Faculty Recital: Silvian Iticovici, violin with Mitsuko Morikawa, piano

Faculty Recital: Silvian Iticovici, violin with Mitsuko Morikawa, piano

Laughing Unlearned (2003) by Esa-Pekka Salonen

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100 (1886) by Brahms
     Allegro amabile
     Andante tranquillo — Vivace
     Allegretto grazioso, quasi Andante

Rest These Hands by Anna Clyne

Violin Sonata No.1, Op. 105 by Robert Schumann
     I.   Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
     II.  Allegretto
     III. Lebhaft

Silvian Iticovici jointed the first violin section of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in 1976 and is honored to hold the title of Second Associate Concertmaster Emeritus with the ensemble. Prior to that, he was professor of music at the Conservatory of Yasi, in his native Romania. During that period he concertized in Central Europe and performed with several chamber ensembles. He earned the Andre Gertler Prize at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig, second prize at the International Violin Competition in Switzerland and was the winner of the George Enescu Scholarship Competition in Bucharest in 1971. Mr. Iticovici studied with Yuhudi Menuhin in London and in Amsterdam before he was awarded a scholarship in 1975 to study with Ivan Galamian in New York. With the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra he has performed concertos by Spohr, Haydn and Shostakovich. At the present he holds a part-time teaching position in violin at Washington University.

Pianist Mitsuko Morikawa has been an active soloist, coach accompanist and chamber musician in United States as well as in Asia.  She has collaborated with highly acclaimed musicians from a wide variety of genres spanning instrumental music, opera, musical theater and choral ensembles.  Some of the artists that Ms. Morikawa has performed with include Julia Migenes, Rodney Gilfry, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Timothy Mussard, Michel Debost, James Walker, Denis Bouriakov, Leone Buyse, Carol Wincenc, Jean Ferrandis, Marianne Gedigian, Martin Chalifour, Roberto Cani, David Rejano Cantero, Megumi Kanda, Randy Hawes, and Timothy Higgins.  Ms. Morikawa has also recorded music for the New World Records label and has been featured on radio programs such as KUSC, WCLV, Cleveland and NHK-FM, Japan.     
Apart from her accomplishments as a performer, Ms. Morikawa has also distinguished herself as a unique and highly regarded coach/accompanist.  She has served on the faculties at Occidental College, Santa Monica College, the Meadowmount School of Music, Idyllwild Arts Academy Summer Program, National Flute Association Annual Convention, National Cello Institute, Oberlin College Conservatory, the Oberlin Flute Institute, Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory and the ENCORE School of Strings. She is currently working at the California State University Los Angeles, Colburn School, UCLA and Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. 
Ms. Morikawa’s degrees consist of a B.M. in piano performance from the Toho School of Music, Japan, an M.M. in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a Professional Studies Certificate in piano performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music and a D.M.A. in Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the University of Southern California.  Some of Ms. Morikawa’s teachers include Alan Smith, Norman Krieger, Sergei Babayan, Cheng-Zong Yin, Paul Schenly, Sara iDavis Buechner and Hisako Ueno.