Cayman Arts Festival hosts musical quintet

The Red Violinist is returning to Cayman. After her last sold-out performance during the Cayman Arts Festival in 2016, Elizabeth Pitcairn will once again be enchanting local audiences on Nov. 3. Those who attend the event will also have the privilege of seeing her famous Stradivarius.

This time, she will perform in a rare collaboration with some of her long-standing friends, which include top soloists of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and Cayman Arts Festival’s own artistic director, Glen Inanga. Attendees will hear the talents of Arturo Delmoni, Michael Roth and Sarah Hewitt Roth, along with Pitcairn and Inanga.

The performers have promised to entertain Cayman with another memorable evening that will have all the usual hallmarks of the performances that Cayman Arts Festival is known for. The Festival’s mission is to spoil Cayman’s music lovers with top quality classical music events featuring local and international artists.

Elizabeth Pitcairn and her extraordinary Stradivarius violin. – Photo: Joy Strotz

Elizabeth Pitcairn

Violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn has earned the reputation of being one of America’s most beloved soloists. She appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music and in the year 2000 gave her New York debut at Alice Tully Hall with the New York String Orchestra. She has since performed at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Fisher Center and the Kimmel Center. Passionate about youth and education, she serves as president and artistic director of the Luzerne Music Center which provides training for gifted young musicians ages 9 to 18 in upstate New York, where Cayman Arts Festival has provided scholarships for Caymanian students to attend every year for the past five years.

Pitcairn performs with one of the world’s most legendary instruments, the Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius of 1720, said to have inspired the Academy Award–winning film “The Red Violin.” She is featured on the 10th anniversary edition of “The Red Violin” DVD in a special feature called “The Auction Block.” Named the Red Stradivarius violin while in the possession of Joseph Joachim, it was a gift from her grandfather in 1990, purchased at a Christie’s auction in London.

Violinist Arturo Delmoni is concertmaster of the New York City Ballet and has been praised by the likes of Yo-Yo Ma for his skill.

Arturo Delmoni

Violinist Arturo Delmoni, concertmaster of the New York City Ballet, is one of the most celebrated artists of his generation. His remarkably distinctive playing embodies the romantic warmth that was the special province of the great virtuosi of the golden age of violin playing. Yo-Yo Ma describes Delmoni as “an enormously gifted musician and an impeccable violinist. His playing style is unique, and his gorgeous sound is reminiscent of that of great violinists from a bygone era.”

Delmoni has recorded approximately 20 CDs. Alan Heatherington of The American Record Guide wrote, “The growing discography of Arturo Delmoni testifies to a musician who must possess an artistic soul of exceptional beauty. Each new issue reveals additional aspects of a winsome musical personality and verifies an impression of great warmth and geniality.”

Arturo Delmoni’s violin is a J.B. Guadagnini, 1780.

Michael Roth is the associate concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra.

Michael Roth

Violinist Michael Roth is a native of Scarsdale, New York, and received his early musical training with Frances Magnes at the Hoff-Barthelson Music School. He attended Oberlin College and Conservatory, continuing his studies with Marilyn McDonald. At Oberlin, he won the Kaufman Prize for violin and first prize in the Ohio String Teacher’s Association Competition. He completed his Master of Music degree at the University of Massachusetts where he worked with the distinguished American violinist and pedagogue Charles Treger and was a recipient of the Julian Olevsky Award.

Roth is currently the associate concertmaster of the New York City Ballet Orchestra and has appeared in chamber music and as a soloist with the company, most recently in the debut of “Slice To Sharp,” a ballet of Biber and Vivaldi violin concerti, and “After the Rain,” violin music of Arvo Pärt.

Sarah Hewitt-Roth is a world-class cellist who has played for numerous Broadway productions.

Sarah Hewitt Roth

Sarah Hewitt Roth graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music and received a master’s degree in music from the Mannes College of Music.

Sarah is currently a member of the New York Pops Orchestra, and is a regular performer at Carnegie Hall as assistant principal cellist of the New York City Chamber Orchestra.

A frequent Broadway collaborator, Hewitt Roth has held cello chairs in 10 shows on Broadway.

Glen Inanga

Glen Inanga is the artistic director of the Cayman Arts Festival.

Following graduation from Clare College, University of Cambridge, as a British Council Scholar where he read the Engineering Tripos and received his Master of Arts degree in 1998, Glen Inanga studied with Martin Roscoe at the Royal Academy of Music, London, U.K. As an international concert pianist soloist, he gave his New York debut, performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” to a capacity audience in Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Centre, receiving rave reviews. His piano duo partnership with Jennifer Micallef is reputed to be among the most outstanding piano duos worldwide and continues to make an increasing impact on an ever-widening international audience performing as soloists with orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic in the BBC Proms, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Musikverein Concert Hall, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra.

In February 2004, the Micallef-Inanga piano duo, as artistic directors, launched the first Cayman Arts Festival in the Cayman Islands, currently held biennially.

Inanga is senior lecturer and director of music at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

For the Cayman audience, the group will perform pieces by Shostakovich, Moszkowski, Kreisler and John Williams.

“All performers want to tell a story through their music, through their instruments,” says Marius Gaina, executive director of the Cayman Arts Festival. “Elizabeth has the enviable ability to wow us with both her amazing talent and her world-famous instrument and will present us with a truly mesmerizing concert. This time, her story will be even more compelling with the artistry that Arturo will bring, given his extensive musical experience, and the undoubted great symbiosis that will be achieved with Michael, Sarah and Glen’s contribution.

“We would also like to thank our sponsors ICG Management Limited and Ogier who have supported us in organizing this amazing concert and who made it possible for us to continue presenting great music to the Cayman audience,” he said.

The concert will be held on Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. at the Agape Family Worship Centre, 50 Fairbanks Road. Tickets are US$65 for a family package (2 adults and 2 children over 7 years old), US$30 for adults and US$10 for students and can be bought at www.caymanartsfestival.com. For more information, email [email protected] or call 922-5550.