Cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak, Pianist Miles Graber Performing

Cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak

On Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 12:10 p.m., the Free Admission Glendale Noon Concerts program will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak and pianist Miles Graber will perform the Elliott Carter “Cello Sonata.” The video will be available ongoing.

More info about the program and artists, and the link to the stream, can be found at http://glendalenoonconcerts.blogspot.com.

The Elliott Carter (American, 1908-2012) “Cello Sonata” (1948) will feature moderato, vivace, molto leggiero, adagio and allegro.

Isaac Pastor-Chermak leads a diverse and active musical life at home in northern California and around the United States. A quintessential 21st century artist, he engages deeply as a cellist, teacher, conductor and administrator, motivated by an abiding love of sharing great music with friends and collaborators.

Though he is active in nearly every facet of today’s classical music profession, Pastor-Chermak is a career orchestral player. In any given weekend of the season, he can be found performing as principal cellist of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony; associate principal cellist of the Stockton Symphony; assistant principal cellist of Opera San Jose and Fresno Philharmonic; and as a member of the Berkeley Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony and Santa Barbara Symphony. During the summer season, he is assistant principal cellist at the Eisenstadt Classical Music Festival in Austria, and principal cellist of the Lake Tahoe Music Festival.

In the world of chamber music, Pastor-Chermak is the cellist of Black Cedar Trio, the only flute-cello-guitar ensemble in the country. He partners regularly with pianists Alison Lee and Miles Graber in sonata programs.

A community leader in the arts, Pastor-Chermak sits on the board of directors of East Bay Music Foundation and Calliope East Bay Music and Arts; through these organizations, he’s deeply involved in the cultural life of the region. 

Miles Graber, piano, received his musical training at the Julliard School where he studied with Anne Hull, Phyllis Kreuter, Hugh Aiken and Louise Behrend. He has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1971, where he developed a wide reputation as an accompanist and collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and singers. He has performed with numerous solo artists, including Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Camilla Wicks, Axel Strauss and Mimi Stillman among others. Graber performs frequently with violinists Mariya Borozina and Christina Mok; flutists Gary Woodward, Amy Likar, and Ai Goldsmith; and clarinetist Tom Rose. He is a member of the chamber groups Trio Concertino, MusicAeterna, GGR Trio, and Sor Ensemble as well as the new music group, Sounds New.

Graber has been associated with such ensembles as the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Midsummer Mozart, the Oakland-East Bay Symphony and the Berkeley Symphony among others. He has accompanied master classes by such artists as Midori, Joseph Silverstein and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. He has been a frequent performance accompanist and chamber player with members of San Francisco Symphony, San Jose Symphony and Berkeley Symphony.

He is on the faculty of the Crowden School in Berkeley and he accompanies students of the Young Musicians Program at UC Berkeley. He is a staff accompanist at the San Domenico Conservatory in San Anselmo, California, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Northern California Flute Camp in Carmel Valley. He is pianist for the annual Young Artist Competition at the Mondavi Center for the Arts at UC Davis, as well as the annual Irving Klein Competition at UC San Francisco, and the Summer Brass Institute at the Menlo School in Atherton, California.