Horn of Plenty, Plenty of Horn

October 13, 2018, 3PM


Brahms, Braun, Mozart, Poulenc, Bizet, Faure, Strauss

Michael Slatkin, French horn

Michael Slatkin was born in New Jersey, USA in 1967.  He began studying the horn at age 10 with Alan Orloff in New York.  He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 1989, in Rochester, USA, having studied with Verne Reynolds for 4 years.  After Eastman, Mr. Slatkin studied for 2 years with Phil Myers, principal horn in the New York Philharmonic.  In 1991, he joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as Associate Principal Horn.  Mr. Slatkin has appeared on many recordings with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and has recorded with the New York Philharmonic as well.  He has also been the Principal Hornist of Tel Aviv’s Musica Nova Ensemble since 1991.  He has been a member of the Israel Philharmonic Brass Quartet and the Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet and has appeared as soloist with many of the orchestras in Israel.  He has been on the faculty of the Buchmann – Mehta Academy in Tel Aviv since 1996, and also serves on the faculties of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, as well the the Workshop Conservatory in Jerusalem.

Mark Evans, piano

Mark Evans is Assistant Professor of Piano at the SUNY SCCC School of Music, where he has received the college’s Outstanding Service Award, and Director of the SUNY SCCC School of Music Chamber Music Series. As a frequent performer throughout the Capital Region and surrounding areas, he has appeared at the Hyde Collection, Skidmore College, the Arkell Museum, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the Camphill Ghent concert series, and many other venues. He has also appeared on the Donnell Library concert series in New York City, as a guest artist with the Musicians of Ma’alwyck, as concerto soloist with the University Symphony Orchestra at the University at Albany, and as concerto soloist with the Capital Region Wind Ensemble. 

Mr. Evans performs regularly on the SCCC Chamber Music Series with fellow faculty and guest artists. In addition to his own teaching and performing, he regularly organizes master classes and recitals by eminent guest artists. In 2010 he and mezzo-soprano Lucille Beer released a CD of art songs. Since 2013 he has performed as half of the Lev-Evans Duo, which has been in residence four times at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in New Hampshire and recently released a CD of works for piano four hands.

Gili Melamed-Lev, piano

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.