The Humboldt State University Department of Music will present HSU Director of Keyboard Studies Daniela Mineva and Eureka-raised pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough for a duo piano recital on March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Fulkerson Recital Hall on the Humboldt State University campus.
This will be an opportunity to hear “Vision de l’Amen,” a suite of seven pieces for two pianos by French composer Olivier Messiaen, presented for the first time in Humboldt County. Commissioned for the World War II era Concerts de la Pléiade, “Vision de l’Amen” inspired both by the sounds and imagery of nature and by biblical themes from Genesis to Revelation, was composed and premiered in 1943 during the German occupation of Paris.
Admission is $15 general and $5 for children and HSU students with ID.
McCullough has developed a career as soloist and collaborator, at home with music ranging from the standard repertoire to electroacoustic improvisation. He has appeared as concerto soloist with major orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has performed with the Mark Morris Dance Group and contemporary ensemble eighth blackbird. In March 2015, he co-directed Environs Messiaen, a festival at Cornell University celebrating the naturalist aesthetic of French composer Oliver Messiaen.
McCullough has worked closely with many renowned composers and has commissioned or been dedicatee of works by John Harbison, James Primosch, Carter Pann, John Liberatore, Jenny Beck and Dante De Silva. His discography includes a 2008 album of solo piano music by 20th century Polish-French composer Miłosz Magin on Acte Prealable, a 2013 Innova Records release of Andrew McPherson’s Secrets of Antikythera for magnetic resonator piano and 2018 releases of solo piano music by John Liberatore (Albany), Nicholas Vines (Hipster Zombies from Mars, Navona), and piano and vocal works by John Harbison and James Primosch (Albany).
He holds his bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State and an M.Mus. from the University of Southern California, as well an Artist Diplomas from the Colburn Conservatory and The Glenn Gould School.
Mineva’s musical career has taken her throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America. She has been the winner and finalist in numerous international and national competitions, including 2007’s Jean Francaix piano competition in Paris. During Piano Meeting Festival 2007 in Italy, she was awarded with the prize “Highest Artistic Level of Performance” for her solo recital.
Mineva has appeared as orchestral soloist, chamber music collaborator and solo artist at venues in Bulgaria, China, Italy, France, Greece, Russia, Germany, Thailand, Costa Rica and the U.S. She has collaborated with many young and established composers as well as collaborating with new music ensembles. Since 2011, she has served as president of the International Society for Pianists and Composers in the United States. Her first CD, “Volume One,” presents her passion for the music of our time and its connection to the past masters. In 2013, the Society of Composers on the Capstone Records featured her recording.
Mineva has participated in many music festivals and summer programs, and her passion for chamber music led to organizing the concert series HSU Chamber Music Concert Series at Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka and the New Horizons Festival at Humboldt State University.
She has given master classes and workshops throughout U.S., Europe, Asia and South America. Currently, she is professor of music and director of keyboard studies at Humboldt State University. From 2013-2018, she was the artistic and executive director of the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop and is also Co- Director of the North Coast Piano Festival and Competition, where she serves on the faculty as well.