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Praise for the Taos Chamber Music Group!

"One of the great treasures of Taos" -The Taos News
"Big magic...silken ensemble playing"
-Albuquerque Journal
“A remarkable concert of juxtaposed styles”
-Horse Fly
“Depth, vitality and inventiveness”
-Spencer Beckwith, KUNM
TCMG features virtuoso pianist Gleb Ivanov in Joyeux Noel” December 16 & 17 at the Harwood Museum of Art

Alongside Lighting of Ledoux, the annual holiday-time concerts given by the Taos Chamber Music Group at the Harwood Museum have become a tradition in Taos. Performances will take place on Saturday and Sunday, December 16 and 17 at 5:30 p.m. and feature the music of France, with a selection of music chosen to add to this special time of year.

The program highlights virtuoso pianist Gelb Ivanov who is making his fourth appearance with TCMG. To open the performances, he will be joined by TCMG director and flutist, Nancy Laupheimer for a limpid and joyous flute sonata by Philippe Gaubert. Then Ivanov’s impeccable and fluid technique will be featured in Maurice Ravel’s shimmering “Miroirs” for solo piano, and the concerts conclude with Camille Saint-Saens stirring “Second Piano Trio,” with Ivanov joined by TCMG favorites LP How on violin and Sally Guenther, cello.

Since moving to the US, Ivanov has been thrilling audiences wherever he performs. Last season he played with Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra, and the Auburn, Waterbury and Monroe symphony orchestras. Recitals included performances at the University of Florida, Summer Stars Series in Ocean Grove, and in a special program at Bargemusic in New York City, performing Sergei Prokofiev’s “War Sonatas.”

In recognition of impressive career achievement, Ivanov was awarded the Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists, which brought his Lincoln Center recital of Russian music with Carter Brey, principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic, to Alice Tully Hall. In a rave review by The New York Times, Ivanov was called “a cut above the usual, a young super-virtuoso, with musical sensitivity and an appreciation of style to go with the thunder and lightning.” Adored in Paris, Ivanov has been re-engaged four times by the Louvre Museum for specially requested all-Schubert and all-Chopin concerts. He has also been frequently invited to perform by Princeton University, The Paramount Theater in Vermont, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, “Pianofest” in East Hampton, and at Fishers Island Concerts.

At a young age in Russia, Ivanov was a protégé of Mstislav Rostropovich, appearing as soloist under the famous maestro with the Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic. He also performed with the Moscow State Orchestra, Kremlin Orchestra, and at the Pushkin, Glinka, and Scriabin Museums in Moscow. Ivanov won First Prizes at the 1994 and 1996 International “Classical Legacy” Competition, and the prize for Best Performance of a Beethoven Sonata at the First Vladimir Horowitz Competition in Kiev. Months after arriving in the US Ivanov won First Prize in the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. He received an award from the Jack Romann Special Artists Fund of YCA and made his New York debut in 2006 at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and his Washington, DC debut at the Kennedy Center.

Ivanov comes from a family of musicians, and began to accompany his father’s vocal recitals at the age of eight. He has also played the clarinet and the accordion, and holds a diploma in clarinet from Lyardov High School. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 2005 and after moving to the US earned his Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

The contrasting Impressionist textures of Ravel’s “Miroirs” will give Ivanov an opportunity to convey the full range of his impressive talent. The work was completed in 1905 as a tribute to a group of rebellious French artists, and each of the five descriptive movements is dedicated to one of the young artists, poets, critics, and musicians who were referred to as Les Apaches (which in French has the added meaning of hooligans).

Ivanov loves to play chamber music and is thrilled to join TCMG again. Gaubert’s “Third Flute Sonata” is one of three he wrote and has a commanding piano as well as flute part. As professor of flute at the Paris Conservatory, Gaubert taught Marcel Moyse, the flute giant of the last century, who was one of the founders of the Marlboro Music Festival and with whom Laupheimer studied at one of his famed summer flute seminars in Brattleboro, Vermont.

“The Saint-Saens is a surprisingly expressive and powerful piano trio that does not seem to be performed much,” says Laupheimer. “This will add another significant work to the repertoire of the trio of Ivanov, How and Guenther, and really gives all three players the chance to shine as soloists as well as together.”

How has been a violinist with the renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1980 and tours extensively throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, frequently as soloist and concertmaster of the conductor-less group. He also was principal second violinist with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra for 38 years and has played with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Caramoor, Spoleto, Lochenhaus and Moab Music Festivals, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York Philomusica at the International Music Festival of Sophia, and as guest soloist for the New Mexico Symphony.

Guenther has also been active in performances in New Mexico, including the New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe Pro Musica and Santa Fe Symphony orchestras as well as chamber music festivals throughout the state and in Colorado. After engagements with several US orchestras, including with the Cincinnati, Fort Worth and Syracuse symphonies (as principal cellist), and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Guenther became solo cellist of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway, a position she held for twenty years. While living in Norway, she also taught at the Grieg Academy of Music and was a founding member of the contemporary chamber ensemble, BIT 20, an internationally recognized group which records and travels extensively in Europe and Asia.

For tickets and more information, visit or call the Harwood Museum, 238 Ledoux Street, 575-758-9826, where there is a discount for Museum members. A dinner discount is being offered to concert goers after the performances from Doc Martin’s, Martyrs, the Gorge Bar & Grill and Lambert’s restaurants.


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