Here’s a preview of the program:
- Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata #9 for piano and violin in A major, op. 47 “Kreutzer Sonata (1803)
- Leos Janacek: Violin Sonata (1914)
- Maurice Ravel: Violin Sonata (Posthumous, 1897)
Joshua Sawicki is a pianist based in Denver, Colorado. He appears regularly as orchestral pianist for the Colorado Symphony (highlights have included Bernstein’s Fancy Free, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 1), and as a member of the new-music group The Playground Ensemble, recently ranked one of the top five chamber groups in the state. He has appeared as a soloist with the Denver Philharmonic, Grand Junction, Lakewood, and Lamont Symphony Orchestras, and solo appearances and competitions have taken him to Paris, Manhattan, Utrecht, Novi Sad, Granada, Cambridge, Tampa, and Aspen. He has received prizes from various international competitions and can often be seen around Denver in chamber music performances alongside principal members of the CSO.
He teaches piano as an adjunct faculty at the Community College of Denver and is the owner and director of a music school in Aurora, Colorado Music Quest.
He has studied in Boston, New York, London, Tampa, and Denver; his principal teachers include Steven Mayer, Rebecca Penneys, John O’Conor, Anthony di Bonaventura, and Svetozar Ivanov. For more information and future performances, visit JoshuaSawicki.com.
Hailed by the Denver Westword for his “acrobatic” and “robust” playing, Chris Jusell is a Denver-based violinist. He is Concertmaster of the Greeley Philharmonic and a member of the Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado, and Central City Opera orchestras. He also frequently performs with the Colorado Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Bach Ensemble, and Colorado Music Festival.
He began his studies on the violin at the age of 11, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Colorado State University, where he studied with Dr. Ron Francois; he also attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying with Dr. John Fadial. He plays in the Fort Collins-based folk band Danielle Ate the Sandwich and with the Chicago-based ambient musician M. Sage.