Marco Granados, flute

Elena Abend, piano

Sat, Mar 17 @ 3 pm

RECITAL HALL

Marco Granados, flute

Elena Abend, piano

Sat, Mar 17 @ 3 pm

RECITAL HALL


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Marco Granados maintains a versatile career as an innovative chamber and orchestral musician, an international concerto and recital soloist, and a lead teaching artist and educator. He is one of the world’s leading flutists on Latin American music, and his diverse repertoire spans from folk to classical music. Since his New York City debut recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 1991, Granados has gone on to perform in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium for “Sonidos Latinos,” a celebratory festival of Latin American music. He has performed the Jacques Ibert Flute Concerto and the Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp with the New York City Symphony at Lincoln Center and Merkin Concert Hall, and has been a featured soloist at Wigmore Hall in London.

Granados has performed with many of the leading symphony orchestras in his native Venezuela, premiering both the Jacques Ibert and Aram Khachaturian flute concerti with the Maracaibo and Venezuela Symphony Orchestras. In Peru, he gave the South American premiere of the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra by Mexican composer Samuel Zyman with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lima. He has also performed as an international soloist in South Africa, Slovenia, Scotland, Japan, and China, among others. Granados has served as principal flute with the New York City Symphony Orchestra, Opera Northeast and L’Orchestra in the Berkshires, and as associate principal flute with the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra. In New York City, he performed with the Mostly Mozart Festival, and on Broadway for the musicals Miss Saigon, Annie, Showboat and The Sound of Music. Granados is the founder of The Granados Music Institute, a training program to educate young professional flutists in 21st-century skills. See Granados' full bio.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, pianist Elena Abend has performed with all the major orchestras of her country, including recording with the Filarmónica Nacional. She has performed at the Teatro Municipal, Teatro Nacional and Teatro Teresa Carren~o in Venezuela, and at other prestigious venues including the Purcell Room in London’s Royal Festival Hall, Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Academy of Music with The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as the renowned Wigmore Hall in London, Toulouse Conservatoire, Theatre Luxembourg, Chicago Cultural Center, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Atlanta Historical Society, and the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee.

An avid chamber music collaborator, she has performed with Frankly Music, Present Music, Chamber Music Milwaukee, Fine Arts Quartet, and the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. Other performances include Ravinia and Marlboro Music Festivals, live broadcasts on Philadelphia’s WFLN, the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series on Chicago’s WFMT, and Wisconsin Public Radio at the Elvehjem Museum in Madison. Abend is a founding member of the Elisio Ensemble whose mission is promoting Latin American music. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, and received the William Schuman Award upon graduation. Abend currently serves on the piano and chamber music faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. See Abend’s full bio.


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