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Eltrí Trio

James Ackley is a multi-­‐time nominated Grammy artist and has performed across Europe, Asia, and the Americas as a soloist with numerous orchestras, and as a recitalist and clinician.  On a tour through South America, Venezuelan critics named James “…one of the best trumpet players in the world today”, and the Hartford Courante has called James “spellbinding” and “a true artist”.  James received his BM from Baldwin-­‐Wallace College Conservatory and his MM from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with James Darling and Michael Sachs of the Cleveland Orchestra.   He  has  performed  with  the  Moscow  State  Radio  Symphony,  Mexico  City  Philharmonic,  American  Ballet  Theater  Orchestra,  Dayton  Philharmonic,  Charlotte  Symphony,  Charleston  Symphony,  Waterbury  Symphony,  Bogotá Philharmonic, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, among others.  His first solo CD, Recital Music for Trumpet, was released in 2006 and his second CD, Lírico Latino with collaborative pianist Rebecca Wilt was released in 2007.  Since then, James has produced ten more recordings as a soloist and chamber musician.  He  presently  holds  the  position  of  professor  of  trumpet  at  the  University  of  South  Carolina.    James  is  Yamaha  Performing Artist and under Andes International Management.

Charles  Saenz has developed a reputation as a performer who is equally versed in a variety of musical idioms. A  review of his most recent recital tour describes his playing as “seductive subtlety” and having “perfect agility and character”. “Charles plays with confidence, accuracy, and wonderful musicianship”. Mr. Saenz has performed with such  ensembles  as  the  Toledo  Jazz  Orchestra,  the  Toledo  Symphony,  the  Tower  Brass  Quintet,  the  Sinfonia  da  Camera of Illinois, The Champaign-­‐Urbana Symphony, the Illinois and Nebraska Brass Quintets, and the Omaha Big Band.  He  is  active  as  an  adjudicator/clinician  and  has  presented  master  classes  in  Illinois,  Michigan,  Alabama,  Oklahoma,  Nebraska,  Wisconsin,  Iowa,  South  Carolina,  and  New  Mexico.    An  active  performer  at  international venues, Mr. Saenz has presented recitals and master classes in China, Inner Mongolia, Thailand, and Brazil. Other performances  include  the  Burgos  Chamber  Music  Festival  in  Burgos,  Spain  and  the  Exploring  Brass  Ensembles  workshop  in  Kalavrita  and  Athens,  Greece.  In  2011,  he  was  a  featured  artist  at  the  Fifth  International  Trumpet Festival of China held in Shenyang, China. Of this recital, the International Trumpet Guild wrote, “Saenz has superb control of the instrument and performs with astonishing sensitivity with regard to phrasing, dynamics, and nuance. It was well worth crossing an ocean to hear!” In January 2012, he was featured as a soloist at the annual conference of  the  New  Mexico  Music  Educators  Association.  Other  recent  recital  engagements  include  the  University  of  Cincinnati College-­‐Conservatory of Music, Wright State University, Central Michigan University, and the University of South Carolina.  Mr. Saenz is the recipient of various awards including first prize in the 1994 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition. He is associate professor of trumpet and coordinator of brass and percussion at Bowling Green State University. Prior to his BGSU appointment, he was on the faculty of the University of Nebraska Omaha where he served as coordinator of brass studies and instructor of trumpet. Saenz holds degrees from New Mexico State University and the University of Illinois.

Pianist Solungga Liu has enjoyed an active career as a soloist and collaborator in venues across four continents. A dedicated  performer  of  new  music,  Liu  has  performed  music  by  many  composers  of  our  time,  including  the  Lutoslawski  Piano  Concerto  with  Ossia,  Steve  Reich’s  The  Desert  Music  and  Tehillim  with  Alarm  Will  Sound,  and Meandering River and Three Braided-­‐River for solo piano by Robert Morris (both are dedicated to her).  With AWS Liu has recorded two CDs of Reich’s major works, and a recording of Meandering River has been released by Albany Records.  In  addition,  Liu  premiered  Gregory  Mertl’s  Piano  Concerto  with  the  University  of  Minnesota  Wind  Ensemble,  conducted  by  Craig  Kirchhoff.   Commissioned  by  the  Barlow  Endowment  for  Music  Composition,  this concerto was written for Liu and the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble and she has recorded it for INNOVA Records. This album will be released in 2017.  Liu’s commercial release, The Pleasure-­‐Dome of Kubla Khan: Piano Works of Charles Tomlinson Griffes (Centaur), was praised as having, “excellent sound, sensitivity and beguiling color” by  the  American  Record  Guide  and  “thoughtful  interpretations”  by  the  prestigious  Clavier  Companion.   Of  it,  the  Seattle Post-­‐Intelligencer wrote, “This is an excellent recording. Liu has done justice to this sometimes overlooked body  of  work  with  her  playing,  as  she  pays  tribute  to  a  unique  and  evocative  composer.”    Liu  has  concertized  throughout  the  globe,  including  the  USA,  Canada,  Austria,  Romania,  Brazil,  China,  Taiwan,  Malaysia,  Singapore, Thailand  and  Hong  Kong.  Her  major  performances  include  Ravel’s  Concerto in G Major  with  Taipei  Metropolitan  Orchestra, a collaborative recital with Paul Merkelo, Principal Trumpet of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, solo recitals at Taiwan’s National Concert Hall, the Goethe Center in Bangkok, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, the Thailand International Mozart Festival, and a chamber concert with new music ensemble Open Gate at Carnegie Hall.  Liu  holds  degrees  from  the  Eastman  School  of  Music  and  is  Associate  Professor  of  Piano  at  Bowling  Green  State  University, Ohio, USA. 

Earlier Event: November 23
Benaud Trio
Later Event: March 23
Tim McMillan & Rachel Snow