We ring in our inaugural Antenna Cloud concert with internationally-acclaimed musicians Ayane Kozasa and Paul Wiancko, who will present a special evening of viola and cello music.
Ayane and Paul have unearthed a program of jewels from the 20th and 21st centuries for this uncommon but beautiful instrument pairing, including a spectacular new work called “American Haiku” composed by Paul himself. Join us for a dynamic and intimate evening with two very special musicians.
Paul Wiancko's work was “surprising, fun, fresh, and innovative.” - Sequenza21
Ayane Kozasa performs with a "magnetic, wide-ranging tone" and a "rock solid technique"
- Philadelphia Inquirer
About Ayane Kozasa:
Hailed for her "magnetic, wide-ranging tone" and her "rock solid technique" (Philadelphia Inquirer), violist Ayane Kozasa enjoys a career that spans a broad spectrum of musical personas.
A violinist turned violist, Ayane was inspired to dedicate herself to the alto clef when she discovered the beauty of playing the viola part in string quartets during her undergraduate
studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She went on to earn a graduate degree from the Curtis Institute of Music as well as a Further Masters Degree from the esteemed Kronberg Academy Masters School in Germany.
Ayane's solo career took off when she won the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition, where she also captured awards for best chamber music and commissioned work performances. Following the competition, she joined the Astral Artists roster, and became a grant recipient from the S&R Foundation, an organization recognizing and supporting young, aspiring artists of all mediums. Her international solo opportunities have been a platform to unearth seldom heard works and commission new pieces, an aspect of viola playing that she loves. Most recently, she commissioned a work by Brooklyn composer Paul Wiancko for viola and piano, which she premiered at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society with pianist Amy Yang.
Ayane has appeared at the Marlboro, Caramoor, Ravinia, and Methow Valley Chamber Music Festivals. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, the 2014-16 Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, and prizewinner of the 2015 London Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. In May of 2017, the Aizuri Quartet won top prize at the prestigious Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, and they will be the 2017-18 Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
From 2012 to 2016, Ayane served as the principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She is also a member of the IRIS Orchestra, and has played with notable ensembles such as the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, The Philadelphia Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Ayane is deeply grateful for the mentorship she received from her past teachers, Nobuko Imai, Kirsten Docter, Roberto Diaz, Misha Amory, Michael Tree, and William Preucil.
Outside of music, she loves to bake pastries, create fonts, run long distances, and be surrounded by mountains or the ocean -- all interests that fuel her musical creativity.
About Paul Wiancko:
Leading an exceptionally multi-faceted musical life, cellist and composer Paul Wiancko has performed extensively throughout the US, Europe, Central and South America, Japan and South Africa. In addition to solo performances with orchestras around the world, Wiancko has collaborated with a diverse array of artists from Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Guarneri Quartet to Terry Riley, Etta James, Joe Cocker, Stanley Clarke, and many others.
While earning cello performance degrees at the University of Southern California and the Colburn School with Ronald Leonard, Paul led a double life, taking advantage of his time in Los Angeles by converting his dorm room into a production studio. There, he created arrangements and recorded strings for bands such as Yellowcard and Veruca Salt, and worked with the producers of numerous other artists including Pennywise, U2, and Pearl Jam. Paul's productions, which range from experimental orchestral arrangements to gospel funk tunes, can be heard on numerous albums, commercials and films. Ever the versatile musician and improviser, Paul has toured and performed extensively with Chick Corea, while working closely with him on arrangements. Paul appears on his album Continents, as well as Hot House, which won a 2013 Grammy.
After moving to New York in 2009, Paul joined the award-winning Harlem String Quartet, with whom he spent 3 years performing and teaching extensively throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Africa. He currently writes and performs as a member of the Bird's Eye Trio and the Colonials, and has toured regularly with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME).
Paul’s compositional work has been hailed by Sequenza21 as “surprising, fun, fresh, and innovative.” He has composed works for the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, yMusic, Met soprano Susanna Phillips, cellist Judith Serkin, the Aizuri Quartet, and Bargemusic in Brooklyn. Recently, he composed the score for the prison-drama feature film Heartlock, as well as a new Mars-exploration-based work for solo piano commissioned by Peter Smith, the principal investigator for NASA's Phoenix mission to Mars. Paul has been composer-in-residence at the Twickenham, Newburyport, Caramoor, and Methow Valley Chamber Music Festivals.
Paul plays on a 2010 Mario Miralles violoncello. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, and spends his spare time woodworking, fly-fishing, and practicing guitar, bass, violin, harmonica, berimbau, shamisen and theremin.
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