Ann Arbor, Mich. (Apr. 10, 2014)
Naumburg Award-winning cellist David Requiro plays with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra Saturday evening at the Michigan Theater. Since he’s an Ann Arbor “regular” – Saturday’s his second concert with the A2SO and he has U-M ties as well (a master’s degree and now, teaching!) – we asked him to talk a little about what makes Brahms – in particular the “Double Concerto” on Saturday’s bill – a fave for him. This just in:
What’s great about the Brahms “Double Concerto”?
What I love most about this work is the grand scale of the piece. It truly feels like a Symphony-Concerto. The piece is filled with stunningly beautiful melodies and virtuosity. It’s the complete package in my opinion. I also love the notion of sharing the soloist role with another string player.
Favorite Moment in the piece?
I don’t have a favorite moment in particular. I love the whole piece, start to finish.
The concerto is an old friend, but how about playing it with violinist Itamar Zorman, your partner in crime Saturday?
I have not played the Brahms with Itamar before. We have played many chamber concerts together and he is an inspiring musician to work with. I am very excited for our first Brahms collaboration.
And what’s up with your teaching at the University of Michigan School of Music?
I joined the cello faculty this past fall in order to take over Richard Aaron’s studio while he was on sabbatical. The position was temporary and I am unfortunately no longer teaching in Ann Arbor (his sabbatical lasted one semester). I still currently serve as Artist-in-Residence at the University of Puget Sound. But I love any opportunity to be able to return to Ann Arbor!
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