Proudly presents

QUYNH NGUYEN - pianist

Performed a concert of sonatas by Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms

Sunday - November 11, 2012

With numerous international accolades and a history of performances at some of the world's most prestigious venues, we were excited to welcome pianist QUYNH NGUYEN and violinist MATTHEW REICHERT to our on-going concert series "LIVE AT ST. STEPHEN'S". They performed a classical program of piano and violin duets - a sublime musical experience in the magnificent setting of our high altar.

Get to know a little bit more about our featured artists:

Pianist QUYNH NGUYEN was selected as one of the "19 young stars of tomorrow" by Musical America. The Boston Globe has praised Quynh as “a musical and expressive player who commands a flexible, singing sound” and went on to say that “she is sensitive and poetic…(and) excels in everything that requires elegance, proportion, balance…” For her Carnegie Hall performance, the New York Concert Review commends: “She is a real artist, a wonderfully communicative performer …What a compendium of intellect, sophistication and taste!”

            Ms. Nguyen has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France, in notable concert venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, McEvoy Auditorium and the Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., and the Berlin Konzerthause. As a concerto soloist, she has performed with the Berlin University Orchestra, the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, the Bellflower Orchestra, the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra, the Hanoi Symphony Orchestra and the Regional Wind Orchestra of Paris. She has also distinguished herself as a prizewinner in various piano competitions such as the Artist International Presentation Competition, the Bellflower Orchestra Competition, the Artists of Tomorrow Competition of the Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra, and the International Piano Concerto Competition in San Francisco. In addition, she has been featured on numerous radio stations throughout the United States as well as television programs such cable TV show “Grand Piano,” Japanese Television Fujisankei and Vietnamese Television.

            Ms. Nguyen is a graduate of The Juilliard School and Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Bella Davidovich and Jerome Rose respectively. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Graduate Center of City University of New York in 2009. She has performed in master classes given by world-renowned artists including Tatiana Nikolaeva, Jeffrey Swann, and Andras Schiff. Her dissertation titled An Analysis of Olivier Messiaen’s Last Piano Solo Work:  Les Petites Esquisses d’oiseaux received the Barry Brook Dissertation award from the Graduate Center. Additionally, she is the recipient of several highly prestigious scholarships and awards, including the United States Presidential Academic Excellence Award and a Fulbright Fellowship to study music in Paris, France.

            Ms. Nguyen currently serves on the faculty of Hunter College and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College of Music in New York City.

American violinist MATTHEW REICHERT has appeared in recital and performances with orchestras in China, Japan, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

            Dr. Reichert began violin studies at the age of five at the MacPhail Institute in Minneapolis. He later earned his Bachelor’s degree at the Juilliard School under the guidance of Dorothy DeLay and his master’s and doctor of musical arts degrees at The City University of New York, respectively, under the guidance of Masao Kawasaki and Itzhak Perlman. He was awarded the Baisley Powell Elebash Dissertation Fellowship Award for his doctoral thesis, Carl Bergmann in New York: Conducting Activity 1851-76. In 2007, his paper, Carl Bergmann the Pioneer, was presented at  the American Musicological Society’s National conference as well as for the Greater New York Chapter conference of the American Musicological Society where it was award the prize for Best Student Paper; this paper was published as an article in Music, American Made: Essays in Honor of John Graziano, by Harmonie Park Press (2011).

            Dr. Reichert taught for the studio of Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School and the Aspen Music School. Dr. Reichert served on the faculties of the University of Iowa, and Rutgers University. Currently he is director of String programs at the Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center and the Preparatory Center at Brooklyn College, CUNY, as well as serving on the faculties of the Special Music School, the Greenwich Suzuki Academy, and the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, CUNY.



On Friday, Sept. 21st at 8pm in the church, our on-going Concert series LIVE AT ST. STEPHEN'S
is proud to present a solo performance by guitar legend GENE BERTONCINI



Gene Bertoncini is internationally recognized as one of the pre-eminent jazz guitarists performing today. An eloquent and versatile improviser, his fluid technique and lyricism have even won him the moniker: "The Segovia of Jazz."

With an incredible musical career that has spanned decades, Mr. Bertoncini has been heard with an extraordinary range of jazz greats, including performances and recordings with Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Wayne Shorter, Hubert Laws, and Paul Desmond, among others, as well as with such distinguished singers as Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Nancy Wilson, Vic Damone, and Eydie Gorme.

The Washington Post proclaimed Gene's 1999 solo appearance in New York City the best jazz concert of the year and in 2009 he was nominated as the best jazz guitarist of the year by the New York Jazz Press Association. Yet Mr. Bertoncini's acclaim is hardly confined to this country. His CD, "Someone to Light Up My Life" which features his own arrangements of the compositions of the great bossa nova composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, has won international raves. Brazilian critics' and listeners' polls have also named him "best acoustic jazz guitarist". Gene's striking solo CD, "Quiet Now" came on the heels of his highly successful "Acoustic Romance," which reached the top ten on the jazz playlists and Jazziz magazine ranked it Number 1 in their list of the top 20 acoustic guitar CDs. His newest CD is called “Concerti” and features Gene with a lush string quartet and bass.

A prolific and popular studio musician, Bertoncini honed his professional chops as a member of the Tonight Show band during Johnny Carson's tenure, and he has worked with composers and arrangers such as Lalo Schifrin and Michel Legrand and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
In addition to an active performing and recording schedule, Gene teaches at the Eastman School of Music and William Patterson University. A New York City native, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in architecture. According to the New Yorker magazine, "Bertoncini is an affecting, highly original guitarist that moves easily back and forth between classical and jazz guitar."