The Frostburg State University Department of Music Guest Artist Series will host the Laura Kobayashi and Susan Keith Gray Duo in concert Thursday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Art Center Pealer Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Violinist Kobayashi and pianist Gray are widely praised for their technique, expressive musicianship, impeccable ensemble and stimulating programming. In 1993, the duo toured South America and the West Indies as USIA Artist Ambassadors. In 1995, they were prize winners in the Contemporary Record Society's National Competition for Performing Artists. Touring throughout the United States, they perform standard works and highlight works by women composers. They recently completed "Boldly Expressive: Music by Women," released on the Albany Records Label.
The program, titled "Music by Women Composers," includes "Romance, op. 22" and "Elegie, Op. 34," by Dora Pejacevic; "Allegory" by Serra Miyeum Hwang; Grazyna Bacewicz's "Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano," and Dame Ethel Mary Smyth's "Sonata in A minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 7."
Among her many appearances, Kobayashi has performed as guest soloist with the Seattle, Spokane and Grand Junction symphonies and the Northwest Chamber Orchestra and is a former member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. A native of Seattle, Wash., she received her bachelor's degree from the Juilliard School of Music, her master's degree from Yale University and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the West Virginia University faculty, where she teaches violin and chamber music and performs with the West Virginia Piano Quartet.
Gray is a member of the piano faculty at the University of South Dakota and a member of that university's Rawlins Piano Trio. Noted as a collaborative pianist, she served on the instrumental faculty for the Music Academy of the West and has accompanied for numerous national competitions. Her recordings include American piano trios on Albany records and "The Unknown Flower: Songs Cycles by American Women Composers" with soprano Charsie Randolph Sawyer. She has performed the complete cycle of Beethoven's piano trios and song cycles of African American composers for public radio and on compact disc. Gray holds degrees from Converse College, University of Illinois and a doctor of musical arts from the University of Michigan.
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