Carl Donakowski

Carl Donakowski, cello with Gabriel Dobner, piano

April 2, 2013 Tuesday @ 8 p.m. Recital Hall


Cellist Carl Donakowski was a finalist in the 1989 Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin. His recital performances have aired on WQRS Detroit, WQXR New York and Sudwestfunk Radio Baden-Baden. As a chamber musician, he has been a member of the North Shore Pro Musica, the Fontana Chamber Music Society, and the Arcos Piano Trio. As a member of the West End Chamber Ensemble, he twice participated in the National Endowment for the Arts/Chamber Music America Rural Residency Chamber Music Initiative outreach program. He has been heard in recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and as concerto soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. He previously served on the faculties of Central Michigan University School of Music and Alma College. During the summer, he teaches and performs as artist-in-residence at the Bay View Music Festival. His major teachers were Janos Starker, Timothy Eddy, Gary Hoffman and Christoph Henkel. He is currently associate professor of cello and head of the string area at James Madison University.

Pianist Gabriel Dobner first appeared in concert in Europe in 1991 with the Villa Musica Chamber Music Ensemble in Mainz, Germany. 1993 marked the beginning of his eight years in Germany, after having been awarded a German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD) to study lied accompanying in Munich with Professor Helmut Deutsch. The following year he won the special collaborative pianist prize in the International Hans Pfitzner Lieder Competition in Munich. While living in Augsburg, Dobner quickly established himself as one of Germany’s most sought-after collaborative pianists, performing regularly with such notable singers as Cornelia Kallisch, René Kollo and Kevin McMillan. These collaborations led to performances in many of the major concert venues in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Japan. Dobner has recorded for both the Ottavo and MDG labels, winning high praise from BBC Music Magazine, Fono Forum and the West German Radio in Cologne, who referred to him as a “master among Lieder pianists.” Dobner received a BM degree from Roosevelt University and his MM and Doctorate degrees from Indiana University.

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