Violinist and pianist will perform Beethoven, Schumann and Stravinsky at Chapel Restoration
Violinist Akiko Kobayashi and pianist Eric Siepkes will offer a free summer afternoon program of music from three favorite composers at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21 at Chapel Restoration.
The duo, who met at an international music festival in 2009, began performing together shortly thereafter and have been delighting audiences ever since. Their debut CD featuring works by Prokofiev, Mozart, Beethoven and Debussy was released in 2012.
New York-born violinist Akiko Kobayashi is an enthusiastic solo and chamber music player, noted by the IBLA Grand Prize Competition for her “remarkably precise and honest playing, with no artificial effects.” She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Tokyo Suginami Kokaido Chamber Orchestra, the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jamaica Symphony and the West Islip Symphony.
Her recital appearances include, in New York, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the Young Musicians Concert, Steinway Hall and Cathedral of St. John. She has also appeared at the All-Mozart Fall Festival Gala Concert in Pennsylvania, where she co-presented lecture concerts, the Gala Chamber Music Concert at the Nyack Academy of Music Summer Festival, where she collaborated with the American String Quartet, and a benefit concert for the Annie Le Memorial Fellowship, sponsored by the Association of Yale Asian American Alumni.
Pianist Eric Siepkes is a native of Pittsburgh who performs solo and in chamber recitals. Recital appearances include Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Baruch Center of Performing Arts in New York, the Allegheny Riverstone Center for the Arts in Pennsylvania and Chicago Cultural Center. He has performed in master classes and in chamber music master classes for London Baroque, the Avalon String Quartet and the Eroica Trio. Siepkes has participated in the Chautauqua Institution Summer School of Fine Arts and in the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Soesterberg, Netherlands.
The chapel is located at 45 Market St., Cold Spring. This concert is made possible in part by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature, and public funds from Putnam County, grants managed and monitored by Putnam Arts Council. Contributions from the public are welcome.