USA and the Women’s Philharmonic Association. Visit https://www.Next-Fest.org .