On Saturday’s program, we feature two recent graduates of Niles North High School in Skokie: 18 year old violinist Robert Sanders and 17 year old cellist David Caplan. Robert and David have known each other since middle school, and they have performed together for numerous years. Recently, Robert and David won the Gold Medal with their quartet, Quartet Bellezza of Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana.
In this program, Robert and David will play solo selections, and they will also perform a duet together.
Robert has studied violin with Robert Hanford, concertmaster of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and faculty member at Northwestern University, throughout his high school years. He has performed in masterclasses with many artists and ensembles, including Shmuel Ashkenasi, Augustin Hadelich, Sarah Chang, and the Zora and Ariel String Quartets.
Robert has won awards at numerous solo festivals in the Chicago area, including the Confucius, DePaul, American Music Institute and Walgreens competitions. He has had the opportunity to play with several regional orchestras, including the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra, Knox-Galesburg Symphony, and the Birch Creek Symphony Orchestra.
Four Songs of Solitude, John Harbison
Sonata in E minor, K. 304, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Syncopation, Fritz Kreisler
David Caplan began studying cello at age 9 and studied with Mrs. Adelaide Hagari. He currently studies with Jonathan Pegis of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. David has participated in masterclasses and lessons with Carter Brey, Benjamin Whitcomb, Dmitry Kouzov, Daniel McDonough, Shmuel Ashkenasi, and the Zora String Quartet. This fall, David will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for cello performance, where he will study with Daniel McDonough of the Jupiter String Quartet.
Cello Sonata in E Minor, Op. 38, Johannes Brahms
I. Allegro non troppo
Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119, Sergei Prokofiev
Prelude, Shostakovich (performed by both Robert Sanders & David Caplan)