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Festival Chamber Soloist Gilberto Munguía

By Héctor Lozano

Festival Chamber Soloist Gilberto Munguía
First concert:
Fri, Dec 19, 8pm
300/400 pesos
First free concert:
Sat, Dec 20, 12pm
Teatro Las Trojes
Centro Cultural Santa María del Obraje
Calzada de la Presa 90
Tickets on sale starting Dec 12, Mon-Sat, 11am-2pm
Casas Coloniales
Canal 36

The Centro Cultural de Santa Maria del Obraje has the honor of presenting the Festival Solistas de Cámara Gilberto Munguía. After 18 successful seasons with the Festival International de San Miguel de Allende, Gilberto Munguía returns with his friends, internationally known artists, playing the great works from the chamber music repertoire. The festival takes place from December 19 to 31.

Thomas Hrynkiw, pianist

Thomas Hrynkiw made his first orchestral appearance at the age of 13. At 19, as a result of winning the top prize in a competition, he performed the Tchaikovsky concerto with Maestro Leopold Stokowski to great acclaim. After winning numerous awards and competitions, such as the Frank Huntington Beebe Award, the Harold Bauer Award, the National Music Teachers Association Award, and grants from the International Institute of Education, he continued his career performing in the major capitals of Europe. In the United States, he has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Constitution Hall, and the National Gallery of Art.

Hrynkiw has appeared with such artists as Gabriella Tucci, Richard Stoltzman, and Erick Friedman, as well as with soloists from the Bolshoi Opera. He has performed with the Muir, Audubon, DaPonte, and St. Lawrence strings quartets. His discography includes recordings with Gilberto Munguia, Bert Lucarelli, and Paul Plishka. He has recorded the piano music of Glinka for Musical Heritage Society, and the Chopin Ballades, Chopin Scherzos, Russian Romantics, My Favorites Encores, and several hundred accompaniments for the Yamaha Disklavier. For many years he served as vocal director, soloist, and music advisor for the Newport Music Festival (Rhode Island) and has appeared at numerous other festivals, including the Mt. Gretna Festival (Pennsylvania), the Sitka Festival (Alaska), the Beethoven Festival (Long Island), and the Festival de San Miguel de Allende (Mexico). For over a decade he has been director of the Ukrainian Music Institute in New York.

He has given master classes or been a guest teacher at Dartmouth, University of Minnesota, University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and Northern Arizona University. Many of his piano students attend prestigious schools including Juilliard, Oberlin, Duquesne, Carnegie Mellon, Temple, and Indiana University. Last year Mr. Hrynkiw completed a unique and historic recording project involving the piano music of Ukrainian composers.


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