Virtuoso teenage cellist to perform Wednesday at Gobin

Monday, July 1, 2013
Gabe Martins and Braden McConnell

The Greencastle Summer Music Festival continues Wednesday with a concert by teenage virtuoso cellists Gabe Martins and Braden McConnell.

The free July 3 performance is set for 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary of Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church, located at Locust and Seminary streets.

"I was amazed and inspired when I heard these two young men perform in April," festival founder and organizer Eric Edberg, DePauw University professor of music, said. "I was absolutely blown away by the professional-level technical ability and wonderful music making I heard from both these young men.

"I am thrilled to present these rising young artists in Greencastle," Edberg added. "And I expect the audience will be as amazed and inspired as I was. "

The two young men are students of Susan Moses, perhaps the leading teacher of young cellists in the country, at the Indiana University String Academy.

Martin, 14, and McConnell, 17, will perform music by Johannes Brahms, David Popper (a 19th-century virtuoso cellist), Benjamin Britten and Alberto Ginistera.

Edberg said they will be joined at the Greencastle Summer Music Festival by pianist Kati Gleiser.

"While finishing her doctorate at IU," he added, "Kati has already established an international career and is a musician who plays with sensitivity and depth."

Martins began playing cello at age five at the Indiana University String Academy. A finalist at the 2009 International David Popper competition in Varpalota, Hungary, he won first prize in the 2011 New World Youth Orchestra concerto competition in Indianapolis.

The talented teenager was chosen as principal cellist of the 2012 Indianapolis Symphony Side-By-Side Orchestra and has played for and with such musicians as Richard Aaron, Gilles Apap, Edward Auer, Joshua Bell, Amir Eldan, Augestin Hadelich, Mark Kaplan, Eric Kim, Csaba Onczay and Sharon Robinson.

As part of the IU string academy, Martins also has performed in Carnegie Hall, as well as in Argentina and Brazil.

Kati Gleiser

McConnell, a student at University School in Cleveland, was accepted into the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra at age 11 as its youngest musician. He toured Boston with the orchestra and performed in numerous side-by side concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra.

In 2012, he became the youngest musician to ever participate in Harbor Music, The Artur Balsam Ensemble Classes, in Prospect Harbor, Maine. He is a winner of the Cleveland Cello Society's scholarship competition and the Sigma Alpha Iota competition.

This spring and summer he has toured Brazil and Argentina with the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi, and has performed with Augustin Hadelich and Giles Apap at Carnegie Hall.

Gleiser has received international recognition as a pianist, vocalist and electronic musician. She has performed at the Kennedy Center and has been a featured artist on "Performance Today" on NPR.

A national-level prize winner at the Canadian Music Competition and the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association (CFMTA) competition, Gleiser was a finalist at the National Chopin Competition. She appears as a soloist with numerous orchestras with recent performances including Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto with the Georgian Bay Symphony and Beethoven's 4th with the Mississauga Symphony.

Gleiser regularly commissions new electro-acoustic piano repertoire. An accomplished singer, her voice formed the electronic component of the piece "Ayin Shel" by the Israeli composer Iddo Aharony, in collaboration with the Grammy-Award winning ensemble The Eighth Blackbird at the University of Chicago (May 2010).

Gleiser is currently a doctoral candidate in piano performance at Indiana University, studying with internationally recognized pianist and teacher Menahem Pressler.

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  • This was a fantastic concert! If you weren't there to see and hear these very talented young people play, you really missed a great opportunity! Thanks to the musicians, Eric Edberg and all of the organizers, and Gobin Church for hosting the weekly performances!

    -- Posted by cll on Wed, Jul 3, 2013, at 11:02 PM
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