Guest Artist Series: Hasse Borup, violin & Andrew Staupe, piano

Please join the Humboldt State University Department of Music for a superb afternoon concert on Sunday, September 30th at 2:00 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall.  This Guest Artist Series concert features violinist Hasse Borup and pianist Andrew Staupe, both from the University of Utah's Department of Music, who will play the Complete Works for Violin and Piano by the Danish composer Carl Nielsen.  Nielsen, born into a modest life in rural 19th century Denmark, became first a great violinist in his own right, then ultimately the most influential and well-known Danish composer.  This repertoire will span Neilsen's career, from the exuberance of his early classically influenced works through his later compositions which were influenced by the modernist elements that dominated most of European music during the early twentieth century.  The aim of this live performance project is, in part, to prepare the artists to record these complete works.  This ambitious undertaking is done in partnership with the classical music label Naxos, The University of Utah, and The National Danish Academy of Music, and is supported by Carl Nielsen Foundation, Augustinus Foundation, and The University of Utah.  Tickets for this special event are only $10 General, $5 Senior/Child, $5 for HSU students with ID.

Danish born Hasse Borup is Professor of violin and Head of String and Chamber Music Studies the University of Utah School of Music. He has earned degrees in violin performance from the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, the Hartt School of Music, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of Maryland. Borup has released recordings on Centaur, Naxos and Innova labels, and has made critically acclaimed solo appearances in Vienna, Beijing, Washington DC, Venice, Cremona, Paris, Copenhagen, and Miami.  As an active educator, Borup has written articles for The Strad and American String Teacher on topics ranging from violin acoustics to intonation.  His main teachers were Arnold Steinhardt, Philip Setzer, David Takeno, Almita Vamos and Peder Elbaek.  He has also worked extensively with The Guarneri, Emerson and Juilliard Quartets, Isaac Stern, Bill Preucil and Hatto Beyerle.

Hailed as an “immaculate” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) artist, American pianist Andrew Staupe is emerging as one of the distinctive voices of a new generation of pianists. In 2012 Andrew made his Carnegie Hall debut to critical acclaim, in which New York Concert Review raved “Staupe gave a brilliant performance, handling the virtuosic demands with apparent ease…. A once in a lifetime performance!”  He has performed across the United States and extensively in Europe, appearing in Russia, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Romania, and Bulgaria.  An avid chamber musician, Andrew has jammed with legendary vocalist Bobby McFerrin, played Tangos with The Assad Brothers, and has performed with Chee-Yun, Sharon Robinson, Martin Chalifour, Jessica Rivera, Desmond Hoebig, Jane Peters, and Joseph Swensen.  A native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, he studied at Rice University with Jon Kimura Parker, and at the University of Minnesota with Lydia Artymiw. Other past teachers include Bettye Ware and Paul Wirth.  Deeply committed to teaching, Andrew is Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He also gives frequent master classes and presentations around the country.