"The slow movement (Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2) returned to chamber intimacy as a lovely duet bloomed between Andre Watts and cellist Robert deMaine, who played with such exquisite beauty that he practically stole the show."
Seligman Performing Arts Center
Saint-Saëns: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1, Op. 32
Opening Night Reception & Silent Auction
Before his tenure as the principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit audiences knew Robert deMaine best as principal cellist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Called "simply magnificent" by former DSO Music Director Neeme Jarvi, DeMaine is a highly sought-after soloist and chamber musician and a frequent guest artist at many of the world's premier chamber music festivals, including Marlboro, Seattle, Great Lakes, Limoges, Heidelberg Schlossfest, Chamberfest Cleveland, Montréal, Seoul’s Ditto Festival, and, most recently, the 2016 Piatigorsky Cello Festival. His playing is noted for its "beautiful singing tone, lapidary technical precision, and a persuasive identification with the idiom of the music at hand;" and "his technical brilliance is surpassed only by the beautify of the tone he produces" (Salt Lake City Tribune). As a recitalist, the great works for cello and piano as well as the suites of J.S. Bach remain staples of his repertoire, and as concerto soloist, he performs the great works of the repertoire both old and new from concertos by Haydn, Dvorak, Elgar and Penderecki alongside more recent works.
Grammy-nominated Adam Neiman is hailed as one of the premiere pianists, composers, and musical entrepreneurs of his generation. He carries an encyclopedic repertoire that includes more than sixty concerti and has performed in major cities and concert halls across the globe since his recital debut in Los Angeles at age 11.