Chris Pedro Trakas, Baritone
About the Performers
Chris Pedro Trakas is celebrated for the variety of his repertoire and for the intense artistry he brings to his performances. He has sung Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro in Spoleto and Charleston, Pelléas in Pelléas et Mélisande with the Basel Theatre, and Harlekin in Adriane auf Naxos at the Metropolitan Opera. His has recorded works by Ravel, Respighi, Barber, de Falla, and Poulenc, among others. As a winner of the Walter W. Naumburg Award for Concert Singers, he shared first prize with soprano Dawn Upshaw.
Marek Zebrowski was born in Poznan, Poland, and began studying piano at the age of five. After graduating with highest honors from the Poznan Music Lyceum, he studied with Robert Casadesus and Nadia Boulanger. He came to the United States in 1973 and studied with Russell Sherman at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees.
The catalog of Mr. Zebrowski's compositions includes orchestral and chamber works, piano pieces, and piano transcriptions. His piano composition Ex tempore won second prize at the 1997 International Composition Competition in the Hague.
Marek Zebrowski has appeared as soloist in recital and with major symphony orchestras around the world. He has recorded works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Scriabin, and Prokofiev for Polish Radio and appeared in Public Television broadcasts in the United States. He is currently teaching in the Boston area and is on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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