Plaza la Catedral
Miércoles, 28 de noviembre de 2018 –Auditorio Municipal de Albacete – 20h. – XVIII FIMCA (18 Festival Internacional de Música de Cámara de Albacete). En colaboración con el I Congreso Internacional de Pedagogía e Investigación Performativa y Creatividad Musical “DEBUSSY100” realizado entre los días 23 y 25 de noviembre en Oviedo, y como único concierto en España tras su éxito en Asturias, el HELIOS piano trio compuesto por los doctores John Fadial (violín), Beth Vanderborgh (cello) y Chi Chen Wu (piano) de la facultad de música de la Universidad of Wyoming (USA), actúan en exclusiva en Albacete con un programa dedicado íntegramente a la obra de Claude Debussy, en el 100 aniversario de su fallecimiento.
Helios Piano Trio
John Fadial, violin
Beth Vanderborgh, cello
Chi-Chen Wu, piano
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Sonata para cello y piano en re m.
Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
Sérénade: Modérément animé
Final: Animé, léger et nerveux
Sonata para violín y piano en sol m.
Intermède: Fantasque et léger
Finale: Très animé
Trío con piano en Sol
Andante con molto allegro
Scherzo. Moderato con allegro
Intermezzo. Andante espressivo
Helios Piano Trio
The dynamic Helios Piano Trio is comprised of artist faculty from the University of Wyoming. Their rich and diverse backgrounds as international performers and recording artists combine to produce probing, and passionate interpretations of the great repertoire for violin, cello and piano. From their first collaboration, they recognized that indescribable “spark”, and have never looked back.
Violinist John Fadial, serves as Professor of Violin at the University of Wyoming. He has appeared on four continents as chamber musician, soloist and pedagogue. His performances have been praised by the critics. “Sparkling Technique,” L’Est Republicain “Wow! Great Stuff,” The Washington Post. He has toured internationally for the US State Department as a United States Artistic Ambassador, and has served as Concertmaster of the North Carolina Opera, the Colorado Festival, the Menuhin Festival Orchestra of Saumur (France), the Heidelberg Schloss-Spiele (Germany), and Greensboro (NC) Symphony Orchestra (eighteen seasons). Fadial has given recent master classes at prestigious institutions and universities around the globe, including recent engagement as Visiting Guest Artist at the French National Conservatory of Nancy, and the Beifan University in Yinchuan, China. His students have won positions and competitions around the US and have included four MTNA National Finalists.
As a recording artist he was a semifinalist for the Grammy Award for best Chamber Music Performance of 2007 for the CD Where Does Love Go: Chamber Music of Mark Engebretson on the Innova label; and in 2009 he released a disc of the Complete String Sextets of Johannes Brahms (RadioFrance) with the Stanislas Sextet of Nancy (France), of which he is a founding member. His disc of the Chamber Music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor with English pianist Andrew Harley was deemed “not to be missed” by American Record Guide; and he and Harley recently completed a recording of the Brahms Sonatas for the Centaur label. His disc of the Chamber Music of Jennifer Higdon, produced in collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize winning composer was released on the Albany label in 2013. In 2016 Fadial embarked on a recording project of string sextet repertoire with the Nancy-based Stanislas Sextet in celebration of their 20th season. Discs released so far include world premier recordings of new Sextets by Georges, Sauget and Fadial on the Forgotten Records label.
Cellist Beth Vanderborgh enjoys a rich and varied career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and pedagogue. Currently, she serves on the faculty of the University of Wyoming, as principal cellist of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, acting Principal Cellist of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and on the Artist-Faculty of the Eastern Music Festival. In addition, she performs regularly with Pro Musica Colorado, the Colorado Bach Ensemble, the Colorado Chamber Players and the Colorado Symphony. She is a founding member of the acclaimed Stanislas Sextet, based in Nancy, France, and tours regularly with Musica Harmonia and the Helios Trio. The Classical Voice of North Carolina described her playing as “…Impeccable musicianship, rhythmic precision, technical expertise and expansive, passionate musicianship.” Dr. Vanderborgh holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Maryland, where her teachers included David Geber, Evelyn Elsing, and David Soyer. She engaged in intensive chamber music studies with the Guarneri, Juilliard, Cleveland, and American String Quartets and studied Baroque performance practice with Ken Slowick of the Smithsonian Institution.
Her most recent CD, with the Stanislas Sextet, of Brahms and Dvorak sextets was recorded by Radio France and released in 2018 by the European label, Forgotten Records. She has recorded two CDs for Albany Records, both released in 2013: Chamber Music of Jennifer Higdon («Highly recommended!» Fanfare Magazine) and Salon Music of August Nölck for Cello and Piano. Strad Magazine described her Nölck recording as «lyrical and technically accomplished… eloquent and persuasive.» The CD, When the Spirit Sings, was released on Centaur in 2017 and features Musica Harmonia performing chamber music of Gwyneth Walker. Dr. Vanderborgh has collaborated in chamber music performances with Lynn Harrell, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade Augustin Hadelich, Elmar Oliviera, Yura Lee, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Jon Nakamatsu, Garrick Ohlsson and Bela Davidovich.
Praised by World Journal, Chicago for her “amazing playing”, “symphonic, expansive texture of breathless virtuosity” (Historical Keyboard Society), and her Schumann performance, in which “the music comes to life in a new way” (Early Music America), pianist Chi-Chen Wu has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, the Aspen Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, and the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series, among others. Her concerts have been broadcast on NPR’s Simply Grand Concert Series and NPR-From The Top in Boston. Musicians and conductors with whom she has concertized include Karl-Heinz Steffens, Jonathan McPhee, Zuill Bailey, members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Takács String Quartet, musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra as well as New York Philharmonic. American Record Guide chooses her recording of Schumann duo sonatas as one of the top recordings, and recommends its reader to “Stick with Kremer and Argerich (Nov/Dec 1987) or DiEugenio and Wu (Sept/Oct 2015) for more enthusiastic performances.”
Chi-Chen’s newest album of Schumann Fantasie and Carnaval has won a silver medal in the Global Music Awards. Her recording of the complete Schumann sonatas for piano and violin received two gold medals from the same competition. It was also named in the Top 10 «Best Classical Recordings of 2015» by The Big City, New York. She has recorded Haydn Lieder on a replica of Walter fortepiano with soprano Andrea Folan for Musica Omnia. Her recital and discussion on piano collaboration are featured on the DVD “Performing the Score” released in 2011. This year’s engagements include performances as soloists in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Wölfl’s Concerto No. 1, and chamber music concerts in Luxembourg, Spain, Taiwan, Michigan, and Boston. Chi-Chen is represented by Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates.