Next Weekend: UUCM Performing Arts Series Presents the David Carillo Ensemble

Romantic Women

Saturday, May 27 7:30-9 p.m.

– Amy Beach – Romance for Violin and Piano Op. 23
– Clara Schumann – Piano Trio Op. 1
– Lili Boulanger – Nocturne and Cortege for Violin and Piano
– Johannes Brahms – Horn Trio Op. 40

Players: David Carrillo, violin | Garret Ross, Piano | Hang Liu, Cello | Nicholas White, Horn
Tickets: $20 on Eventbrite or at the door.

Player Biographies:

David Carrillo: Jose David Carrillo Silliezar is a prolific conductor and violinist based in Minneapolis. Born and raised in Costa Rica, David came from a very musical family. He started playing the violin at the age of four under his mother’s instruction, who in turn learned from her grandfather. David was also shaped early as a conductor by his father, a choral conductor himself. David is the music director of the Golden Valley Orchestra and conducts the Opera Theater and Campus Orchestras at the University of Minnesota. He is also an active violinist: he is a tenured member of the South Dakota Symphony and has performed solo and chamber recitals in Italy, El Salvador, Peru, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and across the United States. David holds an undergraduate degree in violin performance and a double masters in orchestra conducting and violin performance from the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Sally O’Reilly and Mark Russell Smith, and is currently a Sample fellow pursuing a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting institution as a student of Mark Russell Smith. This year marks the second time David performs in the UUCM chamber series.

Garret Ross: Pianist Garret Ross is an experienced soloist and avid chamber musician with a wide ranging repertoire. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Apollo Music Festival as well as the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Florestan Chamber Music. Garret has performed on stages and series across the USA including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, The Roerich Museum in NYC, the Courtroom Concert Series in Saint Paul MN, and Music Northwest in Seattle WA. As a soloist, Garret gave the World Premiere of Gregory Vajda’s Csardas Obstine with the Texas Festival Orchestra and the Music in The Mountains Festival Orchestra. Other concerto appearances with orchestra include the repertoire of Bach, Beethoven, Grieg, and Rachmaninoff. Garret has attended numerous festivals including the Aldeburgh Festival, Banff Centre, and the International Festival-Institute at Round Top. Garret teaches students throughout the Twin Cities, and conducts masterclasses at universities throughout the United States. He is on the faculty of The Saint Paul Conservatory of Music.

Hang Liu: Cellist Hang Liu is described as having “outstanding skills and talent, superb artistic presence and commitment” by MTNA., and  as having a “beautiful tone and brilliant technique, always showing inspiration and energy” by his mentor-Prof. Tanya Remenikova. Hang has set a high-level standard of artistry and versatility in his musicianship internationally with enormous experiences in different styles and occasions of concerts. Frequently appears as soloist, chamber musician, and cello principal of orchestras. As a young soloist and chamber musician, Hang has achieved high acclaim for more than 40 solo and chamber concerts over his musical career. He has received a number of awards and international titles including: First prize of Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition “Bonn”(2021), First prize of Grand Prize Virtuoso International Music Competition “Paris”(2022), MTNA Minnesota Alternate(Second Prize) Winner(2021), Second Place in Schubert Club Scholarship Competition(2022), Solo artist of Sichuan Symphony Orchestra (China), Guest principal cellist of Chengdu Symphony Orchestra (China). Hang is currently finishing his degree in Doctor of Musical Art Student at University of Minnesota

Nicholas White: N. Jennings White is a horn player, composer and music theorist originally from St. Petersburg, Florida. He is an accomplished horn player especially as a pit musician having played for shows in New York City and all over New England. He also has performed all over the United States as a touring musician with Springer Theatricals and Nebraska Theatre Caravan. While his main love is music for the theatre, White is equally accomplished in orchestral and chamber music settings. White is a founding member of the Minnesota Horn Quartet and is the chair horn player at numerous theatres and orchestras in the Twin Cities Metro. He studied composition at the New England Conservatory and St. Petersburg Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia; and holds two masters degrees, one in horn performance and one in music theory from the University of Minnesota and will be beginning his PhD in Music.

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