Molly Morkoski

pianist

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Ian Hobson

The dazzling American pianist MOLLY MORKOSKI performs as both soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Japan.

Molly Morkoski made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2007, and has been presented in New York City’s Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Miller Theatre, (le) poisson rouge, Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall, Boston’s Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, St. Louis’ Powell Symphony Hall and Washington, DC’s Smithsonian Institution, while internationally she has been heard in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket (Denmark), Conservatoire de Strasbourg (France), Suntory Hall (Japan), Teatro Nacional (Santo Domingo) and the United States Embassies in Nice and Paris. Ms. Morkoski has also appeared at the Bang on a Can, Pacific Rim and Tanglewood festivals.

An avid chamber musician, Molly Morkoski is a member of the Exponential, Meme and Open End ensembles and regularly collaborates with today’s leading musicians, among them John Adams, John Corigliano, David Roberston and Dawn Upshaw. She has also performed with ensembles drawn from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New World Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Speculum Musicae. Ms. Morkoski is a dedicated and enthusiastic proponent of the music of our own time, and has worked closely with many of today’s most distinguished composers: John Adams, Louis Andriessen, John Corigliano, David Del Tredici, Mark Grey, John Harbison, Martin Kennedy, Aaron Jay Kernis, David Lang, Oliver Knussen, Steve Reich, Andrew Waggoner and Charles Wuorinen.

Molly Morkoski’s critically acclaimed 2012 debut solo CD, “Threads,” followed by a 2013 album of solo and chamber music compositions by the Grammy Award-winning composer Gabriela Lena Frank, are both released on Albany Records. Her recording of Martin Kennedy’s Piano Concerto (written for her) is available on a 2013 release on Ansardy Records with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. Current projects include a multi-media presentation of newly commissioned Nocturnes for live piano and film, as well as an abstract animation film to be paired with live performances of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Molly Morkoski earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying with Michael Zenge, her master’s degree from Indiana University, studying with Leonard Hokanson, and her Doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, working with Gilbert Kalish. She was a Fulbright Scholar to Paris, where she was an apprentice with the famed Ensemble Intercontemporain. Among her other distinctions are one of the earliest Teresa Sterne Career Grants and the Thayer-Ross Award, conferred in 2002 upon the completion of her Doctoral work.

Molly Morkoski resides in New York City and serves as an Associate Professor at Lehman College in the Bronx.

www.mollymorkoski.com

[CHAMBER ENSEMBLE REPERTOIRE FOLLOWS CONCERTO LIST]

BARBER

Concerto, Op. 38

BRAHMS

Concerto #2 in B-flat, Op. 83

CORIGLIANO, John

Concerto (1968)

GERSHWIN

Rhapsody in Blue

GRIEG

Concerto in a, Op. 16

KENNEDY, Martin

Concerto (2008)

LEVINSON, Gerald 

Time and the Bell for Piano & Chamber Ensemble

LISZT

Concerto #1 in E-flat

MOORE, Anthony

Concerto for Piano & Chamber Orchestra

MOZART

Concerto #23 in A, K. 488
Concerto #26 in D, K. 537 (“Coronation”)

RACHMANINOFF

Concerto #2 in c, Op. 18

RAVEL

Concerto in G

SAINT-SAËNS

Carnival of the Animals
Concerto #2 in g, Op. 22

STRAUSS, Richard

Burleske in d

 

ARENSKY Piano Trio #1 in d, Op. 32
BARRY, Gerald Piano Quartet #1
Piano Quartet #2
Octet
BARTÓK Contrasts (clarinet, violin, piano)
BEACH  Piano Trio in a, Op. 150
BEETHOVEN  Piano Trio #7 in B-flat, Op. 11
Trio in E-flat, Op. 38 (piano, clarinet, cello)
Trio in G, WoO 37 (flute, bassoon, piano)
Quintet in E-flat for Piano & Winds, Op. 16
BOULANGER, Lily  Deux pieces en piano trio
BRAHMS  Clarinet Trio in a, Op. 114
Horn Trio in E-flat, Op. 40
Piano Trio #1 in B, Op. 8
BRIDGE  Phantasie Trio in c (piano, violin, cello)
3 Songs for Voice, Viola & Piano
BRUCH   8 Pieces for Clarinet, Viola & Piano, Op. 83
CAPLET Quintet for Piano & Winds, Op. 8
CHABRIER L’invitation au voyage (soprano, bassoon, piano)
CRUMB Makrokosmos
Vox balaenae (electric flute, electric cello, electric piano)
CUI Trio, Op. 56 (violin, flute, piano)
DEBUSSY Piano Trio in G
DOHNÁNYI  Piano Quintet #1 in c, Op. 1
DORMAN   Piano Trio
DVORÁK   Piano Trio #3 in f, Op. 65
Piano Quintet in A, Op. 81
FAURÉ La bonne chanson, Op. 61 (voice, string quartet, piano)
Piano Trio in d, Op. 120
Piano Quartet #1 in c, Op. 15
FRANÇAIX   L’Heure du Berger (piano, wind quintet)
Trio (clarinet, viola, piano)
FRANK, G.L.   Piano Quintet
GAUBERT   Trois Aquarelles (flute, cello, piano)
GLINKA   Trio pathétique in d (clarinet, bassoon, piano)
HARBISON   November 19, 1828 (piano quartet)
HAYDN Piano Trio #32 in A, Hob. XV:18
Piano Trio #39 in G, Hob. XV:25 (“Gypsy”)
Piano Trio #40 in f-sharp, Hob. XV:26
HIGDON   Lullaby (flute, cello, piano)
IVES   Largofor Violin, Clarinet & Piano
KHACHATURIAN   Trio for Clarinet, Violin & Piano
KORNGOLD Suite for Piano Left-Hand & Strings, Op. 23
LIGETI   Horn Trio
MACKEY, John   Breakdown Tango (clarinet, violin, cello, piano)
MARTINU   La Revue de Cuisine (clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, violin, cello, piano)
Trio for Flute, Cello & Piano
Piano Quintet #2
MELLITS, Mark   Tight Sweater (cello, marimba, piano)
MENDELSSOHN   Piano Trio #1 in d, Op. 49
MESSIAEN   Quartet for the End of Time
MILHAUD    La création du monde (for piano quintet, Op. 81b)
MOZART    Clarinet Trio in E-flat, K. 498 (“Kegelstatt”)
Piano Trio in G, K. 496
Piano Quartet #2 in E-flat, K. 493
MUCZYNSKI   Fantasy Trio, Op. 26 (clarinet, cello, piano)
PIAZZOLLA   Grand Tango (piano trio)
Invierno Porteño (piano trio)
POULENC   Trio for Oboe, Bassoon & Piano
Sextet for Piano & Woodwind Quintet
PROKOFIEV   Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34 (clarinet, piano, string quartet)
RACHMANINOFF   Trio élégiaque #1
RAVEL   Chansons madécasses (soprano, flute, cello, piano)
Piano Trio in a
REINECKE   Trio in A, Op. 264 (clarinet, viola, piano)
D’RIVERA   Prelude and Merenque (clarinet, cello, piano)
ROREM   Trio for Flute, Cello & Piano
ROUSSEL   Divertissement for Wind Quintet & Piano, Op. 6
SAINT-SAËNS   L’assissinat du Duc de Guise (clarinet, cello, piano)
Carnival of the Animals
SCHOENBERG/STEUERMANN  Verklärte Nacht (piano trio)
SCHUBERT   Piano Trio #1 in B-flat, D. 898
Quintet in A for Piano & Strings, D. 667 (“Trout”)
SCHUMANN   Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132 (clarinet, viola, piano)
Piano Trio #1 in d, Op. 63
Piano Trio #2 in F, Op. 80
Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47
Piano Quintet in E-flat, Op. 44
SHOSTAKOVICH   Piano Trio #1 in c, Op. 8
Piano Trio #2 in e, Op. 67
Piano Quintet in g, Op. 57
STRAVINSKY   L’Histoire du soldat
TELEMANN   Sonata in c (flute, oboe, bassoon, continuo)
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS   On Wenlock Edge (tenor, piano, string quartet)
WEBER Trio in g for Flute, Cello & Piano, Op. 63
ZEMLINSKY Clarinet Trio in d, Op. 3

