November 12, 2023
Manhattan Chamber Players
7:30 PM at the Sunset Center | Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Luke Fleming, viola
Andrea Casarrubios, cello
Adam Golka, piano
About The Ensemble
Manhattan Chamber Players was formed by Artistic Director and violist, Luke Fleming. This collective of players came together to share their love of chamber music. All the members have their own impressive careers - as soloists, members of professional string quartets, piano trios, or other chamber groups, and even two world-renowned composers. This group brings the flexibility to perform practically anything in the rich string/wind/piano chamber repertoire.
As a guest soloist at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Ms. Casarrubios performed her own Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, MIRAGE (2019). SEVEN (2020) for solo cello, “a searching, intense, and elegiac tribute to the essential workers during the pandemic” (The New York Times), was commissioned by cellist Thomas Mesa and has been performed worldwide. Ms. Casarrubios’ compositions have been presented by organizations such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Washington Performing Arts, World Heritage Festival, Sphinx Organization, Trio Appassionata, the Manhattan Chamber Players, Decoda, Ensemble Connect, Astral Artists, NPR, Canada’s CKIA, and the Spanish National Radio RNE.
In 2015, Mr. Fleming became the Founding Artistic Director of both the Manhattan Chamber Players, a New York-based chamber music collective, and the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Viola at the University of New Orleans School of the Arts. He is also a founding member of the Delaware-based Serafin Ensemble. He has performed as a guest artist with the Escher, Pacifica, Serafin, and Solera String Quartets, the Eroica, Lysander, and Gryphon Piano Trios, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Decoda, Ensemble Connect, Sejong Soloists, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New York Classical Players, and has given masterclasses at UCLA, Louisiana State University, Ithaca College, Columbus State University, Syracuse University, Melbourne University, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, among others. Mr. Fleming has served on the faculties of the Innsbrook Institute, Renova Music Festival, Festival del Lago, and Houston ChamberFest, and Fei Tian College and is Lecturer-in-Residence for the concert series Project: Music Heals Us.
Chamber music is an integral part of Mr. Golka’s life, and he has performed repeatedly at the Krzyżowa-Music “Music for Europe” festival, which has included tour performances at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Beethoven Bonn festivals, as well as Konzerthaus Berlin. He also performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, and Caramoor chamber music festivals in the U.S. Adam collaborates regularly with the Manhattan Chamber Players and in recitals with baritone John Moore, pianist Yannick Rafalimanana, cellist Jonathan Swensen, and violinist Itamar Zorman, with whom he recently debuted at The Wigmore Hall in London. As a pedagogue, Mr. Golka acted as Artist-in-Residence for six school years at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Mr. Golka has recorded works by Beethoven, Schumann, and Brahms for London-based First Hand Records, and he has premiered works composed for him by Richard Danielpour, Michael Brown, and Jarosław Gołębiowski.