2016-2017 Professional Concert Series
Pressenda Chamber Players

Washington Conservatory of Music presents

Washington Conservatory Ensemble-in-Residence:

Aaron Berofsky, violin
Kathy Judd, violin
Amadi Azikiwe, viola
Tobias Werner, cello
Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano

Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 at 8 PM
Westmoreland Congregational
United Church of Christ
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE (donations welcome) | directions

The Pressenda Chamber Players is an exciting new ensemble of strings and piano, named for Giovanni Pressenda (1777-1854) maker of instruments played by two members. In this third of four concerts by the ensemble as Ensemble-in-Residence for the 2016-17 Washington Conservatory concert season, violinist Aaron Berofsky, violinist Kathy Judd, violist Amadi Azikiwe, cellist Tobias Werner and pianist Victor Asuncion highlight one of the glorious masterpieces of the chamber music literature, Johannes Brahms' Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34, coupled with the celebrated Haydn String Quartet in C Major, Op. 20, No. 2.

Aaron Berofsky, violinist has toured extensively throughout the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada as a soloist, a chamber musician, concertmaster of Ann Arbor Symphony, and member of Chester String Quartet and Tafelmusik chamber orchestra. He co-runs University of Michigan’s Baroque Chamber Orchestra. More+

Kathy Judd, violinist has performed throughout the United States, Germany, Amsterdam, Yugoslavia, Rumania, Taiwan and the former Soviet Union as a chamber musician with St. Paul (MN) Chamber Orchestra and Idyllwild Trio, and as a soloist and Concertmaster of the Boulder (CO) Bach Festival, the Las Vegas Symphony, and the Nevada Chamber Orchestra. She is Artistic and Executive Director of Washington Conservatory of Music and has served on the faculty of Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (CA), University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Elizabethtown College (PA). More+

Amadi Azikiwe, violist has been heard in recital in major cities throughout the United States including an appearance at the U.S Supreme Court and guest appearances with chamber ensembles including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. More+

Cellist Tobias Werner is the music director of The Chamber Music Conference of the East, as well as Artistic Director and Founder of the Pressenda Chamber Players. He has appeared in chamber music concerts throughout the world and in local venues including the Phillips Collection, the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. More+

Pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion has performed in recital in Japan, Mexico, Canada and his native Philippines, as well as major venues in the United States. He is a frequent collaborator with cellist Lynn Harrell and with violinist Daniel Heifetz and is on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival. More+


The Washington Conservatory is a nationally accredited community music school for students of all ages. The Conservatory welcomes both seasoned and novice classical concert-goers and encourages families to attend our concerts with their children. Back balcony seating is suggested for families with small children as a courtesy to other audience members and to allow for easy exit.

Parking is on-street on Massachusetts and Western Avenues and in the parking lot of Westmoreland Congregational UCC church.

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