Contemporary American Violin & Bow Maker Show – April 23, 2017
1:00 pm-6:00 pm
View, play and purchase the finest contemporary American violins, violas, cellos and their bows, made by over 95 of world’s finest luthiers and bow makers at a special one-day event at the Nevada School of the Arts in Las Vegas. This will be one of the largest exhibitions and sales of contemporary bowed string instruments and bows in Las Vegas history, and will afford the perfect opportunity to compare, select and purchase one or more of these treasures. The Exhibition and Sale runs April 23 (Sunday) from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. And at 2:00 pm Las Vegas Philharmonic concert master DeAnn Letourneau plays, contrasts and discusses about 50 violins and bows before an invited audience, followed by famed violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama and cellist Daniel Gaisford, who will similarly play, contrast and discuss about 40 violas, cellos and bows before an invited audience. Stick around after the presentation to play these fine instruments and bows yourself, and join us for light refreshments. You may discuss the acquisition of these instruments and bows with representatives of the Metzler Violin Shop at the end of the presentations.
For more information on makers being presented and to RSVP for this event visit Metzler Violins.
De Ann Letourneau, Violinist, is the Concertmaster of the Las Vegas Philharmonic, a member of the Celine Dion Orchestra, founding member of Virtuosi West, a classical chamber ensemble, and Vertext 3, a new electronica ensemble mixing edgy, percussive, and contemporary music manipulated by DJ/Composer Aaron Ramsey. She has appeared as guest artist with many orchestras including the Milwaukee Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, National Arts Chamber Orchestra (Chicago), Duluth-Superior Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Contemporary Arts Ensemble of Ohio. She has also been a featured guest on several TV, Radio interviews and concerts including: Fox 5, Channel 13 “Morning Blend”, KNPR FM, National Public Radio, WQXR FM New York and Wisconsin Public Radio. She has performed on many TV specials including Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson Christmas Special, the Billboard Award shows, Country Music Awards, Latin Grammy’s and many others. Enjoying all facets of music making, she recorded her first non-classical solo writing with Frankie Moreno on his album “Uku-Latte”. She was awarded the “Women of Distinction in the Arts in Southern Nevada” and a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with building awareness for classical music in Las Vegas. She is an avid spokesperson for the Arts, dedicated to bringing her knowledge to young artists and believes strongly in giving back to the community. De Ann is part of the Chamber Music faculty at the Nevada School of the Arts.
Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s performances as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician garner great attention. Gramaphone proclaimed Ms. Ngwenyama as providing “solidly shaped music of bold, mesmerising character,” and the Washington Post described her as playing “with dazzling technique…and deep expressiveness.”
Ms. Ngwenyama gained international prominence winning the Primrose International Viola Competition at 16. The following year she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, which led to debuts at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. In 1998 she received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Ms. Ngwenyama has performed with the Atlanta, Baltimore, and Indianapolis symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra, the China National Symphony, and the Sinfonietta Cracovia. She has been heard in recital at Tokyo’s Nexus and Suntory Halls, the Louvre, the Ford Center in Toronto, the Maison de Radio France, and the Xi’an Concert Hall. She recently gave premiere performances of her own Sonoran Storm for Viola and Orchestra with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic and Janacek Philharmonic Orchestras.
Ms. Ngwenyama has performed at the White House and testified before Congress on behalf of the NEA. An avid educator, she served as visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University. Born in California of Zimbabwean-Japanese parentage, Ms. Ngwenyama studied at the Colburn School’s Community School of Performing Arts before attending the Curtis Institute of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar, she attended the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, and received a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard University. She is the first composer in residence of the Phoenix Chamber Music Society, appointed in their 57th season.
As soloist, Daniel Gaisford has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States and Canada; among them the major orchestras of Saint Louis, Seattle, Toronto and Montreal, under the direction of conductors such as Robert Spano, David Zinman and Hermann Michael.
Equally active as a recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Gaisford has performed throughout the U.S. and abroad in cities ranging from New York, San Francisco and Berlin, to Boston and Rome. He has been a featured guest at major festivals throughout the world including New York City’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Chautauqua Festival, the Caramoor Festival, and the Davos Festival in Switzerland.
Other festival appearances include the RomaEuropa, New Jersey’s Festival of the Atlantic, Michigan’s Matrix Festival, the Prince Albert Festival in Kauai and the Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado. Mr. Gaisford has been a frequent guest on radio programs around the country including NPR’s Performance Today series. In 2001, Mr. Gaisford recorded composer Michael Hersch’s Sonata No.1 for Unaccompanied Cello and gave the NY premiere at the 92nd St. Y – Tisch Center for the Performing Arts. In 2004, he recorded Hersch’s Sonata No. 2 for Unaccompanied Cello, which was dedicated to Mr. Gaisford.
The performance was recorded on the Vanguard Classics label and selected by The Washington Post as one of the most important recordings of 2005 by chief critic Tim Page.