International artists, Allison Eldredge, cellist, and pianist, Yoshie Akimoto, will present a concert at the Washington DC Temple Visitors’ Center, Saturday, November 22, at 7 pm. Free to the public.
Heralded as “a musician of remarkable gifts” by the Chicago Tribune, Allison Eldredge has captivated audiences throughout the world. On the occasion of her Carnegie Hall debut, the New York Times hailed Ms. Eldredge as “an impassioned soloist.” She has been the soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Boston Pops, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and China National Symphony, to name a few. In 1989, Ms. Eldredge had the honor of being recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, a coveted Lincoln Center Grant given to outstanding solo instrumentalists. She is presently Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival in Killington, Vermont, a summer festival focused on the training of young musician in chamber music and solo performance. She lives in Boston with her husband, Max Levinson and her two daughters, Natalie and Jessica.
Yoshie Akimoto has enjoyed a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. She first achieved recognition in her native Japan at age ten when she won first prize in the prestigious All-Japan Student competition. She is also a winner of the International JS Bach competition in Washington DC and has performed throughout the US, Europe and Japan. As a duo partner with cellist Allison Eldredge, a few of the famous concert halls throughout the world where they have performed are the Moscow Conservatory Hall; Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kennedy Center, Ravinia in Chicago; Royce Hall in Los Angeles; Symphony Hall in San Francisco; and the 92 Street Y in New York City.
Other performers will be piano students of Akimoto at Julliard: Jeffrey Lee, soloist at the 2008 Democratic Convention and prizewinner of numerous competitions; Umi Garrett, 8 year old, who received first prize in the SYMF Bach Festival this year, competing against artists up to age 18; Alex Beyer, 14, the 2008 New Haven Symphony Concerto competition winner, who has performed with them five times this season. He was the youngest prizewinner in the competitions 20-year history.
The Center is located at 9900 Stoneybrook Drive, Kensington, MD 20895. For further information and directions, call 301-587-0144.