Beethoven – Piano Trio in B-flat Major, “Archduke,” Opus 97
Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Opus 67
Alexander Kerr assumed the role of concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September, 2011. His expressive and charismatic style has made him one of the most accomplished and versatile violinists on the international music scene today. In 1996 at the age of 26, Mr. Kerr was appointed to the prestigious position of Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After nine successful years at that post, he left in June, 2006 to assume the endowed Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Music as Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in Bloomington, he maintains a busy concert schedule appearing with orchestras and in recital and chamber music performances throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2008 he began his tenure as Principal Guest Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Regarded by the press as a masterful virtuoso with an elegant, old-world sound, Mr. Kerr has appeared as soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe, working with such renowned conductors as Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Chailly, Peter Oundjian, Robert Spano, Alan Gilbert, and David Zinman. An active chamber musician, Mr. Kerr has collaborated with Martha Argerich, Leif Ove Andsnes, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Edgar Meyer, Truls Mørk, Vadim Repin, Mstislav Rostropovich and Maxim Vengerov in performances at festivals in Aspen, Santa Fe, Caramoor, Stavanger, and throughout Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Switzerland, Austria and the Netherlands. Highlights this year feature a series of piano quartet concerts with renowned pianist Menahem Pressler and esteemed colleagues including Lawrence Dutton, Kim Kashkashian, Lawrence Power, Paul Watkins, and Eric Kim. He has recently launched a collaboration with Mr. Kim and the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation, showcasing the enormous wealth of talent at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. The “Starling Chamber Players,” a mixture of faculty and students will tour chamber music venues throughout the nation.
Mr. Kerr’s CD releases include the Dvorak Piano Quintet with Sarah Chang and Leif Ove Andsnes on the EMI label, music by Dutch composer Julius Röntgen on the NM Classics label, and the Shostakovich Romance on a series of discs including “Violin Adagios” and “Evening Adagios” released by Decca. A live DVD and CD recording of Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben with Mr. Kerr, the RCO and Maestro Mariss Jansons was released in 2005 on the RCO’s own label: RCOLive!
Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Mr. Kerr began his studies at age seven with members of the National Symphony Orchestra. He went on to study with Sally Thomas at the Juilliard School, and with Aaron Rosand at the Curtis Institute of Music where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in 1992.
Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Anastasia Markina started playing piano at almost four years of age, winning her fi rst competition six years later. Her fi rst teacher, Tatyana Shrago, led her to win her fi rst international competition in 1992 in Marsala, Italy. After graduating from Music School, she studied with Alexander Mndoyants and Maria Mekler. In 1994, Miss Markina entered the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music where she studied for four years with Mary Guseva, former student of Pavel Serebryakov. During that time, she won several international piano competitions, including 1st prize at the 1st International Maria Yudina Piano Competition, 1st prize in solo and 1st prize in chamber music at the Beach of Hope International Music Festival and Competition in Dobrich-Albena, Bulgaria, and was one of the three prize winners at the Peter the Great Music Festival in Groningen, Holland in 1997. After receiving her diploma with honors from the College of Music, she was invited to study in the United States by Victor Rosenbaum, well-known teacher and pianist, and director of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1999, she moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to continue her education at the University of North Texas, with Professor Vladimir Viardo (Gold medalist of the 1973 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition). While a student at UNT, Anastasia was recognized in competitions here in the United States, with prizes that include 1st prize at the San Angelo Sorantin International Music competition, 1st prize at the First Boesendorfer International Piano Competition, 1st and Grand prize at the Young Texas Artist Music Competition, and
2nd prize at the First Jose Iturbi Music Competition. In November 2005, she performed Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the San Angelo Symphony under Hector Guzman. In January 2007, she was a feature soloist in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the Phoenix Symphony under Lawrence Golan. Her many solo and orchestral performances in the United States, Mexico and Russia include performances with Eugene Osadchy and Mark Peskanov in the Barge Music Series in New York City in 2009, and in the Vetta Chamber Music Festival in 2010 and 2011 with Eugene Osadchy and Joan Blackman. Other collaborations include, among others, recitals with Paul Rosenthal (as part of the Sitka Music Festival in Alaska), James Galway, Emanuel Borok, and Joseph Alessi. Since 2011 Anastasia has been a part of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Her recent recording with cellist Eugene Osadchy was released in 2010.