Live Music: Members of the Fiati 5 (horn, flute, bassoon)
On Sunday March 23, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm in Conservatory
Join us for a special concert by members of the Fiati 5 international quintet in George Eastman's conservatory. Included with museum admission. Free to members. Not a member? Join today! Click here or call (585) 271-3361 ext. 261.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Passionate about new music and working with living composers, bassoonist Christina Dioguardi regularly performs with chamber groups in the US and Italy. As a founding member of the Eastman Wind Octet and #windquintet, her affinity for new music was nurtured early on. Continuing her passion for chamber music into the summer months, Dioguardi has attended festivals such as Bel Canto Institute in Florence, Italy (2009) and Greenwood Music Festival in Cummington, Massachusetts (2010–2012). As a performer and educator for these programs, she has explored the depth of chamber music possibilities, noting her performance of Schoenberg’s Suite, Opus 29 was her first venture into atonal music and she has been hooked ever since. In the spring of 2013, she worked closely with Steve Drury to explore this interest through the music of Christian Wolff. She has also worked with composers such as David Maslanka, Robert Sierra, Lewis Spratlan, Rodney Lister, and Gunther Schuller.
Dioguardi received a bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music and is currently pursuing a master's degree at New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Richard Svoboda, principal bassoon of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She continually draws inspirations from her teachers past and present, including Charles Bailey, John Hunt, Toni Lipton, Stephen Walt, and Marc Goldberg.
Alice Jones is a flutist known for giving performances that are “lively” (New York Times), “delicate and passionate with beautiful articulation and dynamics” (Eleanor Cory, composer). An avid symphonic, chamber, theater, and contemporary musician, with performances ranging from the Brandenburg Concerti to New York City’s Look and Listen Festival, Jones was praised by Mario Davidovsky as “the flute player who could really play.” She was also featured at the Composers Now! Festival at Symphony Space (2010 and 2011) and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (2010), and has received commissions from the Long Island Composers Alliance. She toured China and Hong Kong (2007 and 2008) as a performer and director of chamber music and outreach programs for the Yale-China Music Exchange. Equally passionate about performing, research, and teaching, she has won awards in both baroque performance and musicology, has taught music history courses at SUNY Purchase, and maintains a private studio in New York. She graduated from Yale University and SUNY Purchase and is currently a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center. Jones joined the faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in 2010.
California-raised hornist Mike Walker is passionate about life, beer-making, french horn and all genres of music. His ultimate goal is to ignite the power of music in his students and audiences. He is the founder of Studio Forza, Second Horn in Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Associate Instructor of Horn at the prestigious Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music.
Walker earned his bachelor's degree from San José State University and his master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He is currently pursuing a doctor of music degree in horn with a minor in music history and natural horn. He currently studies horn with Jeff Nelsen, Dale Clevenger, and natural horn with Rick Seraphinoff. Equally at home in an orchestra, Walker has performed with the Utah Festival Opera, Bel Canto Institute, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, San Jose Wind Symphony and is a performing artist with Melos Music.