The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is happy to announce their 2016 Performance Season
inaugural concert which will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in collaboration with Steinway & Sons at Steinert Hall. Artistic Director of the NEMPAC Winter Concert Series, Christina Wright-Ivanova, has programmed a beautiful concert titled “Love, Loss and Transformation” which will feature musical reflections of Czech and Russian Masters. The intimate performance will include a complimentary pre-concert wine and cheese reception. NEMPAC is looking forward to announcing their upcoming 2016 Performance Season at this event.

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NEMPAC is eager to welcome the return of Italian Cellist, Francesco Mastromatteo who delivered such an inspiring evening last October 2014 titled “From Russian to Italy”. Mr. Mastromatteo’s delivered sheer emotion to the audience through his performance and also inticed the audience sharing knowledge about the composers and repertoire. Italian violinist, Andrea Segar, joins us for her first performance with NEMPAC.

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Limited tickets will be available at the door.

“Love, Loss and Transformation”


Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-­‐1975) – Sonata for Cello and Piano in d minor, Op. 40 (1934)

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Allegro
  3. Largo
  4. Allegro

Leoš Janáček (1854-­‐1928) – Violin Sonata (1914) I. Con moto

II. Ballada III. Allegretto IV. Adagio

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Bedrich Smetana (1824-­‐1884) – Piano Trio in g minor, Op. 15 (1855)

  1. Moderato assai
  2. Allegro, ma non agitato – Alternativo I. Andante – Alternativo II
  3. Maestoso
  4. Finale. Presto


Violinist Andrea Segar has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United
States. Her performances have been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and classical music stations nationwide. Andrea’s awards include first prizes in the Washington International String Competition and the ASTA National Solo Competition. Her chamber music performances include collaborations with members of the Emerson String Quartet, Roger Tapping and Colin Carr. Andrea’s festival appearances include the Olympic Music Festival, Arizona Musicfest, Birdfoot Festival, Perlman Music Program, Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo and various festivals in the UK and Mexico. She received her undergraduate and Master of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory, where she served as the teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein, and on the faculty of the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. Andrea also served as the head violin studio Teaching Assistant to Soovin Kim and Philip Setzer at SUNY Stony Brook, where she received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She currently serves on the faculty of the Young Performers Program at Music@Menlo.


Described as a “virtuosic and passionate musician” by the Dallas Morning News, Italian-­‐born cellist Francesco Mastromatteo maintains an active performing career in both Italy and the U.S.A. He is the Artistic Director of Associazione Amici della Musica “G. Paisiello” in Lucera, Italy and is also guest artist of the non-­‐profit organization, Classical Music for the World in Austin, TX. From 2008 to 2013, he served as Artistic Director of the concert series “Spring of Harmony” held at Saint Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Dallas. He is currently Professor of Chamber Music at the Conservatory “U. Giordano” in Foggia, Italy – Residency of Rodi Garganico. Francesco performed as soloist with Meadows Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, Round Rock Symphony, Balcones Community Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica “Città di Pescara”, Orchestra Sinfonica della Provincia di Foggia, the orchestra “Suoni del Sud”, Meadows Wind Ensemble and Starlight Symphony. He also performed J.S. Bach’s solo suites in both the USA and Italy at the prestigious Ravenna Festival in 2009. He is now the cellist both of Trio Chénier and of the Trio Mastromatteo. He performs in duo with pianists A. Wright, C. Wright-­‐Ivanova and M. Schneider. He has also collaborated in duo with A. Pompa-­‐Baldi recording Grieg’s cello Sonata op.36 for Centaur Records. He has performed the world premieres of T. Schwan and T. Sleeper cello sonatas and solo cello works by S. Taglietti (Symplex), R. Franck (Taberah) and K. Hanlon (That’s It). He won first prize in the National Cello Competition “G. Turci” in Ravenna and first prize as duo cello and piano with Tommaso Cogato in the International Competition “Città di Padova”. Francesco completed his Doctoral degree in Cello Performance at the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 under the tutelage of Bion Tsang. He received his Masters and Artist Certificates from Southern Methodist University, where he studied with Andres Diaz. He also holds a Masters in Literature and History of Arts with honours from the Università “Aldo Moro” in Bari. He published a volume on Italian composer Umberto Giordano for Bastogi Editrice and an extensive article on Kodàly Solo Sonata op.8 for the International Journal of Musicology.


Hailed by critics as “brilliant” (Wiener Zeitung, Vienna) and “an ideal partner” (Huffington Post), Christina Wright-­‐Ivanova is an American pianist and vocal coach. She joined the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, as Assistant Professor of Music, Vocal Coach/Collaborative Artist in 2015. She has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, the UK, Canada, South America and China.

Christina has performed solo and collaborative new works in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), MIT’s Killian Hall, Jordan Hall, Old South Meeting House, Harvard Club, College Music Society Conferences (Potsdam 2014/Boston 2015), Clutch New Music series in Austin, Texas, and Steve Reich Festival in Boston, where she worked with the composer. International concert performances include appearances at Reaktorhalle (Munich, Germany), Humboldt University (Berlin), École Normale Supérieure (Lyon, France), Joanneumsviertel Museum (Graz, Austria), Amici della Musica Paisello Concert Hall (Lucera, Italy), and Schloss Frohnburg (Salzburg). Recordings on ARS Produktion (violin/piano), New Dynamic Records (flute/piano/chamber music), MSR Classics (soprano/piano). Heard on Deutschland Radio, WDR3 Kultur Radio, WRUV (Vermont), BR Klassik (Munich), Radio Caracas (Venezuela), Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Former faculty, American Institute for Musical Studies, Graz, Austria; Coach at Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra; German Coach at Franco-­‐American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Salzburg. Former Staff Pianist and vocal coach at Boston University. DMA, University of Texas at Austin; MMus, New England Conservatory; BMus, University of Victoria, Canada, additional studies as Crear Scholar with Malcolm Martineau (Scotland, 2015)