Ben Capps in Recital

3:00 pm April 21, 2018

Ben Capps, Cello
Konstantine Valianatos, Piano

WHCO's principal cellist, Ben Capps, presents a rich program of solo cello works.  Presented by The Bizzarro Agency.  Young listeners welcome. FREE!

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Ben Capps, cello
Konstantinos Valianatos, piano

6 Preludes for Solo Cello from Op. 100

Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Allegretto quasi menuetto
III. Allegro


Air arr. for cello and piano

Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 117
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Final - Allegro vivo













Mieczysław Weinberg (1919 – 1996)

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)




Aaron Jay Kernis (1960 –)

Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924)


About the Artists

Cellist Ben Capps enjoys a versatile performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. His artistry has been praised as “most appealing” by the New York Times, “virtuosic and impassioned” by the Barre Montpelier Times. Recent highlights include unaccompanied recital tours in the Midwest (USA) & throughout Vermont, solo recitals in NYC and surrounding areas, Chicago, Athens, Fujian in China and throughout South Africa. Most recently Capps has appeared in recital at the National Gallery of Art, the Washington National Cathedral, Rockport Music and has had chamber music appearances at the American University, Manchester Music Festival, and throughout Greece, Spain and Italy.

Capps was featured on Vermont Public Radio and in concert performing the complete cello sonatas of Beethoven, Mendelssohn & Brahms. He is a frequent collaborator with pianist Vassily Primakov. Capps and Primakov can be heard on LP Classics, an innovative record label. He can also be heard as soloist on Innova Records and Tzadik Records.  

A native of NYC, Capps holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory and Juilliard - where he served as teaching assistant to David Soyer and Bonnie Hampton. Capps is an adjunct professor of cello at Hunter College in NYC, where he makes his home with his wife and dog.

Pianist Konstantine Valianatos has attracted attention as an exciting young musician of great talent in both the U.S. and Europe. The recipient of numerous awards, he has won eleven first prizes. He is the recipient of the Gina Bachauer, Yamaha, Onassis, I.K.Y., George and Marie Vergottis Foundation, and Starr Foundation scholarships. He has appeared as a featured soloist in concerto performances with the Athens State Orchestra, the Thessaloniki State Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra,  and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra. He has been heard in solo recitals and as a chamber musician in prestigious venues including the Salle Cortot in Paris, Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Recital Halls, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Thessaloniki Megaron, and the Athens Megaron, and has been featured on WQXR’s McGraw-Hill Young Artist’s Showcase. Mr. Valianatos holds B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School, where he continues his studies in pursuit of a D.M.A. degree under the tutelage of Julian Martin and Veda Kaplinsky.



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Concert Location:

Fort Washington Collegiate Church
729 West 181st Street
New York, NY, 10033

Presented by our friends at The Bizzarro Agency