Spring Concert

Concert Information

April 26, 1980

Spring Concert

Robert Hart Baker, conductor
Kurt Nikkanen, violin

Wagner: Overture to "Rienzi"
Bartok: Two Portraits, Op. 5
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D, Op. 6
Dane Rudhyar: "Initiation" from Symphony No. 1, To The Real
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Guest Artist

Kurt Nikkanen

An internationally recognized violin soloist, Kurt Nikkanen is one of the finest American violinists of his generation.  Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, Kurt began his violin studies at the age of three.  At twelve, Kurt gave his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony.  Continuing his formal studies as a young adult, Kurt earned his Bachelor's Degree, studying with Dorothy DeLay, at the Julliard School in 1986. 

Kurt has appeared with orchestras such as the Detroit and St. Louis symphonies, and in Europe with the BBC Symphony and Dresden Staatskapelle.  He has worked with many leading conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Andrew Davis, Jeffrey Tate, Hans Vonk, Hugh Wolff, Neeme Jarvi, and Andrew Litton.  An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Kurt Nikkanen has given numerous performances of John Adams' “Violin Concerto” among many other works.