“THREADS”

BEETHOVEN: Six Bagatelles, Op. 126
WUORINEN: Blue Bamboula
CHOPIN: Ballade in f, Op. 52
ANDRIESSEN: Toccata: Image de Moreau
ADAMS: China Gates
PROKOFIEV: Sonata #3 in a, Op. 28

ALBANY RECORDS: TROY 1342

“GABRIELA LENA FRANK: COMPADRAZGO”

Sonata Andina for solo piano (2000)
Sueños de Chambi: Snapshots for an Andean Album for flute & piano (2002)
Canto de Harawi: “Amadeoso” for flute, clarinet and piano (2005)
Tres Homenajes: Compadrazgo for piano quintet (2007)
with Ensemble Meme

ALBANY RECORDS: TROY 1449

MARTIN KENNEDY

Piano Concerto (2008)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
Joel Eric Suben, conductor

ANSARDY RECORDS

Molly Morkoski devoted her set to three etudes by György Ligeti. These works proved so varied and substantial that you wished she were offering them all. Ms. Morkoski, an energetic, focused player, captured the nuances of the rhythmically vital Fem and the subtly shifting hues of the gentler Arc-en-ciel. But she was at her best in the closing piece – Desordre, a brisk amalgam of Ligeti’s tart harmonic style and jazz, with Dave Brubeck and ragtime among the evident influences.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Morkoski’s warmth and grace increased to a fever pitch as she played keys at the ends of the piano, culminating in a subtle, breathtaking finale.

TIME OUT NEW YORK

There was a lot of interesting piano music [at the Tanglewood festival of contemporary music]. The now classics etudes by Perle extend the genre and our knowledge of the instrument, particularly the possibilities of the pedal. They are so difficult that when the first set was premiered in Jordan Hall 30 years ago, there was blood on the keyboard; today’s young virtuosos take them in stride. Ramon Zupko’s Somewhere Gladly Beyond is ecstatically affectionate.

THE BOSTON GLOBE

An added bonus on the program, due to the singer’s [Dawn Upshaw] ailment, was an instrumental taste of her fine pianist, Molly Morkoski, and the work of another archetypically American composer, Charles Ives. A strong and sensitive pianist, Morkoski showed considerable insight into the complex sound of Ives’ music, as this movement’s lyrical themes were subjected to sly Ives-ian deconstruction.

SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS

In the Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor Dvorák bares his emotional soul following the death of his mother. This dramatic anxiety was well realized by the players, with pianist Molly Morkoski unstinting in the power and force needed for this music.

SUN-SENTINEL (Fort Lauderdale)

The earliest work on the program, the avant-garde classic Vox Balaenae (1971), is driven by bending, microtonal flute and cello pitches and percussive inside-the-piano writing. Tara Helen O’Connor, the flutist; Priscilla Less, the cellist; and Molly Morkoski, the pianist, played the work with an intensity that was actually a refined kind of virtuosity.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

There is no unanimous opinion on how accessible George Perle’s work is, but to the extent that it has to be come to, this ear has come to it – particularly to his piano music. Six New Etudes, from 1985, are fast, pushy, persuasive, and notey, in the meaty exercise fach. Molly Morkoski, the New Fromm Pianist, was exhilarating as she tore through these and anything else she sat down to play.

AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

The newbie here, and remember this name, was pianist Molly Morkoski, making her Camerata Pacifica debut with the bold confidence and interactive grace one wants in a devoted chamber music maker. Ms. Morkoski has played in Santa Barbara before, and memorably, when she played from Charles Ives’ Concord Sonata, performing with soprano Dawn Upshaw back in 2007. It was one of those ‘wow’ moments in that concert year, still lingering in the memory. Here she demonstrated her more-than-worthy powers as a robust addition to the Camerata roster.

SANTA BARBARA NEWS-PRESS

9/17/2016 (8pm)

POETICA MUSICA

Old Westbury Gardens (NY)

 

9/24/2016 (8pm)

MANNES COLLEGE THE NEW SCHOOL FOR MUSIC (NYC)

White: empty chairs
Messiaen: selections for solo piano
with Barry Crawford, flutist
Liuhwen Ting, violist

10/22/2016 (8pm)

LAFAYETTE COLLEGE (Easton, PA)

Williams Center for the Arts

White: empty chairs
Messiaen: selections for solo piano
with Barry Crawford, flutist
Liuhwen Ting, violist

2/10/2017 (9pm)
2/11/2017 (9pm)

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

Zellerbach A, Davies Symphony

Adams: Hallelujah Junction
with Orli Shaham, pianist

3/22/2017 (7pm)

NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA PHILHARMONIC

WVIA Studios (Pittston)

Harbison: Duo
Foote: 3 Pieces
J.S. Bach: Flute Sonata in E
with Laura Gilbert, flutist

4/4/2017 (7:30pm)

CAMERATA PACIFICA

The Huntington Library (San Marino, CA)

Harbison: Abu Ghraib
with Ani Aznavoorian, cellist

4/6/2017 (8pm)

CAMERATA PACIFICA

Herbert Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School (Los Angeles)

Harbison: Abu Ghraib
with Ani Aznavoorian, cellist

4/7/2017 (7:30pm)

CAMERATA PACIFICA

Hahn Hall, University of California Santa Barbara

Harbison: Abu Ghraib
with Ani Aznavoorian, cellist

4/9/2017 (3pm)

CAMERATA PACIFICA

Temple Beth Torah (Ventura, CA)

Harbison: Abu Ghraib
with Ani Aznavoorian, cellist

7/19/2017 (7:30pm)

MENDOCINO MUSIC FESTIVAL (CA)

Dr. Allan Pollack, conductor
Festival Tent, Mendocino Headlands State Park

Strauss: Burleske

7/22/2017 (2:30pm)

MENDOCINO MUSIC FESTIVAL (CA)

Preston Hall

Recital

8/11/2017 (7:30pm)

BIG SKY CLASSICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL (MT)

Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (Gallatin Gateway)

Ewazen: Trio for Trumpet, Violin & Piano
with Mary Elizabeth Bowden, trumpeter
Angella Ahn, violinist

10/6/2017 (7:30pm)

BOZEMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Reynolds Recital Hall, Howard Hall, Montana State University

Grieg: Holberg Suite
Bruce: Nocturne
Beethoven: Piano Sonata #14
Scriabin: Poème-nocturne
Bernstein: Piano Sonata
Harbison: Bag of Tails (codas for solo piano)

Debussy: Sonata for Cello & Piano

(le) poisson rouge (NYC)
July, 2013

Messiaen: Prelude No. 8

(le) poisson rouge (NYC)
July, 2013

Ravel: Sonate posthume for Violin & Piano

(le) poisson rouge (NYC)
July, 2013

Barber: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 38 (mvt. l: Allegro appassionato)

UNC Chapel Hill Symphony Orchestra
Tonu Kalam, conductor
December, 2010

Barber: Concerto for Piano & Orchestra, Op. 38 (mvt. IIl: Allegro molto)

UNC Chapel Hill Symphony Orchestra
Tonu Kalam, conductor
December, 2010