Trio in B Flat Major, Opus 11 L. van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Fantasy Trio R. Muczynski (1929-2010)
Trio in D Minor, Opus 120 G. Faure (1845-1924)
Oblivion A. Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Bonnie Thron joined the North Carolina Symphony as principal cellist in 2000. She currently is a member of the piano quartet Quercus and frequently plays with the Mallarmé Chamber Players. In the summers, she performs at the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival in Maine.
Previously she was a member of the Peabody Trio, in residence at the Peabody Institute, during which time the group won the Naumberg chamber music competition. Early in her career, Thron was assistant principal cellist of the Denver Symphony for a season, and played and recorded with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. She has had a long history with the Apple Hill Chamber Players, as a guest artist and chamber music coach, and was involved in the group’s first Playing for Peace tour to the Middle East in 1991.
Thron has performed concertos with the North Carolina Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, the Juilliard Orchestra, the Panama National Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and various other orchestras in North Carolina and her original home state of New Hampshire. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include Lynn Harrell, Harvey Shapiro, Norman Fischer, and Elsa Hilger.
Thron also received a BSN from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and worked as a nurse for several years, at Johns Hopkins Hospital and as a case manager in home care nursing, during which time she was a cello teacher at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Thron and her husband, clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz, have a son—pianist, clarinetist, and computer whiz Louis.
Fred Jacobowitz is a graduate of the famous New York City High School of Performing Arts (featured in the movie “Fame”). He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Julliard School, where he studied with the late Leon Russianoff. Later, he pursued doctoral studies at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Loren Kitt. He likes to joke that he got his Clarinet degrees from Julliard and his Sax and Flute degrees from the famous ‘School of Hard Knocks’.
Fred made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall (now Weill Hall) as winner of the Artists International Competition. He was a featured soloist on radio stations WBAI and WQXR in New York City, with the Goldman Band, and in recital throughout the Metropolitan New York area. In addition, he played in and soloed with (and even conducted) the Kingsborough College (Brooklyn, NC) symphonic band. As a chamber musician, he has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and played in the Verrazano Winds Woodwind Quintet in Brooklyn, New York. Other chamber music projects include the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music (Keene, NH) and most recently Washington Musica Viva in Tacoma Park, Maryland.
Mr. Jacobowitz was Principle Clarinetist in the Annapolis (Maryland) Symphony Orchestra from 1989-2002. While living in Baltimore, he also taught clarinet and saxophone at Peabody’s Preparatory Division. He is equally at home in the worlds of Classical, Jazz and Folk, having performed and recorded with his Kol Haruach Klezmer Band and his duo, Ebony and Ivory. Other records include 2 CDs with the Machaya Klezmer Band in Maryland. He has even played in a South Serbian Gypsy Band. He has performed as recitalist and soloist throughout the US, Canada, and Panama.
Fred now resides in Raleigh, NC, where (when not performing out of town) he is a machinist. He teaches woodwinds and freelances, and he can often be heard playing concerts with his wife, North Carolina Symphony Principal Cellist, Bonnie Thron. In addition, he performs as half of the Jacobowitz-Larkin duo with pianist Anatoly Larkin. He runs his own business, Case Closed, fixing musical instrument cases and is a professional Little League Baseball Umpire.
Born in 1979, Russia, Anatoly Larkin has been studying and making music from around the age of 4. After studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in UK, Anatoly completed his doctoral studies in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota under the advice of Alexander Braginsky. In Minnesota, he was a member of the new-music ensemble, Zeitgeist, fulfilling his passion for contemporary and avant-garde music. With Zeitgeist, Anatoly had premiered works by Paul Dresher, Scott Miller, Amy Wurtz, Jerome Kitzke, Bill Banfield, Anthony Gatto, Kathy Jackanich, Justin Rubin, Michael Wittgraf and many others. He continues to be an active improviser, having collaborated with trombonist Patrick Crossland, clarinetist Pat O’Keefe, violinist Yuri Merzhevsky and other artists.
In 2005, he moved to Raleigh, NC, to join Zenph, a music technology company. There he developed a software/manual process, subsequently trademarked as Re-Performance®, that made it possible to hear performances of golden age pianists in famous audio recordings (such as those on wax cylinders, or from 78s) live again, with the help of state-of-the-art reproducing piano technology. He oversaw the recordings of critically acclaimed albums such as, for example, “Bach: The Goldberg Variations 1955 Performance”, “Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff” or “Oscar Peterson: Unmistakable”. He also oversaw the use of this technology in collaborations with live artists, like violinist Joshua Bell and HK Philharmonic. Currently, he is involved in creating Re-Performances of “Steinway Immortals” for Steinway and Sons in New York.
Anatoly continues to perform, teach, and, occasionally, compose music. In his teaching studio, he employs the successful ear-training methods of his first music teacher, Nadezhda Matsayeva. He also teaches music courses at the North Carolina State University. His recent projects include a presentation of piano works by “Russian Composers In Their Early 30s” (featured as a radio special on “The Classical Station”, 89.7FM), piano recordings with piano technician Marc Wienert, chamber performances with musicians Jonathan Kramer, Fred Jacobowitz, Alex Gorodezky and various members of NC Symphony Orchestra, as well as the continuing collaboration with living composers, including John Starosta and Craig Bove.