OCT 8, 2023

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Rossini 'Barber of Seville' Overture
Haydn Cello Concerto no. 1 in C, III (with cello virtuoso, Jesse Krentz)
Beethoven Symphony no. 5 in C minor

Sunday, October 8 at 3pm. Meydenbauer Theater
11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004



Sunday, October 8 at 3pm. Meydenbauer Theater
11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004
Maestro Brian Davenport, Conductor & Artistic Director

Rossini 'Barber of Seville' Overture

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
with Special Guest Star, Craig Sheppard, piano
- Allegro
- Larghetto
- Allegretto


Haydn Cello Concerto no. 1 in C, Hob.VIIb:1, III
with 14-year old cello virtuoso, Jesse Krentz

Beethoven Symphony no. 5 in C minor
- Allegro con brio
- Andante con moto
- Scherzo: allegro
- Allegro


Craig Sheppard is the Michiko Morita Miyamoto Professor in Piano and Head of Keyboard Studies at the School of Music of the University of Washington in Seattle. He is also Professor of the Advanced Innovation Center at the China Conservatory in Beijing, and his former students hold positions in conservatories and universities throughout the world. A veteran of over fifty years on the international stage, in the past few seasons he has performed both Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues and Bach’s The Art of Fugue in venues throughout the United States, as well as London, Manchester (UK), Jerusalem, Shanghai and Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, in addition to giving masterclasses at all of the above. As recording artist, his LPs and CDs have appeared on the Sony, Chandos, Philips, EMI and AT-Berlin labels. He has published 26 CDs with Romeo Records (NY) since 2005, including the complete Beethoven sonatas (Beethoven: A Journey), the Six Bach Partitas, the Inventions and Sinfornias, both books of The Well Tempered Clavier, the last three Schubert sonatas, Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage I and II, Debussy’s 24 Preludes and 12 Études (including both books of Images and Estampes), the 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich, Late Piano Works, Opus 116-19, of Johannes Brahms, and Bach’s Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of Fugue). Within the past two decades, he has traveled many times to the Far East for performances and masterclasses, including Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He has performed at the Nehru Memorial Library in New Delhi, held a residency at the Melba Conservatory in Melbourne, Australia, and performed three times in New Zealand, including the first ever public performances of both books of Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. Most recently, he performed the Complete Chopin Nocturnes at the Museu do Oriente in Lisbon and in Meany Theater at the University of Washington.

Born in Philadelphia in November, 1947, Craig Sheppard graduated from both the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School, studying with Eleanor Sokoloff and Sasha Gorodnitzki respectively. He also worked with Rudolf Serkin and Pablo Casals at the Marlboro Festival, and later with Ilona Kabos, Peter Feuchtwanger and Sir Clifford Curzon in London. During his early years, in addition to a successful début at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, he won top prizes in the Busoni, Ciani, and Rubinstein competitions. However, it was his Silver Medal at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1972 that brought him to international attention. Moving to London in 1973 and living there for the next twenty years, Sheppard taught at Lancaster University, the Yehudi Menuhin School, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also performed on multiple occasions with all the major British orchestras and with many on the European continent, under such conductors as Sir George Solti, Erich Leinsdorf, Kurt Sanderling, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas, Aaron Copland, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir John Pritchard, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Zinman, and Leonard Slatkin. In the United States, he has performed with the orchestras of Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, Rochester and Seattle, and many others.  

Craig Sheppard’s solo repertoire is eclectic, comprising nearly fifty solo recital programs and over sixty concerti covering a wide spectrum within the Western canon. He also has a great love of chamber music, and has collaborated with many great instrumentalists and singers, including Wynton Marsalis, José Carreras, Victoria de los Angeles, Irina Arkhipova, Ida Handel, Sylvia Rosenberg, Mayumi Fujikawa, the Cleveland, Emerson and Miró string quartets, and many musicians of the younger generation, including James Ehnes, Stefan Jackiw, Richard O’Neill, Edward Arron and Johannes Moser.

Sheppard is invited frequently to serve on the juries of distinguished international competitions, including most recently the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv in May of 2021 and the National Society of Arts and Letters in Chicago in 2022. He also returns regularly to the Jerusalem Music Center to perform and teach, as well as the Chetham’s Summer School in Manchester, UK. With colleague Dr. Robin McCabe, Sheppard is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Seattle Piano Institute, a boot camp for aspiring young pianists held every July at the University of Washington, which this past summer celebrated its 14th anniversary.

Jesse Krentz, cello

Jesse Krentz is a 14 year old Seattle native, in the 8th grade. He began his studies with his father and teacher, Kevin Krentz, when he was 6 years old. His father, step-mother, grandfather, and sister all play the cello so Jesse has been surrounded by cello since birth.

Jesse has won many awards including Second at the MTNA National Junior Strings Competition, and winner of the Seattle Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, the Slava International Cello Competition, the King’s Peak International Competition, the Bellagrande International Music Competition, the Vivo International Competition, The Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside, including the Special Judges Award, and the Simon-Fiset Strings Competition. His concerto debut was in Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Youth Symphony at age 12.

Jesse had his professional debut at the Second City Series in the 2022-2023 season playing cello solo and ensemble music with his father, step-mother and other stars of the Krentz Cello Studio.

In his free time, he enjoys sports, supercars and fishing with his family.

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The Beethoven Eroica Symphony was featured in the inaugural performance of the Bellevue Symphony on February 20, 2022 at the Meydenbauer Theater in Bellevue, Washington.

Also featured at this performance were award winning soloists performing first movements of favorite piano and violin concertos and a Half-Time show featuring dazzling young virtuosos.

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Anthony Brian Davenport, Meydenbauer Theater 
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Born in Walla Walla, Washington, Maestro A. Brian Davenport began his interest in music at the age of four. After obtaining his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music from Harvard, he spent three years in Paris, France, studying music under the famous Nadia Boulanger, and conducting in Monte Carlo under the tutelage of Igor Markevitch. He has conducted orchestras in countries throughout the world, including China, Scandanavia, Germany, and Ukraine. In 1990, he conducted the Federal Way Symphony in the opening sellout performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony for the Goodwill Games. He also conducted the world premiere of Handel's Messiah in Russian in the city of Kazan.

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