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Matt Pickart, violin & Catalin Dima, piano

Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 7:30pm

Hallie Mckinney, Ballroom Hall

Program: Bach, Beethoven, and Ravel

Matt Pickart, director and co-founder of Clazz International
Music Festival, holds a varied career as a violinist, violist, jazz musician,
and teacher. He has the distinct honor and privilege of having been able to
perform at both Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Music Hall’s Weill Recital
Hall. Other career highlights include performances with Grammy nominated
Quartet San Francisco as guest violist on their 2017 European tour, Barry
Manilow on tour, Bernadette Peters, the Vogues, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra,
the Interharmony International Music Festival Orchestra in Italy as featured
soloist, the Beatles Love Album Tribute Tour, Rocktopia, Premier Swingtett at
the B-flat in Berlin, Ritmo Flamenco in Toronto, and the Swingadje Ensemble as
featured soloist on three German tours 2013-2015. His recordings have been
broadcast on Milwaukee’s WMSE, Pittsburgh’s WQED, Lansing’s WKAR, and National
Russian Radio. In 2018 he was named an honorary artist of the Global Music

As a soloist, he has appeared with orchestras in the USA,
Italy, and the Netherlands. In 2018, he opened Beloit Janesville Symphony
Orchestra’s 65th Season as guest soloist for the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto;
performed Dittersdorf’s Sinfonia Concertante for Double Bass and Viola with
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s principal bassist Erik Harris and the Webster
University Orchestra; and performed alongside jazz violin wizard Jeremy Cohen,
in the premiere of his piece Arcidosso Blues, at Clazz 2018. As an orchestral
leader, Pickart has performed with many orchestras, including as concertmaster
of Pittsburgh Philharmonic and principal viola of the International Chamber
Soloists. In 2013, he performed as principal violist of the Shirley Givens
Alumni Orchestra at Julliard’s Paul Hall. As a section player, he has played
with premiere ensembles, including the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and the
Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to classical music, Pickart performs and records
in multiple genres but is most at home with jazz. He was the violinist and
vocalist of the Hot Club of Pittsburgh and a founding member of the Pittsburgh
classical/jazz project, The Groove Aesthetic. He has also been critically
acclaimed for his performances throughout Germany with the Swingadje Ensemble
and the Premier Swingtett. In 2013, Mr. Pickart was a featured artist at
Jazzstadt Stuttgart. He has also participated in several masterclasses and
performances with some of the greatest jazz string players of our time.

In 2016, Mr. Pickart created Clazz International Music
Festival in Arcidosso, Italy, as an opportunity for classically trained
musicians to learn how to improvise through the context of jazz. Clazz has
evolved into a eighteen day summer educational program, integrating classical
and jazz music, and incorporating both internationally recognized jazz and
classical faculty including Grammy award winners, top crossover artists,
soloists, and leading orchestral players. More information can be accessed at

Also active in new music, Mr. Pickart has worked closely
with leading composers such as David Stock and Zhou Tian. In the spring of
2017, he performed as viola soloist for Steven Mackey’s 2007 concerto
Groundswell with the Michigan State University’s new music ensemble, Musique

Mr. Pickart is lucky to count some of the great luminaries
of the music world, among his teachers, such as: Sidney Harth (legendary
American concertmaster); Yuri Gandelsman (former principal violist of Israel
Philharmonic and violist with the Fine Arts Quartet); and Rodney Whitaker
(bassist of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.) Other former teachers include
Walter Verdehr, Charles Stegeman, Tyrone Greive, Eugene Purdue, Alison Jewer,
and Tom Moore on violin; and Marylène Gingras-Roy on viola. He has taken
additional lessons with Noah Bendix-Balgley, Choong-Jin Chang, Charles Pikler,
and Jacques Israelievitch among others; and has played in masterclasses for a
wide variety of artists including Midori, Joan Tower, and Christian Howes.

Mr. Pickart is Assistant Professor of Music at Webster
University in Saint Louis, where he teaches violin, viola, improvisation, and
music entrepreneurship. Prior to coming to Webster University, he served on the
faculty of Beloit College, Michigan State University Community Music School,
Duquesne University’s City Music Center, and University of Wisconsin-Madison’s
Summer Music Clinic among numerous other programs. As a testament to Professor
Pickart’s pedagogy, several of his former students, have entered the
profession, teaching and playing.

Richard Jeric, piano

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 7:30PM

Fine Arts Recital Hall

Program: Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, and Charles Gounod

American pianist Richard Jeric is a dynamic soloist,
avid collaborator, and committed educator. Noted for his “colorful and
flawless” performances, he has performed internationally in England, Italy,
China, Dublin, and Prague as well as nationally in New York, Washington D.C.,
Los Angeles, Cleveland, Kansas City, and Aspen. Richard has appeared with the
Longmont Symphony, Jefferson City Symphony, Medical Arts Symphony, Shenandoah
Conservatory Symphony, UMKC, and Kent State University Orchestras and the
Midwest Chamber Ensemble. His numerous awards and recognitions include the
Shenandoah Conservatory Student Soloist Competition, Jefferson City Symphony
Orchestra Piano Competition in Missouri, UMKC Concerto/Aria Competition,
Naftzger Piano Award in Wichita, Kansas, Artist Presentation Society Auditions
in St. Louis, and KSU Concerto Competition.

Richard has had the high honor to
perform for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington, D.C.
Having a special affinity for collaborating with vocalists in operatic and art
song literature, he has worked with pianists Graham Johnson, Warren Jones,
Martin Katz, and Ken Noda and vocalists Renée Fleming, Nancy Gustafson, Marilyn
Horne, Karita Mattila, and Deborah Voigt. A highlight of Richard’s
ever-evolving career was performing at Carnegie Hall as part of The Song
Continues, a series of master classes founded by the legendary Marilyn Horne. A
proponent of new music, Richard has worked with noted American composers Mark
Adamo, John Corigliano, John Harbison, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, Lowell
Liebermann, and John Musto. He performed with other members of the UMKC
Conservatory as part of the 2014 Beijing Modern Music. He has participated in
summer festivals including SongFest as a Fellowship recipient, Aspen Music
Festival and School, and CCM Prague International Piano Institute.

Richard is on faculty at Nicholls
State University where he cherishes his time working with the next generation
of musicians and educators. He teaches at the Brancaleoni International Music
Festival in Piobbico, Italy during the summers and at the Inner Mongolia
International Classical Music Festival in Tongliao, China during the winters.
Richard received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with
internationally-renowned pianist John O’Conor at Shenandoah Conservatory, his
Artist Certificate and Master of Music degree under the esteemed tutelage of
Robert Weirich at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music
and Dance, and his Bachelor of Music degree under Jerry Wong at Kent State

Alex Malaimare, violin & Catalin Dima, piano

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 @ 7:30pm

Hallie Mckinney, Ballroom Hall

Program: Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, George Enescu, Gh. Dinicu, Joe Hisaichi

Alex ‘Nica’ Malaimare, was born in 1989 in a family of artists. The Romanian violinist has studied at the National University of Music in Bucharest.  After completing his Bachelor’s, he moved to Antwerp, Belgium, for his Masters Degree at the Royal Conservatory. Currently, he pursues his Doctoral Degree at the University of Illinois, where he studies under the guidance of Stefan Milenkovich, Rudolf Haken and Jupiter String Quartet. Alex also studied among others with the celebrated Romanian violinist and teacher Stefan Gheorghiu and has participated in the masterclasses of important musicians such as Almita Vamos, Rachel Barton-Pine, the Chiara String Quartet. Alex has been involved as a soloist in orchestral and chamber groups and had the opportunity to collaborate with esteemed conductors such as Igor Coretti (Slovenia-Italy), Christian Badea (USA), Donald Schleicher (USA), to name a few. Alex has performed in recitals and concerts in important venues in Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, United States. An important part of his career development as a musician has been the winning of the scholarship of the “SoNoRo” Chamber Music workshops. As part of the scholarship award, he had the opportunity of working and also playing in public concerts alongside artists like Corinne Chapelle, Erik Schumann, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Adrian Brendel, David Cohen, Razvan Popovici and Diana Ketler. In addition to winning prizes at violin competitions in Romania, he also was award prizes from individuals and organizations, such as Rotary Club Atheneum, Bucharest, Young Artist Competition of MTNA and the University of Illinois Concerto Competition. Most recently, he was awarded ‘Judges Special Recognition Award’ at Plowman Chamber Music Competition 2017, and 1st Prize at New York Artists International Competition, both with his quartet, with whom he gave a recital on July 6th, at Weill Hall, Carnegie. Most recently, Alex was appointed Adjunct Instructor of Violin at the University of Illinois Springfield, and was a member of the Eykamp String Quartet of the University of Evansville, as well as Principal Second for the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and member of Lincoln Center Stage.

Salon Nights is a Concert Performing Series sponsored by Southeastern State Oklahoma University Department of Music. For any questions please contact Dr. Catalin Dima at