DAVENPORT, Iowa—The concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Frank Almond, will perform a violin/piano recital with St. Ambrose University faculty member Marian Lee. “A Violin’s Life” will take place Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Galvin Fine Arts Center, located on Gaines Street, between Locust and Lombard. The concert will feature Almond’s 1715 "Lipiński" Stradivarius violin.
In addition, Almond will teach a masterclass to the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra at 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, also in the Galvin Fine Arts Center.
Both events are free and open to the public.
At age 17, Almond was one of the youngest prizewinners in the history of the Nicolo Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy. In 1986 he was one of two Americans who received awards at the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Currently the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, Almond served as concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and guest concertmaster of the London Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the Montreal Symphony and the Dallas Symphony. Almond is a member of the New York City chamber group “An die Musik,” which received Grammy nominations for its “Timeless Tales” series in 2002 and 2004. He founded and directs the Milwaukee “Frankly Music” chamber series.
Almond has recorded for several labels and has appeared numerous times on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” His recordings have appeared on the American Record Guide’s “Best of” 2001 and 2007 lists. His most recent release, “A Violin’s Life,” features works and composers directly associated with the 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius. He has taught at San Diego State University, Calif, and Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, and is currently serving on the faculty at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. Almond holds degrees from The Julliard School, New York City.
Lee earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from The Julliard School, New York City, and her doctorate from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. She was awarded a Fulbright grant for studies at the Moscow State Conservatory, Moscow, Russia, and made her New York City debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. Lee has appeared on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Washington DC., and at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Steinway Hall, both in New York City. Lee has performed internationally in such countries as Italy, France, Brazil, Austria and Thailand.
For more information on the recital, go to www.sau.edu, or call 563/333-6001.