Journey Through Textural Colors

Unexpected Sources

May 10, 2025

May 10, 2025

Unexpected Sources

CMSFW Ensemble

Alessandro Deljavan, piano; Daniel Uglunts, baritone; Gary Levinson and Chloé Kiffer, violins; Milena Pajara-van de Stadt, viola; Bion Tsong, cello

Program includes:
Reinhold Glière: Glière – Duos for Violin and Cello, Op. 39
Clara Schumann (née Wieck): Piano Trio in G minor, op.17
Samuel Barber: Dover Beach for Voice and String Quartet, Op. 3
Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44

Audience favorite Alessandro Deljavan joins Gary Levinson and friends for works of Gliére, Clara Schumann, Barber, with a finale of Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet.

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Photo by Luca Centola

The Artists


Alessandro Deljavan

Italian pianist Alessandro Deljavan has been astonishing audiences for more than two decades. Acknowledgements began at the age of nine when he won the prestigious Concours musical de France (1st Prize, Paris, 1996). He is embraced for his remarkable prowess and emotional intensity by audiences and colleagues alike. A prolific recording artist, Alessandro Deljavan has recorded more than 70 albums from the solo and chamber music repertoire. He is currently Artistic Director of the Opera Master school in Villamagna founded in 2021 and Professor of Piano at the U. Giordano Conservatory of Music, Rodi Garganico, Italy.

Alessandro Deljavan’s Website

Photo by Luca Centola


Daniel Uglunts

Rising American baritone Daniel Uglunts made his professional debut at age twelve with The Dallas Opera in the chorus of Puccini’s Tosca, subsequently covering Miles in Britten’s Turn of the Screw. Past operatic roles include The Policeman in Christopher Cerrone’s In a Grove, Second Priest and Second Armored Man (cover) in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, The Loudspeaker in Ullmann’s Der Kaiser Von Atlantis, and Guglielmo (cover) in Così Fan Tutte, all with the Northwestern Opera Theater. Uglunts has also performed Pandolfe in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Enrico in Haydn’s L’isola Disabitata, and Bruschino in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino, all with Northwestern’s Opera Projects for Undergraduate Singers (OPUS).

Additional performed roles include Guglielmo in Così Fan Tutte with Berlin Opera Academy and Opéra de Trois Rivières, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Miami Music Festival, Falke in Die Fledermaus with Northwestern’s Vocal Intensive Seminar, and Publio in La Clemenza di Tito. An avid concert recitalist, Uglunts has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth (CMSFW2), the Bienen Contemporary Music Ensemble, as well as a guest artist on various degree recitals at Northwestern. Upcoming engagements include a performance of Barber’s Dover Beach with the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, as well as singing in the chorus of Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Dallas, Texas to a Georgian pianist and Russian violinist, Uglunts began his vocal studies at age eleven. Current and past teachers include Pamela Hinchman, Dolora Zajick, and Nancy Gustafson. Uglunts is currently a third-year undergraduate completing a Dual Degree at Northwestern University in Classical Voice/Opera Performance (Bienen School of Music) and Political Science/Data Science (Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences). He is fluent in English, Russian and Chinese.


Gary Levinson

Gary Levinson is the Senior Principal Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth. Known for his Bel Canto playing style and adroit technique, Mr. Levinson made his New York Philharmonic solo debut in 1991, under the baton of Erich Leinsdorf, coinciding with the completion of his Master’s of Music degree at the Juilliard School, where his teachers included Dorothy DeLay, Glenn Dicterow and Felix Galimir.

Gary Levinson’s Website


Chloé Kiffer

Franco-American violinist Chloé Kiffer has received enthusiastic praise by The New York Times for her “pure and beautiful tone” and The Greenwich Sentinel for being “…a star in every sense: performance, exquisite technique and beauty”. Performing solo and orchestra engagements across Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, and Asia, Kiffer has appeared at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Beethoven Hall in Bonn, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Hall, Tel Aviv Opera, and Beijing National Center. In October 2015, Kiffer made her Carnegie Hall debut performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in Stern Auditorium. Kiffer has collaborated alongside Philippe Muller, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Timothy Eddy, the Emerson String Quartet, and pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine.

Chloé Kiffer’s Website


Milena Pajara-van de Stadt

Praised by Strad magazine as having “lyricism that stood out…a silky tone and beautiful, supple lines,” Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt has established herself as one of the most sought-after violists of her generation. In addition to appearances as soloist with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, theTokyo Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, and Symphony in C, she has performed in recitals and chamber-music concerts throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia, including an acclaimed 2011 debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall, which was described in Strad as being “fleet and energetic…powerful and focused.”

Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt’s Website

Photo by Roy Cox


Bion Tsang

Cellist Bion Tsang has been internationally recognized as one of the outstanding instrumentalists of his generation: among his many honors are an Avery Fisher Career Grant, an MEF Career Grant and the Bronze Medal in the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition. Mr. Tsang earned a Grammy nomination for his performance on the PBS special A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert (Harmonia Mundi).

Bion Tsang’s Website

Photo by Scott Newton