1 / 6
East Meets West
An Evening of Viola And Piano
Organizer: The Accumm Foundation Tickets are available at the Czech Philharmonic Box Office at Rudolfinum.
Works by: Zich, Janacek
Violist Jacob Adams and pianist Angela Draghicescu come together at Rudolfinium’s Sukova Recital Hall for an evening of colorful and evocative music from the Czech Republic, Romania, and the United States, on September 26th 2016 at 19.00. The recital will feature musical gems for viola and piano by Zich, Janacek, Enescu and Gerswhin in the wonderful interpretation of both internationally acclaimed musicians. The Adams-Draghicescu duo performs regularly, promoting the beautiful chamber repertoire for viola and piano throughout Europe and the U.S. Their debut on the musical scene of the Czech Philharmonic follows their Carnegie Hall debut this summer as part of Trio 248 and is supported by The Romanian Cultural Institute in Prague, the Romanian Embassy and of the United States of America Embassy in the Czech Republic.
Praised for “the maturity of his mind and technique” (Santa Barbara News-Press),violist Jacob Adams is Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of Alabama. Since making his solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra at age 17, Jacob’s performing career has taken him across the U.S. and around the world, including all three stages at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and the El Escorial Palace in Spain. Jacob has performed on the Amati instruments at the Smithsonian and has won awards for chamber music at the Coleman and Borciani Competitions. He graduated from Oberlin College and Yale University, studying with Roland Vamos, Roger Chase, and Jesse Levine, and completed his D.M.A. at UCSB with Helen Callus, where he also earned a Master’s in musicology and was named Most Outstanding Graduate Student by the UCSB Music Department. Jacob has performed with many ensembles and orchestras around the country, including A Far Cry, wild Up, Camerata Pacifica, Santa Barbara Symphony, New Haven Symphony and Opera Santa Barbara. Recent appearances have included tours of Washington and Seattle NPR broadcasts as a winner of the Frances Walden Competition and return engagements with A Far Cry and Manchester Summer Chamber Music. His recording “Czech Portraits” is available on Centaur Records, and he has been published in the Journal of the American Viola Society. Jacob has previously held teaching positions at Yale University and the University of California – Santa Barbara, and has appeared as a guest teacher and performer at many other schools and festivals, including the Peabody Institute of Music, Western Connecticut State University, Occidental College, BYU-Idaho, and the Chautauqua Institute. From 2011-2015, he taught for iCAN, an El Sistema program in Santa Barbara that provides free access musical instruction to those least likely to receive it. For more, visit www.jacobviola.com.
Currently Collaborative Pianist at University of Puget Sound, Ms. Draghicescu has appeared in recitals with some of America's most important musicians including Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Frank Huang, violinists Brian Lewis, Naumburg Competition winner cellist David Requiro, Metropolitan Orchestra trumpetist David Bond, former Canadian Brass french hornist Jeff Nelsen. Dr. Draghicescu received her Bachelor’s and Master degrees in Piano Performance at Louisiana State University and her Doctorate in Collaborative Piano at The University of Texas at Austin. Her doctoral thesis Nicolae Bretan: A Guide to Romanian Art Song is the first textbook for Romanian Diction for singers and has become an invaluable source for non-native speakers to perform Romanian Art Song. In 2013 Bucharest University Press published her dissertation project for use in universities in the US as well as in Europe. Dr. Draghicescu has attended the SiPiano Chamber Music Festival (Blonay, Switzerland) the Indiana University Summer Music Festival and the Aspen Music Festival as a collaborative full scholarship recipient. As an active coach, she was invited to the Brian Lewis Young Artist Program in Ottawa, KS as chamber music faculty. Under the artistic direction of Zubin Mehta, Dr. Draghicescu was appointed one of the pianists for George Enescu International Competition and was previously selected as one of the accompanists for the North American Saxophone Alliance in 2015. An avid promoter of contemporary music she can be heard on Naxos labels and currently working on releasing two CDs for centaur records.