A Scholarship Benefit Concert featuring the Kantorski-Pope Piano Duo will be presented by the Cleveland Music Club at the Museum Center at Five Points on May 30 at 7:30 p.m.
The Kantorski-Pope Piano Duo was formed in 1988 by pianists Valrie Kantorski and Ann Almond Pope. The duo is a three-time winner of first prize in the Graves Duo-Piano Competition. The two-piano ensemble was awarded the Virginia E. Schrader Residency in the Performing Arts from the Toledo Museum of Art in conjunction with the national touring exhibition entitled Impressionism.
In addition, the duo was selected for membership in the Touring Artists Program of the Ohio Arts Council. Other activities have included performances with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, appearances on Public Radio and television, and participation in the New Music and Arts Festival sponsored by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. The duo has released a recording of the t21 Brahms Hungarian Dances on the Whaling City Sound label. The Kantorski-Pope Piano Duo is a Steinway Artist Ensemble.
Valrie Kantorski has performed in chamber music groups in the Salzburg Music Festival, at Carnegie Recital Hall and numerous other venues throughout the United States. She is the principal keyboardist of the Toledo Symphony, performing as orchestral, chamber, and solo pianist. Ms. Kantorski is a nationally certified teacher of music, maintains a private piano studio in Toledo, Ohio, and is on the music faculty of Adrian College in Michigan.
Kantorski, born and raised in Miami, Fla., soloed with orchestras playing Beethoven and Mozart concerti at the age of 16. She has been on the faculties of Florida State University and Florida International University, a member of the Florida Philharmonic, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Symphony, the Greater Miami Opera orchestra and the South Florida Chamber Ensemble. She has recorded on the Whaling City Sound, Coronet, Capstone and Access labels.
Ann Almond Pope, a native of Cleveland, resides in Chattanooga where she maintains a private piano studio. She has been on the faculties of Bryan College and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Prior to 1998, she was adjunct instructor of piano and piano pedagogy in the College of Music Arts at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and instructor of piano in the Creative Arts Program.
Her earliest training was in Cleveland with Miss Ruth Aiken and subsequently at Chattanooga’s Cadek Conservatory. While studying there, she was soloist with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra under conductor Julius Hegyi.
Pope received the bachelor of music degree from Florida State University where she studied piano with Edward Kilenyi and repertoire with Ernst von Dohnanyi. Her master of music degree is from Bowling State University. She was a keyboardist with the Toledo Symphony during the 1990s and a soloist with the Perrysburg (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. Pope’s arrangements of duo-piano music are published by Belwin/Warner Bros./Alfred. She is a member of ASCAP.
All tickets for the concert have to be purchased in advance to assure seating. They are now available at the Cleveland-Bradley Public Library on Church Street, and at Meagher & Meagher Furniture, at the corner of Inman and Church Streets. Tickets may also be purchased from members of the Cleveland Music Club.
For further information call the Museum Center at Five Points at 423-339-5745.