Concertos by Candlelight: Duo Concertos
Knowles Chapel comes alive with divine duo concertos with the Bach Festival Orchestra and featured soloists.
On the Program
Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 | Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez, violin
Alvaro Gomez, violin
Concerto for Two Mandolins in G Major, RV 532 | Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
Daniel Flick, mandolin
Ana Tejedor, mandolin
Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major, K 299 | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Nora Lee Garcia, flute
Dawn Marie Edwards, harp
Concerto for Double String Orchestra | Michael Tippett (1905–1998)
Concerto for Two Pianos in D Minor, FP 61 | Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
Gloria Cook, piano
Cynthia Lawing piano
John V.Sinclair | Artistic Director and Conductor
John V. Sinclair, conductor
Dr. John V. Sinclair is celebrating his 25th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the renowned Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. He serves as Chair of the Department of Music and is the John M. Tiedtke Professor of Music at Rollins College. He also conducts the Moravian Music Festivals and has conducted for The Berkshire Choral Festival.
Dr. Sinclair earned his undergraduate degree from William Jewell College and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. During the past twenty years, he has made over one thousand appearances as conductor, clinician, or lecturer throughout the U.S. and in many foreign countries.
Dr. Sinclair is also a conductor of the Candlelight Processional at EPCOT and has conducted recordings for Warner Brothers, Walt Disney Corporation, Moravian Music Foundation, and numerous Bach Festival events.
A master teacher, Dr. Sinclair has received many awards while at Rollins College, including the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Distinguished Service Award, and the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship. For two consecutive years he was named “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year” by United Arts of Central Florida, and Florida International Magazine selected him as one of its “Power Players in the Arts.” In 2013, his Alma Mater, William Jewell College, honored him with a prestigious Citation for Achievement.
Gloria Cook | piano
Gloria Cook, piano
Gloria Cook holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is a winner of many competitions, including the Cleveland Institute Concerto Competition, the Springfield Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs State Competition. As a soloist, she has performed with the Springfield Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, and the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. She was also a chamber music player at the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Charleston Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Dr. Cook studied under William Kurzban, Eunice Podis, Vitya Vronsky Babin, and Grant Johannesen.
Dr. Cook and her sister, Cynthia Lawing of Davidson College, are well-known duo-piano artists. They have won many duo-piano competitions in Hong Kong and have given numerous concerto performances and recitals in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau, as well as in the US. As Associated Colleges of the South duo-piano artists, they have performed at many colleges, such as Birmingham Southern College, Southwestern University, Wittenberg University, Ohio University at Athens, and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Dr. Cook is a Professor of Piano at Rollins College. In addition to teaching applied piano at Rollins, she also teaches courses in piano pedagogy, piano accompanying, keyboard harmony, and piano literature. Dr. Cook was recently awarded the prestigious Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award for 2014–15 at Rollins College. She is frequently asked to judge various state and regional competitions in Florida.
Dawn Marie Edwards | harp
Dawn Marie Edwards, graduate of the Eastman School of Music, is an internationally renowned harpist who performs in both Europe and the United States. Her orchestral career began while still in school when she won a position as substitute Principal Harp of the St. Louis Symphony. She has won international auditions in Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, Spain; Florida Orchestra; and Sarasota Orchestra, Florida. While working in Spain, Ms. Edwards toured Europe extensively with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon as an orchestra member and a soloist. A recording soon followed of the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto (CineArt). She has also recorded and toured with great artists such as Wynton Marsalis, James Galway, and Aurora Ginestera. Other performing opportunities for Ms. Edwards include the posts of Principal Harp of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Asturias, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife, Miami City Ballet, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Festival Orchestra. She has also performed as substitute Principal Harp of the Naples Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Savannah Symphony, and the National Orchestra of the Dominican Republic.
