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Karen Dreyfuss, Viola and Glenn Dicterow, Violin at TFAC
November 9, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 9, 2019. 7:30 PM
65th Season of Tryon Concert Association♦
Karen Dreyfus has enjoyed a wide-ranging career as a noted orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, and pedagogue. Prized for her impassioned musicianship and her rich tone, she has inspired a variety of contemporary music’s finest composers to write scores specifically tailored to her communicative talents.
Born into a family of musicians, Dreyfus began studying the violin with her father, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, before pursuing the career of a concert violist under the tutelage of the longtime master, Leonard Mogill. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle, Dreyfus was subsequently a prizewinner of such prestigious musical competitions as the Washington International Competition, the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, and the Naumburg Viola Competition.
Ms. Dreyfus has concertized extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America. She has performed in such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and she has collaborated with such legendary artists as Yehudi Menuhin, Alexander Schneider, Leon Fleisher, jazz great Chick Corea, and her husband, Glenn Dicterow.
Her wide discography includes such classics as the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante and Walton’s Viola Concerto, beside her collaborations in the chamber music of Dvorak, Strauss and Turina. Dreyfus’s first recording as a recitalist, presenting a program of Hindemith, Schumann, Debussy, Falla, and Bruch, won considerable acclaim. The American Record Guide cited her as “a terrific player with impeccable technique and intonation, beautiful tone, and real musicianship.”
In recent decades, Dreyfus has found a particular niche as a teacher. She joined the faculty of The Juilliard School. She has also taught at New York’s Third Street Music School Settlement, SUNY Purchase and Queens College.
Violinist Glenn Dicterow has established himself worldwide as one of the most prominent American concert artists of his generation. He has enjoyed a storied career. The concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for 34 years, an all-time record in that major orchestral position, he became the first holder of the Robert Mann Chair in Strings and Chamber Music at the USC Thornton School of Music in 2013. He is also the Chairman of the Orchestral Performance Program at New York’s Manhattan School of Music.
Dreyfus and Dicterow are founding members of the Lyric Piano Quartet and the Amerigo Trio, performing, recording, teaching and proselytizing at leading festivals and musical institutions around the world.