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Kairos

KAIROS, endowed resident ensemble of CWU and Icicle Creek

Carrie Rehkopf, violin  
John Michel, cellist
Stephen Beus, 
Duane Funderburk &

Tatjana Rankovich, pianists

Kairos began in 1993 as the ensemble-in-residence at the newly founded Icicle Creek Music Center. In 1998, Kairos initiated the endowed chamber music residency at Central Washington University. Kairos has performed in Italy, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Canada and across the United States. Committed to educating the new generations of chamber musicians, Kairos teaches at numerous summer festivals and holds a weekly chamber seminar at CWU. In April 2019, they will give concerts in Taiwan with pianist Moli Chiang. Kairos has introduced the great quartet repertoire to new listeners through a ‘Ten Quartets’ weekly series for the Douglas Honors College and many Introduction to Music classes. In addition to traditional concerts, Kairos attracts new fans of classical music through energetic live performances and juxtaposing great music with dance and visual art.

Kairos was a string quartet for 24 years and now highlights the rich piano trio and piano and strings repertoire. Violinist Carrie Rehkopf Michel and cellist John Michel are joined by world- renowned pianists Stephen Beus, Duane Funderburk, Eduard Zilberkant, Tatjana Rankovich, Roderigo Robles de Medina, violinists Kathryn Votapek and David Perry and violist Michelle Rahn. Enticing new audiences through unique collaborations, choreographer Shauna Goddard Barger, storytellers Claudia Solti, Moon Hi Hanson, Gillian Coldsnow and visual artists Rachel Hall Kirk, and Mellasenah Nicole join Kairos to stimulate imaginations.


kairos =”time outside of time”
Madeleine L'Engle
“Kairos” is a Greek word for non-chronological time, those special moments when a child is at play or artists are absorbed in their work, when time seems suspended.

 

Kairos Player Biographies

Carrie Rehkopf

Violinist Carrie Rehkopf’s career blends the best of the worlds of performing and teaching.  Called a ‘first-class musician’ by Sir Georg Solti, her particular interests in building new audiences and cultivating artistry in players of all levels have led her to incorporate elements of acting, choreography and narrative into her violin work.

As first violinist of the Kairos Quartet, she has toured North America over the past 23 years. She was founder and director of both the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Institute and the Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum.  Ms. Rehkopf has also performed on chamber music concerts at the Tanglewood, Banff and Norfolk festivals. 

She is Professor of Violin at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, where she has taught since 1990.  Her former students play in many orchestras, as well as receive awards as outstanding teachers in higher education, the public schools and private studios.   She has given concerto performances with the Everett, Olympia, Wenatchee, Yakima, Southwest Washington and Lake Sammamish Symphonies as well as several youth orchestras. She envisioned and led a ‘flash mob’ of string players in joining her during the cadenza of Mozart's G Major Concerto. 

Ms. Rehkopf gave the world premiere of Maria Newman's violin concerto, which she recorded at Capitol Records. Before her position in higher education Ms. Rehkopf performed with various professional orchestras, including serving as Associate Principal Second of the Honolulu Symphony. Professor Rehkopf began violin at age 4 in the Suzuki Method, and had a week of lessons with Dr. Suzuki in 1976. She received her degrees from University of Michigan on a full tuition scholarship, studying with Camilla Wicks and Angel Reyes.  She studied further in London with David Takeno.

In her latest venture, ‘Juxta/Musician’ (which juxtaposes classical music with other art forms).  Ms. Rehkopf collaborates with long-time friend Shauna Goddard in adding movement to music.  She and her cellist husband John Michel enjoy reading chamber music with their three sons.


John Michel

In his twenty-seventh year as cello professor at Central Washington University, enjoys his career as a soloist, collaborative musician and teacher.
In addition to regular solo recital programs, he has performed a dozen concertos including the Shostakovich #1, Herbert, Dvorak and the Brahms Double with his wife Carrie Rehkopf. John Michel particularly appreciates his past collaborations with Paul-Elliott Cobbs at the podium. These include successful performances of the Elgar, Tchaikovsky Rococo, Brahms Double and Beethoven Triple concertos and a recording of the Dvorak Concerto.
He regularly performs in the Seattle Bach Marathon, and in 2004, with the encouragement of Cordelia Miedel, performed all of the six Suites for memory in double concerts.

