Inaugurated in 2013 and curated by Executive Director and violinist René Mandel, Chamber Series concerts feature Berkeley Symphony members and friends performing at the Piedmont Center for the Arts. The intimate space allows audiences to experience the music up close and personal, the way that chamber music is meant to be heard.
Tickets are $25 in advance online and by phone. Walk-up tickets are $30 at the door.
ProgramBeethoven: Piano Quartet WoO 36 No. 1 in E Flat
ArtistsKarsten Windt, violin
Deanna Badizadegan, viola
Angela Lee, cello
Markus Pawlik, piano
About the Artists
Born in Berlin, Germany, Karsten Windt was first violinist with the Deutsche Symphony Orchestra (DSO) since 1992, performing regularly in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and touring all over Europe, Asia, North and South America. He graduated from the Universitaet der Kuenste in Berlin and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with Professors R.-J. Kimstedt, Hans Maile, Yfrah Neaman and David Takeno, and attended the masterclass of Nathan Milstein in Zurich, Switzerland. With the DSO Karsten won a Grammy in 2011 for the best opera recording under the baton of Kent Nagano.
Violist Deanna Badizadegan enjoys a diverse career as a soloist and chamber musician, including recent performances with Sejong Soloists, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and at TEDxStanford and TEDxFargo. She currently studies with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory, where she is pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Viola Performance, and also holds a Professional Studies Diploma from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She received her B.S. in Organizational Design & Engineering and her M.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, where she was also a Mayfield Fellow. In addition to performing, Deanna enjoys working with the 21st Century Musician Initiative to bring more entrepreneurial ideas into the arts.
Since giving her Carnegie Hall debut in 1994, Angela Lee's "amazing finesse, control and coloration" [San Francisco Chronicle] has been celebrated with recitals in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Victor Borge Hall in New York, Chicago's Cultural Center, The Phillip's Collection and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Copenhagen's Nationalmuseet and the Purcell Room at South Bank Centre in London.
A graduate of The Juilliard School and Yale School of Music, she is a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to study in London with William Pleeth, a grant from the Foundation for American Musicians in Europe, the Jury Prize in the Naumburg International Cello Competition, and a cello performance fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Foundation. With her two sisters, Angela Lee performs as a member of The Lee Trio and premieres new works written for them, most notably, by Nathaniel Stookey and Jane Antonia Cornish. The Lee Trio tours internationally, appearing in major venues in New York, San Francisco, Berlin, Copenhagen, Kiev, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Toronto.
Ms. Lee plays on a 1762 Nicolo Gagliano cello from Naples.
Markus Pawlik is best characterized as one of the rare pianists of today who manage to combine sensitivity and expressiveness together with a phenomenal virtuoso technique. Born in Bremen in 1966, his talent was recognized at an early age as he began performing publicly at 7 and was the three-time winner of the German National Young Musician's Competition “Jugend Musiziert.”
In 1982, sent as the German representative to the first European Broadcast Union’s televised “Eurovision Young Musician of the Year” competition, Pawlik won the grand prize, which brought him much acclaim and began his international career. He has since pursued his performance career throughout Europe, North America and Asia in cities as diverse as Munich, Prague, Dublin, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, Bangkok and many others.
Pawlik has been featured numerous times on radio and television including the farewell gala of former German president Carl Carstens, and has released numerous solo and chamber music recordings. As well as the standard repertoire, Pawlik also actively supports contemporary music through projects such as the commission of a Piano Concerto by Ichiro Nodaira which he debuted in Berkeley and at Suntory Hall and a recent recording of SNAPSHOTS by composer Peter Knell. In addition to performing, Pawlik gives international master classes, has judged numerous competitions and has taught as a guest lecturer at UCLA.