THE PIATIGORSKY FOUNDATION FOCUSES ON ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE AND PUBLIC OUTREACH
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm, Cypress Glen Auditorium
The program will feature masterpieces performed by two outstanding Piatigorsky Foundation artists: Evan Drachman, cello and Efi Hackmey, piano
For over 26 years, The Piatigorsky Foundation’s commitment to artistic excellence and public outreach has fascinated many avid concert goers as well as curious first-timers. It is this combination of complimentary access, flamboyant performances, and human warmth that makes Piatigorsky Foundation concerts so appealing to diverse audiences. In addition to the regularly scheduled tour this season, The Foundation is pleased to present a special limited-engagement tour of North Carolina, as it continues its aim to increase awareness and appreciation of classical music in communities throughout the state.
Cellist EVAN DRACHMAN has combined artistic talent with great personal compassion and warmth to create a distinctive musical career. Mr. Drachman is increasingly sought-after for his solo and chamber music performances, and as Founder and Artistic Director of The Piatigorsky Foundation, he has become one of the most respected authorities on the presentation of live classical music for diverse audiences everywhere. In 1999, Mr. Drachman recorded his first CD, A Frog He Went a Courting, with pianist Richard Dowling. Following this success, Drachman and Dowling released two more recordings titled, Infinity in 2004 and Romance and Revelation in 2007. Mr. Drachman has appeared regularly as soloist with orchestras, and in recitals and chamber music performances across the United States, Europe and Asia. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Drachman studied at the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, and the Curtis Institute of Music. He has spent his summers performing at music festivals in the United States and abroad. Mr. Drachman currently lives in Maryland with his wife Joan and their two sons, Eli and Oliver.
Pianist Efi Hackmey performs widely as a soloist and chamber musician. He recently founded the Chiarina Chamber Players (http://chiarina.org), a concert series in Washington, DC, which he directs with cellist Caroline Bean Stute. In 2013, he released an album on the Naxos label, which includes several World Premiere Recordings (Polish Violin Music with violinist Kinga Augustyn). His recent performances have included solo recitals at Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, as well as the Chopin F minor concerto with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra in Israel. A native of Israel, he has performed at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Jerusalem Music Center, and in special concerts presented by the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society. Mr. Hackmey has served on the piano faculty at DePauw University, and also taught at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, and Summertrios chamber music festival. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and degrees in piano and conducting from Tel Aviv University.
About The Piatigorsky Foundation: Evan Drachman established The Piatigorsky Foundation in 1990 in honor of his grandfather Gregor Piatigorsky. Piatigorsky deeply believed in the healing and inspiration power of classical music. He once said, “Music makes life better. Music is a necessity. It is rich. It is imaginative. It is magnificent. And it is for everyone.” The Piatigorsky Foundation is committed to carrying on Piatigorsky’s mission by evoking cultural curiosity through educational and accessible live performances.