The University of Dallas Piano Trio

Jim Higgins Kristin Van Cleve Andrey Ponochevny

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Admission: Free
Season: 2015-16

As part of our Faculty @ 5 series,The University of Dallas Piano Trio presents "BOHEMIAN REFLECTIONS" with works by Bedrich Smetana, Bohuslav Martinu, Leos Janacek, Bela Bartok and Antonin Dvorak.




JIM HIGGINS, cello, has been an adjunct professor at University of Dallas (UD) since 2001. He teaches Music History of the Western World and Music Theory as well as offers individual instruction on the cello and musical composition. Mr. Higgins maintains a private cello studio in his home in Richardson which includes students ranging in age from 11 to 60+. His performing experience includes professional orchestras as well as chamber music and solo work. During his years in the Metroplex, he has performed with The Dallas Opera Orchestra, The Lewisville Lake Symphony, The Richardson Symphony and many smaller organizations. His compositions have been published by Kjos Music and Belwin Music Publishing. Currently he writes arrangements for a variety of commercial and educational ensembles. Mr. Higgins has just been appointed director of The String Orchestra here at The University of Texas Dallas.

KRISTIN VAN CLEVE, violin, is the Director of the Music Department at the University of Dallas and also directs the UD Chamber Ensembles. She is Principal Second Violin with the Dallas Opera Orchestra and is Artistic Director and Principal Violinist of the historical performance ensemble, Texas Camerata. Kristin began violin studies in her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska and later moved to Texas, receiving both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Violin Performance from the University of North Texas. As a baroque violinist, she has performed in Boston, Washington, D.C., France, Mexico, Bolivia and throughout the southwest. Most recently, Kristin returned to Paris, France in August 2014 for a performance of English Baroque works in the Eglise Saint-Louis. In addition to performing with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, she is a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and has returned to Alaska as a faculty member of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Kristin also maintains an active private teaching studio in Dallas, performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and is concertmaster of the Wichita Falls Symphony. She has been a featured soloist in Wichita Falls a number of times, most recently performing the violin solo in Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

ANDREY PONOCHEVNY, piano, has appeared with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony, Rogue Valley Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Irving Symphony, Orchester der Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele and Belarusian State Symphony among others. His concerts have been broadcast on radio stations in Boston, New York, Chicago, Germany, Belarus, Slovenia, Romania, Australia and Denmark. In recent seasons, Mr. Ponochevny has been featured in many venues throughout Europe. Andrey Ponochevny performed at several prestigious festivals such as Klavier-Festival Ruhr and the Bonner Herbst, International Keyboard Institute and Festival (IKIF) in New York city, International Ludwigsburg Festival, Serie de los Nuevos Virtuosos in Puerto Rico, Bravissimo Festival in Guatemala city and Changchun International Festival, China. He also holds several prestigious awards from China such as Outstanding Artist in China 2009 and 2011, Honorable professor of Jilin College of Arts and visiting professor at the Beihua University. In his hometown Minsk (Belarus) he was awarded the title "Minskovite of the year 2002". Mr. Ponochevny graduated from Belarussian Academy of Music where he received his bachelor and master degrees. He also earned his Artist Diploma from TCU in Fort Worth, where he studied with Dr. Tamas Ungar. He continued to refine his skills in the Artist Certificate Program at SMU in Dallas with renowned pianist, Joaquin Achucarro.

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