Hailed by the Boston Globe as a â€œmaster of his instrument,â€ pianist Karl Paulnack has been committed to a diverse practice of collaborative musicianship as an artist/teacher for more than two decades. Director of the Boston Conservatoryâ€™s Music Division since 2002, he also serves as music director and conductor of the Contemporary Opera Lab of Winnipeg, and chef de chant of the Orchestre de Picardie in Amiens, France. An advocate for music and the arts, Dr. Paulnack is increasingly in demand as a keynote speaker and lecturer, and his thoughts on music have been translated into six languages and have appeared in print and online sources around the world. As a collaborative pianist, Dr. Paulnack has partnered with vocal and instrumental soloists, chamber groups, orchestras, conductors and opera companies in nearly a thousand concerts throughout North America, Europe, and Russia. His list of regular recital partners includes violinist Jorja Fleezanis, a devoted teacher, mentor, coach, and performer. Ms. Fleezanis was concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1989 to 2009â€”the longest-tenured concertmaster in the orchestra’s history and only the second woman in the U.S. to hold that title in a major orchestra when appointed. Currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s School of Music, she has also enjoyed teaching roles with several other organizations, including artist-in-residence at the University of California, Davis; guest artist and teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory; and visiting teacher at the Boston Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and Interlochen Academy and Summer Camp. Ms. Fleezanis studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She performs on a 1700 Matteo Gofriller violin.
Highlights of their program include sonatas by Bach, Copland, and Debussy; Dvorakâ€™s â€˜Romance in F minor, Op. 11â€™; and Messaienâ€™s â€˜Theme and Variations for Violin and Piano.â€™