Art of the Recital

Art of the Recital presents:

Fall/Winter, 2019: Bach. Beethoven. Brahms. Mozart

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Sunday, November 10, 2019, 3:00 PM, Congregational Church of Topsfield, MA

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 3:00 PM, Payson Park Church in Belmont, MA

Mozart Sonata in e minor, K 304

Beethoven Sonata No 10

Bach Solo Partita No 2

Brahms Sonata No 3 in d minor

Art of the Recital: The Concept

Electrifying classical duo performances by award-winning concert musicians Joshua Peckins, violin, and Eliko Akahori, piano.

Drawing on a traditional classical repertoire studied in Vienna and performed in recitals internationally (on tour in Japan, Europe, and North America), Peckins engages modern audiences by speaking from the stage, inviting them into a rich and personal experience of hearing the performance, and with innovative programming.

Above all, invigorating audiences with passionate, world-class performances of the most powerful and moving violin/piano recital repertoire is the goal of every performance.

Watch this video for recent performance highlights and stories from Peckins about what Art of the Recital means to him:

Music / Programing

The recital is the purest expression of a musician’s soul.  From the most passionate and expressive sonatas, to dazzlingly virtuosic showpieces, to intimate and lyrical salon pieces written for simple pleasure – these programs present a wide range of experiences for listeners, and argue for the relevancy of the recital format in our modern life.

For the 2019/20 season, Peckins presents the following programs:

Art of the Recital: Bach.Beethoven.Brahms.Mozart

Masterpieces from four legendary German composers.  This ambitious program includes the final sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms, as well as Bach’s Chaconne and Mozart’s gorgeous Sonata in e minor.  Click here for details and tickets.

Art of the Recital: Vibrations

Featuring primarily French chamber music, unaccompanied virtuoso music, and delightful salon pieces, Vibrations is inspired by French impressionism.  The term “vibrations” has dual meaning: on one hand it expresses the impressionistic idea that composition, performance, and our emotional response are the same thing as the sound itself.  On the other hand, it suggests a blurring of any preconceived distinction among these things.  Click here for details.


Programs are centered around a theme.  This may be to pair fantastic – but provocative – music with beloved masterpieces:

Example 1: Spring and Fire

Music by Schnittke (along with stories and explanations) paired with the “spring” of Beethoven’s Spring Sonata and the “fire” of Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen and unaccompanied Ysaye.  (Performed in Belmont and Topsfield, 2018.)

To share a moving and intimate side of the recital experience:

Example 2: Old World Recital

Following a first half of Prokofiev, Mozart and Bach, Peckins presents a large selection of salon pieces, encores, and romances, with history and anecdotes about the famous recitalists from the “Golden Age” of violin playing.  (Performed in Cambridge and Boxford, 2017.)

Or to take audiences on a specific emotional journey:

Example 3: Passion!

Strauss’s epic Eb Major Sonata, along with other musical examples of heartbreak and passion, such as Tartini’s Dione Abbandonata and Arvo Pärt’s Fratres.  (Performed in Cambridge and Boxford, 2017.)

48203690_576239862788502_6963099279191703552_oArt of the Recital: The Mission

Joshua Peckins launched the “Art of the Recital” concert series in 2016, with a mission to:

  • Invigorate audiences with passionate, world class performances of the most powerful and moving violin recital repertoire
  • Stimulate interest and engagement in attending live classical concerts by performing live, in intimate recital venues, and communicating actively with audiences about the power, purpose, and value of live classical music
  • Celebrate the historical importance and modern relevance of the recital format

Having performed as soloist in North America, Europe, and Asia, Peckins is committed to invigorating audiences with passionate performances of the great works.  “His way of making music intensive, profound, intelligent and on stage he shows a sensitiveness and poetic phantasy in his performances which rarely are to find among the young violinists of our time.” – Michael Frischenschlager, President of the International Fritz Kreisler Competition.

Click here for a full concert bio.

Click here for audio/video recordings, including live.

Peckins was quoted by the Tritown Transcript (“Boxford Violinist to Perform Recital,” 11/7/2017) about one of the first performances:

“I hope people will come out to hear the first performances this year and will sense that they are not only attending one concert, but also participating in the community’s vibrancy and artistic health,” Peckins said. “We are blessed with a profound cultural legacy that is Classical Music — having this music performed live, frequently and in the community, accessibly and affordably, adds so much to the richness of our lives.”

“A gift for capturing audiences’ attention…”

Joshua Peckins connects with audiences by speaking from the stage, inviting them into a richer and more personal experience of hearing the performance.  In the video below, Peckins speaks about Tartini’s “Didone Abbandonata” at a recent recital in Cambridge, MA.

Booking / Press Kit

For all booking inquires, please contact Anne Christiansen at:  |  (617) 383-4556

For an electronic press kit, or to request a hard copy, please click here.

Duo Photo 1

Above, a recent performance by Peckins and Akahori in Belmont, MA

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Above, Peckins and Akahori warming up for a recent recital in Topsfield, MA.

Boxford Church Recital

Above, a recent performance by Peckins and Akahori in Boxford, MA


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