The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the Jones-Maruri Duo as part of the Performance Plus series in Gorell Recital Hall, John Sutton Hall, on Thursday, October 8, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.
Since joining forces in 1990, Michael Kevin Jones, cello, and Agustin Maruri, guitar, have played concerts in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia. British-born Jones first picked up the cello at the age of thirteen and has studied in both London and Germany, touring and conducting master classes throughout Europe, Asia, and the U.S.
While in London, Jones won numerous prizes for his solo and chamber music playing, was chosen to perform for the British Royal Family, and was awarded a scholarship from the German government to study cello under Johannes Goritski in Dusseldorf.
Also in high demand as a solo artist and teacher, having toured five continents, Maruri hails from Madrid, Spain. Maruri has received scholarships and awards as a result of, and towards, his work as a musicologist, discovering many lost or forgotten works in the Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid, the Munich Library, and the British Museum.
As a duo, their discography includes the first recording in the world of original compositions from the nineteenth century for cello and guitar, including music by Leonhard von Call, Thomas Matiegka, and Friedrich Dotzauer. They have also recorded most of the original repertoire of the twentieth century for this combination and have inspired living composers to write for them, such as Pedro Saenz, Jose Maria Sanchez Verdu, and Satoshi Tanaka. Their recording, “Original Music for Cello and Guitar,” was a top ten in the classical market in Hong Kong for one year.
Since performing their first U.S. tour in 1991, the duo has returned to the U.S. each year, giving recitals across the country at venues such as the Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Hancock Center. They also performed in cities throughout China during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, including Beijing and Shanghai.
Tickets for the Jones Maruri duo are available now at the Hadley Union Building Ticket Office on the IUP campus or on-line at IUP Tickets.com. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 7:15 p.m. on the night of the performance. Tickets are $16 for regular admission, $10 for students and children, and $14 for seniors (62 and older) and for groups of fifteen or more. For more information, call The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jones-Maruri Duo is being presented as part of IUP’s International Education Week through the Office of International Education. The Performance Plus series is produced by The Lively Arts of IUP’s College of Fine Arts and is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (pending state budget adoption and appropriations), Office of International Education, Liberal Studies Program, and the Career Development Center.