Chamber Music Concert


Isaac Pastor-Chermak, cello

Alison Lee, piano

Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at 2pm

First United Methodist Church
2950 Washington Blvd
Fremont, CA 94539

Featuring works by Gershwin, Chopin, Beethoven, and Prokofiev

Pre-sale tickets $10

Tickets at the door $15

Isaac Pastor-Chermak is Principal Cellist of Portland Opera and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony; Associate Principal Cellist of Stockton Symphony; and a member of Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic. He is the cellist of Black Cedar Trio, the only professional flute-cello-guitar ensemble in the country, and enjoys frequent sonata collaborations with pianists Miles Graber and Alison Lee. Pastor-Chermak performs more than 100 concerts every season, playing an 1889 Riccardo Antoniazzi cello. As an educator, Pastor-Chermak is Beelard Foundation Artist-in-Residence at Young Artists Conservatory of Music in Vacaville, CA; and a faculty member at Dominican Sisters School of Music in Fremont, CA. He is founder and principal conductor of Solano Youth Chamber Orchestra, the first youth orchestra in the city of Vacaville. Pastor-Chermak holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. with honors) and San Francisco Conservatory of Music (M.M. with honors). He makes his home in the North Berkeley hills, but is at home wherever the music takes him.
Alison Lee is currently working on her doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Minnesota, where she studies with Lydia Artymiw. She received her MM degree from Rice University under Jon Kimura Parker and BM degree from Oberlin Conservatory under Angela Cheng. A native of Fremont, California, Alison studied with Hans Boepple and Jed Galant during her precollege years. Alison was the first prize winner in several piano competitions, including Thursday Musical’s Young Artist Scholarship Competition in Minnesota, the Pacific Musical Society Competition in San Francisco, the Dorothy Van Waynen Piano Competition in Berkeley, and the Graves Music Competition in Ohio. Most recently, she won second place in the 2016 Midwest International Piano Competition, where she performed Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony. An avid chamber musician, she frequently collaborates with colleagues and friends as well as with her sister Katherine as duo pianists.

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