Mozart & Friends

Hammerklavier Duo 

Cynthia Roberts, violin

Christoph Hammer, fortepiano

SATURDAY, JUNE 16  8pm
Shrine of Sts. Peter & Paul
125 Fayette Street

Christoph Hammer Pianoforte Recital

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 15  4:45pm
Shrine of Sts. Peter & Paul
125 Fayette Street

CYNTHIA ROBERTS

Cynthia Roberts, one of America's leading advocates of the Baroque violin, serves as concertmaster of New York's Concert Royal and Cleveland's Apollo's Fire, as well as making regular appearances in this role with William Christie’s Paris-based Les Arts Florissant and the New York Collegium. In addition, she performs regularly with the North America's most prominent period instrument ensembles, including Tafelmusik, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and the Handel & Haydn Society, and has also performed with the London Classical Players, Aston Magna, Mostly Mozart Orchestra of Original Instruments and the Taverner Players, and is currently a principal player of the Carmel Bach Festival. Featured on the soundtrack of the film Casanova (2005), she is on the faculty at the Juilliard Conservatory, the University of North Texas and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. Recent highlights include a national broadcast on NPR's Performance Today of Bach's Fourth Brandenburg Concerto and performance at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Prague Festival and Boston Early Music Festival. Roberts has made more than fifty recordings as well as numerous broadcasts for NPR, CBC and WDR.

 

CHRISTOPH HAMMER

Christoph Hammer, hailed as a “poet of the fortepiano” by the Italian press, was born in Germany in 1966. He studied organ at the Academy of Music and Theater in Munich, also attending courses and workshops with renowned specialists for historic keyboard instruments. In addition, he studied German Literature and Musicology at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and at UCLA. Since 1989, Hammer has focused on playing historical keyboard instruments, especially the fortepiano. He has achieved an international reputation as a soloist and lieder accompanist as well as in chamber music. Numerous recordings document his success, the newest of which features piano works of Carl Czerny (ORF Edition). In addition to the established concert repertoire, Hammer dedicates his time to the rediscovery of little-known composers as well as to researching and editing their works. Hammer has performed at numerous international festivals such as the Mozart-Festival Wurzburg and other numerous festivals in France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. In addition, he has played as a soloist with orchestras such as Concerto Cologne, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, and Prague Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Hammer has taught masterclasses at the Czech State Music Academy (Prague), Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), and the State Music Academy (Minsk), among others. He is Visiting Professor in Fortepiano at the University of North Texas.

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