2018-2019 Professional Concert Series
Pressenda Chamber Players

Washington Conservatory of Music presents

Washington Conservatory Ensemble-in-Residence:

Garrick Zoeter, clarinet
Aaron Berofsky, violin
Tobias Werner, cello
Read Gainsford, piano

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 at 8 PM
Westmoreland Congregational
United Church of Christ
One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD 20816
FREE (donations welcome) | directions

Clarinetist Garrick Zoeter will join the Pressenda Chamber Players to perform Johannes Brahms' introspective Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114 and Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, a beautifully ethereal work first heard on a brutally cold January night in 1941 in a barracks in Görlitz, Germany.

The Pressenda Chamber Players is a multi-member ensemble of strings and piano is named for Giovanni Pressenda (1777-1854) maker of the instruments played by Pressenda Chamber Players Founder/Artistic Director and cellist Tobias Werner and member violinist Aaron Berofsky. Concert performers include clarinetist Garrick Zoeter, violinist Aaron Berofsky, cellist Tobias Werner, pianist Read Gainsford. The Pressenda Chamber Players are Ensemble-in-Residence at the Washington Conservatory of Music performing concerts and providing master classes.

American clarinetist Garrick Zoeter has a passionate and exciting way with the clarinet that has been acknowledged around the world. The Clarinet recently described his playing as, “remarkable, his tone is beautiful and he shows complete mastery of all the technical demands and effects that are required of this piece, his artistry and virtuosity are compelling. This is one of the finest clarinet performances I have reviewed.” A native of Alexandria, VA, he made his solo debut at the age of seventeen in Weber’s Concerto No. 1 with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has won numerous competitions including first prize in the 2002 Concert Artists Guild Competition and the 1991 International Clarinet Society International Clarinet Competition, as well as the silver medal in the 1997 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. He has performed throughout the world as a founding member of the acclaimed multi-award-winning quartet Antares, and in concerts with his wife, soprano Mariana Mihai-Zoeter. He is on the faculty at Shendandoah University. More+

Violinist Aaron Berofsky has gained wide recognition as a chamber musician and soloist performing with orchestras in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain and Canada. More+

Cellist Tobias Werner is the music director of The Chamber Music Conference of the East, as well as Artistic Director/ Founder of the Pressenda Chamber Players. He has appeared in chamber music concerts throughout the world. More+

Pianist Read Gainsford has performed widely in the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, as solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician, making successful solo debuts in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, and others. More+


Audience members are invited to a post-concert Wine & Words in the church social hall – a fun and informal question and answer session with the artists, with complimentary beverages.

The Washington Conservatory is a nationally accredited community music school for students of all ages. The Conservatory presents a professional monthly concert series October through May at Westmoreland Church in Bethesda and other public concerts and events throughout the year at Glen Echo Park. The Conservatory welcomes both seasoned and novice classical concert-goers and encourages families to attend our concerts with their children. Back balcony seating at the Westmoreland Circle location is suggested for families with small children as a courtesy to other audience members and to allow for easy exit. Conservatory Concerts are funded by donations and presented free of charge to allow those of all ages and economic means to enjoy outstanding live classical music in the community. Thank you for your generosity and support.

Parking is on-street on Massachusetts and Western Avenues and in the parking lot of Westmoreland Congregational UCC church. As a courtesy, please refrain from parking in the neighborhood and blocking the driveways of our neighbors.

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