Chamber Music Concert

Music for Guitar & Violin

Saturday, June 25, 7:00pm

This program includes the world premiere of Niloufar Nourbakhsh’s piece “Because we also are what we have lost” along with pieces by J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla, and Vivian Fung.

You can reserve seats ahead of time or make your donation at the door.

This performance is made possible by support from the CT Office of the Arts.

Wearing face masks inside Arts Center East is recommended but not required.


Guitarist Colin Davin has emerged as one of today’s most dynamic young artists. Performance highlights include concertos with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, and Richmond Symphony; collaborations with guitarist Sharon Isbin, violinist Tessa Lark, and cellist Edward Arron; and solo and chamber music performances at the Aspen Music Festival and Maui Classical Music Festival.

Davin has appeared as a featured musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman alongside the late Jessye Norman. He has performed at venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, the Paris Conservatoire, the Fridge Fringe in Dubai, and the Canadian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

An active player in the American contemporary music scene, Davin has performed with Contemporaneous, Talea Ensemble, Present Music, Nu Deco Ensemble, ensemblenewSRQ, and Mimesis Ensemble. His frequent collaborators include Grammy Award winning soprano Estelí Gomez and Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal harpist Emily Levin.

Colin Davin is co-head of the guitar department at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In demand for his insights in masterclasses and lectures, he has been invited to teach in a guest capacity at institutions including The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He holds a Master of Music from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Sharon Isbin; a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California with William Kanengiser; and underwent preparatory studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jason Vieaux.

Colin Davin plays a guitar by Joshia de Jonge with Augustine Strings.

Hailed by Musical America for her “deliciously meaty” tone, violinist Kate Dreyfuss is an adventurous musician known for her “uncompromising commitment” and “fearless approach” (Cacophony Magazine) to performance. 

A staunch advocate for the music of our time, Dreyfuss co-founded the violin-clarinet-percussion trio F-PLUS, is a core member of Contemporaneous, and has been a guest violinist with ETHEL and Hub New Music. She has premiered over 70 new solo and chamber music works, and has collaborated closely with such composers as Matthew Barnson, Shih-Hui Chen, Andreia Pinto Correia, Donnacha Dennehy, Perry Goldstein, John Harbison, Takuma Itoh, Missy Mazzoli, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Dan Trueman, and Julia Wolfe.

Dreyfuss has shared the stage with members of the Emerson String Quartet, Colin Carr, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and has held fellowships at the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. She has also appeared at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival with F-PLUS, where the trio was mentored by the Emerson String Quartet and Eighth Blackbird as part of the festival’s Shouse Institute for young, emerging chamber ensembles. She performed all four of Julia Wolfe’s string quartets with ETHEL at The Jewish Museum in New York City.

Dreyfuss holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Jennifer Frautschi and Arnaud Sussmann. She previously completed her Master of Music degree at Stony Brook, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in French literature, with honors, at Princeton University.

Described as “stark” by WNPR and “darkly lyrical” by the New York Times, a winner of the Second International Hildegard commission award, a 2019 recipient of Opera America’s Discovery Grant, and a finalist for Beth Morrison Projects Next Generation competition, Niloufar Nourbakhsh’s music has been commissioned and performed by Nashville Symphony Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Library of Congress, Shriver Hall Series, Cheswatyr Foundation, I-Park Foundation, National Sawdust, Center for Contemporary Opera, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Forward Music Project, PUBLIQuartet, Ensemble Connect, Akropolis Reed Quintet, and Calidore Quartet at numerous festivals and venues including Carnegie Hall, and Washington Kennedy Center, Mostly Mozart Festival, Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music, and many more. A founding member and co-director of Iranian Female Composers Association, Niloufar is a strong advocate for music education and equal opportunities. In 2014, she worked as the site coordinator of Brooklyn Middle School Jazz Academy sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is currently an adjunct faculty at Molloy College and co-director of Peabody Conservatory Laptop Orchestra. She also regularly performs with her Ensemble Decipher.  

Niloufar is a music graduate and a Global Citizen Scholarship recipient of Goucher College as well as a Mahoney and Caplan Scholar from University of Oxford. Among her teachers are Lisa Weiss, Laura Kaminsky, Matthew Barnson, Margaret Schedel, Daniel Weymouth, Daria Semegen, and Sheila Silver. She holds a doctorate degree from Stony Brook University.