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Matisse Trio to perform at Bethel College

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – The Matisse Trio, based at the University of Iowa, will be at Bethel College Sunday, Feb. 25, with a 7:30 p.m. performance in the Administration Building chapel.

The performance will include Beethoven’s Trio Opus 70 #1 (“Ghost” Trio), the Trio in C Major by Gaspar Cassado and Shostakovich’s Trio in E minor Opus 67. It is free and open to the public.

Pianist Ksenia Nosikova, violinist Katie Wolfe and cellist Anthony Arnone, faculty members at the University of Iowa, formed the Matisse Trio in 2004. Their passion for chamber music has brought these three internationally acclaimed soloists together to explore the rich and varied repertoire of the piano trio.

While maintaining active solo and teaching careers, the Matisse Trio has performed around the country in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa and Hawaii. Dedicated teachers and educators, the trio also regularly gives clinics and master classes to college and high school students.

Cellist Anthony Arnone is an active soloist, chamber musician, conductor and teacher. He is currently an assistant professor of cello at the University of Iowa School of Music. He has been a soloist with the Newton Mid Kansas Symphony Orchestra and the Wichita State University Orchestra.

Arnone is also on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro, N.C., where he teaches, conducts, and performs chamber and orchestral music during the summer, as well as on the faculty of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, where he conducts the Preucil School String Orchestra. An active clinician, Arnone has given master classes throughout the country. Arnone and his wife, cellist Hannah Holman, started the Iowa Cello Society in 2002 and have had yearly “Cello Daze” weekends with such prominent guests as Colin Carr, Bonnie Hampton, Richard Aaron and Tanya Carey.

A native of Honolulu, Arnone received his bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. He left graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory to accept a position with the Orchestré Philharmonique de Nice, France, where he remained for two years. He later returned to the United States to complete his master’s degree in conducting at Wichita State University.

Arnone has been principal cellist of the Madison (Wis.) Symphony, a member of the New World Symphony and the Wichita Symphony and co-principal cello in the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Charleston, S.C., and the Festival dei due Mondi in Italy.

Violinist Katie Wolfe, originally from Minnesota, joined the string faculty of the University of Iowa in 2004. She enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, teacher and chamber and orchestral musician on the national and international stage. She has performed in the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, the Soviet Union, Spain and the Netherlands.

Wolfe received a B.M. in violin performance from Indiana University and an M.M. in violin performance from the Manhattan School of Music. After graduating from MSM, Wolfe received the prestigious Fulbright Lecture Award to teach and perform in Bolivia, where she formed a string quartet that performed educational and public concerts throughout the country, taught at the National Conservatory and served as associate concertmaster of the National Symphony of Bolivia for one season.

Wolfe also served as associate concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and performed frequent solo and chamber music concerts throughout Oklahoma during her five years there.

As a chamber musician, Wolfe’s experience has included being guest violinist with the Maia and Harrington String Quartets and working as a freelance musician with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the S.E.M. Ensemble, the City Island Baroque Ensemble and a Broadway pit orchestra as well as many other ensembles. She has also traveled and performed with the Jupiter Symphony and Philharmonia Virtuosi. She has worked with some of the greatest artists in the world in festivals, master classes and seminars, including members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Mendelssohn and Vermeer Quartets, and many others.

Ksenia Nosikova has been called a pianist of “impressive musicianship” and “refined sensibility and exquisite pianism, fascinating to watch and hear” by the Boston Globe and New York Concert Reviews. She has performed extensively as a solo pianist and chamber musician in Europe, Russia and North and South America. In the United States, she has appeared at concert venues including Merkin Hall, Jordan Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Dame Myra Hess concert series in Chicago, the Los Angeles Museum of Arts concert series and at more than 50 American universities’ guest artist series. She has been invited to perform in various international and national festivals including those in Rimini, Italy, Munster, France, and Rovin, Yugoslavia, as well as at the Aspen and Sarasota Music Festivals in the United States.

Among her recordings are three solo piano compact discs of Années de Pelerinage (The Years of Pilgrimage) by Franz Liszt, released by Centaur Records in 2001 to critical acclaim. “Ksenia Nosikova proves to be a worthy contender on every level, as her stylish, intelligent, and technically rock-solid artistry bears out,” said ClassicsToday. Her most recent release, in fall 2006, is a recording of early 20th-century English music for viola and piano, The Blissful Viola, with violist Christine Rutledge, also on Centaur Records. Nosikova’s collaboration with American composer Lera Auerbach led to a world-premiere recording of Auerbach’s solo piano music, to be released this year.

Nosikova is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, where she received her undergraduate and master’s (with highest honors) degrees. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Colorado.

Nosikova is currently an associate professor of piano at the University of Iowa. Since joining the Iowa faculty in 1998, she has presented more than 40 master classes in the United States and abroad. In addition to her active performing, recording and teaching schedule, she is in high demand as an adjudicator and is herself the winner of three international competitions.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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