Ayako Yonetani at the Polasek

Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 2 – 4 p.m. in The Capen House at the Polasek

Guest artist, David Bjella.

The Museum’s 12th annual concert music series features internationally acclaimed violin/viola player Dr. Ayako Yonetani and a variety of guest instrumentalists. Held in the elegant Capen-Showalter House, concert-goers experience acoustic perfection in an intimate setting. The performance is followed by a private reception. Limited to 45 seats.

Dr. Ayako Yonetani, a world renowned violinist, began playing at the age of five and made her solo debut at the age of ten.  Later, she made her United States debut as a concertmaster with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Dr. Yonetani received her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees from the Juilliard School. Currently, she is a Professor of Violin/Viola at the University of Central Florida and travels the world as a guest soloist. She is a member of Japan’s premier chamber ensemble in Tokyo.

Cellist David Bjella has a multi-faceted career as a teacher, chamber musician, orchestral player and soloist. He is professor of cello and as well as co-principal of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Michael Stern and was a member of the Inman Piano Trio for 13 years. He is one of the featured IRIS chamber musicians for the Naxos-released CD, “Music of Stephen Hartke,” which was chosen by the New York Times as a Top Ten Classical Recording of 2003. Bjella has also served as visiting associate professor of cello at Florida State University, professor of cello at the University of Central Florida and taught in the Valade Master Teacher program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.