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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | January 22, 1999
Towson University yesterday revealed details of the third International Cello Congress, which will take place in the Baltimore area next year.The congress is the largest event of its kind, typically attracting about 15,000 musicians, music lovers and tourists from all over the world, including most of the most celebrated cellists alive.The third congress will take place May 28-June 14, 2000, on the campus of sponsor Towson University and in Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Among the cellist-participants will be Yo-Yo Ma, who spoke at yesterday's luncheon announcing the details at Washington's National Press Club; Janos Starker; and Bernard Greenhouse.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
Among those most deeply affected by the death of cellist Dmitry Volkov were his colleagues in the award-winning Russia Trio -- pianist Katherine Harris Rick and violinist Nikita Borisevich. At Monday's memorial held at the Peabody Conservatory, where Mr. Volkov and the other trio members did graduate studies, Ms Rick delivered these touching remarks about her friend: I remember very vividly the first time I met Dmitry. I had heard the buzz about his incredible playing that went around when he first arrived on campus, so when I received a call from him about needing an accompanist for something, I immediately started practicing.
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By STEPHEN WIGLER | July 19, 1998
Denis Shapovalov, 21, the first-place winner of the cello contest in Moscow's Tchaikovsky Competition, received a special prize from Towson State University. Shapovalov was invited to perform and participate in the World Cello Congress III, which the university will sponsor May 29 through June 4, 2000.The World Cello Congress, which is held every three years, is the most prestigious gathering of cellists, cello aficionados and music lovers of its kind. World Cello Congress II, which Towson also sponsored and which took place last summer in St. Petersburg, honored Mstislav Rostropovich.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2014
On Monday morning, friends of Dmitry Volkov, the talented cellist who died unexpectedly in Baltimore on May 10 at the age of 26, gathered at the Peabody Institute, where he recently earned an artist's diploma. Among those deeply affected by the loss of this promising musician is Daniel Heifetz, president and founder of Heifetz International Music Institute in Staunton, Va., where Mr. Volkov was artist in residence. On Wednesday, Mr. Heifetz will accompany the body of the cellist back to his parents in Russia.
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By Peter M. Krask and Peter M. Krask,Special to The Evening Sun | September 25, 1990
Cellists Claudio Jaffe and Johanne Perron, the husband and wife team who form Duo Cellissimo, opened the Evergreen Carriage House Chamber Music Series last Friday evening. It was an impressive beginning. This young couple demonstrated intelligent, enthusiastic music-making.It was unfortunate that most of the music they played did not match their skills. Finding good music actually written for the unusual combination of two cellos is a problem, as Jaffe admitted before sitting down to play.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | February 18, 1994
It was Cecylia Barczyk's love for her instrument that gave birth to the International Cello Festival in 1986. It is the personable Barczyk's talent for friendship that has sustained this truly international event on a shoestring budget over the years.Cellists attending the festival, which begins tomorrow at Towson State University, come from as far away as China, Germany, Slovakia and Russia as tribute to the TSU professor of music.Obviously, the Polish-born cellist's virtuosity is personal as well as musical.
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By TIM SMITH and TIM SMITH,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | May 21, 2000
"You have between your legs the most sensitive instrument known to man," Sir Thomas Beecham said to a cowering cellist, "and all you can do is sit there and scratch it." With that, the British conductor not only added to his lexicon of bon mots, but also summed up the two towering truths about the cello: It is an uncommonly beautiful music-making device, and it is difficult to play well. More than 300 cellists, from internationally respected artists to a New York lawyer who has been taking lessons for six months, will gather at Towson University next Sunday to begin a weeklong exploration of the instrument's challenges and rewards.
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April 20, 1997
YOU HAVE TO be a cellist to appreciate the jokes. Like, "How do you make a cello sound beautiful?" Answer: "Sell it and buy a violin."A periodic congress is becoming the professional meeting place of choice for world cellists. The first one was held at the University of Maryland's College Park campus in 1988. The second World Cello Congress will occur July 1 through July 8 in St. Petersburg, Russia, to honor renowned musician Mstislav Rostropovich. The third one is scheduled for the summer of 2000 in the Baltimore area.
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April 20, 1997
YOU HAVE TO be a cellist to appreciate the jokes. Like, "How do you make a cello sound beautiful?" Answer: "Sell it and buy a violin."A periodic congress is becoming the professional meeting place of choice for world cellists. The first one was held at the University of Maryland's College Park campus in 1988. The second World Cello Congress will occur July 1 through July 8 in St. Petersburg, Russia, to honor renowned musician Mstislav Rostropovich. The third one is scheduled for the summer of 2000 in the Baltimore area.
