Tickets: Adult $49, Student $15, Youth $5
Please join us for a free pre-concert Talk in Washburn Hall at 7 PM.
Maestro Enrique Bátiz and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México was founded as a means of union and identification among Mexicans. Both the orchestra and its artistic director have repeatedly received the Annual Award Mexican Union of Theatre and Music, awarded for its 25 years of existence, and for the promotion of musical activities in Mexico.
Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de México con el Maestro Enrique Bátiz y el violinista Dalia Kuznecovaite
Viernes, 13 de Febrero, 2015 a las 8 PM
Jovenes $5, Estudiantes $15, Adultos $49
Gracias, Vocero Hispano!
"...Brilliant technique, a fine sense of harmony and a strong temperament."
"The beauty of sound with an assured technique and great dynamics that never pass the limits..."
La Libre Belgique
On August 27, 1971, at the initiative of Maestro Enrique Bátiz and the State Government of Mexico, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México was founded by that entity, which aims to promote music as a means of union and identification among Mexicans. Based in the city of Toluca, the orchestra was characterized from the outset by its efforts to bring its message to all corners of the Republic.
Over 40 years of existence, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México has appeared in concert with a large number of guest conductors and soloists from among the highlights of the planet. The foreign conductors who have led to the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México include Leon Barzin, Kurt Woess, Jose Iturbi, Piero Gamba, and Joel Levi. According to the aim of promoting new creations and to make known to the public some works that have not yet come to regular repertory concerts, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México premiered Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky in orchestrating Gortchakoff; Concerto piano, In Memoriam and the suite of Loris Tjeknavorian Ararat; The meeting of the New Spain of Italian Ferrero and Reflections of a Poet (Tribute to Nezahualcoyotl), newly commissioned work by Mexican composer Revueltas Roman. In the discography of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México, recordings devoted to the overtures of Verdi and Rossini deserve special mention, to the music of Mexico and Spain, with outstanding composers Joaquin Rodrigo and Isaac Albeniz but above all, the comprehensive series of Beethoven symphonies, Schumann, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. Both the orchestra and its artistic director have repeatedly received the Annual Award Mexican Union of Theatre and Music, awarded by the 25 years of existence, and for the promotion of musical activities in Mexico.
In 1975 the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México made his first tour of the United States, where it returned for three consecutive years since 1979, performing in major cities. It made its first appearance in 2002 in the prestigious European Festival of Schleswig-Holstein. In Germany. In 2003 the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México made its second foray into Europe, presenting six concerts with great success in Spain, Poland, Germany and France.
In 2005, the orchestra traveled to the City of Paris, France to present two concerts at the Salle Gaveau and Theatre Mogador accompanied by soloists of Filomena Moretti, Mark Zeltser and Koh Kameda achieved an overwhelming success. In September of 2005 with seven concerts performed the tour of the People's Republic of China in cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Shenyang and Harbin, in January 2006 the orchestra gave six concerts in Spain, including the International Festival of Seville "Entreculturas", as well as Madrid, Zaragoza and Albacete.
In 2008 the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México performed the most extensive of its tour, this time by the U.S. on a tour from coast to coast for forty-eight cities with great success with audiences and critics. In 2010 the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México received the honorable invitation to represent the Spanish-American musical culture in fifty-nine Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, Spain, celebrated with two concerts at the Palace of Charles V the Bicentennial of Independence and the centenary of the Mexican Revolution.
At the age of 60, Enrique Bátiz is one of the most famous orchestra conductors in Latin America and no doubt he is a gifted artist who has won international popularity and fame and whose interpretations produce the deepest and most profound emotion. He was born in Mexico City on May 4, 1942. In 1950, he studied piano with Francisco Agea and in 1960 he continued his studies with Gyorgy Sandor. That same year he went to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. In 1962 he studied piano with Adele Marcus in New York at the famous Juilliard School of Music, where he also studied conducting and received a diploma in 1965. In 1964 he made several national tours as a pianist. In 1965 he was a semifinalist in the “Marguerite Long” International Piano Contest in Paris, France.
From 1967 to 1970 he specialized in piano with Zbigniew Drzewiecki in Poland. He also had private lessons in orchestral conducting with Stanislaw Wislocki. In 1970 he was finalist in “F. Busoni” Piano Competition in Italy. He began a tour of concerts in Poland in 1967 with the Lodz and Szczecin Philharmonics, and presented recitals in Warsaw and Brussels in 1969 with flattering reviews regarding his temperament and virtuosity. In 1968 he participated in the “Queen Elizabeth” International Piano Contest in Brussels. Upon returning to Mexico in 1969 Maestro Batiz performed innumerable concerts in the province.
His debut as a conductor was in the “Palacio de Bellas Artes” in 1969 with the Xalapa Orchestra. Later in 1970 he made a series of recordings for the Polish and Salzburg Broadcast Companies. He also participated in the famous “Frederic Chopin” International Piano Contest of Warsaw. In April of 1971 he was named Conductor and Founder of the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Bátiz was the conductor of the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra for 12 years (1971-1983), then of the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra for 7 years (1983-1989) and resumed directorship of the OSEM from 1990 to the present. Since 1984, he was named “guest conductor” of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and as an invited guest conductor, he has led more than 500 symphony orchestras around the world.
