Two Rivers Chamber Players

The Shepherd University Music Department presents the third concert in its new monthly Shepherd Music Salon Series in the Shipley Recital Hall of the Frank Arts Center. On Tuesday, November 8 at 8:00 p.m. the Two Rivers Chamber Players will perform selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms and Max Bruch. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Two Rivers Chamber Players include David Drosinos, clarinet, Stephen Czarkowski, cello Dr. Scott Beard, piano.

David Drosinos studied clarinet with Loren Kitt, principal clarinetist with the National Symphony Orchestra, and received his diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He won the Sidney Jensen Memorial Award for outstanding clarinet performance and has been guest artist at the Greek Embassy in Washington and the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. The Washington Post has praised him as "playing with an unusually smooth and agile touch." On the Finzi Clarinet Concerto The Baltimore Sun noted, "He played the idyllic score with technical security, tonal warmth and exceptionally eloquent phrasing." His performance of the Copland Concerto was unmatched by any in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun stated "Copland's Clarinet Concerto had a confident and dynamic protagonist in David Drosinos. He spun the lyrical lines with considerable warmth." Mr. Drosinos was the principal clarinetist and soloist with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra on their tour to the Soviet Union, and a featured soloist with the Concert Artists of Baltimore. He has performed in Greece, Ireland, Moscow, Finland, the Bahamas and throughout the continental United States. His Greek band, Zephyros, was a featured act at the International Clarinet Association in Washington, DC. Mr. Drosinos is a versatile and seasoned clarinetist who has enchanted audiences from 'Maryland to Moscow.' Professor of clarinet at Shepherd University, he also teaches at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and the Peabody Preparatory.

Professor of cello at Shepherd University, Mr. Czarkowski is also on the cello and conducting faculty of Landon School, Bullis School, Montgomery College. He is Principal Cellist (Jim and Linda Walker Chair) of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra and shares conducting duties with the Preparatory Orchestra. His students have won numerous local and statewide competitions, and hold principal chairs in area orchestras. He graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Graduate Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting, after receiving a full scholarship and teaching assistantship, and graduated in the top percentile of his class from the Mannes College, The New School for Music with a Master of Music in cello (under Barbara Stein Mallow) and conducting (under David Hayes and Samuel Wong). He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Mannes College, The New School for Music, under the tutelage of Carter Brey, principal cellist of the New York Philharmonic. He is an active member of the Conductors Guild, and serves on the Board of Directors. In demand as a conductor, cellist and educator in the Washington D.C. area and nationally, he serves as Assistant Conductor of the Opera Camerata of Washington DC, as well as orchestra personnel manager and principal cellist. With Opera Camerata Mr. Czarkowski recently conducted performances of The Merry Widow and Rigoletto at the Embassy of Austria and Romanian Ambassador's residency. He was appointed Conductor of the Apollo Chamber Orchestra, which presented its first performance in November with John Aler, tenor. He led The National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. as a debut conductor, in conjunction with being selected for the 2003 National Conducting Institute, directed by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. Other guest conducting appearances include Honolulu Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra and the 2008 The Berlin Airlift Orchestra, in a special Veterans Day performance at St. Matthews Cathedral. This past January Mr. Czarkowski worked with Maestro Jorma Panula at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, followed by working with the Richmond Symphony.

Dr. Scott Beard, nationally recognized pianist, teacher, clinician, author and recording artist is Graduate Studies and Continuing Education and Co-Chair of the Department of Music at Shepherd University in West Virginia. Recognized for his outstanding teaching abilities, he was named 2006 West Virginia Music Teacher of the Year. His piano students have won prizes in such prestigious competitions at the Ithaca, International Institute for Young Musicians, IYPAC, Beethoven Society and International Young Artist Piano Competitions, in addition to state, regional and national MTNA competitions, including the 2005 National MTNA Junior High School winner in piano.One of the leading experts on the music and teaching of 19th-century pedagogue, Theodore Leschetizky (1830-1915), his doctoral dissertation and CD recording Leschetizky: Piano Treasures represent one of the first major research projects concerning this composer's music. He has performed Leschetizky's music and given lectures about this important historical figure to audiences of teachers and students throughout the East Coast. Concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist have taken Dr. Beard throughout the United States and also to Canada and France. Recent recital and lecture appearances include Weill Recital Hall, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Tenri Cultural Institute (NYC), the Polish Embassy, the Russian Cultural Institute, conference artist for the Virginia Music Teachers’ Association, as well as numerous universities and MTNA organizations throughout the East Coast. Orchestral appearances have included performances with the Georgetown, Southern Arizona, York, Richmond Philharmonic, Friday Morning Music Club and NOI Symphony Orchestras. His Canadian debut was well received by critics and audiences alike, and, his concerts have been praised for their poetry, passion and innovative programming.

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