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[Scene Magazine] Taking Chopin mountain, for starters

October 17, 2014

Argentina-born pianist Ingrid Fliter opens the Santa Barbara Symphony Season with a Chopin solo and more

In the summer of 2012, one of many bold impressions made under the auspices of the Music Academy of the West's musical thicket was a recital by the highly regarded pianist Ingrid Fliter, who made beautiful and ruggedly disciplined music of a program highlighted by Chopin (a specialty of hers) and Beethoven. This weekend at the Granada, local audiences will get a chance to observe the Argentina-born and NYC/Milan-based pianist in another perspective, when she takes on Chopin's Piano Concerto #2, in the opening concert of the new Santa Barbara Symphony Season.

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[Music! Sounds of Santa Barbara] Interview with Ingrid Fliter

September 30, 2014

By Brett Leigh Dicks, Music! Santa Barbara

Born in Buenos Aires, Ingrid Fliter began her piano studies in Argentina with Elizabeth Westerkamp. The burgeoning pianist made her first public appearance at age 11 and her concerto debut at the Teatro Colon at 16. In 1992 she moved to Europe where she continued her studies at the Freiburg Musikhochschule with Vitaly Margulis, before heading to Rome to work with Carlo Bruno and Franco Scala and Boris Petrushansky at the Academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola. The turning point in her career came in 2006 when she was awarded the Gilmore Artist Award. The prestigious award is presented to exceptional pianists who, regardless of age or nationality, possess a profound musicianship and charisma and sustain a career as a major international concert artist. Fliter has certainly done that. She has established a reputation as one of the pre-eminent interpreters of Chopin, with her two all-Chopin recordings released through EMI Classics being a stirring testament to that. This month she furthers that claim still when she joins Nir Kabaretti and the Santa Barbara Symphony on October 18th and 19th for two performances of Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 at the Granada Theatre.

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[Casa Magazine] Santa Barbara Symphony Season Finale Glorious & Bittersweet

May 23, 2014

Conductor Nir Kabaretti led one of the most satisfying concert pairs of the year last weekend, as the Santa Barbara Symphony wound down its 2013-2014 season in grand, if bittersweet style. Bittersweet, because so much change is in the works, and glorious, because the orchestra's performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, especially at Sundays' concert, gave notice that the ensemble is entering a new level of regional professionalism.

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[Montecito Journal] Montecito Miscellany: Sara Sizzles

May 22, 2014

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[Independent] Maestro Nir Kabaretti Opened Minds with this Season Closer

May 19, 2014

Completing his eighth year leading the Santa Barbara Symphony, Maestro Nir Kabaretti has continued to demonstrate brilliance and warmth, high level music making and accessibility. No one present Saturday would doubt the world-class artistry now regularly exhibited by the orchestra, nor the sensitive attunement of players to the maestro’s musical vision. Substantial fare included Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5. This reviewer overheard several patrons afterwards reconsidering their feelings about Shostakovich based on this powerful performance — and isn’t opening minds a yardstick for success by any measure?

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[Noozhawk] Symphony to Showcase Cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio in Season Finale

May 17, 2014

The Santa Barbara Symphony, conducted by Maestro Nir Kabaretti, will close its 2013-14 season with a pair of concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the Granada Theatre.

Lighting up the auditorium will be the guest artist, cellist Sara Sant’Ambrogio, the Grammy-winning co-founder of the Eroica Trio.

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