Performance with Carmine Miranda (Cellist) with Elena Bennett (Piano Accompanist)
American cellist Carmine Miranda has quickly established an award-winning international career and recognition as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. He’s been praised by many publications such as Fanfare Magazine for “fast becoming known for his ability to combine virtuosity with intense, well-thought-out interpretations” and by The Strad Magazine for “showing himself to be in full command of both instrument and works.” Born in Venezuela to Armenian and Italian immigrants, Miranda began his musical studies at the Latin-American Academy of Violoncello and the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music. In the United States, he continued his musical education with a doctoral degree in cello performance and a chamber music cognate from the University of Cincinnati. Miranda has performed in prominent concert halls and music festivals in the United States and around the world, including Carnegie Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Maurice Gusman Concert Hall, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, and many others. He is the winner of numerous recognitions and awards at the national and international level. With his recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Six Cello Suites at the age of twenty-two, followed by Alfredo Piatti’s Twelve Caprices for Solo Cello at the age of twenty-three, Miranda joined the ranks of the youngest musicians in the world to record both works in their entirety with no editing. In 2019 Miranda joined the music faculty at Belmont University where he teaches cello and chamber music. He is regularly invited to conduct master classes as a professor and lecturer at some of the finest institutions and music festivals around the world.
Elena Bennett is a full-time instructor of piano in the Belmont University School of Music, where she also serves as class piano coordinator and accompanist coordinator. In addition to her teaching, she is the pianist for Christmas at Belmont; the President’s Concert; and the School of Music’s largest ensemble, Oratorio. Born in Moscow, Russia, Bennett received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance from the Russian Academy of Music, which is recognized worldwide as one of the premier conservatories in Russia. She regularly performs in collaborative and solo recitals throughout the Southeast, including numerous appearances with the Nashville Ballet, Nashville Symphony, Nashville Opera, and Belmont Camerata.
The appearance of Carmine Miranda is made possible by generous gifts from Bobby Jean Frost, in memory of Donna Frost; the Lingner Gift Fund; Steinway Piano Gallery; and Strategic Resource Management.
Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 - ROBERT SCHUMANN (Germany)
I, Zart und mit Ausdruck
II, Lebhaft, leicht
III, Rasch und mit Feuer
Après un rêve - GABRIEL FAURÉ: (France)
Vocalise - SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (Russia)
Requiebros - GASPAR CASADÓ (Spain)