Ich Denke Dein: Songs and Chamber Works by Nikolai Medtner

This album is recorded in collaboration with Rachel Joselson, soprano and Scott Conklin, violin and includes the composer’s rare songs and chamber works. It is the first known release to feature the entire set of 12 Goethelieder Op.15. The CD also includes a piece in a unique genre, Sonata-Vocalize, Op. 41 I. It is one- movement sonata with proper exposition, development and recapitulation and coda. The uniqueness of this piece is that it is the only sonata in history written for piano and voice. Canzona and Danza for piano and Violin Op.43 II, is also featured on CD. Winterabend, Op. 13 No. 1 is the last track on the Cd, written on Pushkin poem «Winterabend». This song in many ways was my inspiration for the entire project.
Released on Albany Records on Jan 1 2019 - TROY1757
Available on AmazonSpotifyiTunesSound Cloud


Sasha Burdin


Sasha Burdin
Concert and jazz pianist, composer, bandleader, and music educator
 has performed in Russia, Europe, and the United States. During the 2012-2013 season, Sasha Burdin served as the principal pianist with the touring ensemble of the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa; two years later he performed Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps with the Ephawk Quartet. That summer, Burdin was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival. In 2015, Burdin, clarinetist Thiago Ancelmo, and violinist Andrew Uhe formed the Nashat Trio, presenting works by Bartok, Milhaud, Khachaturian and Shostakovich at the Laredo Music Festival, Iowa Wesleyan University, and Indian Hills Community College. In 2015/16, he performed with the Johnson County Landmark jazz band as principal pianist. Burdin formed The Sasha Burdin Quartet a jazz group, focusing on his original compositions and standard
jazz repertoire. Dr. Burdin is a passionate piano teacher and music educator. In addition to teaching as a graduate assistant during his studies, he served on the faculty at Iowa Wesleyan College and Indian Hills Community College. He currently holds a piano position at Pacific Piano School in California. Burdin received his Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University and Maymonid Moscow State Classical Academy; his DMA from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Uriel Tsachor. Burdin’s research was dedicated to the analysis and performance of the tempo and rhythmical principles Al Rigore and Flessibile in Nikolai Medtner’s piano works. He has recorded Medtner’s Tales, op. 20, op. 34, Nos. 2, 3; Three pieces op.31, and the Second Improvisation op.47. His other piano teachers include Victor Derevianko, Naum Shtarkman, Irina Podmetina, Anna Mazarskaya, Elena Petrova, and Thomas Rosenkranz.

Rachel Joselson

While still a university student in voice performance, Rachel
Joselson performed with the Indianapolis Symphony and the
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the musical direction of Robert
Shaw. After completing her masters’ degree at Indiana University,
she moved to Europe and pursued private voice study with Mario
and Rina del Monaco in Lancenigo, Italy. Her first full-time operatic
contract was in Darmstadt, Germany, singing roles as Rosina,
Dorabella, Cherubino, Adalgisa and Idamante before switching
to soprano repertoire during her years at Hamburg State Opera.
Several soprano roles include Gounod’s Mireille, Mimì, Micaela
(Carmen), Méisande, Marjênka (Bartered Bride), Donna Elvira
(Don Giovanni), Leonore (Fidelio), and Eva (Meistersingers of Nuremberg).
Joselson was invited to Leipzig, Germany, where she presented a lecture and master classes about American song composers at a convention for the German Association of Voice Teachers International Convention (Bundesverband Deutscher Gesangspädagogen). In Halle, she taught bel canto technique, and was artist-in-residence at the Asolo Song Festival and Institute in Italy. She performed and taught at Puebla’s National Music Conservatory in Mexico. Joselson has adjudicated both state and regional competitions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing in Iowa and Illinois, and for the Classical Singer Convention in Chicago, at which she also presented master classes. Joselson performed a recital in Philadelphia as well as Russian and French Repertoire for the 54th Annual Midwest Modern Language Convention in Cincinnati. She is a featured soloist on NPR’s World Canvas program produced by Iowa Public Radio in Iowa City’s Old Capital’s Senate Chamber. After returning to the U.S. in the late 1990s, the Metropolitan Opera engaged her for KurtWeill’s Riseand Fall of the City of Mahagonny. She has performed with symphony orchestras in Madison, Oshkosh, and Johnson City, Tennessee, and was featured with the Utah Festival Opera in Logan and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra in Salt Lake City for its International Sunday broadcast. She sang Madame Euterpova in the 1998 CD recording of Menotti’s Help! Help! The Globolinks with the Madison Symphony Opera and Orchestra under the baton of John DeMain. Her first solo CD, The Songs of Arthur Honegger and Jacques Leguerney with pianist Rene Lecuona, was released in 2003 by Albany Records. Joselson coached this repertoire in France with pianist/coach Mary Dibbern, and debuted these in concert at the American Cathedral in Paris. Her CD, “Songs of the Holocaust” with pianist Réne Lecuona, cellist Hannah Holman, and violinist Scott Conklin, was released by Albany Records in July 2016. She has presented this program throughout Vermont, at CUNY Graduate School in New York City, Lawrence University, Montclair State, Middlebury College, and presented at the annual commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp for the United Nations General Assembly in January 2017. In December 2018, she presented a lecture recital at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. After the release of Ich Denke Dein: Songs and Chamber Works of Nikolai Medtner, Joselson and pianist Bo Ties are preparing to record Je donnerai mes Jours: Complete songs of Gabriel Dupont. She has branched out into musical theater (her first love) having performed Desirée in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Middlebury Opera, and Mama Morton in Kander and Ebb’s Chicago, the Musical with Iowa City’s Old Capitol Opera. Joselson received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Rutgers University. She has been on the faculty at the University of Iowa since 1997. Joselson lives in Iowa City with her husband Michael, teenage children Manny and Leah, and their four cats Harry, Estie, Gibson, and Carlino.

