On May 1, 2022, Atelier 86 will proudly present the world premiere of Alexandra DuBois‘s piano and trio “Für Pamuk.”
Atelier86 commissioned Für Pamuk in memory of its founding feline artistic director and companion Pamuk, who emigrated from Cappadocia, Turkey in 2011, and sadly passed in 2018.
We are ecstatic to have three highly acclaimed performers – Wendy Sutter (cello), Bill Wolfram (piano), and Michelle Kim (violin). Wendy performs with the New York Philharmonic. Bill performs frequently with members of The NY Philharmonic. Michelle is the New York Philharmonic’s Assistant Concertmaster.
Post-performance discussion to follow. Cocktails and light snacks to be served on the terrace. We will provide streaming links for Für Pamumk after the event.
Cellist Wendy Sutter has appeared as soloist with the Dallas, Colorado, Tucson, Seattle, La Jolla, Shanghai, and North Netherlands symphony orchestras; Hong Kong, Brussels, and Hague Philharmonic orchestras; and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Ms. Sutter has also toured extensively throughout China and the United States with composer/conductor Tan Dun at the podium performing his works, including the Academy Award–winning Crouching Tiger Concerto, The Map Concerto, and as soloist in his Water Passion. As a solo recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Sutter has performed in festivals worldwide including Marlboro, Aspen, Spoleto, and Ravinia; with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and with the Seattle Chamber Music Society. Ms. Sutter was the on-stage soloist with Mikhail Baryshnikov performing A Suite of Dances, a ballet for cello and dancer choreographed for Baryshnikov by Jerome Robbins. Wendy Sutter’s 2008 recording of Philip Glass’s Songs and Poems for solo cello, which was written for her by the composer and has been performed more than 100 times worldwide, was voted best new CD of the year by National Public Radio listeners and was the second best–selling CD in the classical division on iTunes.
Violinist Michelle Kim has been Assistant Concertmaster, The William Petschek Family Chair, of the New York Philharmonic since 2001. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and Pacific Symphony. An active chamber musician, Ms. Kim has collaborated with violinists Cho Liang Lin, Christian Tetzlaff, and Pinchas Zukerman; cellists Mstislav Rostropovich, Lynn Harrell, and Gary Hoffman; and pianists Lang Lang and Yefim Bronfman. She has performed at various festivals including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, Strings in the Mountain, and Bravo! Vail. Ms. Kim has also served as the first violinist of the Rossetti String Quartet, and was a Sterne Virtuoso Artist at Skidmore College in 2007–08.
A student of Robert Lipsett and a former Presidential Scholar, Ms. Kim attended the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as a Starling Foundation scholarship recipient, and considers Heiichiro Ohyama and Henry Gronnier as her mentors. She has been a member of the faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music, the Colburn School, and the University of California Santa Barbara, and currently teaches at the Mannes College of Music.
William Wolfram was a silver medalist at the William Kapell and Naumburg International Piano Competitions and a bronze medalist at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. He is equally adept as a concerto soloist, recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician. His solo engagements have included the Baltimore, City of Birmingham, National, Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Tokyo Metropolitan symphony orchestras, among others, and he regularly appears and in the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series. His releases on the Naxos label include transcriptions of Liszt, chamber music with violinist Philippe Quint, and music by Earl Kim; he can be heard on the Albany label, performing concertos by Edward Collins. A Juilliard graduate, Mr. Wolfram serves on the faculty of North Carolina’s Eastern Music Festival, is a regular guest at the Colorado College Music Festival; and teaches performance at Manhattan School of Music. He was the focus of a chapter in Joseph Horowitz’s The Ivory Trade: Music and the Business of Music at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and was featured in a documentary about the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition.
Alexandra du Bois began her formal training in composition with Osvaldo Golijov, Howard Frazin, and David Patterson and continued her training on violin with Lynn Chang and Sophie Vilker. At age sixteen, she began studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Longy School of Music. She credits the solitude of the ocean and rural farmland as a child to her first impetus to start composing.
A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree, respectively, du Bois began her earliest musical training on the violin at age two with Suzanne Schreck. While at Indiana University, she studied under the direction of composers Sven-David Sandström, Claude Baker and Don Freund and violinists Federico Agostini and Henryk Kowalski; at Juilliard, du Bois’ sole teacher in composition was Christopher Rouse.
Du Bois has previously been composer-in-residence at Carnegie Hall through The Weill Music Institute’s Professional Training Workshop: Kronos: Signature Works, Dartmouth College, Mammoth Lakes Music Festival, and Merkin Concert Hall through the Zoom: Composers Close Up series. In 2010, du Bois was composer-in-residence with Southwest Chamber Music throughout L.A. and Vietnam which preceded an artist residency at the Harrison House in Joshua Tree.