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Casiopea: Juan Aguilera Cerezo performs New Works for Unaccompanied Cello

Mar 01 | Wed |
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Virtuoso Spanish Cellist and champion of new music Juan Aguilera Cerezo presents a concert of new music for unaccompanied cello. In this United States debut, Cerezo will play three large scale sonatas all commissioned by himself: Works by Óscar Prados and Anastasia Vinogradova, both recently recorded on his debut album, Casiopea; and the world premiere of New York based composer Samuel Lord Kalcheim's Sonata, "Three Maxims of Delphi."


Samuel Lord Kalcheim (1990 - ), Sonata for Violoncello solo, "Three Maxims of Delphi" (World Premiere)


Anastasia Vinogradova (1994 - ), Sonata for solo Cello

Óscar Prados (1983 - ), Sonata for solo Cello



Andalusian cellist Juan Aguilera Cerezo is a major champion of new music, and has dedicated a large part of his musical activity to expanding the repertoire for unaccompanied cello. Juan has commissioned over forty new works for his instrument from composers across the globe: Spain (Ó. Prados, S. Báez, D. Ruíz, F. Martín Quintero, R. Otero, S. Blardony, among others), Switzerland (A. Vinogradova), Turkey (E. Dündar, M.A. Uzunselvi), Armenia (V. Sharafyan, E. Hayrapetyan), France (Ch. Frionnet, E. Hieaux), USA (S.L. Kalcheim, S. Grill), Finland (T. Heinonen), Slovakia (E. Irshai), Hungary (L. Huszar), Russia (A. Komissarov), Australia (M. Wolf), Greece (D. Katharopoulos, A. Tsiartas), Italy (G. Taccani), and China (X. Hu) among many more. In addition to this, he has performed the Spanish premiere of works by composers such as Boris Tchaikovsky, G. Chitchyan, E. Hayrapetyan and Martun Israelyan, and has revived and recorded lesser-known works by composers such as E. Mainardi and S. Tsintsatze. Juan recently released his first solo album Casiopea on the NIBIUS label, consisting entirely of new works for solo cello. The album was highly recommended by Melómano Magazine. Juan is also an avid chamber musician, performing frequently with pianist Santiago J. Báez, and as Naptha Duo with the violinist Javier Gregori. Juan currently serves as professor of violoncello at Conservatorio Alcalá la Real. He plays a superb instrument built by David Bagué and a bow by Thomas Koenig.


Samuel Lord Kalcheim (b. 1990) composes in a variety of styles, old and new, and is dedicated to writing music both emotionally and intellectually satisfying, balancing tender lyricism with tight and complex formal architecture. Building on an expertise in 18th and 19th c. styles and forms, Samuel writes expressive new music for today's sensibilities. Samuel’s past collaborations include works for soprano Estelí Gomez, the Delgani String Quartet, University of Oregon’s Musicking Conference and the Elsewhere Ensemble, while current projects include a large scale collaboration for voices and piano with poet Judy Prescott and mezzo-soprano Carla Canales; a solo cello work for Spanish cellist Juan Aguilera Cerezo; and a song cycle based on Samuel’s own translations of Ancient Greek texts for NYC-based non-binary tenor Kristyn Michele. The latter project is part of a larger goal to expand the vocal repertoire by creating works for non-traditional voices. Samuel plans to release a debut album in 2023.


Swiss-born composer Anastasia Vinogradova, studied piano with Enrico Camponovo and analysis and elements of composition with William Blank at the HEMU in Lausanne. She continued her compositional studies with Xavier Dayer at the Hochschule die Kunst Bern (HKB). Her current catalog includes five symphonies, four piano sonatas, three string quartets and several chamber and orchestral works.


Born in Córdoba (Spain) in 1983, award winning composer Óscar Prados currently combines his activity as a composer with his work at the Conservatory of Music of Córdoba, where he teaches Harmony, Composition and Music Analysis. Career honors include First Prize in the 1st Karol Szymanowski International Composers Competition in 2012 for his large orchestra work Chant des nuages du soir (premiered by the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michał Klauza in Katowice, Poland, 2014), which was followed up with an invitation to the 39th Karol Szymanowski Music Days in Zakopane (2016) and the Brass Music Symposium in Krakow (2018). His work for voice and piano L’albatros was awarded the First Prize in the 5th Antonio Smareglia International Composition Competition (Udine, Italy, 2018), and his work Interludes recently won the Third Prize (ex-aequo) in the 5th Mauricio Kagel Composition Competition (Vienna, Austria, 2022). He also was a finalist in the International Prize of Composition «Ireneu Segarra» (Barcelona, Spain, 2009) and won third Prize in the Academic Male Choir Composition Competition (Helsinki, Finland, 2022). Prados studied at High Conservatory of Music “Rafael Orozco” in his home town, where he finished his musical degrees with first class honors in Piano (2006, under the guidance of Juan Miguel Moreno Calderón and María Dolores Moreno Güil) and Composition (2010, under the tutelage of Francisco J. Martín Quintero and Juan de Dios García Aguilera). In 2012 he completed his doctoral dissertation on the orchestral language of Manuel de Falla at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2012).

Venue: Church of the Transfiguration ("Little Church Around the Corner")

1 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016 Map