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DUO | Dyad

Thursday, May 10
7:30 pm

Doors open at 7pm


Niv Ashkenazi, Violin
Leah Kohn, Bassoon 


Ernest Bloch

Reena Esmail

Nicolò Paganini
Duetto No. 2

Rachel Epperly

Gernot Wolfgang

about the artisTS

Niv Ashkenazi and Leah Kohn form Dyad, an innovative violin and bassoon duo on a quest to explore uncharted territory. After meeting at Juilliard, they were inspired to create a new kind of chamber music. Unwilling to let a lack of repertoire stand in their way, they thrive on reimagining classic works as well as premiering new pieces. Through engaging, personal performances, they create connections between audience, performers, and music. 

Since their first performance in May 2015, they have given concerts for the Wednesdays@Noon series at the Encinitas Library, the Classical Music Series at the Peninsula Center Library, the Cultural Arts Society of La Verne, Newport Beach’s Sunday Musicales, and other performances in Southern California, in venues ranging from the Skirball Center to art galleries and private homes. Dyad has collaborated with Lineage Dance and TranscenDanceGroup on performances which relate stories through dance, music, and other mediums. Dyad has given several world premieres of works written for and commissioned by them. In May 2017, they gave several performances in New Jersey, including at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center and the Kessler Foundation.

Sharing their music with audiences outside a traditional concert setting is a vital part of Dyad’s mission. They perform as an ensemble for Street Symphony, an organization founded by Los Angeles Philharmonic member Vijay Gupta, which brings inclusive concerts to people experiencing incarceration and homelessness.