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Ariel Pawlik-Zwiebel, Violin and Markus Pawlik, Piano
August 27, 2024
Ariel Pawlik-Zwiebel, Violin and Markus Pawlik, Piano

This concert is a co-presentation with the San Francisco International Piano Festival

Franz Schubert Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor D.385 I. Allegro moderato
Gabriel Fauré Nocturne in B Major Op. 33 No.2

Maurice Ravel Tzigane
Gabriel Fauré Barcarolle in F-Sharp Op. 66
César Franck Violin Sonata  in A Major

Emerging Artist Violinist Ariel Pawlik-Zwiebel, age 16, is a rising senior at Campolindo High School in Moraga and a violin student of Eugene Chukhlov.

Ariel performs regularly as a recitalist in public concerts with his father, pianist Markus Pawlik.  They have recently given concerts in cities such as Phoenix, San Rafael, Pleasanton, Berkeley, Walnut Creek, and others and are planning a tour to Europe.  Ariel has also performed recently with the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society (CCPAS), the Junior Bach Festival, and the Peninsula Holocaust Memorial Commemoration.

As a chamber musician, Ariel plays with the Young Chamber Musicians program in Kohl Mansion and the YPSO Chamber program, has participated in the Virtuoso Program of the San Domenico School, and attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival.  He will be touring Japan as concertmaster of the YPSO Orchestra and was also the concertmaster of the Festival Orchestra at the Bay Area Youth Orchestra Festival (BAYOF) in January 2024.

Ariel has won top prizes in numerous competitions including, among others, the Berkeley Etude Club Competition, the Pacific Musical Society Competition, the US Open Competition, the DVC-HNU Strings Competition, and the Silicon Valley Philharmonic Music Competition and he was a laureate of the International Grumiaux Competition in Belgium.

Ariel was the co-chair of the CCPAS student chapter and is active in a FIRST robotics team.

Markus Pawlik is characterized as a pianist who combines expressiveness with a phenomenal virtuoso technique.  Born in Bremen, his talent was recognized early as the three-time winner of the German National Young Musician’s Competition “Jugend Musiziert” and the recipient of a DAAD Scholarship.  He embarked on an international career after winning the grand prize of the Eurovision “Young Musician of the Year” competition in 1982 and has since performed as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia, and North America.

Pawlik has given concerts in venues as varied as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Munich Hercules Saal, the Louvre in Paris, and Davies Hall in San Francisco.  He has performed the classical piano concerto repertoire with orchestras internationally and gave the debuts of a newly commissioned Piano Concerto by Ichiro Nodaira with the Berkeley Symphony and at the “Japanese Composer Prize” concert in Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

As a chamber musician, Pawlik has collaborated with numerous musicians such as the Szymanowski Quartet and baritone Dietrich Henschel in concerts in Berlin, Vienna and at the Megeve Festival in France and with violinist Veronika Eberle, french horn player Johannes Dengler and cellist Matt Haimowitz at the Forest Hills Festival in San Francisco.  Since moving to the Bay Area in 2013, he collaborates frequently with members of the San Francisco Symphony and many other Bay Area musicians.  He also performs duo recitals regularly with his son, violinist Ariel Pawlik-Zwiebel.

Pawlik has made numerous solo recordings with radio stations across Europe and released solo and chamber music CDs.  He produced the music documentary film “Artur Schnabel: No Place of Exile” which was co-produced by the television station ARTE, premiered throughout Europe in 2018 and presented at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

A champion for musical education, Pawlik has given international master classes and judged numerous competitions including the Eurovision “Young Musician of the Year” in Germany, the Steinway Competition in Boston, and the Beethoven Society Competition in San Jose.  He has taught as a guest lecturer at UCLA, has a piano studio in Pleasanton, and is a member of the Music Advisory Board of Las Positas College.