Helena Baillie, Violinist and Violist, with Martina Baillie, Pianist
Sunday, April 23rd
London born sisters Helena Baillie, violin and viola, and Martina Baillie, piano, will perform at The Chapel Restoration, Sunday, April 23, at 4 p.m. The program for this concert, free to the public, will be a Lukas Foss piece, “Capriccio,” transcribed for viola, Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres,” Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat Major, No. 32 and Schnittke’s “Suite in the Old Style.”
Helena Baillie, whom critics have praised for her “poignance” and “gorgeous singing tone,” has appeared in concert throughout Europe and the United States. She has played chamber music with Pinchas Zukerman, Midori, Tokyo String Quartet and Beaux Arts Trio, and has been heard on BBC Radio and American Public Radio. Prizewinner in various international competitions, Helena Baillie studied at Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, at Yale University and, in Berlin, with eminent violist Wilfried Strehle. She has served as artistic director of Classics on Hudson concert series, faculty member of Bard College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division, and faculty member of The Hotchkiss School.
Martina Baillie began playing the piano at age seven, going on to study at London’s Royal Academy of Music and Boston’s New England Conservatory. Poised to pursue a career as classical pianist, she turned instead to liberal arts, followed by law school and the practice of law, most recently at Sullivan and Cromwell, New York City. In the interim, she continued to play and occasionally perform with her sister. Last fall, she returned to the music world full time as Director of Development with Young Concert Artists, also in New York City, a nonprofit dedicated to launching the careers of young classical musicians.
The Chapel Restoration, 45 Market Street in Cold Spring, is across from Metro-North Station, where free parking is available on weekends. This concert is made possible, in part, through Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program, with funds from New York State Council on the Arts, the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature. Contributions are welcome.