"Echoes of the
Saturday, October 14, at 7:30 pm
Above and Beyond: "Echoes of the English Soul"
Concert Artists Guild and Sphinx Competition Winner Gabriel Martins performs Edward Elgar’s deeply moving Cello Concerto of 1919. Two works by Ralph Vaughan Williams – his tuneful Overture to The Wasps and his powerful Symphony No. 9 in E minor – round out the program.
Cellist Gabriel Martins has established himself as one of the world’s most compelling young musicians. Born of American and Brazilian heritage, Martins grew up in Bloomington, Indiana. He began playing the cello when he was five, studying with Susan Moses at the Indiana University String Academy. He went on to receive his B.M. as a Presidential Scholar at the USC Thornton School of Music with Ralph Kirshbaum. In his freshman year at USC, he won the school’s concerto competition as well as its Bach competition. He received his M.M. at the New England Conservatory of Music with Laurence Lesser. In addition to performing, he also composes, arranges, and teaches. Lauded for his “rich, warm” and “mesmerizing” sound, Martins carries a concerto repertoire spanning every major work.