BAC Salon: Celebrating Misia Sert
Baritone Michael Kelly and pianists David Fung and Roman Rabinovich perform works by Satie and Ravel, in an evening dedicated to Misia Sert, a supporter and confidante to the great impresario Sergei Diaghilev. The evening’s décor will showcase artworks from The Mikhail Baryshnikov Collection by Jean Cocteau, Alexandre Benois, and others.
This concert, performed in an intimate salon setting, is part of a series honoring renowned arts patrons from early 20th century Paris.
E. Satie: Three Pieces in the Shape of a Pear
M. Ravel: Histoires naturelles
M. Ravel: La valse
Leadership support for music programming in 2015 provided by the J.C. Flowers Foundation and the Thompson Family Foundation.
Pianist David Fung is widely recognized for playing that is elegant and refined, yet deeply poetic and intensely expressive. In recent seasons, Fung has appeared as soloist with the world’s foremost ensembles, including the Israel Camerata Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has also performed with all the major orchestras in his native Australia, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
A frequent guest artist of concert series and festivals throughout the world, Fung has performed at Italy's Bari International Music Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Wigmore Hall in London, Scotland's Queen’s Hall, Belgium's La Monnaie and the Palais des Beaux-Arts, the Zürich Tonhalle, Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio, the Sydney Opera House, the National Concert Hall in Taiwan, Hong Kong’s City Hall, and Israel's Mann Auditorium. He has also performed in the United States at the Aspen Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Music at Menlo, Ravinia Festival, at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, and in Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall and Royce Hall.
A winner of the most prestigious national and international awards, he has garnered international attention as a top prizewinner of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv, where he received prizes for Best Mozart Concerto and Best Performance of Chamber Music. Fung was the Grand Prize winner of Australia’s most important music prize, the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award. He was the first pianist to graduate from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, and is the Artistic Director of the Bari International Music Festival in Bari, Italy. Mr. Fung is an official Steinway Artist.
American baritone Michael Kelly continues to distinguish himself as a consummate artist, sought-after for his riveting interpretations of recital, concert and operatic repertoire. This season, Kelly appears in recitals at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, in Houston, Texas, and at the National Opera Center. He will perform world premieres by Matthew Aucoin and Mohammed Fairouz, and will appear in Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
An avid and passionate recital and chamber music interpreter, he can be found on soon-to-be released recordings of Schubert’s Winterreise, Del Tredici’s A Field Manual, and a recording of songs by composer Ben Moore.
Captivating audiences with his “exquisitely self-effacing” artistry, Kelly is a versatile and innovative vocalist, having performed with symphonies, orchestras, and at festivals nationwide, such as The Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Cathedral Choral Society, Mostly Mozart Festival, Chicago Opera Theater, Gotham Chamber Opera, Mark Morris Dance Group, Ars Lyrica, and Mercury Orchestra, and at international venues such as Opernhaus Zurich. His repertoire ranges from the baroque to modern, leading him to collaborate with some of today’s most exciting composers, many whose works he has premiered, including Tom Cipullo, David Del Tredici, Mohammed Fairouz, Ricky Ian Gordon, Libby Larsen, Lowell Lieberman, Ben Moore, Reinaldo Moya, John Musto, and David Sisco. He made his European debut with Opernhaus Zürich in Handel’s Rinaldo with William Christie and has performed in opera, chamber and symphonic works under the batons of such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Michael Christie, Andreas Delfs, Jane Glover, Benton Hess, James Levine, Anne Manson, Nicholas McGegan, Steven Osgood, Leonard Slatkin, and Stephen Stubbs. He has collaborated in recital with celebrated pianists Martin Katz, Kathleen Kelly, Malcolm Martineau, Spencer Myer, Jonathan Ware and Brian Zeger.
Kelly has won prizes in several prominent competitions, including first prizes in 2013’s Poulenc Competition and 2011’s Joy in Singing. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Juilliard, and was a member of the Opernstudio at Opernhaus Zurich. He is also artistic director of SongFusion, a song recital series based in Manhattan.
Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich is the winner of the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Rabinovich has performed internationally in prestigious venues in the United States, such as Carnegie’s Zankel Hall in New York and the Millennium Stage of Kennedy Center in Washington, DC., as well as internationally at Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Wigmore Hall in London, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, and Cite de la Musique in Paris.
He has also performed in the Lucerne, Prague Spring and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals.
His 2015-16 season highlights include Rachmaninov Concerto No. 3 with the KBS Orchestra and Yoel Levi, and recital engagements at Vancouver Recital Society, Chopin Society in St. Paul, Minnesota, Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theatre and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. Rabinovich was selected by Sir Andras Schiff for his series “Building Bridges”, which included recitals in Tonhalle in Zurich, and in Berlin, at the Ruhr Piano Festival, and New York’s SubCulture. In December 2013, he returned to Wigmore Hall with a solo recital and in spring 2014 he toured with the Haifa Symphony throughout the United States, performing as soloist with 4 different piano concertos in 30 concerts. In 2016-18 Rabinovich will immerse himself in performing complete piano sonatas by Haydn in Scotland and Israel.
Rabinovich is an avid chamber musician. In March 2015 performed complete Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano with Liza Ferschtman. In May 2016 the two of them are scheduled to team up again for a marathon of chamber music of Brahms in three consecutive concerts in Tel Aviv.
Rabinovich made his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta at age 10, and has since performed with IPO and Maestro Mehta again in 1999 and 2003. He performed as a soloist with all the Israeli orchestras, as well as with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Paris, Prague Symphony, Dohnányi Orchestra and many others. Rabinovich has recently recorded ballets by Ravel, Prokofiev and Stravinsky for the Orchid Classics label to critical acclaim. In 2009 the French TV channel “Mezzo” recorded his recital and since then it has been broadcasted to more than 30 countries in Europe and Asia. Rabinovich is a Steinway & Sons artist.
Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Roman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1994, where he studied with Arie Vardi. Rabinovich graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin and got his Masters Degree at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert McDonald. He also excels as a gifted artist. He often combines his concerts with exhibitions of his paintings. Besides traditional painting Mr Rabinovich draws on his IPad.
Composite Slide and Upcoming page photos: Kelly by Robert Mannis / Fung by Michael Xun / Rabinovich by Balazs Borocz