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Brahms: The Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Start Date: 2/1/2015Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 2/1/2015End Time: 9:30 PM

Event Description:
Acclaimed musicians Barbara Govatos and Marcantonio Barone perform the three Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Johannes Brahms.  

Barbara Govatos holds the Wilson H. and Barbara B. Taylor Chair of the first violin section of The Philadelphia Orchestra and was named the winner of the Orchestra’s 2012 C. Hartman Kuhn Award for enhancing the standards and the reputation of the Fabulous Philadelphians. She and pianist Marcantonio Barone were presented with the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artists award by the Classical Recording Foundation in recognition of their recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano on Bridge Records. 

Ms. Govatos has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Radu Lupu, Riccardo Muti, Christopher Parkening, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and the Emerson String Quartet. She made her debut in Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra and has made appearances with the Dallas and Delaware symphonies and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. In addition to performing worldwide with The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1982, she has been heard at the Marlboro, Salzburg, Saratoga, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Marblehead, and Music at Gretna festivals, and she has given recitals, chamber music concerts, and master classes at UCLA, Mt. Holyoke College, the University of Delaware, Bucknell University, Westminster Choir College of Rider University, and Weill Recital Hall. She has been music director of the Delaware Chamber Music Festival since 1990 (, is a member of the Italian Baroque ensemble Amerita, delves into her interest in music of women composers with the Hildegard Chamber Players, and is a frequent guest artist with the Lenape Chamber Ensemble and on The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series.

Ms. Govatos earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Ivan Galamian. During that time she won the Dallas Symphony’s G.B. Dealey International Competition, the Charles Petschek Scholarship, and the Austrian American Society’s scholarship for study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. Her initial studies were with Sabina K. Girvan and Jascha Brodsky, the first violinist of the Curtis String Quartet, and she was mentored by chamber music greats Felix Galimir, Josef Gingold, Robert Mann, and Mischa Schneider.

Ms. Govatos serves on the advisory boards of Astral Artists, an organization that promotes, presents, and advises talented artists on the cusp of their musical careers, and the Music School of Delaware, a community music school where she began her studies. She also teaches privately in Philadelphia.

In his four decades of concertizing, American pianist Marcantonio Barone has given solo recitals at the Metropolitan Museum and at Weill Recital Hall in New York, at the National Gallery in Washington, on the recital series of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, at the Ravinia Festival and San Francisco’s Midsummer Mozart Festival, at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Filarmoniya, and in various cities in Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Malta.  In the 1980s and ’90s, he frequently performed as soloist with major orchestras on four continents, in collaboration with such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, Sergiu Comissiona, Leon Fleisher, Arthur Fiedler, Barry Tuckwell, Antonio de Almeida and Vladimir Ziva.  

He has given the world premieres of works for piano by Richard Brodhead, David Finko, Ulysses Kay, Gerald Levinson, Philip Maneval, George Rochberg, Andrew Rudin, and Melinda Wagner.  As a member of Orchestra 2001, he was the pianist for the first performances of the seven volumes of George Crumb’s monumental American Songbook.  With the musicians of Orchestra 2001, he has performed in Russia, Denmark, Great Britain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, introducing recent American works to international audiences.

As a chamber musician, Barone performs annually with the Lenape Chamber Ensemble, 1807 and Friends, and the Craftsbury Chamber Players, and at the Delaware Chamber Music Festival.  He also appears frequently as a guest artist with the Wister Quartet. 

He is head of the piano department and assistant director of the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music, where he has taught since 1980.  He is also an Associate in Performance at Swarthmore College, where he teaches piano, keyboard musicianship, and chamber music.

Marcantonio Barone studied with Eleanor Sokoloff at The Curtis Institute of Music and with Leon Fleisher at The Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he was awarded the Artist Diploma in 1985.  Among his other teachers were Harriet Elsom Rothstein, Taylor Redden, Susan Starr, and Leonard Shure.

Mr. Barone is a Steinway Artist.  He and violinist Barbara Govatos received the 2012 Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award of the Classical Recording Foundation for their recording of Beethoven’s ten sonatas for violin and piano, available on the Bridge label.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Lang Music Building
Room: Lang Concert Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Andrew Hauze
Phone: 610-690-3489
Marcantonio Barone and Barbara Govatos
Event Sponsors
The Department of Music and Dance
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The Public
Additional Information
Free and Open to the Public. No Tickets or Reservations Required.

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