The Romance of Rachmaninoff

Feb 29, 2020 - 7:00pm
The Romance of Rachmaninoff
The Scott Center for Performing Arts - 5625 Holy Trinity Drive Melbourne, FL 32940

RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2
RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 1

Jamila Tekalli, piano

Experience Rachmaninoff at his best, when the elegant Jamila Tekalli once again joins your Space Coast Symphony Orchestra for the breathtaking Second Piano Concerto.  For all the virtuosic summits and grand melodic gestures, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto is shockingly intimate, as if we are peering into the private diary of this vulnerable composer. How mistaken were the work’s initial detractors, whose critical reception sent the young Rachmaninoff into years of depression. Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony is a dynamic and passionate representation of the Russian symphonic tradition, a powerful work achieving genuine heroic expression.

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Artist Information

Pianist Jamila Tekalli has performed as a soloist and collaborative musician in concerts, festivals and competitions in throughout the United States, Canada, and Central and South America and has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Adrienne Arsht Center and New World Center. As a solo pianist, her distinctions include Finalist of the Stravinsky International Piano Competition, Third Prize and Finalist of the Baldwin National Piano Competition, and Winner of the Steinway Indiana Collegiate Piano Competition and Indiana University Concerto Competition. Summer festivals and residency performances include the Banff Centre, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Keyboard Institute at Mannes, and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute. She has studied chamber music with members of the Brentano String Quartet and Tokyo String Quartet, Robert McDonald, Gilbert Kalish and Dawn Upshaw.

As an avid chamber musician, Jamila has performed with members of the National Symphony, Kennedy Center Opera, Colorado Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Orlando Philharmonic. Her chamber performances have taken her throughout Libya in 2010 as an American Cultural Ambassador promoting musical and cultural exchange through the U.S. Embassy.

Dr. Tekalli previously served as Lecturer in Music at Barry University in Miami, Florida instructing piano, music history, musical theater and choral programs and has served as director of piano workshops and adjudicator of the 2007 Concurso Internacional de Música Clásica "Jóvenes Talentos" held at the school Fronteras Musicales Abiertas in Cuenca, Ecuador.

Jamila holds a D.M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Miami, a M.A. from University of Central Florida and a B.M. from Indiana University. She has studied with Evelyne Brancart, Arnaldo Cohen, Laurent Boukobza and Tian Ying. Jamila serves as Director of Music at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and piano faculty at the Levine School of Music. Dr. Tekalli is a member of the Music Teacher’s National Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers, and Chamber Music of America.

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