Emerson String Quartet member Paul Watkins, cello, and CCM Professor/ Eminent Scholar of Chamber Music and Piano James Tocco present a free recital at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall.
The program features works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms and Britten, along with Joan Tower’s Trés Lent (Hommage à Messiaen) and Wild Run, which was composed for and dedicated to Watkins and Tocco. Complete repertoire and event information is below.
Paul Watkins will also present a master class on October 16 from 9-11 a.m. in CCM’s Watson Hall.
About Paul Watkins
Acclaimed for his inspirational performances and eloquent musicianship, Paul Watkins enjoys a distinguished career as concerto soloist, chamber musician and conductor. During his solo career he has collaborated with world renowned conductors including Bernard Haitink, Paavo Berglund, Leonard Slatkin, Sakari Oramo, Gianandrea Noseda, Sir Mark Elder, Richard Hickox, Andris Nelsons, Sir Andrew Davis, and Sir Charles Mackerras. He performs regularly with all the major British orchestras and has made eight concerto appearances at the BBC Proms, most recently with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in the world premiere of the cello concerto composed for him by his brother, Huw Watkins.
He made his concerto debut at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of chief conductor Yakov Kreizberg, and has performed with the Norwegian Radio, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony and Queensland Orchestras, and with Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the RAI National Symphony Orchestra of Turin. He has toured to Italy and Prague with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and to China and the Far East with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He also premiered (and was the dedicatee of) Mark-Anthony Turnage’s new concerto with the Royal Flemish Philharmonic and Edo de Waart, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra and Hannu Lintu, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko, and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Andris Nelsons.
A dedicated chamber musician, Watkins was a member of the Nash Ensemble from 1997 until 2013, when he joined the Emerson String Quartet. With the Quartet he has travelled extensively, performing at major international festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, Ravinia, Edinburgh, Berlin and Evian and has collaborated with distinguished artists such as Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Renee Fleming and Barbara Hannigan. He is a regular guest artist at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York and Music@Menlo, and in 2014 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit.
Watkins plays on a cello made by Domenico Montagnana and Matteo Goffriller in Venice, c.1730.
8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15
• Guest Artist Recital •
Paul Watkins, cello
James Tocco, piano
BEETHOVEN: 12 Variations for piano and cello in F Major on Mozart’s Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen, Op. 66
JOAN TOWER: Très Lent (Hommage à Messiaen) (1994)
JOAN TOWER: Wild Run (Composed for and dedicated to Paul Watkins and James Tocco) (2018)
BRITTEN: Cello Sonata, Op. 65 (1961)
BERNSTEIN: Three Meditations from “Mass” for cello and piano, arranged by the composer (1977)
BRAHMS: Sonata No. 2 for piano and cello, Op. 99
Location: Robert J. Werner Recital Hall
9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16
Master Class with Paul Watkins
Location: Watson Hall
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