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Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival opens 19th season

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Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival will host Rieko Aizawa and Jesse Mills in their return to Summit County with four performances and a midweek class for interested high school students. This year's festival will highlight nature-themed music. Efe Baltacigil (cello), and Jennifer Grim (flute) will join Aizawa (piano) and Mills (violin) for the first two programs, a soiree at a private home in Silverthorne on Saturday, Sept. 10, and a public concert at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon on Sunday, Sept. 11.

Meet the Musicians

Rieko Aizawa

Japanese pianist, Aizawa, has been a part of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festivals since their inception in 1998. She and Mills became co-artistic directors of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festivals in 2010.

Pianist Mitsuko Uchida discovered Aizawa when she was only 13 years old and brought her to the attention of the late Alexander Schneider. Schneider engaged Aizawa as a soloist with his Brandenburg Ensemble at the opening concerts of Tokyo's Casals Hall. Later that year, when she was 14 years old, Schneider presented Aizawa in her U.S. début concerts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with his New York String Orchestra. She has since established her own unique musical voice.

Aizawa is an active chamber musician. The youngest-ever participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, she has performed as a guest with string quartets such as the Guarneri Quartet and the Orion Quartet. She is a founding member of the Horszowski Trio and of the prize-winning Duo Prism.

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Aizawa was the last pupil of Mieczyslaw Horszowski at the Curtis Institute, where she was awarded the Rachmaninoff Prize. She also studied with Seymour Lipkin and Peter Serkin at the Juilliard School where she received her master's degree. She lives in New York City with her husband, violinist Jesse Mills, and is on the faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Jesse Mills

Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Mills enjoys performing music of many genres, from classical to contemporary, as well as composed and improvised music of his own invention.

As a member of the FLUX Quartet from 2001-03, Mills performed music composed during the last 50 years including frequent world premieres. As a composer and arranger, Mills has been commissioned by venues including Columbia University's Miller Theater and the Chamber Music Northwest festival in Portland, Oregon.

Since his concerto debut at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Mills has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Boston's Gardener Museum, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Barbican Centre of London, La Cité de la Musique in Paris, Amsterdam's Royal Carré Theatre, Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. Mills is a founding member of the Horszowski Trio and of Duo Prism, a violin-piano duo with Aizawa, which earned first prize at the Zinetti International Competition in Italy in 2006.

Mills graduated from The Juilliard School. He studied with Dorothy DeLay, Robert Mann and Itzhak Perlman. He lives in New York City, and he is on the faculty at Longy School of Music of Bard College and at New York University.

Efe Baltacigil

Turkish cellist Efe Baltacigil was born in Istanbul. He studied at the Mimar Sinan Conservatory and the Curtis Institute of Music. In 2002, he joined the Philadelphia Orchestra first as assistant principal and then associate principal cellist. He became principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony in 2011.

Sought after as a soloist and chamber musician, Baltacigil made his Carnegie Hall concerto and recital debuts in 2006-07, his Philadelphia Orchestra concerto debut in 2009, and his Berlin Philharmoniker debut with Sir Simon Rattle on the podium in 2012. He has also performed as soloist with the Seattle Symphony numerous times.

Baltacigil toured with the musicians from Marlboro, is regularly invited by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2006. He regularly performs with the Seattle Chamber Music Festival and is a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. He enjoys sailing, windsurfing, drawing and volleypong.

Jennifer Grim

Hailed as "a deft, smooth flute soloist" by the New York Times, Jennifer Grim's remarkable depth and breadth as a performer of solo and chamber repertoire has gained broad national acclaim. First-prize winner in several national chamber music competitions, Grim has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble. She is the flutist of the award-winning Zéphyros Winds and the New York Chamber Soloists. Other solo appearances include the Caramoor, Aspen, Norfolk and Skaneateles Chamber Music Festivals.

Grim has been a featured soloist at the Vermont Mozart Festival, and collaborated as a chamber artist with pianists Menahem Pressler, Anton Kuerti, Charles Wadsworth, Philippe Entremont and guitarist Eliot Fisk. At the invitation of Maestro Entremont, she was appointed principal flute of the Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra.

Highlights of recent seasons include performances of the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Lviv Philharmonic (Ukraine), and Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major with the UNLV Symphony Orchestra, Henderson Symphony Orchestra and the Vermont Summer Music Festival. Other noted performances include soloist in the Mozart Concerto No. 1 in G major with maestro Philippe Entremont and the Boca Raton Symphonia, and guest artist performances with the Boston Chamber Music Society and the American String Quartet with harpist Nancy Allen.

A native of Berkeley, California, Grim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University. She is currently associate professor of music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and artistic director of the UNLV Chamber Music Series.

EVENTS

Sept. 10: Soiree, at a private residence in Three Peaks, Silverthorne (address provided with ticket purchase). Tickets $75 per person. Arrive by 6:45 p.m. for a champagne reception, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. The musicians are Rieko Aizawa (piano), Jesse Mills (violin), Efe Baltacigil (cello) and Jennifer Grim (flute).

Sept. 11: Concert 7 p.m. at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon. Enjoy light refreshments while browsing a display of Alpenglow posters since 1998 and selected art works by Women of Watercolor of Summit County. Tickets are $20 for regular admission, $10 for seniors (65+) and students free with ID.

Sept. 16: Soiree, at a private residence in Three Peaks, Silverthorne (address provided with ticket purchase). Tickets $75 per person. Arrive by 6:45 p.m. for a champagne reception, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. The musicians are Rieko Aizawa (piano), Jesse Mills (violin), Efe Baltacigil (cello) and Igor Begelman (clarinet).

Sept. 17: Concert 7 p.m. at Lord of the Mountains Lutheran Church in Dillon. Enjoy light refreshments while browsing a display of Alpenglow posters since 1998 and selected art works by Women of Watercolor of Summit County. Tickets are $20 for regular admission, $10 for seniors (65+) and students free with ID.

More information: Go to alpenglowchambermusic.org to purchase tickets. Email: info@alpenglowchambermusic.org or call (970) 797-4999

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