Event: Opening Night: Prokofiev & Brahms. Classical concert 1
Sameer Patel, Guest Conductor
Austin Huntington, Cello
Date: September 15th
Time: 6:30pm pre-concert talk with guest conductor, 7:30 pm concert
Prokofiev Sinfonia Concertante, op. 125
Brahms Symphony No.4, in E. minor, op. 98
Location: Sursa Hall
Single Tickets: $30
Important: This concert is sold out! We do offer you a chance to purchase a standby ticket. For a standby ticket please come to Sursa Hall at 7:15pm and have cash or check in hand. We may be able to sell you a ticket based on number of empty seats if there are any “no shows” 10 minutes prior to the start of the concert.
About the Artist:
Cellist AUSTIN HUNTINGTON made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 10 and is the recipient of numerous Grand prize and First place awards on both the National and International levels. Austin has performed as guest soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, LaPorte Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra to name a few. Among his engagements next season, he will make his solo debut with orchestras such as the Muncie Symphony Orchestra (gala opening concert for their 2012-2013 season), the Idaho State-Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Marin Symphony, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra, and preform in recitals through programs such as Noontime Concerts (San Francisco, CA) and Music in the Vineyards (Napa Valley, CA).
Most recently, Austin was awarded the 2012 Irving M. Klein International String Competition Marvin T. Tepperman Memorial First Prize and the Allen R. and Susan E. Weiss Award (for the best performance of the commissioned work). The previous year, he was awarded the 2011 Stulberg International String Competition Burdick-Thorne Gold Medal and Bach Award (for the best performance of a Bach solo work). In 2009, Austin was declared the National First-Place winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) solo performance competition held in Atlanta. Prior to this, he won his state and subsequent five-state regional competitions. In addition to the previously named competitions, he has also been awarded the Grand prize and First place awards in the following Young Artist Competitions: Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic (both the Junior and Senior divisions), the Society of American Musicians (Chicago, both 2005 and 2006), the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra.
In Fall 2010, Austin was invited to perform in the 2010 Kronberg Academy Cello Masterclasses, held in Kronberg, Germany. The previous year he was selected as one of six cellists representing the United States invited to compete in the 2009 Rostropovich International Cello Competition, held in Paris, France. That same year, on invitation from the IBLA foundation of New York, Austin performed a series of concerts for both the public and members of a distinguished jury in Sicily, Italy. He was awarded the highest honor of Most Distinguished Artist and as a result, was invited to perform on the two-week IBLA Grand Prize Winner’s USA Tour, ending with his New York debut at Carnegie Hall.
Austin has been invited to perform in Master class for exceptionally regarded musicians such as Truls Mork, Gary Hoffman, Steven Doane, Lynn Harrell, Joel Krosnick, Ron Leonard, Paul Katz, Richard Aaron, and Robert Nagy, to name a few. He has collaborated with such highly esteemed concert artists as Riccardo Muti, Misha Amory, James Dunham, Yo Yo Ma, and Itzhak Perlman.
Austin is currently Principal Cellist of the award-winning Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) and Encore, the CYSO’s premiere performing ensemble. This summer Austin will tour Spain performing with the CYSO in important halls and venues in major cities. At the young age of ten, he served as the Principal Cellist of the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra (2004-2006) and as the cellist of the SBYSO String Quartet, which was awarded the 2006 Kenneth Geoffroy Memorial Award, awarded to the highest ranked regional ensemble by the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Austin will attend the Aspen Music Festival and School this summer, and has attended the prestigious Perlman Music Program on Shelter Island, New York, and the Perlman Music Program Winter Residency in Sarasota, Florida for the past 3 years. Past summers he has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colorado; the Quartet Program in Fredonia, New York; the Academie Internationale de Musique de Montpellier, France; the Meadowmount School of Music, New York; Indiana University String Academy in Bloomington, Indiana; Credo Chamber Music Festival in Oberlin, Ohio; and the U.S. Eastern Music School in Colgate, New York. Mr. Huntington’s previous teachers are Richard Hirschl, Hans Jorgen Jensen, and Emilie Grondin.
Austin is eighteen years old and studies with Ronald Leonard at The Colburn School Conservatory of Music, where he is a freshman. He plays a cello made by Francesco Ruggieri of Cremona c.1690 and a fine cello bow made by Eugene Sartory, c.1930.
Meet Sameer Patel, MSO Guest Conductor:
Sameer Patel is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, where he conducts the orchestra in a variety of concerts, works closely with Music Director Andrew Constantine, and plays an active role in engaging audiences in the community. He was also a 2011 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholar, an honor awarded to him by former New York Philharmonic Music Director Kurt Masur. This Fellowship gave Sameer the opportunity to travel to Europe to study with and assist Maestro Masur with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and also enabled Sameer to make his debut with the Leipziger Sinfonieorchester. Previously, Sameer served as the Zander Fellow at the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2010-2011 season, where he assisted conductor Benjamin Zander in Boston, Venezuela, and throughout Europe.
Sameer has conducted orchestras throughout North America, South America and Europe. In recent seasons he has worked with the San Diego Symphony, the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich, the Leipziger Sinfonieorchester, musicians of the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, the Lucerne Festival Strings, the Oslo Chamber Orchestra, and in Italy with the Orchestra da Camera di Trento, the Ensemble Zandonai, the Festival Orchestra of Sofia at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana, and with the Royal Northern College of Music Orchestra at the Stresa Festival. He has also appeared at the David Oistrakh Festival and the Leigo Music Days Festival in Estonia as guest conductor with the St. Petersburg Festival Orchestra and the Estonian National Youth Symphony. In North America he has worked closely with regional orchestras and in conducting masterclasses with the Baltimore Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Born and raised in Michigan, Sameer began his musical training as a pianist and received both his graduate and undergraduate degrees at the University of Michigan, where he studied conducting with Kenneth Kiesler, Martin Katz and Jerry Blackstone. He has also furthered his training at international masterclasses with acclaimed conductors Kurt Masur, Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Gianandrea Noseda, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, and Marin Alsop.
For more information on Sameer please visit www.sameer-patel.com