Capital Trio to perform at OUS

Published 11:17 am Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The final Ironton Council for the Arts performance of the 2014-2015 concert season features the Albany, New York-based Capital Trio at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Riffe Center Mains Rotunda at Ohio University Southern. The trio features Duncan J. Cumming, piano; Hilary Walther Cumming, violin; and Solen Dikener, cello. Admission is $10 and tickets may be purchased at the door. Students will be admitted free with a valid ID. Visit the Capital Trio’s web site at,_pianist/Capital_Trio.html for additional information and to listen to samples of their music.

The Capital Trio came together in 1997 for a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Johannes Brahms. Since that time they have performed in New England, New York, the Midwest, the South, and in Europe. They have participated in Summer Festivals in Maine and Michigan and held university residencies at Williams College, Long Island University, Bates College, SUNY Oswego, and Clark University.

Their recording “A Book of Hours: Music of William Matthews,” was released on Albany Records in 2010 (TROY 1239), and their second recording for Albany Records, Music of David Walther, came out this past summer (TROY 1428). The piano trio from this recording called “The Other Way!” will have its world premier at concerts this fall, including performances in Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and Boston. The Capital Trio has been chamber ensemble in residence at the University at Albany since 2008.

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Duncan J. Cumming, received degrees from Bates College and the New England Conservatory and received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2003 from Boston University. In 2006 he joined the faculty at the University at Albany, where he hosted the first Youth Movements Festival in 2008, and in 2009 his book “The Fountain of Youth: The Artistry of Frank Glazer” was published.

As a professor, in 2010 he was honored to receive the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. His recent recordings include a solo recording for Centaur (CRC 3125) including music of Brahms, Debussy, Satie, and Chopin and the chamber music recording “A Book of Hours for Albany Records” (TROY 1239). This past summer two new recordings were released: “Threads of the Heart,” a chamber recording for Albany Records, and a historical instrument recording for Centaur (CRC 3231) of the music of Carl Maria von Weber on Weber’s own 1815 Brodmann fortepiano.

From 2002-2008 Cumming was on the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute as a teacher, chamber music coach, and performer in the position of assistant director and later director of the Young Artists Piano Program. Before accepting the position at the University at Albany he was a member of the faculty at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He is the pianist of the Capital Trio and lives in New York with his wife, the violinist Hilary Walther Cumming, and his children Lucy, Mairi, and Bear.

Violinist Hilary Walther Cumming teaches at the University at Albany and performs as the violinist in the Capital Trio with pianist Duncan Cumming and cellist Sölen Dikener. Before moving to New York, she served as concertmaster of the Cape Cod Sinfonietta and the Andover Chamber Orchestra; she has been heard as soloist with these ensembles as well as with the Reading Symphony, Concord Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. A versatile artist, she is comfortable in many styles including classical, baroque and Irish traditional music.

Cumming graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, where she studied with Gerardo Ribeiro. In 1991 she moved to Bloomington, Indiana, and earned a Master of Violin Performance degree under the tutelage of Franco Gulli, modern violin, and Stanley Ritchie, baroque violin. Upon graduation she was awarded a Fulbright grant, and she spent the next year in Copenhagen, Denmark, studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music with Peder Elbaek and Marta Libalova.

During this time she traveled bi-monthly to Paris for lessons with Sylvie Gazeau and Nell Gotkovsky.

Cumming has participated in concerts worldwide, and immensely enjoyed returning to Europe on the Capital Trio’s recent tour of England, France and Switzerland May/June of 2011. She has recorded primarily with the Capital Trio, The Abbott Trio, and the Coleridge Ensemble. Her most recent compact disc recording , “Threads of the Heart” with the Capital Trio, was released this past July (2013) on the Albany Records Label.

Solen Dikener has been the professor of cello at Marshall University since 2002. He promotes the works of contemporary composers from Turkey and the USA. His recording projects featured the music of Ilhan Baran, Ahmed A. Saygun, Ilhan Usmanbas, Necil K. Akses, Cemal R. Rey, Kamran Ince as well as Paul Tortelier, Othmar Schoeck, William Matthews, Mark Zanter, David Walther, and David Williams. He recorded seven compact discs that are available on iTunes, Amazon, Napster and other music stores. Some of his live performances were broadcast at numerous radio stations including WWFM, WMUK, Radio France, and TRT (Turkish Radio & Television). He has appeared as solo cellist and chamber musician in the USA, Germany, Austria, France, Turkey, and England, performing with Kalamazoo Symphony, Huntington Symphony, CMU Orchestra, Kalamazoo College Orchestra, Marshall Orchestra, Bilkent Symphony, Presidential Symphony, Istanbul State Symphony, Hacettepe Symphony and collaborating with conductors Jean Perrison, Tadeusz Strugala, Raymond Harvey, Yoshimi Takeda, Isin Metin and Gurer Aykal. He has also performed with the Shanghai String Quartet and pianists Adam Neiman and Yefim Bronfman.

As an educator he has been a vigorous advocate of arts in the United States and Turkey. In 2010 he published a cello method book “Cello Warm-Up!” which received high critical acclaim from The Strad Magazine. During his studies in France, Dr. Dikener was one of the final assistants to the legendary French cellist Paul Tortelier. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University.