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The 7th California  Andriasov Music Festival also featuring music of Honegger & Bozza

The 7th California Andriasov Music Festival also featuring music of Honegger & Bozza

Saturday 30 July 2016 at 8:00pm The Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted and honored to present the 7th California Andriasov Festival dedicated to the music of the celebrated Armenian-Russian composer Iosif Andriasov and his son Arshak in arrangements for violin, piano and winds. Also featured will be works by Honegger and Bozza. This concert was conceived and organized by San Francisco Symphony violinist, Victor Romasevich, for whom Iosif Andriasov was a teacher and mentor. All the artists in this concert are current or former members of the San Francisco Symphony. Don't miss these remarkable artists performing in our historic and acoustically-excellent hall. The Artists: Victor Romasevich - violin & piano Scott Macomber - trumpet Timothy Owner - trombone

Christopher Gaudi - oboe

The Program: Arthur Honegger Intrada for Trumpet and Piano Iosif Andriasov Musical Sketch for Oboe and Piano, Op. 5 Arshak Andriasov Piece for Trumpet and Piano, Op. 9B Iosif Andriasov Musical Sketch for Trombone and Piano, Op. 4d Arshak Andriasov Five Romances, Op. 2, for various voices and piano, performed on trumpet and trombone Eugene Bozza Ballade for Tenor Trombone and Piano, Op. 62 Iosif Andriasov Four Romances (Op. 9, Op. 10, Op. 11, Op. 13), performed on trumpet and trombone Iosif Andriasov Musical Sketch for Oboe and Piano, Op. 24 Iosif Andriasov Passacaglia for Trombone and Piano, Op. 22C Arshak Andriasov Duet for Violin and Oboe, Op. 12 Iosif Andriasov Meditation for Trombone and Piano, Op. 30d Iosif Andriasov Concertino for Trumpet and Piano, Op. 14

About Iosif & Arshak Andriasov:

Iosif Andriasov (Ovsep Anreasian) was a composer, moral philosopher, and teacher who created a new style of performing arts based on expressing “spiritual virtues." A genuine altruist and a heroic personality, Mr. Andriasov was internationally recognized during and after his life as one of the most important figures in contemporary world culture. Mr. Andriasov was born in Moscow on April 7, 1933, to an Armenian family. After graduation from the Moscow Conservatory, I. Andriasov entered the Soviet Composers' Union upon recommendation of Dmitry Shostakovich, who said of him, "When the entire world lost a sense of harmony, composer Iosif Andriasov has not only not lost this sense, but added to harmony a new quality." After he wrote a book of aphorisms "To My Friends" and won the Soviet Composers' Competition for his Second Symphony, the Ministry of Culture offered Mr. Andriasov a post as a Head of the Special Committee on Music and Moral Matters under the USSR General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev. I. Andriasov declined the position. Then, he was asked by another senior official if he would accept the Soviet government’s most prestigious honor, the Lenin Prize. Mr. Andriasov rejected that as well, stating: "By accepting a reward from criminals, one becomes an accomplice to the criminals.” Mr. Andriasov proposed significant democratic reforms that the Soviet Government refused to implement. "I will not let you make "creative slaves" using my ideas", he said.

In 1979, at the invitation of Senators Jacob Javits, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Edward Kennedy, Iosif Andriasov emigrated to the U.S.. He lived with his family in New York City, USA, until his death on November 16, 2000. He continued to compose and to work on his philosophic ideas, and he continued to take an uncompromising stance against all manifestations of what he called "slave-master morality" - world domination, Nazism, chauvinism, cult of personality, and so on. In his life, music, and philosophy he asserted “morality of the free creative individuals” ( I. Andriasov). Continuing in his father's footsteps, commissioned composer/pianist Arshak Andriasov (b. 1980 in New York City) has performed in numerous venues, including Carnegie Hall. His music draws on a vast array of musical resources, ranging from Armenian folk music to Russian classical music, with certain elements of American jazz, while using means of contemporary language to create a complex system of juxtaposition.

--Marta Andriasova, 2016

For information about composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov and composer Arshak Andriasov, please visit © Marta Andriasova (Kudryashova)

About the Artists: Violinist and violist Victor Romasevich was born in Minsk, Belarus. His mother, Lena Lubotsky, began teaching him piano when he was four. At five, he started violin studies with Anna Silberstein. At six, he enrolled in the violin class of Mikhail Garlitsky and Lev Sharinov at The Gnesin Music School in Moscow. As a youth he studied violin with Rostislav Dubinsky of the Borodin Quartet. He continued his training at the Moscow Conservatory with Boris Belenky and Nadia Beshkina. Following his emigration to the United States in 1977, he studied at The Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian. In 1979 he became a violin and viola pupil of the composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov. Winner of the Gina Bachauer Prize at the 1985 J.S. Bach International Competition, Mr. Romasevich joined the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Violist in 1990, and in 1992 moved to the First Violin section. He joined the Trio Navarro in 2013. He appears frequently in recitals and chamber concerts as a violinist, violist, and keyboard player. San Francisco Bay Area trumpeter, Scott Macomber, is in demand as an orchestral trumpeter, chamber musician, soloist, and educator. Scott frequently appears onstage and in the pit with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras. During the 2009-10 season he served as acting third trumpet with the SF Symphony. He has joined the SF Symphony for several domestic and international tours and appeared on recent recordings of Mahler Symphony #8, Ives' Concord Symphony, Adams' Harmonielehre and Varese's Ameriques all under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. Scott serves in permanent positions with the California Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony and Sacramento Philharmonic. Scott is also Co-Principal Trumpet of the prestigious Arizona MusicFest All-Star Orchestra and Principal Trumpet of the Mendocino and Music in the Mountains (Grass Valley) Festival Orchestras. Born in Evanston, IL, Scott began studying the trumpet at age nine. After receiving his Bachelor of Music Degree at Northwestern University in 1995 Scott moved to the Bay Area to earn his Master's degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 1997. Originally from Australia, Timothy Owner moved to the United States in the fall of 2004 to pursue a Masters Degree in Trombone Performance at Northwestern University. Since that time, he has built an exciting career performing on Alto, Tenor and Bass Trombones as well as Bass Trumpet and Euphonium in some of the United States' finest orchestral and chamber ensembles. He has been a member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra as well as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and been with the San Francisco Symphony as Utility and Associate Principal Trombone since the 2013/2014 season. Currently the Acting Associate Principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony, Christopher Gaudi has also served as the Acting Assistant Principal oboe of the National Symphony Orchestras, as Professor of Oboe at the University of Indiana Bloomington Jacob School of Music, Principal Oboe in the San Diego Symphony, Guest Principal oboe with the Atlanta, Seattle, and Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestras, and has been a frequent substitute with the Metropolitan Opera. He has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and for multiple occasions at the at the White House. Currently he also serves as President of the Board for OvreArts, Inc., a non-profit arts organization in Pittsburgh, PA. A student of Elaine Douvas and John Mack, Mr. Gaudi received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. He has participated in numerous festivals including Aspen, Kent/Blossom, Mainly Mozart, Spoleto (Italy), the New York String Orchestra Seminar, and the Interlochen Arts Camp, and has presented masterclasses at The Colburn School, Interlochen, Asian Youth Orchestra (Hong Kong) and Hidden Valley Music Seminars. He also maintains a blog,, a website full of information and resources for oboists.

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