New Music Guild presents violin-piano duo

The Rotberg / Kim Duo will play two New Music Guild concerts this weekend.

Violinist Barton Samuel Rotberg has performed as a soloist throughout Europe and North and Central America. He has served as concertmaster for the Warren Philharmonic, Opera Columbus, Cleveland’s Opera Per Tutti and Illinois’ Southwest Symphony.

He specializes in chamber music and was a founding member of the Davanti Trio, which toured the U.S. and abroad, He has a music performance doctorate from Michigan State University.

Korean Pianist Sungeun Kim has played as a concerto soloist in European and Asian venues and at American festivals. A first-prize winner of the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, she has performed with the Russian Federal Orchestra in Moscow, the Banff Festival Orchestra in Canada and the Gijon Symphony Orchestra in Spain.

She has a performance doctorate from the Peabody Institute of Music of Johns Hopkins University.

Both musicians are faculty at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and perform regularly with the Chagrin Chamber Series in Metropolitan Cleveland.

The duo will focus on 20th and 21st century repertoire, including several compositions by Youngstown State University Emeritus Professor Robert Rollin’s compositions.

Violinist Gwyneth Rollin, accompanied by the composer, will open the concert with Two Melodies About Elijah, Rollin’s most recent composition.

Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Holy Apostles Parish, 421 Covington St., Youngstown, and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Congregational Church, 41 East Jefferson St., Jefferson. Admission is free and receptions honoring Rotberg and Kim will follow both concerts.

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