CLASSICAL SUNDAYS AT SIX
The Hollywood Trio
Sunday, December 19, 2021 | 6:00 PM
A native of Milan, violinist Roberto Cani studied at the Milan Conservatory of Music, the Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow, and the University of Southern California. Concertmaster for the LA Opera Orchestra, Cani has been guest concertmaster for the London Philharmonic and the La Scala Philharmonic. He has performed as soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic, the Orchestra of La Scala in Milan, the RAI Symphony (Italy), the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano, the Orchestra Cantelli, the Belgrade Orchestra, the Zagreb Orchestra, and the Missouri Chamber Orchestra. He currently serves on the music faculty at California State College, Northridge.
Cellist Eric Byers captivates audiences as a soloist, chamber musician, and composer. At 18, he made his solo debut with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and in 2018 he debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a last-minute substitution, performing the third movement of B.A. Zimmerman’s Cello Concerto. His solo repertoire spans J.S. Bach to today’s most innovative composers, including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Thomas Adès, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Peter Eötvös. As a founding member of the acclaimed Calder Quartet, Byers has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Salzburg Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Melbourne Festival, the Ojai Festival, the Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, the Salzburg Mozarteum, Esterházy Palace, and the Sydney Opera House. Byers has performed Kaija Saariaho’s ‘Sept Papillon’ for solo cello with ‘ethereal wonder’ (LA Times) at Disney Hall. Byers’ mentors include Ronald Leonard, Alan Harris, Richard Aaron, and Eberhardt Feltz. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the USC Thornton School of Music, a Professional Studies Certificate from the Colburn Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.
Ukrainian-born American pianist Inna Faliks has made a name for herself through her commanding performances of standard piano repertoire, as well as genre-bending interdisciplinary projects, and inquisitive work with contemporary composers. She has performed on many of the world’s great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart. Faliks is currently Professor of Piano and Head of Piano at UCLA. Highlights of recent seasons include performances at the Ravinia Festival and the National Gallery in Washington, DC, recital tours of China, as well as acclaimed performances at the Festival Internacional de Piano in Mexico, in the Fazioli Series in Italy, and locally for Sundays Live and Jacaranda. She collaborates and premieres music by some of today’s most important composers such as Billy Childs, Richard Danielpour, Timo Andres, and Clarice Assad. She is known for her poetry-music series Music/Words, and has collaborated with many important poets. Her recordings appear on the Delos and MSR Classics labels.