Kevork Mardirossian, Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, will perform a recital at Baylor University on Sunday, March 25, beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. His colleague at Indiana University, Adjunct Lecturer in Collaborative Piano Lee Phillips, will share the stage in a program of sonatas by Handel, Prokofiev, and Brahms.
Opening the recital will be George Frideric Handel’s Violin Sonata in D major, HWV 371. This four-movement work is from 1750, placing it as Handel’s last piece of chamber music.
Next, the guest artists will play Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80. This four-movement work was begun in 1938 and not completed until 1946. Written during the war and dedicated to violinist David Oistrakh, it is one of Prokofiev’s darkest and most brooding works in sonata form.
To close the program, Mr. Mardirossian and Mr. Phillips will perform the four-movement Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108, of German composer Johannes Brahms. The last of his three violin sonatas, it was completed in 1888 and dedicated to Hans von Bülow. The premiere took place that year in Budapest with Jenö Hubay as violinist and the composer at the piano.
Kevork Mardirossian performed as concert soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout Bulgaria, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe before moving to Europe, where he developed an impressive solo career, with tours of England, Wales, Italy, France, and the United States, including debuts in London and Carnegie Hall in 1992.
Lee Phillips has won many regional and national competitions in the United States, as well as international chamber music competitions in France, Italy, and Sicily. He has appeared worldwide as recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist with orchestra. His first international appearances came in 1982 on tour in South America. Since then, he has performed frequently throughout the USA, Italy, Spain, Japan, China, and Great Britain.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.