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Phelps Chamber Concert

September 23, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On Sunday, September 23 at 3 p.m., Violinist Uli Speth, Pianist Tomoko Kanamaru, and Cellist Alberto Parrini will perform at the Phelps Mansion Museum during its Chamber Concert Series at 191 Court Street in Binghamton.

The chamber recital will feature masterpieces such as Beethoven’s ‘Archduke’ trio. This has enjoyed great popularity as it is a mature work that prominently features all three instruments. In its four movements, this masterpiece shows rich, sound colors, highly skilled polyphony, and a wide range of emotional expression.

Another masterpiece on the program, though not well-known, is the Violin Sonata by Amy Beach. This late romantic work brims with lively energy, grand thematic statements, and contrasts of playful passage work. Among her sizable body of work, this is one of the most successful and intriguing pieces.

The concert will open with Uli Speth performing a recent composition by award-winning New York composer Jessie Montgomery, Rhapsody No. 1 for solo violin, a piece that is built on beautiful melodies, supported by soulful harmonies and traditional arpeggio techniques.


A native of Germany, Uli Speth completed his undergraduate studies with Harald Herzl at the Mozarteum in Salzburg/Austria. He subsequently earned his Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music, where he was a student of Felix Galimir from whom he received both violin and string quartet training. Uli has participated in numerous performance classes given by Yfrah Neaman, Thomas Brandis, Jaap Schroeder, Glenn Dicterow and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, among others.  Uli has played with New York City Opera since 1997 and has served as concertmaster of the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005.

Uli is first violinist of the Diller-Quaile String Quartet in residence at the Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York. This group has played concerts throughout the U.S., has commissioned and premiered new pieces for string quartet, and has performed live on Vermont Public Radio and KMFA of Texas. As a chamber musician, Mr. Speth has also enjoyed the opportunity of performing alongside members of the Hagen, Pro Arte, Cavaliere, and Ying quartets and Orpheus Orchestra. His performances have earned him praise by the critics of the Austin American Statesman, Salzburger Nachrichten and Broome County Arts Mirror. Uli serves on the faculties of The College of New Jersey, Hartwick College and Eastern Music Festival.

Tomoko Kanamaru first appeared with a professional orchestra at the age of nine in Tokyo. In the US, since her concerto debut with the Savannah Symphony in December 2000, she has soloed with National Repertory Orchestra, Toledo Symphony, Binghamton Philharmonic, Middletown Symphony, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Annapolis Symphony. During the current season, she is scheduled to perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Ambler Symphony in Pennsylvania.

As a chamber musician, she has performed for the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series at Merkin Hall. In 2011, Allan Kozinn described her performance in The New York Times as “focused” and “energetic” with regards to the New York Chamber Music Festival’s September 11th Tenth Anniversary Commemorative Concert at Symphony Space. As a part of the Delphinium Trio, she performed in the season opening concerts for the 11th Red Rocks Music Festival in Arizona.

She has recorded solo and chamber music for such labels as Nippon Columbia, MSR Classics,Urlicht AudioVisual, and Siegfried’s Call. Her workshop at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Chicago in 2009 was featured in The Washington Post and the BBC’sThe World Today.

An Associate Professor at The College of New Jersey, she received an Advanced Certificate from The Juilliard School and DMA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

In Fall 2003 she joined the Binghamton Philharmonic as Principal Keyboard, and has enjoyed becoming a part of the community ever since.

Born in Italy, Alberto Parrini has been principal cellist of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic since 2007 and a member of the American Symphony since 2010; he also performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.

In 2008, 2010 and 2011 he toured Japan as principal cellist of the New York Symphonic Ensemble. As a founding member of the Zukofsky Quartet he has given performances of the complete string quartets of Milton Babbitt in New York and Chicago. He performed throughout the U.S. with the American Chamber Players from 2004 to 2010, was the cellist of the St. Lawrence String Quartet in 2002-03 and spent one season as assistant principal cellist with the Richmond Symphony.

Alberto has toured extensively with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the White Oak Dance Project and performed with Continuum, Proteus Ensemble, Mirror Visions Ensemble, New Jersey Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra and Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. His festival appearances include Evian, Tanglewood, Taos, Verbier, Ottawa, Montreal, San Miguel de Allende, Spoleto U.S.A., Music@Menlo, The Weekend of Chamber Music and the Piatigorsky seminar.

His principal studies were with Timothy Eddy, Joel Krosnick, David Soyer, Colin Carr and Enrico Egano; he is a graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School. Alberto teaches cello at The College of New Jersey and at Princeton University.


Admission is $20 for the general public, $15 for members and seniors, and $5 for students with I.D. Children 12 and younger are free. For more information, please call (607) 722-4873 or email info@phelpsmansion.org. Tickets available at phelpsmansion.org/events.

Chamber Concert

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the United Cultural Fund, a program of the Broome County Arts Council.


September 23, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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