Juilliard's AXIOM Performs an All-Berio Program on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall

Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017
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NEW YORK –– Juilliard's AXIOM will play a free concert of music by Luciano Berio, a Juilliard faculty member from 1965 to 1971, on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall. The program features Berio’s Sequenza I (1958); Folk Songs (1965-67); Sequenza XIV (2002); and points on the curve to find… (1974).

Sequenza I, performed by Juilliard flutist Giorgio Consolati, was written for Severino Gazzelloni, who premiered the work at Darmstadt in 1958. Juilliard mezzo-soprano Kady Evanyshyn is featured in Folk Songs, an anthology of 11 folk songs of various origins for mezzo-soprano and seven players; it was written for Berio’s first wife, Cathy Berberian. Juilliard cellist Khari Joyner is featured in Sequenza XIV, which was composed for Sri Lankan cellist Rohan de Saram; part of the inspiration for Sequenza XIV came from Berio’s interest in the Kandyan drums, one of the main instruments of Sri Lanka. Points on the curve to find…features Juilliard pianist Tengku Irfan and was written for the pianist Anthony di Bonaventura.

Tickets are free and available at juilliard.edu/calendar.

About Jeffrey Milarsky

American conductor Jeffrey Milarsky is the founding music director of AXIOM. Known for his innovative programming, he has been hailed for his interpretation of a wide range of repertoire, which spans from Bach to Xenakis. In recent seasons he has worked with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, MET Chamber Ensemble, Bergen Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New World Symphony, and the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra. He enjoys a frequent working relationship with both the New York Philharmonic in its CONTACT! series and the Los Angeles Philharmonic on its Green Umbrella concerts. In the United States and abroad, he has premiered and recorded works by many groundbreaking contemporary composers in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, and IRCAM in Paris. 

Mr. Milarsky has a long history of premiering, recording, and performing music by American composers, and he was presented with the prestigious 2013 Ditson Conductor’s Award, the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to the performance of American music. Mr. Milarsky’s interest and dedication has brought forth collaborations with esteemed composers such as Adams, Babbitt, Cage, Carter, Corigliano, Crumb, Davidovsky, Druckman, Gordon, Lang, Mackey, Rouse, Shapey, Subotnick, Wuorinen, and an entire generation of young and developing composers.

A dedicated teacher, Mr. Milarsky serves on the conducting faculty at Juilliard and is a senior lecturer in music at Columbia University, where he is the music director and conductor of the Columbia University Orchestra.

An in-demand timpanist and percussionist, Mr. Milarsky has been the principal timpanist for the Santa Fe Opera since 2005. In addition, he has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has recorded extensively for Angel, Bridge, Teldec, Telarc,
New World, CRI, MusicMasters, EMI, Koch, and London records.

At Juilliard, Mr. Milarsky received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and was awarded the Peter Mennin Prize for outstanding leadership and achievement in the arts.

Flutist Giorgio Consolati is pursuing his master’s at Juilliard, where he is a student of Carol Wincenc. As a member of the Juilliard Orchestra, he has performed in several of New York City’s major concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Alice Tully Hall and has worked with notable conductors including Alan Gilbert, David Robertson, Peter Oundjian, and David Zinman. A passionate performer of contemporary repertoire, Mr. Consolati regularly appears with AXIOM and has performed in the Milano Musica Festival, with radio broadcasts on RAI RADIO 3, one of Italy’s leading stations. He has also won prizes at several competitions, including third prize at the ninth De Lorenzo International Flute Competition. Over the past few summers he has performed with the National Repertory Orchestra, where he also played a solo concerto, and at the Norfolk-Yale Chamber Music Festival. Born and raised in Italy, Mr. Consolati studied at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan, where, in 2010,  he was the first undergraduate flutist to graduate with honors and special mention. He is a proud recipients of a Kovner Fellowship.

