February 7, 2013
Elena Yárritu (flute) and Gabriel Sanchez (piano) return to Concert Hour to present a program of music by Samuel Zyman and a selection of tangos by Astor Piazzolla and Buenos Aires-based pianist/composer/arranger Exequiel Mantega.
“Elena Yárritu takes a rigorous approach to her instrument and a primal delight in dangerously fast tempos that take the flute into fearsome, adventurous areas.”
-American Record Guide ~ March/April 2009
“Congratulations! Your performance of my sonata is sensational! I loved your sound, energy, musicality, and expressivity. It is very exciting! I am delighted that this CD is out with my piece….”
-Dr. Samuel Zyman, April 2008
Composer, Professor of Literature and Materials of Music (Music Theory)
The Juilliard School
Elena Yárritu enjoys an active career as soloist, chamber musician, conductor and teacher. She has earned a MM degree from Yale University School of Music, a DMA from Stony Brook University in New York and has worked and studied in Paris. She performs principal flute in the La Jolla Symphony, is a regular performing artist for the Silicon Valley Music Festival and serves as the North American coordinator for Tango Para Músicos, an international tango festival for musicians, to be held in Buenos Aires in July 2014. Always busy and looking for new challenging projects, she is currently conducting a freelance chamber orchestra. Highlights for 2013 include a recital at the Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Korea followed by flute master classes for young, talented Korean flutists in March and a summer music and arts tour of the Czech Republic, Salzburg and Leipzig in July. Dr. Yárritu can be heard on the MSR Classics label with her CD, Scree, featuring works by Mike Mower and Samuel Zyman. More information is available on her website at www.elenayarritu.com.
Gabriel Sanchez currently resides in Dallas, Texas where he is in high demand as a collaborative pianist and teacher. He currently serves as pianist of the Dallas Symphony. Equally accomplished and gifted as a soloist, he has been top prize winner in the 1997 Casablanca International Piano Competition in Morocco and a laureate of other international piano competitions, including the Marguerite Long in Paris, Gina Bachauer in Salt Lake City, and the Paloma O’Shea in Santander, Spain. Mr. Sanchez studied at the Royal Academy of Music under a full scholarship and continued his studies at the University of North Texas under Vladimir Viardo. Mr. Sanchez is also a dedicated educator, having taught piano, music history and music theory at the celebrated Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing Arts in Dallas from 1999-2003. He has recorded on MSR Classic label with Lisa Garner Santa and Elena Yárritu.