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Through an arrangement with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, M. Steinert & Sons sometimes has Steinway, Boston, and Essex pianos played at the BSO’s summer home available for sale at the end of the Tanglewood season.
Pay a visit to Tanglewood in Lenox this season to enjoy a concert in the beautiful setting of the Berkshire hills. While you are there, select the piano you’d like us to deliver to your home at the conclusion of the season. You’ll enjoy the best selection and most favorable pricing by choosing your piano early.
Evren Ozel, a gifted pianist and student at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, performed a program of Haydn, Chopin, and Ravel on Thursday, March 26, in the newly expanded Performance Center at the M. Steinert & Sons piano showroom in the Natick Mall.
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B-flat minor, WTC I, BWV 867
Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 33 in C minor, Hob. XIV:20
III. Finale: Allegro
Chopin: 3 Mazurkas, Op. 56
No. 1 in B major
No. 2 in C major
No. 3 in C minor
Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
Sixteen-year old Evren Ozel, from Minneapolis, MN began his musical education at the MacPhail Suzuki program at age 3-1/2. At age 8, he began lessons with Dr. Paul Wirth. He has studied theory and composition with Dr. Sarah Miller and conducting with Courtney Lewis. Evren has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra, the Young Artist World Piano Festival Orchestra, the Mississippi Valley Orchestra, the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony and has accompanied dancers of the James Sewell Ballet in live performances.
He was a first prize winner in several Minnesota state and regional piano and composition competitions, including the Schubert Club Piano Competition, Thursday Musical Piano Competition and National Federation of Music Clubs Composition Contest. Evren has also been an avid chamber musician and, as the pianist of Quartet Tzigane, won first prize in the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Youth Chamber Music Competition 2012, advanced to the semi-final round of the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition 2012 and was featured on NPR’s “From the Top.”
Evren was the youngest semi-finalist in the 2013 International Junior e-Piano Competition and participated in Boston University Tanglewood Institute 2013, where he performed at Seiji Ozawa Hall in the Honors Recital as well as in a master class given by Lang Lang.
In 2014, Evren appeared as Showcase Artist on MPR’s Minnesota Varsity, was recognized with a merit scholarship by the National Chopin Foundation of the United States and received the 5th prize and the Audience prize at the Thomas and Evon Cooper International Piano Competition at Oberlin Conservatory.
Evren is currently resuming his academic studies at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA and continuing his musical education at New England Conservatory in Boston under the tutelage of Wha-Kyung Byun. In his spare time, he loves to go for walks in nature and search YoutTube and iTunes for musical treasures.
On Saturday March 28, the M. Steinert & Sons Natick Performance Center welcomed the SMS Jazz Project.
Specializing in the sounds of cocktail hour jazz, the SMS Jazz Project presented a classy blend of standards and hard bop jazz. Performing works by Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, John Coltrane and more.
Click either of the links below to visit the band’s official Youtube channel and see video from the concert.
SMS Jazz Project- Summertime
The SMS Jazz Project is:
Stan Schertzer, piano
Gerry Rollack, bass
Adam Schertzer, woodwinds
Dave Penn, drums
On Sunday, March 29th, guests of M. Steinert & Sons enjoyed a wonderful evening featuring five talented local teenage pianists, all students of Ronald Kmiec and Helena Vesterman. The orchestra parts were performed by their teachers on a second piano.
Join M. Steinert & Sons in our Natick Performance Center on Saturday evening, March 28 from 7:30-9:00 pm, as welcome the SMS Jazz Project.
Specializing in the sounds of cocktail hour jazz, the SMS Jazz Project presents a classy blend of standards and hard bop jazz. Performing works by Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, John Coltrane and more.
The SMS Jazz Project is:
Stan Schertzer, piano
Gerry Rollack, bass
Adam Schertzer, woodwinds
Dave Penn, drums
There is no admission fee for this performance, but seating is limited. Please reserve your seats early by clicking here.
Steinert Piano Academy director Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome performed a stunning recital in Harvard, MA on Sunday, February 8. The recital program was all dance-inspired, from Bach English Suite No. 6 to Stravinsky Dance Infernal.
