Icelandic Violinist Hlif Sigurjonsdottir In Concert On Today At Saint Peter's Church
Icelandic violinist Hlif Sigurjonsdottir will be in concert with pianist Steven W. Ryan on Saturday, May 12 at 7:00 PM at Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street in Manhattan.
Ms. Sigurjonsdottir and Mr. Ryan will perform Mozart's G Major Sonata, Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Franck's Violin Sonata and Fratres by Arvo Part.
Admission to the May 12 event is $20 suggested donation. For more information, call 516-586-3433 or https://www.facebook.com/events/158962758113619/.
Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir was born in Denmark and grew up in Iceland, studying the violin with concertmaster Björn Ólafsson at the Reykjavík College of Music. She furthered her studies at the Universities of Indiana and Toronto where her teachers were Franco Gulli and Lorand Fenyves, followed by two winters as a stipendiary at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Canada. Later she took private lessons in New York from the renowned violinist and teacher Gerald Beal. Hlíf has worked with many of the leading musicians of the twentieth century, including William Primrose, Janos Starker, Ruggiero Ricci, Igor Oistrach, György Sebok and the members of the Hungarian quartet. Hlíf has given numerous concerts both as a soloist and with various ensembles and orchestras. In 2014, MRS Classics released her disc DIALOGUS with works for solo violin, all of which were written for her. That disc has been highly acclaimed, e.g. by Voix des Arts, and one of Fanfare Magazine's critics, Maria Nockin, has named it as one of the best CDs of the year 2015. In 2015 MSR Classics re-released the critically acclaimed 2-CD set of her playing the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach, first released in 2008. Visit her at http://www.hlifsigurjons.is/index-e.htm.
Steven W. Ryan has been a sought-after pianist in New York City for thirty years. He has been the Dessoff Choir's accompanist and featured keyboard soloist since 1997. He is also has been the accompanist for the Baldwin Festival Choir here in New York. He has played celesta with the Berlin Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall; piano, harpsichord, and organ with Dessoff; and synthesizer with the Moody Blues. Conductors he has collaborated with include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Jäarvi, Sir Neville Marriner, Gerard Schwarz, Lorin Maazel and Maxim Shostakovich. In 2012 Steven was a featured artist in the Dessoff Choir's first Midwinter Festival, performing Robin Holloway's Gilded Goldbergs at Weill Recital Hall. In 2011-12 he also appeared on the Stamford Symphony recital series, performed Grammy Award-nominated composer Robert Aldridge's Piano Trio, and toured in Austria. This is his fourth recital with Hlif Sigurjónsdóttir in New York. His website is at http://stevieryan.com/index.htm