Meridian Arts Ensemble

The Meridian Arts Ensemble: has established itself as one of Americas finest chamber ensembles through its innovative repertoire and critically acclaimed performances. First Prize Winner of the 1990 Concert Artists Guild New York Competition, the Ensemble also won First Prize in 1994 from ASCAP/Chamber Music America for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. ohas commissioned numerous works, and has also collaborated with or premiered works by Frank Zappa, Milton Babbitt, Kirk Nurock, Ira Taxin, Phillip Johnston, David Sampson, Tom Pierson, Stephen Barber, and Elliott Carter. The Ensembles interest in expanding the horizons of concert repertoire has been further demonstrated through adaptations and performances of works by Don Carlo Gesualdo, J.S. Bach, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Captain Beefheart, and Afro/Cuban dance styles. ohas performed in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Cleveland, Atlanta, Juneau, and other cities. The Ensemble has also toured Europe and Japan extensively, and in 1995 gave its South American debut in Bogota, Colombia. Collaborations have included a performance at Alice Tully Hall for the 25th Anniversary of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Ensemble has also performed in many European festivals, including Kln Musiktriennale, Schleswig-Holstein, Bochum Klavier Festival, Graz (Austria), and November Music (Holland and Belgium). Club appearances have included performances in New York at the alternative spaces CBGBs, The Knitting Factory, the Cooler, and the Kitchen; in Washington, DC at the Black Cat; and at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. ohas been seen internationally on German, Dutch, and Austrian state television, and in the U.S. on public televisions Live From Lincoln Center. Radio broadcasts have included National Public Radios Weekend Edition, St. Paul Sunday Morning, WDR (Germany), Dutch National Radio, ORF (Austria), Voice of America, and Radio Free Europe. Pianist Jon Klibonoff has established a versatile career as orchestra soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and abroad The Boston Globe writes: “Mastery of touch, color, dynamics, and style was aplenty, and a first-class interpretive intelligence. . . . There are concerts and concerts, but this seemed a privileged encounter.” As a member of the Bowdoin Trio, Mr. Klibonoff won First Prize of the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition in 1984. He joined the Guilds roster as a solo pianist in 1992 as winner of the Wedeen Management Award. Other awards and competition prizes include the Silver Medal of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the Affiliate Artists Xerox Pianists Award, the Pro Musicis Foundation Award, First Prize in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition and the Pepsi-Cola Young Artists Competition, and a Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Klibonoff has been heard as soloist with many of Americas major orchestras, including those of Baltimore, Utah, Buffalo, North Carolina, Syracuse, Richmond, New Orleans, and Denver. He has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum, 92nd Street Y, and Weill Recital Hall in New York, Jordan Hall in Boston, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as in Paris, Rome and Hong Kong. A frequent guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mr. Klibonoff has collaborated with many of Americas major artisis, including Yo-Yo Ma, David Shifrin, and Carol Wincenc.