As Artistic and Education Director of the Chamber Music Festival and Orlando Chamber Soloists, Ms. Edwards has developed a comprehensive and complete educational program for all ages. Her creation of the “Teddy Bear Series” Story Time set to classical music and her “Music in Our Community” programs for talented high school students have created a festival, which has grown by more than 800% in five years. Her educational programs in collaboration with community leaders are designed to break down economic and cultural barriers through music. Her skills as a classical musician and her innovative multimedia programs delight audiences of all ages. Ms. Edwards strongly believes that collaboration with artistic community leaders and performances for young people where they can interact with our professional musicians are essential for fostering a thriving cultural community for the future.
Daniel Flick | mandolin
Daniel Flick is a musician on violin, viola, mandolin, and guitar, and composer and educator. With over 30 years of experience as a professional musician and a Master’s Degree in performance and pedagogy from the University of Colorado, Daniel has performed in a wide variety of music styles and settings. From solo to symphony, from bluegrass to Bach, Daniel’s passion for music has played out on stages across the country, on numerous stringed instruments, and includes music for theater and film. In addition, he has been featured in numerous productions by theater companies such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center Theatre Company, and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Daniel has written and produced a variety of multimedia concerts for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and written several youth theater productions most recently including Rivers for Everyone, an energetic event focused on the importance of aquatic environments.
Daniel is currently on the music faculty at Rollins College where he teaches song writing, private lessons, and directs the acoustic ensembles.
Over the past several years, filmmaking and sailing instruction have become an integral part of Daniel’s endeavors.
Nora Lee Garcia | flute
As one of the most highly regarded flutists in the concert world today, Nora Lee Garcia frequently appears throughout the United States, Europe, and South America as a soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. A Powell Flutes Artist and Associate Professor of Flute at the University of Central Florida, she also serves as principal flute of the Bach Festival Orchestra of Winter Park, of which she has been a member for 20 years. She has performed, taught, and served as an adjudicator at flute festivals all over the world, including the National Flute Association Convention, the Monterrey Flute Festival (Mexico), Peru Flute Festival, Chile Frutillar Encuentro de Flauta del Sur del Mundo, Spain Flute Festival, and the 2016 French Flute Convention, where she was the only American performer. An active recording artist, she has recorded for Sony Pictures and Warner Brothers Music, among others; her most recent album, Cubatina, features music for flute and guitar from Argentina and Cuba. An advocate for new music, she has premiered many works including Gary Schocker’s Under the Sultan (2011), Howard Buss’ Prelude and Dance (winner of the 2004 NFA Newly Published Music Competition), Orlando García’s El Silencio despues de la lluvia (France, Moulin Ande, 1999), Robert Brownlow’s Concerto for flute chamber orchestra and vibraphone (Michigan, Interlochen Music Festival, 2001), and Edmundo Vazques’ Alturas II (Chile, Escuela Moderna de Música, 2001). Her upcoming engagements include performances in Germany, Bavaria, and Spain, as well as numerous presentations of her masterclass, Camino Flute.
Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez | violin
Routa Kroumovitch-Gomez, violin
Born in Riga, Latvia and referred to as one of the best violinists of her generation, Ms. Kroumovitch participated in numerous concert tours and recorded on radio and television throughout the former USSR, in cities such as Leningrad, Vilnius, Tallin, and Moscow.
In 1971, she was chosen to represent Latvia in a special concert at the Kremlin in Moscow. Shortly afterwards, Ms. Kroumovitch was accepted as a scholarship student in the Moscow conservatory. Following her subsequent immigration to Chile, she completed her studies at the “Universidad de Chile,” with honors.
While in Chile, Ms. Kroumovitch held the positions of first violin of the Santiago Chamber Orchestra, concertmaster of the Chilean Philharmonic Orchestra, and concertmaster of the Chilean Symphony Orchestra. She also received the Critic’s Award for the best solo performance in Santiago, Chile, and a Fulbright Award. While in Chile, she toured the world as a soloist an in duo with her husband, violinist Alvaro Gomez.
In 1987, Ms. Kroumovitch immigrated to the United States. After teaching various master classes in the New England area, she became the first violin of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and taught at the University of Central Arkansas. In 1989 she became a professor of violin, viola, and chamber music at Stetson University’s School of Music in DeLand, Florida, where she teaches today.
