October 16, 2009

Violinist Miriam Fried, Violinist/Violist Paul Biss to Explore Musical Pairings for Two Violins, Violin and Viola, Oct. 25

Husband and Wife Play Duos by Mozart, Moszkowski, Bartok, Honegger, Martinu

Miriam FriedNEC violinist Miriam Fried and violinist/violist Paul Biss will explore musical pairings for two violins and violin and viola in a Jordan Hall recital, October 25 at 8 p.m.  The duo, who are husband and wife and the parents of the gifted young pianist Jonathan Biss, will perform works of Mozart, Martinu, Honegger, Bartok and Moszkowski.  The concert is free and open to the public.
Fried, who joined the fulltime NEC faculty in 2006-7, is recognized as one of the world’s preeminent violinists. A consummate musician—equally accomplished as recitalist, concerto soloist or chamber musician – she has been heralded for her “fiery intensity and emotional depth” (Musical America) as well as for her technical mastery. She has played with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Europe and has been a frequent guest with the principal orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as with the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony.
Chamber music plays an important role in Fried’s musical life. She is a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Garrick Ohlsson, and Nathaniel Rosen. She has been featured guest artist at Chamber Music East in Boston, the La Solla Chamber Festival, the Lockenhaus Festival, and the Naantali Festival in Finland.
Fried’s successful solo career was launched in 1968 after she was awarded First Prize in Genoa’s Paganini International Competition. Three years later she claimed top honors in the Queen Elisabeth International Competition where she gained further world attention by becoming the first woman ever to win the prestigious award.  Since 1993, she been chair of the faculty at The Steans Institute for Young Artists at the Ravinia Festival, one of the country’s leading summer programs for young musicians. Her involvement there has included regular performances, including recitals and concerts with the Chicago Symphony.
Biss photoViolinist/violist Paul Biss has appeared in recital, with orchestra, and in chamber music performances throughout North America, Mexico, Europe, Israel, and Korea.
He has participated in numerous festivals as a violinist and as a violist. He was a member of the Berkshire Quartet, and was a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival for six summers. He has also appeared at other festivals such as the Ravinia, La Jolla, Lockenhaus, Casals, Naantali, and the Ysaye, at Wigmore Hall.
Prior to coming to NEC in 2006 where he teaches violin and coaches chamber music, Biss was a professor of violin for more than 25 years at Indiana Unniversity, teaching violin and chamber music, and conducting more than a 100 symphonic and operatic performances.
The program for October 25 follows:
Mozart: Duo in G-major for Violin and Viola K. 423
Bohuslav Martinu: Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola
Arthur Honegger: Sonatine for Two Violins
Bartok: Nine Duos for Two Violins
Moritz Moszkowski: Suite for Two Violins, Op. 71

For further information, check the NEC Website or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122.  NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world.  Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars.  Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide.  Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions.  On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors.  Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 106-year old, beautifully restored concert hall.  These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes.  Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory