March 6, 2001
Alban Gerhardt performs at Plymouth State College March 15
Critics say German cellist displays a conquering power of expression and sensitivity.
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Alban Gerhardt, who has established himself as one of the world’s leading cellists, will perform at Plymouth State College’s Silver Cultural Arts Center, Thursday, March 15 at 8 p.m.
Gerhardt made a highly-acclaimed New York recital debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in 1993. His tours in the United States have taken him to Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, and back to New York. He is also a frequent guest at major international music festivals and has performed as soloist and recitalist in many of the world’s leading venues.
Critics describe Gerhardt’s performances as “riveting” and his cello playing as “bold, technically resourceful and rhythmically incisive.” The Strad Magazine said, “Gerhardt has a large, extremely focused sound, and an amazing sureness of intonation and seemingly nothing fazes him in regard to brilliance and articulation. In other words, this is the cello playing of a bonafide young line – a true virtuoso….”
Gerhardt was born in Berlin in 1969 and excelled at both piano and cello at a young age. He earned his Master’s degree at the Cologne Musikhochschule before moving to New York City. Gerhardt is the winner of numerous awards, including the 1994 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1993 International Leonard Rose Cello Competition.
The Plymouth recital will include Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 3 in G minor by J.S. Bach; Sonata for Cello solo, Op. 8 by Zoltán Kodály, Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19 by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Vocalise, op. 35. No. 14 also by Rachmaninoff. Gerhardt will be accompanied by pianist Rina Dokshinsky who won the 1987 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions. She was presented in her New York and Washington, D.C. recital debuts in the YCA series and the 92nd Street Y and the Kennedy Center.
Tickets for the recital are $6-12 at the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office,
(603) 535-ARTS. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Thursday until 7 p.m.). If special arrangements are needed, please call in advance.