Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Élégie, in memory of Dennis Brain*
Ryan Dodge (b. 1993)
Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
arr. Daniel Ficarri (b. 1996)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Fantasia in F minor, K. 608
*Horn and Organ
David Ball, Organ
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, David Ball (Juilliard, BM 14) studies with Mr. Paul Jacobs as a graduate organ student at the Juilliard School. David is a widely-heard and well-lauded performer – The New York Times declared his 2014 FOCUS! Festival appearance “a rousing performance”; he has given recitals across the country; his performances have been broadcast on Pipedreams and WQXR-FM; and he will perform as an AGO Rising Star at the 2016 National AGO Convention in June. David’s upcoming schedule can be found at davidballorgan.com.
Trevor Nuckols, Horn
Hailed by The New York Times as “outstanding” and an “excellent soloist,” Trevor Nuckols (Juilliard, BM 14) has achieved global acclaim as a horn soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician, including First Prize in The International Horn Societys Premiere Soloist Competition, and a Kovner fellowship at the Juilliard School. Trevor was featured as soloist in the New York Premiere of Oliver Knussen’s Horn Concerto in 2014, and has performed as soloist and as principal horn with numerous lauded orchestral ensembles, in venues from Carnegie Hall to the KKL Luzerne. Learn more about Trevor and his upcoming performances at artofhorn.com.
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David Ball, Organ
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, David Ball (Juilliard, BM 14) studies with Mr. Paul Jacobs as a graduate organ student at the Juilliard School in New York City. David is a well-lauded performer – The New York Times declared his appearance in Juilliards 2014 FOCUS! Festival “a rousing performance”; his 2013 performance of Bach's Prelude and Fugue in A minor in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall was broadcast on American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated radio program Pipedreams; and his segment of the 2014 WQXR Bach Marathon was streamed on WQXR-FM, New York Citys classical radio station. In addition, David has performed solo recitals in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Missouri, and California, as well as duet recitals with Dr. John Romeri on the largest musical instrument ever built, the Boardwalk Hall Organ in Atlantic City.
As part of a wide-ranging musical vision for 21st-century collaboration, David is committed to making the “King of Instruments” play well with others. He has spearheaded a number of “David and Friends” recitals, featuring collaborations with talented musicians including horn players Trevor Nuckols and Julie Landsman, trumpeter Daniel Taubenheim, and composers Ryan Dodge and Daniel Ficarri. Additionally, as an orchestral musician, David has played organ with the Juilliard Orchestra in Ives’ Three Places in New England in 2013 under the baton of Jeffrey Milarsky, and Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin in 2012 under Robert Spano. In 2015, he played harmonium for the Juilliard Vocal Arts 2015 production of Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis, conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson.
An active member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), David has won AGO Competitions in Wichita, Denver, Kansas City, and St. Louis, and is the recipient of the rarely-conferred Outstanding Student Award from the St. Louis Chapter of the AGO. Most recently, as a 2015 winner of the AGO/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists, David performed a recital at the regional AGO convention in St. Louis, and will perform as an AGO Rising Star at the 2016 National AGO Convention in Houston.
In addition to his studies and performances, David is dedicated to creating liturgical music of the highest caliber. In New York City, he serves as the Assistant Musician at St. Malachy’s - The Actors’ Chapel in Times Square. David previously served as Organ Scholar to the landmark Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis as an organ student of Dr. John A. Romeri, and accompanied the Cathedral Basilicas choirs in performances across the country and in Rome, Italy. More information on David’s upcoming events and recent performances can be found at davidballorgan.com.
Trevor Nuckols, Horn
Hailed by The New York Times as “outstanding” and an “excellent soloist,” Trevor Nuckols is living his dream as an internationally renowned horn player. As a performing artist, teacher, and motivational speaker for young artists, he has inspired and entertained audiences in venues all over the world.
Among Trevor’s accolades are First Prizes at The International Horn Society’s Premiere Soloist Competition, The Juilliard Concerto Competition, and the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition; Trevor was also a recipient of The International Horn Society’s Barry Tuckwell Award. In 2013, he gave the New York Premiere of Oliver Knussen’s Horn Concerto in Alice Tully Hall, with Mark Wigglesworth and The Juilliard Orchestra.
Trevor’s love for the horn began at the age of twelve when he began studying with his first teacher, Michael Corcoran. He furthered his studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy, as a student of Gene Berger, and was honored with a Young Artist Award. While attending The Juilliard School, as a student of Julie Landsman, he was the first recipient of the Jerome Ashby Scholarship, and in 2014, Trevor became a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship, made possible by the incredible generosity of Bruce and Suzie Kovner. He is currently completing his graduate studies at The Juilliard School, studying with Professor Jennifer Montone.
Trevors performance experience is vast; he has been a featured soloist with the Music Academy of the West’s Academy Festival Orchestra in Santa Barbara, California, the Sarasota Orchestra in Florida, and the Doctor’s Orchestral Society of New York. He has performed as principal horn with conductors Simon Rattle, Alan Gilbert, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Fabio Luisi, Gianandrea Noseda, Matthias Pintscher, and James DePreist. He has performed as principal horn with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The New York Classical Players, The New York Symphonic Ensemble, the Harrisburg Symphony, and Symphony in C. As a chamber musician he performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Axiom Ensemble. During the summer and winter seasons he has attended the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Music Academy of the West, the Pacific Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the Lucerne Festival Academy.
With a passion for pioneering new works for the horn, he frequently collaborates with composers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers, and commissions new works for innovative ensembles featuring the horn. Such collaborations range from playing bossa nova with Brazilian guitarist Lucas Pullin, to exploring the French Romantic repertoire with harpist Caroline Bembia. Today Trevor performs with his horn and organ ensemble, duo corgano. Find out more about Trevor and the duo at artofhorn.com.