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Red River Trio
The Red River Piano Trio is a music group formed by three UND music students selected to be part of an annual residency in Kanuma, Japan. The group studies chamber music for one full year under the direction of Dr. Nariaki Sugiura and Dr. Simona Barbu. Part of the training includes regular coaching at UND as well as local, regional, and national performances. The Red River Trio’s final project is a week long residency in Kanuma, Japan. This project is one of Kanuma’s official events, and the trio will make school visits in Kanuma to promote musical and cultural exchanges. Their activities culminate with the joint concert with Kanuma High School Orchestra Program. This year the will also visit Higashi-Matsuyama for schools visits and a joint concert with local community orchestra. This year’s group has the following members: pianist Matthew Sebald, violinist John Gangelhoff, and cellist Diego Rodriguez.
The winner of the 2016 Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, 2015 UND Mozart Piano Concerto Competition, and a runner-up for the 2017 Greater Grand Forks Concerto Competition, pianist Matthew Sebald has shared his passion for music with audiences since he began his piano studies at the age of 7. Currently, Matthew is a junior student at UND Music pursuing his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance under Dr. Nariaki Sugiura. Matthew has also been pursuing the study of collaborative piano; most recently, he collaborated with a famed trombonist, Dr. Eric High in a guest recital. Matthew has performed in master classes conducted by many famed pedagogues including Prof. Lydia Artymiw (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) and Dr. Alan Chow (Northwestern University).
Violinist John Gangelhoff began his musical studies at the age of four in his hometown, Grand Forks. He has studied with Dr. Drago and Aaron Custer on the violin, Susan Kerr on the piano, as well as performed in master classes with renowned musicians such as Dr. Nariaki Sugiura (piano), Prof. Julia Bushkova, Dr. Adrian Demian and Chiara Quartet. John performed as a concert master of the Red River High School Orchestra during a tour of Los Angeles in 2012. In May of 2016, John successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with a in major in violin study under Dr. Alejandro Drago and minors in chemistry, biology, and psychology. He was admitted to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences with the ultimate goal of becoming a physician.
Venezuelan cellist Diego Rodriguez debuted as a soloist under the prestigious Venezuelan conductor Cesar Lara at the age of fifteen, performing Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No.1. He won his first notable orchestra position at the age of twelve for the Tachira Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. At the age of twelve, he toured across Venezuela as a member of the Tachira Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra. As a member of “El Sistema” of Orchestras of Venezuela, Rodriguez has also toured throughout Europe and South America. He has worked alongside accomplished conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Domingo Hindoyan, and Jose Antonio Abreu. He received his undergraduate degree in cello performance from the University of Memphis and is currently pursuing a double M.A. degree in orchestral conducting and cello performance.