The concert was a fundraiser for the music programs in the Harvard public schools, and is sponsored by Fanfare, a non-profit organization providing support to the Harvard schools music department.
For more information about the recital and Fanfare visit: https://sites.google.com/site/harvardfanfare/fundraisers/sonya-ovrutsky-fensome-home-concert
Featuring music of Schubert, Chopin and Piazzolla
Wine & Cheese Reception Follows the Concert
Oana Lacatus, Violin
Rebecca Thornblade, Cello
Roxana Bajdechi, Piano
Steinert Hall at M. Steinert & Sons
162 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
This event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are required and may be made here.
Violinist Oana Lacatus has performed in concert venues across Europe and the United States such as the Romanian Radio Orchestra (Bucharest), Palace of Fontainebleau (France), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Lincoln Center (New York), WGBH (Boston). Oana is the recipient of many prizes which reflect her soloist and chamber music background which include the “M. Jora” grand prize and the winner of the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition.
Oana has a great appreciation for new music and enjoys performing contemporary repertoire. She is a former member of the “Pro Contemporania” ensemble and she is also an active participant in the Boston musical scene.
Among other accomplishments Oana was a proud recipient of a full scholarship at the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau and also a full scholarship at the Boston Conservatory where she completed her education.
Oana has studied along the years with Nicolae Bilciurescu (Romania), Olivier Charlier (France), Victor Romanul, Lucy Chapman and Ronan Lefkowitz (USA).
Rebecca, a grand prize winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, has had an active and versatile career as a chamber music and orchestral cellist. Ms. Thornblade has played with many ensembles throughout the country which include the award-winning Fry Street and Avalon quartets and as principal cellist of the New World Symphony in Miami and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. She has participated in the Aspen Music Festival Advanced Quartet Studies Program, Chamber Music Encounters in Jerusalem with Isaac Stern, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, the Britt Festival in Oregon, the Colorado Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Tanglewood Fellowship Program, the Sarasota Chamber Music Festival among others.
Ms. Thornblade has worked with many renowned quartets such as the Vermeer, Juilliard, Orion, Takacs and members of the Cleveland and Emerson Quartets. She was featured on WGBH’s “Classical Performances” with pianist Gilbert Kalish and has collaborated with flutist Carol Wincenc and pianist Randall Hodgkinson.
Her teaching experience includes work with the MusiCorps Program through the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Midori Foundation in New York, outreach programs with the New World Symphony and Chamber Music America’s Rural Residency Program and as Adjunct Professor of Cello at Rhode Island College.
Rebecca is currently a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed with Opera Boston, the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, The Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Cantata Singers. She has appeared as a chamber musician with Lyrica Boston, Lyrica Chamber Music in New Jersey, the Suzuki School of Newton’s Artist Concert Series, the New Gallery Concert Series, The Radius Ensemble, The Firebird Ensemble and the Worcester Chamber Music Society. In addition to her private teaching studio, she is an adjunct professor of cello at Wellesley College and on the music faculty of Point Counterpoint in Vermont.
Ms. Thornblade received her Bachelor’s in Music from the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Norman Fischer and Peter Rejto and her Master’s in Music from the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick.
Romanian pianist Roxana Bajdechi has appeared as a soloist as well as a chamber musician in Europe, Asia, and the United States of America.
Ms. Bajdechi’s pianistic skills were discovered early on, when, at the age of eight, she was awarded the First Prize at the Mozart Piano Competition in Constanza (Romania). The following years were to bring many other awards and prizes. Ms. Bajdechi is now the recipient of more than fifteen such distinctions from Romania, Italy, Puerto Rico and the USA, including the “Valentino Bucchi” Prize in Rome, and the “Award of the Association of Music Critics of Romania”. MsBajdechi is a member by invitation of the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society in the United States, and of the Henry Coanda Foundation for the Extraordinarily Gifted in Romania.
