“Durango is fortunate to have top-notch soloists and musicians participate in the Music in the Mountains classical music festival each summer, and 2016, its 30th season, is no exception,” writes Ann Butler in Sunday’s (7/17) Durango Herald (Colorado). Butler profiles three of this season’s festival artists. Violinist Vadim Gluzman, who first played at the festival in his early twenties and is now 42, began violin studies in his native Ukraine at age seven. He has just released his twelfth CD, a Prokofiev disc with his wife, pianist Angela Yoffe. Karina Canellakis, 34, who recently completed two years as assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and makes her second Music in the Mountains appearance this summer, is “a female standout conductor in a heavily male field” and this year’s recipient of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award. Pianist Stephen Prutsman, gold medalist in the 1990 Tchaikovsky Competition, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, played with rock bands and as a jazz soloist early in his career. He’s also “a prolific composer of works for artists including Tom Waits and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.” Prutsman makes his Music in the Mountains debut July 23 in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1.
Posted July 20, 2016