Quartet Performs at Smithsonian
The highlight of a six-day winter-term trip to Washington, D.C., for
four Conservatory students undoubtedly was the opportunity to perform
at the Smithsonian Institution. Violinists Julia Sakharova and Gared
Crawford, violist Jacob Adams, and cellist Elias Suarez performed
as the Erato Quartet during the Intensive String Quartet Seminar in
the Smithsonian's Museum of American History. Adams, Sakharova, and
Suarez are sophomores; Crawford is a first-year student.
The ensemble performed Haydn's String Quartet in C Major ("Emperor")
and Ravel's String Quartet in F Major on the Smithsonian's historic
Amati instruments in the museum's Hall of Musical Instruments.
Kenneth Slowik, director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society
and artistic director of the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute,
arranged for the group to perform and discuss music at several area
schools, including the Washington Conservatory, the St. Albans School,
the National Cathedral School, and the Washington International School.
-Marci Janas '91
Roland Pandolfi Joins Horn Faculty
Roland Pandolfi, principal horn with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
since 1966, joins Oberlin's faculty as professor of horn on July 1,
He has, however, been a member of the Oberlin family since his marriage
to Sara Mattson Pandolfi '60. The number of Obies among the Mattson
family could fill a chamber ensemble. "Sara's four siblings,
three cousins, an aunt and an uncle, and a grandfather all attended
Oberlin," says Pandolfi.
He will retire from the St. Louis Symphony at the end of the current
season. He has appeared as soloist with the orchestra in performances
of Mozart's second, third, and fourth horn concertos; Richard Strauss's
Concerto No. 1; Bernhard Heiden's Concerto for Horn; Benjamin Britten's
Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings; and Schumann's Concertstucke.
With Barry Tuckwell, he performed Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Horns
and, with Herman Bauman, the Concerto for Two Horns by Haydn.
"Roland Pandolfi brings to Oberlin a great performing and teaching
legacy," says Dean Robert K. Dodson. "We are delighted to
welcome him to our faculty."
In addition to dozens of recordings made with the St. Louis Symphony,
Pandolfi's discography includes Saint-Saens's Morceau de Concert
with the Banff Camerata for Summit Records, and, for VOX, the Moss
Music Group, Mozart's Quintet for Horn and Strings and Quintet for
Piano and Winds; and Beethoven's Quintet for Piano and Winds.
In the 1960s, he was principal horn with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
Pandolfi has taught at Webster University, Northwestern University,
the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, and Southern Illinois University.
He has presented master classes and workshops sponsored by the International
Horn Society. In 1994, Barry Tuckwell joined him for a Southeast Horn
Workshop on Beethoven's Sextet in E-flat Major. For 14 seasons,
he taught and performed at the Banff Arts Festival at the Banff Centre
in Alberta, as well as at the Affinis Seminar in Iida, Japan, and
the Orford Festival in Quebec.
Pandolfi attended the New England Conservatory of Music and has studied
privately with Arnold Jacobs.
-Marci Janas '91
Violinist Milan Vitek Joins String Faculty
Violinist Milan Vitek bestowed the RD (Knight of Dannenbrog,
1st Order) in 1999 by Her Royal Highness Margrethe II, the Queen of
Denmark, for outstanding contributions to Danish cultural life
joins Oberlin's string faculty as professor of violin on July
1, 2001. He was visiting professor during the 1993-94 academic year.
Vitek brings to Oberlin more than a quarter century of experience
teaching violin to students from all over the world. Since 1974, he
has been professor of violin at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen,
and, since 1992 at the University of Gothenburg's Academy of
Music in Sweden.
"Oberlin is pleased to welcome Professor Vitek to its string
faculty," says Dean Robert K. Dodson. "His career has been
illustrious in both performance and pedagogy. Our students will benefit
greatly from his presence."
Vitek has taught master classes in violin and chamber music at many
institutions and festivals, including Keshet Eilon in Israel, the
Britten-Pears School of Advanced Musical Education in England, and
the Hong Kong Academy of Music. His summer program for advanced violin
studies, which he founded in 1996 in Litomysl, the birthplace of the
Czech composer Bedrich Smetana, is held at Litomysl Castle, one of
the most revered Renaissance castles in the Czech Republic.
Vitek is a frequent juror at international violin competitions, including
the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in Denmark, the
Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition in Italy, the Sweelinck
Violin Competition in The Netherlands, and the Brahms International
Vitek's students who have won international recognition at competitions
include Nikolaj Znaider, first-prize winner at the 1997 Queen Elisabeth
International Music Competition of Belgium and at the 1992 Nielsen
Competition; Malin Broman, first-prize winner at the Washington International
Competition; and Sunho Kim, first-prize winner at the 2001 Heino Eller
International Violin Competition inTallinn, Estonia.
Many of his former students hold concertmaster positions in top orchestras,
among them the Royal Danish Symphony, the Danish Radio Symphony, the
Copenhagen Philharmonic, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Helsinki Symphony,
and the Malmo Symphony. He has also coached chamber ensembles to critical
acclaim, including the Trio Ondine, winners of the Royal Northern
College of Music Broadwood Piano Trio Competition in England.
Vitek was first violinist of the Czech String Quartet, the resident
chamber nsemble of McMaster University in Canada, where he served
as associate professor of violin in the 1970s. He is also co-founder
of Trio Pro Arte, with whom he recorded Mendelssohn's Piano Trio
in D minor, op. 49; Smetana's Piano Trio in G minor, op. 15;
and the complete piano trios of Johannes Brahms. During the 1960s,
he was leader of the Czech Nonet, the official chamber ensemble of
the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
An accomplished orchestral conductor, Vitek founded the Royal Academy
Chamber Orchestra, with which he has toured Scandinavia, Germany,
and Switzerland, performing with Yehudi Menuhin, Jean-Pierre Rampal,
and Michel Debost, professor of flute at Oberlin. He has served as
artistic director of the Danish Sinfonietta and Sweden's Camerata
Romana Chamber Orchestra, and as guest conductor of the Danish Radio
Symphony, the Orchestra of the Royal Danish Academy, and the Janacek
Philharmonic, among many others. Other ensembles Vitek has founded
or co-founded include the Danish Chamber Orchestra (he also served
as artistic director) and the Prague Chamber Soloists, conducted by
Vaclav Neumann. For the latter he also served as concertmaster.
He has been soloist with numerous Czech, Polish and Danish orchestras.
In 1959, Vitek won the International Youth Festival Violin Competition
in Wales, and in 1961 he was a prizewinner at the Jacque Thibaud Inter-national
Violin Competition in Paris.
Vitek completed advanced diploma studies cum laude at the Prague
Academy of Music with Professor J. Pekelsky. He also holds a diploma
from the Brno Academy of Music, where he studied with Professor J.
-Marci Janas '91
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