Visiting cellist Juan Hermida and pianist Misa Ito will present an evening of chamber music—including performances with IUP Music Department faculty members Mary Hastings, Linda Jennings, and Stanley Chepaitis and the IUP Cello Choir—on Tuesday, April 15, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Hall.
Hermida and Ito are on faculty at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico.
The program will feature the U.S. premiere of “Credo,” a work for cello and piano by Alexis Aranda; “Sonata for Solo Cello” by Gyorgy Ligeti; and “Ancient Melodies of Russian Folk Songs for cello and piano” by Rodion Schedrin. Stanley Chepaitis will join the guest artists to perform two works for piano trio, “6 Clavierstucke in Canonsher Form Op. 6” by Robert Schumann and “Calliope Dreaming” by Elena Kats-Chernin. The program will conclude with “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 for Soprano and Orchestra of Violincelli” by Heiter Villa-Lobos with Mary Hastings as soprano soloist. The cello orchestra will include faculty member Linda Jennings; IUP students Steve Moon, Neal Wentz, AND Cailtin Voigt; IUP alumnus John Thorell; and guests Tadao and Tadashi Hermida-Ito.
The concert is open and free to the public.
This concert is part of the IUP College of Arts International Exchange Program. IUP Music Department faculty members Christine Clewell, Mary Hastings, and Linda Jennings will present concerts and master classes at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico, April 9–12.
Japanese pianist Misa Ito has been soloist with orchestras such as the Nagoya Symphony and New Japan Symphony in her native country, where she has made various concert tours, as well as in South East Asia. Her career as a pianist has led her to several cities in North and Central America and in Europe collaborating with artists such as Manfred Preis, Klaus Stoll, Ori Kam, Denis Parker, David Tómas, Mauricio Paez, Gavriel Lipkind, and Yehuda Hanani, among others.
In Mexico, she is a piano professor at the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, and performs frequently with cellist Juan Hermida and the Trio de las Americas at major festivals such as the Festival Internacional Cervantino (Guanajuato), Festival Alfonso Michel (Colima), Festival Palafoxiano (Puebla), Temporada Cultural UDLA Puebla, UNAM, International New Music Forum "Manuel Enríquez," International Chamber Music Festival Zacatecas, Chihuahua, Morelia, Festival Mazatlán, Festival Cancún, International Festival Callejón del Ruído (Guanajuato), New Music Festival "Discantus" (Puebla), International Festival of Puebla, International Festival of New Music 21st Century (Xalapa), Guest Artists Series and Latin-American Music Festival at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, and Concert Series "Sound Choices," Indiana, Pennsylvania, and in 2002 she had an artistic residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. Since 2004, Ito has been a pianist in residence at the Instrumenta Oaxaca Summer Music Festival. From 2004 to 2009, she performed around 50 concerts a year with the Trio de las Americas, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts of Mexico (CONACULTA-FONCA).
In addition to her career as a pianist, Ito has an intense pedagogic activity and received the Teacher's Award in 2000 and 2002 granted by the UDLA. This year, she is a recipient of a trajectory scholarship in music from the State of Puebla.
Ito obtained her bachelor's degree summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee and master and doctorate degrees from the University of Cincinnati, College–Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include pianists Allison Nelson, Eugene Pridonoff, and Elizabeth Pridonoff and organist David Mulburry. She studied chamber music with the Tokyo and LaSalle String Quartets, Sandra Rivers, and James Tocco, among others.
She has recorded compact discs: Candelabra, Latin American Music for Cello and Piano, Alusiones, and 2 Trios.
Juan Hermida holds a Master of Music degree and the Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati, College–Conservatory of Music. He is a recipient of the 1999 Mozart Medal by the Austrian Embassy in Mexico and the Domecq Arts Foundation. Hermida was the top prize winner of the 1988 UNAM and the 1998 Carlos Prieto National Violoncello Competitions. Born in Puebla, Mexico, Hermida has performed as a soloist with the Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra, the Mexico State Symphony Orchestra, the Fine Arts Chamber Orchestra of Mexico, the Querétaro Philharmonic, la Camerata de las Américas, the TCU Symphony Orchestra, and the OFUNAM, among others. Since 1989, he has performed with pianist Misa Ito (as the Duo Hermida-Ito) in the U.S., Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and Japan, and, as a chamber musician, he has appeared in important music festivals in the U.S. such as the Aspen Music Festival, Close Encounters with Music (Miami, New York, Omaha), Bachannalia (Cincinnati), the Latin-American Festival at TCU, and the TCU and Mesa State College Guest Recital Series. He has collaborated with artists such as Yehuda Hanani, Carlos Prieto, Klaus Stoll, Alex Klein, Nancy Gores, Arturo Delmoni, Horacio Franco, and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano. In Mexico, he performs frequently in festivals such as the New Music Forum, Camaríssima Festival, the Centro Histórico Festival, the Chamber Music Series of UNAM, the Recital series of Fine Arts National Institute (Mexico), the Coloquio Musical (Zacatecas), the International Cervantino Festival (Guanajuato), SAT (Monterrey), IDRIART (Oaxaca), and Instrumenta (Puebla), among others.
He has been principal cellist of many groups, such as the Cincinnati Philharmonia, which appeared in the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center N.Y. and the Mahler Festival in Paris and London; the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; the Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra; and La Camerata de las Américas, among others. He studied cello with Zoia Kamisheva, Alvaro Bitrán, and Yehuda Hanani at CCM. Hermida was the assistant of Yehuda Hanani at CCM and cello professor at CCM Preparatory Department from 1991 to 1994. He studied chamber music with Cuarteto Latinamericano, Tokyo, LaSalle, and Fine Arts Quartets. In 2004, he recorded the CD Candelabra: Latin American Works for Cello and Piano with a grant from the National Foundation for Culture and Arts. In the same year, he was also a recipient of a two-year grant from the National Council of Culture and Arts for the commission and recording of three works for piano trio by Mexican composers.
Since 1995, he has been a cello professor at the Universidad de las Américas and is one of the founders of the Trio de las Américas. Future concerts include chamber music recitals and concerto performances in Mexico, Colombia, Switzerland, Germany, France, and the U.S.
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