Mark Votapek, cello
1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85721-0004
Admission - $5
Fine Arts Box Office
Cellist Mark Votapek will perform his yearly Faculty Artist Series recital at
the UA School of Music's Holsclaw Hall on Monday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Faculty artists Mark Votapek and John Milbauer will perform Mendelssohn's
brilliant Sonata in D Major and a stunning contemporary work for cello and
piano by David Dzubay. In the second half, Tucson Symphony Concertmaster Aaron
Boyd will join Votapek and Milbauer for a performance of Shostakovich's
stirring, elegiac Piano Trio in E Minor.
Following five years as associate principal cellist of the Saint Louis Symphony,
Mark Votapek moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to begin performances in the 2004-2005
season as the new principal cellist of the Honolulu Symphony. His continued
activities on the mainland eventually led to his permanent return in 2008,
accepting a new appointment as assistant professor of cello at the University
of Arizona. He maintains annual appearances as teacher and performer at Indiana
University's Summer Festival, and as a member of Ebb and Flow Arts new music
ensemble and of Pacific International Concert Artists. Ebb and Flow Arts?
2007-2008 performances were on three of the Hawaiian Islands and in South
In past appearances, 2003 marked his Aspen debut, collaborating with Sarah Chang
and Joseph Kalichstein. His guest recitals this decade alone have brought him to
concert halls in Chicago, Orlando, Miami, Nashville, Interlochen, Kansas City,
San Francisco, Tucson, Honolulu and Hilo. His 1996 performance of "Schelomo"
with the Oregon Symphony was aired on NPR's "Performance Today," and as a
teenager Mr. Votapek played in recital at the first World Cello Congress in
Washington D.C. More recently, he presented Dohnanyi's "Concertpiece for Cello
and Orchestra" in its premiere performances with both the Southern Great Lakes
Philharmonic and the Saint Louis Symphony, and coached and led the cellos of
the New World Symphony. His annual concerto appearances with the Honolulu
Symphony earned praise from the state?s leading newspapers, with the
"Honolulu Advertiser" hailing his most recent solo as "outstanding." The
"Honolulu Star-Bulletin" wrote, "During the Halekulani Masterworks series we
have occasionally had the chance to hear Votapek's cello in a few musical
lines, and that was enough to understand his musicianship. In his
interpretation of Saint-Saëns' work, however, we had the opportunity to hear
how effortlessly he can reveal the instrument's colors and variety of
registers. At the very beginning of the piece, after a short orchestral chord,
his instrument played the main motif with verve and clarity. And his continual
exchange with the orchestra, with which Votapek clearly felt comfortable,
rendered the composer's idea of a seamless and unified work."
Chamber music highlights include debuting the alternative venue Moving Parts
Ensemble, and 2007 guest performances with the Brentano Quartet and at the Maui
Classical Music Festival. Votapek's performances have aired on Arizona Public
Media's Classical KUAT-FM and multiple times on Hawaii Public Radio.
Mark Votapek credits his success to the guidance of many teachers and chamber
music coaches, especially the master teaching of Janos Starker, with whom he
studied from 1987 through 1992, and to direction received from violinists Josef
Gingold and Rostislav Dubinsky. When not performing or teaching, Votapek is
often hiking and mountaineering. Past climbs include Gannett Peak and Mt.
Rainier, and in 2008 he hiked the complete 2,500-mile Pacific Crest Trail from
Mexico to Canada.
Steinway Artist John Milbauer has performed across the Americas, Europe and
Asia, and his concerts have been broadcast on radio and television stations on
four continents. He has released solo and collaborative recordings on the
Eroica, Universal, and AUR labels, and is currently completing a solo CD for
Fleur de Son and Naxos Records featuring music by Crumb, Debussy, Bartók and
Adams. In addition to appearances this year in Colorado, Iowa, California,
Utah, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, and Mexico, Milbauer has also been a guest at
music festivals such as the Banff Centre, the Sierra Summer Festival, Teatro
del Lago (Chile), Rencontres Musicales (Switzerland) and the Tucson Winter
Chamber Music Festival. He has performed as soloist with orchestras in New
York, California, Wisconsin, Arizona and Canada, most recently in multiple
performances of Messiaen's "Oiseaux Exotiques" with the Arizona Symphony, and
has collaborated with members of top orchestras worldwide.
Having won prizes from the Institute for International Education, the Hungarian
Ministry of Culture, and The Juilliard School, Milbauer was also awarded the
biennial Laird National Leader in Arts Award in 2001 and the Wolodarsky prize
from the Banff Centre in 2006. An enthusiastic performer of contemporary music,
he is a laureate of the 2006 Orléans (France) Concours for piano music of the
20th Century, and recently has given recitals of "chance" music from the 16th
to 20th Cenuries. He spent two years as an undergraduate at Harvard College
before earning degrees from the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School,
Manhattan School of Music, and, as recipient of a Fulbright grant, the Liszt
Academy in Budapest. His major teachers include Rebecca Penneys, Jerome
Lowenthal and Ferenc Rados. Milbauer is associate professor of piano at the
University of Arizona School of Music, and he performs and teaches each summer
at the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York.
Violinist Aaron Boyd enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician, soloist
and teacher. Currently serving as the concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony, Mr.
Boyd has been heard in concert across the United States, Europe and Asia. As a
chamber musician, he has collaborated with members of the Beaux Arts Trio, the
Juilliard, Guarneri and Orion Quartets, Phillippe Entremont, Mitsuko Uchida,
Anner Bylsma, Siegfried Palm, Kim Kashashian, Mark Peskanov and Gerard Poulet.
Mr. Boyd has played as a member of the Metamorphosen, Prometheus and Orpheus
chamber orchestras and toured internationally as a member of the Sejong
Soloists. Mr. Boyd has participated in the Marlboro, Tanglewood, IMS Prussia
Cove and La Jolla festivals and has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions
including the Klein Violin Competition, the Tuesday Music Society and the
Pittsburgh Concert Society. Mr. Boyd's interest in contemporary music has led
to numerous premières in concert and on record, including Milton Babbitt's
Sixth String Quartet and Babbitt's Clarinet Quintet. Mr. Boyd is currently
first violinist and a founding member of the Zukofsky Quartet,
Quartet-In-Residence at New York?s Bargemusic series. With interests ranging
beyond the classical genre, Mr. Boyd has played and recorded in collaboration
with jazz legend Dick Hyman, Chanteuse Badomi DeCesare, and appeared in concert
on the mandolin with flutist Paula Robison. Recent season highlights include an
appearance on Lincoln Center?s Great Performers series with violinist Midori,
the première of David Gommper's Violin Concerto with the Manhattan Sinfonietta.
Also, by invitation of Columbia University and The University of Chicago, the
Zukofsky Quartet became the first to present all of Milton Babbitt?s String
Quartets in one concert. Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Boyd began his studies at
the age of seven with Samuel LaRocca and Eugene Phillips and graduated from The
Juilliard School where he studied with Sally Thomas and coached extensively with
Harvey Shapiro and Paul Zukofsky. As a recording artist, Mr. Boyd can be heard
on the Tzadik, Furious Artisans, North/South and Naxos labels. Mr. Boyd
serves on the violin faculty of the University of Arizona and plays a violin
crafted in 1995 by Samuel Zygmuntowicz.