Andrew Sords Trio
A first for the KAA, we are looking forward to presenting the Andrew Sords Trio. Violinist Andrew Sords is an acclaimed and award-winning soloist from Cleveland. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician on four continents for over 300 different orchestras. Joined by pianist Elizabeth DeMio, cellist Nathanael Matthews, and special guest Lara Nie (mezzo soprano), the program will include works by Sarasate, Handel-Halvorsen, Strauss, and Mendelssohn.
Violinist Andrew Sords is an acclaimed and award-winning soloist from Cleveland. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician on four continents and has received numerous awards and distinctions including the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Career Grant, the National Shirley Valentin Award, and the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Award.
Following collaborations with nearly 300 different orchestras on 4 continents, American violinist Andrew Sords has garnered accolades for his performances combining visceral virtuosity and ravishing tone. Hailed in the press as “a fully formed artist” (Kalisz-Poland News), "utterly radiant" (Canada’s Arts Forum), and “exceptionally heartfelt and soulful” (St. Maarten’s Daily Herald), Sords has received numerous awards and distinctions reflecting his career trajectory, including the Pittsburgh Concert Society’s Career Grant, the National Shirley Valentin Award, and the NFMC Young Artist Award. A recent debut with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra prompted the Arizona Daily Sun to declare: "[the Sibelius concerto] is a formidable challenge for any violinist, and Sords met that challenge in a flawless performance displaying not only mastery of his instrument but also maturity and sensitivity in the interpretation of this complex work."
Andrew Sords has appeared with celebrated conductors and orchestras. The 2017/18 season features appearances with the Flagstaff Symphony, Pueblo Symphony, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Southeastern Ohio Symphony, Des Moines Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony, Durham Chamber Orchestra, Longmont Symphony, and the Guatemala Bravissimo Festival. In recent seasons, concerto collaborations have included the Oakland Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Motor City Symphony, Kalisz Philharmonic, North State Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Cleveland Philharmonic, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Gulf Coast Symphony, Melbourne Chamber Symphony, and the Dvorak concerto at Toronto’s famed Glenn Gould Studio. Sords made his UK concerto debut in Edinburgh and Scotland (Tchaikovsky) with the Glasgow Philharmonia, and has a forthcoming Croatian debut (Mendelssohn) with Miran Vaupotic. In 2016, Sords returned to his childhood orchestra, the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, with the Barber Concerto (Liza Grossman). A recent outdoor performance of the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra was heard by an estimated audience of 30,000. Additionally, Sords has worked with myriad conductors including Robert Franz, Michael Morgan, Sidney Harth, Mario Mateus, Andrew Sewell, Charles Latshaw, Carl Topilow, Scott Seaton, Luis Biava, and Matthew Kraemer.
Mezzo-soprano Lara Nie is one of the most versatile and accomplished singers performing today, hailed as one of New York’s most “prominent German lied specialists” by New York Magazine and as “an intensely expressive artist” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. As an active orchestral soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, her performances are recognized for their passionate interpretation and sophisticated musicality.
Since her Carnegie Hall debut in 2006 at Weill Recital Hall, Lara has appeared in nationally and internationally renowned recital, chamber and orchestral venues including the Ravinia Festival, Clevland Severance Hall Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Munich’s Gasteig Hall, the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Merkin Concert Hall, the Washington Holocaust Museum Chamber Series, the Windermere Music Festival in Canada, the Edgar M. Bronfman Chamber Music Series, the Society for Ethical Culture, Sun Valley Summer Symphony and the Chicago Civic Orchestra.
Lara has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony and Washington National Orchestra, the Miami String Quartet, the Escher Quartet and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony Bronfman Quartet.
Elizabeth DeMio is well known as a collaborative pianist, recitalist and soloist in the Cleveland area. Besides appearing in over 100 concerts annually with local aspiring musicians, she has toured and given master classes in several cities in the United States, Korea and Mexico. In 2008 she was the pianist for two finalists in the Naumberg International Cello Competition, resulting in her Carnegie Hall debut and subsequent U.S. tour with first place winner David Requiro. Her recordings can be heard on the Crystal, Yaffe and Azica labels.