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Courtesy of Anne-Marie McDermott
The Polish Cultural Institute in New York
and Symphony Space

with Anne Marie McDermott, Marta Wryk & Rafal Jezierski

Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 8:00 PM

Symphony Space
Peter Jay Sharp Theater
2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, NY

Tickets: $43 day of // $38 advance // $33 members
Discount for both events (Competition & Recital): $60 day of // $50 advance // $40 members Tel: 212.864.5400

Anne-Marie McDermott has technique to burn and a fierce commitment to every note; she offers highly individual performances which none the less remain scrupulously true to the composer.

- Gramophone

Anne-Marie McDermott offers her only New York solo performance of select Chopin piano music, and is also joined by the compelling young mezzo-soprano Marta Wryk and renowned international cellist Rafal Jezierski for a lyrical and passionate set of cello-piano works and rarely performed songs.

Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs over 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music, and has been named Artistic Director of the famed Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado. Her repertoire choices are eclectic, from Bach and Haydn to Prokofiev and Scriabin to Kernis, Hartke, Tower and Wuorinen. McDermott studied at the Manhattan School of Music with Dalmo Carra, Constance Keene and John Browning. She was a winner of the Young Concert Artists auditions and has been awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Polish mezzo-soprano Marta Wryk (b. 1985) has been active as a recitalist in Poland, Italy, Germany and the United States since 2004. Recently Ms Wryk won first prize in the 15th International Voice Competition in Gorizia, Italy. This past summer Wryk covered the role of Gondi in Maria di Rohan for Bel Canto at the Caramoor Festival. Wryk graduated with distinction from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and currently studies at the Manhattan School of Music under Maitland Peters.

Polish cellist Rafal Jezierski (b. 1979) has graduated from both the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music and is currently co-principal cellist of the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana. His debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with the Paderewski Trio (2005) was described as "exuberant and multifaceted" by Andrew Farach-Colton of The Strad magazine (February 2006). Jezierski's solos can be heard on Erwin Schrotts' "Recital" (Decca) and Tarik O┬┤Reagans' "Voices" (Collegium Records). Since 2007 Rafal Jezierski has been a visiting professor offering master classes at the Conservatorio Profesional de Musica in Valencia (SIM).

The New York Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition and Recital is presented by Symphony Space and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York

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