Program

Composer Work Year
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Sonata in C major, K. 303 1778
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major, Op. 30 No. 3 1802
Eugène Ysaÿe Sonata No. 6 in E major, Op. 27 (ded. Manuel Quiroga) 1923
Intermission
David Loeb The Invisible River 2019
Maurice Ravel Violin Sonata in G major, M. 77 1927
Fritz Kreisler La Gitana 1917

About the Artists

Emma Meinrenken

Canadian violinist Emma Carina Meinrenken was a Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Annual Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Ida Kavafian. She currently studies with Augustin Hadelich at the Yale School of Music.

Emma’s debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra took place at the age of 10. She has since performed with several other major orchestras, including the Utah Symphony and the Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal.

Emma has won top awards at numerous competitions, including first place at the Stradivarius International Violin Competition, the Jury Prize at the Jascha Heifetz International Violin Competition, the silver medal at the Stulberg International String Competition, and grand prizes at both the 2012 Canadian Music Competition and the 2013 FCMS National Competition. She was also a semi-finalist at the last Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition.

Emma performs on the 1689 “Baumgartner” Stradivarius violin, on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts.


Thomas Weaver

Credit: Stratton McCrady

Thomas Weaver is an American pianist, composer, and educator. His extensive repertoire contains music of the past as well as new compositions, including many pieces written especially for him. A native of Marlton, NJ, he began his study of piano at the age of eight, giving his first public performance at the age of nine. He is currently based in Philadelphia.

Thomas Weaver maintains an active solo and chamber career that has included performances in the United States, Europe, and Asia. His playing has been hailed as displaying both “sensitivity” and “incredible dexterity.” Weaver has appeared in many concert halls, including those in New York (Carnegie/Weill Recital Hall, Greene Space, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall), Philadelphia, Washington D.C. (Phillips Collection), Boston (Jordan Hall), Chicago, Nashville, Dallas, Berlin (Germany), Itami (Japan), the Tanglewood Music Festival, Red Rocks Music Festival, New York Chamber Music Festival, and others. Weaver has performed with a number of eminent musicians including Elmira Darvarova, Jess Gillam, Kenneth Radnofsky, Jennifer Frautschi, Gene Pokorny, and members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and others. Weaver is a currently a member of the Amram Ensemble, Trio Ardente, and New England Chamber Players.

Weaver is on faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he teaches Core Studies (harmony, counterpoint, and analysis), Keyboard Studies, and Supplementary Piano. He is a staff pianist and accompanist at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and at Mannes College. He holds a Master of Music degree in both Piano Performance and Composition from Mannes College, and a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Boston University. His primary piano teachers include Anthony di Bonaventura, Victor Rosenbaum, and Pavel Nersessian. His primary composition instructors include David Loeb, Dr. John Wallace, Dr. Martin Amlin, and Jonathan Coopersmith.