Flutist and harpist to close out ’04-’05 Artist Series -jcr -dlh

Cory Robertson

Flutist Eugenia Zukerman and harpist Yolanda Kondonassis, two acclaimed musicians known for their ability to create interesting and virtuous performances together, will mark the finale of this year’s Artist Series. They will perform Thursday, April 14 at 8 p.m. in the Lawrence Chapel. Tickets range from $15 for students to $22 for adults.
Zukerman and Kondonassis are both international soloists who cultivate a commitment to ensemble playing. They first performed together over half a decade ago. They have been praised by the ******Richmond Times****** as achieving a sound that shows the “best of both instruments” without impediment by repertoire or an overly blended sound. Their performance in the coming week will include compositions ranging from the Baroque period to the 20th century. Works by Benedetto Marcello, Jaques Ibert, Alan Hovhaness, and Vincent Persichetti will be featured.
A veritable Renaissance woman, Zukerman has found success as a writer and journalist as well as in her primary focus as a flutist. Educated at the Julliard School of Music under Julius Baker. Zukerman made her formal New York debut in 1971. She has since enjoyed a full career as a soloist and ensemble player, performing with major orchestras all over North America, Europe, and Asia.
In 1998 she expanded her influence by accepting her current position as artistic director of the Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado. Additionally, she serves as an arts correspondent at CBS and has published several books, both fictional and nonfictional. Zukerman has been hailed by ******The Boston Globe***** as “one of the finest flutists of our time.”
Yolanda Kondonassis is a harpist of significant artistry and innovation, having performed her own transcriptions and compositions as well as more traditional repertoire. She is a native of the Midwest and attended Interlochen Arts Academy before completing her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Kondonassis debuted with the New York Philharmonic at age 18, and has since appeared with numerous artists and ensembles across the continents.
An accomplished chamber musician, she has played with musicians from the Alban Berg, Guarneri, Rossetti, Shanghai, and Vermeer String Quartets. Kondonassis heads the harp departments at the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory.