Steve Drury and the Directors

STEPHEN DRURY
Piano, Artistic Director

Stephen Drury has given performances throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America, soloing with orchestras from San Diego to Bucharest. A prizewinner in several competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild, Affiliate Artists, and Carnegie Hall/Rockefeller competitions, his repertoire stretches from Bach, Mozart, and Liszt to the music of today. The U.S. State Department sponsored two concert tours that enabled him to take the sounds of dissonance to Paris, Hong Kong, Greenland, Pakistan, Prague, and Japan. He has appeared as conductor and pianist at the Angelica Festival in Italy, the MusikTriennale Köln in Germany, Spoleto Festival USA, and with the Britten Sinfonia in England, as well as at Roulette and the Knitting Factory in New York. Drury has also performed with Merce Cunningham and Mikhail Barishnikov in the Lincoln Center Festival, at Alice Tully Hall as part of the Great Day in New York Festival, with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and with the Seattle Chamber Players in Seattle and Moscow. A champion of 20th-century music, Drury’s critically acclaimed performances range from the piano sonatas of Charles Ives to works by John Cage and György Ligeti. He premiered the solo part of John Cage’s 1O1 with the Boston Symphony and gave the first performance of John Zorn’s concerto for piano and orchestra Aporias with Dennis Russell Davies and the Cologne Radio Symphony. He has commissioned new works from Cage, Zorn, Terry Riley, Lee Hyla, and Chinary Ung. Drury has given masterclasses at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Mannes Beethoven Institute and throughout the world, and served on juries for the Concert Artist Guild and Orléans Concours International de Piano XXème Siècle Competitions.  His recordings include music by Beethoven, Liszt, Stockhausen, Ravel, Stravinsky, Charles Ives, Elliott Carter, Frederic Rzewski, John Cage, Colin McPhee, and John Zorn.

 

BENJAMIN SCHWARTZ
Cello, Executive Director

Hailed as an “elegant, accomplished player” by the Boston Phoenix, and for his “acute, theatrical intensity” by the Boston Globe, cellist and Benjamin Schwartz has performed extensively as a chamber musician and soloist, appearing in venues across Europe and the United States. An enthusiastic champion of the music of his contemporaries, Ben has worked closely with scores of young composers in premiere performances of their music, including collaborations or residencies with advanced students in composition programs at the New England Conservatory of Music and Brandeis, Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford universities.  Ben has also taken great inspiration from collaborations with a number of more established, great living composers, including John Luther Adams, Michael Finnissy, Lee Hyla, Helmut Lachenmann, Alvin Lucier, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, and Christian Wolff.  Ben recently appeared as soloist in Iannis Xenakis’s cello concerto Epicycles in Jordan Hall with the Callithumpian Consort, conducted by Stephen Drury, and in Boris Tischenko’s Concerto for Cello and Winds, also at Jordan Hall. He also appeared as dedicatee and soloist in the premiere performances of Chris Honett’s The Performers Need Not be Masked, a concertino for amplified cello and ensemble, and Tolga Yayalar’s Concertino for solo cello and large ensemble, both pieces composed for Ben and White Rabbit, the ensemble in residence for the Harvard Group for New Music. An enthusiast of many musical genres, Ben was cellist for the legendary Boston rock band Mission of Burma’s 2006 Matador Records release The Obliterati, which was recognized as Album of the Year in the 2006 Boston Music Awards.  He is executive director and cellist of the Callithumpian Consort, which has released recordings on the Mode, New World, and Tzadik labels, and concurrently holds the position of Assistant Artistic Administrator of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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