March 2017 events


Faculty Chamber Music Recital - Chih-Yi Chen, piano – with James Campbell, clarinet; Thomas Robertello, flute; Masumi Per Rostad, viola; and the Pacifica Quartet - - Faculty Chamber Music Recital

Chih-Yi Chen, piano

James Campbell, clarinet Thomas Robertello, flute Masumi Per Rostad, viola

Pacifica Quartet Simin Ganatra, violin Sibbi Bernhardsson, violin Masumi Per Rostad, viola Brandon Vamos, cello

Repertoire Saint-Saëns: Sonata in E-Flat Major for clarinet      and piano, Op. 167 (1921) Duruflé: Prélude, récitatif et variations for piano,      flute, and viola, Op. 3 (1928)Dvorák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81

About the Artists

Chih-Yi Chen (piano)

Taiwanese pianist Chih-Yi Chen's versatile qualities as a collaborative pianist, chamber musician, and soloist have distinguished her as a rarity amongst pianists.

Her work with the talented young violinists of the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi, directed by Mimi Zweig, garnered her recognition as a specialist in violin repertoire, and she has since become a sought-after collaborative pianist.

Among the numerous musicians with whom she has collaborated are Jaime Laredo, Liviu Prunaru, Barnabás Kelemen, Augustin Hadelich, Atar Arad, Sharon Robinson, Peter Stumpf, Howard Klug, William Ludwig, and the Rubens Quartet.

Recent solo appearances include Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' and Stephen Paulus's piano concerto with the IU Wind Ensemble.

Chen received her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Music degrees at Indiana University, where her teachers were Lev Vlasenko and Luba Edlina-Dubinsky.

She is on the faculty of the IU Jacobs School of Music, where she teaches piano accompanying. She is also a faculty member of the IU Summer String Academy.

James Campbell (clarinet)

James Campbell studied with Abe Galper, Yona Ettlinger, Mitchel Lurie and Daniel Bonade. His former students have played in orchestras including Amsterdam's Concertgebow Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, and several US military bands, and they hold teaching positions at universities and conservatories worldwide. He has given master classes on five continents including the Royal Academy in London, the Tokyo College of Music, the Moscow Conservatory, the Rotterdam Conservatory, the University of Southern California, the Beijing Conservatory, and throughout Australia and Canada.

His concerts have taken him to over 35 countries, appearing as soloist with over 60 orchestras including the Montreal Symphony, the Russian Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the Boston Pops.

He has performed with Glenn Gould, Aaron Copland, over 30 different string quartets, and jazz with pianist Gene DiNovi.

He has over 40 recordings encompassing most of the standard clarinet repertoire. His recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet was chosen by BBC Radio and the London Times as the best available. For more information, see

Thomas Robertello (flute)

Thomas Robertello is associate professor of flute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

A former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the National Symphony, he has performed as guest principal flutist with the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Houston Grand Opera. He has toured with the San Francisco Symphony and was guest soloist with that orchestra in Jerod Tate’s Iholba, for solo flute, chorus, and orchestra, which premiered at the Kennedy Center with members of the National Symphony, which commissioned the work and recorded with the San Francisco Symphony. He has been featured as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. His other solo recordings include the Telemann solo flute fantasies and two forthcoming CDs: all-Bach solo works anda duo recording with harp.

Robertello’s former faculty positions include the Asian Youth Orchestra, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Notre Dame, Roosevelt University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has taught master classes and performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea, China, and South America. His many festival performances as a soloist include the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Sarasota Music Festival (USA), Grand Teton (USA)\, Nara (Japan), Kirishima (Japan), Londrina (Brazil), Dartington (UK)\, Athitos (Greece), Music Anatolia College (Greece), and Brevard Music Center (USA). He is currently on the faculty of the Euro Music Festival and Academy in Halle Germany and the Sarasota Music Festival.

Pacifica Quartet

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and daring repertory choices, over the past two decades the Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. The Pacifica tours extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, performing regularly in the world’s major concert halls. Named the faculty quartet-in-residence at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music in March 2012, the Pacifica was also the quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2009–2012)—a position that has otherwise been held only by the Guarneri String Quartet—and received the 2009 Grammy for Best Chamber Music Performance. Highlights of the 2015-16 season include a performance at New York’s 92ndStreet Y, the beginning of a two-season residency at the Isabella StewartGardner Museum in Boston, a residency for the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music in Tucson, and return visits to the major series in New Orleans, San Francisco, and Portland.

Formed in 1994, the Pacifica Quartet quickly won chamber music’s top competitions, including the 1998 Naumburg Chamber Music Award. In 2002 the ensemble was honored with Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award and the appointment to Lincoln Center’s CMS Two, and in 2006 was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, becoming only the second chamber ensemble so honored in the Grant’s long history. Also in 2006 the Quartet was featured on the cover of Gramophone and heralded as one of five new quartets you should know about, the only American quartet to make the list. And in 2009, the Quartet was named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America. The members of the Pacifica Quartet live in Bloomington, Ind., where they serve as quartet-in-residence and full-time faculty members at the Jacobs School of Music. Prior to their appointment, the Quartet was on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana from 2003 to 2012. The Pacifica Quartet also serves as resident performing artist at the University of Chicago.

