2017/2018 Guest Artists

Liz Freivogel is the violist of the Jupiter String Quartet. She lives in Urbana, Illinois, where the Jupiters are faculty Artists-in-Residence at the University of Illinois. Other members of the quartet include her sister, Meg Freivogel, and her brother-in-law, Daniel McDonough, as well as violinist Nelson Lee. The Jupiters were lucky to find early success in several competitions, which helped launch their international concert career—grand prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, first prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, membership in the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society’s Chamber Music Two, Chamber Music America’s Cleveland Quartet Award, and an Avery Fischer Career Grant. Individually, Ms. Freivogel won prizes in the Primrose International Viola Competition, Oberlin Concerto Competition, and the American String Teachers Association Competition National Solo Competition.

Ms. Freivogel grew up in a musical family, playing string quartets with her three siblings from a young age. Three of the four siblings are now professional string quartet musicians (the fourth became a physicist). She feels extremely grateful to have benefited from the wisdom of many great music teachers, including Ronda Cole, Jeffrey Irvine, Kim Kashkashian, Martha Katz, and a long list of wonderful chamber music mentors.

Ms. Freivogel joins Delgani for quintets by Mozart and Brahms in our 2017/2018 season finale in May of 2018.

Previous Guest Artists

Eriko2dAward-winning marimbist Eriko Daimo is a driving force in today’s generation of young artists. She has won top prizes in numerous competitions, including 1st prizes at the International Marimba Competition 2004 in Belgium, Japan International League of Artists Competition, Japan PAS 20th Annual Percussion Solo Competition 2004, and Japan Soloist Music Competition.

Born in Kagoshima, Japan, Ms. Daimo began her musical studies at age five on the piano. She started studying the marimba when she entered high school in 1997, and went on to study at the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music and the Boston Conservatory. Ms. Daimo is an endorser of Marimba One and Vic Firth. Photo courtesy of Gian Andrea di. For more information, visit www.erikodaimo.com.

Ms. Daimo joined Delgani in Eugene on May 16, 2017, for Alice Ping Yee Ho’s Evolving Elements for marimba and string quartet and a new commission by Pius Cheung for percussion and string quartet.

_PSP7076(high res)Dubbed a “neo-Romantic marimba virtuoso”, Pius Cheung is widely known as a master soloist on his unusual instrument. His brilliant CD of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was written about in a feature story in The New York Times, which praised not only the technical feat of performing the intricacies of this keyboard work with 4 mallets, but also expressed admiration for his “deeply expressive interpretation, notable for its clear voicing, eloquent phrasing and wide range of color and dynamics.” The CD has been broadcast throughout the US and Canada on NPR and CBC Radio.

His second CD, Symphonic Poem, presents Cheung’s own compositions, and was released at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in 2009. As a composer, Mr. Cheung’s Three Etudes won First Prize in the Classical Marimba League’s Competition in 2007. He has also composed a Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, and collections of preludes, etudes and sonatas. He served as a judge for the 50th Percussive Arts Society Composition Competition.

Mr. Cheung moved from his native Hong Kong to Vancouver at the age of 12. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, his Artist Diploma from The Boston Conservatory, and his Doctorate from the University of Michigan. Mr. Cheung currently holds the post of Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Oregon. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Innovative Percussion Artist. More information about Mr. Cheung can be found at www.piuscheung.com.

BraggPhotoLocal artist Mike Bragg expresses himself through photography, videography, and installations. When discussing his creative process, Mike says, “the subjects of my series are often simple, everyday moments. They may consist of a tree, a discarded photograph, the corner of the room or a faded memory. By looking at the mundane, I search beyond the familiar to see common human experiences. Through the use of various mediums including photography, sound, painting, encaustic and video I have been exploring these common human experiences. A reoccurring theme in my work is the transitory nature of identity and existence. Memories make up who we are, and once forgotten, our identity and its defining moments are lost. I currently work on my projects on a farm just outside Eugene, Oregon.” More information about Mike Bragg can be found at www.mikewbragg.com.

James Bishop-Edwards guitaristGuitarist James Bishop-Edwards has been a performer, teacher, composer and recording artist for over 35 years. He plays not only the rich and varied traditional repertoire, but also his own compositions and contemporary genres as well. James plays historical instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods such as the five-course guitar and eight-course lute. He was head of the Guitar Department at Southern Oregon University in Ashland for several years, and previously on the faculty as Guitar Instructor at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. Mr. Bishop-Edwards is also artistic director for the Bailey Guitar Foundation of the Central Coast of California.

James has over twenty recordings to his credit, which feature his arrangements of American and European classics. Six books of these arrangements have been published by Mel Bay Publications. A few of his many performance credits include: featured artist at the 1999 and 2005 La Guitarra California Festival, the Santa Barbara Arts Festival, Richard Schneiders’ Lost Mountain Guitar Festival, and soloist with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and Jefferson Baroque Orchestra. He has also worked in duo with vocalists, flutists, violinists, etc. and in collaboration with theatre and dance companies as composer/performer. James’ current activities include concerts of early 19th century music on period guitars, and Classical Ragtime for guitar quartet. James is also working on a historical compendium of American guitar music. For more information, visit www.jamesbishopedwardsguitar.com.

picture-58-1390007359Terry McQuilkin has composed works for band, orchestra, and chorus, solo piano, and various chamber ensembles. Among his commissions are She Walks in Beauty for four-part women’s chorus, Out of Chaos and Perceval’s Triumph, both for band, and, through funding provided by Meet the Composer, The Color of Memory, a multi-movement work for soloists, chorus and orchestra, with texts drawn from conversations between students at Downingtown High School (Pennsylvania) and an assisted living home for seniors. In 2006, McQuilkin was selected as the Oregon Music Teachers Association’s Composer of the Year, and the organization commissioned him to write Legacies, a suite for piano duet based on American folk songs.

McQuilkin has also written a viola concerto, works for brass quintet, wind quintet, violin and piano, and other combinations. His compositions for young orchestras appear regularly on school concerts and festival repertoire lists throughout the United States. His music is published by Niel A. Kjos Music and Southern Music Company of San Antonio.

A native of Los Angeles, McQuilkin received his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Southern California, where his teachers included Morten Lauridsen, William Kraft, James Hopkins and Anthony Vazzana, and he completed his doctorate at the University of Oregon, studying composition under Harold Owen and Robert Kyr. Currently Dr. McQuilkin teaches music composition at the University of Oregon, and reviews classical music for the Eugene Register Guard.

rickiebirranFirst and foremost an oral interpreter, Rickie Birran is a former college speech instructor and author of Suit the Action to the Word: The Art of Reading Aloud. As Man of Words he uses the theatrical, musical, and storytelling arts to bring reading and literature to life – to enrich, encourage, enlighten, and entertain.

Rickie joined Delgani for a collaboration of text with music on January 26, 2016. The works performed with Rickie were included on Delgani’s first album. More information about Rickie can be found at www.manofwordstheatre.com.

redpaulwebPaul Safar is a composer of “Art Music” – active listening, concert or theatre based music. His original compositions continue the western classical music tradition as well as incorporate his love of jazz, pop and rock styles. Paul tries to push his creative abilities in each new project while maintaining accessibility for an audience.

Paul joins Delgani and Rickie Birran in our January 26, 2016, multidisciplinary project of text and music. Paul will be composing new works to accompany individual texts for this specific concert!

More information about Paul Safar and his organization, Cherry Blossom Musical Arts, can be found at www.paulsafar.com