UCSB Chamber Players and Chamber Orchestra

Event Date: 

Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Event Date Details: 

YouTube Premiere link: 

Event Location: 

  • Virtual Event

Event Price: 

Free and open to the public

Event Contact: 

Adriane Cleary
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
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The UCSB Chamber Players and Chamber Orchestra will present a virtual concert on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6 pm PST as a YouTube Premiere via the Department of Music’s YouTube channel. Directed by Dr. Maxim Kuzin, the UCSB Chamber Orchestra will open the concert with the fourth movement, "Gewitter, Sturm," of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 “Pastoral." Directed by Jonathan Moerschel, the Chamber Players program will include chamber works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Igor Stravinsky, Katherine Hoover, Johannes Brahms, Nadia Boulanger, and more. 
YouTube Premiere link: youtu.be/MRvU4MoFuZs
Download a PDF of the program here

About the Directors

Jonathan Moerschel, Chamber Players Director

Jonathan Moerschel was born in Boston, Massachusetts into a musical family. His mother, a pianist, and his father, a cellist in the Boston Symphony, fostered his early music studies both in piano and violin. At the age of sixteen, he began studying the viola with John Ziarko and chamber music with the violist from the Kolisch Quartet, Eugene Lehner. Moerschel made his Boston Symphony Hall solo debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra, directed by Keith Lockhart, in 1997 after taking first prize in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
He is the violist of the renowned Calder Quartet, which enjoys a diverse career, playing both the traditional quartet literature as well as partnering with innovative modern composers. The quartet, a recipient of the 2014 Avery Fischer Career Grant, has recently premiered new works by John Luther Adams, Andrew Norman, Tristan Perich, Daniel Bjarnason, Aaron Jay Kernis, and David Lang. They have had recent performances at Lincoln Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as London’s  Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre and at the Salzburg Festival. They have performed at top halls and festivals across the globe including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Ojai Music Festival, Melbourne Festival, IRCAM in Paris, Frankfurt Opera, Berkeley’s Cal Performances, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Edinburgh Festival and the Mozarteum.
Moerschel is a Lecturer of Viola and Chamber Music at the University of California Santa Barbara. He has collaborated with eminent musicians Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Paul Neubauer, Steven Tenenbaum, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank,  Menachem Pressler and Anne-Marie McDermott. He plays on the “ex-Adam” Gasparo Da Salo viola made in the late 16th Century on generous loan from the Stradivari Society.
He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in viola performance from the University of Southern California, studying with Donald McInnes, and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School. 

Dr. Maxim Kuzin, Chamber Orchestra Director

Ukrainian-born conductor Maxim Kuzin serves as Music Director of the University of California, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, as well as Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California. He is a graduate of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at UCLA where he studied with Professor Neal Stulberg. Before arriving in the U.S. in 2014, Dr. Kuzin held concurrent positions in Ukraine as Music Director of the Reinhold Glier Kyiv Institute of Music’s Symphony and Chamber orchestras and Head of the Opera Department of Dnipro Glinka Conservatory of Music. He had also served as Music Director for Kryvy Rig Music Theatre and “Ricochet” New Music Ensemble of the National Composer’s Union of Ukraine, and worked as an assistant conductor at the National President’s Orchestra of Ukraine, the Kyiv National Operetta Theatre, and Opera Theatre of Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine.
Dr. Kuzin combines passionate personality with a distinguished track record of professional, artistic, and educational achievements as a symphony and opera conductor. Discovery, interpretation, support of young talents, and performance of rare classical music by famous composers is Dr. Kuzin’s particular area of professional interests. At the same time, challenging established performance formats and creating new ways for audiences to hear and appreciate classical music is what Maestro Kuzin is known for.
Maestro Kuzin conducted concerts and performances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine, National Symphony Orchestra of Georgia (Tbilisi, Georgia), Vladivostok Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia), National Radio Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, UCLA Philharmonia and UCLA Symphony, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk, Lugansk, Kharkov and Rovno Philharmonic Orchestras of Ukraine, among others. In 2002, Maxim Kuzin was also invited to conduct a choir during the Baha’i International Arts Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York. As a singer and choir member, Maxim Kuzin toured and performed around the world participating in several choral competitions.
Maestro Kuzin’s opera experience includes music direction of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Donizetti’s Il Campanello, Stravinsky’s Mavra and Renard, Walton’s The BearThe Tragedy of Carmen by Bizet/Constant, Gubarenko’s Monologues, and Offenbach’s Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez lui le... Dr. Kuzin also conducted full stage productions of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène, Kalman’s Das Veilchen vom Montmartre (Paris in Spring), and others.
Born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1976, Maxim Kuzin began his music studies at the age of 7 when he entered the Lysenko Boarding Music School for Gifted Children specializing in choral singing and conducting with a piano minor. Upon graduating with honors, Dr. Kuzin entered the choral conducting program of the Tchaikovsky National Musical Academy of Ukraine which he also completed with honors. He continued his studies at the National Music Academy’s Opera and Symphony Conducting program under the guidance of Maestro Roman Kofman (Music Director of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and Bonn Opera in Germany in 2003-2006). Upon graduation, Maxim Kuzin earned his third honors diploma. His graduation concert with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine included Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, and was performed at the country’s main concert venue of the National Philharmonic Hall of Ukraine.
Dr. Kuzin is a recipient of the “Best Music Direction” prize from the Ukrainian Sicheslavna Festival of Theatres, has received Elaine Krown Klein Fine Arts Scholarship Award (2017-18), and was designated as an “Emerging Artist” by the League of American Orchestra’s Symphony Magazine in 2005.


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