Sunday July 5, 2020
a live YouTube broadcast…
Elizabeth Field and Uri Wassertzug
violin and viola
Duos From Home
“What fortune to be able to shelter in place with your spouse who is a musician you’ve lived and played with for (many) years! During pre-pandemic life our paths have kept us apart a lot of the time, but these months we’ve had a chance to rework pieces we played together early in our relationship.”
P R O G R A M
Mozart: “Duo #2 in B-flat”
Thema & Variazioni: Andante grazioso-Allegretto-Allegro
Telemann: “Fantasie #1 in B-flat” (TWV 40:14)
Isaac Albeniz: “Asturias”
Bohuslav Martinu: “Three Madrigals”
Dr. Elizabeth Field enjoys an active career as a chamber musician and soloist on period and modern violin. Elizabeth is the concertmaster for The Bethlehem Bach Orchestra and has served as a guest concertmaster for numerous ensembles including the Washington Bach Consort, Opera Philadelphia, The National Philharmonic, Opera Lafayette, Charleston Baroque Society and the Spire Ensemble in Kansas City. Field performs regularly with her chamber ensembles, The Vivaldi Project, The Eisenstadt Trio (with fortepianist Andrew Willis) and ArcoVoce and is a frequent guest artist with the Mallarme Chamber Ensemble and La Fiocco.
Field holds a Doctorate in Historical Performance Practice from Cornell University and is the Founder and Co-Director (along with cellist Stephanie Vial) of The Vivaldi Project and its educational arm, the Institute for Early Music on Modern Instruments (EMMI). As a team, Field and Vial have served as performance-practice coaches for numerous universities and music schools including The Curtis Institute of Music, The Longy School of Music, Blair and Belmont Schools of Music in Nashville, and the Boston Conservatory of Music.
The Vivaldi Project’s critically acclaimed recordings of unknown 18th-century string trios (Discovering the Classical String Trio) have been heralded as: “Superb…highly recommended..exquisite ensemble, vibrant sound and ardent cantabile represent period instrument playing at its best” (Fanfare Magazine). Her collaborative DVD with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson titled: Performing the Score, was lauded by Emanuel Ax as “truly inspiring”.
Ms Field also performed and recorded extensively for Deutsche Gramophone with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and performed regularly with leading New York ensembles including the St. Luke’s Ensemble, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, American Composers Orchestra, the Solisti Chamber Orchestra and the New York City Opera. Dr. Field was the violin professor at California State University in Sacramento and at the University of California, Davis for several years before moving to DC with her husband who joined the Washington National Opera Orchestra. She is currently an Associate Professor of violin at George Washington University.
Violist Uri Wassertzug has performed professionally in many locations around the world including Alaska, California, and Utah in the U.S. as well as the UK, Italy, Japan, and New Zealand. Since 1998 he has been a member of the Kennedy Center Opera House/ Washington National Opera Orchestra as well as Idaho’s Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He occasionally serves as Guest Principal Viola with the National Philharmonic. He has also performed with the San Francisco Opera and Symphony, the National Symphony, the Sacramento Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival, and the California Symphony, among many others.
Mr. Wassertzug is a member of the National Chamber Ensemble and appears frequently on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Concerts series. Other chamber music appearances and affiliations have included the New Zealand Festival of Chamber Music, Mozart in Monterey, the Foulger International Music Festival, the Empyrean Ensemble, the Sun Quartet, and the Beau Soir Ensemble.
Mr. Wassertzug is on the faculty of George Washington University. His own studies were at the University of Maryland, the Aspen Music Festival (on a fellowship), and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (awarded the Germaine Prevost Scholarship). Some of his teachers included the members of the Guarneri Quartet, Isadore Tinkleman, and Robert Becker. An aficionado of coffee, Mr. Wassertzug has been roasting his own coffee beans for several years. He lives in Virginia with his wife, violinist Elizabeth Field, and their son.