Violinist Max Zorin to perform Oct. 27

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State faculty member Max Zorin will present a campus recital at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, of repertoire that he will perform during his solo and orchestra appearances at the Silver Lyre Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the first weekend of November. The recital will be in Esber Recital Hall and is free to the public.

Zorin's program includes the Tchaikovsky "Meditation" that he will perform as soloist with the St. Petersburg State Orchestra, and the Chaconne from Bach's Partita No. 2 in D minor. Violinist Joshua Bell has said of the Chaconne that it is "not just one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest achievements of any man in history. It's spiritually powerful, emotionally powerful, structurally perfect."

He is joined on the recital by guest collaborative pianist Renana Gutman, winner of the Los Angeles Liszt Competition and the International Keyboard Festival in New York.


Sonata for violin and piano, FP119 -- Francis Poulenc

Meditation for violin and piano, Op. 42, no. 1 -- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Enchanted Klezmer (1984) -- Joseph Dorfman

Chaconne (from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004) -- Johann Sebastian Bach

Four Preludes, Op. 34 -- Dmitri Shostakovich

Postlude for Violin and Piano, Op. 47b (1999) -- Lera Auerbach

Selections from Seven Pieces from The Threepenny Opera -- Kurt Weill

Born in Israel into a family of professional musicians, Zorin began studying the violin with his father, a pupil of David Oistrakh. He holds degrees from the Juilliard School and Yale University and a doctorate from the State University of New York - Stony Brook. A first-prize winner of the Corpus Christi International Competition, professor Zorin has performed across four continents. His album "French Touch," a recording of French works for violin and piano, has won unanimous critical acclaim. Strings Magazine wrote “French-Israeli violinist Max Zorin is a name you should get to know; he’s simply a magnificent player.” 

Zorin’s solo appearances have included collaborations with renowned artists ranging from Maxim Vengerov to jazz violinist Didier Lockwood. He has been featured in venues such as Alice Tully Hall in New York, Aspen Music Festival, Luzerne Chamber Music Festival, Summit Music Festival, and on various international radio and TV broadcasts. Notable performances abroad featured Zorin at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Philharmonic Hall in Saint Petersburg (Russia), Philharmonic Hall in Odessa (Ukraine), and Tel Aviv University (Israel).

Praised by the New York Sun for playing “with great vigor and aplomb” and for the “true poetry in her phrasing" Gutman has performed across three continents as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and collaborative artist. A top prize winner at the Los Angeles Liszt Competition, International Keyboard Festival in New York and Tel-Hai International Master Classes, she has performed with the Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Belgian “I Fiamminghi” and the Mannes College Orchestra.

An ardent interpreter of Beethoven, Gutman was one of four young pianists selected by the renowned Leon Fleisher to participate in his workshop on Beethoven piano sonatas hosted by Carnegie Hall, where she presented performances of “Hammerklavier” and “Appassionata” to critical acclaim. She spent summers at the Marlboro and Ravinia Music Festivals where she collaborated with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, members of the Guarneri Quartet and clarinetist Anthony McGill. She also toured with Musicians from Marlboro in series such as the People’s Symphony Concerts (New York), Gardener Museum (Boston) and Freer Gallery (Washington). Often collaborating with vocalists, she has performed with Lincoln Center soprano Susan Naruki and mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford of the Metropolitan Opera.

Last Updated October 18, 2013