Valley Musica Presents Chamber Music



Haydn: Trio in G Major, Hob. XV:25 “Gypsy trio”

Brahms: Sonata for violin and piano in G Major, Op. 78

Dvorák: Trio in E minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”


Artist Bios:

Audrey Axinn appears regularly throughout the United States and Europe performing on early and modern keyboard instruments. Since her debut as a fortepianist in 1999 at the Boston Early Music Festival, Ms. Axinn has become a sought-after specialist in eighteenth and early nineteenth-century music. Critics have written: “Axinn is an artist…her touch is magical and the fluidity of her playing exceptional.  Her musical sensibility reminds one of Landowska.”

She has performed recitals at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Vleeshuis Museum in Antwerp, the Willet-Holthuysen Museum in Amsterdam and the the Cappella de’Turchini in Naples and here in the U.S. at Bargemusic, the 92nd Street Y “Meet the Virtuoso” series and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ms. Axinn has partnered numerous exceptional performers including Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Monica Huggett, Eugene Fodor, Matt Haimovitz, Daniel Heifetz and Rufus Muller. She has given masterclasses on the fortepiano and performance practice at The Juilliard School, The New England Conservatory, Cornell University, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, SUNY Stony Brook and Kyung-Won University in South Korea.

Ms. Axinn is on the faculty of The Juilliard School where she teaches fortepiano chamber music. She is the Assistant Dean at the Mannes College of Music where she also teaches classical performance practice and instrumental accompanying and coaches chamber music. She holds a Masters degree and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, as well as degrees from The Curtis Institute of Music and Manhattan School of Music.

Ms. Axinn has studied for many years with piano pedagogue, Zitta Zohar. She studied in the Netherlands on a Fulbright Scholarship with Stanley Hogland and Bart van Oort and has also worked with Malcolm Bilson and Jos van Immerseel.


Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills enjoys performing music of many genres, from classical to contemporary, as well as composed and improvised music of his own invention. Mills makes frequent appearances as a soloist with orchestras including the Phoenix Symphony, the Colorado Symphony and the Green Bay Symphony, the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Denver Philharmonic, the Teatro Argentino Orchestra in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Aspen Music Festival's Sinfonia Orchestra as winner of the Festival's E. Nakamichi Violin Concerto Competition. As a chamber musician Jesse Mills has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada, including concerts at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Boston's Gardener Museum, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival. He has also appeared at prestigious venues in Europe, such as the Barbican Centre of London, La Cité de la Musique in Paris, Amsterdam’s Royal Carré Theatre, Teatro Arcimboldi in Milan, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels.

Mills is also known as a pioneer of contemporary works, a renowned improvisational artist, as well as a composer. He earned Grammy nominations for his performances of Arnold Schoenberg's music, released by NAXOS in 2005 and 2010. He can also be heard on the Koch, Centaur, Tzadik, Max Jazz and Verve labels for various compositions of Webern, Schoenberg, Zorn, Wuorinen, and others. As a member of the FLUX Quartet from 2001-2003, Mills performed music composed during the last 50 years (including the famous six-hour-long String Quartet No. 2 by Morton Feldman), in addition to frequent world premieres. As a composer and arranger, Mills has been commissioned by venues including Columbia University’s Miller Theater and the Chamber Music Northwest festival in Portland, OR. Jesse Mills began violin studies at the age of three. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 2001.  He studied with Dorothy DeLay, Robert Mann and Itzhak Perlman. Mr. Mills lives in New York City, and he is on the faculty at Montclair State University in New Jersey.


Cellist Bonnie Hampton leads an active music life as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher.  A founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning Francesco Trio, she has also performed as part of the Hampton-Schwartz Duo with her late husband, pianist Nathan Schwartz.  Her solo debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra was followed by appearances with orchestras nationally performing the entire standard repertoire and many of the 20th century cello concertos. She has been involved in performances of new music since the beginning of her career.  Her contemporary recordings include CD’s representing American works, often commissioned and premiered by the Trio and Duo.  Ms. Hampton’s chamber music guest appearances have included performances with the Juilliard, Guarneri, Cleveland, Mendelssohn, Alexander, Budapest, and Griller String Quartets, and concert tours have take her to Europe and Asia.  She has performed in many of the major halls in the United States, including Davies Hall and the Opera House in San Francisco, Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, and many chamber music venues throughout the world.

A student of Pablo Casals, she participated for many years in the Casals and Marlboro festivals.  She has performed at many festivals including Chamber Music West, Seattle, Ravinia, Santa Fe, Kneisel Hall, and the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival.  Her early studies were with Margaret Rowell, the Griller String Quartet, and Zara Nelsova. Her Francesco Trio Residencies have included Grinnell College, Stanford University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she taught for thirty years.  Ms. Hampton was awarded an “Excellence in Teaching Award” from SFCM as well as the “Eva Janzer Award” from Indiana University.  Ms. Hampton has also taught at Mills College, and the University of California, Berkeley.  She is a past president of Chamber Music America.  In September 2003 she joined the faculty at the Juilliard School.


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Event Properties

Event date: 01-29-2012 2:00 pm
Event End Date: 01-29-2012 5:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Cut off date 01-27-2012
Individual Price $20.00
Location Putnam Valley High School Performing Arts Center
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