Aaron Boyd and Friends

Saturday, October 6, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Venue: JO 2.604
Admission: $15
Season: 2018-19

Violinist Aaron Boyd has received the Avery Fisher Career Grant, a proclamation by the City of Pittsburgh for his musical accomplishments and numerous prizes, including the Martin E. Segal prize from Lincoln Center. Performing with him are Mikhail Berestnev, piano; John Bachelder, viola; and Hua Huang, cello.

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Ernő Dohnányi (1877-1960) - Serenade for string trio in C major, Op 10 (1902)
Tema con variazioni

Aaron Boyd – Violin
John Batchelder – Viola
Hua Huang – Cello

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) – Duo Concertante (1932)
Eclogue 1
Eclogue 2

Mikhail Berestnev – Piano
Aaron Boyd – Violin


Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)– Piano Quartet No. 1, op. 25
Intermezzo: Allegro ma non troppo — Trio: Animato
Andante con moto
Rondo alla Zingarese

Mikhail Berestnev – Piano
Aaron Boyd – Violin
John Batchelder – Viola
Hua Huang - Cello

Violinist Aaron Boyd has established an international career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, recording artist, lecturer and educator. Since making his New York recital debut in 1998, Boyd has appeared at prestigious venues throughout the United States, Europe, Russia and Asia and has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Orion, Tokyo and Emerson Quartets, the Beaux Arts Trio, Phillippe Entremont, Mitsuko Uchida, Anner Bylsma, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, Wu Han and David Finckel. As a chamber musician, Boyd has appeared at the Marlboro, La Jolla, Rockport, Aspen and [email protected] festivals and is a season artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. As a member of the Escher String Quartet for five seasons, Boyd was a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Martin E. Segal prize from Lincoln Center. A prizewinner in the Ecoles D’art Americain de Fontainebleau, the Tuesday Musical Society and the Pittsburgh Concert Society competitions, Boyd was awarded a proclamation by the City of Pittsburgh for his musical accomplishments. Formerly on the violin faculties of Columbia University and the University of Arizona, Boyd now serves as Director of Chamber music and Professor of Violin at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

Pianist Mikhail Berestnev studied at the Russian Academy of Music, TCU (Artist Diploma) and SMU (Performance Diploma). He has won prizes at the Delphic Games and the Stanislav Neuhaus Competitions  in Russia, the Sydney International Competition, the BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro, and the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona. He was also a semifinalist in  the Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition in Brussels. He has performed with many Russian orchestras as well as the TCU , Sydney, San Angelo and Brazilian Symphonies, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He is also active in chamber music, including performances with musicians from leading Russian Orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of the Bolshoi Theatre and the ensembles Moscow Virtuosi and Musica Viva. He serves currently as pianist for UT Dallas’ Musica Nova ensemble.

Violist John Batchelder is a passionate chamber musician and soloist. He is a member of the award-winning Julius Quartet at The Boston Conservatory. Batchelder has performed as soloist with numerous ensembles such as the Hemenway Strings, Worcester Bach Consort and Plano High Symphony Orchestra and has participated in summer festivals and masterclasses, such as The Banff Centre Masterclasses, the Meadowmount School of Music, The Boston University Tanglewood Institute, The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and the Music from Salem Viola Seminar in Salem NY. Recent performances include the Music from Salem festival, Worcester Chamber Music Society, and the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society. In 2011, Batchelder was a winner of the Davis Projects for Peace Grant for his program designed to help, encourage and teach music to the young children of the favelas of Natal, Brazil. He recently received a Graduate Performance Diploma at The Boston Conservatory under the instruction of Lila Brown, and is Artistic Coordinator of Project STEP, a nonprofit, music education program.

Cellist Hua Huang is from China. She currently studies with Professor Andres Diaz at the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. Hua has attended Montecito International Music Festival and The Great Wall Festival and has participated in masterclasses with LiWei Qin, Andrea Diaz, Jesus Castro-Balbi and Lynn Harrell.

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