Ms. Bajdechi’s solo engagements have included collaborations with important orchestras and ensembles. In Japan she toured as a soloist with the Mozart Virtuosi Orchestra, performing at the Metropolitan Art Space in Tokyo, the Kitara Hall in Sapporo, and the Civic Hall in Asahikawa. She was also featured as a soloist with other orchestras such as the Puerto Rico Chamber Orchestra (San Juan, PR), the Black Sea Philharmonic (Constanza, Romania) , The Boston Conservatory Orchestra (Boston, MA) , performing a wide range of concerto repertoire.
As a recital pianist and a very active chamber musician, with appearances ranging from duo, trio, quartet, to quintet repertoire, Ms. Bajdechi has performed in numerous concert venues such as the Glinka Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg (Russia), the Mozart Hall in Bologna (Italy), the Dante Aligheri Theater in Ravenna (Italy), the Bonci Theater in Cesena (Italy), the Kaye Playhouse in New York (USA), the Hakuju Hall and the Romanian Embassy in Tokyo (Japan), the Culture Hall in Sapporo (Japan), the Crystal Hall in Asahikawa (Japan), the Atheneum Hall, the National Radio Hall, and the Act Theater in Bucharest (Romania), the Santa Cristina Festival Hall (Spain).
Other accomplishments include numerous live appearances on the Romanian National Radio and Television, as well as on RadioTre Suite in Rome, Italy. One of her duo recitals with violinist Markus Placci was broadcast on BBC Radio (UK), Bartok Radio (Hungary), NRK Radio (Norway), and HRT Radio (Croatia). In March 2011, the National Radio Society of Romania awarded Ms. Bajdechi a Diploma of Excellency for promoting Romanian culture worldwide. In Boston, she appears regularly in performances at Seully Hall and Steinert Hall.
Ms. Bajdechi recently returned from the third Japanese tour of the SteinArt Trio (together with Markus Placci, violin and Masanori Taniguchi, cello). The trio will tour Japan again in November, when the three musicians will perform in Tokyo, Kyoto, Wakayama, and Chichibu.
Ms. Bajdechi studied under Olga Szel and Delia Pavlovici in Romania, and she benefited from the teaching of Michael Lewin.and Marina Magazinnik in the US. At the Boston Conservatory (BM’04 and MM’06), Ms. Bajdechi won the Concerto Competition, the Piano Honors Competition for three consecutive years, and she was awarded the Alfred Lee and Benjamin Kasser Scholarships. Ms. Bajdechi is currently on the Piano Faculty at M. Steinert and Sons Piano Academy in Boston, MA, and is the Artistic Director of the Steinway Society of Massachusetts.
Pianist Tanya Bartevyan offered an all Schubert program on Saturday Evening, January 31st at a well-attended Steinert Hall. The date marked the composer’s 218th birthday. Program to include Four Impromptus Op. Posthumous 142, D 935 and the Sonata in c minor, D 958.
Tanya Bartevyan in a graduate of Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Ferdi Statzer, Veronica Jochum, Katja Andy, Leonard Shure, and Maria Clodes Jaguaribe. She has performed in major venues in the Boston area, such as the Gardner Museum, Jordan Hall, WGBH Classical Radio, Fogg Art Museum, Paine Hall and others. Most recently, in August 2014, she was personally invited to take part in the Puigcerda Festival in Spain by the festival’s founder, renowned pianist Oxana Yablonskaya.
Tanya’s performances have received praise from colleagues and audiences for their passion, intelligence, and musical sensitivity. She has also pursued work in composition and orchestral conducting, as well as engaged in writings about connections and unities between arts and sciences.
Andrew Rangell introduced his latest CD, “A Chopin Recital,” with a special concert event at M. Steinert & Sons in Boston on Saturday, November 8th. A wonderful crowd came out to support Andrew and to hear him play. Photos of the event will be posted soon.
About the Artist
The American pianist Andrew Rangell studied in New York’s Juilliard School of Music, obtaining a doctorate in piano. He won the Malraux Award of the Concert Artists Guild, leading to his New York debut. In 1988 he received the Avery Fisher Career Development Grant, an award that is given on the basis the quality of the recipient’s performances in regular concerts and recitals over a period of time, rather than as a result of a short period of competition appearances.
