Music at Pilgrim

Sunday, May 19, 2019, 4:00pm


Suliman Tekalli, violin

Aaron Ludwig, cello

Jamila Tekalli, piano


MAURICE RAVEL arr. TEKALLI: Le Tombeau de Couperin

CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Sonata for Cello and Piano


Music at Pilgrim's inaugural concert presents three master soloists in a thrilling program of homages to time-honored forms and departed friends. Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin is a fond dedication to the life of the composer's friends and fallen soldiers of World War I and will be performed here in its D.C. area premiere for violin and piano. Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano was built using the traditional forms and idioms of the French Baroque, yet is unabashedly progressive, angular and colorful. The program ends with Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, deeply rooted in the style of the masters Bach, Beethoven and Mozart yet with Mendelssohn’s own distinctive precocious and youthful musical style bursting with brilliance and virtuosity.

A reception immediately follows the concert. There is no cost to attend; a free will offering will be collected.

Musician Biographies

Suliman Tekalli


Violinist Suliman Tekalli joined Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect in 2018 and regularly performs with the Sejong Soloists and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Tekalli is a top prize winner of the 2015 Seoul International Music Competition and has performed in major concert venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Seoul Arts Center, and Wigmore Hall. A native of Daytona Beach, Florida, Suliman attended the Juilliard School's B.M. program studying with Hyo Kang, as well as Sergiu Schwartz at the Schwob School of Music, and received a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Joel Smirnoff, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music.

Aaron Ludwig

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From St. Louis Missouri, Aaron Ludwig is a member of the US Army Band Pershing’s Own Army Strings. Aaron's varied career includes performing chamber and orchestral music with some of the world’s leading musicians. In his prior position as principal cellist of the New World Symphony, Aaron performed with conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Stéphane Denève and Osmo Vänskä. Aaron served as principal cellist of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra for the 75th anniversary performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony, conducted by Boston Symphony's Andris Nelsons. As a chamber musician, Aaron co-founded Trio Lunaire, a piano trio that performed and competed internationally including ARD Munich's Piano Trio Competition in Germany. Highlight performances include Beethoven's "Archduke Piano Trio" with pianist Yefim Bronfman.

Jamila Tekalli

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Pianist Jamila Tekalli has performed as a soloist and collaborative musician throughout the United States, Canada, and Central and South America. Her awards and distinctions include Finalist of the Stravinsky International Piano Competition, Finalist of the Baldwin National Piano Competition, and Winner of the Steinway Indiana Collegiate Piano Competition. Jamila performs with members of the National Symphony, Washington Opera, Colorado Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony and Orlando Philharmonic.

A native of Florida, Jamila received a D.M.A. in Piano Performance from the University of Miami, a M.A. from University of Central Florida and a B.M. from Indiana University. She has studied with Evelyne Brancart, Arnaldo Cohen and Tian Ying and has studied chamber music with members of the Brentano String Quartet and Tokyo String Quartet, Robert McDonald, Gilbert Kalish and Dawn Upshaw. She has spent summers and residencies at the Banff Centre with the Tekalli Duo, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Keyboard Institute at Mannes, and the Tanglewood Institute.

Dr. Tekalli serves as Director of Music at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Bethesda, Maryland and Piano Faculty at the Levine School of Music.  She has instructed previously as Lecturer and Professor of Music at Barry University in Miami, Florida.