Brahms and Bernstein away!
April 6, 2019, 3PM
Bard Conservatory offers unparalleled musical opportunities for its students. The Conservatory orchestra performs regularly on campus, in New York City, and in semi-annual concert tours to Asia or Europe. Students frequently perform alongside faculty in chamber music concerts at Bard, in regional chamber music concert series, and on concerts for the Bard Music Festival. Concerto competition winners from the undergraduate instrumental and graduate Vocal Arts programs, perform with either the Bard Conservatory Orchestra or the American Symphony Orchestra.
Kayo Iwama, piano
Kayo Iwama, is the head of Program for the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Bard Conservatory. She has performed extensively with singers such as Christópheren Nomura, Lucy Shelton and Dawn Upshaw throughout North America, Europe, and Japan, in venues such as the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the Gardner Museum, Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, the Kennedy Center, Tokyo’s Yamaha Hall, and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. In addition to her work at Bard, she is on the faculty and serves as coordinator of the vocal studies program at the Tanglewood Music Center. She was previously on the music staffs of the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has held teaching positions at the Hartt School of Music, the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music. She earned a Bachelors of Music degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters of Music at SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with Gilbert Kalish as a Graduate Council Fellow. She also attended the Salzburg Music Festival, the Banff Music Center, the Music Academy of the West, and the Tanglewood Music Center, where she worked with such artists as Margo Garrett, Martin Isepp, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, and Erik Werba. Formerly a resident of Boston for many years, she was featured numerous times on WGBH radio and was pianist and music director of the critically acclaimed Cantata Singers Chamber Series, programs devoted to rarely heard works of art song and vocal chamber music. Iwama can be heard on CD on the Well-Tempered label, with baritone Christópheren Nomura in Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, and on two ISMM discs devoted to French mélodies and the songs of Schumann with tenor Ingul Ivan Oak.
Marka Gustavsson, viola
A dedicated chamber musician, violinist and violist Marka Gustavsson has performed internationally in the US, Canada, Europe, Israel, the Philippines, China, and Japan. She has been a guest artist Bard Music Festival, Mostly Mozart, Vancouver’s Music in the Morning, the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, WQXR’s Showcase Concerts, Yale Faculty Artists’ Series, and Banff. Marka has premiered and recorded solo and chamber music of composers John Halle, Joan Tower, Kyle Gann, George Tsontakis, Yinam Leef, Martin Bresnick, Richard Wernick, Tania Leon, and Tan Dun. From 1999 through 2014, Marka served as violist of the Colorado Quartet, an award-winning string quartet, with whom she performed and recorded traditional and contemporary repertoire, from Beethoven’s Complete Quartets for Parnassus, to Laura Kaminsky’s Transformations. As a teacher, Marka Gustavsson has given master classes at Yale, Eastman, Indiana University, Hartt, and Oberlin, and adjudicated competitions at Juilliard, Hartt, Yale, Astral Artists, and Banff. She has taught for several summers at the Yellow Barn YAP in Putney, VT. A graduate of Indiana University, Mannes College, and CUNY, her formative teachers include Joseph Gingold, Mimi Zweig, Felix Galimir, and Daniel Phillips. Ms. Gustavsson holds a faculty position at Bard College and Conservatory.
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.