This performance includes a world premiere work and Weis Center commission by composer Daniel Temkin.
Double bassist Xavier Foley has captivated audiences "with superbly executed performances ... playing fluidly and passionately," according to Splash Magazine. As a winner of the Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions, he will make his debut as only the second double bassist in YCA's history at New York's Merkin Concert Hall, supported by The Sander Buchman Prize, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Foley captured first prize at the 2014 Sphinx Competition and at the International Society of Bassists Competition in 2011. He was the winner of Astral's 2014 National Auditions. At the YCA's auditions, he won four special performance awards, including the Buffalo Chamber Music Society Prize, the Harriman-Jewell Series Prize, the Paramount Theatre Prize and the Tri-I Noon Recitals Prize.
While at the Weis Center, Foley will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Cello Suite No. 1, in G major, BWV 1007; Foley's "The Falling Seagull and Irish Fantasy"; Johannes Matthias Sperger's Sonata in B minor; Cesar Franck's Sonata in A major, and Daniel Temkin's unnamed (as of press time) commissioned work.
Daniel Temkin began writing music at 13 and his work has been supported by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Broadcast Music Inc., Earshot, the American Composers Forum, the Presser Foundation and others. Temkin has received fellowships from the Aspen, Brevard and Fontainebleau festivals, and he has been composer-in-residence with the Music from Angel Fire festival in New Mexico, Chamber Music by the Bay in San Francisco and the Intimacy of Creativity festival in Hong Kong.
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