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By Linell Smith and Linell Smith,SUN STAFF | February 7, 2005
From the stage Saturday night, the Music Center at Strathmore seemed to soar ever upward with balconies. The full-house crowd, which had come to see the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra open the new facility in North Bethesda, offered glitter, flamboyance, fashion. Cellist Colin Stokes was pretty fancy himself: The evening called for white tie and tails -- a decided departure for a teenager whose trademark fashion is a colorful belt from Honduras. Saturday night, the 17-year-old Baltimore School for the Arts student performed with the legendary Yo-Yo Ma, soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme and six other cellists.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2014
(UPDATED 5/15 WITH PROBABLE CAUSE OF DEATH) Dmitry Volkov, a promising Russian-born cellist who received an Artist Diploma from Peabody Conservatory last year, died on May 10 while visiting Baltimore. He was 26. The cause of death appears to have been a heart defect. "The preliminary word is that it was cardiac arrhythmia," said violinist Daniel Heifetz, founder of the Heifetz International Music Institute at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., where Mr. Volkov had been an artist in residence.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
The latest program from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is as safe as it comes - an old-fashioned mix of 19th-century fare. But with one of the BSO's regular guests, German-born conductor Jun Markl, back on the podium, you can count on considerable energy and sensitivity to give the familiar fare a good jolt. Those qualities are also much in evidence from the other guest for this program, German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser, in his BSO debut. On Thursday night at the Music Center at Strathmore, Markl got things started with a genial account of Dvorak's lovely Serenade for Strings.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
An installation artist who sculpts with mirrors and salt, an innovative cellist and a self-taught photographer whose work has been informed by the four decades that she has spent battling a rare genetic illness are the winners of the 2013 Baker Artist Awards. The $25,000 awards, announced Thursday night on Maryland Public Television's "ArtWorks," are being bestowed upon Dariusz Skoraczewski, the principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; sculptor Jonathan Latiano, a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art ; and photographer Lynne Parks.
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By Dave Rosenthal | March 6, 2012
"The Cellist of Sarajevo" is the pick for the 2012 One Maryland One Book program , organizers have announced. Steven Galloway's novel is built around an actual event: a cellist's street performance to memorialize bombing deaths in the war-torn city. Galloway uses the impressions of three fictional characters to describe the siege of the city in the wake of Yugoslavia's disintegration.  His war is experienced on a human scale -- as Galloway examines the feelings of residents who live with the fear of random death every day. They try to maintain a grasp on their pre-war lives as they scramble for water and other necessities that are fast disappearing.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2011
Three area artists, including a beatboxer, an improvisational performance artist who accompanies herself on the cello and a former city worker whose wry sensibilities are reflected in drawings he occasionally collects in limited-edition booklets, are the recipients of this year's $25,000 Baker Artist Awards. The winners, announced during a Maryland Public Television special that aired Tuesday night, were Audrey Chen, 34, who uses her cello and voice, plus electronics, to challenge her audience with distinctive, and unique, sound compositions; Gary Kachadourian, 53, for 22 years an employee of Baltimore's Office of Promotion & The Arts, whose murals, three-dimensional drawings and wall paintings include such subjects as foam board, bushes and his own bald spot; and Shodekeh, 33, a beatboxer and vocal percussionist able to mimic diverse sounds, who has worked with a wide range of performers, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and singer Prudence Mabenha, subject of the Oscar-winning short film "Music by Prudence.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2011
"It's definitely a milestone for me," said cellist Amit Peled about his debut at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. "When I saw who else was on the WPAS season brochure, I freaked out. " WPAS President and CEO Neale Perl had no hesitation about adding the tall, long-haired, 37-year-old Peabody Institute faculty member to the organization's starry roster. "He reminds me of [Gregor] Piatigorsky," Perl said. "Amit has the same imposing physical stature and a tremendous stage presence.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | May 31, 2000
Towson University has long been cello-friendly, with a modest-sized international cello festival taking place there for more than a decade. But Towson has never seen anything like this week's World Cello Congress III. The campus is positively crawling with more than 600 cellists from nearly four dozen countries. Just about every age group and artistic level is represented in that mix. Some of the biggest names in the cello field are rubbing elbows with students, seasoned amateurs and professional musicians.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,tim.smith@baltsun.com | March 3, 2009
The Internet, which connects people every millisecond in one way or another, has generated an entire orchestra from a cyber pool of strangers - aspiring players from 70 countries on six continents who uploaded more than 3,000 audition videos. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which bows April 15 in New York's famed Carnegie Hall with a concert led by esteemed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, began online in December with an open invitation to players of all levels to try out for the ensemble.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | October 16, 2008
Mihaly "Misi" Virizlay, former principal cellist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra who also was a composer and an international performer, died Monday of complications from a stroke at Merwick Nursing Home in Princeton, N.J., where he had lived since 2007. The former Guilford resident was 76. "I must say that for many generations he was the heart and soul of the BSO's cello section, and all of the music directors loved him," said Calman J. "Buddy" Zamoiski Jr., former BSO board chairman and symphony fundraiser.
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