In 2001, he was one of seven guest artists featured at the First Kobe International Cello Festival in Japan, and returned for the 1000 Cellists Concert with his students in 2015. At the World Cello Congress III, he premiered the new Solo Cello Sonata “Othmar” by composer Maria Newman. He has published many recordings and numerous live performances that are readily available online, links at johnmichel.com

Mr. Michel is the cellist of the Kairos String Quartet, which holds an endowed professorship as the resident ensemble of Central Washington University and Icicle Creek. For the past twenty-three years the Kairos Quartet has been regularly performing and teaching throughout the Northwest. On occasion he substitutes in the cello section of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

He was the founder and director of the Internet Cello Society (cello.org), a cyber-community of cellists, which shares the knowledge and joy of cello playing with enthusiasts from around the globe, and also serves on the board of the New Directions Cello Association. Every other October he hosts a special gathering of cellists in Ellensburg, the Central Cello Celebration.

During the summers, Mr. Michel performs and teaches at the Kairos Chamber Music Lyceum, Marrowstone Music Festival and Evergreen Music Festival. The American String Teacher Association, Washington chapter, named him Outstanding College String Teacher in 1996.
His formal training includes Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Michigan and the New England Conservatory with Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio and Jeffrey Solow.

He is married to Kairos Quartet violinist Carrie Rehkopf, and father of three active young men. He enjoys tennis and strategy games including online chess.


Stephen Beus

“Mesmerizing… explosive… intelligent… he belongs on the world stage” (Salt Lake Tribune). In the space of four months, American pianist Stephen Beus won first prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition (Lisbon) and he was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association (Indianapolis).

As a result of winning the Juilliard School Concerto Competition Mr. Beus made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra and James DePreist, playing Prokofiev Concerto No. 3. He has performed  with orchestras all over the world, and given recitals across the United States as well as in England, Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Georgia, China, France, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, and Morocco. 

Born and raised on a farm in eastern Washington, Mr. Beus began lessons at age 5 and made his orchestral debut four years later. He went on to win numerous national and international competitions throughout his youth, capturing the attention of both audiences and critics. Commenting on Mr. Beus’ competition success, Fanfare magazine writes: “In some ways Beus doesn’t fit the mold of the typical competition winner. His playing is strikingly original and, despite his youth, he has an interpretive voice all his own… Above all, his playing is so natural as to seem effortless and the sound he produces has extraordinary richness and depth, not quite like anyone else’s.”

Mr. Beus holds degrees from Whitman College, The Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University, and his teachers have included Leonard Richter, Robert McDonald, Gilbert Kalish, Christina Dahl, and Paulette Richards. He has recorded on the Endeavor Classics, Harmonia Mundi, and Centaur Records labels. Stephen Beus is a Steinway Artist and currently teaches at Brigham Young University.  For more details, visit www.stephenbeus.com.


Duane Funderburk

While in Boston he won first place in the Aaron Richmond Piano Competition, performed live on Boston Public Radio, and gave recitals at the Gardner Museum, Worcester Art Museum, and Goethe Institute. International orchestral performances include appearances with the Berlin Chamber Orchestra, the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Panevezys Chamber Orchestra in Lithuania.

He has performed as soloist in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt, and has performed in Seoul, Korea, with the touring Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra from Ukraine. As a collaborative artist with violinist Alex Russell, Duane has performed at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and The Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, as well as appearances in Sweden, Australia, Singapore, Korea, Ukraine, Armenia, Canada, and numerous venues in the United States.

MorningStar Music Publishers, Fred Bock Music, and Jubal House Music have published both instrumental and choral works by Duane which include chamber music, orchestral and choral arrangements, many based on American hymn tunes. Currently, Dr. Funderburk serves as Co-Director of Music at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California, and composes for and performs with many musicians from the Los Angeles area.  Duane also assists as collaborative pianist at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. 

Dr. Funderburk holds a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Seattle Pacific University, a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Boston University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California in collaborative piano.

Duane Funderburk began his musical studies in the Pacific Northwest studying with Marcile Mack at Seattle Pacific University and Randolph Hokanson at the University of Washington. While in Seattle he performed chamber music with cellist Carter Enyeart and violist Alan Iglitzen, both members of the Philadelphia String Quartet. He has attended the Aspen Music Festival and the Tanglewood Institute where he studied with pianists Bela Nagy, Samuel Lipman, Ruth Laredo, and Edith Oppens.


