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Midday Concert @ 1:00pm with violinist Ryu Mitsuhashi, cellist Aija Kante-Cahn & pianist Christina Spurling

May 17, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


ELLSWORTH – Violinist Ryu Mitsuhashi, cellist Aija Kante-Cahn and pianist Christina Spurling will play the next Midday Concert at 1:00pm on May 17 at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth, Maine. The concert is sponsored by Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI).

The trio will perform works by Brahms and Martin. All three musicians are faculty members of ECMI.

Violinist Ryu Mitsuhashi was born in Japan and began studying the violin at age 3. She was accepted, at age 10, into the Pre-College division of The Juilliard School. Ryu graduated with both a Bachelor’s Degree with a Minor in Jazz as well as a Master’s Degree from the University of Maine, where she retained her concert master position throughout her study. Her major teachers include Akiko Silver, Shirley Givens, Angela Eto and Anatole Wieck. Ryu is a member of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, is a fiddle player for the local folk fusion band Tough End String Band, attends summer music festivals including the Winter Harbor Music Festival, and plays in pit orchestras for musicals all over the state of Maine. In addition to expanding her own musical field, she has been teaching private lessons locally in Maine, and is an instructor for the Chamber Music Institute’s summer festival. She periodically returns to Japan for performances, and has traveled to perform and tour with international orchestras and concert tour groups, including Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra in Croatia, Camerata Austriaca in Austria and Orchestra for the Festival Vaniloquio in Mexico. Ryu is also a member of the strings faculty at ECMI.

Cellist Aija Kante-Cahn was born and raised in Riga, Latvia. She became interested in music early on starting the cello at age seven and performing as a singer on a weekly televised children’s program. Later, she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Cello Performance from the Music Academy of Latvia where studied with Eleonora Testeleca. Ms.Kante-Cahn completed her Master’s Degree in Chamber Music and Arts at the Latvian Music Academy in partnership with der Hochschule für Musikund Tanz in Cologne, Germany, one of Europe’s largest academies of music, studying with Janis Maleckis and Harald Schoneweg. She has been a faculty member of several music schools in Riga, Latvia and at the Mahidol University in Bangkok,Thailand. As an active ensemble player she has performed in Europe and Asia with Duo Rigensis, Elsberg Quartet and collaborated with other chamber musicians and orchestras. Ms. Kante-Cahn has also participated in European chamber music festivals such as the “Musik in den Heusern der Stadt”, the Rostropovich Cello Festival, and Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. Since moving to Maine she has become a faculty member of the Ellsworth Community Music Institute, plays with the Bangor Symphony, and is pursuing chamber music projects.

Pianist Christina Spurling is a native of Islesford, ME. After beginning her career as a classroom music teacher and choir director, she earned a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. While studying accompanying, chamber music and opera at Longy, Christina also performed with the Boston Opera Collaborative, the Newburyport Candlelight Chorale and the Cape Ann Symphony. With a passion for chamber music and community, Christina has facilitated and coached young ensembles through the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber’s Envision program and ECMI’s Arthur Russell Strings program. She also is a member of the piano faculty at ECMI. In addition to teaching, she is an active collaborative performer and directs music at the Somesville Union Meeting House, UCC.

ECMI covers the costs for this concert series but is currently looking for sponsors to continue offering them free to the public. ECMI is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

For more information, please call 207-664-9258 or email: 

Admission is free to the public.


May 17, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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