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Ethos Duo

May 5, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago IL 60605
Ethos Duo @ PianoForte Studios

Ethos Duo

The Greeks used the word Ethos to describe the power of music to influence the hearer’s emotions, behaviors, and even morals.  We believe that music can enlighten, inspire and heal. It is our mission to share the power of music with our audience.

We bring to our duo collaboration several decades of chamber music experience resulting in a unique and memorable performance. To enhance our audience’s appreciation of the music, we provide some historical background of the composer and the composition. We enjoy taking questions and conversing with the audience following the performance.

Sevgi Giles – pianist

Sevgi Giles has appeared in venues throughout America and Europe as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist. In a repertoire that ranges from Bach to Boulez, her playing has been acclaimed for its emotional projection and intellectual rigor.

In 2001 Sevgi was awarded the prize for best performance of a French Suite at the International Bach Competition in Saarbrucken, Germany. Having played most of the major works of Bach, she feels a special affinity for the Baroque master. Sevgi received a Bachelors degree from the Ankara Conservatory in her native Turkey. As a student she captured all of the top performance awards and concertized extensively throughout the country. She has done graduate work at the University of North Texas and received the Master of Music from Roosevelt University in Chicago.

In 2005 Sevgi made her Chicago debut on the Dame Myra Hess Series, broadcast live on WFMT. She also has appeared on the Pianoforte Piano Series in Chicago, at the American Liszt Society Conference in Atlanta, and at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City. As a member of the renowned North Texas Wind Symphony, Sevgi recorded four compact discs with that ensemble and also appeared as soloist with them in several premieres by contemporary composers. During the summers she has performed at festivals such as Crested Butte (Colorado), the Eastern Music Festival (North Carolina), and the Adamant Music Festival (Vermont) where she studied with pianist Menahem Pressler. She was also accepted into the prestigious Pressler studio at Indiana University’s School of Music.

Sevgi is a devoted teacher and sought-after pedagogue in the Chicago area. In addition to her private studio she is on the faculties of Roosevelt University, the Metropolis Performing Arts School, and the Music Institute of Chicago.

Marina Hoover – Cellist

Two-time Grammy nominee Marina Hoover was the founding cellist of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, which rocketed to international prominence after winning both the Young Concert Artists auditions and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In her 13 years with the St. Lawrence, Ms. Hoover performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 92nd Street “Y,” The Kennedy Center (for the Emperor of Japan), Wigmore Hall (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and Theatre De Ville (Paris). In addition, the quartet made regular appearances at Tanglewood, the Newport Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, as well as over one thousand other appearances throughout North and South America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and Vietnam. The St. Lawrence quartet, with Marina Hoover as the cellist, was the resident quartet at Spoleto USA from 1996-2002.

The Quartet’s major recording label debut, Schumann String Quartets 1 and 3, won both the Juno award for Best Classical recording (1999) and the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (2001). It was voted one of the most important classical recordings of the 1990s by Opus Magazine. In 2002, the St. Lawrence’s third CD, Yiddishbbuk: The Chamber Works of Osvaldo Golijov, was nominated for the Grammy awards for Best Classical Chamber Music Recording and Best Composer, as well as a Juno Award for Best Classical Recording. Ms. Hoover since has recorded with pianist Patricia Tao performing works by Chopin, Strauss and Liszt on the Centaur label. Her Piano trio, Trio Voce, has two recordings: In A New Light, works by Arensky, Zemlinsky and Zuk and Inscapes, works by Weinberg and Shostakovich. Both CDs are on the Con Brio Recording Label.

Ms. Hoover studied cello under David Soyer at the Curtis Institute of Music, and was earned a Master’s degree at Yale University under Aldo Parisot. She was a recipient of two Canada Council B Grants and an award winner in the Canadian Broadcasting Competition. Ms. Hoover has been the featured soloist in several of the Canadian orchestras: Toronto, Edmonton, Symphony Nova Scotia, Saskatoon and Red Deer.

The St. Lawrence String Quartet spent six years in New York as teaching assistants to the Emerson Quartet at Hartford University, The Juilliard Quartet at Juilliard School of Music and the Tokyo quartet at Yale University. The quartet then joined the faculty at Stanford University. Ms. Hoover was Artist-in-residence for four years at Stanford. She co-directed the string program and designed and ran a summer institute for chamber musicians. She has been visiting artist-in-residence at the University of Toronto, and participated in numerous community outreach programs with the St. Lawrence in Kansas City, Washington DC, Palo Alto, and other cities.

In 2002-2003, she was Visiting Professor of Cello at the University of Toronto and has also been an artist-in-residence at the Banff School of Fine Arts and Distinguished Artist at the University of Alberta. She has also taught chamber music as part of the Chicago String Quartet at Northwestern University and coached chamber music at the Music Institute of Chicago. She has been a judge at the Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Currently Ms. Hoover is the cellist in the Trio Voce piano trio. In addition, regularly  performs with her duo partner, pianist Sevgi Giles. Ms. Hoover divides her time playing chamber music and as a coloratura soprano, studying voice with Jina Varis.   Recent performances have included Gliere  “Concerto for  Coloratura Soprano”,   Delibes  “Ah,  Ou va la jeune indoue from Lakme”  and “Bel raggio lusinghier” from Semiramide.

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