Challenges for Classical Musicians in the 21st Century | Discussion

When: 27.09.2016 - 17:30 - 19:00
Where:  American Center, Tržiště 13, Praha 1
Admission: 

Admission is free, but registration is required at acprague@state.gov by September 19, 2016.


Main image Jacob Adams and Angela Draghicescu

Violist Jacob Adams and pianist Angela Draghicescu will share stories and insights from their own experiences to illustrate their multi-faceted approach to being a professional classical musicians in the 21st century.

This is designed to be a conversation for both prospective students looking into music as a profession and the general public. There will be a forum for questions, a performance of Perry Goldstein's "Wondrous Love Variations" by Mr. Jacob Adams, and a reception following the evening event.

In English.

Angela Draghicescu, a native of Romania, currently serves as Collaborative Pianist at The University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. Dr. Draghicescu has toured the world as a duo and chamber music pianist in venues that include Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, George Enescu Philharmonic (Romania), Rudolfinium Auditorium (Prague), Mahidon Auditorium (Thailand), Hindemith Institute (Switzerland), and other venues in Switzerland, Romania, Hungary, France, and Norway. Significant collaborations include Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Frank Huang, violinists Brian Lewis, Naumburg Competition winner cellist David Requiro, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra trumpet player David Bond, former Canadian Brass french horn player Jeff Nelsen.

Dr. Draghicescu received her bachelor’s and master degrees in piano performance at Louisiana State University, where she was awarded the LSU Scholarship in Accompanying and earned her doctorate in collaborative piano at The University of Texas at Austin. Her doctoral thesis Nicolae Bretan: A Guide to Romanian Art Song is the first textbook for Romanian diction for singers and has become an invaluable source for non-native speakers wishing to perform Romanian art song. In 2013 Bucharest University Press published her dissertation project for use in universities in the US as well as in Europe. An active coach, she was invited to the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Ottawa, KS as chamber music faculty as well as The Interlochen Arts Academy. Under the artistic direction of Zubin Mehta, Angela was appointed one of the pianists for George Enescu International Competition and was previously selected as one of the accompanists for the North American Saxophone Alliance, in 2014.

Praised for “the maturity of his mind and technique” (Santa Barbara News-Press), violist Jacob Adams is Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Alabama. Since making his solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age 17, Jacob’s performing career has taken him across the U.S. and around the world, including all three stages at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and the El Escorial Palace in Spain. Jacob has performed on the Amati instruments at the Smithsonian and has won awards for chamber music at the Coleman and Borciani Competitions. He graduated from Oberlin College and Yale University, studying with Roland Vamos, Roger Chase, and Jesse Levine, and completed his D.M.A. at UCSB with Helen Callus, where he also earned a Master’s in musicology and was named Most Outstanding Graduate Student by the UCSB Music Department.

Jacob has performed with many ensembles and orchestras around the country, including A Far Cry, wild Up, Camerata Pacifica, Santa Barbara Symphony, New Haven Symphony and Opera Santa Barbara. Recent appearances have included tours of Washington and Seattle NPR broadcasts as a winner of the Frances Walden Competition and return engagements with A Far Cry and Manchester Summer Chamber Music. His recording “Czech Portraits” is available on Centaur Records, and he has been published in the Journal of the American Viola Society. Jacob has previously held teaching positions at Yale University and the University of California – Santa Barbara, and has appeared as a guest teacher and performer at many other schools and festivals, including the Peabody Institute of Music, Western Connecticut State University, Occidental College, BYU-Idaho, and the Chautauqua Institute. From 2011-2015, he taught for iCAN, an El Sistema program in Santa Barbara that provides free access musical instruction to those least likely to receive it. For more, visit www.jacobviola.com.