Backstage Pass with Julia Figueras

(Rochester, NY) – Julia Figueras welcomes the Geneva Music Festival back into our studios. Internationally renowned cellist Clive Greensmith joins festival founder and director Geoffrey Herd and friends for a show that, like the Festival season this summer, focuses on the music of women conductors. This edition of Backstage Pass airs Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 1 p.m. on Classical 91.5.

The Geneva Music Festival is a professional chamber music festival held annually in June. Internationally acclaimed artists perform in venues throughout the Finger Lakes, including in Geneva, Canandaigua, Auburn and Skaneateles. Founded in 2011 by violinist Geoffrey Herd, the GMF strives to entertain, inspire and nurture a lifelong appreciation of classical music throughout the community. Therefore, its mission is to promote the fine arts by bringing innovative world class performances to the region, engage a wide range of audiences and provide opportunities for enrichment to people of all ages. Additionally, one of the Festival’s highest priorities is to educate children and inspire a lifelong love of music. To that end, GMF offers several performances each year free of charge at local public schools. In addition, admission to all concerts is free to students 18 years and under.

Clive Greensmith is one of the most successful British cellists of his generation. From 1999 until 2013 he was a member of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet, giving over one hundred performances each year in the most prestigious international venues, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, London’s South Bank, Paris Chatelet, Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverin and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. 

He has collaborated with international artists such as Andras Schiff, Pinchas Zukerman, Leon Fleisher, Lynn Harrell, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alicia de Larrochaand Emmanuel Ax. Mr. Greensmith has given guest performances at prominent festivals worldwide. In North America he has performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Ravinia Festival. Internationally he has appeared at the Salzburg Festival in Austria, Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, Pacific Music Festival in Japan Music@Menlo and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.

Violinist Geoffrey Herd has given performances in the United States, Latin America and Asia, and is frequently sought after as a recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Herd has performed at venues such as the Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum of Art in Boston and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Herd has collaborated with some of the finest musicians of our time including Ani Kavafian, Clive Greensmith, James Dunham and Laurie Smukler. Mr. Herd has also performed concertos with numerous orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Thailand Philharmonic, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony, the Amherst Symphony, the Finger Lakes Symphony, the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, and the Longmont Symphony.

A strong proponent of new music, Mr. Herd was a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Vicennium Void. The group was the dedicatee of many works and were Artists-in-Residence at the Thailand International Composition Festival in June 2014 and 2015. Mr. Herd returned to the festival in 2016 as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic performing John Corigiliano’s Red Violin Concerto. Additionally, Mr. Herd has given a number of premiers including the NY premier of Pierre Jalbert’s Wild Ambrosia, and world premieres of Daniel Knagg’s Ancient Ruins, and Chris Walczak’s Incorporeal Spaces.

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Credit: Geneva Music Festival


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