Chertock, Posnock To Give BMC Free Concert


March 25, 2019

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Michael Chertock

Brevard Music Center (BMC), in association with Brevard College in Brevard and Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) in Hendersonville, has announced its April program of chamber concerts as part of BMC's FREE Community Concerts Series.

"Brevard Music Center is extremely proud to share the gift of music with thousands of music lovers throughout the region," said BMC President and CEO Mark Weinstein. "Only two more free community concerts remain before our 2019 summer music festival begins in June. Don't miss the opportunity to experience world-class musicians and inspiring artistry in two beautiful, intimate settings!"

On Monday, April 1, two distinguished BMC faculty members will take center stage in an afternoon chamber concert featuring Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor and Franck's Violin Sonata in A major. Violinist Jason Posnock will be joined by pianist Michael Chertock at the First Mondays concert in Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center on the Brevard College campus. Posnock is also BMC's director of Artistic Planning and Educational Programs.

April's local charity partner is Mountain Sun Community School.

On Tuesday, April 2, at 12:30 p.m., both musicians will travel to the First United Methodist Church in Hendersonville for Chamber Music Tuesdays.

Violinist Posnock enjoys a versatile musical career both in the United States and internationally. He has performed regularly in such prominent American ensembles as the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and has accompanied them on tours to Europe, South America, the Far East and New York's Carnegie Hall. Since making his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 10, Posnock has appeared as orchestral soloist on numerous occasions.

Originally from New Jersey, Posnock began taking violin lessons at the age of 4. His early teachers included famed pedagogue Samuel Applebaum and David Arben. He attended Princeton University, graduating with honors in 1994, and went on to earn his ARCM(PG) from the Royal College of Music, London, where he studied with Felix Andrievsky. He continued his studies with Yumi Scott before completing the performance residency program at Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Andrés Cárdenes.

Concertmaster of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra since 2007, Posnock has previously held the position of Concertmaster with the Clarksburg Symphony Orchestra and McKeesport Symphony Orchestra. Posnock has devoted much of his time to teaching and working with young musicians, serving on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center, and as artist lecturer in violin at Carnegie Mellon University. Presently Posnock resides with his family in Brevard, serves on the faculty of Brevard College, and is the director of Artistic Planning & Educational Programs at the Brevard Music Center.

Pianist Chertock has fashioned a successful career as an orchestral soloist, collaborating with conductors such as James Conlon, Jaime Laredo, Keith Lockhart, Erich Kunzel and Andrew Litton.

Chertock serves as the principal keyboardist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and is chair of the keyboard division at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, where he received his master's degree. He has garnered numerous awards at major competitions, among them the top prize in the 1989 Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition (Brahms Division,) and the grand prize in the 1993 St. Charles International Piano Competition. He also shared the silver medal in the 1991 World Piano Competition of the American Music Scholarship Association. He received the Rildia B. O'Bryon Cliburn Scholarship in 1986.

Chertock makes his home in Cincinnati with his wife Maaike, son, Joshua and daughters, Maria and Janneke.

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