UMBC’s Christian Tremblay and Audrey Andrist team up for a evening of stellar chamber music featuring:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Violin Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454
Béla Bartók — Rhapsody No. 1, Sz. 87
Ottorino Respighi — Violin Sonata in B Minor
Described by The Washington Post as “eloquent and technically flawless,” Christian Tremblay has been heard in cities throughout Canada and the United States as a recitalist and chamber musician. Recent chamber music performances have taken place at the Peabody Institute, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Strathmore Mansion, on the Steinway series at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Mr. Tremblay was broadcast nationally by La Chaîne Culturelle de Radio-Canada, and has performed recitals in France, the Netherlands and Singapore. He is principal second violin with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with such ensembles as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artist of Baltimore, Festival Strings of Canada, and the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. Christian Tremblay holds a Diplôme D’Études Supérieures from the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory. He is on the violin faculty at the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where he is director of the Performance Academy for Strings, and Co-Chair of the String Department. He is also adjunct violin and chamber music faculty at Peabody Conservatory, and a violin and chamber music faculty member at UMBC.
Hailed as a “stunning pianist with incredible dexterity” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Canadian pianist Audrey Andrist has thrilled audiences around the globe, from North America to Japan, China and Germany with her “passionate abandon,” “bright energy,, and “great intelligence.” Ms. Andrist grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, and while in high school traveled three hours one-way for piano lessons with William Moore, himself a former student of famed musicians Cécile Genhart and Rosinna Lhévinne. She completed Masters and Doctoral degrees at New York’s Juilliard School, studying with Herbert Stessin, and garnered first prizes at the Mozart International, San Antonio International, Eckhardt-Gramatté, and Juilliard Concerto Competitions. She has performed in many of North America’s most prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Place des Arts in Montreal, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and Alice Tully Hall in New York. She is a member of Strata, a trio with her husband, James Stern, violin, and Nathan Williams, clarinet, recipients of a major 2009 grant from the Rauch Foundation. She is also a member of the Verge Ensemble in Washington, D.C., and the Stern/Andrist Duo with her husband, recently celebrating their twenty-fifth year of performances together. An avid performer of new music with many world premieres to her credit, Ms. Andrist can be heard on over a dozen recordings of both standard and modern repertoire on the Albany, Centredisques, and New Focus labels, among others. She currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area, where she serves on the faculties of UMBC and the Washington Conservatory, and where she has performed at the Library of Congress, Wolf Trap, and the Smithsonian Institutions. Her CD of major solo works by Robert Schumann is available on Centaur Records.
Admission: $15 general admission, $10 seniors, $5 students, free for UMBC Music majors and Music faculty/staff. Tickets are available at MissionTix and at the box office.
Free parking is available immediately adjacent to the Performing Arts and Humanities Building in Lot 8.