GENESEO, N.Y. – The dean of SUNY Geneseo’s School of the Arts, Jonathan Gonder, will be guest pianist at the Tremont String Quartet’s concert Nov. 13 in Wadsworth Auditorium. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
Gonder, professor of music, will join the acclaimed in-residence ensemble in the performance of Brahms’ “Quintet for Piano and Strings, Opus 34,” written in 1864. The quartet also will perform Mozart’s “String Quartet in G Major,” written in 1782.
“The Tremont first collaborated with Dean Gonder in the fall of 2008 for a performance of the third movement scherzo from the Brahms work at the college’s annual Kaleidoscope Concert,” said James Kirkwood, Tremont cellist and director of the quartet. “The success of that performance led to plans to perform the entire quintet this season.”
Gonder was named the college’s first dean of the School of the Arts shortly before the Kaleidoscope performance in the summer of 2008. He received his doctorate of musical arts in piano performance at the University of Michigan, where he studied with renowned pianist Gyorgy Sandor. He has received numerous awards and prizes in his career while participating in international, national, provincial and regional music competitions.
The Mozart quartet is the first of the cycle of six quartets that Mozart dedicated to Haydn, which stand as highlights of the classical cycle.
In addition to James Kirkwood, the Tremont includes Richard Balkin and Laura Mahan Balkin (violins) and Linda Kirkwood (viola). The group tours with support of grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The ensemble has distinguished itself with critically acclaimed performances of standard and contemporary American repertory throughout North America and has numerous recordings to its credit.