Beethoven’s “Ghost”- Piano Trio – Featuring Castleton in Conversation with Distinguished Neuro Scientist Wendy Suzuki
About the Artists:
ERIC SILBERGER From prestigious concert halls around the world to an Icelandic volcano, virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger’s performances have been described by critics as “spine-tingling…astonishing” (The Guardian), “dazzling virtuoso playing” (The Washington Post), “impeccable level of playing, a wonderful musician” (The Strad). “ ….he has got everything in his favor, technique, composure and personality.” (El Pais, Spain).
He is a prize winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2011.
Eric has collaborated as soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, London Philharmonia, St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Danish National Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Orquesta Sinfónica de México, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Conductors Eric has worked with include Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Michael Tilson Thomas, Dimitri Kitajenko, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Donald Runnicles, Robin Ticciati, and others.
2018-19 highlights include performances with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra on tour in Russia, a tour in Spain with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, and a performance with the San Francisco Symphony.
Upcoming highlights in the 2019-2020 season include Tchaikovsky Concerto in Carnegie Hall, Beethoven Concerto in Alaska and Paganini Concerto No. 1 in Wisconsin, a recital in Berlin and a concert tour in South Korea.
Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Mentors have included Glenn Dicterow, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, and the late Maestro Lorin Maazel.
Eric plays on a rare J.B. Guadagnini violin made in 1757 on generous loan from the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation and Sau-Wing Lam collection. Eric is a co-founder of the Hawaii International Music Festival and the Classical Bridge International Music Festival of New York City.
DANIEL LELCHUK – Assistant Principal cellist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and described by The Washington Post as a “dazzling virtuoso,” is the recipient of an award from the Angela Prokopp Foundation of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Having played throughout North America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, he was invited as visiting cellist with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Doha and also performed as principal cello at the Royal Opera House Muscat (Oman) with the Castleton Opera.
Mr. Lelchuk has performed at numerous international festivals including those of Aspen, Baden-Baden and Salzburg, and has given chamber music concerts with such musicians as Alex Kerr, Jorja Fleezanis, Steve Wryczynski, and members of the Vienna Philharmonic.
He serves on the faculty of the Luzerne Music Center in the Adirondacks and is cellist for New Orleans-based chamber ensemble Lyrica Baroque. At the invitation of Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi, he presented a series of solo cello recitals at the famed Villa Aurora, Rome.
Originally from New Hampshire, Daniel Lelchuk studied with Eric Kim at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bloomington) where he received the Eva Heinitz scholarship and played as principal cello of the Indiana University Philharmonic and Opera orchestras. He began cello when not yet five, studying for ten years with Donna Denniston, followed by studies with Sato Knudsen (Boston Symphony Orchestra), and, for a year in Rome, with Francesco Strano (‘I Musici’ and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia).
A founding member of the Castleton Chamber Players with violinist Eric Silberger, Daniel Lelchuk served from 2010-2014 as principal cellist of the Castleton Festival under Maestro Lorin Maazel.
BRADLEY MOORE – has conducted the world premieres of The House Without a Christmas Tree (Ricky Ian Gordon) and Some Light Emerges (Laura Kaminsky) at the Houston Grand Opera, and has led the company’s revival of The Little Prince, as well as performances of Tosca, L’elisir d’amore, and The Magic Flute. Mr. Moore has conducted Ariadne auf Naxos, Dead Man Walking, The Cunning Little Vixen, and The Crucible at the Miami Music Festival and Madama Butterfly at the Castleton Festival. He has been Associate Music Director at the Houston Grand Opera, and has been an assistant conductor at Metropolitan Opera, the Salzburg Festival, Opéra National de Paris, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Los Angeles Opera.
Mr. Moore has performed in recital with many of the world’s great singers, including Susan Graham, Renée Fleming, Jamie Barton, Christine Goerke, Angela Meade, and Eric Cutler. He has appeared with Ms. Graham at venues including the Casals Festival and the Gilmore Festival; with Ms. Barton at the Kennedy Center, Koerner Hall, Oper Frankfurt, and Zankel Hall, where they and cellist Anne Martindale Williams gave the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s The Work at Hand; and with Ms. Barton and Ms. Meade at the US Supreme Court. He has performed with Ms. Fleming and Ms. Graham at Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. His discography includes The House Without A Christmas Tree (Gordon/Vavrek) and a recital of American songs with soprano Melody Moore for Pentatone, a recital with Mr. Cutler on the EMI Classics Debut Series, a recital with clarinetist Julian Bliss on Signum Classics, and a recital of songs by American composer Daron Hagen on Arsis Audio.
He has been a piano soloist with orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic. He performed the Martinu Harpsichord Concerto with the San Francisco Ballet for the world premiere of Mark Morris’ Beaux, and has also been heard as a recitative accompanist and continuo player with the Met Orchestra, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Met Chamber Ensemble.
Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology in the Center for Neural Science at New York University.
She received her undergraduate degree in physiology and human anatomy at the University of California, Berkeley in 1987 studying with Prof. Marion C. Diamond, a leader in the field of brain plasticity. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from U.C. San Diego in 1993 and completed apost-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before accepting her faculty position at New York University in 1998.
Her major research interest continues to be brain plasticity. She is best known for her extensive work studying areas in the brain critical for our ability to form and retain new long-term memories. More recently her work has focused on understanding how aerobic exercise can be used to improve learning, memory and higher cognitive abilities in humans. Wendy is passionate about teaching (see her courses), about exercise (intenSati), and about supporting and mentoring up and coming scientists.