The Abby Whiteside Foundation
Music for Two Pianos
2022 Sophia Rosoff Concert Series
Music for Two Pianos
Vered Reznik & Eleonora Rotshteyn, Gabriel Zucker &
John Kamitsuka, Jeremy Siskind & Angelin Chang
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 8pm
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

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An evening of music for two pianos from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Each performance features a Whiteside pianist and guest artist.

This concert features the New York Premiere of Jeremy Siskind's Perpetual Motion Etudes in a new version for two pianos, with Grammy-winning classical pianist Angelin Chang playing the notated compositions and celebrated jazz pianist Jeremy Siskind providing an improvised counterpoint.

Vered Reznik & Eleonora Rotshteyn

Souvenirs, Opus 28 by Samuel Barber
Arranged for two pianos by Gold and Fizdale

Gabriel Zucker & John Kamitsuka

"La Valse" by Maurice Ravel

Angelin Chang & Jeremy Siskind

Perpetual Motion Etudes for Piano by Jeremy Siskind
arranged for two pianos by the composer

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Born and raised in Israel, pianist VERED REZNIK has delighted audiences in solo and chamber music recitals throughout Europe, Israel and the United States. Her appearances have included Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall, Vienna's Konzerthaus, and the Bayreuth, Janacek, and Israel Festivals. Vered holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem and currently teaches at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale. In 2001, she moved to New York to study with Sophia Rosoff, and through her performances and teaching, Vered serves as an active advocate of the Whiteside and Rosoff school of playing.

Pianist and composer ELEONORA ROTSHTEYN is a winner of the National Young Pianist Competition, the World Piano Competition, and Leschetizky Society competition. She has made piano appearances in Russia and the US in various venues, some of which include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and New York’s and New Jersey's Steinway Halls. Ms. Rotshteyn's works have been commissioned and performed by the Mannes Orchestra and numerous other chamber ensembles. Ms. Rotshteyn holds degrees from Mannes College of Music, and Queens College. She is a member of the faculty at Port Jefferson Music Academy, School for Strings, Hoff-Barthelson Music School and is an adjunct professor at BMCC, CUNY.

"Piano firebrand" (Brooklyn Rail) GABRIEL ZUCKER is a pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from New York, whose work combines maximalist compositions with the progressive improvisation of New York’s creative music scene. His music has received two ASCAP composition awards, and has been praised in Downbeat (4.5 stars), All About Jazz (4.5 stars), Stereogum, Jazzwise, the New York Classical Review, and the New York City Jazz Record. A Yale graduate and Rhodes Scholar, Zucker has performed throughout New York at such venues as Carnegie Hall, The Stone, Roulette, and the Jazz Gallery, as well as in 22 countries around the world.

JOHN KAMITSUKA performs regularly throughout the United States, South America, Europe and Japan. He has played at prominent New York City venues such as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He has appeared at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina; Queen Elizabeth Hall, St. John's Smith Square and St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London; the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany; Cercle de l'Union Interaliée and Chateau de l'Hermitage in France; Teatro Ghione, the American Academy in Rome, Università Cattolica, Collegio Borromeo and Sala del Conservatorio Santa Cecilia in Italy.

Mr. Kamitsuka made his debut in China with solo and concerto appearances in Beijing and Tianjin in the fall of 2003. His annual tours in Japan have included recitals at Yamaha Hall in Tokyo, Piloti Hall in Osaka and the Cultural Hall in Kobe. Mr. Kamitsuka's United States Government Cultural Ambassadorship Tour of Brazil took him to seven cities and Television Cultura in Brazil produced a special program featuring his Sao Paulo, Teatro Municipal recital which continues to be broadcast repeatedly. His recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations is included in Anna Harwell Celenza's book about the Variations which Charlesbridge Publishing House released in February 2005 and will be rereleased in 2016. Mr. Kamitsuka is also invited regularly to do residencies which include master classes and concerts at numerous colleges and universities.

Orchestral solo appearances of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms concertos include performances with the New York Chamber Orchestra, the Bard Music Festival Ensemble, the Sao Paulo Symphony, Ensemble Musique Hamamatsu, and the China Philharmonic.

John Kamitsuka began formal piano studies at the age of five and by twelve had performed in solo recitals and as a soloist with symphony orchestras. He continued his studies with teachers at the Toho School of Music in Tokyo and returned to the United States to accept a scholarship to Indiana University where he studied with Abbey Simon and Julius Herford. He later pursued doctoral studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook with Gilbert Kalish and Richard Goode, and studied privately with Sophia Rosoff in New York.

Classical pianist ANGELIN CHANG who serves as Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Cleveland State University, is the first American female and the first pianist of Asian heritage to be awarded the GRAMMY® for Best Instrumental Soloist with orchestra. She is the first American awarded First Prizes in both piano and chamber music during the same year from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, France. As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Ms. Chang participated in the development and launching of the Arts for Everyone initiative.

Jazz pianist JEREMY SISKIND is the winner of the Nottingham International Solo Piano Competition, the second-place finisher at the Montreux Solo Jazz Piano Competition, and a two-time laureate of the American Pianists Association. A professor at California’s Fullerton College, Siskind is known for his work as leader of his chamber jazz trio, the Housewarming Project, his extensive work in the pedagogical field including 12 publications with Hal Leonard, and his expert melding of classical and jazz aesthetics in projects like Impressions of Debussy, his 2020 duo collaboration with saxophonist Andrew Rathbun. Both Chang and Siskind are Yamaha artists.