Anthony DeVroye and Daniel Schlosberg

December 9, 2019, 8:00 pm

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Anthony Devroye has been violist of the Avalon String Quartet since 2004. Mr. Devroye is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Michael Tree and Roberto Diaz; and holds a B.A. in Biological Science from Columbia University, where he pursued concurrent viola studies at The Juilliard School under Toby Appel, Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. Prior to joining the quartet, he held a two-year fellowship with the New World Symphony.

In addition to his numerous performances with the Avalon Quartet, Mr. Devroye is an occasional guest with the Chicago Symphony (with whom he has toured the United States, Europe and Mexico under Riccardo Muti), Chicago Chamber Musicians, and Grant Park Music Festival. His recitals, chamber music performances and commentary have been regularly featured on WFMT radio, and he has appeared as concerto soloist with the Illinois Philharmonic and Kishwaukee Symphony. In 2014 he became Artistic Director of Rush Hour Concerts in Chicago, an organization that promotes open access to world-class chamber music through free concerts and educational initiatives. Mr. Devroye is an Associate Professor in the School of Music at Northern Illinois University.

Mr. DeVroye’s biography courtesy of the Avalon String Quartet.

Daniel Schlosberg has been described as an “expert pianist” (Boston Globe), and his performances have been praised for their “intellect and passion” (Washington Post). As a collaborative pianist, Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun wrote: “Daniel Schlosberg was a model accompanist, bringing out the remarkable richness of the piano writing.”

He enjoys a multifaceted relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In addition to appearing on numerous chamber music and new music concerts, he was a featured soloist in subscription performances of Messiaen’s “Trois Petites Liturgies”, for which John von Rhein in the Chicago Tribune wrote: “Daniel Schlosberg played the daunting piano part splendidly”; and Lawrence A. Johnson of the Chicago Classical Review wrote of “a prominent, challenging piano part, played here with great fire and conviction by Daniel Schlosberg in a notable CSO debut.” He is also a frequent pre-concert lecture at the CSO, and has adjudicated its young artist concerto competition.

Schlosberg can be heard on a number of recordings, including: Stephen Andrew Taylor’s quartet “Quark Shadows” (Albany Records) with members of the Pacifica Quartet and Chicago Symphony; as the soloist in Dimitri Tymoczko’s Piano Concerto, “Another Fantastic Voyage” with the Illinois Modern Ensemble (Bridge); and Augusta Read Thomas’s solo 2013 work “Starlight Ribbons” (Nimbus Records, commissioned by Harvard’s Fromm Foundation), for which he also gave the live premiere. His two solo albums, “Child’s Play” (Schumann, Lachenmann, Paert and Debussy) and “Gaul Me Maybe: French Baroque Keyboard Works” (Centaur) have garnered critical acclaim. His most recent recording is of Lei Liang’s “Inkscape,” a quintet for piano and four percussionists, with Grammy-winning Third Coast Percussion (New World Records).

He gives frequent solo recitals at Bargemusic and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and in past seasons has given solo and chamber music recitals at the Austrian Cultural Forum (New York) and Phillips Collection (D.C). He appears frequently on radio stations nationwide.

Schlosberg is an avid proponent of new music and collaborates frequently with Eighth Blackbird and Third Coast Percussion, and has also worked with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He was also a founding member of Yarn/Wire. In 2009, he gave the US premiere of renowned composer Kaija Saariaho’s “Calices” with violinist Austin Wulliman. In 2018, he gave the west coast premiere of Julius Eastman’s “Gay Guerilla” on the Jacaranda Series (Santa Monica), with a quartet of pianists including multiple Grammy-winner Billy Childs.

A recent project of note has been Alexander Zemlinsky’s four-hand transcription of Mahler’s Symphony No. 6, which he has performed with Inna Faliks at Ravinia and elsewhere to critical acclaim. Other recent projects include recitals at the Sacramento Festival of New American Music, and a Weill/Poulenc afternoon at the National Gallery of Art in DC.

Another particular interest of Schlosberg’s is song accompaniment, and he has a long-standing duo with the baritone Ryan de Ryke. In 2007, he curated and performed in a series of six concerts nationwide exploring the early chamber music and lieder of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and each October he directs and performs in the Baltimore Lieder Weekend.

On harpsichord, Schlosberg has participated in the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s “Of Sudden Shut” on MusicNOW, played the continuo/recit for Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Notre Dame, and performed excerpts from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” with Itzhak Perlman at Carnegie Hall (Zankel).

He has served as a staff accompanist for the vocal program of the Steans Music Institute at Ravinia and in 2016 he was engaged as repetiteur for the Ojai Music Festival. In the summer of 2000, he held the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship in Piano at Tanglewood. The same summer, he took part in a special collaboration with the Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Jacob’s Pillow Festival in performances of solo Debussy.

He has taken an increasing interest in conducting, attending workshops with Donald Schleicher and Larry Rachleff, as well as serving as Assistant Rehearsal Conductor for Afterword, the critically acclaimed opera by George Lewis.

He has been on faculty at the University of Notre Dame since 2005. In addition to his service in the music department, he is faculty advisor to the student table tennis club.

Mr. Schlosberg’s biography courtesy of the University of Notre Dame.

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