Violist Michael Casimir

    On Stage At Curtis profiles Philadelphia native violist Michael Casimir, a 2018 graduate from the Curtis Institute of Music and currently a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Section Viola.

    Telemann: Fantasie No. 1 in B flat major, TWV 40:14
    Michael Casimir, Viola

    Composer Georg Philipp Telemann was a self-taught violinist, published a collection of 12 Fantasias for solo violin in 1735. Michael performs the Fantasie No. 1 in B flat major a register lower on the viola. Fantasie No. 1 in B flat major, TWV 40:14 is marked with the following movements: Largo; Allegro; Grave and Si replica l’allegro.

    Dvorák: Silent Woods
    Michael Casimir, viola; Elena Jivaeva, piano

    Silent Woods is the fifth character piece “From the Bohemian Forest” Op.68, B. 133, a set of six character pieces composed in 1833 by Antonín Dvorák.

    Brahms: Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
    Michael Casimir, viola; Elena Jivaeva, piano

    Michael describes this piece as sentimental and dedicated it to his family and friends who supported him throughout musical journey.

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