Join the social media sensation string duo DuoSkope for an entertaining and insightful evening of musical collaborations between international and local musicians. The performance features popular classics like Astor Piazzolla’s “Histoire du Tango” and Antonin Dvorak’s “American Quartet,” along with an exciting Palm Beach premiere of “Tangos for DuoSkope” by composer Ericsson Hatfield. DuoSkope will be speaking about each piece on the program, giving informative insights to the inspirational process and musical borrowing that ties the music of the evening together. This performance also offers a rare experience to speak with composer Ericsson Hatfield as he takes the audience through his exciting new original theory and composition process for “Tangos.”
Kevin Lin, violin
Cameren Anai Williams, viola
Ericsson Hatfield, violin & composer
Evin Blomberg, violin
Natalie Helm, cello
Tickets: $20 in advance | $25 at the door
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Concert begins at 7 p.m.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Originally from New York, violinist Kevin Lin has received international recognition for his musicianship and “soulful” playing (The Arts Desk). Lin currently lives in London and is co-leader of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Lin has performed as a soloist and recitalist in Taiwan, South Korea, Canada, the United Kingdom and across the United States. In recent years, Lin has received prizes from the Irving M. Klein International Competition (fourth prize) and the Schmidbauer International Competition (first prize), and also competed in the George Enescu International Violin Competition and Menuhin International Violin Competition.
In addition to solo performances, Lin has collaborated with artists such as the Tokyo and Ebène Quartets, Edgar Meyer, Cho-Liang Lin, Orion Weiss and Andrew Bain. He has also been invited to lead several orchestras in the United States and the United Kingdom, including guest concertmaster appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London.
Lin spent his early years studying with Patinka Kopec in New York, before going on to study with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree. He continued his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia as a Mark E. Rubenstein Fellowship recipient, under the pedagogy of Aaron Rosand.
Cameren Anai Williams, a native of West Palm Beach, is a first-year bachelor student studying viola performance with Ms. Carol Rodland at The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Jerome L. Greene fellowship. Williams has participated in a number of different programs, some of the most influential being the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America. This summer, she will be spending seven weeks at the Chautauqua Institution studying with Karen Ritscher. Williams’ goal is to become a professional violist focused on chamber performance. She would love to travel the world with a string quartet bringing concerts to people and places that are unconventional. It is important to Williams that people see how classical music is meant to build bridges and be enjoyed by all people. Williams’ foundation, CamAnai Strings, makes affordable, high-quality instruments for students who have talent but lack the financial resources to purchase an instrument (www.CamAnaiStrings.org). Cameren currently plays on a 1980 ‘Kinu Inge’ Hiroshi Iizuka traditional 16-½” viola. Iizuka made the viola as an homage to his oldest daughter, Kinu Inge.
A recent graduate of the Steinhardt School at New York University, Ericsson Hatfield is a multifaceted artist who is quickly gaining recognition for his works that blend his education in violin performance with his innate talent for composition. In the beginning of his career as a violinist, he received the Benenson Scholarship from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation to attend the Meadowmount School of Music and studied with pedagogue Sally Thomas from 2011 to 2013. Hatfield was recruited to the violin performance program at New York University in 2014 and studied with Cyrus Beroukhim, a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra. Hatfield was intrigued by composition and later found a passion for it during his semester abroad in Prague during the spring of 2016 when he created the album “Signature,” a collection of academic exercises in fugues and short pieces in partnership with his piano professor Dr. Petra Matejova. This past summer, Hatfield attended the European American Musical Alliance, a program created by Nadia Boulanger that takes place in Paris. There, Hatfield studied with David Conte, professor of composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and former student of Boulanger and Aaron Copland. Recently, Hatfield won first prize of the Tribeca New Music Festival and his violin quartet “Constellations” will be performed in New York City this fall. He plans to take a gap year and return to his home in Palm Beach Gardens to expand his portfolio before continuing his studies in music as a graduate student in composition.
Founded in 2013, DuoSkope is quickly establishing itself as one of today’s most sought-after string duos. Violinist Evin Blomberg and cellist Natalie Helm are giving the string duo a more vital presence in both classical and crossover music worlds. From music videos featuring newly constructed arrangements of popular classics to live performances of almost the entire violin/cello duo classical repertoire, DuoSkope reaches a wide audience base. Blomberg and Helm met while attending the Colburn School in Los Angeles. As students, they performed concerts as a duo and as a trio with piano. Since graduating, both have been working as professional musicians with Blomberg as a violinist in London and Helm as a principal cellist of the Sarasota Orchestra. DuoSkope is on a path of success due to each counterpart having a successful career independent of the duo itself. When not collaborating, each musician has furthered their career through various accomplishments.
Violinist Evin Blomberg has won praise as a soloist for her “virtuoso technique” and “commanding musical presence.” At the age of 15, Blomberg was accepted into the studio of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School, where she received her Bachelor of Music degree at the age of 19. She continued her studies at the Colburn School as an Artist Diploma candidate and graduated in 2015. After leaving Los Angeles, Blomberg went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Pinchas Zukerman and received a Master of Music degree as a student in the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program. Blomberg has collaborated with many artists through numerous chamber music programs and educational institutions, and performances with Clive Greensmith, Viviane Hagner, Ronald Leonard, Robert Levin and the Ébène Quartet. Throughout her time in Los Angeles and New York, Blomberg maintained an active performance schedule and has also received international recognition as the fourth prize winner of the 2016 International Irving M. Klein Competition. Evin is currently based in London and plays on a 1772 Joseph Gagliano violin.
Natalie Helm, principal cello at the Sarasota Orchestra, has been praised by Fox News as having a sound that “catches the attention of the room” and “leaves a lasting impression.” Helm enjoys a dynamic career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and educator. Recent engagements include solo appearances with the Sarasota Orchestra, Dana Point Symphony, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and recitals throughout Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. These performances have been broadcast on NPR, iHeart Radio, Fox News, and People Magazine. Music is a powerful elixir for change and Helm has embraced this idea through her organization, Upward Notes. As the founder, she brings musicians together to perform and create opportunities to bring positive social change to the communities she works in. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Helm began studying the cello at age 11. After only five years of playing the cello, she was accepted into the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music studying with Peter Wiley and David Soyer. Helm also holds an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School of Music where she studied with Ronald Leonard. Natalie spends her summers on faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music’s Summerfest and associate faculty at the Sarasota Music Festival. Helm plays on an 1803 Raphael di Blasio cello.