Upcoming Performances


St. Hugh-Steinway 2016-17 Concert Series

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Friday, September 23, 2016, 8 pm
St. hugh symphony ORCHESTRA 
TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO NO. 1,  BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 4
ROBERTO BERROCAL, PIANO
PIERRE VALLET, CONDUCTOR

Roberto Berrocal, piano

Artistic Director Roberto Berrocal grew up and began piano studies in Bilbao, Spain. In 1996 he entered the College of Charleston and soon after made his professional debut playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Metropolitan Orchestra. After graduation, he continued his study with pianist Joaquín Soriano in Madrid, and then with John Moriarty at the New England Conservatory of Music. There he won the Blütner Foundation Piano Competition, and graduated with two Masters degrees in Piano Performance and Vocal Accompanying.  

In 2006, Roberto joined the Florida Grand Opera as principal pianist and vocal coach for the 25th, 26th, and 27th National Voice Competitions and Young Artist's Program. He has taught at New World School of the Arts, and in 2007 became the Music Director at St. Hugh Catholic Church. In 2012 he founded with Fr. Federico Capdepón the St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series.   

In addition to his work at St. Hugh, Berrocal maintains an active schedule playing solo recitals, piano concerti, and accompanying operatic and instrumental soloists. He has appeared with orchestras in Europe, South American and the United States playing the concerti of Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Shostakovich, and Mozart. In the St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series, he has played three solo recitals and two piano concertos with orchestra, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 (2015) and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (2016).  Other performances in 2016 include solo recitals in Bilbao at Palacio Euskaduna Bilbao, the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, and a recital with violinist Aisha Syed in Baltimore. 

Youtube: Liszt Spanish Rhapsody - Roberto Berrocal


Pierre Vallet, CONDUCTOR

French conductor Pierre Vallet is known for his superb musicianship as a conductor of opera, symphonic works, and as a concert pianist.

Pierre is a long-serving member of the Metropolitan Opera, first as a pianist and coach and later joining the roster of staff conductors. He has enjoyed a long-term musical partnership with Seiji Ozawa, working closely together on some forty operatic productions and concerts throughout Japan, the US and Europe.

Recent operatic engagements include Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Gounod’s Faust at the Metropolitan Opera New York; Faust at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona; La Juive at the Göteborg Opera Sweden; Hänsel and Gretel at the Saito Kinen Festival; Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle with Matthias Goerne and the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra on its debut tour of China; and Madama Butterfly at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Elsewhere Pierre has conducted Tannhäuser at L’Opéra national de Paris; Eugene Onegin and Tannhäuser at Tokyo Opera Nomori; and Massenet’s Manon at the Bolshoi in Moscow.

In 2015 he recorded a CD of the Chopin piano concertos with pianist Elizabeth Sombart and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. Additional CD’s are planned.



FRIDAY, December 2, 2016, 8 PM 
Elizabeth Caballero, Soprano
ROBERTO BERROCAL, PIANO

The exquisite soprano returns to St. Hugh

elizabeth caballero, Soprano

Soprano Elizabeth Caballero’s performance in her signature role, Violetta in La traviata, is touted as “animated, communicative and believable, singing with a big, facile, focused sound while making the vocal demands of the role seem easy and natural.” Her dramatically compelling interpretation of Violetta led to recent engagements to perform the role for houses across the country, such as Florentine Opera, Madison Opera, Pacific Symphony, and the Orlando Philharmonic.

She was engaged to perform the role of Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème for the Metropolitan Opera after grabbing the audience’s attention in the role at New York City Opera when The New York Times hailed Ms. Caballero as “the evening’s most show-stopping performance offering a thrilling balance of pearly tone, exacting technique and brazen physicality.” She subsequently returned to The Met in their new production of Carmen as part of The Met: Live in HD series.

Recent engagements include an exciting return to Seattle Opera to sing Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, a performance of Carmina Burana with Florida Orchestra, a chance to sing the title role in Daniel Catán’s Spanish opera Florencia en el Amazonas with Nashville Opera, John Rutter’s Requiem at Carnegie Hall, and a concert appearance as Micaëla in Carmen by Bizet and Previn’s Honey and Rue in returns to the Pacific Symphony. This season she will once again perform as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Lyric Opera Kansas City, as Violetta in La Traviata at Opera Naples and Pensacola Opera, as Zemfira/Nedda in Aleko/Pagliacci at Opera Carolina, Liù inTurandot at Pacific Symphony, and as the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem in Opera Grand Rapids.

Her career continues to gain immense momentum since her European début as Magda in Puccini’s operetta La rondine at Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste, Italy. This led to command performances at international companies including Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly at the Staatsoper Berlin, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra, and the title role in The Merry Widow at Teatro Nacional Santo Domingo.

