Sundays are for Chalifour


MartinChalI love hearing classical music on Sunday afternoons and there’s a particularly alluring recital upcoming Sunday Feb 9, when the sparkling and stellar concert master of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Martin Chalifour, accompanied by pianist Timothy Durkovic, offers a wonderful recital at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church in the south bay region of Los Angeles — Rolling Hills Estates to be precise.

A program of Schubert and Ravel will be offered at the sunlight filled room where Jim Eninger presents afternoon concerts for the past many years. It’s a chalifour-the-dudegreat opportunity to enjoy the art of Chalifour who began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1995.

The recipient of grants and awards in his native Canada, he graduated with honors from the Montreal Conservatory at the age of 18 and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1986 Martin Chalifour received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and was a laureate of the Montreal International Competition the following year. 

Los Angeles-based pianist Timothy Durkovic, a native of Guatamala, is an active soloist and chamber musician, collaborating regularly with some of world’s finest instrumentalists and vocalists. He is the Grand Prize Winner of the 1996 Los Angeles Liszt Competition as well as a winner of the Beverly Hills Auditions, the Carmel Music Society Competition, the 2001 San Diego Duo Piano Competition and the 2001 IBLA Grand Prize Duo Award (Sicily, Italy) with his duo partner Chie Nagatani. Mr. Durkovic studied at the National Conservatory of Guatemala, and the Juilliard School 

The acoustics of Rolling Hills United Methodist Church’s sanctuary are among the finest in Southern California, and the venue’s idyllic sylvan setting next to the South Coast Botanic Garden on the north-east corner of Crenshaw Blvd and Palos Verdes Drive North makes the concert experience especially pleasant. The church’s “Sundays At Two” presents free concerts without intermission. Generous at-the-door contributions “roll” to the artists, so bring your wallet.  

photo credit: los angeles magazine, los angeles times,

Chalifour & Durkovic recital | Rolling Hills United Methodist Church | Feb 9, 2 pm

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