Salon 2017-06-11 Barbara Cackler Al Hunt Igor Zubkovsky

Sunday June 11, 2017 in Mclean:

Barbara Peterson Cackler, Al Hunt and Igor Zubkovsky

“Music of Brahms”

An all-Brahms program featuring:

Sonata No. 1
for Clarinet and Piano

Scherzo in C Minor
(which is usually done on the violin, but Igor will be playing it on the cello)

Trio in A minor
for clarinet, cello, and piano.

Barbara Peterson Cackler was born and raised in Kansas, where she began studying the piano with her mother at the age of four.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and her Master of Music degree from Yale School of Music.  She has done extensive private teaching, accompanying, and chamber music, and has served as music director and organist for several churches. She currently serves as Director of Music/Organist at Central United Methodist Church in Arlington, Virginia.  She has given solo recitals throughout the United States and the Indian Sub-Continent as well.  She was a featured guest artist on WGMS Radio’s “Spotlight” program.  She has also performed with the Delhi Symphony as a piano soloist.  Her teachers have included Miles Mauney, Olga Barabini, Donald Currier, Claude Frank, Béla Böszörmenyi-Nagy and Thomas Mastroianni.  Ms. Cackler maintains an active private teaching studio and is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Friday Morning Music Club and the MTNA.

Albert Hunt has performed in chamber music and solo concerts throughout the United States, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Recently he received enthusiastic reviews for his performance of Weber’s First Concerto with the Ecuador Philharmonic and was invited to give a recital at the International Clarinet Association’s annual convention. He earned a DMA at The Juilliard School and an MM at the Manhattan School of Music. An aficionado of new music, Albert has appeared in dozens of premiers including music composed for him. A dedicated and highly regarded teacher, Dr. Hunt has presented master-classes at universities and conservatories throughout the US and his students have been finalists in national and international competitions.  Dr. Hunt is also International Coordinator of Sinfonía por la Vida, an organization providing instruments and lessons to Ecuadorian children from the margins of society. For more information, check his website:

Igor Zubkovsky started playing cello in his native Russia and first appeared as a soloist with the Minsk State Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of twelve, performing Haydn C Major Cello Concerto. While studying at the Moscow Conservatory, he won top prizes at international competitions, including the Grand Prix at the Tansman Competition in Lodz, Poland. As a member of “Brahms Trio” in Moscow he won Second Prize at the Trapani, Italy and First Prize at the Weimar, Germany International Chamber Music Competitions. With a remarkable record of performances, awards and academic distinctions, Mr. Zubkovsky was awarded a full scholarship to the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he earned a Graduate Performance Diploma.

Since 2003 Mr. Zubkovsky is a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and continues to perform extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. He has appeared at Merkin Concert Hall in New York and at the prestigious Newport Music Festival, performed recitals in Massachusetts and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Recent engagements include performances of Brahms Double Concerto with West Chester University Orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with Altoona Symphony, series of chamber music concerts in Paris with Marquis Ensemble, performances at the Moscow Conservatory Rachmaninov Hall and trio concerts as part of the “Levine Presents” performance series which were aired on WETA, Washington’s Classical Music Radio station.

Mr. Zubkovsky is the author of numerous arrangements and transcriptions for duets and trios featuring the cello; is the first performer of Cello Sonata by Isaac Mikhnovsky and has several CD recordings to his credit.