Performance by Clavier Trio Members: Jesus Castro-Balbi, cello, and David Korevaar, piano

Jesús Castro-Balbi David Korevaar

Friday, April 11, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Admission: $15
Season: 2013-14






Hailed as “an exceptional cellist” (Dallas Morning News), “an artist of the first rank, who commanded a huge range of volume, timbre and emotions” (Fort Worth Star Telegram), and praised for his “rich and warm tone, with lots of variety of inflection and nuance” (New York Concert Review), cellist JESÚS CASTRO-BALBI brings a dynamic presence to the international stage, as a much sought-after soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, mentor, and adjudicator.

Performance highlight include features at the Lincoln Center Festival, Symphony Space and 12 appearances at Carnegie Hall in New York City, five visits to China, concerts at Leipzig’s famed Gewandhaus, and at prestigious venues in Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, and Peru, in recitals and as a soloist with the Aarhus, Aguascalientes, Cannes, Dallas, Fort Worth, Leipzig MDR, and Xalapa Symphony Orchestras, the Mexico City and the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestras, and the National Symphony in Lima.

To date, he appears in 16 compact discs and has presented 47 world premiere performances and recordings, including of 20 works written for him. In 2013-14, he presents and records a new concerto for cello and orchestra by Jimmy Lopez, The Lord of the Air. Among other distinctions, Mr. Castro-Balbi is the winner of the Aldo Parisot Prize, the Salon de Virtuosi Award in New York, and of the First Prize at the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition.

Jesús Castro-Balbi is the first full-time cello professor at the Texas Christian University School of Music in Fort Worth, Texas, where he has developed a first rate studio of talented cellists from around the world. At TCU, he is also the founding artistic director of the TCU Cello Ensemble, the biennial TCU Cellofest, and of the Faculty & Friends Chamber Music Series. He received the 2008 Dean’s Research and Creativity Award and the 2012 College of Fine Arts Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar. In addition to his work at TCU, he conducts master-classes and lectures at Beijing’s Central Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Paris Conservatoire, Leipzig’s Hochschule, at the Yale School of Music. He has adjudicated for the Sphinx Competition, the Carlos Prieto and the Lutoslawski International Cello Competitions.

Of Peruvian heritage, raised in France and now a US citizen, Jesús Castro-Balbi is a graduate of the Conservatoire National Supérieur at Lyon, Indiana University at Bloomington, Yale, and earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Juilliard School. He studied with Iseut Chuat, Marc Coppey, Jean Deplace, Aldo Parisot, Janos Starker, and members of the Amadeus, Borodine, Juilliard, Ravel and Tokyo String Quartets. Please visit and



DAVID KOREVAAR, whose playing has been called a “musical epiphany” by Gramophone Magazine, performs an extensive repertoire as a soloist and chamber musician, and has been a guest artist with internationally-acclaimed orchestras and ensembles. His recently released recording of Bach’s Partitas captures his exquisite musical sensitivity and his finely tuned technique; it marks his 26th recording and his fourth dedicated to the music of Bach. His other recordings have explored a wide range of solo and chamber music, from Beethoven and Brahms to Dohnányi and Lowell Liebermann.

Korevaar is the Peter and Helen Weil Professor of Piano at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is also a member of the Clavier Trio, currently the ensemble-in-residence at the University of Texas, Dallas. He is a regular participant as performer and teacher at Colorado’s Music in the Mountains summer festival and the Music Center Japan.

By age 20, Korevaar had earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied piano with the American virtuoso Earl Wild and composition with David Diamond. Later, working with Abbey Simon, Korevaar received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School and was honored with the Richard French award for his doctoral document on Ravel's Miroirs. Other honors include top prizes from the University of Maryland William Kapell International Piano Competition (1988) and the Peabody-Mason Music Foundation (1985), as well as a special prize for his performance of French music from the Robert Casadesus Competition (1989). He has continued exploring French music, both as a performer and as a scholar, with recording projects and publications devoted to the music of Ravel and Fauré (in progress) and important work on the music collection of Ricardo Viñes, the first performer of many important works by Debussy and Ravel.

Korevaar and Tim Smith’s web-based exploration of the fugues of the Well-Tempered Clavier, by J.S. Bach received top honors from MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) both in music and overall, including the Editors' Choice Award. More recently, Korevaar and Smith collaborated on an exploration of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

David Korevaar lives in Boulder, Colorado, and Dallas, Texas, with his family. He is a Kawai artist. For a complete biography, upcoming performances, and recordings, visit



Nocturne No. 7, Op. 74 (1898)                                                                                     Gabriel Fauré



Theme and Variations in C-sharp minor, Op. 73 (1895)


Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 143 (1948)                                                                  Francis Poulenc

Allegro – Tempo di marcia: Sans trainer                                                                              (1899-1963)

Cavatine: Très calme

Ballabile: Très animé et gai

Finale: Largo – Presto subito




Sonata in F major, Op. 99 (1886)                                                                             Johannes Brahms

Allegro vivace                                                                                                         (1833-1897)

Adagio affettuoso

Allegro passionato

Allegro molto

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