November 15, 2016 - Robert Lehman and Anastasis Antonacos Recital


November 15, 2016 - Robert Lehmann and Anastasia Antonacos
Time - 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


On November 15, 2016, Robert Lehmann (violin) and Anastasia Antonacos (piano) will present a recital of materpieces of the sonata repertory.  

Features works will be from W.A. Mozart (1756-1791), Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), and Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Dr. Robert Lehmann - Violin

Robert Lehmann is Professor of Music and Director of Strings and Orchestral Activities at the University of Southern Maine School of Music where he conducts the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his duties at USM, he is Music Director of the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra here in Boston’s North Shore, and the White Mountain Bach Festival in New Hampshire. He holds degrees in Violin Performance from the University of the Pacific, the Eastman School and Boston University and has been a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Festival and at the Conductors Institute at Bard College.

Dr. Lehmann has concertized as violinist and conductor, in his native Mexico, throughout the US, Puerto Rico and in Europe and Ukraine. He has been of frequent guest conductor with the Portland Symphony and has conducted All-State and Festival Orchestras from Maine to California and Hawaii. Prior to his appointment at USM, he was Music Director of the Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard, and on the conducting staff of the Greater Boston and the Empire State Youth Orchestras. He is first violinist of the Meliora Quartet and concertmaster of the PORTOpera and Choral Art Society. He is in demand as a performer, conductor, teacher and adjudicator and is listed in Who's Who in American Music. His CD, “Chamber Music for String by Manuel M. Ponce” was issued by Centaur Records in 2009.

He has given numerous word premieres including Elliot Schwarts' "Concerto VI: Mr. Jefferson" and Portland Ballet’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. His 2012 performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 3, was named the top performance event of the Portland concert season by the Portland Press Herald. Dr. Lehmann resides in Scarborough, Maine with his wife Kim, a violist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and their two sons, Eric and Alex.

Dr. Anastasia Anonacos - Piano

Anastasia Antonacos has given notable performances around the world as a solo recitalist and chamber musician.  She has played at venues such as the Salle Cortot, Casa Orfeo, Holland’s Alkmaar Conservatory, and Alice Tully Hall.  She has also played in Greece, Russia, France, and Belgium, as well as various places in the U.S., including Washington D.C., where she testified for funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. 

She won First Place at the International Young Artist Music Competition in Bulgaria, and she holds prizes from the Capdepera International Piano Competition in Mallorca and the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition.   In 2004 the Greek Women’s University Club of Chicago awarded her the Kanellos Award.  She attended the Holland Music Sessions, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, and the Wilhelm Kempff Beethoven Course in Positano, Italy, where she was one of eight pianists selected for an intensive study of Beethoven led by John O’Conor. 

Dr. Antonacos has made solo appearances with the Northshore Philharmonic Orchestra, the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.  She has collaborated with violinist Joseph Silverstein, and with members of the Vermeer, Cassatt and DaPonte Quartets.  She has been a chamber music coach at Bay Chamber Concerts’ Next Generation program for many years, and she regularly serves as a masterclass teacher and adjudicator.  She holds a doctorate in piano performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, and she was a member of the full-time piano faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for two years.  She lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, where she was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of Portland by the Phoenix.