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Pleyel Piano Series

  • 15 Sep 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Scarab Club
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Sunday, September 15, 2019
2 pm: Young Artist Pre-recital
2:30 pm: Light reception

3 pm: Guest artist recital with Nathan Mondry and Arnie Tanimoto

$25 adult

$10 student
$10 pay-it-forward (your donation will allow a student to enter for free)

Nathan Mondry divides his musical output between playing organ, harpsichord, clavichord, and piano. Winner of the 2015 Mary McLaughlin Prize in Early Music at McGill University, he received his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the University of Michigan, his Master’s degree in harpsichord performance at McGill, and an Artist diploma in organ performance from the same school; he recently finished a Master’s in historical improvisation at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He has performed throughout the USA and Canada, as well as Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, Poland, Germany and Italy. In 2017, Nathan was a finalist in the 6th International Organ Competition Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, playing at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam and the Bavo Kerk in Haarlem. Further competition credits include a special prize at the 1st Partimento/Basso Competition in Katowice (2019), and 1st prize with Arnie Tanimoto at the 7th Bach-Abel Competition in Cöthen (2018).

He is highly sought after as a rising improvisation specialist, in styles as early as 15th/16th century with La Cetra (2018) to more modern collaborations such as an upcoming November 2019 collaboration at the Bird’s Eye jazz club in Basel. He has been commissioned to compose for many musicians and organizations, including Association Ephémère classique / Projet Myrelingues in France and historical bassoonist Andrew Burn in Basel, not including his own ensembles Les Barocudas and Double Basiliensis. A lover of comedy, Nathan additionally produces funny videos with Les Barocudas and Bach Party, many of which are available on Youtube.

Gold medalist of the 7th International Bach-Abel Competition, Arnie Tanimoto is equally at home on the viola da gamba and baroque cello. He was the first-ever viola da gamba major at The Juilliard School, where he soloed on both instruments. Described by The New York Times as a “fine instrumental soloist” Arnie performs in venues across the United States, Europe, and Japan. The recipient of a 2017 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Fellowship he has also performed and recorded with Barthold Kuijken, the Boston Early Music Festival Ensemble, and the Smithsonian Consort of Viols. 

Arnie is an advocate for the viola da gamba, and can be found giving lecture demonstrations and premieres of new works for the instrument around the country.  As a teacher, he serves on faculty at the Mountainside Baroque Summer Academy as well as maintaining a private studio. He holds degrees and certificates from Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

Our stunning Pleyel piano was generously donated by the Dixon family in 2013 was crafted in Paris in 1879. A portion of the revenues will go to a special fund which will assure the maintenance of the piano (Dan Harteau is its piano technician).

The Scarab Club is supported in part by awards from the Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the National  Endowment for the Arts.

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