Kim Kashkashian performs with pianist Lydia Artymiw. Ms. Kashkashian has established herself as one of the most accomplished artists of her generation. Inspiring world-wide critical acclaim, she has been hailed by The San Francisco Chronicle as "an artist who combines a probing, restless musical intellect with enormous beauty of tone." In recent seasons, she has appeared as soloist with the major orchestras of New York, Berlin, London, and Munich. and Tokyo, and she has made guest appearances with the Tokyo, Guarneri, and Galimir Quartets. Born in Detroit, Michigan, and of Armenian descent, Kashkashian graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Walter Trampler and Karen Tuttle. Ms. Artymiw was called by the New York Times "a compelling musical personality" possessing "a beautiful touch, a creative imagination, and a feeling for her instrument's possibilities of color and texture." They will perform Stravinsky's "Pulcinella Suite", the Schumann "Fantasy Pieces", and Lera Auerbach's superb transcription of the Shostakovich 24 Preludes.