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Student Degree Recital - Alexa Sowers, piano

Event Details
  • Location:
    Eastman School, Kilbourn Hall
  • Date:
    Sunday, November 22, 2020
  • Time:
    3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Event Description

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An active collaborative pianist, Alexa Sowers frequently performs with vocalists, instrumentalists, chamber groups and diverse ensembles. She has worked as studio pianist at Eastman School of Music, the University of Iowa, Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp and Illinois State University in addition to working with multiple choirs, instrumental ensembles and opera programs.

While the pianist for Illinois State University's Wind Symphony ensemble, Alexa had the pleasure of performing, touring and recording all contemporary repertoire while working with living composers including William Bolcom. She also performed with the wind symphony and choral ensembles in the RED NOTE New Music Festival in Illinois. Following her interest in contemporary music, she most recently studied and conducted research in Paris at L'Ircam, Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM).

As a solo pianist, Alexa has won numerous competitions. She has been a featured pianist in the Piano Sundays at Old Capitol concert series in Iowa City and participated in several festivals including the Young Artist World Piano Festival and the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Italy.

Alexa received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the University of Iowa and her Master of Music degree in collaborative piano at Illinois State University. Her instructors and mentors include Jean Barr, Russell Miller, Tuyen Tonnu, Ksenia Nosikova, Paul Wirth and Rachel Joselson. Alexa is currently studying with Dr. Andrew Harley at Eastman School of Music where she is a DMA candidate in piano accompanying and chamber music. At Eastman School of Music, she has held a graduate assistantship as opera pianist/coach and is currently holding a graduate assistantship as studio pianist. 

Zack Goldstein currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music. In his four years at the University of Toronto principal teachers included Stephen Pierre, David Bourque, and Miles Jaques. Throughout his undergraduate degree, Zack's passion for orchestral music was developed and heightened through two seasons with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and three seasons with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. He is a recipient of a number of awards including, the University of Toronto President's Scholarship, the Arthur Plettner Award, the Ezra Schabas Performance Award, the David and Marcia Beach Summer Study Award, and the Norman and Hinda Tobias Memorial Scholarship. He is also a 2020 Canada Council for the Arts grant recipient. Zack has spent his last few summers participating in a number of chamber music and solo festivals around the world including the Savonlinna Music Academy in Finland, and the Domaine Forget Music Academy in Québec.

He is currently looking forward to beginning his Master of Music degree this fall at the Eastman School of Music where he will be studying with Professor Michael Wayne. 

Jonathan Fenwick began violin at age four. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Oberlin Conservatory as a student of David Bowlin.  He has won concerto competitions and performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and Binghamton Community Orchestra. He has won first place at both the New York State Empire Competition and MTNA New York State competition. He has attended Chautauqua Institution, Bowdoin Festival, BUTI Tanglewood, Kinhaven, and Greenwood. He studies with Mikhail Kopelman at Eastman School of Music.


Christophe Koenig grew up in East Aurora, NY and began playing the violin at the age of 4 under the tutelage of Amy Glidden, Associate Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2008, he became a part of his first orchestra, the Greater Buffalo Youth String Orchestra, a division of the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra which he joined in 2012. In 2014, he became concertmaster of his youth orchestra, a position he held until his graduation in 2017. In 2017, Christophe appeared on the NPR radio show "From the Top" during their live show in Buffalo (#333). Christophe began attending the Eastman School of Music in 2017 and has performed as concertmaster with both the Eastman School Symphony orchestra and the Eastman Philarmonia. Christophe has attended many festivals including the Castleman Quartet Program, Interlochen Arts camp, the National Orchestral Institute, and the National Repertory Orchestra. Christophe is a big proponent of community outreach, performing in many retirement homes, BPO gala pre-concerts, and elementary and middle schools throughout the WNY area. Christophe currently studies with Juliana Athayde, Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and plays on an H.C. Silvestre violin from 1889.

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