escapeVelocity

Thu

12/13/2018

8:00pm

Classical

escapeVelocity

violin & piano

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  • Giancarlo Latta, violin
  • Robert Fleitz, piano

Giancarlo Latta

Fiercely committed to the music of our time, violinist and composer Giancarlo Latta is interested in the intersection and convergence of music old and new. Equally at home performing Mozart and Carter, Beethoven and Berio, Giancarlo has been involved in dozens of commissions and premieres and has collaborated extensively with numerous composers both young and established. He has worked with Marcos Balter, Mario Davidovsky, Pierre Jalbert, George Lewis, Aaron Jay Kernis, Steven Stucky, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir, among many others, and has performed in venues as diverse as the Rothko Chapel and Cy Twombly Gallery in Houston, Mariinsky II in St. Petersburg, National Sawdust in Brooklyn, and London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. He has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and members of the JACK Quartet, Talea Ensemble, and New York’s counter)induction.

Recent and upcoming highlights include performances with flutist Claire Chase as part of Houston’s Da Camera series, the U.S. premiere of Liza Lim’s opera Tree of Codes at the Spoleto Festival, Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire on Nantucket Island, and residencies at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute (with pianist Robert Fleitz) and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. In spring 2016, Giancarlo curated and premiered “16x16: The Rice Encores Project,” a large-scale commissioning endeavor featuring sixteen new short works for violin and piano and showcasing the entire Rice University composition studio; a recording of all sixteen pieces was released in early 2018.

Robert Fleitz

Pianist and composer Robert Fleitz is committed to bringing new works and idiosyncratic concert experiences to broader audiences, while simultaneously leading them to deeper and more meaningful listening experiences. Known for “mesmerizing” and “commanding” playing (New York Times) Robert has gained a reputation as a tirelessly prolific performer and commissioner of new solo, chamber, and music-theatre works; and has worked closely with and been coached by a number of notable figures in contemporary music including Kaija Saariaho, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Thomas Ádes, Tan Dun, Jennifer Higdon, Christopher Theofanidis, Ted Hearne, Sebastian Currier, John Zorn, Paola Prestini, Bill Brittelle, Tadaaki Otaka, and Jeffrey Milarsky. He has performed as a soloist with the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and the Tampa Bay Symphony; and has also performed with Contemporaneous, Ensemble Échappé, The String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Tactus, AXIOM, Wordless Music Orchestra, and the Irish National Symphony Orchestra. He is also a a recipient of Juilliard’s Career Advancement Fellowship.

Robert’s stroboscopic collaborations have led him to recent appearances in venues and festivals near and far, including the Kyoto Music Festival; the Latvian National Library; Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal); the National Concert Hall in Dublin; the Koncertkirken in Copenhagen; BAM’s Next Wave Festival; The Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab; Le Poisson Rouge; the Morgan Library; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; MoMA; New Music New Haven; the Chelsea Music Festival; Wayne-O-Rama in Chattanooga, Aspen Art Museum; and the Duplex Cabaret Theater in Greenwich Village, among others.

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