Honoring Pau Casals - A cello recital

Wed Oct 04 2023 at 06:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain | Washington

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Honoring Pau Casals - A cello recital
Spanish cellist Alejandro Gómez, winner of the AENA Special Prize at the 2022 Pau Casals International Award, will offer a cello recital.
About this Event

Pablo Casals (El Vendrell, 1876 – San Juan de Puerto Rico, 1973) was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Cellist, conductor, composer, humanist and staunch fighter for freedom and democracy, his legacy makes him one of the most widely recognized names in music and peace.

This year, 2023, marks the 50th Anniversary of his death, and together with the Pau Casals Foundations, the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain in Washington, DC has organized a concert with last year's winner of the AENA Special Prize of the 2022 Pau Casals International Award.


LEOS JANÁCEK (1854-1928) - Pohádka:

I. Con moto - Andante

II. Con moto - Adagio

III. Allegro

SERGEY PROKOFIEV (1891-1953) - Sonata for violoncello and piano Op. 119:

I. Andante grave

II. Moderato

III. Allegro, ma non troppo

ALEXANDRE TANSMAN (1897-1986) - Fantaisie for violoncello and piano

About the artists

Spanish cellist Alejandro Gomez Pareja started playing the cello at the tender age of four years old. He has has performed as a soloist with National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Catalonia, Andrés Segovia Chamber Orchestra and Dreamers Orchestra, under the batons of Manel Valdivieso, Victor Ambroa and Ramon Torrelledo in Chamber Hall and Symphony Hall at Madrid’s National Auditorium. In 2022 he was invited by Auditori of Barcelona to perform Shostakovitch’s first cello concerto with Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona and Nacional de Catalunya conducted by Alondra de la Parra. At the end of the same year, he got the chance to perform the same concerto with the Orchestre de Caen conducted by Nicolas Simon.

Second prize winner of the Pau Casals International Cello competition, Alejandro is a passionate and devoted chamber musician, having collaborated with musicians like David Afkham, Marta Gulyás, Alena Baeva or Marc Coppey. During his participation in international festivals such as Mozarteum in Salzburg, Brunswick University in Maine and Pau Casals Festival in Prades, he has worked with professors such as Maria Kliegel, Orfeo Mandozzi, Danjulo Ishizaka, Torleif Thedeen and Frans Helmerson. He has been invited to play as part of the Pau Casals Festival in El Vendrell (Tarragona) and in Villerssur Mer Festival in Normandy in Summer 2022.

Highlights of the upcoming season include debut with the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra, two recital concerts in Washington D.C., chamber concert at Sociedad Filarmónica de Burgos and participating at ICEP with Midori Goto.  Gomez Pareja is currently an undergraduate student at Escuela Reina Sofia in Madrid in which he studies with Jens Peter Maintz.

GaYoung Lee, a native of Seoul, South Korea, has completed a Mater of Music Degree in Piano Performance at George Mason University as a piano student of Dr. Linda Apple Monson, Director of School of Music. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Catholic University of Korea and pursued additional studies at the Ewha Womans Graduate School of Music in Seoul. GaYoung Lee began piano studies at the age of three in her native Korea. She won First prize from The Piano Society of Korea and was the Second place winner in both the Young Artist Piano Concours and Brahms Concours. In addition, GaYoung Lee participated in numerous master classes for such artists as Simone Dinnerstein, Philipp Vogker, Yonghee Chun, and Barry Snyder and music festivals held in Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Russia, and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, New England. GaYoung Lee performed as pianist for Mason’s opera productions and accompanied many voice studios at George Mason University. She is a recipient of the College of Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship Award and the School of Music Foundation Award. GaYoung Lee was also selected as a featured piano soloist of the Mason Honors Recital, Grand Piano Celebration, and Arts by George in 2018 and 2019.


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This activity takes place indoors. All guests must be fully vaccinated and masks are recommended but not mandatory during the event. All safety COVID19 protocols will be followed.

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The best way to arrive is by public transportation. The closest Metro station is Columbia Heights (Green and Yellow line). Limited metered and two-hour zoned parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods. Public parking garage is available at DC USA Shopping Mall (Columbia Heights Metro Station).

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