Radu Paponiu, Guest Conductor
Featured soloist, Alexandra Carlson, piano
Saturday, March 5, 2022 - 3:00 PM
Moorings Presbyterian Church
- Debussy, Petite Suite, orchestra
- Chopin, Variations of La ci darem la mano
Alexandra Carlson, piano, orchestra
- Mozart Symphony no. 41 Jupiter
Radu Paponiu - Associate Conductor
Radu Paponiu is the Associate Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic and Director of the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Since 2017, Radu has conducted the Naples Philharmonic in nearly forty different classical, education, and pops programs. As a guest conductor, Radu has appeared with the Transylvania State Philharmonic in Romania, Southwest Florida Symphony, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and National Repertory Orchestra. Radu has served as cover conductor on multiple occasions with the Dallas Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, and has assisted conductors including Andrey Boreyko, Iván Fischer, Stéphane Denève, Hans Graf, Donald Runnicles, Cristian Măcelaru, Bernard Labadie, and Leonidas Kavakos. A former faculty member of the Juilliard Pre-College Division, Radu continues his collaboration this season as conductor for the Southeast Asia Music Festival in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Summer Performing Arts with Juilliard in Shanghai, China.
Alexandra Carlson- Passionate Pianist
Alexandra Carlson is a “deeply passionate pianist, whose skills and sensitivity help bring audiences to a new understanding of familiar pieces and open their hearts to the unfamiliar.” Laurence Vittes of Gramophone praised her world premiere recording of Joseph Hallman’s piece, “Hypnotic,” describing the performance as “studded with radiant moments.” European press reviews note how “the audience quickly fell under her spell,” as Carlson enchanted them with “her transcendent precision and soulful playing.” Plainly stated, “Carlson is in true command of the keyboard,” giving audiences “a vibrant performance, underscored by a flawless technique.”
Growing up in the cultural capital of Russia, Carlson earned both her Master of Piano Performance and her Doctorate of Musical Arts, cum laude, from the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg. Performing throughout Europe and Russia she was featured at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, the Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, and on TVRC “Petersburg” radio. Carlson won prizes at the Valentino Bucci (Italy), the Maria Yudina (Russia), the “Hopes, Talents, Masters” (Bulgaria) and the London International Piano Competitions. The New Horizons Project (US) awarded her a fellowship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Now living in the United States, she made her conducting debut with Classic Chamber Concerts.
As a soloist, Carlson has performed with the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the 5th Avenue Chamber Orchestra, among others. ARD TV (Germany) broadcast her performances with the Russian Strings Orchestra and the Junger Künstler Bayreuth Festival. A devoted chamber musician, Carlson has performed with The Metropolitan Opera concertmasters Nikki Chooi and Raymond Gniewek, and The Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim. She also has performed with members of the Jasper String Quartet and the Amernet String Quartet; violinist and conductor Julian Rachlin; Linden String Quartet founder Sarah McElravy; the Tchaikovsky Competition winner Sergei Dogadin; winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize Timothy Chooi; and the Mariinsky Theatre soloists Roman Burdenko and Alexander Gergalov.
As part of her Contemporary Ensemble Fellowship at the Atlantic Music Festival, Carlson performed twenty-three world premieres. An active advocate for contemporary music, Carlson has performed works by Lera Auerbach, Leonid Desyatnikov, Eric Ewazen, Don Freund, Alexander Goldstein, Rene Orth, Georgs Pelecis, Robert Paterson, Anna Segal, Daniel Shapiro, Rodion Shchedrin, James Stephenson, and Joseph Turrin, among others.
She released two albums on the Luna Classic Records label, Parallax (with violinist Daniela Shtereva) and Shades of White. Hailed as “an excellent recording” by the American Record Guide, Carlson can be also heard on the award-winning album, Radiance, with trumpeters Mary Bowden and David Bilger. A passionate educator, Carlson teaches piano performance and chamber music at Ave Maria University (US).