His work is represented with a collection of 145 recordings of which 41 are with the Royal Philharmonic, 9 with the London Symphony, 3 with the Philharmonia, 12 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, 2 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, 19 with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, 58 with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and 1 with the Toscana Orchestra in Florence, Italy, for the British record companies EMI Records International, Academy of Sound and Vision, Musical Heritage (USA), NAXOS, IMG International Management Group, Pickwick, RPO Records and Arts (German company).
The repertory of Enrique Bátiz as a conductor ranges from classical to contemporary works. He has been described as an artist who conducts with vehemence and manifesting a deep understanding, unusual even among the finest conductors. Throughout his career, he has received important distinctions and awards: La primera Presea Bienal in Art from the State of Mexico Confederation of Professionals; “The International Gold Mercury” award of Rome, given for the first time to a Latin American artist; The Jose Marti and the Tlatelolco’s Eagle Medal.
In 1984 he won First Prize at the British Music Trades Association for his interpretation of French Music with the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra (Debussy “Prelude to the afternoon of a Faun”); the 1986 “Rio Branco” medal, an official grade given by the Brazilian government for the worldwide digital recording of the nine “Bachianas Brasileiras” by Hector Villa-Lobos; in four occasions (1971, 1981, 1983, and 1996) the annual prize as the most distinguished artist of the year from the Mexican Union of Theatrical and Musical broadcasters; his recording of the 3rd Symphony of Saint-Saens made in 1984 which was considered by the magazines “Gramophone” and the “Penguin Stereo Records Guide” as the best recorded version of this piece. In 1986 The London Sunday Times considered his recording of Petrushka by Stravinsky as the recording of the year. In 1991 he received the Mexican “Mozart” medal given by the Domecq Cultural Institute.
In December of 1992, The London CD review magazine designated the recording he made with the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of the “Symphonic Dances” and “The Isle of Death” by Rachmaninoff as one of the best recordings made in 1992. In March of 1995, he won the “Estado de Mexico” Prize, in 1994 in the area of arts “Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz,” for his contribution to the musical culture of the State of Mexico and recognition he has achieved in the musical world. This is recognized throughout the country and the whole world, therefore, he has been declared “Mexiquense Destacado.”
Enrique Bátiz has recorded the complete nine symphonies by Beethoven, the nine Bachianas Brasileiras by Villa-Lobos, the complete pieces for orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo, Manuel M. Ponce, and G. Bizet, and eight volumes of Mexican music that have been published with great worldwide acclaim. In 1997 he made a complete recording of three symphonic cycles with the OSEM; the six symphonies by Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky (twelve sessions in six days in February 1997), and the four symphonies by Johannes Brahms (in only four days), precisely in the centenary of his death and in September of 1998, the four symphonies by R. Schumann, short pieces by P.I. Tchaikovsky: Capricho Italiano, Francesca da Rimini, Polonaise and Waltz of Eugene Onegin, Marche Slave, Mazzepa Overture and Valse Melancholique from Suite No. 3, as well as three short pieces by Joaquin Rodrigo: Miedo, Canconeta, and Two Berceuses in six days of recording sessions.
Dalia Kuznecovaite was born on the October 11, 1988 in Vilnius. She began playing the violin at the age of four. She studied at the M. K. Ciurlionis Art School from 1995 to 2007 and the Higher Music School in Köln (with Prof. Z. Bron ) from 2004 to 2007. She has continued her studies at the Higher Music and Theater School in Rostock (Prof. P. Munteanu) since 2007.
Dalia is a laureate in numerous international and republican competitions. In 2007 she won the Grand Prix in the international competition “Kloster Schontal” (Germany) and earned a special award as the brightest participant of the competition. In 2008 she was a laureate of the international J. Brahms competition in the city of Pörtschach (Austria) and also earned a special award of the Mozart Academy. In 2008 Dalia won first prize and the gold medal in the prestigious international S. Szeryng five tours’ competition in Toluca (Mexico).
Dalia has been a grantee of the M. Rostropovich Fund since 2004. She has performed frequently as a solo violinist in concerts held in many countries of Europe and America, including the Symphonic Orchestra “Deutsche Radio”, “Norddeutsche Philarmonie” (Germany), Symphonic Orchestra “Kärtmer” (Austria), Philarmonic Orchestra Kiew (Ukraine), Lithuanian State Symphonic Orchestra, the Lithuanian National Symponic Orchestra, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Qatar Philarmonic Orchestra, Calgary Philarmonic Orchestra (Kanada), Szczecin Philarmonic Orchestra (Poland ), Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra, Guanajuato Philarmonic Orchestra (Mexico), Monterrey Symphonie Orchestra (Mexico), Symphonie Orchestra Languedoc Roussillon (France).
In the year 2009 the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Valdas Adamkus, awarded Dalia with an honorary award for her creative achievements. Dalia plays the “Dvorak 1899” violin, owned by Lithuanian Bank “Ukio Bankas”.