Sierra Duo

Featuring John Haines-Eitzen, cello, and Matthew Bengtson, piano

Fri, Jan 26 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL

Sierra Duo

Featuring John Haines-Eitzen, cello, and Matthew Bengtson, piano

Fri, Jan 26 @ 8 pm

RECITAL HALL


The Sierra Duo featuring cellist John-Haines Eitzen and pianist Matthew Bengtson will perform works by composers including Roberto Sierra, Ludwig van Beethoven and César Franck.

Cellist John Haines-Eitzen and pianist Matthew Bengtson formed Sierra Duo in 2015 when they came together for a multi-year recording project for Albany Records to record all of Roberto Sierra’s works for cello and piano. The two discovered their shared musical vision and quickly developed a close camaraderie. Their musical values and passion are apparent in their interpretations of Sierra’s music, in classics by Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms, and in the music of lesser-known composers such as Arthur Foote, whose music they have featured in recent concerts.

Although they now teach at different institutions (Haines-Eitzen at Cornell and Bengtson at Michigan), their shared roots run deep. Each was invited to Cornell University by pianist Malcolm Bilson, where Bengtson was a post-doc before embarking on his solo career and Haines-Eitzen is currently a senior lecturer and artist-in-residence. Prior to their meeting in 2015, each lived in Philadelphia where Haines-Eitzen was a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Bengtson taught at the University of Pennsylvania. They were raised in neighboring towns in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and both are married with two children, residing, respectively, in Ithaca, New York, and Ann Arbor, Michigan.

With playing described as “romantically yearning” (The Columbus Dispatch) and “forceful and emotional” (Greensboro News & Record), cellist John Haines-Eitzen has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, Asia, North America and South America. He was a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1995 until 2005, and has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony. His solo and chamber music appearances have taken him to cities in Japan, China, Brazil and Italy, as well as the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, the Sarasota Music Festival in Florida, and numerous concert series throughout the United States. Haines-Eitzen is a graduate of Indiana University where he was a student of Janos Starker.  http://music.cornell.edu/john-haines-eitzen

Described as “a pianist of extraordinary depth and imagination,” Matthew Bengtson offers a diverse repertoire ranging from Byrd to Ligeti and numerous contemporary composers. Bengtson has performed in France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Mexico, and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras, and also with violinist Joshua Bell on NPR’s Performance Today and XM Satellite Radio’s Classical Confidential. Bengtson is one of the leading interpreters of the music of Alexander Scriabin. On his recordings of the complete piano sonatas, the American Record Guide writes: “Big-boned pianism, rich tonal colors, and dazzling technique are on display here. Has Scriabin ever been played better?” Bengtson currently teaches piano, fortepiano, and seminars in piano repertoire as assistant professor of piano literature at the University of Michigan.  www.mattbengtson.com


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