Atlantean Piano Trio

Sunday, April 12, 2015
7:30 PM
Cultural Arts CA1075 Beckwith Recital Hall
Event Type
Music Dept.
Seymour, Ann

Atlantean Piano Trio:
Barry David Salwen, piano
Abigail Van Steenhuyse, violin
Richard Thomas, cello

Sunday, April 12, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Beckwith Recital Hall, located in the Cultural Arts Building on Randall Drive

$6 general public (includes tax) • Free to students with valid UNCW ID
Advance tickets are not sold: the Cultural Arts box office opens one hour prior to performance.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2 (1794)
Bedrich Smetana: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15 (1855)

About the Artists

The Atlantean Piano Trio was established by three faculty members at UNCW in 2005. Since then the trio has performed regularly at UNCW and on concert series around the North and South Carolina region. Later this month the ensemble will appear on the Art Trail series in Florence, South Carolina.

Abigail Van Steenhuyse, originally from Annapolis, Maryland, received degrees in violin performance from East Carolina University and the University of Michigan. She is the winner of the Mary Ruth Hardy Violin Scholarship and the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. Performing in various festivals and ensembles, Van Steenhuyse has toured England, Iceland, Scotland, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, and Canada. After completing a three-year training program in 2008, she became an AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique, ( certified teacher from Alexander Technique Ann Arbor directed by Jane Heirich. Van Steenhuyse is on the faculty of the Paul Rolland String Method Workshop at George Mason University where she teaches the Alexander Technique and has recently presented workshops to musicians at East Carolina University and UNCW. Van Steenhuyse is a member of the Wilmington and Long Bay Symphonies, and has been teaching violin for ten years.

Richard Thomas is associate professor of music and director of the Chamber Orchestra at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, and adjunct instructor of cello at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. Thomas studied at the Cleveland Institute, DePauw University, and the University of North Texas, and received a Doctor of Music Arts from the University of South Carolina. He is a former member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Colombia (Bogotá), the Orquesta Sinfónica del Valle (Cali, Colombia), the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), the South Carolina Philharmonic (assistant principal cello) and was principal cello of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Thomas also served as faculty member at the Universidad del Cauca and Universidad del Valle in Colombia, the Conservatorio Nacional of the Dominican Republic, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, UNCW, and from 1999-2008 was string department head at Camp Encore-Coda in Sweden, Maine.

Barry David Salwen is an associate professor of music at UNCW, where he joined the faculty in 1992. He is an international concert pianist, giving performances and master classes in the United States, Europe, Israel, and Asia. He gave two weeks of master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory in China, among many other places. As the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholars Grant, he gave a semester’s seminar at the Music Conservatory in Freiburg, Germany, one of the leading music institutions in the country. His master classes at UNCW have been attended by students from throughout eastern North Carolina. Among Salwen’s nine CDs is the first recording of the complete solo piano music of the American master Roger Sessions; he is the first artist to record all of these works. First published on Koch International Classics, the recording was subsequently reissued on Albany Records. His recording of Sessions’ piano concerto is also planned to appear on Albany.

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