Violist Melissa Reardon: From Fellow To Faculty

Violist Melissa Reardon proves you can go home again as she returns to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, this time as a faculty member rather than a Fellow. 

Violist Melissa Reardon’s first visit to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival was as a Fellow in 1997. This time around she’s coming as a faculty member and performer.

Reardon, who is a member of the Grammy®-nominated Enso String Quartet and a founding member of East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), had just finished her first year at Curtis Institute of Music. “I was looking to go to a chamber music-focused place,” she says, noting that among the groups she worked with that summer was the Vermeer Quartet. Unlike some Fellows who come to the Festival in an established chamber group, Reardon was there as an individual Fellow. That meant she played with a variety of people in different groupings over the course of the summer. MORE

Published August 7, 2018
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Violinist Ani Kavafian: A Varied Musical Life

Violinist Ani Kavafian shares her thoughts on her storied musical career in this interview with Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Violinist Ani Kavafian knows the music festival circuit — she often performs at seven or eight in a summer — but Norfolk remains one of her top stops. In particular, as a professor of violin at the Yale School of Music, she enjoys the difference in the student-teacher relationship.

“I feel that Norfolk brings the students and faculty together in a different way than we relate at school. It’s more friendly, more casual,” she says. “Playing alongside the students is always a huge treat. Coaching in that environment is all very serious but they’re having fun. It’s a little bit like camp. We stay in cute cabins, eat meals together. We talk about everything. The faculty doesn’t separate from the students. That’s the special feeling of Norfolk:  It becomes more human and less professorial.” MORE

Published July 30, 2018
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Violist Atar Arad: The Joy of Working With and Learning From Fellows

Violist Atar Arad has played at chamber music festivals around the world. He talks about the joy of playing with students at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Violist Atar Arad has an immediate answer when asked why he keeps returning to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. It’s the Fellows.

“The students are advanced and we get to play with the students, which is wonderful,” he says. “I try to forget that I’m the teacher. I just want to be a member of the group. MORE

Published July 27, 2018
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Weigang Li and the Shanghai Quartet
Returning to Norfolk After 32 Years

Violinist Weigang Li of the Shanghai Quartet talks about returning to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival for the first time since attending as a Fellow. 

The first time the Shanghai Quartet (Norfolk ’86, ’92) came to Norfolk, they were Fellows visiting the U.S. for the first time and barely spoke any English. “The Tokyo String Quartet had organized a late Beethoven Quartet seminar,” recalls founding violinist Weigang Li. “To this day I still remember the things we rehearsed and learned that summer.”

“I remember hanging out every night with the Tokyo players and Jesse Levine,” he says. “We learned English and how musicians lived their lives. It had a profound influence on us.” MORE

Published July 18, 2018
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Bassoonist Frank Morelli on
the Art of the Reed and More

Bassoonist Frank Morelli talks about the art of the reed, his Long Island roots, and how he became a world-class player.

String players may obsess over strings and swear by one brand over another, but for reed players, it’s all about the reeds. A reed can make or break a performance, says bassoonist Frank Morelli. “At a certain point as a player you’re only going to be as good as your reed,” he says. “One of the keys to success is learning as much as possible how to bend the reed to your will while you’re playing it.”

Mastering the art of the reed can be double trouble when things go awry for double reed instruments such as oboes and bassoons. Simply put not all reeds are created equal. MORE

Published July 12, 2018
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Building Community One Note at a Time

Grammy Award-winning horn player William Purvis is a regular at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He shares his thoughts on the Festival community and the intensity of chamber music.

Horn player William Purvis starts our conversation about Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with a story. It’s the early 1980s and he’s coming for a weekend residency as a member of the New York Woodwind Quintet. MORE

Published July 3, 2018
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Creating New Music(al) Traditions

Pianist Lisa Moore has been teaching and performing at Norfolk’s New Music Workshop for a decade. She shares why focusing on new music was the right career choice and how other musicians can make the musical leap.

Some musicians rely on the past to create their musical futures. Pianist Lisa Moore, faculty with the Festival’s New Music Workshop, focuses on the here and now, with maybe a bit of the future thrown in for good measure. MORE

Published June 26, 2018
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Teaching Oboe and… Baseball

Humbert Lucarelli has had a storied career as an oboist and oboe teacher, both at the Hartt School of Music and at Norfolk. He shares some of his teaching tips and how playing the oboe is related to baseball.

Humbert “Bert” Lucarelli’s long career started not with a particular musical moment or influential teacher but with baseball and an accident. MORE

Published June 11, 2018
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Pianist Ilya Poletaev On The Art Of Listening

By Janet Reynolds

Pianist Ilya Poletaev (Norfolk ’04) is a musical triple threat, as at home on the piano keyboard as he is on that of the organ or harpsichord. He’s also a master of many musical tasks and styles. While many musicians focus on orchestral careers or perhaps that of a soloist, Poletaev literally has his fingers in many worlds. MORE

Published August 12, 2017
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Joshua Gindele on Dvořák, Norfolk
and Yes … Tennis

By Janet Reynolds

The Miró Quartet is a Norfolk alumni group, having been at the Festival in the summers of 1996 and 1998. Since then, the Quartet, which is the quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin, has won numerous awards, including being chosen as the first ensemble to win the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2005.

Cellist Joshua Gindele remembers those summers fondly. “We love it there. It was a formative place for the quartet,” he says. (The Quartet formed in 1995.) “We love that there are not many distractions.”

They are excited as well, Gindele says, with the overall focus on Dvořák. “The thing with Dvořák for us is he was innovative,” he says. “He wrote very distinct textures for each part. He was able to make sometimes three or four textures work brilliantly together. Playing music like that lets us each play with a lot of character. When Dvořák is played really well, you can hear all those voices playing in harmony.” MORE

Published July 15, 2017
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