Suites for unaccompanied cello (excerpts)
(1685 – 1750)
Sergei Rachmaninoff Rachmaninoff
(1873 – 1943)
Enrique Granados (1867 – 1917)
Steve Kramer, a native of Copenhagen, Denmark, started playing the violin at the age of 3 with his grandfather, Vladimir Yeshayavitch Novak. He began formal cello instruction with Erling Blondal Bengtsson at 5, and made his performing debut at 12 as a soloist with various orchestras touring throughout Scandinavia. He has had the privilege of studying with the likes of Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Peter Norris (chamber music), Karine Georgian (cello), Boris Pergamentshikov (cello), and Alexander Sinelnikov (cello).Steve arrived in the US in 2010 and currently resides in Philadelphia, where he devotes his time to performing works for cello and violin, and as a music educator, most recently at the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and at Musicopia. As a devote of the venerable European tradition of sharing music in intimate settings, he places much emphasis on
performing chamber-music, most recently at ‘Music at Lake Barcroft’, in collaboration with Dominic Cardella.
Besides offering many recitals and master-classes, he is also the Director of Music at the Centre Theater in Montgomery County, where he enjoys developing artistic collaborations with a younger generation of American and emerging young artists from around the world. He also spends a considerable amount of time teaching underprivileged youth and bringing performances to the sick and infirm.
In 2018/19, as part of the Rachmaninoff Duo, Steve will promote American and Danish composers internationally.
Prelude, Romances and Polka Sergei Rachmaninoff Rachmaninoff
(1873 – 1943)
G minor concerto
(1685 – 1750)
Inna Leoni's, passion for music and instrument she performs is evident by her continued dedication to excellence in performance and as an educator. Since her debut as a concerto soloist at the International Autumn Music Festival in Moscow, flutist Inna Leoni has graced a number of the worldʼs prestigious stages with her musicalpresence including the Czech Republicʼs Martinu Hall, MoscowʼsTchaikovsky Philharmonic and Bolshoi Halls, St. Petersburg, Russiaʼs State Capella Concert Hall, Glazunov Hall, Bostonʼs Jordan Hall, and Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall.
After several years of concertizing in her native Russia, Ms. Leoni came to the United States to pursue advance professional studies with Loren Lind of the Philadelphia Orchestra and later with Paula Robison at the New England Conservatory. Ms. Leoni made her Carnegie debut in 2008 to great acclaim. She is winner of numerous awards and international competitions in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Boston, and New York.
As a concerto soloist and an orchestra member, Inna Leoni has performed with Russiaʼs Cantus Firmus Chamber Orchestra, Tambov Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Radio and Television Orchestra, and New Jerseyʼs South Orange Symphony.
In addition to her performance work in recital, as a concerto soloist, orchestral player, and chamber musician; Leoni is a collaborative pianist accompanying flutists and vocalists and maintains a private teaching studio.
Inna Leoni holds an Artist Diploma and Master of Music with highest honors from the Tchiakovsky Moscow Conservatory. Awarded full scholarships from both Yale University and New England Conservatoryʼs graduate programs, she pursued studies with the esteemed Paula Robison at New England Conservatory.
Cheryl Tennant Humes attended Westminster Choir College, studying with the late Harold Zabrack and later completed her degree at Bloomsburg University where she studied with Dr. James Douthit. She was tutored in opera repertoire by accompanist and vocal coach of the Long Island Opera, James Howe.
Ms. Humes particularly enjoys accompanying vocal and instrumental soloists and participating in other musical collaborations. Highlights of her musical endeavors include performing the music of friend and composer Dr. Paul Miller at Carnegie Hall; serving as pianist and accompanist for contemporary opera productions in Europe, notably in Bonn’s renowned Kunsthalle and in Prague. She was accompanist for master classes and lessons conducted by legendary opera star
Licia Albanese under the auspices of Opera International and other opera luminaries. Cheryl has been in collaboration with Inna Leoni since 2017 and together they have performed at the Troy Music Hall, NY, Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention in Washington DC and at private venues in NJ. By day, Ms. Humes is an attorney practicing in Central New Jersey.