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Blaha Campbell Golani Trio

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A co-project of MGAM Inc. and Gami Simonds

Bernadene Blaha

Bernadene Blaha’s “brilliant command of the piano”, whether featured as recitalist, concerto soloist or chamber musician, has been heralded in performances throughout North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Mexico. Piano and Keyboard magazine has reviewed her as, “a pianist of integrity, with lovely sonorities and total clarity of line.” Highlights of this season include return engagements at the Piatigorsky Cello Festival, Newport Music Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, Worcester Chamber Music Society as well as performances in Canada, France and Italy.

Also in demand as a teacher, adjudicator and clinician, Ms. Blaha has received the National Arts Foundation’s Outstanding Teacher Recognition Award. She has been invited to serve on the jury of the Gina Bachauer International Artist Piano Competition, Virginia Waring International Competition and the 2015 International E-Competition.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Ms. Blaha has been a member of the Keyboard Faculty at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California since 1993 where she is an Associate Professor.

James Campbell

James Campbell has followed his muse to five television specials, more than 40 recordings, over 30 works commissioned, a Juno Award (Stolen Gems), a Roy Thomson Hall Award, Canada’s Artist of the Year, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and Canada’s highest honor, the Order of Canada.

Called “Canada’s pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloist”, James Campbell has performed as soloist and chamber musician in over 30 countries with string quartets, orchestras and luminaries like the Boston Pops, London Symphony, the Guarneri, Allegri and St Lawrence Quartets, Glenn Gould and Aaron Copland. Of Campbell’s extensive discography The Times of London rated his recording of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet as the best available and was voted “Top Choice” by BBC 3.

Since 1984 James Campbell has been Artistic Director of the Festival of the Sound and is Professor of Music at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University since 1988.

James plays Conn-Selmer clarinets and uses Vandoren and Legere reeds.

Rivka Golani

Rivka Golani is recognized as one of the great violists and musicians of modern times. BBC Magazine included her in its LIST OF THE 200 MOST IMPORTANT INSTRUMENTALISTS and the FIVE MOST IMPORTANT VIOLISTS currently concertizing. Her contributions to the advancement of viola technique have already given her a place in the history of the instrument and have been a source of inspiration not only to other players but also to many composers who have been motivated to write specially for the viola. More than 300 PIECES have been written for Rivka, of which MORE THAN 70 ARE CONCERTOS.

Familiar to audiences throughout the world, Rivka Golani has performed as soloist with many of the world’s most prominent orchestras: the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw, Israel Philharmonic, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Toronto Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Montreal Symphony and many others. She has made many recordings with orchestra as well as solo recitals. Landmark concerto recordings include works by Elgar, Colgrass, Britten, Berlioz, Bloch, Bax, Martinu and others.

Rivka has recently been named an Ambassador of Canadian Music by the Canadian Music Centre and was presented with the Medal Pro Artibus by the Artijus Foundation for her contribution to the world of Hungarian contemporary music. A passionate teacher, she is professor of viola at Trinity College of Music in London.