November 10, 2018, 3PM
Aaron Boyd, violin
Violinist Aaron Boyd enjoys a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, recording artist, lecturer, and teacher. Since making his New York recital debut in 1998, he has concertized throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Formerly a member of the Escher String Quartet, he was a recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Martin E. Segal prize from Lincoln Center, and was also awarded a Proclamation by the City of Pittsburgh for his musical accomplishments. A passionate advocate for new music, he has been involved in numerous commissions and premieres, and has worked directly with such legendary composers as Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter, and Charles Wuorinen. He is also founder of the Zukofsky Quartet (quartet-in-residence at Bargemusic); the only ensemble to have played all of Milton Babbitt’s notoriously difficult string quartets. As a recording artist, he can be heard on the BIS, Music@Menlo Live, Naxos, Tzadik, North/South and Innova labels. He has been broadcast in concert by NPR, WQXR, and WQED, and was profiled by Arizona Public Television. Born in Pittsburgh, Mr. Boyd began his studies with Samuel LaRocca and Eugene Phillips and graduated from The Juilliard School where he studied with Sally Thomas and coached extensively with Paul Zukofsky and cellist Harvey Shapiro. He now serves as Director of Chamber Music and Professor of Practice in Violin at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and lives in Dallas with his wife Yuko, daughter Ayu, and son Yuki.
Pianist Gili Melamed-Lev is recognized for her artistic vision and innovative programming. She is an engaging, multi-faceted pianist who enjoys a career as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist. Her unique artistry, soulful interpretations and her focus on creating a ‘conversation’ with listeners have enchanted audiences far and wide. Ms. Melamed-Lev was the founder and has been the Artistic Director of The Concerts at Camphill Ghent since 2012. For the past 5 years, she has been a member of the Lev- Evans duo with pianist Mark Evans. For the past 4 years, the duo was in residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute (Boscawen, NH), and their new CD with music by Brahms, Philip Lasser and Dvořák, was released this past January. She garnered rave reviews for her collaboration with Australian actor John McManus during their extended tour of The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico. She also partnered with the Actors’ Ensemble and Walking the Dog Theater (WTD). This past year she performed with members of the Israeli Philharmonic at the Targ Music Center in Jerusalem, at Taconic-Music Series in VT, at Camphill Village Copake and the Schenectady College Chamber Music Series (NY), in addition to her concerts at Camphill Ghent. She was the co-founder of the Music Coalition of Columbia County, dedicated to contemporary music, the artistic director of the 88 Keys Concert Series and co-director of Sunbridge College’s music department. She has performed throughout the US, Europe and Canada, at the Goetheanum Stage (Switzerland), the Jerusalem Theater and the Jerusalem Music Center, the 11:11 Music Series in Tzavta (Tel-Aviv), the BPL Concert Series (NY), the Wisteria Chamber Music Society (NY), the Capital Chamber players (NY) and the Taconic Music Series (VT). A passionate advocate of music education, she teaches, performs, and gives master classes at the Schenectady Community College School of Music, and also works with students at Williams College, Bard College and her private studio. Born in Jerusalem, Gili Melamed-Lev studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki, György Sándor, Susan Cohen and Miyoko Nakaya-Lotto and was a scholarship student at The Juilliard School and Montclair State College.