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Sundays with Classics featuring Kypros Markou & Kazimierz Brzozowski

Kypros Markou, violin and Kazimierz Brzozowski, piano

Sunday, February 10, 2019 @ 3:00PM

General Admission: $20
Steinway Society Members: $15
Admission payable at the door

 


About Kypros Markou

 

Kypros Markou is professor and director of the University Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is music director of the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra in Michigan and music director of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania.

Prof. Markou has conducted orchestras in Germany, Italy, England, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Chile, Greece, Cyprus, and many orchestras in the USA where he has been active as a conductor, violinist and music director of several ensembles for many years. Recent guest conducting engagements include concerts with the Filarmonica “Banatul” of Timisoara, Romania; the Moravian Philharmonic of the Czech Republic; the National Romanian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Sinfonia Varsovia; Krakow Philharmonic; Sinfonietta Cracovia of Poland; the Orquesta Sinfonica de Concepcion in Chile; the Rochester Philharmonic in New York and the Cyprus State Orchestra. From 1987 until 1994, he was music director of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra in Florida. He has also held conducting posts with the Cyprus Radio Orchestra, the Canton Symphony in Ohio, the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic, and the Somerset Summer Music Festival in Pennsylvania. Previously, he served on the faculties at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh where he was director of the University Orchestra and conductor for the New Music concerts. Earlier, he served as associate conductor of the New England Conservatory Symphony in Boston, Massachusetts, under Gunther Schuller. Additional conducting collaborations include the Pittsburgh Opera Theater, the Pittsburgh Ballet, the Laurel Ballet Company, Dance Alloy and others. A number of his concerts have been broadcast on radio and television.

Markou had his early training at the National Conservatory of Greece in his native city of Nicosia, Cyprus; at the Royal College of Music in London; at Indiana University in Bloomington and the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he earned his graduate degree in Orchestral Conducting. He has won many awards including conducting fellowships from the Aspen Festival and the American Symphony Orchestra League, and, in 1978, he was invited to participate in the Cleveland Orchestra’s Conductors Symposium under the direction of Maestro Lorin Maazel. He has also served as cover conductor for a number of subscription concerts with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Detroit Symphony, under Maestros Maazel, Eschenbach, Herbig, Semkow and others. In 1999, he served as host for a national conducting workshop and master class with Neeme Jarvi for the American Symphony Orchestra League, and, in 2000, he was host and faculty for a national conducting workshop of the Conductors Guild.

In addition to his conducting, Prof. Markou is an accomplished violinist, having studied with Ruggiero Ricci, and was a member of several chamber ensembles. He also holds the degree of Barrister at Law from Gray’s Inn, London. In 1989, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, and in 1994, he was named Distinguished Performing Artist of the Year by the Cultural Council of Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

 


BrzozowskiAbout Kazimierz Brzozowski

 

After his concerto debut at the age of fourteen, Kazimierz Brzozowski frequently performed as a soloist with the Lublin Philharmonic Orchestra and he gave a series of concerts in Hungary. As a student in Warsaw, he often appeared in recitals at the Academy of Music, Chopin Society, Warsaw Musical Society, National Philharmonic Hall, and at Zelazowa Wola – Chopin’s birthplace. He has made recordings for the Polish Radio and Television, recorded compact discs with music by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Szymanowski, Liszt and Bartok.  His recordings are also included in popular CD sets “Living with the Classics”.

Mr. Brzozowski’s performance highlights include a New York Carnegie Hall debut, performances in Warsaw with the Polish National Radio Orchestra, recorded live for the Public Radio and TV, concerts at the Mozart Festival and the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, recitals for the Chopin Foundation in Florida, and concerts in Japan.

Kazimierz Brzozowski currently resides in Michigan, where he has frequently performed in recitals, and as a soloist with symphony orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He performs in his native Poland as well, in recitals and as a soloist with Philharmonic orchestras.

He is a graduate of the Warsaw Chopin Academy of Music (M.M.) and University of Michigan (DMA). He has received awards from the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, Ann Arbor Musical Society in Michigan, University of Michigan and Kosciuszko Foundation in New York. He is a prize winner at the Polish National Piano Festival and Chopin Society Competition in Warsaw. Mr. Brzozowski is a Steinway artist.  In July 2016 at the 20th International Piano Festival in Na??czów he was decorated with the Medal of Merit for the Polish Culture awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland in recognition of his artistic and pedagogical achievements. At the same time he received Appreciation Awards from the Mayor of the City of Na??czów and from the Lublin Voivodeship Marshal for his cultural contribution to the city and the region.
Dr. Brzozowski is the founder and director of the International Music Festival, held annually in Naleczow, Poland. This event, now in its twentieth year, attracts international high school and college students for intensive study and performances, both solo and with a chamber orchestra. Faculty and guest artists come from Poland, United States, Russia, and Japan.

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