A faculty and guest recital by Brian Alegant, piano and guest Paul Dwyer ’07, cello.
Admission is free.
Matthijs Vermeulen: Cello Sonata No. 1 (1918)
Assez lent; Assez vite
Robert Morris: Refrains (1995)
Johannes Brahms: Cello Sonata No. 1, Op. 38 (1866)
Allegro non troppo; Allegretto quasi Menuetto; Allegro
Brian Alegant earned a PhD in music theory from the Eastman School of Music, master’s degrees in music theory and music history from Temple University, and a BM in piano performance from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts.
He is a former editor of Music Theory Spectrum, former executive board member of the Society for Music Theory, and recipient of a 2006 Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education Award for Teaching Excellence.
Before joining the Oberlin faculty, Alegant taught at McGill University from 1990-96.
His research interests include performance and analysis, pedagogy, and twelve-tone music. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1999-00), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (1993-96), and the Mellon foundations (2003), and has published on a wide range of topics in Music Theory Spectrum, Journal of Music Theory, Perspectives of New Music, Music Analysis, Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Intégral, and Nineteenth-Century Music Review. His book on the twelve-tone music of Luigi Dallapiccola was published by the University of Rochester Press.
Cellist Paul Dwyer ’07 is recognized for his ability to express "a wide range of emotions, from inward-looking somberness to playful exuberance and rapturous passion." [Springfield News-Leader] Recently, he has been reaching out in two opposite directions, specializing in early music on baroque cello and viola da gamba, as well as cutting-edge contemporary music.
Paul has been an active participant in master classes at the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival in Lübeck with David Geringas and at the Kronberg Academy with Frans Helmerson. He has been a fellow and principal of the cello sections at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival and Sarasota Music Festival, and is currently on fellowship as the cellist in the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He also spent a summer as a Young Artist at the Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival, where he studied cello with Ralph Kirshbaum, Paul Katz, and Laurence Lesser as well as chamber music with Miriam Fried. Some of Paul's most exciting chamber music experiences have transpired in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn as part of the Classical Revolution - an organization where musicians get together and perform in bars and cafes for any audiences that come along.
Paul enjoyed a rich undergraduate career at the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied cello with Peter Rejto, Hans-Jørgen Jensen, and Amir Eldan, as well as baroque cello with Catharina Meints. In his first year at Oberlin, a blood clot in his right shoulder threatened to end his cello career. He emerged from this experience with one fewer rib, a stent in his vein – and a new appreciation for his ability to play the cello. He soon became a prize-winner at numerous competitions, including the Hellam Young Artists' Competition, the International Heida Hermanns Competition for Strings, the International Schadt Competition for Cello, and the Fort Collins Symphony Concerto Competition, as well as the Cleveland Cello Society and Tuesday Musical Society Scholarship Competitions. As a winner of the 2006 Concerto Competition at Oberlin Conservatory, Paul performed Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Oberlin Orchestra and conductor Bridget Reischl in a concert dedicated to the recently deceased Mstislav Rostropovich. He was awarded the Ernest Hatch Wilkins Award for Academic Excellence by Oberlin College and was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society.
In 2007, Paul was selected as one of two recipients nation-wide of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in the Arts. The award, issued by the U.S. Department of Education, provides funding for four years of work towards a doctoral degree. Paul is currently finishing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan, where he studies cello with Richard Aaron and baroque cello and viola da gamba with Enid Sutherland. He has been a member of Early Music Ensembles and the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, and has appeared on numerous faculty chamber music recitals, including a performance of Schubert's Trout Quintet with pianist Menahem Pressler. A 2008 Concerto Competition winner, Paul performed Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 2 with the University Symphony Orchestra under Kenneth Kiesler. Further projects included a duo recital on baroque cello with harpsichord player Edward Parmentier as well as a tour and recording of six newly commissioned works for solo cello.
Growing up in Vienna, Austria, and Munich, Germany, Paul was involved in a large variety of ensembles. In 1998, he and a friend founded Cello Violenciae, a cello quartet devoted to heavy metal music - a group that eventually drew crowds of several hundreds at concerts and festivals in and around Munich. A student of Walther Fuchs for eleven years, Paul was awarded Second Prize on the national level of the German competition Jugend musiziert in 2001. He was subsequently invited to join the Bundesjugendorchester (National Youth Orchestra of Germany), touring through Europe and recording CDs and television broadcasts with conductors such as Gerd Albrecht and Gunther Schuller. He also presented benefit recitals in the Munich area with Australian pianist and composer Dean Wilmington, including the premiere of Wilmington's Prelude for Cello and Didgeridoo. http://www.pauldwyer.net/index.html
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