Renata & Friends

Thursday July 11th 7PM
Grand Manse Great Hall
129 N. 10th St., 3rd Floor

Polish violin virtuoso Renata Arfman Knific will be joined by Japanese cellist Bruce Uchimura and American pianist Susan Wiersma Uchimura in an evening of music from the Great American Songbook arranged by Renata's son and 4 time ASCAP Young Composer Award winner, Gene Knific.

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Renata Artman Knific's international career began in London when she joined the English Chamber Orchestra at the age of 21. Tours of Europe, North and South America and Asia followed, with artists such as Herman Bauman, Barry Tuckwell, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Maurice Andre, Pinchas Zuckerman, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern,Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Murray Perahia. She worked closely with conductors Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, Edo De Waart and Christoph Eschenbach, and recorded dozens of records for the EMI, Decca, and CBS labels.

As a chamber musician, Artman Knific performs 20 to 40 concerts annually throughout the world, including appearances at Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, St. John’s, London, and the Banff Center for the Arts. She has also appeared in chamber music festivals and as a soloist throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada.

Artman Knific is Professor of Music at Western Michigan University. She has also taught at the Encore School for Strings, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Lancut Festival in Poland. Artman Knific has served as artist-in-residence and visiting professor at The China Conservatory, Beijing, since 2008. She performs and teaches at the Orfeo International Festival and Academy in Italy, and has appeared at the Edinburgh, South Bank, Bermuda, Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, Hong Kong, Skaneateles, and Graz International Festivals.

Her former students perform in the Cavani, Pro Arte, and Cypress Quartets and in orchestras throughout the world including the Cleveland, Houston, Honolulu, Vancouver, New World, and Sao Paulo Symphonies as well the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Artman Knific is a founding member of the contemporary ensemble, OPUS 21, and has premiered nearly two dozen works by many leading composers in recent years. She released West of Everywhere, a crossover recording featuring her with a variety jazz greats including Gene Bertoncini, Sir Roland Hanna, John Abercrombie, Jamey Haddad, and Billy Hart. Leonarda Records released her premiere recording of Marga Richter’s concerto for piano, violin, cello and orchestra titled Variations and Interludes on Themes from Monteverdi and Bach to critical acclaim. She recently recorded the works for violin and piano by William Bolcom, at the composer’s request, for MSR Classics. The CD has received sterling reviews and was selected as CD of the Month by The BBC Music Magazine.

Joining Renata will be her exceptional friends include Bruce Uchimura, a Japanese cellist with chamber music tours of Europe and the U.S. for over 30 years and Susan Wiersma Uchimura, an American pianist who has served on the faculties of such prestigious institutions as the Meadowmount School and Aspen Music School. Also appearing with be her husband, acclaimed bassist Tom Knific. The evening will include music from the Great American Song Book arranged by Renata's son, Gene Knific, a 4X ASCAP Young Composer winner.