Malone University Faculty Artist Series opens 2013-14 season with violinist Andrew Sords on September 23
September 4, 2013 | Release # 6698
The 2013-14 season of Malone University's Faculty Artist Series will open with Andrew Sords Monday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Randall Campus Center, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W. in Canton. The program is free and open to the public.
Respected internationally as "a fully formed artist," violinist Andrew Sords has been described by critics globally as "utterly radiant" and "exceptionally heartfelt and soulful." Sords has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras and performed for notable recital series across four continents. From Alaska to Australia; Moscow to Melbourne; and Cleveland to the Cayman Islands - Sords is recognized for performances of the standard violin concerti of the 18th and 19th centuries. In 2012, Sords was the sole recipient of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Career Grant.
Born in Newark, Delaware, Sords began violin lessons in 1992 with Liza Grossman, furthered his education at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Linda Cerone and David Russell, and later enrolled in the Artist Diploma Program at Southern Methodist University with internationally renowned violinist Chee-Yun. Following early successes as a competition laureate, Sords embarked on a solo career with performances in Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, and across the continental United States.
In recent seasons, Sords has performed concerti of Brahms, Mozart, Dvorak and Mendelssohn in venues as diverse as Kalisz, Poland; Melbourne, Australia; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Oakland, California; Toronto, Canada; Cleveland, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia among numerous others. Sords will headline the 2014 Moscow Mozart Festival with performances of two concerti and chamber music, followed immediately by a return engagement with the Pro Musica Chamber Series of San Miguel, Mexico. After a highly successful Toronto concerto debut in 2011, Sords returns to Canada for his third appearance on the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Series; performs the Bach Sonatas and Partitas on Toronto's Neapolitan Recital Series; and, in 2014, will make his solo debut with The Windsor Symphony under the direction of Maestro Robert Franz. Appearing regularly in the Caribbean, Sords has performed recently in Anguilla, Grand Cayman, St. Maarten, and Puerto Rico under the baton of Maestro Luis Biava.
In 2013, Sords released a New-Age album with music composer/producer Sean Dockery – available for purchase from Amazon, CDBaby, and iTunes. Also in 2013, Sords competed in Pittsburgh's "Dancing with the Stars" charity competition as the first classical artist to do so. Recently, Sords has expanded his performance repertoire to include lesser-known works by Schumann, Suk, Joachim, Conus, Vieuxtemps, Hubay, and others. Sords will once again perform on the Trinity Cathedral Recital Series in Cleveland, Ohio with pianist Elizabeth DeMio. The duo's highly successful Brahms Sonata cycle in 2012 was described by ClevelandClassical as "a full and glorious sound ...superb...Sords and DeMio were in complete agreement and, indeed, partners." A frequent guest of summer music festivals, Sords has upcoming festival appearances including the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, the Lakes Area Chamber Festival, and the Renova Festival, with a summer 2014 debut at the Costa Rica International Music Festival.
Strongly committed to the promotion of classical music, Sords dedicates a portion of his time at nearly all engagements to educational outreach, masterclasses and community programming. Sords performs on a 1912 Augustine Talisse violin with strings exclusively provided by Warchal, Inc. Sords is represented by EMC Artists, Ltd.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015 , and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.
Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
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