Two of Tucson’s finest young violinists, Timothy Kantor and Michelle Abraham, will play a variety of classical pieces in an 11:30 a.m. concert Tuesday (May 22) in the Arizona Senior Academy Great Room.
Kantor is an assistant professor of violin in the University of Arizona’s Fred Fox School of Music, and Abraham is the associate concertmaster with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
Kantor said the program—“as it stands now”—includes selections by Manuel DelFalla, Fritz Kreisler, William Kroll, William Bolcom, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Ignaz Pleyel. “They each have a slightly different flavor and represent a variety of backgrounds,” Kantor said in an interview.
“I have been performing with Michelle since we met in 2009,” Kantor said. “We were both studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and we got to know each other playing the Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins.” The two have since married. They moved to Tucson in 2016.
Abraham won the associate concertmaster position at the TSO shortly after their arrival in Tucson. In that role, she in the “second chair” in the orchestra. It’s a coveted position that involves both strong playing ability and leadership. When the normal concertmaster is unavailable, she leads the orchestra and acts as a “second-in-command” to the conductor.
In addition to his teaching duties, Kantor is a member of the Afiara Quartet, an award-winning internationally recognized string quartet which has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, at such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Zankel and Weill Halls, the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Library of Congress in DC, Sao Paulo’s Museum of Modern Art, Pro Musica of San Miguel de Allende, London’s Wigmore Hall, Austria’s Esterhazy Palace, Munich’s Prinz Regenten Theatre, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, and the Royal Library in Copenhagen.
Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer