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Hoff-Barthelson Music School's Faculty Set to Dazzle Audiences in Fifth HB Artist Series Concert

Tomoko Uchino at piano by Steven SchnurTomoko Uchino at Piano: Photo by Steven SchnurHoff-Barthelson Music School proudly announces the fifth installment of its celebrated HB Artist Series, spotlighting the remarkable talents of its faculty members. Mark your calendars for Friday, March 1, 2024, at 7:30 pm, as the Joan Behrens Bergman Auditorium at 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, sets the stage for an evening of musical excellence.

The concert will showcase the extraordinary talents of faculty performers Michael Finckel and Peter Seidenberg on cello, April Johnson on violin, and pianists Dominic Meiman, Vered Reznik, Katsura Tanikawa, and Tomoko Uchino.

The program features an enthralling selection of classical masterpieces:

• Morceaux pour 2 Pianos, Op. 61 Nos. 19-24 by Reinhold Glière: An enchanting collection of pieces for two pianos, showcasing intricate melodies and dynamic interplay between the performers.

• Concertina in A Minor, Op. 94 by Dmitri Shostakovich: A hauntingly beautiful composition for piano, characterized by its melancholic themes and evocative harmonies, offering a glimpse into the composer's emotional depth.

• Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90, B. 166 “Dumky” by Antonín Dvořák: A rich tapestry of melodies and rhythms, this trio unfolds in a series of "Dumky" or folk-inspired movements, each brimming with vitality and emotion.

• Piano Trio in B flat Major No 1, Op. 898 by Franz Schubert: A delightful blend of elegance and charm, this trio transports listeners with its graceful melodies and intricate interplay between violin, cello, and piano.

Tickets are priced at $20 for general admission and are complimentary for HBMS students. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Eventbrite, the School’s website (, by calling 914-723-1169, or by e-mailing Please note that the program and artists are subject to change.

About the HB Artist Faculty Concert Series
Hoff-Barthelson faculty comprises some of the nation’s most distinguished performers and educators. Many hold chairs in prominent New York orchestras, are members of world-class chamber ensembles, perform in major Broadway productions, and are in international demand as solo artists. Others teach at leading conservatories including The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College of Music. The School’s superb faculty have contributed to the Music School’s national recognition for unsurpassed leadership in music education, performance, and community service. Hoff-Barthelson prides itself on providing access to these outstanding artist-educators in the heart of Westchester. Held in Scarsdale, these concerts guarantee riveting music-making of the highest caliber, in an intimate setting, at prices far below those in New York’s major concert halls.

The final concert of the season will be held on April 19, 2024.

About the Faculty Artists
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Michael Finckel, a versatile musician, is known for his roles as a cellist, conductor, teacher, and composer. As a founding member of Trio of the Americas and the Cabrini Quartet, he performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician across the U.S. He's collaborated with leading new music ensembles in New York and performed alongside members of the New York Philharmonic. With a passion for contemporary music, Finckel brings innovation to his performances, captivating audiences with his expressive interpretations and virtuosic prowess.

April Johnson, a versatile violinist, has showcased her talent as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral freelancer throughout the U.S. She's held prestigious positions such as concertmaster with orchestras like the Jupiter Symphony and Galatea Ensemble. Johnson's performances with ensembles like The Oracle Trio alongside her husband, Peter Seidenberg, have garnered critical acclaim. With numerous recordings under labels like Lyrichord and Dorian, Johnson's artistry shines through her brilliant technique and emotional depth, captivating audiences wherever she performs.

Dominic Meiman, an accomplished pianist and conductor, brings a wealth of experience to his roles in teaching and performance. Meiman has led national tours with Columbia Artists Management and served as principal pianist for the Light Opera of Manhattan. He's also made significant contributions as a composer, creating works like the children's opera "Jack and the Beanstalk." Meiman's dedication to music education and performance has made him a respected figure in the music community, inspiring both students and audiences alike.

Vered Reznik, an internationally acclaimed pianist, has mesmerized audiences with her solo and chamber music performances across Europe, Israel, and the U.S. With degrees from prestigious institutions like the New England Conservatory and the Rubin Academy of Music, Reznik's artistry reflects a deep understanding of the piano repertoire. She's been praised for her performances at renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall and Vienna's Konzerthaus.

Peter Seidenberg, a celebrated cellist, has captivated audiences worldwide with his solo performances and collaborations with major orchestras. From his solo debut with the Chicago Symphony to performances with orchestras across the globe, Seidenberg's artistry is marked by his expressive interpretations and technical mastery. As a founding member of the Elements Quartet, he's been part of groundbreaking commissioning projects, showcasing his commitment to contemporary music. Seidenberg's collaborations with renowned quartets and festivals have solidified his place as a vibrant and thoughtful musician in the classical music scene.

Katsura Tanikawa, a dynamic pianist, has established herself as a versatile performer with solo appearances in prestigious venues across Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Her performances with orchestras like the Frankfurt State Symphony and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra have earned her critical acclaim. Tanikawa's solo piano recitals at renowned venues including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall have showcased her virtuosity and musicality. With a repertoire spanning classical to contemporary works, Tanikawa continues to enthrall audiences with her captivating performances and artistic depth.

Tomoko Uchino, an accomplished pianist, has garnered recognition for her performances in recitals and concerts worldwide. With top prizes in prestigious competitions like the Ettlingen International Piano Competition, Uchino's talent shines through her expressive and masterful playing. She's collaborated with instrumentalists and vocalists in renowned concert halls such as Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Weill Hall, leaving audiences spellbound with her artistry. Uchino's dedication to musical excellence and her ability to connect with audiences make her a standout performer in the classical music landscape.

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