Parrish Art: Salon Series w/ Violinist Fullana & Pianist Fung — October 5, 6 PM

Salon Series, the Parrish Art Museum’s  concert program presenting multi-award winning, world-class artists performing in an intimate, casual setting that evokes the salons of Paris, kicks off the fall season on Friday, October 5 at 6pm, featuring Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana and pianist David Fung. At Salon Series, performers offer insight and personal anecdotes about their program, and attendees have the opportunity to meet and talk with the musicians following the concerts. The series continues weekly throughout October.


“Salon Series continues to bring exciting talent in classical and contemporary music from all over the world to the Parrish,” said Parrish Director Terrie Sultan. “In the Museum’s intimate setting, performers engage in a dialogue with the audience, talking about their approach to interpretation and program selection.”


Co-programmed with Louis Meisel, Concert Artists Guild, Pro Musicis, and Yamaha Artists Services, Inc., Salon Series opens with Fullana, winner of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, accompanied by Fung, who has performed as a soloist worldwide. The four-week series continues on October 12 with pianist Niccolò Ronchi and violinist Esther Abraham, October 19 with pianistNadejda Vlaeva, and October 26 with pianist Dominic Cheli. All concerts are at 6pm.


Fullana and Fung will perform a program of virtuosic works that test the mettle of both musicians. The program begins with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in B minor for Violin and Keyboard, composed between 1720 and 1723. Moving from the Baroque to the Classical period, the duo will play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Sonata No. 32 in B-flat major, K. 454. The 28-year-old Mozart composed the piece to highlight the talent of Regina Strinasacchi, a 23-year-old virtuoso violinist from Italy with whom he premiered the work in Vienna in 1784.


After a brief intermission, Fullana and Fung will play what is considered to be one of the finest sonatas for violin and piano ever written: Violin Sonata in A Major by Belgian composer César Franck. With its songlike melodies established by the familiar sensual motif of the opening bars, it is one of Franck’s best-known compositions, notable for the sheer difficulty of its piano part. The program concludes with Introduction and Tarantella Op. 43 by Spanish composer/violin virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate. It begins with a lyrical, melancholy melody that segues into virtuosic fireworks that are sustained through the end.


In Fullana’s 2016 recital debut at Carnegie Hall, the New York Classical Review noted his “joy and playfulness,” calling his playing “perfection.” A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Madrid and The Juilliard School (Bachelor’s and Master’s), he holds an Artist Diploma from the USC Thornton School of Music. Fullana earned the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Pro Musicis International Award, and won leading prizes at the Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition, Johannes Brahms International Violin Competition, Julio Cardona International Violin Competition, and the Pablo Sarasate Competition.


David Fung is widely recognized for his elegant and refined interpretations. He appears regularly with the world’s premier ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, San Diego Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and others.


On October 12, Italian pianist Niccolò Ronchi returns for a program of works for solo piano and piano/violin with Esther Abraham. His performances at national and international piano competitions resulted in almost 70 placements—51 of which were first prizes—including the International Chopin Piano Competition in Rome. Ronchi, who earned the Diploma at the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome, has performed as a soloist in more than 200 recitals and concerts with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, China, Russia, and Australia.


Bulgarian-born pianist Nadejda Vlaeva returns on October 19 after her enthusiastically received performance at Salon Series in 2016. She has won major international awards including First Prize, Liszt Competition in Lucca, Italy; Third Prize, International Liszt Competition in Budapest; and the Yamaha Award for best Brahms interpretation.  Vlaeva has performed solo recitals and with orchestras throughout Europe and the United States.


The final Salon Series concert, on October 26, features pianist Dominic Cheli, First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition in 2017.  That same year, Naxos released his debut CD, and he won the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, leading to a performance with the Festival Orchestra. Cheli made his concerto debut in Walt Disney Hall and his Carnegie Hall/Weill Recital Hall. With a Master of Music degree from Yale University and Bachelor’s from the Manhattan School of Music, he is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.


Salon Series is generously supported by Louis K. and Susan P. Meisel, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, The Jeannette and H. Peter Kriendler Charitable Trust, Concert Artists Guild, and Pro Musicis, and sponsored by Yamaha Artist Services, Inc.

Friday nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group, BNB Bank, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.


Salon Series: Spring, 2018

All concerts on Fridays, 6pm

  • Violinist Francesco Fullana with pianist David Fung, October 5
  • Pianist Niccolò Ronchi with violinst Esther Abraham, October 12
  • Pianist Nadejda Vlaeva, October 19
  • Pianist Cominic Cheli, October 26


Tickets for Salon Series, which include Museum admission, are $25; $10 for Parrish Members.

Seating is limited; advance registration is required.

The Golden Pear Café and the Parrish is open before and after the concerts.


Concert Artists Guild

Founded in 1951 with a mission to discover, nurture, and promote young musicians, Concert Artists Guild provides support to a roster of talented artists during a critical and formative time: between completion of formal studies and the achievement of an established career. Artists are selected through a rigorous multi-round annual competition open to traditional and non-traditional instrumentalists, ensembles, and singers. CAG has helped several hundred young musicians start careers over the past sixty years.


Pro Musicis

The mission of Pro Musicis, founded in 1969, is to nurture and share the artistic inspiration of the world’s finest concert artists. Winners are artists who demonstrate to a distinguished jury exceptional technical ability, extensive classical training, an unusual ability to communicate with an audience, and potential for a world class career. To date, Pro Musicis has bestowed the Pro Musicis International Award on 100 concert artists of the highest caliber, and presented them in over 2,000 concerts worldwide. Many of these artists have gone on to internationally acclaimed careers. 


Parrish Art Museum


Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in residence.  The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


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