Cellist Theodore Buchholz, well known to Arizona Senior Academy audiences, will bring two of his friends along for an 11:30 a.m. concert on Tuesday (Feb. 28). Buchholz will collaborate with renowned guest pianist Mack McCray to perform Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Violoncello and Piano, Opus 19. They will be joined by violinist Timothy Kantor to end the program with Beethoven’s “Archduke” piano trio.
Now a University of Arizona cello professor, Buchholz has been described by newspaper critics as a “virtuosic cellist,” an “outstanding performer,” and a “wonderful musician.” He debuted in New York’s Merkin Hall and has recently performed as recitalist and chamber musician in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and in Tokyo, Idaho, Massachusetts, Montana, Utah, Vermont, North Carolina, and Michigan.
Buchholz studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and is a member of Tucson-based True Concord Voices & Orchestra, which won a 2016 Grammy Award.
McCray is artistic director of the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, and has been on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1971.
A Juilliard graduate and eminent international soloist, McCray won the silver medal in the International George Enescu Competition, first prize in the Charleston Symphony and San Francisco Young Artists competitions, Juilliard’s Edward Steuermann Memorial Prize, and a grant from the Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation – all in one season (1969-1970).
Kantor is a violin professor at the University of Arizona and also teaches at the Fundación por la Música in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. A member of the award-winning Afiara Quartet, Kantor was formerly concertmaster of the Evansville (Indiana) Philharmonic. He has performed with many of today’s leading musicians, including Joshua Bell, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Atar Arad, Alexander Kerr, and the Pacifica Quartet.
Written by Margaret Scott, Academy Village Volunteer