January 25th, 2020
Magdalena Filipczak, violin (Poland)
Jessica Xylina Osborne, piano (USA)
The Concert :
Polish virtuoso Magdalena Filipczak will present an eclectic programme of violin and piano masterpieces together with her stage partner, American pianist Jessica Xylina Osborne before their debut in Carnegie Hall, New York.
Magdalena Filipczak, current recipient of prestigious CUNY Graduate Center Fellowship in New York, has performed in the UK (Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall), Europe (Het Concergebouw), as well as the USA (Carnegie Hall), Canada and South America. She has appeared at various Music Festivals such as Proms, City of London Festival, Edinburgh Fringe.
She is a winner of numerous competitions and scholarships including 'Młoda Polska' by the Polish Ministry of Culture. Filipczak studies violin with Daniel Phillips and Donald Weilerstein at CUNY. She graduated from the Guildhall School in London. Her debut CD has been praised by THE STRAD as ‘...glittering... beguiling... captivating... hauntingly atmospheric’.
Polish violinist Magdalena Filipczak has performed in the UK (including Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, St Martin in the Fields, St John’s Smith Square), Europe (among others Het Concertgebouw, Tallinn Philharmonic, Cracow Philharmonic, Baltic Philharmonic), as well as the USA (Carnegie Hall), Canada and South America. Magdalena is a recipient of CUNY Graduate Center Fellowship, where she studies violin with Daniel Phillips and Donald Weilerstein, as well as voice with Robert White, and is a DMA in Performance candidate.
Recently she won the First Prize at 2017 US International Concerto Competition, Gold Prize of 2018 International Manhattan Music Competition joining Manhattan Concert Artists Agency Roster, and Silver Prize at 2018 Berliner International Music Competition. As a young creator of culture, and for her numerous competition successes, she was awarded ‘Young Poland’ Scholarship by the Polish Ministry of Culture. Magdalena has recorded for TV and Radio stations including the BBC Radio 3, Dutch Radio 4, Chicago WFMT. She has performed with artists such as Peter Frankl, Clive Greensmith, Gilbert Kalish, London Mozart Trio, Nicholas Mann, Charles Neidich, Roger Tapping, Vivian and Donald Weilerstein.
THE STRAD wrote about Magdalena’s debut disc ‘Essence of Violin’ - ‘...glittering...beguiling...captivating...hauntingly atmospheric’. Magdalena has also been featured in three CDs of chamber music by Second Viennese School Composers on Etcetera, recorded at the Banff Arts Centre. With the Royal Northern Sinfonia she recorded solos for ‘Songs to the North Sky’ by Grammy Award composer Tim Garland. Recently she recorded the next disc with Tim Garland, “The Weather Walker”, and Two CDs with music by Peter Gregson: “Quartets: One” and “Quartets: Two”.
Magdalena graduated from the Guildhall School, where she studied violin with Krzysztof Śmietana. She also studied classical voice with John Evans at the Guildhall. Magdalena taught at the City University on London, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and has given masterclasses in Brazil, Yellow Barn’s YAP, and as a part of Perlman Music Program’s Residencies. She teaches violin and chamber music at Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens College) in New York.
Hailed by the Washington Post as a pianist “with a refreshing mellowness and poetic touch” after her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Xylina Osborne is one of the most intensely expressive and passionate artists of her generation. She is widely considered to be one of the most sought-after collaborative partners, and has performed with some of the world's finest musicians, including Timothy Eddy, Hilary Hahn, and Ani Kavafian. She has performed throughout the continental U.S., Europe, and Asia, and has appeared in recitals at many of the world's most celebrated venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and the Seoul Arts Center.
Television and radio appearances include performances on PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center, Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, Performance Today, WQXR’s McGraw Hill Young Artists’ Showcase in New York, and WGMS in Washington, D.C., among others. Ms. Osborne is a laureate of numerous international piano competitions, winning first place in the International Bartok- Kabalevsky- Prokofiev competition and first place at the National Division of the Music Teachers’ National Association Yamaha Competition. She was also awarded the Audience Prize at the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Competition.
In her solo career, Ms. Osborne undertakes ambitious projects that reflect creativity in programming with the goal of bringing infrequently performed works to a mainstream audience. For example, her 2019 solo recital project “Stories Without Words”, featuring music that tells a story, juxtaposes audience favorites with little-known gems by both current and past composers. She is also dedicated to including music written by women in her recital programs.
Ms. Osborne holds degrees in solo piano performance from Indiana University and Rice University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance from Yale University. She currently holds the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Piano at Sam Houston State University.
Witold Lutosławski (1913-1994)
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Violin Sonata No. 2
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Reveille, 1937 A.
C. Saint-Saëns / E.Ysaÿe
Caprice after study in form of a waltz
Arnold Schönberg (1873-1951)
Phantasy for Violin with Piano, Op. 47
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Fantasy in C major, D. 934