Looking back at 2017: (Duo Night): Yael Weiss and Mark Kaplan

Aug. 12 Weiss/Kaplan – Duo violin and piano – Classical

7 pm pre-show talk and 8 pm performance at The Hall

Mark Kaplan, violin

Mark Kaplan has established himself as one of the leading violinists of his generation. His consummate artistry has resulted in engagements with major orchestras throughout the world and collaborations with many of the world’s foremost conductors. Recent concerts have included the Elgar concerto with Leonard Slatkin at London’s Royal Festival Hall, and appearances with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and the Malaysian Philharmonic.

Mr. Kaplan’s extensive discography includes the highly praised 2016 release of Bach’s Complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin on the Bridge label. This takes its place in an extensive discography including solo and chamber works ranging from Bach, Brahms and Sarasate to Bartok, Berg and Nono, and the concertos of Berg and Stravinsky.

Kaplan previously performed and recorded extensively in the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio with cellist Colin Carr and the late pianist David Golub. Kaplan is Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is himself a graduate of Julliard.

“… a gripping performance of ever-increasing lyrical intensity”
The Strad

“… he performed part two of Bach’s daunting Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin. He was, to put it succinctly, magnificent”
Herald Times

” … formidable performances” [Bach: Solo Sonatas and Partitas]
Los Angeles Times

Yael Weiss, piano

A captivating presence on the concert scene, pianist Yael Weiss is hailed for her visionary interpretations of surpassing depth, immediacy, and communicative power. Her richly varied schedule has included performances in major venues across the United States, Europe, Japan and South America.

Ms. Weiss’s discography encompasses works by over a dozen composers, with solo piano and piano trio CDs on the Koch International and Bridge Records labels. She is a frequent guest soloist with orchestras such as Seattle, Chautauqua, Augusta, Redlands, Bridgeport, Israel Chamber, Prague Chamber, Brazil National, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.  She participates at international music festivals including the Marlboro, Ravinia, Banff, Caramoor, Seattle Chamber Music and the City of London festivals.

Ms. Weiss’s special projects include performances of the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas.

Ms. Weiss has won numerous honors, including the Naumburg, Kousciuszko Foundation, Winter, and Presser prizes. She has presented master classes at top institutions worldwide and served on the faculties of Indiana University and the University of California at Santa Barbara.


“remarkably powerful and intense” — The New York Times

“Pianist Yael Weiss played with a golden touch that could do no wrong. What refined nuances of color and dynamics!” — Classical Voice North Carolina