Irrera Brothers Duo
piano/violin
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Irrera Brothers Duo

Cited by the New York Concert Review as providing a “riveting and dynamic performance” at their 2013 Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall concert, the acclaimed IRRERA BROTHERS DUO has captivated audiences throughout the United States and abroad, and have been hailed by the late world-renowned violinist and pedagogue Zvi Zeitlin as “two gifted boys.” Joseph and John have also performed at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, Rochester’s Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre and internationally throughout Europe and Central America.

The Irrera Brothers have released CD recordings, including “Beethoven & Prokofiev” (2012) and “Vitali” (2014), featuring Russell Scarbrough’s Bow Shock, written for them and premiered at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2013. The duo’s most recent album is comprised of the complete violin and piano works by Robert Morris, Professor of Music at the Eastman School of Music. The Centaur Records album was released in 2019 and includes Drawn Onward - Fantasy for Violin and Piano, composed for the Irrera Brothers in 2014.

In addition to their duo collaboration, Joseph and John Irrera are also celebrated soloists:

Joseph, a Steinway Artist, is a laureate of several piano competitions, including the American Protégé (New York City), Eastman Young Artists, Guthman (Atlanta, GA) and Young Artists (Washington, DC) international piano competitions. He has performed as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra collaborating with conductors Christopher Seaman and Leonard Slatkin, as well as with the symphony orchestras of Georgia, Genesee and Penfield. Joseph has also recorded solo piano works of Chopin, Scarlatti and Schumann that can be heard on Steinway’s Spirio Piano.

John is also a winner of many national and international music competitions. As a soloist, he has appeared with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Clayton State University Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Percussion Ensemble, Georgia Tech Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Atlanta and Penfield Symphony. Notable collaborations include those with conductors Nicholas McGegan, Peter Oundjian and Michael Tilson Thomas and composer Tan Dun with the Metropolis Ensemble. Currently, John serves on the faculty of Virginia Tech.

As dedicated educators, Joseph and John Irrera have presented performances, masterclasses and lectures at Bridgewater College, Florida Southwestern State College, Kennesaw State University and Lee University, as well as workshops at the New York State Music Teachers Association Conference, Georgia Music Teachers Association and 2015 MTNA National Conference in Las Vegas, where they also served on the jury for that year’s MTNA Competition National Finals.

The Irrera Brothers are graduates of the Eastman School of Music, from which, in May of 2014, they became the first siblings in the institution’s distinguished history ever to graduate together, each with his Doctor of Music Arts degree.

www.irrerabrothers.com

Program #1: Slavic Impressions

Prokofiev: Sonata in D for Violin & Piano, Op. 94a
Dvorák: Romance for Violin & Piano, Op. 11
------------Intermission------------
Janácek: Sonata for Violin & Piano (1914)
Suk: 4 Pieces, Op. 17

Program #2: An American in Paris

Franck: Sonata in A for Violin & Piano
Gershwin/Heifetz: Porgy and Bess
------------Intermission------------
Debussy: Sonata for Violin & Piano
Gershwin/Heifetz: 3 Preludes

Program #3: Classics & Jazz

Respighi: Sonata in b for Violin & Piano
Gershwin/Heifetz: Porgy and Bess
------------Intermission------------
Prokofiev: Sonata in D for Violin & Piano, Op. 94a
Novacek:4 Rags for Violin & Piano

Program #4: Genus Genius

Dvorák: Romance for Violin & Piano, Op. 11
R. Schumann: 3 Romances, Op. 94
------------Intermission------------
C. Schumann: 3 Romances, Op. 22
Suk: 4 Pieces, Op. 17

Two brothers perform works of composers who also share a family connection. A true family affair!

Irrera Brothers

VITALI: Chaconne
RUSSELL SCARBROUGH: Bow Shock
RACHMANINOFF: Vocalise

(private label)

Irrera Brothers

BEETHOVEN: Sonata #10 in G for Violin & Piano, Op. 96
PROKOFIEV: Sonata #2 in D for Violin & Piano, Op. 94a

(private label)

Irrera Brothers

ROBERT MORRIS: VIOLIN & PIANO DUOS

in Variations
...gradually...
Drawn Onward (Fantasy for Violin & Piano)

CENTAUR CD: CRC 3696

They are both very fine boys. To be able to get this privilege of playing at Carnegie Hall is very special and of course, I’m proud of them. They are two gifted boys.

Zvi Zeitlin, renowned violinist/pedagogue
THE DAILY NEWS (Batavia, NY)

It is always interesting when talented soloists play together, but when they are siblings, there is an additional layer of interest. One would expect a connection between the players that would be hard to match. By and large, I found this to be the case. The Sonata for Violin and Piano, although ‘classical’ in form, is unmistakably Prokofiev with its humor, lyricism, and driving energy. The Irreras evidently have a special affinity for this work, as it was a riveting performance. It was the highlight of a very successful concert [at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall].

NEW YORK CONCERT REVIEW

10/28/2019 (7pm)

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Smith Recital Hall

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #2
Dvorák: Romance in f
Tsitsaros: Introduction & Dance
Novacek: 4 Rags

1/3/2020 (5:15pm)

THE GLENVIEW AT PELICAN BAY (Naples, FL)

Respighi: Violin Sonata
Dvorák: Romance in f
Novacek: 4 Rags

1/4/2020 (3pm)

ABBEY DELRAY (Delray Beach, FL)

Respighi: Violin Sonata
Dvorák: Romance in f
Novacek: 4 Rags

1/4/2020 (8pm)

VI AT LAKESIDE VILLAGE (Lantana, FL)

Auditorium

Respighi: Violin Sonata
Dvorák: Romance in f
Novacek: 4 Rags

1/5/2020 (8:15&11am)

NORTH NAPLES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (FL)

worship services

1/6/2020 (8pm)

SARASOTA BAY CLUB (FL)

Respighi: Violin Sonata
Dvorák: Romance in f
Novacek: 4 Rags

1/9/2020 (6:30pm)

WESTMINSTER SHORES (St. Petersburg, FL)

Respighi: Violin Sonata
Dvorák: Romance in f
Novacek: 4 Rags

1/10/2020 (7pm)

WESTMINSTER SUNCOAST RETIREMENT COMMUNITY (St. Petersburg, FL)

Respighi: Violin Sonata
Dvorák: Romance in f
Novacek: 4 Rags

3/27/2020 (4&7pm)

NORTH NAPLES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (FL)

The Chapel

Prokofiev: Violin Sonata #2
Dvorák: Romance in f
Suk: 4 Pieces
Novacek: 4 Rags

3/29/2020 (8:15&11am)

NORTH NAPLES UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (FL)

worship services

Vitali: Chaconne in g

Hochstein School of Music (Rochester, NY)
November 24, 2014

Clara Schumann: Romance (Andante molto), Op. 22, #1

Castillo Country Club (Heredia, Costa Rica)
August 21, 2012

Falla/Kreisler: Danse espagnole

Municipalidad de Cartago (Costa Rica)
August 18, 2012