Composer Stephanie Ann Boyd Visits Honolulu for Lecture Tour and Concert

Violinist Darel Stark to give Hawaii premiere of Amerigo violin sonata as part of the 50 State Sonata Project by composer Stephanie Ann Boyd. He is joined by pianist Sachi P. Hirakouji on Saturday April 23rd at 7:00pm at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu.


Darel Stark, associate principal violin of the Hawaii Symphony, will be performing the Hawaii premiere of Amerigo next week as part of the 50 State Sonata Project by New York City composer Stephanie Ann Boyd. Also featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Clarke, Debussy, and himself, Stark and pianist Sachi P. Hirakouji’s concert will be on Saturday April 23rd at 7:00pm at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. Georgine Stark is a special guest on this concert. The Ardente Duo (Stark and Hirakouji) will be giving several preview concerts in Honolulu prior to Saturday’s concert.

Boyd will give a short talk at the beginning of the concert, and will also be giving talks at the Honolulu Waldorf School earlier in the week. Boyd is an alumnus of the Ann Arbor, Michigan Waldorf School. Of working with Stark on the Amerigo sonata, Boyd said “I’m really honored to be able to work with Darel on this project… his prowess with the instrument and extensive background in new music are so enjoyable to interact with and have contributed a great deal to the making of Amerigo.”

Born in New York City, Darel Stark studied violin with Nicole DiCecco, Lazar Gosman and Berl Senofsky. He is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. His many accolades include prizes at the Michelangelo Abbado International Competition in Italy and the Tibor Varga International Competition in Switzerland, a TIME Magazine College Achievement Award, two Friedberg Prizes in chamber music from the Peabody Conservatory, and prizes in over a dozen local and national competitions.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory, Boyd is currently based in New York City. Her largest project to date is this year’s 50 State Sonata Project, in which a new violin sonata, Amerigo, has been commissioned by one violinist in each of the 50 states. Last season’s highlights involved co-directing the Tuesday Night New Music concert series, winning New England Conservatory’s Donald Martino Prize for Excellence in Composition, being chosen as the NEC/Boston Modern Orchestra Project Competition winner, and having her violin concerto premiered in Jordan Hall by recent Michael Hill International Competition prize-winner Eunae Koh under the baton of Australian conductor Nathan Aspinall.

More information on Boyd and Stark’s commission can be seen at

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