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Richard Hirschl

& Marta Aznavoorian

Richard Hirschl joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's cello section in 1989. A native of Washington, Missouri, he began cello lessons with his father, an amateur cellist. His intermediate studies were with Savely Schuster, associate principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony. He was accepted into the class of Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins at the Juilliard School, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1987 and a master's degree in 1988.

Hirschl was an associate teacher at Juilliard before moving to Chicago. He was the winner of the 1988 Juilliard Concerto Competition, 1988 Irving M. Klein International String Competition and 1980 St. Louis Symphony Scholarship Competition.

In addition to his New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall, Hirschl has given concerto performances with the Peoria Symphony, Jupiter Symphony, St. Louis Philharmonic, Maracaibo Symphony (Venezuela), National Repertory Orchestra, St. Louis Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York.

He has appeared in chamber music performances with celebrated pianists Daniel Barenboim, András Schiff and Ursula Oppens, cellist Lynn Harrell and violinist Vadim Repin. He is on the faculty of the Chicago Conservatory for the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where he also serves as head of the string department and has a large class of private students.

"A Pianist of exceptionally finished technique and purity of musical impulse”, (Boston Globe)  Marta Aznavoorian has performed to critical acclaim throughout the world as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.   A Chicago native, she has performed in her hometown's most prestigious venues and tours extensively throughout the world.  She made her professional debut at the age of 13 performing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor K.491 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Center in four concerts of their series.  She has won over audiences appearing as soloist with orchestras internationally including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Conservatory Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony,  San Diego Symphony, Northwest Indiana Symphony, and the New World Symphony which resulted from a personal invitation from Michael Tilson Thomas who also was her conductor.

Ms. Aznavoorian is founding member of the Lincoln Trio which Fanfare Magazine has labeled as “one of the hottest young trios in the business.”  The Grammy nominated trio tours regularly throughout the world, and just celebrated their most recent Cedille records release of all the chamber works of Spanish composer, Joachim Turina.

In strong demand as a chamber musician, Ms. Aznavoorian has worked with such artists as the Pacifica Quartet, Julian Rachlin and friends, Ilya Kaler, Colin Carr, Roberto Diaz, Miriam Fried and many others.    She has performed as soloist and collaborator in many festivals including Tanglewood Festival, Aspen Festival, Caramoor Festival, Hornby Island, Green Lake Music Festival, and she will be making her 8th straight  season appearance at the Ravinia Festival in 2016.  

Sunday, April 9, 2017   2:30 p.m.

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