Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Violist Randolph Kelly will perform a chamber music recital with pianist Elizabeth DeMio and PSO cellist David Premo on Monday, Nov. 8, at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center.
The program begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A) and is free and open to the public.
p. On the program will be the Morgantown premiere of WVU Composer-in-Residence John Bealls”Sonata for Viola and Piano,”commissioned by Kelly and premiered by him in August in Michigan. Other music will include works by Samuel Adler, Walter Piston, Paul Hindemith and Pittsburgh composer David Stock.
Randolph Kelly has enjoyed a distinguished and multifaceted career as principal violist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He was hired by André Previn in 1976, and has since played under the direction of Lorin Maazel and Mariss Jansons. Previn once wrote that Mr. Kellytransformed his section into what I believe is the best viola section of any orchestra in America.
One highlight of Kellys tenure with the Pittsburgh Symphony was performing the world premiere of a viola concerto written for him by Samuel Adler. This piece was commissioned by the Orchestra for its 2000-2001 season.
In addition to his orchestral career, Kellys virtuosity as a soloist and chamber musician has been celebrated around the world. He has recorded and toured extensively with the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. In reviewing a performance of theirs, the German press Passaver Neve stated,Randolph Kelly is in a class of his own. He has a richness of tone such as one seldom hears
Additionally, Kelly has been invited to perform as a guest artist at chamber music festivals in Japan, Australia, Europe, Taiwan and Russia.
Kelly has recorded a wide range of music for the Albany, Naxos, and Music Masters labels. He also appeared on national television, performing Don Quixote as part of the seriesPrevin and the Pittsburgh.
Randolph Kelly is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, where he worked closely with the esteemed violist Joseph DePasquale. He is committed to performing new music, and he generously volunteers his time to educational programs in an effort to bring a wide range of musical experiences to young audiences.
Joining Kelly for the Piston Duo for Viola and Violoncello will be Pittsburgh Symphony Assistant Principal Cellist David Premo, who joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 1992. Premoand has been artist-lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University since 1994. He came to Pittsburgh from Washington, D.C., where he was assistant principal cellist of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra from 1980 until 1991.
Pianist Elizabeth DeMio, of Cleveland, is Kellys longtime chamber music collaborator and an associate faculty member of the Cleveland Institute of Music. DeMio earned her bachelors degree at the Institute where her principal teachers were James Tannenbaum and Vitya Vronsky. She received her masters degree from the University of Michigan as a student of Theodore Lettvin. DeMio made her solo orchestra debut with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Veracruz in 1982, and a career of solo appearances
and collaborative chamber music endeavors followed. During the summer, she is on the collaborative piano staff at the Encore School of Strings in Hudson, Ohio. She is a member of the Plymouth Trio and has performed many times with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra.
For more information about the recital, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4841 ext. 3108.