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Chamber Soloists of Detroit: Is There a Composer in the House? with DSO cellist/composer Jeremy Crosmer & Steinway Artist pianist Pauline Martin
May 21 @ 7:30 pm
Chamber Soloists of Detroit:
Is There a Composer in the House?
with DSO cellist/composer Jeremy Crosmer
& Steinway Artist pianist Pauline Martin
Sunday, May 21st, 2023 at 7:30 PM
KCH is thrilled to continue its partnership with Chamber Soloists of Detroit with another compelling chamber music recital celebrating composers who were also master instrumentalists. Presented by cellist/composer Jeremy Crosmer (Detroit Symphony Orchestra) and pianist Pauline Martin (CSD Artistic Director & Steinway Artist), this recital will include works by Beethoven, Debussy, Prokofiev and Crosmer, himself!
KCH’s Classical Salon presentations are generously supported in part by Genre Underwriters, Maurice & Linda Binkow.
Jeremy Crosmer, cello
Pauline Martin, Piano
Jeremy Crosmer, cello
Crosmer is the composer and arranger for the GRS Music for Health Initiative, which pairs symphonic musicians with music therapists to bring classical music to hospitals. In March of 2017, the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital launched a music channel that runs continuously, using four hours of meditative music composed by Crosmer and performed by musicians of the GRS.
Crosmer is a founding member of the modern music ensemble Latitude 49. He is also a current member of the band ESME—a duo that aims to broaden the education of classical music by bringing crossovers and mashups of pop and classical music to schools throughout Michigan. ESME released its first CD in December of 2016.
In April of 2013 Crosmer toured London with the Grand Valley State University Chamber Orchestra, performing the Boccherini G Major Concerto, No. 7. He performed the Vivaldi Double Concerto with Alicia Eppinga and the GRS in March of 2016. While still in school, Crosmer was awarded the prestigious Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award to publish, record and perform his Crosmer-Popper duets. He recorded the duets with Julie Albers, and both sheet music and CD recordings are available online.
Crosmer has taught music theory, pre-calculus, and cello at universities across Michigan. He draws mazes, writes science fiction, and plays good old country fiddle in his spare time.
Pauline Martin, Piano
Pauline Martin’s Washington debut recital captured the Washington Post headline, Pauline Martin’s Dazzling Debut. Kenneth Townsend wrote: “a balanced, colorful and thoroughly engrossing performance . . . rewarded by loud, sustained applause.” The Canadian born pianist continues to earn international recognition for her solo and chamber music performances and recordings, and has been the focus of several radio and television broadcasts in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
As soloist, Pauline Martin has appeared with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the New American Chamber Orchestra, the Florida West Coast Symphony and Orchestra London Canada, among others, with such conductors as Lan Shui, Thomas Wilkins, Leslie Dunner, Yves Abel, Kirk Muspratt, Paul Wolfe, Alexis Hauser, and Laszlo Gati. Her March, 2009 performance of Mozart’s Concerto K. 365 with the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra (with Zhihua Tang and conductor Charles Burke) was recorded by Chinese National Television for broadcast to an audience of over a billion viewers.
A founding member of the St. Clair Trio, Pauline earned a first-round Grammy nomination for Hobson’s Choice (works by Sir Malcolm Arnold, Koch International Classics) and a Chamber Music America-WQXR/FM award for Old Acquaintances (works by Franz Waxman), given to outstanding new releases of 2000. Martin has also collaborated with violinists Itamar Zorman, James Ehnes, Andrés Cárdenes, Scott St. John, Timothy Braun, Aaron Berofsky, Emmanuelle Boisvert, Yoonshin Song and Yehonatan Berick; violists Sharon Wei, Jean-Baptiste Aguessy and Kathryn Votapek; flutists Bonita Boyd and Amy Porter; cellists Edward Arron, Robert deMaine, Erik Ásgeirsson and Thomas Wiebe; clarinetist Nicolai Pfeffer, hornist Eric Ruske and oboist Nancy Ambrose King. She has served as Artistic Director of Chamber Soloists of Detroit since 2012.
Pauline has been featured as soloist and chamber musician at a host of regional and international festivals, including the Ann Arbor, Sarasota, Summer Serenades (Rockville, Maryland), Grove (MI), Mackinac Island, Detroit Symphony Tchaikovsky and Meadowbrook Music Festivals, the Aria International Summer Music Academy, Winter Days Festival of Scandinavia, as well as in several Irving S. Gilmore Foundation Educational programs.
Her diversity in standard through contemporary repertoire is represented on the recent Naxos American Classics’ CD Imaginary Creatures (works by James Hartway) and Postcard from Europe with clarinetist George Stoffan, with world premieres drawing kudos from composers George Crumb, Leslie Bassett, Sir Malcolm Arnold, Susan Botti, Gary Schocker, James Hartway, Lawrence Singer and others.
Pauline has served as a faculty member at Michigan State, Wayne State and Oakland Universities and as Assistant Instructor at Indiana University, completing Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with Menahem Pressler, and the University of Michigan, where she earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts under the tutelage of Gary Graffman, Theodore Lettvin and former Artist in Residence Andre Watts. She has performed and lectured to the academic community in Canada and the American Midwest, including the Music Teachers’ Association State Conventions of Michigan and South Dakota, the American Association of University Women and the Michigan Federation of Music Teachers, for which she regularly serves as judge at the local, state and division levels. Her seminars on such topics as Peak Performance and Elements of Style share practical insights drawn from a lifetime of experience in performance and teaching. She celebrates the achievements of her students as competition winners, recitalists, concerto soloists, festival participants, recording artists and teachers.
Pauline Martin is a Steinway Artist
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