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Simin Ganatra (violin)

Simin Ganatra\, violin, has won wide recognition for her performances throughout the United States and abroad. She has been described by critics as an 'excellent and unique violinist' and heralded for 'creating a miraculous sense of flow and other worldly beauty.' She has performed in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the Corcoran Gallery, and Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. Collaborations include performances with Michael Tree, Toby Hoffman, and the St. Lawrence Quartet. She is the recipient of several awards and prizes, including the Naumburg Chamber MusicAward, top prizes at the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and first prizes in the Union League of Chicago Competition, the Pasadena Instrumental Competition, the Minnesota Sinfonia Competition, and the Schubert Club Competition. Originally from Los Angeles, Ganatra studied with Idell Low, Robert Lipsett, and most recently Roland and Almita Vamos. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where she was concertmaster of the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra and recipient of the Louis Kaufman Prize for outstanding performance in chamber music. She is currently on the faculty of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and the University of Chicago.

Sibbi Bernhardsson (violin)

Sibbi Bernhardsson began playing violin at the age of five in his native Iceland. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet he performs over 90 concerts a year worldwide in many of the leading concert halls in the United States, Europe, and Japan, including Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sibbi has performed at festivals including the Edinburgh Festival, Ravinia, Music@Menlo, and the Iceland Art Festival. With the PacificaQuartet he has received several honors including the Grammy Award, the Musical America Ensemble of the Year, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Collaborations include those with Menahem Pressler, Yo-Yo Ma, Jörg Widmann, the Emerson Quartet, and members of the Guarneri and Cleveland Quartets.

His television appearances include the Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, and the MTV Europe Music Awards with award-winning rock artist Björk. Sibbi gives regular recitals and master classes in Iceland and the United States, and has appeared as a soloist with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra. His teachers include Gudny Gudmundsdottir, Almita and Roland Vamos, Matias Tacke and Shmuel Ashkenasi. Sibbi lives in Bloomington, IN, with his wife Sally Takada Bernhardsson, son Hiromichi Magnus, and daughter Thora Aiko, and is on the faculty at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music and artist-in-residence at the University of Chicago.

Masumi Per Rostad (viola)

Japanese-Norwegian violist Masumi Per Rostad has been described as an expressive and elegant musician. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet, with whom he performs over 90 concerts a year, he won a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance and the Cleveland Quartet Award, in addition to being named Musical America’s 2009 Ensemble of the Year.

Masumi has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and performed as violist for the Spoleto USA and Skaneateles chamber music festivals. Collaborative highlights include performances with the St Lawrence, Emerson Quartets, Yo-Yo Ma, and Menahem Pressler. He has toured and recorded with the InternationalSejong Soloists and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. He can be found on recordings for Cedille Records, Naxos, Tzadik, Windspell Productions, and Musical Observations.

The Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City, where he began his musical studies at age three, presented him with the ‘Rising Star Award’ for musical achievement in 2008. Mr. Rostad received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School, where he was awarded the Lillian Fuchs Award for outstanding graduating violist. At Juilliard he studied with Karen Tuttle and was her teaching assistant. He has also served on the faculty of theNorthwestern University School of Music. He counts Paul Zukofsky among hisgreat musical mentors.

He performed the world premiere of Michael White's Viola Concerto in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall with conductor James DePreist after winning the Juilliard concerto competition in 1999. He also gave the New York premiere of Paul Schoenfield's Viola Concerto with the Juilliard Symphony. The New York Times described it as 'magnificently performed,' and New York Magazine heralded him as headed for the big career.

Masumi is an artistic planner and founder of DoCha (, a collaborative effort among University of Illinois community members to experiment with new and fun ways to present chamber music. The festival, which began in April 2010, intends to represent the first generation of classical musicians in the 21st century who feel they have a responsibility to carry forward the traditions of their art form while adapting to the changing world.

Currently, Masumi lives in Bloomington, IN, where he is a professor of viola at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. He is also on the faculty of the University of Chicago.

Brandon Vamos (cello)

Brandon Vamos has performed solo and chamber music recitals both in the U.S. and abroad to critical acclaim. Called a 'first-rate cellist' by the Chicago Reader and praised for his 'gutsy bravura' by the Chicago Tribune, Mr. Vamos has appeared as soloist with orchestras worldwide, including performances with the Taipei City Symphony, the Suwon Symphony in Seoul, the Samara Symphony in Russia, and the New Philharmonia Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Mr. Vamos has collaborated with many distinguished artists, including Paul Katz, Michael Tree, Yo-Yo Ma, Menahem Pressler, and the Emerson Quartet, and has recorded for Cedille, Naxos, and Cacophony Records. Awarded a Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music\, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music Degree as a student of Paul Katz,Mr. Vamos has also studied with distinguished artists such as Tanya Carey in Macomb, Illinois, and Aldo Parisot at Yale University, where he earned a Master of Music Degree. As a member of the Pacifica Quartet, with whom he performs over 90 concerts a year, he won a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance and the Cleveland Quartet Award, in addition to being named Musical America’s 2009 Ensemble of the Year.

School of Music venue: Recital Hall

TIME: 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: IU Jacobs School of Music (MAC; Auer, Ford recital halls), Third Street and Jordan Avenue, Bloomington. 855-7433

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