at the
Leiser Opera Center

Cello & Piano November 27 2005 at 3 pm

Iris van Eck cello, Kemal Gekic, PIano


Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata for cello and piano Opus 5 No 1

Adagio sostenuto, Allegro
Rondo: Allegro vivace

Gabriel Faure Sonata for cello and piano Opus 109

Allegro commodo

KEMAL’S Choice To be announced

Shostakovich Sonata for cello and piano Opus 40

Allegro ma non troppo


Iris van Eck, is principal cellist for the Florida Grand Opera and the Florida Classical Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist with various orchestras in the United States & in Europe and is frequently heard on the chamber music circuit in South Florida and abroad. A recording of women composers (Henriette Bosmans, Louise Farrenc and Rebecca Clarke), together with Dutch pianist Arielle Vernède, was just completed in Delft, the Netherlands.
In March 2006 she will be featured as soloist with the Florida Classical Orchestra playing (Robert) Schumann’s cello concerto. She plays a beautiful French cello made by Bernardel Pere in 1831. 
She was born in the Netherlands to a artist painter (father) and a piano teacher (mother). She studied at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague with Jean Decroos (principal cellist in the Concertgebouw orkchestra) & Rene van Ast before moving to the United States where she studied with madame Raya Garbousova. She is a winner in the Edith Stein Concours in the Netherlands (on flute) and the Concerto Competition at Northern Illinois Universtity (on cello). She also participated in master classes with Paul and Maude Tortellier and at the Piattigorsky Seminar in Los Angeles she studied with William Pleeth, Lyn Harrell and Jeffrey Solow and at the Cleveland Chamber music Seminar with Joseph Gingold and the Guarneri Quartet.  

Kemal Gekic rides the charismatic edge of genius," says The Boston Globe about the pianist whose artistic credo encompasses both a knowledge of all the facts essential to reconstructing the musical idea behind the works he plays and the power to bring it alive for today's audiences. Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, Kemal Gekic presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations of Baroque, Classic, Romantic and Modern masterworks.

As a recording artist, Kemal Gekic has won accolades in Europe, America and Japan for insightful, original and sometimes iconoclastic views of the music of Handel, Mozart, Chopin, Scriabin and Liszt - a list that grows with every season. His outstanding Naxos CD of Rossini-Liszt transcriptions (including the phenomenal William Tell Overture) has won "The Rosette" of The Penguin Guide for Music, while his JVC CD of Liszt's Twelve Transcendental Etudes is generally considered to be the best recording of the set in history. He has been the subject of broadcasts by the CBC (Canada), NKH (Japan), NDR (Germany), RAI (Italy), TV Portugal, POLTEL (Poland) and PBS (USA). Mr. Gekic's appearance at the Second Annual Miami International Piano Festival of Discovery , marked his South Florida debut.

Born in Croatia (former Yugoslavia), Kemal Gekic (pronounced geh-kitch) lives in the United States. Mr. Gekic is presently the Artist in Residence at The Florida International University