EAC’s Concert Series continues at 7 pm, Friday, July 29, with a special family concert by Paul Biss, violin/viola, Miriam Fried Biss, violin, and Gregory Biss, piano, in celebration of the latter’s 80th birthday. The brothers Biss and sister-in-law Fried will play the Duo for Violin and Viola, K423, by Mozart; 10 Duos for Two Violins by Bartok; and the Sonata in C major for Piano and Violin, K296, by Mozart.
Violinist, violist and conductor Paul Biss has appeared in recital, with orchestra, and in chamber music performances throughout North America, Mexico, Europe, Israel, and Korea. He currently teaches violin at the New England Conservatory in Boston and prior to that was professor of violin for more than 25 years at Indiana University, teaching violin and chamber music, and conducting more than a 100 symphonic and operatic performances. His former students hold positions in major orchestras in the U.S. and Europe, and have won prizes in major international and national competitions.
Miriam Fried Biss has been recognized for years as one of the world’s preeminent violinists. A consummate musician—equally accomplished as recitalist, concerto soloist or chamber musician—she has been heralded for her “fiery intensity and emotional depth” (Musical America) as well as for her technical mastery. Fried has played with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Europe and has been a frequent guest with the principal orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh, as well as with the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, and the Vienna Symphony.
Miriam Fried’s successful solo career was launched in 1968 after she was awarded First Prize in Genoa’s Paganini International Competition. Three years later she claimed top honors in the Queen Elisabeth International Competition, where she gained further world attention by becoming the first woman ever to win that prestigious award.
Gregory Biss was born in Illinois and educated in New England and Germany. His music has been performed by the Denver Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Vermeer Quartet. Retired from a 20-year career as a scuba diver in the aquaculture industry, Biss has resided in Eastport for more than 45 years. He is currently composing a children’s opera to be mounted at EAC in the fall of 2023.
Concert Series performances will continue weekly through September 2; shows are primarily on Friday evenings, with one Saturday exception. Tickets are $15, and are available at the door or via the EAC site; attendees 17 and under will be admitted free of charge. The full schedule may be viewed at eastportartscenter.org/the-concert-series.
Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. The EAC abides by the State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines. Additionally, at this time, the EAC recommends that people wear masks when in our building.