This performance by violinist Becca Kasdan and pianist Leslie Amper took place on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at 3:00 pm.



Program

Composer Work Year
Maurice Ravel Sonata posthume for violin and piano, M. 12 1897
Guillaume Lekeu Violin Sonata in G major, V. 64 1892
César Franck Violin Sonata in A major, FWV 8 1886

About the Artists

Becca Kasdan

Becca Kasdan

A native of Massachusetts, violinist Becca Kasdan began her musical studies at the age of 5. She studied for ten years at the New England Conservatory Preparatory Program with Magdalena Richter, Anait Arutunian, and David Rubinstein. In 2012, Becca toured Argentina with the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Hugh Wolff. The following year, she became a member of Benjamin Zander’s Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and went on tour to Carnegie Hall.

Becca is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she serves as a Violin Teaching Assistant and studies with Meg Freivogel of the Jupiter String Quartet. Previously, Becca studied with Violaine Melancon at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins where she received her MM and BM in Violin Performance. At Peabody, Becca served as the Co-Concertmaster of the Peabody Concert Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Peabody Modern Orchestra, and Principal of the Peabody Chamber Orchestra and Opera Orchestra. She is currently the concertmaster of the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra.

Becca is devoted to bringing music into the community. She served as the first co-director of the Peabody String Sinfonia, a conductor-less string ensemble at Peabody Conservatory that performs exclusively at community venues. Becca Kasdan is the 2018 recipient of the Johns Hopkins President’s Commendation for Achievement in the Arts, the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in Chamber Music, and was inducted into the prestigious music guild, Pi Kappa Lambda.

Leslie Amper

Leslie Amper

American pianist Leslie Amper was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After two years at Oberlin College, Ms. Amper continued her studies at New England Conservatory under the guidance of Rudolph Kolisch, Gunther Schuller, and Russell Sherman. She began her performance career with a critically acclaimed New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall and went on to delight audiences in Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco as well as at Monadnock Musicʼs Virtuoso Piano Series.

A member of New Hampshire Music Festival, she is a frequent participant in Boston’s Emmanuel Music solo and chamber music celebrations. Her multi media piano performances related to the visual arts have been presented at museums and colleges nationwide including the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, California State University East Bay, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of Arizona.

Ms. Amper has lectured at Harvard College, Boston University, University of Pittsburgh, and New Hampshire Music Festival, where she is a regular performer. She is currently on the faculty of the New England Conservatory (Preparatory Department) and Wheaton College (MA).