Max and Isabelle

Season Opener

Max Rabinovitsj Returns to Open the Season

Featured soloist, Isabelle Durrenberger, Violin

Saturday, January 29, 2022 - 3:00 PM
Moorings Presbyterian Church

Program

  • Felix Mendelssohn, Hebrides Overture, (Fingal’s Cave)
  • Max Bruch, Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
    Isabelle Durrenberger, violin, and Orchestra

Intermission

  • Ludvig van Beethoven, Symphony #7
    Orchestra

Max Rabinovitsj - Artistic Director

Artistic Director Max Rabinovitsj brings a remarkable professional background to his position. In Europe, he founded the Trio da Vinci, which toured extensively on that continent. He was Director of Festivals in Entrecasteaux, France and in Sintra and Evora in Portugal. Max debuted as a solo recitalist in New York City at Alice Tully Hall, in Lincoln Center, and performed the Bach Double concerto in Carnegie Hall with Isaac Stern. As a conductor, he became well known for his interpretations of the classical repertoire and his work with Youth Orchestras. He conducted great artists such as Rostropovich, Jaime Laredo, Gil Shaham, Viktoria Mullova, Maria Joao Pires, Davide Gueringas, Roger Pascal, Pierre Amoyal and many others. As soloist, Max has played under James Levine, Leon Fleisher, Max Rudolf, Thomas Mayer, Walter Susskind, Vladimir Goldschman, Jerzy Semkov, Lukas Foss, Claudio Scimone, Eleazar De Carvalho, Michel Tabachnik, and Philippe Bender.

Max has been a Professor at Washington University, the University of Texas and the University of Evora (Portugal). He has also taught at the Nice Conservatory (France) and Edgecliff Academy in Cincinnati. He met his wife Mary, a harpist, when they were both students at The Curtis Institute of Music.

Since moving to Naples a little over six years ago, Max and his wife have been active in the Naples music community. He has performed at the Cultural Russian Center many times and continues as violinist in The Trio da Vinci. The other Trio da Vinci members are Dror Biran, piano and Paul York, cello. The members are all on the faculty of Louisville School of Music where Max goes every year to give master classes and perform.

Max hopes to continue giving recitals in Naples. He has played recitals with pianist Alexandra Carlson both in Naples and Sarasota. His calendar is quite full and exciting. Becoming Music Director of The Naples Community Orchestra fulfills a lifelong passion for conducting. Max is on the board of The Russian Cultural Center and is an Ex Officio Board Member of Naples Community Orchestra.

Isabelle Durrenberger

Isabelle Ai Durrenberger, violin, (Columbus, OH), is currently pursuing her M.M. degree with Donald Weilerstein and Soovin Kim at the New England Conservatory. Durrenberger completed her B.M. at the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Jaime Laredo. In 2020, Durrenberger was chosen as Featured Young Artist and performed a recital at Music from the Western Reserve. Durrenberger was awarded the Milton Preves Memorial 3rd Prize at the 2018 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and won the 2019 Tuesday Musical Scholarship and Performance Prize. Durrenberger was a candidate in the 2019 Sendai International Music Competition, 2017 Isang Yun Violin Competition, and 2017 Stulberg International String Competition. Durrenberger has collaborated with many American orchestras including the Columbus Symphony, Asheville Symphony, and Lakeside Symphony Orchestra amongst many others. Durrenberger recently participated in masterclasses with Mihaela Martin, Olivier Charlier, David Chan, and attended the IMS Prussia Cove in the class of Gerhard Schulz. Durrenberger performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of New York String Orchestra Seminar in 2018 and 2015. Durrenberger is of Taiwanese-Japanese-American descent and performs on a Terry Borman violin.