West Coast Premiere with Steven Gross and American Double

Event Date: 

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 3:00pm

Event Location: 

  • Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West (1070 Fairway Road)

Event Price: 

General admission ($15)
Non-UCSB students with ID ($5)
UCSB students with ID (FREE)*
Children ages 9-12 (FREE)*
UCSB AS Ticket Office: 
(805) 893-2064
UCEN Room 1535 (across from Corwin Pavilion)
*Youth and UCSB student tickets may be reserved in advance by contacting the ticket office.


Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230

The UCSB Department of Music will present a West Coast premiere with UCSB Professor Steven Gross (horn) and American Double (violinist Philip Ficsor and pianist Constantine Finehouse) on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 3 pm at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West. The program will feature Dr. Gross’ commissioned work from William Bolcom, Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano (2017), and works by Václav Nelhýbel and Jiří Havlík.

Steven Gross

Steven Gross is Professor of Horn and Head of the Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Area at the University of California–Santa Barbara. Dr. Gross is also a former member of the Atlanta Symphony, National Symphony, Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, and for 24 years Principal Horn of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. His international appearances include the Orchester der Stadt Vöcklabruck in Austria, Moscow Conservatory, L’Abri International Arts Festival in Switzerland, Nairobi Symphony in Kenya, NTUA Wind Ensemble in Taiwan, and the Camerata Filarmonia Bohemia of Prague. His Carnegie Hall debut was described by the New York Concert Review as, “offering some of the cleanest articulation and purest musicality.” Read more here.

American Double

American Double was founded in 2001 by two Yale graduates with a vision of enriching their performances with works by composers of American heritage. They specialize in the music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, with whom they coached in preparation for their CD release “The Bolcom Project," which remains the only recording of his complete works for violin and piano and Bolcom has praised it as “great benchmarks for other performers, but also great performances on their own merits." Fanfare magazine “strongly recommended” the recording (May/June 2008).

Philip Fiscor

Philip Ficsor, violin, an enthusiastic advocate for contemporary American composers, released “Summer Day” in 2009, featuring the complete works for violin and piano of Emma Lou Diemer, with the composer at the keyboard. He received his DMA from Boston University, an MM from Yale University, and his BA in Violin Performance from The University of Michigan. The Strad called his playing of Bolcom’s Suite for Solo Violin “beautifully managed and well-prepared." From 2006-2013, he taught at Westmont College.

Constantine Finehouse

Constantine Finehouse, piano, has performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad since receiving his master's in Piano Performance from Yale University as a student of Boris Berman. Mr. Finehouse has played with numerous orchestras in the Boston area and has given a number of solo and chamber music performances in the city’s best halls. He is a champion of music by William Bolcom, and recently released a recording for Naxos Records featuring the composer’s works. He completed his undergraduate work at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Herbert Stessin and Jerome Lowenthal.



Steve Gross and American Double