World renowned, award winning duo plays Classical Jewish music and accompanies Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray in a creative Shabbat worship service. Julian Schwarz, cello and Marika Bournaki, piano have received international
World renowned, award winning duo plays Classical Jewish music and accompanies Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray in a creative Shabbat worship service. Julian Schwarz, cello and Marika Bournaki, piano have received international acclaim and are delighted to return to Congregation Shir Shalom to perform a selection of Jewish Classical music and accompany her in a creative musical worship service on Friday, April 8, 2022, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Julian Schwarz and Marika Bournaki met as students at the Aspen Music Festival in 2006. Over the subsequent years they reconnected at the Verbier festival in Switzerland, and as students at the Juilliard School in New York City. They began their musical collaboration in 2014 and made their debut together in recital at the Austrian Embassy in Washington DC for the Embassy Series. In March 2017 the duo embarked on a 10-recital tour of China, including the grand-opening performance at the new concert hall in Qianjiang.
They have performed throughout the world to audiences of all ages. Cantor Katchko-Gray said, “Julian and Marika are performers of the first order. Their passion and professionalism pull you into their music and you find yourself not just listening to what they’re playing but truly feeling it deep inside you as well.” The duo released its first recording, the complete music for cello and piano of Ernest Bloch, in 2015 for the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music and released the world premiere recording of Bright Sheng’s “Northern Lights” in summer 2017 on the Naxos label. This service is open to all and suitable for all ages. No reservation required and no fee will be charged.