Celebrating 25 Years of the
Naples Philharmonic Chorus
Naples Philharmonic Chorus
Artis—Naples Masterworks Series
James Cochran, chorus director
Dmitry Liss, conductor
Lilya Zilberstein, piano
Tchaikovsky — Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
Prokofiev — Piano Concerto No. 3
Vaughan Williams — Toward the Unknown Region
Tchaikovsky — Francesca da Rimini
Prelude at 7pm
All Masterworks tickets include same-day admission to The Baker Museum. Special museum hours on day of performance: 10am-8pm.
This event is supported by the Myra Janco Daniels Legacy Fund.
Since winning First Prize in the 1987 Busoni International Piano Competition, Lilya Zilberstein has established herself as one of the finest pianists in the world. Artist-in-residence of the Stuttgart Philharmonic in 2012-13, has recently appeared with the Beethoven Orchester/Bonn, Pilsen Philharmonic/Czech Republic, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra/Ljubljana as well as with the Stuttgart Philharmonic in Milan and Stuttgart.
In North America, Zilberstein has appeared with the symphonies of Chicago (at Ravinia), Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Flint, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kalamazoo, Milwaukee, Montreal, Omaha, Quebec, Oregon and St. Louis as well as the Florida Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic and the Pacific Symphony, among others. Her worldwide engagements have included the Belgrade Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Dortmund Symphony, Dresden Staatskapelle, Düsseldorf Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Konzerthausorchester/Berlin, Krakow Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, London Symphony, Mediterranean Orchestra/Palermo, Miskolc Symphony/ Hungary, Moscow Philharmonic, Naples Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, NHK Symphony/Tokyo, Orchestra Regionale Toscana/Florence, Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria/Mexico, Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais/Brazil, Qatar Philharmonic, RAI Symphony/Torino and Royal Philharmonic, to name a few.
Zilberstein has presented numerous recitals with Martha Argerich. In addition to show-stopping performances in Norway, France, Italy and Germany, a CD of the Brahms Sonata for Two Pianos played by Zilberstein and Argerich was released in 2003. Highlights of recent collaborations with Argerich include performances in Hamburg and Bremen.
Zilberstein has also collaborated on extensive tours in the US, Canada and Europe with Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov. Featured on the EMI recording Martha Argerich and Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival, Vengerov and Zilberstein’s performance of the Brahms Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano earned a Grammy nomination for Best Classical album as well as best chamber music performance.
Zilberstein has also made numerous recordings for Deutsche Grammophon which include the Rachmaninoff Concerti Nos. 2 and 3 with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic, the Grieg Concerto with Neeme Järvi and the Göteborg Symphony, as well as solo works of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Mussorgsky, Liszt, Schubert, Brahms, Debussy, Ravel and Chopin.
A native of Moscow, Zilberstein is a graduate of the Gnessin Pedagogical Institute. In addition to the Busoni Competition Gold Medal, she was the 1998 Prizewinner of the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. Residing in Germany since 1990, Zilberstein was guest professor of piano at the Hamburg Musikhochschule from 2009-13. In October 2015, she began a new position as professor of piano at the University of Music in Vienna.
For more information, please visit lilyazilberstein.com.
Born in 1960, Dmitri Liss is a graduate from the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with the music director of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Dmitri Kitayenko. Liss started to work with this orchestra as Kitayenko’s assistant. He won the International Competition of Young Conductors in 1995. Liss has been the artistic director/chief conductor of the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995. In 1997-99, he was principal Russian conductor of the American Russian Youth Orchestra and was appointed associate conductor of the Russian National Orchestra (1999-2003).
Liss is recognized as one of his generation’s best conductors from. He has performed with the Russian National Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Big Tchaikovsky State Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Dutch Radio Symphony Orchestra, Residentieorkest, North Netherlands Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Estonian National Orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra and others.
Liss has performed with such venerable musicians as Mstislav Rostropovich, Gidon Kremer, Mikhail Pletniev, Andrei Gavrilov and many others around the world.
Liss has recorded six albums for Warner Classics, including Miaskovsky’s sixth and tenth symphonies and Tchaikovsky’s Piano concerto No. 1.
Liss is the chief conductor of the South Netherlands Philharmonic.
James Cochran is the founder and director of the Naples Philharmonic Chorus, director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus and resident organist of the Naples Philharmonic. As an organ recitalist, Cochran has performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Mexico. As the Naples Philharmonic Chorus director, he has prepared the ensemble for concerts under the batons of such preeminent conductors as Keith Lockhart, Jack Everly and Jorge Mester. Outside of his work with the Naples Philharmonic, Cochran serves as the director of music at the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church. Cochran holds master and doctorate of music arts degrees from the Eastman School of Music.