Piedmont Piano Company is pleased to present

Justin Ouellet & Karen Rosenak
VoiLaViola VI

VoiLaViola is a new series of concerts exploring time-honored and lesser-known works for viola as well as newly commissioned works. Conceived and curated by Bay Area violist Justin Ouellet, VoiLaViola aims to cultivate an awareness and appreciation of the viola as a solo instrument while revealing the breadth of repertoire composed for this distinctive, indispensable, yet occasionally overlooked member of the string family. Justin is joined by pianist Karen Rosenak.

Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 4pm
at Piedmont Piano Company
1728 San Pablo Ave. (at 18th), Oakland, CA

FREE admission, donations accepted. Reservations recommended. Please call (510) 547-8188 or email music@piedmontpiano.com


Having collaborated with some of the world's leading players including Wayne Lin, Emil Miland, Julian Schwarz, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, as well as members of the Rawlins Trio, Alexander & Hausmann Quartets, Justin Ouellet is quickly garnering a reputation as a top performer of chamber, orchestral and contemporary repertoire. He has worked with an array of conductors including the award winning Gerard Schwarz, John McLaughlin Williams and Arnie Roth. As an orchestral & chamber musician, Justin has performed throughout the United States in halls such as Carnegie Hall in NYC, Boston's Symphony Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, and internationally in the countries of Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, Puerto Rico & Switzerland. Residencies, fellowships & summer festivals include the Atlantic Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Festival of Youth Symphonies of Americas, St. Mark's International Music Festival, PARMA New Music Festival, as well as the Philadelphia International Music Festival. Justin is in his fourth year on the faculty of the Oakland School for the Arts as co-director of orchestral studies and has continued his mission in expanding the chamber music and strings program. He is a core member of the new music repertory group CMASH which is committed to establishing and nurturing long-term collaborative relationships between composers and performers. Current collaborations and premieres for the 2017-2018 season include works by David Conte, john Grimmett, Derek Sup and Nicky Sohn. Justin attended Temple University and holds a joint bachelor's degree from Emerson college and Longy School of Music at Bard College. His primary teachers and coaches include Mimi Bravar, Che-Hung Chen & Dimitri Murrath. When not playing classical music, Justin has worked with alternative/jazz/rock artists such as Air Traffic Controller, Patrick Anseth, Kev Choice, Mark Erelli, Dave Godowsky, Jennifer Johns and more. He lives with his wife Ann Moss in Richmond, CA

Karen Rosenak served as pianist and founding member of new music ensembles San Francisco-based Earplay, the Empyrean Ensemble at UC Davis, and performed with other Bay Area new music ensembles as well, including Left Coast and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. Retired from fulltime teaching, but currently administering piano instruction parttime at UC Berkeley, she has continued to maintain an active performance schedule. Recent performances include West Edge’s Snapshot in Berkeley and San Francisco, and a presentation on the Clementi fortepiano in the DeBellis Collection at San Francisco State University. She performed a Haydn piano concerto with the New Esterhazy Quartet in March, and coaches fortepiano in conjunction with their summer classical music workshop offered through SFEMS (San Francisco Early Music Society). She will be appearing with violist Ben Simon and contralto Karen Clark in an all-Brahms concert at Freight and Salvage and other Bay Area venues in October, 2017.


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