Cellist Ted Buchholz, a perennial favorite with Arizona Senior Academy audiences, returns at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday (March 27) as a member of the newly-formed Deco Piano Trio. The other performers are pianist Chi-Chen Wu and violinist Gregory Maytan.
The ensemble takes its name from the Art Deco movement, which in visual arts and architecture combines stylistic elements of modernism with elegance and a belief in social progress. The trio notes that Art Deco was perhaps the first artistic style that was truly internationally unified. Likewise, the ensemble unites performers from Taiwan, Sweden and the United States.
Their Tuesday performance will include trios by Beethoven, Piazolla and Brahms.
Wu is piano professor and coordinator of collaborative piano at the University of Wyoming. Reviewers have praised her “amazing playing” and “symphonic, expansive texture of breathless virtuosity.” Wu has performed in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Taiwan, China, and Japan. Her concerts have been broadcast on National Public Radio.
Maytan is an associate professor of violin at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He has been lauded for his “infectious vitality” and “lyrical freshness.” Maytan has performed virtually all the major violin concertos with orchestra, and regularly appears in recitals and concerts in Europe and the United States. Maytan performs on a 1683 Giovanni Grancino violin.
Buchholz is cello professor at the University of Arizona. Newspaper critics have extolled him as a “virtuosic cellist,” an “outstanding performer,” and a “wonderful musician.” Buchholz debuted in New York’s Merkin Hall, and has recently appeared as recitalist and chamber musician in Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), Tokyo, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Utah, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Wyoming. He performs on a cello made in 1877 by French luthier Charles Mennégand.
The Deco Piano Trio is currently touring in Vermont, Wyoming, Michigan and Arizona.
Written by Margaret Scott, Academy Village Volunteer