Young violonist to perform recital at Lycoming College
Violinist Gale Szczepkowski, a brilliant 13-year-old violinist from Elysburg will present a recital at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 in Honors Hall at Lycoming College collaborating with the Russian pianist, Svetlana Rodionova in a program of music by Mozart, Bach, Corigliano and Paganini. The concert is free and open to the public.
Gale began violin studies at age 5. Gale demonstrated unusual violinistic talent early and has received high praise and reviews for her performances. Her early influences include the Susquehanna University Violin Pedagogy Program and the Suzuki Program showing remarkable progress. Since then, her teachers include: Riana Ricci-Muller, daughter of renowned concert violinist Ruggieri Ricci, Peter Sirotin, Concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony and graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and Daniel Han, violinist in the Philadelphia Orchestra and pupil of Roman Totenberg.
Gale currently studies with Dr. Kenneth Sarch, Violin professor at Lycoming College, Concertmaster of the Bloomsburg University Orchestra and former Concertmaster of the Williamsport Symphony, pupil of Ivan Galamian, Dorothy DeLay, and Sally Thomas and Robert Koff at Juilliard. Dr. Sarch was Assistant to Roman Totenberg at Boston University. Gale was playing many of the standard violin concertos including Bruch, Mendelssohn, and Vieuxtemps by the age of 10 and entered the Concerto Competition of the Philadelphia International Music Festival (PIMF) placing first.
Gale was selected to play in a Master Class with Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Dara Morales. The following year, Gale performed the Wieniawski Concerto No. 2 in the Master Class of Kristof Barati. Reaching the ripe old age of 12, Gale entered and won the Phyllis Triolo Competition (2018) held at Penn State University and also was a winner of the 2018 Bloomsburg Young Artist Competition performing the Wieniawski Polonaise in D.
Gale makes up 1/3 of a set of triplets. Her brother, Joseph, and sister, Andie-Jean, are also accomplished violinists. They have performed together as a Triplet Trio! This May, Gale will be performing the Paganini Violin Concerto in Williamsburg with the Intergenerational Orchestra as well as the Vivaldi Concerto for Three Violins with her triplet brother and sister as soloists.
Pianist Svetlana Rodionova enjoys a distinguished career having captivated audiences in Europe and America. She recently performed as soloist in the Rachmaninoff second Piano Concerto with the Nittany Valley Symphony. Svetlana began her performing career in her native city of St. Petersburg, Russia, where she earned her doctorate from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. She performed numerous solo recitals and chamber music concerts in St. Petersburg and on officially sponsored tours of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
After moving to Barcelona, Spain, where she assumed a professorship at the Escola de Musica Virtelia. Svetlana eventually emigrated to America and settled in State College. Her playing can be heard on the album American Tango on the CALA Record Label.
A feature of Gale’s program is the “Red Violin Caprices” for solo violin written for Joshua Bell and taken from the award winning score of the movie by American composer John Corigliano. In addition, Gale will be performing the exciting Violin Concerto by Paganini, which she will perform with orchestra in Virginia in the spring.