Episode #1940

In the Studio with Asi Matathias

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Israeli violinist Asi Matathias, 25, comes to the Young Artists Showcase studio for a meaty program of Brahms and Strauss.

A student of Pinchas Zukerman, Matathias made his debut at age 14 with maestro Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Matathias made his Young Artists Showcase debut as a teenager in 2011, just ahead of his Weill Hall debut. This past March, Asi was back at Carnegie to make his Zankel Hall debut.

His partner in this studio session is American pianist Dominic Cheli, who is currently studying with Peter Frankl at Yale University.

The duo performed one of host Bob Sherman’s favorite pieces, the romantic Violin Sonata in E-flat of Richard Strauss. Matathias noted that Strauss is still somewhat a rarity in his native Israel. The program begins with a pair of works by Johannes Brahms. First, a Jascha Heifetz arrangement of the song “Contemplation.” Then an excerpt from a multi-composer sonata called "F-A-E." Brahms joined his composer friends Robert Schumann and Albert Dietrich to write a sonata for the violinist Joseph Joachim based on his Romantic German motto: "Frei aber einsam" ("free but lonely").

Program Details
Brahms/Heifetz: Contemplation from Wie melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105
Brahms: Scherzo in C minor from the "F-A-E" Sonata
Strauss: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18
— Asi Matathias, violin; Dominic Cheli, piano. Recorded live in the Young Artists Showcase studio.

Produced by:

Aaron Dalton

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