Presidential Chamber Music Series: Piano Sextets - Willy Sucre and Friends
Escena Adaluza for Solo viola, piano, and string quartet: Crepusculedu Soir Allegretto Mosso; A La Fenetre Andantino Mosso -- Joaquin Turina
Scherzo Op. Postumus for violin and piano -- Johannes Brahms
Concerto in D Major, Op. 21 for violin, piano, and string quartet: Decide, Sicilienne, Grave, Tres Anime -- Ernest Chausson
Guillermo Figueroa, violin
Krzysztof Zimowski, violin
Willy Sucre, viola
Cherokee Randolph, viola
Ivonne Figueroa, piano
James Holland, cello
About The Performers
Violinist Guillermo Figueroa was Music Director of the former New Mexico Symphony and serves as Music Director of the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado as well as Principal Guest Conductor of the Puerto Rico Symphony.
Figueroa was a founding member and concertmaster of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and concertmaster of the New York City Ballet.
As part of Puerto Rico's most distinguished musical family, he has appeared with the Figueroa Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center. He studied at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico with his father and uncle. At the Julliard School his teachers were Oscar Shumsky and Felix Galimir. His conducting studies were with Harold Farberman in New York.
Figueroa and his wife, violinist Valerie Turner, are the Founders and Artistic Directors of the Festival de Musica Rondeña chamber series in Albuquerque.
Violinist Krzysztof Zimowski was the concertmaster and featured soloist of the former New Mexico Symphony Orchestra for more than a decade. Born in Wroclaw, Poland, he began his musical studies at the age of six. In 1977 Zimowski received his master's degree with honors from the Academy of Music in Wroclaw. After participating in the 1978 Carl Flesch International Violin Competition, he continued his studies at the Morley College of Music in London. Having been concertmaster of the State Opera Orchestra in Wroclaw, Zimowski joined the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra in 1981. In 1985, he was appointed concertmaster of this orchestra which toured Europe, South America, and the U. S. He moved to New Mexico in 1986 to help form the Helios String Quartet, the ensemble-in-residence of PAS from 1987 until 1997. Zimowski lives in Albuquerque with wife, Urzula, also a musician, and their son.
Pianist Ivonne Figueroa began her musical studies at the age of five with her father Guillermo and other members of Puerto Rico’s most distinguished musical family; later a pupil of Pablo Casals, Rudolf Serkin, Claude Franck and Felix Galimir. In 1966 Ms. Figueroa was awarded the Pablo Caslas Scholarship by the maestro himself.
She won the coveted Robert Schumann International Piano Competition in East Germany; has performed in Europe, Central America and the Caribbean. Figueroa has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Weill recital Hall, Merkin Hall and the Festival Casals in Puerto Rico. She has been a soloist with orchestras in New York, Germany(DDR), Michigan, Puerto Rico and New Mexico; with brother violinist Guillermo Figueroa, toured as the Figueroa Duo. Also under the direction of her brother, she toured the Dominican Republic with the PR Symphony last April. She performed with the Figueroa Quartet at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Casals Festival in February.
At present Dr. Figueroa works at the education department of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.
Cellist James Holland began cello studies at the age of nine in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in cello performance from the University of Alabama and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music.
Upon completion of his master's degree, Holland was invited to become a member of the Miami-based New World Symphony, where for two years he performed, toured and recorded under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. In 1996 he successfully auditioned to become principal cellist for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and cellist for the Charleston Symphony String quartet, a position he held until 2007.
For many years he has been an active enthusiastic cello teacher and chamber music coach. He lives in Albuquerque with his wife, violinist Megan Holland.
Violist Cherokee Randolph started playing through the string orchestra program in the Albuquerque Public Schools as well as the Albuquerque Youth Symphony through high school. She earned a BM in Viola Performance from UNM, and worked on her Master's at Boston University, where she studied with Michael Zaretsky. Cherokee played with the Mexico City Philharmonic for 16 years, returning to Albuquerque in 2006. Since that time she has performed with many groups in the area including the Santa Fe Symphony, Opera Southwest, The Figueroa Project, Chatter, Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, Santa Fe Opera, Taos Chamber Group. Cherokee currently teaches orchestra with the Rio Rancho Public Schools an coaches young violists with the AYS Program.
About Willy Sucre
Violist Willy Sucre has been and continues to be the driving force behind the “Willy Sucre & Friends” concerts. Born in La Paz, Bolivia, Sucre studied at the Conservatorio Nacional de Musica in La Paz; Colby College Chamber Music Institute in Waterville, Maine; Mannes School of Music in New York; and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland.
He was a member of the former NMSO; conductor and Music Director of the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra; assistant conductor and principal viola of the Canada Symphony Orchestra in Montreal; assistant conductor and assistant principal viola of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra; principal viola and guest conductor of the National Symphony of Bolivia, the Chamber Orchestra of La Paz, and the Albuquerque Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Sucre was the founder of the Cuarteto Boliviano, guest violist with various chamber music ensembles, and for ten years the violist of the Helios String Quartet.
His experience includes extensive chamber music concerts, lectures and school demonstrations, CD recordings, and television performances throughout South, Central and North America. Sucre spends most of his summers in South America pursuing his major interests: to find new works of chamber music by modern composers and to encourage composers both here and in South America to write new pieces, especially piano quartets. He enjoys playing with other musicians and ensembles of diverse instrumentation.