A new cello/piano duo series featuring Dariusz Skoraczewski, Principal Cellist of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Michael Sheppard, a Baltimore perennial pianist and a member of the Monument Piano Trio.
Igor Stravinsky - Suite Italienne for Cello and Piano (1932)
Dmitry Shostakovich - Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor, Op. 40
Sergei Prokofiev - Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op.119
This is the last concert of their inaugural season.
Mark these dates for the Skoraczewski/Sheppard Duo 2017-18 season; September 2, December 31, and May 5
Tickets $15 in advance/$18 at door /$10 full-time students with ID
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Principal cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski has delighted audiences of many concert halls in America, Europe and Asia with his great artistic and technical command of the instrument. As a soloist he performed with numerous orchestras in the US including the National Philharmonic, Alexandria Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic, Qingdao Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
In 2013 Dariusz was awarded the prestigious Baker Artist Award, the highest recognition for artists in Maryland.
As a chamber musician, Dariusz appeared in numerous chamber music concert series including the Candlelight Series, Music in the Valley, Music at the Great Hall in Baltimore and the Barge Music Festival in New York City. In November of 2005 he gave his Carnegie Hall debut, which was sponsored by the La Gesse Foundation. The cellist is also a member of a critically acclaimed ensemble – the Monument Piano Trio.
Dariusz began his musical education at the age of six and spent his school years in Warsaw, Poland where his teachers were Professor Z. Liebig and Professor A. Zielinski. He completed his higher education as a scholarship recipient at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and perfected his art under the supervision of world-renowned cellist Stephen Kates.
The soloist’s repertoire is extremely diverse and includes compositions from early Baroque to the present. His debut CD “Cello Populus” is a collection of solo pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries and includes works of Hindemith, Ligeti, Crumb, Penderecki and others. Dariusz’s second album “Cello Phantasia” features music by Schumann, Franck and Rachmaninov.
Dariusz plays a 1702 Carlo Guiseppe Testore cello which is generously loaned by Marin Alsop in memory of her mother Ruth Alsop.
Known as “a virtuosic soloist possessed of power, sensitivity, earthiness, and humor” (Whitney Smith, Indianapolis Star) with the “power to make an audience sit up and pay attention...thought- provoking for performers and listeners alike” (James Manheim, All Music Guide ) , Michael Sheppard trained with the legendary Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Conservatory. He was selected by the American Pianists Association as a Classical Fellow, which designation led to the recording of his Harmonia Mundi CD of 2007. In 2015, another recording will be released by Azica, a Cleveland-based label distributed worldwide by Naxos Records. Sheppard is a native of Philadelphia and resides in Baltimore, where he works at both the Peabody Conservatory and the Baltimore School for the Arts, sharing his love and understanding of music and the artistic process with future generation.