Alicja Basinska, piano
Program (subject to change)
Reinhold Glière (1875 – 1956) – Intermezzo Op. 9, No. 1 / Scherzo Op. 32, No. 2
Margaret Griebling-Haigh (b.1960) – Bocadillos Iberianos
Griebling-Haigh, Scott Haigh’s wife, offers this description of the work:
BOCADILLOS IBERIANOS (2005) is the fourth set of such impressionistic pieces I have composed for various instruments. A bocadillo is a little snack or tasty morsel; informal cafes and roadside stands all over Spanish speaking countries sell bocadillos. Since my husband is half Cuban, I latched onto this word as the Spanish equivalent of the French bagatelle, and the movements in each of these suites are based completely on visual memories of various trips we have taken. Bocadillos Iberianos uses four such memories from our 1989 honeymoon in Spain, and is dedicated to my husband, double bassist Scott Haigh. Movements 3 and 4 will be performed:
3. Aburrido en Madrid: …siesta, and the city pulls its shades against the scorching July afternoon heat; after six weeks of travel and impatience to finally fly home, time ticks past excruciatingly slowly…
4. Tápas Perpétuas: …one after another, the savory little dishes arrive at our small table in the restaurant of the Paradór de Toledo, until they form a pyramid and we are left groaning…
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1956) – Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73
Elodie Lauten (1950 – 2014) – Sex and Pre Anti-Post Modernism
J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750) – Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Paul Hindemith (1895 – 1963) – Sonata for Double Bass & Piano
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) – Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
Aram Khachaturian (1903 – 1978) – Sabre Dance (arr. for four basses)
François Rabbath (b. 1931) – Kobolds for Four Basses
Charles Carleton / Scott Dixon / Mark Atherton / Derek Zadinsky
Hartmüt Schmidt – Walzer für Trude for four basses
Boguslaw Furtok – 3 Pieces for 4 Basses
Max Dimoff / Scott Haigh / Tom Sperl / Henry Peyrebrune
Dave Anderson – Duets
Charles Carleton / Derek Zadinsky
Christian Gentet – Bass, Bass, Bass, Bass, Bass and Bass, for bass sextet
Max Dimoff / Scott Dixon / Mark Atherton / Tom Sperl / Charles Carleton / Derek Zadinsky
~ About the Artists ~
MARK ATHERTON has been a member of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1983. Prior to coming to Cleveland, Mark was with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for two seasons.
A native of Schenectady, New York, Mr. Atherton studied with David Cobb, and then at Boston University’s School for the Arts with Henry Portnoi, former Principal Bassist of the Boston Symphony. While in Boston, he was a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, the Opera Company of Boston and the Handel and Haydn Society. In Cleveland, he was also a member of Myriad Chamber Ensemble and has soloed with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra.
Mark has served on the faculties of The Cleveland Institute of Music and Kent State University, teaches privately and serves as coach for the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra bass section. Additionally, he has been giving classroom presentations in Cleveland area schools with The Cleveland Orchestra’s Learning Through Music program since its inception.
CHARLES CARLETON joined The Cleveland Orchestra in the spring of 2001, under the direction of Christoph von Dohnányi, and was tenured by Franz Welser-Most in 2003. Mr. Carleton graduated from The Juilliard School in 2000 with a bachelor of music degree in performance. In 2001, while working on a master’s degree at New England Conservatory, he was appointed to the Orchestra and moved to Cleveland. Mr. Carleton studied with Eugene Levinson and Orin O’Brien of the New York Philharmonic and Edwin Barker of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other teachers who influenced Charles are Albert Lazlo of the Aspen Music Festival and Constantin Popescu of Westport, Connecticut.
Mr. Carleton has been on faculty at Cleveland State University since 2003, and joined the faculty of Baldwin Wallace College-Conservatory of Music this fall. He has given master classes at Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin Wallace, the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Charles has performed as a soloist on the campuses of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University and Oberlin College. As a chamber musician he has performed throughout the area, including Reinberger Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Institute of Music, the Heights Arts Collaborative, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, the Happy Dog in Gordon Square and at the Cleveland Play House.
In his spare time Mr. Carleton enjoys being active, playing golf and tennis, as well as indulging a passion for cooking. He plays a Double Bass made in 1837 by Thomas Kennedy and a bow by Victor Fétique.
Since MAXIMILIAN DIMOFF’s appointment in 1997 as principal double bass of The Cleveland Orchestra, he has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra at Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center, as well as on tour at Carnegie Hall and in Europe. Mr. Dimoff’s career began with an appointment as assistant principal bass of the San Antonio Symphony while still a student at Northwestern University. He was soon promoted to the principal bass position in San Antonio. Mr. Dimoff was also a member of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. In 1993, Mr. Dimoff returned to his hometown of Seattle to join the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Dimoff studied with Jeff Bradetich while attending Northwestern University. Other influential teachers include Warren Benfield of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gary Karr, Eugene Levinson of the New York Philharmonic, and Ronald Simon of the Seattle Symphony. Mr. Dimoff has taught masterclasses at major music schools including the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, Northwestern University, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of North Texas, the University of Michigan, and the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto.
