BUY TICKETS: Saturday, December 13, 2014
7 pm: Meet the Artists in Charach Gallery
8 pm: Concert begins in Berman
First-rate in every way.” – The New York Times
“Electrifying…turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life” – The Washington Post
Newly appointed to the full-time Violin Faculty at the University of Michigan School in Ann Arbor, Danielle Belen is already making a name for herself as a seasoned pedagogue with a strong studio of young artists. She also maintains a small class of students at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. Winner of the 2008 Sphinx Competition, Ms. Belen has appeared as a soloist with major symphonies across the U.S., including the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Nashville and San Francisco Symphonies, the Boston Pops, and the Florida and Cleveland Orchestras. Zachary Lewis from the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote “Violinist Danielle Belen… captivated every ear with an assured, impassioned performance of Ravel’s “Tzigane,” knocking off the daunting showpiece as if it were a trifle.” Ms Belen is the Artistic Director and founder of Center Stage Strings, a summer camp and festival in Three Rivers, CA, which attracts gifted young string players ages 9-19 years old from across the country. Ms Belen plays on a 1709 Allesandro Gagliano on generous loan from The Mandell Collection of Southern California.
Since winning the Sphinx Competition, Randall Goosby has performed as a soloist with New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, New World Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and many others. Randall also made two solo appearances at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. A student of Itzhalk Perlman and Catherine Cho, he is currently pursuing his studies at the prestigious Juilliard School. He is performing on the magnificent Giovanni Paolo Maggini violin (c. 1590), on loan from the Chicago Stradivarius Society.
The Sphinx Organization is a national non-profit, headquartered in Detroit, MI and founded by Dr. Aaron P. Dworkin. Sphinx works to create positive change in the arts field and in communities across
the country through a variety of programs organized into four main principles: Education & Access, Artist Development, Performing Artists and Arts Leadership. Through these programs, Sphinx is
constantly working toward fulfilling its mission of transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts.
The SPHINX VIRTUOSI, led by the Catalyst Quartet, is one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical soloists, these
alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition come together each fall as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences. This unique ensemble earned rave reviews from The New York
Times during its highly acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall in December 2004. Allan Kozinn described their performance as “first-rate in every way” and “the ensemble produced a more beautiful, precise and carefully shaped sound than some fully professional orchestras that come through Carnegie Hall in the course of the year.”
The Sphinx Virtuosi Tour offers a diverse program featuring well-known repertoire in addition to works by African-American and Latino composers, including works by Mozart, Piazzolla, Michael Abels, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and others. Click here to learn more about Sphinx Virtuosi.