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AmiciMusic presents “IRON MAIDENS”

Saturday, April 30, 2022
$22 Advance / $25 Day of Show
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Reserved Tickets for the Lounge are available with dinner reservations only :::: There is a $20 minimum in food and beverage purchases per person with your dinner reservation :: Seating will be limited :: You MUST call venue (828-575-2737) to make a dinner reservation and purchase your tickets.


AmiciMusic presents “IRON MAIDENS,” a concert showcasing fantastic piano quartets by women composers and featuring the wonderful sibling team of Emmanuel (violin) and Frances (cello) Borowsky along with violist Anna Pelczer, currently living in Germany, and Artistic Director Daniel Weiser on piano.


Join this incredible foursome for a thrilling program of sadly neglected, but incredibly powerful, piano quartets by three amazing women composers, Luisa LeBeau, Dora Pecacevic, and Amanda Rontgen-Maier—our Iron Maidens!   All three works are filled with passion, power, and lyricism, and deserve to be a permanent part of the repertoire.  LeBeau was a 19th century German pianist, composer and music critic who shocked the classical world by winning an international composer competition in 1882 with her Cello Sonata Op. 17.  She studied briefly with Clara Schumann and also started her own music training program for young women.  This quartet was premiered to great acclaim at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig in 1883.  Dora Pecacevic was a member of an important Croatian Royal family whose father was Governor of Croatia and mother was a Baronness from Budapest in the early 20th century.  She abandoned her aristocratic lifestyle and embarked on a musical career, studying in Dresden and Munich.  Her Symphony in F Sharp Minor is considered to be the first modern symphony by any Croatian composer.  She died from complications of childbirth at the age of 38.  Finally, Amanda Rontgen-Maier was a Swedish composer and violinist at the end of the 19th century who studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.  She became friends with Grieg, Brahms, and Clara Schumann.  Her exciting E Minor Piano Quartet, composed in 1891, was her final large piece before her early death of tuberculosis at the age of 41.  You will not want to miss all this incredible and unknown music!

Daniel Weiser · 7:00pm


Daniel Weiser, piano, founder and Artistic Director of AmiciMusic, has performed chamber music in great concert halls around the world, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Dr. Weiser has a Doctorate in Piano from the Peabody Conservatory and was the 1996 American Ambassador of Music for which he toured eleven countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia, including Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, and Thailand. He also studied for one year at Harvard Law School at the same time as President Obama. He has recorded fifteen CDs and has taught at Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University, UNC Asheville, Longy School of Music, and the St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. He now lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife, Kisha, and twin fourteen-year old daughters, Emma and Sophie.�

Emmanuel Borowsky · 7:00PM

Emmanuel Borowsky, violin, has toured a staggering 35 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Emmanuel has performed as soloist with orchestras across the globe with collaborations spanning the gamut from the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra all the way to the Poznan Symphony and Jordan National Conservatory Orchestra. Emmanuel’s discography for ICRecords includes Pearls of Music, Musical Favorites of All Times, Music for Peace, Jewish Joys and Sorrows (2014), and PRIME (2014), a collection of original compositions by the three Borowsky siblings. Emmanuel and his sisters have also released two DVDs: Postcards from Dilsberg and the Beethoven Triple Concerto (live concert recording with the Young German Symphony Orchestra). Emmanuel’s love of music is manifested in his educational work with aspiring musicians. He teaches violin and chamber music at Dickinson College, Towson University, the Intermuse International Music Institute and Festival USA, and privately in Baltimore. He is a frequent adjudicator of competitions and festivals. In addition to teaching, Emmanuel particularly enjoys assisting string players in finding their dream contemporary instrument through his shop, Grace Albert Strings.

Frances Borowsky

Cellist Frances Borowsky has performed in over thirty countries throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, in major venues such as the Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, and Penderecki European Music Centre. She has been featured as soloist with the Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra, Polish Youth Symphony, Alexandria Symphony Orchestra and the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra. A native of Baltimore, she grew up in an exceptionally musical family and thus honed her love for solo and chamber music performance. Together with her siblings, Frances performed her New York Debut at Carnegie Weill Hall at the age of twelve as a recipient of the Erick Friedman Prize for Outstanding Young Musicians. In December 2018, Frances performed together with her sister, Elizabeth, at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium as featured, invited soloists in a celebration of Antonin Dvorak. Frances’ major mentors have been Cecylia Barczyk, Amit Peled, and Eric Kutz. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Towson University at age 18, and holds masters degrees from both the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University, and Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. Frances completed her doctoral studies at University of Maryland this past December. She serves as Co-Executive Director of the Intermuse Music Institute and Festival in Maryland, teaches cello at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, and works as cello-finder for Grace Albert Strings.

Anna Pelczer

Hungarian-American violist Anna Pelczer has become a sought-after guest orchestral leader both in Germany and abroad. Recent performances have been with the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Philharmonie Baden-Baden, the Staatsorchester Mainz, and the English National Ballet, among others. A frequent collaborator for contemporary works, she is a member of the Lucerne Festival Alumni and recently premiered several new works by Kaija Saariaho. In November 2018, she premiered a new commission from Yoshiaki Onishi at the International Viola Conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  An active teacher, Ms. Pelczer maintains a private studio and has served as a coach at the Verbier Festival Amateur Chamber Music Week in Switzerland. She is currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the European Summer Music Academy in Kosovo, and has been a part of the teaching faculty at the Goppisberger Musik Wochen in Grächen, Switzerland since July 2014.  Anna Pelczer attended Yale University and the Yale School of Music, where she studied with and served as teaching assistant to Jesse Levine. She has participated in masterclasses with Zoltán Tóth, Bruno Pasquier, and Rainer Moog. A former Fellow with the New World Symphony, she attended the International Ensemble Modern Academy, the Festival Pablo Casals, and performed as principal viola at the Verbier, Schleswig-Holstein, Luzern, and Tanglewood Music Festivals.   Ms. Pelczer lives in Karlsruhe, Germany, and performs on a viola made in 2011 by Ersen Aycan.