A house favorite at Florida Grand Opera, she dazzled audiences as Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Liù in Turandot, Mimì in La bohème, Micaëla in Carmen, and Magda in La rondine. In 2013, she was the recipient of the 2013 Frost School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Miami.

 

Friday, March 3, 2017, 8 pm
duo piano concert
Hyung-ah kim and Roberto Berrocal

The startling Duo Pianists play Ravel's BOLERO and Grieg's PIANO CONCERTO and other works. 

Hyung-ah kim, pianist

A native of Korea, pianist Kyung-Ah Kim has won numerous competition awards: USA Beethoven Competition, Leos Janacek International Competition, Sorantin International Competition, Valsesia Musica International Competition, St. Charles International Competition, Sanremo International Competition, Korean Times National Competition, Minister Prize of Culture Korea.

Since her professional debut at age 11 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ms. Kim has been a featured soloist with the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Romance Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul Orchestra, the BU Symphony Orchestra, Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, the NEC Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams conducting.

She has performed in recitals at Auditorium Gilles de la Rocque (Courchevel, Paris), Foyer Theater De Vest, Kunstenaarscentrum (Netherlands), Besedni Dum Concert Hall (Czech Republic), Jordan Hall (Boston), Belgium, China, Taiwan, Puerto Rico, and Italy, Amalfi.

Suburban Chicago News referred to her as "a part of the wave of new pianists with an ability to act the part of a star.”

Ms. Kim is holds degrees from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Wha Kyung Byun and Russell Sherman. During her studies at NEC, Ms. Kim was awarded the Sugarman Scholarship and the John. F. & Robert W. Cartwright Endowed Scholarship. She earned her doctorate at Boston Unitversity under Boaz Sharon, and, in addition to her concert career, teaches at Seoul National University.

roberto berrocal, pianist

Artistic Director Roberto Berrocal grew up and began piano studies in Bilbao, Spain. In 1996 he entered the College of Charleston and soon after made his professional debut playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Metropolitan Orchestra. After graduation, he continued his study with pianist Joaquín Soriano in Madrid, and then with John Moriarty at the New England Conservatory of Music. There he won the Blütner Foundation Piano Competition, and graduated with two Masters degrees in Piano Performance and Vocal Accompanying.  

In 2006, Roberto joined the Florida Grand Opera as principal pianist and vocal coach for the 25th, 26th, and 27th National Voice Competitions and Young Artist's Program. He has taught at New World School of the Arts, and in 2007 became the Music Director at St. Hugh Catholic Church. In 2012 he founded with Fr. Federico Capdepón the St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series.   

In addition to his work at St. Hugh, Berrocal maintains an active schedule playing solo recitals, piano concerti, and accompanying operatic and instrumental soloists. He has appeared with orchestras in Europe, South American and the United States playing the concerti of Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Shostakovich, and Mozart. In the St. Hugh-Steinway Concert Series, he has played three solo recitals and two piano concertos with orchestra, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 (2015) and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (2016).  Other performances in 2016 include solo recitals in Bilbao at Palacio Euskaduna Bilbao, the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, and a recital with violinist Aisha Syed in Baltimore. 





Friday, Apr 28, 8 pm
aNNA lITVINENKO, CELLO
roberto Berrocal, piano

One of the most promising new cellists on the world’s stage.

Anna Litvinenko, cello

An American cellist of Cuban and Ukrainian heritage, Anna Litvinenko has captured the attention of audiences in venues throughout Europe and the Americas. At six she began the cello with her father Konstantin Litvinenko and from a young age gained attention at competitions, gave solo recitals, and appeared as a soloist with the Miami Symphony, the New World Symphony, la Orquesta Juvenil Teresa Carreño, and the Odessa Philharmonic. A Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award winner, a Sphinx Competition laureate, and a Young Arts winner, Anna has been invited to perform in chamber music performances throughout Miami, New York City, Washington D.C., and London, playing with musicians from the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and working with Joshua Bell in “Joshua Bell – A Young Arts Masterclass.”

While dedicated to the traditional classical repertoire, Anna has embraced new classical music. Participated in the 8th Creative Dialogue Symposium, she worked with several new music composers and explored improvisation with Magnus Lindberg, cellist Anssi Karttunen, and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones. In 2015 she premiered Yuri Boguinia’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with the Aeon Music Ensemble.

 Anna completed her undergraduate degree at Julliard where she was a principal cellist in the Julliard Orchestra, and was awarded the John Erskine Prize for excellence. She prizes her cello study with Joel Krosnick, baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai, composition with Philip Lasser, and improvisation with Noam Sivan.

In the Fall of 2016 she begins graduate studies in London on scholarship with Richard Lester at Royal College of Music. She is grateful for the generous financial support of her undergradate and graduate studies by the Jack Kent Foundation.