Richard Dowling and Evan Drachman


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11th Autumn Artist Concert

Cuma, 9 Eki 2009, 7:30PM

Ticket info

Students: $8
Adults: $12


Richard Dowling, piano
Evan Drachman, cello


Melody, Op. 3 No. 1 Anton Rubinstein Mozart
(trans. David Popper, 1843-1913) (1829-1894)

Kol Nidre, Op. 47 Max Bruch (1770-1827)

Sonata for Piano & Cello in D Major, Op. 58 Felix Mendelssohn
I. Allegro assai vivace (1809-1847)
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Adagio
IV. Molto allegro e vivace

Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66 Frédéric Chopin
Richard Dowling, solo piano (1810-1849)

Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, Op. Post.
(trans. Gregor Piatigorsky 1903-1976)

Polonaise Brillante for Cello & Piano in C Major, Op. 3


The Autumn Artist Festival includes a workshop, master class and concert.

Cellist Evan Drachman has combined artistic talent with great personal compassion and warmth to create a distinctive musical career. Mr. Drachman is increasingly sought-after for his solo and chamber music performances, and as Founder and Artistic Director of the Piatigorsky Foundation has become one of the most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music for diverse audiences everywhere. The Foundation’s mission is to make live classical music a part of the fabric of everyday life for communities throughout the United States. The organization is named for Mr. Drachman’s grandfather, the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. In 1999, Mr. Drachman recorded his first CD, A Frog He Went a Courting, with pianist Richard Dowling. The Baltimore Sun wrote of the recording, “Drachman possesses in abundance two qualities for which his grandfather was revered: the ability to make the cello imitate the human singing voice and, even more importantly, the ability to tell a story.” Following this success, Drachman and Dowling released a second CD, Infinity, and most recently a third, Romance and Revelation.

Since graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1988, Mr. Drachman has appeared regularly as soloist with orchestras, and in recitals and chamber music performances across the United States. He has also performed in Great Britain, Sweden, Italy, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Canada. He toured as soloist with the Chinese-American Symphony performing in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. In 1994, Mr. Drachman performed with the Odessa Philharmonic in Odessa and Kiev. In July 1997, at the invitation of Mstislav Rostropovich, Drachman returned to Russia to perform as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Maestro Rostropovich at the Second World Cello Congress. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Drachman studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music. His principal teachers were Stephen Kates, Laurence Lesser, Luis Garcia-Renart, William Pleeth, and Orlando Cole. He has spent his summers performing at music festivals including Aspen, Yale, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, Prussia Cove in Aldeburgh, England, the Cennina Music Festival in Italy, Juneau Jazz and Classics, The Sitka Summer Music Festival, the Park City International Music Festival in Utah, and the Hartwick College Music Festival. Mr. Drachman currently lives in Maryland with his wife Joan and their two sons, Eli and Oliver.

Hailed by The New York Times as “an especially impressive fine pianist,” Richard Dowling appears regularly across the United States in solo recitals, at chamber music and jazz/ragtime festivals, and as a guest soloist in concerto performances with orchestras. He has been acclaimed by audiences for his elegant and exciting style of playing which earns him frequent return engagements. Mr. Dowling has presented solo recitals in the Far East, Australia, Africa, and Europe. Career highlights include a sold-out New York orchestral debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and a solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York. Mr. Dowling is also a versatile recording artist with a dozen CDs of classical, chamber music, ragtime, jazz, and popular music that are heard regularly on radio stations across America. He has received glowing reviews that praise him as “a master of creating beautiful sounds with impeccable control of colors and textures,” as “a musician with something to say, the skill to say it and the magnetic power to make you want to listen” and for giving “a superb recital that left the audience craving for more at the end.”

A native Houstonian, Richard Dowling began his piano studies at age five and his extraordinary musical talent quickly became evident. He gave his first recital at six and won prizes in many piano competitions throughout childhood. He studied privately in high school with pianist Madge Waterston Hunt and made his orchestral debut in a Beethoven concerto performance with the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra at age eighteen. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston as a student of Ruth Tomfohrde and Abbey Simon. As a freshman he won first prize in the annual UH Concerto Competition, and as a senior was declared National Winner of the prestigious MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition at its national convention. While studying for a master’s degree at Yale University, Dowling was honored with the Lockwood Award for performing the best recital and the Simonds Award for outstanding solo and ensemble playing. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from The University of Texas and has held positions as Artist-in Residence at Lamar University in Texas and at The Harid Conservatory of Music in Florida. Between concert tours Mr. Dowling divides his time at homes in New York and in Houston where is owns Dowling Music, Houston’s comprehensive sheet music, CD, and musical gift store. Visit his websites at and


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1511 El Dorado Blvd.
Houston, TX 77062

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