Tatjana Rankovich

Described by The New York Times as an “astonishingly good pianist,” Tatjana Rankovich has performed throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Central and South America. She is the  rst pianist ever to play the First, Second and Third Piano Concertos of Nicolas Flagello, recording them with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine and the Slovak Philharmonic, which were released to unanimous praise and chosen for one of the  ve “best of the year” recordings in 1996, 1999 and 2005, by Fanfare magazine. These premiere recordings were described as “splendid” and “superb.” In his review (Classical Net, 2008), of the Naxos/Flagello Piano Con- certo CD, Steve Schwartz writes: “... pianist Tatjana Rankovich, one of my favorite performers, who routinely takes risks on unknown repertoire. She undoubtedly knows like the back of her well-muscled hand the Russian school of piano writing Flagello makes use of. She plays with  ery power. At the end of the recording I, without giving it a thought, stood up. Imagine what she would do to a live audience.” She has recorded many other acclaimed discs for Phoenix USA, Naxos, Albany, Artek, Dezil, Citadel, and most recently, a highly praised 3-disk set of live recordings for IBOX. The review by Jerry Dubins of Fanfare Magazine (October, 2010) reads: “My long time favorite recording (of the Shostakovich Piano Concerto #1) has been the one with Argerich....But I think this version with Rankovich now takes pride of place. It’s quite stunning...” Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Ms. Rankovich was a Fulbright Scholar and a laureate of numerous awards. She holds her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School and her Doctorate from Rutgers University. Her teachers and mentors were of the legendary Lesche- tizky and Liszt traditions of piano performance: Arbo Valdma, Josef Raieff, Clifton Matthews, Claude Frank and Benjamin Kaplan. Most recently, she was a recipient of the prestigious Irene Alm Memorial Prize for excellence in performance and scholarly research at Rutgers University (May, 2017) for her thesis: “Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto: the unpublished revisions and its Doppelgänger chamber versions.” Years earlier, in the summer of 2008, Tatjana Rankovich was honored with a prestigious State Award, “Golden Badge,” which is awarded annually by the Serbian Ministry of Diaspora in Belgrade. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Music & More SummerFest – International Classical Music Festival in Trebinje, Bosnia & Herzegovina and is presently on the piano faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.


Peter Longworth

“Peter Longworth is a concert pianist of such power and grace that even the crystal baubles on the chandeliers at Orchestra Hall tingle, dance and resonate when he plays." -Chicago Tribune

Pianist Peter Longworth has established himself as one of the most sought after performers of his generation. Equally comfortable as soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in cities around the world. In North America stops include New York, Chicago, London, Montreal, and Vancouver; abroad, he’s performed in London, Moscow, Brussels, Glasgow, and Nice.

He has been a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Fairbanks Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, Kitchener- Waterloo Symphony, and other orchestras in North America. Mr. Longworth has collaborated with conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Edwin Outwater, Eduard Zilberkant, Nikolas Caoile, and Joseph Rescigno. After a successful performance during the 11/12 season, Peter was invited back to perform during the 12/13 season with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra and he will also appear with the Canadian Sinfonietta.

Peter appears regularly at Kairos Music Festival in Washington state, Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, and has made previous appearances at numerous festivals across the continent, including the Malibu Coast Music Festival and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Longworth is a founding member of the Duke Piano Trio (with violinist Mark Fewer and cellist Thomas Wiebe), which has performed throughout the United States and Canada. Peter continues performing with Mark, and has appeared in collaboration with many of today’s finest instrumentalists including violinist Camilla Wicks, violist Steven Dann, clarinettist Joaquin Valdepenas, and bassist Joel Quarrington.

Peter is an active recording artist; he can be heard on the Azica Records label with a 2013 release of solo Brahms piano music, and a 2010 recording of the complete Brahms violin and piano sonatas with Mark Fewer.

Since 1991, Mr. Longworth has been a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Through his work there as a private teacher, and as one of the key facilitators of the chamber music and collaborative programs, he has influenced many of the most gifted young musicians of the next generation.

Born in 1964 in London, England, Mr. Longworth began his piano studies in Brussels. He studied at Northwestern University with Arthur Tollefson and at the University of Michigan with Eckhart Sellheim and after a year at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts, he completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory with Marek Jablonski, Leon Fleisher, and Marc Durand. Mr. Longworth was a laureate of the International Busoni Piano Competition in Italy in 1991.

www.peterlongworth.ca
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