Summit Music and Arts presents internationally recognized soprano Julia Bronkhorst next weekend at Lord of the Mountains Church in Dillon.
A critical success in Europe, Bronkhorst sings a wide repertoire and has performed principal roles in opera including Schnittke’s “Life with an Idiot” (world premiere) at the Dutch Opera and “Woutertje Pieterse” of Boehmer.
After studying with her first French teacher, Bronkhorst went to study singing at Sofia Sante and at the Utrecht Conservatory with Udo Rein Mann and continued her studies with Margreet Honig and Lucia Meeuwsen. She has performed with orchestras in Prague, Munich and Vienna, and in 1997, she sang during the Brahms Festival in The Hague Anton Philips Hall under Alexandru Lascae.
Bronkhorst is considered an authority on Dutch and South African musical history. A radio and recording artist, Bronkhorst has a CD with songs by Henriette Bosmans and Dutch contemporaries. In 2006, she released her CD “Rosa Iberica,” which reflects the multicultural society of medieval Spain.
Andrew Campbell, piano; Katherine McLin, violin; Nancy Buck, viola; and Joshua Gardner, clarinet, will perform with Bronkhorst. A program of music by American, Dutch and Yiddish composers will include music from Gershwin, Wijdeveld, Bosmans, Röntgen, Hamburg, Rodrigo and Yiddish songs.
Campbell on piano
Campbell is an established and versatile collaborative pianist in the U. S., with a performing career that has taken him to four continents. He has performed in duo recitals with such artists as violinist Chee-Yun, flutist Thomas Robertello, composer Bright Sheng and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, with whom he has also collaborated on several operatic productions. Chamber music performances have taken him to distinguished venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, where The Strad and Strings magazines both hailed his performance as “excellent.”
Campbell’s partnership with violinist McLin in the McLin/Campbell Duo and McLin and clarinetist Robert Spring in Trio del Sol has led to performances on numerous recital series throughout the United States and Europe.
Campbell graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda in history and piano from Oberlin College and Conservatory and earned his master’s in piano performance from Indiana University. He received a doctorate in piano chamber music and accompanying from the University of Michigan, where he studied with the renowned collaborative artist Martin Katz. Campbell is currently director of the Collaborative Piano Program at the Arizona State University School of Music and is an occasional member of the music staff for the San Diego Opera.
McLin on violin
McLin has an extremely varied and prolific performing career as a concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber and orchestral musician. Since her debut with the Oregon Symphony at the age of 15, McLin has made more than 40 appearances as soloist with orchestras across the country.
A member of the McLin/Campbell Duo with Campbell and Trio del Sol (with Spring and Campbell), she performs extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. McLin appears on 14 CD recordings under the Summit, Centaur and Opus One labels and currently serves as concertmaster of the Columbus ProMusica Orchestra in Ohio. She received her doctorate in violin performance from the University of Michigan as a student of Paul Kantor and holds additional performance degrees from Indiana University and the Oberlin College Conservatory. For three years, she was an orchestral fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival. McLin plays on a 1734 Sanctus Seraphin violin.
Buck on viola
Buck is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Institute of Music, from which she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively. She is associate professor of viola at Arizona State University and coordinator of the String Chamber Music Program. Prior to joining the faculty at ASU, Buck taught at Bowling Green State University, where she also served as the assistant chair for the Department of Music Performance Studies.
Much in demand as a chamber musician and artistic collaborator, Buck has presented recitals in leading concert venues throughout the United States and Europe. She regularly performs with the Arizona Bach Festival and the Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra and is an artist-faculty member of the Round Top International Music Festival. Consistently acclaimed by colleagues and peers as an extraordinarily insightful studio teacher and chamber music coach, Buck presents master classes throughout the country.
Buck presents regularly for the American String Teachers Association National Conferences and the American Viola Society. In 2008, Buck served as host chair and artistic director of the 36th International Viola Congress, held at Arizona State University, coordinating a vast array of concert events and presentations by leading performers and pedagogues in the field.
Gardner on clarinet
Gardner was appointed as lecturer of music (clarinet) at Arizona State University in 2011. He maintains an active performance career, appearing with several ensembles, including the internationally recognized Paradise Winds. In 2009, he premiered and recorded Scott McAllister’s double concerto, “Freebirds” for two clarinets and band with Spring. The recording is featured on Spring’s new CD, “Oncoming Traffic,” released internationally by Summit Records in 2010. He has performed and lectured at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest conferences and has been featured on American Public Radio’s Performance Today.
In addition to teaching and performing, Gardner has a strong interest in woodwind pedagogy. His primary research interest lies in applying scientific research to pedagogy in an effort to improve performance. In 2008, Gardner won first prize at the International Clarinet association Research Competition with his study, “Ultrasonographic Investigation of Clarinet Multiple Articulation.” Gardner is exploring other facets of performance, such as biofeedback, in an effort to improve pedagogy. As part of this expansion, he has created the Performance Physiology Research Laboratory at ASU.