Currently, Mr. Dimoff heads the double bass department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He is also a coach and teacher with the New World Symphony in Miami. He performs on a double bass dating from 1651 by the Italian maker Antonio Mariani.
SCOTT DIXON joined The Cleveland Orchestra bass section in 2007. He is a teacher of double bass at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In addition to performing with the Orchestra and teaching, he is active in chamber music and recitals, and is committed to the performance of early music and contemporary music.
He has been a guest teacher at the Domaine Forget, teaching alongside his former teacher, Paul Ellison, and has given numerous masterclasses and recitals, including for the International Society of Double Bassists. He appears on a recording with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and was invited to perform at a special tribute concert for Stefano Scodanibbio at The Stone in New York.
He began his double bass studies in high school with Russian double bassist Roma Vayspapir. After completing his Bachelor’s Degree at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Scott became a fellow at the New World Symphony and attended the Aspen Music Festival and School where he studied with Albert Laszlo. He completed his formal schooling with a Master’s Degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he studied with Paul Ellison.
SCOTT HAIGH has been a member of The Cleveland Orchestra since 1978, and has served as first assistant principal bass since 1980. Prior to joining the Orchestra, he was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and served as principal bass of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico. He received a bachelor of music degree from Northwestern University. He studied with Warren Benfield, Stuart Sankey and Harold Siegel. Often joining chamber ensembles, he was a member and officer of the Cleveland Octet for ten years. A long-time member of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival faculty, he served for 22 years on the faculty of the Oberlin College Conservatory and has also held teaching positions with Baldwin-Wallace College, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Kent State University, Oberlin College and the University of Akron. He has given masterclasses at numerous colleges and conservatories in the U.S. and abroad. Of half-Cuban descent, Mr. Haigh is fluent in Spanish and enjoys studying foreign languages. In addition to performing in The Cleveland Orchestra, he is a professional realtor® with Howard Hanna. He plays on a basses made by William Baker (1835, Brighton, England) and Daniel Hachez (2009, Tijeras, New Mexico).
HENRY PEYREBRUNE joined the bass section of The Cleveland Orchestra in 1997. Before coming to Cleveland, he served as principal bass with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada (1994-1997). He has also been principal bass of the Portland Symphony, the Pro Arte Chamber, Boston Philharmonic, and Cantata Singers orchestras, and was a member of the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He has performed chamber music and recitals throughout New England.
Mr. Peyrebrune holds a bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Edwin Barker of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He also participated in Tanglewood and Kent/Blossom Music programs.
THOMAS (TOM) SPERL has been a member of The Cleveland Orchestra bass section since 1992. He also taught at Oberlin Conservatory for 17 years. He has performed with the Mainly Mozart festival, Rochester Chamber players, Buffalo Philharmonic and the Rochester Philharmonic. He has appeared as soloist with the Amherst Symphony, Brighton Symphony and the Susquehanna Symphony.
Tom enjoys performing chamber music as often as possible. As a bassist, it doesn’t happen every day and an opportunity to collaborate with friends for such an event is a joy.
Tom lives in Cleveland Heights with his wife and three teenage children. He is known around the Heights as the Donut Man and enjoys bicycling, kayaking and church activities.
DEREK ZADINSKY joined The Cleveland Orchestra bass section in 2012. He teaches at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin Conservatory and Cleveland State University. Derek grew up in the Seattle area and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Edgar Meyer and Harold Robinson (principal, The Philadelphia Orchestra). He has published an edition of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 5 and won first place in the International Society of Bassists Orchestral Competition in San Francisco. Derek has performed as a soloist in Bottesini’s Concerto No. 2 and Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen at Carnegie Hall with string orchestra. He currently plays an English bass attributed to the workshop of Thomas Dodd in London, circa 1790, and a custom five string model by Paul Hart of Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2014.
ALICJA BASINSKA is from Olesnica, Poland and came to North America to study piano at McGill University, where she received a bachelor’s degree. She earned a Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts in collaborative piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ms. Basinska is currently a staff accompanist at CIM and Case Western Reserve University. She is also a substitute pianist for The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. Ms. Basinska formerly served as a staff accompanist at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Basinska has been a collaborative pianist for various competitions, including the Primrose International Viola Competition, Cooper International Competition, Young Artist Competition of the WAMSO, as well as others. She has participated in many music festivals, including Aspen, Kneisel Hall, and Kent Blossom.