Composers Festival spotlight: Julie Rosenfeld and Peter Miyamoto

Performing as guest artists at the Mizzou International Composers Festival this year are violinist Julie Rosenfeld and pianist Peter Miyamoto, who will be playing together as part of the “Mizzou New Music” concert on Friday, July 29 at the Missouri Theatre.

Rosenfeld (pictured, top left) joined the faculty of the University of Missouri School of Music in the fall of 2014 as assistant professor, violin and a member of the Esterhazy Quartet. Previously, from 2009 until 2013 she was assistant professor of violin in-residence at the University of Connecticut, and from 2001 to 2009 she was a visiting professor of music at Bard College.

She also has taught violin and chamber music at the European Mozart Academy in Poland, and has served on juries for the Astral Foundation, the Juilliard School, the Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, the Banff International String Quartet Competition, and others.

A native of Los Angeles, Rosenfeld attended the Curtis Institute of Music and received a bachelor of music from the University of Southern California and a master of music from Yale University.

As a performer, she has appeared at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Newport and La Jolla Chamber Music Festivals and as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has recorded for labels including Parnassus Records, Albany Records, and BMG Classics, for which she performed on two CDs of French chamber music with André Previn.

As the first violinist of the award-winning Colorado Quartet for 32 years, Rosenfeld played more than 1200 concerts throughout the United States and Canada and in more than 20 other countries.

Widely praised for their recordings of both standard and contemporary repertoire, the quartet performed and promoted the work of living composers such as Karel Husa, Joan Tower, Richard Wernick, Katherine Hoover, George Tsontakis, Laura Kaminsky, and Libby Larsen.

The Colorado Quartet was in residence at Bard College from 2000 until 2009, and also directed the Soundfest Festival and Institute of String Quartets, a music camp for players aged 10 to adult amateurs in Falmouth, Massachusetts, from 1991 until disbanding in 2013.

Peter Miyamoto is professor of piano and chamber music at Mizzou. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music, Yale University School of Music, Michigan State University, and the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Before coming to Missouri, Miyamoto (pictured, bottom left) taught at Michigan State University and the California Institute of the Arts and also served as head of the piano faculty at the New York Summer Music Festival.

In 1990, he was named the winner of the first-ever Gilmore Young Artist award, and he has won numerous other competitions, including the American Pianist Association National Fellowship Competition, the D’Angelo Competition, the San Francisco Symphony Competition and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Competition.

Miyamoto has performed in recital and as a soloist in Canada, England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, China, and Japan, and in major US cities including Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

He has performed with orchestras such as the Chautauqua Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Florida Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony, and many others. As a chamber musician, he has played with Charles Castleman, Victor Danchenko, Lara St. John, members of the Blair, Borromeo, Euclid and Pacifica String Quartets, and many others. Miyamoto is a former member of the August Trio and the Beaumont Trio, and was a founding member of the Quadrivium Players, the resident ensemble at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Miyamoto’s critically acclaimed solo CDs include The Chopin Ballades and Fantasies, A Schubert Recital, Brahms Works, and A Piano Recital.

You can hear performances by Julie Rosenfeld (with the Colorado Quartet) and Peter Miyamoto in the embedded media players below.

The Colorado Quartet – Julie Rosenfeld (violin), Deborah Lydia Redding (violin), Marka Gustavsson (viola) and Diane Chaplin (cello) – and oboist Humbert Lucarelli perform the string quartet version of John Corigliano’s “Aria – Adagio” from his Concerto for oboe and orchestra.

“Pictures at an Exhibition” performed by Peter Miyamoto (piano) with Keisuke Hoashi (narrator) in July 2012 for the New York Summer Music Festival at the Goodrich Theatre at SUNY Oneonta College.