While in Paris, he won the "Premier Grand Prix de Rome" gold medal at the age of 12, competing against 40 other players, all of whom were at least 20 years of age. As a result, he left music to study medicine. He spent a brief time in the army before returning to the violin in , when he gave a concert with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Arthur Nikisch. It was this concert and a series of American tours from to that brought him real acclaim. He served briefly in the Austrian Army in World War I before being honourably discharged after he was wounded. He arrived in New York on November 24, ,  and spent the remainder of the war in America.
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Since , Liebesfreud has presented its own "Last Fridays" series. This became the first in a series of free programs, 96 of which have been offered to date. These private events, usually attended by 25 - 75 people, are flexible in terms of length and formality, can include spoken commentary and always offer an opportunity to discuss the program or music and the meaning of life!
In addition to public and private concert events, Liebesfreud takes an active role in community outreach and education with performances and workshops at community centers, schools, hospitals and soup kitchens.
We then offered this experience to four young musicians that summer at the Philadelphia International Music Festival, where we have been exhilarated and pleased to continue our association seven years as Quartet-in-Residence. Hear Liebesfreud live next on March 29th at the Rittenhouse Savoy.
He has won critical acclaim for solo appearances throughout Europe, North America and in his native Australia. Recent U.
An experienced teacher of violin, viola and chamber music, Geoffrey Michaels has maintained lengthy affiliations with the New School of Music now part of Temple University , Princeton University, and Swarthmore College. He continues to perform extensively in North America and overseas, with recent tours in Australia, Spain, and the U. Philip Kates began violin lessons before the age of three with his father, Henry Kates.
Kates has been a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra since , and until concurrently a frequent Guest Concertmaster with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and of the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, with which he made nearly annual solo appearances. Recital and chamber music performances have been many and varied, including the Philadelphia premier, in , of the Delius String Quartet, the quartet performance, in , for the Andre Sakharov memorial at the New York Public Library, first Philadelphia performance, in , of the Louis Gruenberg sonata violin and piano at the Philadelphia Public Library, the first Philadelphia Orchestra Chamber Series performances, in , of the Fritz Kreisler String Quartet and in of the Enescu Octet and, in , the Philadelphia premier of the Delius Violin Concerto.
Since , he has organized and performed in concert on the annual summer chamber music series at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing, New York. Kates is also a composer of several dozen works for voice, solo violin and various chamber groupings, and he leads an active life in community service, raising funds for numerous humanitarian charities and other organizations.
In June, and again in and , Phil visited earthquake regions in China and played for children there. As an educator, Mr. He teaches violin and chamber music privately and since for the Philadelphia International Music Festival in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. A brief scene from his visit to a school for autistic children in London was included - as chapter 13 - in the film "Music From The Inside Out". For his dedication to enriching the lives of children with music, Mr. Kates was recently honored by a very generous gift from Hilarie and Mitchell Morgan endowing his chair in the Philadelphia Orchestra.
David Giles graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy where he spent his last two years of high school and then went on to Indiana University, where he studied viola with David Dawson and Abraham Skernick, and chamber music with Fritz Magg and Georgy Sebok. From to he was a member of the Florida Orchestra, playing co-principal viola for the season. Petersburg, received critical and audience acclaim. He has performed in premiers of works by Rands, Fakete, Schnittke and others.
His principal cello teachers were Maurice Eisenberg and Bernard Greenhouse. Forbes has given four solo recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, and he played for 30 years with the New York Camerata, a chamber group with which he toured widely and recorded several discs.
Charles Forbes has been on the faculties of Smith, Amherst and Mt. He has been music director of the Princeton Chamber Music Play Week since its establishment more than 25 years ago. Geoffrey plays a Carlo Bergonzi violin made in Cremona, Italy. We all love the sound Dave elicits from his viola even though noone knows what it is!
Charlie plays on a cello made in Rome, Italy by David Tecchler in
3 Old Viennese Dances (Kreisler, Fritz)
Liebesfreud (Love's Joy), for violin & piano