The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

October 26, 2012

Violinist, pianist to perform at St. Peter concert series

By ROGER SMITH
Star Beacon

ASHTABULA —  

 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will present violinist Andrew Sords and pianist Elizabeth DeMeo in concert Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.  

The program is part of the Great Music without Barriers fine arts series and is free and open to the public.  St. Peter’s is located at 4901 Main Ave.

Hailed as "utterly radiant" by Canada's Arts Forum, Sords has appeared with more than 100 orchestras and in countless recital venues across four continents. Maintaining a tour schedule that has taken him to every corner of the globe including Alaska, Australia, Poland, and the Caribbean, Sords has established himself as a “voluble soloist” (Melbourne's The Age). Sords was recently awarded the Pittsburgh Concert Society 2012 Career Grant.

Born in 1985 in Newark, Del. Sords later moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio, and began his violin studies with Liza Grossman. Sords completed his undergraduate education at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Sords will continue serving as concertmaster of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since the 2011-2012 season.  Additionally, Sords will join the cast of Pittsburgh’s Dancing With The Stars 2013 as the first classical musician to do so.

Recently, Sords made international debuts in Mexico, Poland and Australia. Highlights included concerto appearances with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Cleveland Philharmonic, Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra, Northeast Orchestra, Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Altoona Symphony and the Kalisz Philharmonic. The festival season featured appearances at the Lakes Area Music Festival, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, and others.

DeMio is well known as a collaborative pianist, recitalist and soloist in the Cleveland area. Besides appearing in more than 100 concerts annually with local aspiring musicians, she has appeared frequently with soloists such as David Requiro, Massimo La Rosa, Randolph Kelly, John Mack, John Clouser, Umberto Clerici, the Cavani Quartet and has appeared in tours and given master classes in several cities in the U.S., Korea and Mexico.

In 2008 she was the pianist for two finalists in the Naumberg International Cello Competition, resulting in her Carnegie Hall debut and subsequent U.S. tour with first-place winner David Requiro. She performs often as a soloist with the Trinity Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, having performed 20 Mozart concerti and the five Beethoven concerts as well as Schumann, Mendelssohn, Ravel and others. She has also appeared as soloist for the Orquesta Sinfonica de Veracruz and the Orquesta de la UNAM in Mexico.