Archives for the month of: April, 2017

Central Texas’ newest chamber music series, Austin Camerata, led by its Artistic Director Daniel Kopp (MM ’18), presented its debut concert at the Blanton Museum of Art to a standing-room only crowd.

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Anna Záborszky (MM ’13) and Johannes Teppo (MM ’13), who form the ensemble Duo JohAnnas, were invited to perform for the President of the Republic of Finland, Sauli Niinistö, at the annual diplomatic dinner in the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. Anna and Johannes were the only performing musicians before 170 political and diplomatical guests incling the Ambassdors of USA, China and Russia.

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Francesco Mastromatteo (DMA ’12) has just arrived in Austin from Italy this week for a pair of recitals in which he will perform all six of the suites for unaccompanied cello by Johann Sebastian Bach. He stopped by KMFA yesterday to talk with Chris Johnson about the music of Bach and to play some excerpts in KMFA’s Performance Studio. Recording by Jeffrey Blair.

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Francesco Mastromatteo (DMA ’12) has been working for years on one of the most quintessential works in the cello repertoire, J.S. Bach’s Cello Suites. These pieces can take a lifetime to understand, but Francesco has found something in them that is unique, his interpretation simultaneously pays homage to the master and forges it’s own path. Francesco Mastromatteo will perform all six of the suites this weekend, but he stopped by KUT’s Studio 1A to give a little preview first.

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Austin Camerata presents its inaugural concert on Tuesday, April 25, at noon, at the Blanton Museum. Artistic Director Daniel Kopp (MM ’18), Cory Blais (MM ’19), Hyugrai “Ray” Kim (DMA ’19) and others will perform selections from the Bach Solo Cello Suites. Together with faculty and student dancers from the UT Department of Theatre and Dance, Austin Camerata will pair solo Bach with dance. Each selection will represent a different color on the color spectrum with dance styles ranging from ballet to contemporary to tap.

Founded in 2017, Austin Camerata is a festival that reimagines chamber music and reaches new audiences through unconventional concerts, artistic collaborations, and community engagements.

The concert is free to the public. For venue, parking and more information, visit

Francesco Mastromatteo (DMA ’12) returns to Central Texas on Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, 2017, to perform the complete Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church. Classical Music for the World presents the two-concert event titled, “World of Joy,” exploring a path made by very essential simple and immediate tools: four strings, the definite shape of an instrument with extraordinary expressive possibilities and the ability to imagine the future of the cello in terms of technique, timbre and artistry, connecting deeply with its “human voice.” For venue, ticket and more information, visit

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