Omega Ensemble's

2020 Winter Gala

February 3, 2020

6:30 PM

Racquet & Tennis Club

370 Park Ave. NYC

Artistic Honoree

Axel Strauss

The first German artist to ever win the International Naumburg Violin Award in New York, Axel Strauss made his American début at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and his New York début at Alice Tully Hall in 1998. Since then he has given recitals in major North American cities, including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 2007 he was the violinist in the world première performance and recording of Two Awakenings and a Double Lullaby, written for him by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Axel Strauss' discography include the Brahms violin concerto, the three last violin concertos by Kreutzer, the complete Caprices for solo violin by Pierre Rode and the complete works for violin and piano by George Enescu. Axel Strauss has performed as soloist with orchestras in Budapest, Hamburg, New York, Seoul, Shanghai, Bucharest, San Francisco and Cincinnati, among others, and has toured widely throughout the world as a recitalist and chamber musician. He has also served as guest concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony. In 2012 Axel Strauss was appointed Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, where he also serves as Chair of the String Area. Prior to that he served as Professor of Violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Axel Strauss performed with Omega from 2000-2009.

Program:

F. Mendelssohn: Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op.66    

II. Andante espressivo

III. Scherzo: Molto Allegro Presto

F. Schubert: Introduction, Theme and Variations, Opus 82, for Cello and Piano 

 

F. Kreisler: Cello and Piano

I. Serenade Espaniole 

II. Tambourin Chinois 

 

P SarasateCarmen Fantasy, Op. 25

Stravinsky:   Suite Italienne for violin and piano

I. Introduzione

III. Tarantella

Artists:

Nathan Meltzer, violin

Axel Strauss, violin

Sebastian Stoger, cello

David Fung, piano

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