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Beethoven’s Berlin Cello Sonatas: Keiran Campbell, baroque cello & Sezi Seskir, fortepiano

Keiran Campbell and Sezi Seskir headshots
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
7:30 pm
Rare Music Series

Beethoven cello sonatas performed on the Duke Music Department's fortepiano by Robert Smith after an instrument ca. 1790 by Koenicke. This concert is presented in association with DUMIC (Duke University Musical Instrument Collections).

7 Variations on 'Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen,' WoO 46;
Sonata in G Minor Op. 5 No. 2;
Sonata in F Major Op. 5 No. 1.

Free admission.

Keiran Campbell, a native of Greensboro, NC, studied extensively with Leonid Zilper, former solo cellist of the Bolshoi Ballet, before receiving his Bachelors and Masters at the Juilliard School, working with Darrett Adkins, Timothy Eddy, and Phoebe Carrai. He also spent several springs in Cornwall, England, studying with Steven Isserlis and Ralph Kirshbaum at Prussia Cove. Now based in Toronto, he performs as a core member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Keiran has performed with ensembles including The English Concert, NYBI, Philharmonia Baroque, The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Four Nations Ensemble, and Les Violons du Roy. He is also on faculty at the recently formed, UC Berkeley-based, Chamber Music Collective, which focuses primarily on post-1750 performance practice. He plays on a cello made in 2018 by Timothy Johnson, and a 1780s bow attributed to the Dodd family, which was purchased in part thanks to a grant from the Ontario Arts Council.

Sezi Seskir is Associate Professor of Music at Bucknell University. She has performed many solo and chamber music recitals in Europe, the USA, and Turkey, as well as with various orchestras as a soloist. Her experience performing on a variety of historical keyboards, including 5-octave instruments from the second half of the 18th century, as well as 6 and 6.5-octave instruments from the first half of the 19th century, enriched and deepened her understanding of the genres and repertoire of these periods. She has given several guest lecture-recitals and workshops at schools such as UC Berkeley, Stanford University, Princeton University, the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, Trinity College of London and Penn State University. Her CD of three Beethoven violin sonatas with Lucy Russell recorded on period instruments appeared in 2020 on the Acis label. She is a co-founder of the Chamber Music Collective, an intensive chamber music program that takes place at the UC Berkeley.