Rannveig Marta Sarc and Victor Asunción

January 20, 2021, 12:15 pm

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Icelandic-Slovenian violinist Rannveig Marta Sarc and pianist Victor Asunción perform works of Lili Boulanger, Cécile Chaminade, and Maurice Ravel on this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from the Cultural Center.

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Icelandic-Slovenian violinist, Rannveig Marta Sarc, began playing the violin at age 4. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Slovene Philharmonic, Reykjavik Conservatory of Music Orchestra and Iceland Youth Symphony. She is a prize winner in numerous competitions, including TEMSIG- Slovenian Competition for Youth and Iceland Symphony Soloist Competition. A passionate chamber musician, Rannveig has performed in venues such as Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in New York and she frequently performs with Camerarctica- Chamber Music Society of Iceland. In 2016-2017, she was a member of the Kahlo Quartet, as part of Juilliard’s Honors Chamber Music Program. Rannveig has appeared in music festivals such as Taos, IMS Prussia Cove, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota and Aspen.

Rannveig graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School in 2018 under the tutelage of Laurie Smukler. She is now pursuing her Master of Music at Juilliard as a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, studying with Donald Weilerstein and Catherine Cho.

Biography courtesy of Music for Food.

Hailed by The Washington Post for his “poised and imaginative playing,” Filipino-American pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey and the USA, as a recitalist and concerto soloist.  He played his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Manila Chamber Orchestra, and his New York recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1999. In addition, he has worked with conductors including Sergio Esmilla, Enrique Batiz, Mei Ann Chen, Zeev Dorman, Arthur Weisberg, Corrick Brown, David Loebel, Leon Fleisher, Michael Stern, Jordan Tang, and Bobby McFerrin.

A chamber music enthusiast, he has performed with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, James Dunham, Antonio Meneses, Joshua Roman, Cho-Liang Lin, Giora Schmidt, the Dover, Emerson, Serafin, Sao Paulo, and Vega String Quartets. He was on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival, and the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival.  He was also the pianist for the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for three seasons. Festival appearances include the Amelia Island, Highland-Cashiers, Music in the Vineyards, and Santa Fe.

His recordings include the complete Sonatas of L. van Beethoven with cellist Tobias Werner, Sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff with cellist Joseph Johnson, the Rachmaninoff Sonata with the cellist Evan Drachman, and the Chopin and Grieg Sonatas, also with cellist Evan Drachman. He is featured in the award winning recording “Songs My Father Taught Me” with Lynn Harrell, produced by Louise Frank and WFMT-Chicago.  Mr. Asuncion is the Founder, and Artistic and Board Director of FilAm Music Foundation, a non-profit foundation that is dedicated to promoting Filipino classical musicians through scholarship, and performance.

He received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in 2007 from the University of Maryland at College Park under the tutelage of Rita Sloan. Victor Santiago Asuncion is a Steinway artist.

Biography courtesy of the Artist’s website.


Two Pieces for Violin and Piano, by Lili Boulanger

3 Morceaux, Op. 31, by Cécile Chaminade

Sonata for No. 2 in G Major, M. 77, by Maurice Ravel
Blues. Moderato
Perpetuum mobile. Allegro