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Heifetz Hear & Now 2023-24: Shmuel Ashkenasi

October 8, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Heifetz Institute presents Hear & Now  a chamber music concert series at Mary Baldwin University’s Francis Auditorium in Staunton, Virginia. This concert features legendary violinist and violist Shmuel Ashkenasi performing alongside the Heifetz Ensemble in Residence—Angela Sin Ying Chan (violin), Matt Cohen (viola), Andres Sanchez (cello) and pianist Allison Freeman.

2PM Pre-concert Conversation | 3PM Concert
Complimentary coffee served at intermission courtesy of Crucible Coffee
Artist Meet & Greet Reception immediately following the performance w/ light seasonal refreshments provided

Francis Auditorium @ Mary Baldwin University
227 E. Frederick Street Staunton, VA
Free parking available both at MBU lots and on East Frederick Street (see a campus map here)

Program to include:
Antonín Dvořák: Four Romantic Pieces, Op. 75
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Lensky’s aria from Eugene Onegin
Manuel de Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnole
Robert Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105
Sicong Ma: Rondo No. 2
Johannes Brahms: Piano Quintet, Op. 34

Series Pass: $125
Individual Tickets
: $25

Free Admission for MBU Students
$5 tickets for all other students
(must register in advance & present valid student ID at the door)

Free Admission for Children 12 and under

*Series Pass Holders may attend exclusive behind-the-scenes extras for the series, including a “Manuscripts, Music, & Creativity” session with the Borromeo Quartet, featuring an open rehearsal and discussion of the concert program. 

Groups welcome – please email tickets@heifetzinstitute.org to inquire about group rates.


Shmuel Ashkenasi

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Shmuel Ashkenasi attended the Musical Academy of Tel Aviv and gave his first public performance at the age of eight. After studying with Ilona Feher, he came to the United States to study with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music. After winning the Merriweather-Post competition and receiving Second Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Mr. Ashkenasi concertized extensively worldwide. In 1969, he formed the famed Vermeer Quartet and remained its first violinist throughout the quartet’s 39-year career, gaining a reputation as one of the world’s outstanding chamber musicians. Mr. Ashkenasi joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2007, and also teaches at Bard College.


Angela Sin Ying Chan

Angela Sin Ying Chan


Praised for her sensitivity and incredible tone, Hong Kong-born violinist Angela Sin Ying Chan has found success both as a soloist and a chamber musician. The two-time Heifetz student, as well as an Artist in Residence, Heifetz on Tour and Heifetz Ensemble in Residence member, Angela has been a top prize winner of the Singapore International Violin Competition, Louis Spohr, Shanghai Issac Stern, Harbin, Nomea, ArsClassica, and Michael Hill International Competitions, and the founder of the AYA piano trio, Angela is fast emerging as one of the most unique and polished violinists of her generation. Read More

Matthew Cohen

Matthew Cohen


Ukrainian-American violist Matthew Cohen is a dynamic and versatile artist whose captivating performances have made him one of the most sought-after violists of his generation. A prize winner at the prestigious Primrose International Viola Competition, he was also awarded top prizes at the Citta di Cremona International Viola Competition in Italy, Vivo International Music Competition and the Art of Duo International Competition. Particularly interested in advocating viola having a solo and unique voice, he is challenging the misperception that viola has a limited repertoire by bringing attention to the lesser-played works as well as arrangements of other masterworks. Read More

Andres Sanchez

Andres Sanchez


Honduran-Venezuelan cellist Andres Sanchez hails from Allentown, PA, and began his cello studies at the age of eight under the wing of current Puerto Rico symphony cello principle Miguel Rojas. At age 10, Andres made his first solo debuts with the Midwest Clinic of Chicago and the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, which was followed by his Carnegie Hall debut alongside the Arconet Chamber Orchestra three years later.  An alumnus of the Heifetz Institute, Andres has also performed as a Heifetz On Tour artist and the Heifetz Ensemble in Residence [HEIR] program. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with cellist Peter Wiley and Carter Brey. Read More

Allison Freeman

Allison Freeman


A native of North Carolina, pianist Allison Freeman is equally established as a soloist and collaborator. She earned her Master’s degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University as a student of Boris Slutsky, and completed her undergraduate studies with Alvin Chow at Oberlin Conservatory.  As winner of the Richard R. Deas Concerto Competition, Allison has appeared as soloist with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. She was also named a winner of the Oberlin Concerto Competition, and appeared as soloist with the Oberlin Orchestra. While at Oberlin, Allison was a recipient of the Rudolf Serkin Prize, the Faustina Hurlbutt Prize, and the Pi Kappa Lambda Prize.

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October 8, 2023
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Francis Auditorium
227 East Frederick Street
Staunton, VA 24401 United States
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