Sunday April 24, 2022
Emerson Avenue Salonlines Proudly Presents
a Live YouTube Broadcast
– A “hybrid” concert –
Death, Taxes, and Literature
Join Emerson Avenue Salons stalwart Noah Hardaway for a recital with dynamic young violinist Emily Ilyes, fellow doctoral candidate at Shenandoah University! Their program features a startlingly wide array of works: from a grisly Scottish tale in Brahms’s “Edward” Ballade, Schumann’s fantastical and literary fragments, folk-inspired violin virtuosity, to cinematic intercuts in Poulenc’s violin sonata ending with a plane crash. You’re sure to be enthralled from start to finish.
Ballades, Op. 10 No. 1
Kriesleriana, Op. 16 (excerpts)
Ballades, Op. 10 No. 2
Gyftiko (2010) for solo violin
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Hailed as “ter-RIFF-ic!” by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and “a technically gifted young virtuoso” (Chestnut Hill Local, Philadelphia, PA), pianist Noah Alden Hardaway is forging a multifaceted career as far afield as Spain, Sardinia, and Lithuania, as well as Canada and the United States. Enthusiastic reception for Noah’s appearances has led to frequent reengagements. He is a regular on the festival circuit, including Art of the Piano in Cincinnati and two summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he performed as soloist with the Aspen Sinfonia Concertante. Noah won 1st prize at the 2022 Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship associated with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and was a finalist in the Houston Symphony League Concerto Competition and the 2019 Frances Walton Competition in Seattle. He has performed on WUSF 89.7 FM and has appeared in the Houston Chronicle as well as the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Winchester Star, and Texas Signal. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Noah has given online concerts and lecture-recitals for Literary Music Series and St. Boniface at Siesta Key, among others, as well as in-person performances in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, and Texas. He has performed at the Evermay mansion in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the Ryuji Ueno Foundation, and has received a full scholarship and stipend to take part in Pianofest in the Hamptons this summer.
Noah works as Assistant Head of Piano at tonebase, a company producing innovative and high-quality teaching videos featuring the world’s top pianists. He has a passion for curating unconventional projects, including assembling large student ensembles, hosting radio programs, and leading interdisciplinary performances. At Shenandoah University’s 2018 ShenCoLAB, Noah received a grant to direct and perform in the Virginia premiere of Schnittke/Kandinsky’s Der gelbe Klang (The yellow sound). Noah serves as Head of the Project Committee at the Adamant Music School in Vermont and teaches piano at the Wakefield School in The Plains, Virginia.
Since 2014, Noah has studied intensively with Moscow Conservatory artists Vadym Kholodenko, Sergei Glavatskih, and Pavel Nersessian, and his senior thesis is the first English-language exploration of Vera Gornostaeva’s life and work: a transformative approach to the art of teaching in the grand tradition of Heinrich Neuhaus. Noah graduated magna cum laude from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with Distinction in Research and Creative Works. Legendary Irish pianist and Beethoven interpreter John O’Conor has been a mentor since 2012, and in 2021 Noah began working towards a doctorate in Dr. O’Conor’s studio at Shenandoah University as a full scholarship recipient.
Violinist Emily Ilyes holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from West Virginia University, where she majored in both music education and violin performance. While at WVU, she was invited to perform in masterclasses with world-renowned violinists such as Ray Chen and Midori, and studied under the direction of Dr. Mikylah Myers. In 2018, Emily was a featured soloist with the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra after winning their annual concerto competition. She was a recipient of the prestigious Presser Scholar award for academic and musical achievement that same year. After graduating from WVU, she accepted a graduate teaching assistantship at Texas Christian University where she earned her master’s degree in 2021. While at TCU, she studied with Elisabeth Adkins, former assistant concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra. Emily is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Shenandoah Conservatory, where she also holds a graduate teaching assistantship and studies with Akemi Takayama.
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