Ms. Kroumovitch is a regular guest in festivals such as Grand Tetons, the Florida International Festival, and Frutillar Music Festival in Chile, and during the summers, she teaches at the Schlern International Music Festival (Italy) and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (Alaska) and her master classes in Australia, China, Korea, Japan, Israel, and Europe are in high demand.
Alvaro Gomez | violin
Alvaro Gomez made his first public appearance at the age of nine with the Chilean Symphony and went on to receive his music degrees from the University of Chile and the Moscow Conservatory.
Mr. Gomez has been the recipient of several prestigious international awards, including first prize in the “Jeunesse Musical” competition in 1970, the “Japan Foundation Prize” in 1982, and the Fulbright Foundation Award in 1987. He has performed as a violin and viola soloist with orchestras internationally, in addition to conducting, chamber music, and master class engagements.
Gomez has served as concertmaster of the Chilean Philharmonic, Graunke Orchestra (Germany), Chilean National Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and Bach Festival Society Orchestra. He is presently Music Director and Conductor of the Winter Park Chamber Music Academy, the Central Florida Community Arts’ Young Artist Orchestra Symphony, and Artistic Director of the International Musical Contest “Dr. Luis Sigall” in Viña del Mar, Chile.
Cynthia Lawing | piano
Cynthia Lawing, piano
Cynthia Lawing’s musical career has taken her throughout the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia where she frequently presents solo recitals, lectures, and master classes. She is also a frequent soloist with orchestras throughout Asia and the Carolinas.
Aside from her solo performances, Lawing performs globally with her husband Dr. William Lawing, trumpeter, Milner Professor of Music at Davidson College. They most recently performed as guest artists in Crete, Southwest China, Taiwan, and Chile, with an upcoming performance in Zurich this summer.
A member of the Bechtler Ensemble, Lawing frequently performs programs of art and music presented in museums.
Lawing frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator, and serves on the board of the North Carolina Music Teachers Association.
The Lawing-Cook duo-piano is a popular duo with audiences throughout the Carolinas and Florida.
The Poulenc piano concerto, featured in this evening’s program, was performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Macao Symphony when the duo were graduate students at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western University.
Ana Tejedor | mandolin
Ana Belén Tejedor de la Iglesia holds a degree in mandolin, bandurria and tenor lute from the Professional Conservatory of Plasencia “García Matos” in Spain, where she graduated with excellency in 2003. Ana was awarded a fellowship and continued her studies in Luxembourg with Professor Juan Carlos Muñoz, where she was awarded in 2006 a diploma in mandolin and chamber music from the National Conservatory of Esch-sur-Alzette.
She has been awarded twice with the best Young Soloist Prize in the International Competition of Luxembourg. In 2009 she completed her graduate studies (Master’s degree) in the same Conservatory and has been awarded with the “Licence de Concerts” for mandolin and chamber music. At the same time, she has attended many intensive seminars and master classes of mandolin proficiency with Professors Pedro Chamorro and Marifé Pavón (Spain), Marga Wilden-Hüsgen and Caterina Lichtenberg (Germany), Fabio Mendito and Ugo Orlandi (Italy). She has performed with many chamber music ensembles, plucked-string orchestras, and symphonic orchestras as a member, concertino, or soloist in Spain, Portugal, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, and Greece.
During the 2007–2015 period she stayed in Greece, where she collaborated with the Plucked String Orchestra of the Municipality of Patras as mandolin teacher and concertino, while she founded two new plucked string orchestras for children and adults with the collaboration of Mandolinata of Patras Association. In Greece, she has performed as soloist of baroque and classical music with the String Orchestra of Patras and Camerata Orchestra of Athens in the most prestigious music halls of the country. Furthermore, she has 3 music albums with the Ensemble à Plectre, Il Forum Musicale, and EGMYO 2008 orchestras where she has performed as a concertino.