Geneseo Alumnus Among Musicians Performing in Guest Chamber Music Concert Feb. 22

Louis Lohraseb, a 2013 Geneseo alumnus doing graduate work at the Yale School of Music, is among those performing in a guest chamber music concert Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. in the Doty Hall recital hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

GENESEO, N.Y. – A special guest chamber music concert with violinist Mélanie Clapiès, violist Isabella Mensz, Cellist Yan Levionnois and pianist Louis Lohraseb, a 2013 Geneseo graduate, will feature works by Brahms and Beethoven Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. in the college’s Doty Hall recital hall. The event is free and open to the public.

On the program are Brahms’ “Sonata for Viola in F minor, Op. 120, no. 1” and “Piano Quartet no. 2 in A minor, Op. 26.” The Beethoven work is “Piano Trio in G major, Op. 1, no. 2.”

As a conducting fellow at the Yale School of Music, Lohraseb currently is pursuing graduate studies under the tutelage of Maestro Shinik Hahm. He currently serves as both assistant conductor to the Yale Philarmonia and the music director of the Cheshire Symphony Orchestra. He graduated from Geneseo summa cum laude and was assistant conductor of the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Friends of Music Orchestra.

A recipient of the Zonta Club Award, Clapiès regularly performs the masterpieces of the violin concerto repertoire as an orchestra soloist. She has established herself as a leading chamber musician, performing with a number of collaborators in France, Russia, Algeria and Canada. She currently is at the Yale School of Music, pursuing a master’s of music in Syoko Aki’s violin studio.

Mensz performs regularly in New York, the Baltimore-Washington region, Boston and throughout New England and has performed internationally in Austria, the Netherlands and Poland. She has performed in festivals worldwide, including the Aspen Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival as well as festivals in the United Kingdom and Austria. Mensz earned a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory and currently is pursuing an artist diploma at the Yale School of Music.

Levionnois began studying cello with his father before continuing with Marc Coppey and Philippe Muller. He has performed a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia and other orchestras around the world. An ardent defender of the music of his time, he has worked with composers such as Jonathan Harvey, Eric Tanguy and Krystof Maratka. He plays a cello made for him by Patrick Robin in 2005.

The concert is sponsored by Geneseo’s Department of Music and the Office of the President. Additional underwriting also has been provided by Herbert Hawley, a Geneseo donor and friend of the college.

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