Canadian mezzo-soprano Kady Evanyshyn is in the master’s degree program at Juilliard studying with Edith Wiens. She recently appeared in “The Genius of Monteverdi” with Juilliard415 led by William Christie at Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Last season Ms. Evanyshyn sang Annio in La clemenza di Tito (Aspen Opera Center), Celia in La fedeltà premiata, covered Narciso in Agrippina (Juilliard Opera), and made her Alice Tully Hall debut in the Wednesdays at One concert series. In 2015 she won the Tudor Bowl at the Winnipeg Music Festival. Ms. Evanyshyn earned her bachelor’s degree from Juilliard where she received the John Erskine Prize for exceptional scholastic and artistic achievement. She is supported by the Manitoba Arts Council. She also holds the Lilli Jank Scholarship in Vocal Arts, the Constance Goulandris Scholarship, and is supported by the Anna Schoen-René Fund

A native of Atlanta, cellist Khari Joyner has performed throughout Asia, North America, and Europe, appearing as a soloist, chamber musician, and ambassador for the arts. He has collaborated with artists including Magnus Lindberg, Barbara Hannigan, and Hubert Laws, and has performed with the Atlanta, Buffalo, New World, New Jersey, and Sphinx symphony orchestras, among others. He was awarded a career grant from the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship for the Performing and Visual Arts, and won first prizes in the Juilliard Concerto Competition and the 12th Annual Sphinx Competition. Mr. Joyner is a founding member of the Altezza Piano Trio and has made numerous guest appearances at concert series and festivals that include the Chamber Music Society of Central Virginia, Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Ritz Chamber Players, Festival Daniou, Fontainebleau Music Festival, and at the Jerome L. Greene Space for WXQR’s Midday Masterpieces series. He is currently completing his candidacy in Juilliard’s DMA program as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow, and serves as a teaching assistant for his former teacher Joel Krosnick. In addition to concertizing, Mr. Joyner also pursued a mathematics concentration in an exchange program with Columbia University, while studying in Juilliard’s accelerated BM/MM program.

Pianist and composer Tengku Irfan is from Malaysia, and made his debut at the age of 11 performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto WoO4 and improvising his own cadenzas with Claus Peter Flor conducting the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to performing with AXIOM, he has also performed as a soloist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo State Youth Orchestra, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and MDR Sinfonieorchester; and conductors Neeme Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Robert Spano, George Stelluto, and Sydney Hodkinson, among others. He won the 2013 Aspen Music Festival Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 Competition and was the pianist for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble for four consecutive years. Mr. Irfan received the 2012 ASCAP Charlotte Bergen Award and won the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award in 2012, 2014, and 2017. His compositions have been premiered by the New York Philharmonic, MDR Sinfonieorchester, New York Virtuoso Singers, MusicaNova Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra. He made his conducting debut with the MusicaNova Orchestra in 2015 for the premiere of his composition Nocturne. He is a double major in piano and composition at Juilliard, studying under Yoheved Kaplinsky and Robert Beaser, and conducting with George Stelluto and Jeffrey Milarsky. He is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.


AXIOM, led by music director Jeffrey Milarsky, is dedicated to performing the masterworks of the 20th- and 21st-century repertoire. Since its debut in Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall) in 2006, the group has established itself as a leading ensemble in New York City’s contemporary music scene with performances throughout Lincoln Center in addition to frequent appearances at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre and (Le) Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village.

AXIOM is grounded in Juilliard’s curriculum. Students receive a credit in chamber music for performing in the ensemble, and during any four-year period, AXIOM members will have the opportunity to perform works by Adams, Birtwistle, Druckman, Lindberg, and Schoenberg, among other composers. Guest conductors of AXIOM have included Alan Gilbert, Susanna Mälkki, and David Robertson.

Highlights of the 2016-17 season included programs honoring composer John Adams on his 70th birthday; Steve Reich on his 80th birthday; and a program devoted to music by Kaija Saariaho. In the 2015-16 season, AXIOM performed works by George Benjamin, Thomas Adès, Harrison Birtwistle, Gérard Grisey, Oliver Knussen, Kaija Saariaho, Giacinto Scelsi, and John Zorn.

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AXIOM, Conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky

2017-18 Calendar of Events


Friday, December 1, 2017, 7:30pm, Alice Tully Hall

Featuring works by Luciano Berio


Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor

Kady Evanyshyn, mezzo-soprano

Giorgio Consolati, flute

Khari Joyner, cello

Tengku Irfan, piano


All-Berio Program

Sequenza I (1958)

Folks Songs (1965-67)

Sequenza XIV (2002)

points on the curve to find… (1974)


Tickets are free and available at juilliard.edu/calendar.


Friday, February 2, 2018, 7:30pm, Alice Tully Hall


Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor


Hans ABRAHAMSEN Schnee (2008)


Tickets are free and available at juilliard.edu/calendar.

AXIOM and Conductor Jeffrey Milarsky
Juilliard's AXIOM Performs an all-Berio Program on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 7:30pm in Alice Tully Hall (photo by Hiroyuki Ito)