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IMC Festival of the Arts Performance – Brillante Chamber Players

June 22, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Brillante Chamber Players

The Brillante Chamber Players consists of select music faculty members from University of North Dakota. The artists travel extensively and give performances, clinics, lectures and master classes nationally and internationally. This performance features three members of the faculty members: Dr. Simona Barbu (cello), Dr. Nariaki Sugiura (piano) and Dr. Scott Sandberg (saxophone). 

An astounding international cellist, Simona Barbu began her musical studies at age seven and gained public attention as a member of the leading string quartet of the Conservatory of Timisoara in her native Romania, where she made her solo debut in Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme with the conservatory’s symphonic orchestra. Ever since, she has traveled the world as a soloist, chamber musician, clinician, and orchestra musician.

A dedicated teacher, Dr. Barbu has served as the string faculty at Mississippi State University for four years, where she taught strings and conducted the symphonic orchestra. In 2011, Dr. Barbu was appointed Professor of Cello and Burgum Endowed Chair at the University of North Dakota, where she currently teaches cello, string bass and chamber music. During summers, she is a cello faculty at MasterWorks Festival.

Dr. Scott Sandberg maintains an active schedule as a performer, clinician, and adjudicator. Internationally, he premiered two pieces at the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland and has also performed in Canada Europe and Asia. He has performed at numerous North American Saxophone Alliance conferences across the United States as well as with ensembles such as the Dallas Wind Symphony, Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Slingers, and Dick King Classic Swing Band. He has taught at International Music Camp in the summer since 2013.

Before arriving at the University of North Dakota, Sandberg taught at the University of Mary, the University of Texas at Dallas, the Bloomingdale School of Music in New York, New York, and St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. He has presented clinics at the North Dakota Music Educators Association, the Northeast Texas Saxophone Symposium, Texas Christian University, and numerous high schools. Sandberg is a Selmer Paris and Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist.

International concert artist Nariaki Sugiura has performed solo recitals and concerto engagements in the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia at some of the most prestigious concert halls including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall at Shenzhen Concert Hall (China), Ferenc Liszt Music Academy Recital Hall (Hungary), Daejeon Arts and Cultural Center Hall (South Korea) and Kioi Hall (Japan). He has collaborated with many orchestras as a soloist. 

A devoted teacher as well as performer, Dr. Sugiura has become of the leading piano pedagogues of his generation. He has given piano master classes at numerous institutions such as Civico Instituto Musicale “V. Baravalle” (Italy), Leo Weiner Music Academy (Hungary), Shenyang Conservatory of Music (China), National Kaohsiung Normal University (Taiwan), Ewha Womans University and Sunhwa Arts High School (South Korea). Previously, he has taught at DePauw University, Indiana University, and Lamont Summer Pre-College Music Academy in Denver, and Guangdon University of Foreign Study in China. While he was at Indiana University, he worked for a legendary cellist/pedagogue Janos Starker.

All events are free to the public except where noted.  All times are Central Standard Time and are subject to change. For more up to date information, please contact the IMC office via email or phone (701) 263-4211 (June-July) or (701) 838-8472 (September-May).  There is a gate charge ($20 per vehicle) to enter the International Peace Garden.

The 2018 sponsors for the Festival of the Arts Series are: Sunrise Credit Union-Boissevain, Greater Rugby Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Dacotah Bank of Rolla, Dunseith Community Betterment, First National Bank & Trust of Bottineau, Starion Financial of Dunseith, and Rolette State Bank.


June 22, 2018
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Burdick Center for the Performing Arts
10834 Peace Garden Dr.
Dunseith, ND 58329 United States


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