Andrew Rangell is best known for his performances of all thirty-two of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, and for J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations. In concert, his repertory ranges from Gibbons and Froberger to 20th-century composers such as Nielsen, Luciano Berio Arnold Schoenberg, and Christian Wolff.
In 1991, at the high point of his career his hand was severely injured. He returned to performing after a seven-year recovery. During the time of his rehabilitation, he recorded two CDs of “Intimate Works” for the Dorian label that received universal praise. As well, Dorian released a recording of concert performances of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit. In 2000 he completed a recording of Bach’s six Partitas as well as the complete Chopin Mazurkas.
Appearances on the public radio program “Fresh Air” resulted in runs on record stores by listeners trying to locate Andrew Rangell’s recordings. While he performs throughout the USA, he appears frequently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 92nd Street Y, Miller Theater of Columbia, and the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, and often tours throughout New England.
On Saturday, November 8, we welcomed pianist Sangyoung Kim and Victor Cayres to our Natick Mall store. The two performed Sonata for Two Pianos by David Owens as well as works by Schubert, Villa-Lobos, and Corigliano. Photos of the event will be posted soon.
A pianist since age 4, Sangyoung Kim graduated from the Korean National Institute of Art where she studied with Kyung Sook Lee before coming to the United States. She is now a student of Wha-Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she was the recipient of the Carol and Robert T. Henderson Presidential Scholarship Award. Kim has performed in recital at the Courchevel Music Festival in France and as a soloist with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 she took first prize at the Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition. She loves to travel and hopes to visit ancient sites around the world.
Pianist Victor Cayres has performed extensively in Brazil, Europe, and the United States, earning praise for concerts with the Sine Nomine string quartet in Switzerland and as a soloist with such orchestras as the Boston Pops and Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic. In Boston he has appeared as a soloist with NEC Philarmonia, Symphony Pro-Musica, Boston University Symphony Orchestra, and in Brazil with Orquestra Petrobras Pro-Musica, Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira, Orquestra Sinfonica and Orquestra de Camera of University of São Paulo. He has collaborated with such conductors as Ronaldo Bologna, Mark Churchill, Marc David, Gil Jardim, Theophanis Kapsopoulos, Keith Lockhart, Norton Morozowisk, Donald Palma, Roberto Tibiriça, and Jan Zbavitel. He has toured with the Orchestre des Jeunes de Fribourg under Kapsopoulos in the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
In 2012 Mr. Cayres was awarded the Respighi Prize, the 2nd prize at the 18th Leos Janacek International Piano Competition in Brno, Czech Republic, and the Zulalian Award at Boston University. Previous achievements in 2013 included first prize at the Boston University Richmond Piano Competition, a recording project with works by David Owens on the Albany Records label, as well as concerts in Brazil, Michigan (Interlochen Center for the Arts), the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and a debut performance at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, conducted by Salvatore di Vittorio.
In the years prior to coming to the United States, Mr. Cayres won competitions in Brazil, including the Gina Bachauer South American Competition, Nelson Freire International Competition, Petrobras International Competition, Magdalena Tagliaferro Competition, Artlivre International Competition, as well as European competitions such as Sommerfestspiele Klavier Wettbewerb in Murten, Switzerland.
Mr. Cayres had the privilege of studying with Brazil’s leading pianists: Roselys Alleoni at the School of Music Maestro Ernst Mahle; and Gilberto Tinetti and Eduardo Monteiro at the University of São Paulo. He also had an opportunity to study for one year at the Hoschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, Germany, while appearing in concert venues in Switzerland. He has performed in master classes for John O’Connor, Steve Drury, Philippe Entremont, Stephen Kovacevich, Dai Uk Lee, and John Perry, among others. Mr. Cayres studied with Wha KyungByun at the New England Conservatory, and with Anthony di Bonaventura and Boaz Sharon at Boston University. He serves on the piano faculty of the Boston University School of Music.