Carl Donakowski, repeats his highly successful concert of last Spring at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, accompanied by Zhihua Tang from Hong Kong & CMU, winner of the Chicago Chopin competition.
Carl is a member of the Arcos Trio who have just finished their second near sellout concert in our venue. We are pleased and honored to have him share his gift of music with us yet again.
Carl Donakowski, Cello
Cellist Carl Donakowski was a finalist in the 1989 Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin. His recital performances have aired on WQRS Detroit, WQXR New York, and Südwestfunk Baden-Baden. As a chamber musician, he has been a member of the North Shore Pro Musica of New York and of the Fontana Chamber Music Society. He has performed at the Bartók, Manitou, Staunton, Tanglewood and Beethoven music festivals. In the summer he teaches and performs at the Bay View Music Festival, the longest-running music festival in the United States. As a member of the West End Chamber Ensemble, he won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to be artist-in-residence with the Chamber Music America Rural Residency Chamber Music Initiative. Mr. Donakowski is a member of the ARCOS piano trio whose CD Big Sky featuring works by Joan Tower, Ellen Taaffe Zwillich and Amy Beach was released in 2008.
Mr. Donakowski is a graduate of Indiana University where he studied with Janos Starker and GaryHoffman. He has also studied with Timothy Eddy, and William Pleeth.
Mr. Donakowski is Associate Professor of Cello at James Madison University. He previously served on the faculties of Central Michigan University School of Music and Alma College.
Zhihua Tang, Pianist
Zhihua Tang was born in Shanghai, China and studied at Shanghai conservatory, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and Michigan State University. Her teachers include Menahem Pressler, Martin Katz, Deborah Moriarty and Dady Mehta. In addition, she has been a frequent performer in master classes conducted by distinguished pianists such as Joseph Kalichstein, Mark Durrand, Anton Querti, John Perry, Russell Sherman and Paul Badura Skoda.
Her activities as a concerto soloist include performances with Detroit Civic Orchestra, Alma Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Indiana University Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Ballet Orchestra and Shanghai Conservatory Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Tang has collaborated with violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, Yuval Yaron, Emmanuelle Boisvert, Hai Xin Wu, Cellist Robert deMaine, Hai Ye Ni, violist James VanValkenberg, flutist Jeff Zook, Maxim Rubtsov, hornist Karl Pituch, bassoonist Robert Williams, oboist Dwight Parry, Soprano Molly Fillmore and Arianna String Quartet, among others. Tang has been a participant in numerous festivals including Aspen Music Festival, Gilmore Festival and Banff International Keyboard Festival.
Tang was top prize winner of the Beethoven Sonata Competition in Memphis, Tennessee (2005), the Central Division of the MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition (1995), Chopin Competition in Chicago (1994). She has also received honorable mention at XII International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland (1990).
Tang has been on faculty of Eastern Michigan University, Alma College, University of North Dakota. She currently teaches at Central Michigan University, School of Music.