Middlebury duo marks 30 years of music making

Pianist Diana Fanning and cellist Dieuwke Davydov return to Vergennes to perform at the Vergennes Opera House on Main Street this Saturday, March 31, as part of an on-going series of concerts to celebrate their 30 years of performing together. The Vergennes concert takes place on March 31, at 8 p.m. The program is notable for containing a Vermont premiere: the Cello and Piano Sonata by Dutch composer Henriette Bosmans. This sonata is a heaven-storming, stunningly virtuosic late Romantic piece, which has been rarely performed in the U.S., even though Bosmans is a much-loved composer in Holland. Fanning and Davydov have been acclaimed in the U.S. and abroad for their brilliant virtuosity,musical insight and outstanding rapport as a duo. Jim Lowe of the Barre Times-Argus has called the duo one of our states treasures. On an earlier tour of Europe they recorded extensively for Radio Netherlands. The duo was presented in a Carnegie Recital Hall debut after winning the prestigious Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York City. They have performed on the Morning Pro Musica Live Performers Series over WGBH-FM, on the Artists Series on WNYC, New York, and on Vermont Public Radio. The duo has just released a C.D. of live performances of works by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Couperin and Bach. Diana Fanning has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and has concertized widely in Europe. After her last solo recital in Germany, a music critic wrote that she transported her audience into a scenic paradise. Vermont Public Television featured her in a program of works by Scarlatti, Ravel and Chopin. She has performed as a concerto soloist on numerous occasions with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Her disk of works by Chopin, Janacek and Debussy has received enthusiastic reviews in the U.S. and in England She is a member of the applied music faculty of Middlebury College. Wonderful temperament, superb style, grace and virtuosic ease are some of the superlatives used to describe the playing of cellist Dieuwke Davydov. A native of Holland, she graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory, won first prize in the Jeunesse Musicale International Competition in London, and came to the U.S. for graduate work at Juilliard. She has performed widely throughout the U.S. and in Europe and recently gave a series of master classes, recitals and concerts as a soloist with the Nairobi Symphony Orchestra in Kenya, Africa. Davydov plays with the VSO and is on the applied music faculty of Middlebury College. For ticket information, please call 877-6737.

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