Dumbarton Oaks Concerto
Dumbarton Oaks Concerto
Internationally acclaimed percussionist Steven Schick will serve as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Breckenridge Music Festival, the organization’s summer festival taking place annually mid-July through mid-August. Schick will debut at the Breckenridge podium in his new role in July 2018.
Schick succeeds Artistic Advisor and Conductor, David Danzmayr whose tenure began in 2015 and culminated in the 2017 season. Beginning in the 2018 festival season, Schick will conduct the Festival Chamber Orchestra for 3 weeks.
As the principle architect and animating artistic personality of the summer Festival, Steven Schick will rehearse, conduct and oversee the artistic quality of the orchestra, and from time-to-time, perform solos or chamber music.
As a percussionist, conductor, and author, Steven has championed contemporary percussion music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. The most important of these have become core repertory for solo percussion.
He is artistic director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. As a conductor, he has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, Ensemble Modern, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. He is the curator of, and will be conductor and percussion soloist in, “It’s About Time,” a festival of the San Diego Symphony held January of 2018. Steven is Distinguished Professor of Music and holds the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego. He was music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival, and is co-artistic director, with Claire Chase, of the Summer Music Program at the Banff Centre.
Schick’s publications include a book, “The Percussionist’s Art: Same Bed, Different Dreams,” and many articles. He has released numerous recordings including the 2010 “Percussion Works of Iannis Xenakis,” and its companion, “The Complete Early Percussion Works of Karlheinz Stockhausen” in 2014. Also, in 2014, he was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.
A versatile and dynamic violinist, Aisslinn Nosky has enraptured the world with her impeccable technique and innovative curiosity. Her fierce passion for early music and skills as soloist, director, and conductor have created a robust appreciation by press and audiences alike. Hailed as, “a fearsomely powerful musician” by The Toronto Star and called, “superb” by The New York Times, demand for Aisslinn spans continents and continues to grow.
Concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston, Aisslinn has also recently collaborated with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Holland Baroque, and the Charlotte Symphony. From 2005 to 2016 she was a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.