Scott Conklin

Commended by The Strad for “brilliance of tone and charismatic delivery,” Scott Conklin regularly appears as a recitalist, solo- ist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teaching clinician throughout the United States and abroad. He is associate professor of violin at the University of Iowa School of Music and a violin teacher at the Preucil School of Music. Conklin has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Louisville, Nash-ville, and Berlin Symphony Orchestras. He is a recipient of the Iowa String Teachers Association Leopold LaFosse Studio Teacher of the
Year Award and has been a featured artist/clinician at the conferences of the Music Teachers National Association and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Conklin has also been a presenter at the American String Teachers Association Conference. In addition to performing from the heart of the standard repertoire, Conklin is a champion of new music. On March 1, 2015, Albany Records released Pieces and Passages, a new album that features pianists Alan Huckleberry and Jason Sifford, contemporary compositions, and Conklin’s own visual artwork throughout the packaging. His prior Albany Records release Violinguistics: American Voices, an album of contemporary American compositions with Huckleberry, was “urgently recommended” by Fanfare Magazine and was also the recommended album in the June 2010 issue of The Strad, which complimented the performers for their “interpretative eloquence, extreme technical precision, and an infectious brio that makes the whole disc enjoyable.” American Record Guide said the album was “sure to please any fan of violin and piano who is looking for something new.” Conklin’s recording of A Tempered Wish for Solo Violin and Chamber Orchestra by Ching-chu Hu was released on the album Vive Concertante! He has also recorded works by Luke Dahn, Franco Donatoni, D. Martin Jenni, and Jeremy Dale Roberts. Conklin and Huckleberry performed on the Suzuki Association of the Americas album Celebrating Excellence 2009, which featured the Albers Trio, Cavani String Quartet, Rachel Barton Pine, and Orion Weiss among others. Ching-chu Hu wrote and dedicated The Hope Moment (2011) to Conklin along with a new violin concerto that will be premiered in 2015. Composer Joel Puckett wrote and dedicated the BMI award-winning composition Colloquial Threads for Violin and Piano (2003) to Conklin as well as a four-movement violin concerto called Southern Comforts for Solo Violin, Orchestral Winds, Bass, Piano, and Percussion (2008).  A devoted supporter of music education, Conklin was featured on the violin master class DVD, Sound Innovations for String Orchestra, directed by Bob Phillips, Peter Boonschaft and Robert Sheldon. As an orchestral musician, Conklin performed on the Chandos release Prokofiev: War and Peace with conductor Richard Hickcox, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and the Russian State Symphonic Cappella—an album listed in The Penguin Guide 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings. As a chamber musician, he performed in the Iowa City Piano Quartet with Hannah Holman, Rene Lecuona, and Elizabeth Oakes, and has also appeared on recital tours with pianists Alan Huckleberry and Uriel Tsachor. Conklin is a former faculty member of the University of Texas at Arlington, and he also taught on several occasions as a substitute violin professor at the University of Texas Butler School of Music. In the summer, Conklin teaches at the American Suzuki Institute, Lone Star Young Artist Program, and Sound Encounters. He holds the honorary distinction of being a “Kentucky Colonel,” a title given to him by Governor Wallace G. Wilkinson. During his youth, Conklin was a student of Carol Dallinger, Violin Professor at the University of Evansville. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied chamber music with the Cavani String Quartet, Anne Epperson, Peter Salaff, and was a violin student of David Updegraff. Conklin also earned Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The University of Michigan School of Music where he was a teaching assistant under string music educator Robert Culver; there he studied chamber music primarily with Andrew Jennings, Paul Kantor, and Martin Katz, and was a violin student of Paul Kantor.