Karen Joy Davis, Asi Matathias, Gabriel Schwabe
with Tatyana Sharpee
February 4, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.


KarenJoyDavis2A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Karen Joy Davis made her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra playing the Mozart Concerto K.467 when she was twelve. After attending high school at Interlochen Arts Academy and North Carolina School of the Arts, she continued her piano studies at The Juilliard School, during which time she won numerous awards, including first prize at  the National Society of Arts and Letters Competition as well as the Bartok  Competition, the Baldwin Competition, and the Inter­American Festival Competition. She was also a finalist in the Naumburg Foundation Competition and the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition.

Ms. Davis studied with Ylda Novik, Irwin Freundlich, Arminda Canteros, and with two former students of Artur Schnabel, Maria Curcio (in London) and the renowned pianist Leon Fleisher. She has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout the U.S., Canada, South America and Europe at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Heinz Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Strathmore Center, TRSI, and the Kravis Center. She has appeared as a soloist with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, the Fairfax Symphony, the Washington Chamber Orchestra,  the McLean Symphony, the National Symphony, Orchestre National de Toulouse, Orquestra de Camara Fortaleza, the Sao Paulo Symphony, and the Redlands Symphony. On the occasion of her London debut, the London Times declared her “a pianist to reckon with…sparking brilliance and technical accuracy, displaying a profound musical understanding”. 

Ms. Davis is also an avid chamber music player, and has performed at numerous festivals around the world, including the Aspen Festival, Spoleto festival, Friends of the Arts Beethoven Festival, and the  Accademia Chigiana in Siena among others. From 2003-2006 Ms. Davis played with the prominent Tango group, Quintango, and in 2013 and 2014 she was featured in the well-received programs about Chopin and Schumann on WFMT Chicago, produced by Jon Tolansky. Ms. Davis participates in the Juilliard National Council and is the Executive Producer of the Salk Science and Music Series. 


At 26 years old, Asi Matathias is already recognized as one of the most celebrated talents of his generation. He made his debut at the age of 14 with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Zubin Mehta, displaying a musical maturity and inspiration far beyond his years. This success was immediately followed by another invitation from Maestro Mehta to play with him in the following season.

Matathias has since performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras around the globe with many distinguished conductors including Gunter Kahlert, Leon Botstein, Mendi Rodan and Yaron Traub. He has recorded for BBC, WQXR, IBA and ORF (The Österreichischer Rundfunk). He is a frequent recitalist and has performed extensively throughout Europe, USA, Asia and Israel. As an enthusiastic chamber musician, he has collaborated with renowned international artists such as Yefim Bronfman, Frans Helmerson, Nobuko Imai, Wolfgang Laufer and Christian Altenburger.

He has performed in festivals such as the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, The Con Anima Festival in Austria, Vienna Bezirk Wochen Festpiele, and Prussia Cove in England/

Matathias started playing violin when he was six. In Israel, he studied with Chaim Taub, and at the Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna as the youngest student enrolled at the University. He continued his studies with violinist Aaron Rosand. He was awarded a scholarship and a certificate of merit, and has been supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation since 1997.

In 2016 Matathias made his New York City debut at the 92nd Street Y to critical acclaim. Currently, he is studying with the renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman at the Manhattan School of Music where he received the Joe Lewis Jefferson and the Ambrose Monell awards.


Over the last years, Gabriel Schwabe has established himself among the leading cellists of his generation. Important critics praise his expressive interpretations and technical abilities paired with a compelling presence on stage. Norbert Hornig: „Gabriel Schwabe is a cello phenomenon, commanding his instrument with nuance and facility.“ Or Harald Eggebrecht: „No one in the audience will soon forget Gabriel Schwabe, as, suddenly, more than a trace of Feuermann could be felt in the hall.“

Gabriel Schwabe is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions, among others the Grand Prix Emanuel Feuermann and the Concours Rostropovich in Paris. In 2009 he won the prestigious Pierre Fournier Award in London.

As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the London Philharmonia, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with conductors Marek Janowski, Eivind Gullberg-Jensen, Dennis Russell-Davies, Cornelius Meister and Michael Sanderling.

In 2010 Gabriel Schwabe gave his recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall. He is a regular guest at festivals such as the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, Kronberg Cello Festival, Amsterdam Biennale and has performed together with artists like Christian Tetzlaff, Daniel Hope, Albrecht Mayer, Lars Vogt, Kirill Gerstein and Jonathan Gilad. Since 2012 he is artistic director of the high profile chamber music series „Resonanzen“ in Siegburg/Germany.

In 2015, Gabriel Schwabe signed an exclusive recording contract with record label Naxos. Future productions to be released worldwide will include recordings of the main works of the concerto and sonata repertoire for cello. His debut album featuring Brahms Sonatas and Song Transcriptions with pianist Nicholas Rimmer saw its international release in October 2015. A recording of the complete Cello Concertos by Saint-Saens with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra under Marc Soustrot will be released in 2017.

Gabriel Schwabe was born to German-Spanish parents in 1988. He studied with Catalin Ilea in Berlin and with Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy and recieved further impulses from Janos Starker, Gary Hoffmann and Gidon Kremer. Gabriel Schwabe plays a rare Italian instrument built in Brescia (ca.1600).


Tatyana Sharpee is an associate professor in the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory. Her group works on theoretical principles of how the brain processes information. Dr. Sharpee is interested in how sensory processing in the brain is shaped by the animal’s need to create parsimonious representations of events in the outside world. The lab’s approaches are often derived from methods in statistical physics, mathematics, and information theory.

Dr. Sharpee also works on methods for analyzing neural data including methods for analyzing neural responses to natural stimuli such as a short video clip or sound recording during a stroll on a forest trail. In the past, scientists had to rely on simplified objects on a computer screen or random stimuli to garner information on how the brain processes visual information. Natural stimuli are often much better for probing neural responses than random noise stimuli. Using approaches designed to work with natural stimuli, Dr. Sharpee hopes to achieve a more complete picture of how the brain processes information.

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
Trio élégiaque in G Minor (1892)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Piano Trio in B Major, Op.108 (1889)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Piano Trio in D Minor, Op.49 (1840)
1.1 Molto allegro ed agitato
1.2 Andante con moto tranquillo
1.3 Scherzo
1.4 Finale