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Sophie Shao, Cello And Leva Jokubaviciute, Piano Faculty Recital

Thursday, September 30, 2021
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Storrs Campus
von der Mehden Recital Hall

Please join UConn Professor Sophie Shao, cellist and Ieva Jokubaviciute, pianist (Duke University) in Von derMehden Recital Hall on Thursday, September 30, 2021 to hear Beethoven's music for cello and piano duo: Beethoven Cello Sonatas No. 1, 3, 4, 5

PROGRAM Thursday, September 30, 2021 Von Der Mehden Recital Hall, University of Connecticut

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770- 1827)

Sonata in C Major, op. 102 no. 1 Sonata in F Major, op. 5 no. 1 Sonata in D Major, op. 102 no. 2 Sonata in A Major, op. 69


Cellist Sophie Shao, winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions, is a versatile and passionate artist whose performances the New York Times has described as “eloquent, powerful,” “beautifully phrased and interestingly textured,” the LA Times noted as “impressive” and the Washington Post called “deeply satisfying.”

Shao has premiered Howard Shore’s “Mythic Gardens” and Richard Wilson’s “The Cello Has Many Secrets” with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Shao has given recitals in Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Middlebury College, Phillips Collection, Lincoln Center, the complete Bach Suites at Union College and curates her popular “Sophie Shao and Friends” groups. She was a member of Chamber Music Society Two/Bowers Program, a young artist residency of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Her recordings include the Complete Bach Suites, Andre Previn’s Reflections for Cello and English Horn and Orchestra on EMI Classics, Richard Wilson’s Diablerie and Brash Attacks on Albany Records, Marlboro Music Festival’s 50th Anniversary on Bridge Records, and Howard Shore’s “Mythic Gardens” on Sony Classical.

Ms. Shao began playing the cello at age six, and was a student of Shirley Trepel, the former principal cellist of the Houston Symphony. At age thirteen she enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying cello with David Soyer and chamber music with Felix Galimir. She then continued her studies with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, receiving a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale College and an M.M. from the Yale School of Music where she was enrolled as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. She is on the faculty of the University of Connecticut and plays on a cello made by Honore Derazey from 1855 once owned by Pablo Casals.


Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute has been described as “an artist of commanding technique, refined temperament and persuasive insight” (New York Times) and as possessing “razor-sharp intelligence and wit” (Washington Post).

A recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, Ms. Jokubaviciute released her debut recording Labor Record in 2010 to international acclaim, which resulted in recitals in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore, D.C., Vilnius (Lithuanian) and To


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