The 27th Annual Music Festival at Walnut Hill
July 19 to August 12, 2018

Concerts and Master Classes
Admission free. Suggested Donation $5 at door


Thursday, July 26, 2018,  7:30 PM

Jonah Ellsworth, cellist

Michael Bukhman pianist



Robert Schumann: Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano, Op 70

Franz Schubert: Sonata in A Minor for Arpeggione and Piano, D. 821
Allegro moderato
Adagio in E Major
Allegretto in A Major


Claude Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor
Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
Sérénade: Modérément animé
Finale: Animé, léger et nerveux

César Franck: Cello Sonata in A Major
Allegretto ben moderato,
Ben moderato
Allegretto poco mosso


Steinway piano provided by M. Steinert & Sons

Meet The Artists
Jonah Ellsworth, cellist

Critics have certainly taken notice of cellist Jonah Ellsworth after solo performances with the Boston Symphony, Akron Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, and New Bedford Symphony, among others. Ellsworth has been referred to as “a kind of unrepentant Tannhauser” and “a player to watch,” by the Boston Globe and The Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote that he is “fearless [with a] complete range of expressive richness” All of these quotes were earned after performances of the Saint-Seans Cello Concerto with the Boston Philharmonic, the Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Akron Symphony, and his performance of Strauss’ Don Quixote and Dvorak Cello Concerto with the Boston PhilharmonicYouth Orchestra.

Jonah was featured as a soloist with the New Bedford Symphony on their regular subscription series in 2012, performed as a soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall, with Symphony Pro Musica, and with Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra under the baton of the late Gunther Schuller. As the winner of the NEC's lower strings concerto competition, Jonah performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the NEC Philharmonia in March of 2016. Jonah attended the Marlboro Music Festival in 2014, 2015, and 2016.

When Jonah recently performed Strauss’ Don Quixote with Zander and the BPYO in Europe, former Boston Globe critic Richard Dyer wrote “Ellsworth’s grasp of what the notes mean, of the stories they tell, of the feeling behind and within the notes, is firm, and very deep. His playing of some of the quieter episodes, the yearning that Don Q feels for the idealized Dulcinea, was profoundly moving, and there was plenty of rambunction as he tilted against windmills and scattered sheep.” His performance of the Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations with YPO in Slovakia prompted the critic from Boston Musical Intelligencer to write, “…Any praise of Jonah’s technical abilities is likely to be an understatement. He is completely assured and intensely musical; each of the variations had a distinctive character and tone color… This is a young man on the verge of an international career.” Jonah is also a member of the Boston Philharmonic cello section.

Jonah was finalist of the 2011 Stulberg International String Competition in Michigan, and received a prize from the Harvard Musical Association in 2012. Jonah appeared on the PBS TV show of the “From the Top” taped live in Carnegie Hall in New York City which has been broadcast on PBS stations nationwide. Jonah has studied with Laurence Lesser at New England Conservatory and Peter Wiley at Curtis Institute of Music. Other teachers include Andrew Mark and Natasha Brofsky. He has attended Meadowmount Music School where he studied with Hans Jansen, Greenwood Music Camp, Orford Arts Center in Canada. Jonah was recently invited to join the critically acclaimed Boston Trio. With the trio, he performed Beethoven's Triple Concerto with the Boston Phiharmonic in the 2016-17 season. Another highlight of the 2016-2017 season included a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Yoojin Jang with Symphony by the Sea.

Michael Bukhman pianist

Hailed as “discerningly intense” (The Boston Globe), giving a “riveting performance that engaged us both musically and intellectually” (The Dayton City Paper), and praised for “great playing” (The Boston Globe), pianist Michael Bukhman is becoming widely known as a top collaborator, chamber musician, and solo artist. His 2013 performance with violinist Itzhak Perlman in Sarasota, Florida, was lauded for its “brilliant playing” and having “pushed the audience to the edge of frenzy” (Herald-Tribune). In June of 2016 Bukhman performed a duo recital with Grammy award-winning violist Kim Kashkashian to great acclaim at the American Viola Society Festival in Oberlin, OH. He has also collaborated with Nobuko Imai, Donald Weilerstein, Dawn Upshaw, Sergiu Schwartz, Peter Frankl, Roger Tapping, Anthony Marwood, and many others. Bukhman’s concert appearances have taken him all across the United States, Israel, Canada, and Europe. He has recently performed in several cities in China with his wife, violist Xinyi Xu, and has given his Japan recital debut in Tokyo’s Ginza Yamaha Hall. An award-winning pianist, Bukhman’s accolades include: medalist in the 2009 Hilton Head International Piano Competition; top-ranked winner of the 2005 Jacob K. Javits Fellowship; first-prize winner at the 2006 Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings; and laureate of the 2006 Gina Bachauer Competition at the Juilliard School. Notable music festival concert appearances include Yellow Barn Music Festival, The Perlman Music Program, and the Ojai Music Festival. He has also performed on Boston’s charitable Music For Food concert series with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the standard repertoire, Bukhman has a keen interest in showcasing the music of our time, performing and premiering the solo piano and chamber music of such composers as Jonathan Harvey, Osvaldo Golijov, Philippe Hersant, Arlene Sierra, Judith Shatin, Tzvi Avni, and others.

Bukhman served as visiting assistant professor of music at Bard College, where he founded Play/Chat@Bard, a concert series showcasing young musicians in performance with informal conversation. These popular concerts featured some of the most up-and-coming musicians of our time with Bukhman at the piano, including the Attacca Quartet, Metropolitan Opera soprano Rebecca Ringle, and violinist Tessa Lark. He had previously taught at Vassar College, and has served as faculty for the Young Artist Program at Yellow Barn Music Festival and the Killington Music Festival. In the Spring of 2017 Bukhman was Guest Artist in Residence at Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, OH. He was also recently invited to present solo and chamber masterclasses at Soochow University in Taipei, and previously taught, performed, and presented masterclasses at Shenandoah University, Concordia College, and Towson University.

Bukhman attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music as a student of Robert Shannon, where he became the first in that institution’s history to graduate with Honors in Piano Performance. As part of his Honors project, Bukhman recorded and self-produced the complete 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich, performing ten of them in one recital. He holds Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert McDonald. Bukhman served on the staff and faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA and is currently Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.

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