Evening with Brahms & Clara Schumann


Timothy Durkovic

Los Angeles based pianist, Timothy Durkovic, is an active soloist and chamber musician, collaborating regularly with some of world’s finest instrumentalists and vocalists including Lynn Harrell, Martin Chalifour, Andrew Sords, Helen Callus, Movses Pogossian, John Walz, Timothy Landauer, Richard O’Neil, Jonathan Mack, the Calder Quartet, the Miró Quartet, and the Casal Quartet among others. He is the Grand Prize Winner of the 1996 Los Angels Liszt Competition as well as a winner of the Beverly Hills Auditions, the Carmel Music Society Competition, the 2001 San Diego Duo Piano Competition and the 2001 IBLA Grand Prize Duo Award (Sicily, Italy) with his duo partner Chie Nagatani, as well as the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Master’s Graduate Award from the USC Thornton School of Music. He has served as the Director of Keyboard Studies at Long Beach City College as well as on the faculties of the Orange County High School of the Arts, the University of La Verne, and the USC Thornton School of Music. He also performs regularly as part of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Durkovic makes regular appearances at Chamber Festivals both nationally and internationally, including Festival BRAVISSIMO in Guatemala and ProMusica in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and has been featured as a headline entertainer on Crystal Cruises, Regent Cruises and Hapag Lloyd Cruises. His playing has been described as having great “sensitivity to colors” (Salt Lake City Tribune) and “effortless, with the music always in the forefront, and an overall effect…of music making that is too rarely heard.” (Frederick Swann). His CD recording “Gargoyles,” available on iTunes, received rave reviews as being “an incisive and exciting performance” from Lowell Lieberman, the title track’s composer himself.  He has also performed and arranged music for advertising campaigns for clients such as Christina Aguilera and Dignity Health. Born and raised in Guatemala, Mr. Durkovic studied at the National Conservatory of Guatemala, the Juilliard School, Salem College and the USC Thornton School of Music. For more information, please visit: www.TimothyDurkovic.com



Isabelle LaForet Senger


A Southern California native, violinist Isabelle LaForet Senger received her Master’s degree from UC Los Angeles, magna cum laude, and Bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego, summa cum laude.  While in San Diego, she was a member of the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Principal Second Violin of the Orquesta de Baja, California.  After returning to Los Angeles, she performed with numerous prominent orchestras including the Los Angeles & Pacific Opera Orchestras and the Pasadena, Long Beach, and Pacific Symphonies.  

Her primary instructors include Mark Kaplan, Mark Baranov, and Janos Nygyesy.  She has participated in the Spoleto Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Eastern Music Festival, and the Meadowmount School of Music. An active chamber musician, Ms. Senger is a founding member of the Crown City String Quartet.  She has performed as a guest artist and in recital with such artists as Martin Chalifour, Heiichiro Ohyama Frank Almond, Trio West, Orloff/Walz Duo, and the Thies Consort.

As a recipient of the Maxwell H. Gluck fellowship, she was a member of the Gluck Piano Trio, representing the UCLA School of Music at a number of institutions and workshops in Southern California.  As a member of the Spoleto Quartet, she performed throughout Italy in 1999 representing the Spoleto Festival Chamber Program at locations including Konzertsaal Pfalzbau, Wiener Konzerthaus, Spoleto Duomo Piazza, and Teatro Puccini di Firenze. 

Ms. Senger has worked with renowned composers in the Motion Picture recording studios, and has performed regularly on the Television series’ The Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, and King of the Hill.  She has contributed to the albums of many of today’s top recording artists, including Christina Aguilera, John McLaughlin, James Blunt, Mandy Barnett, Tiffany (produced by Dr. Dre), Evanescense, and Kanye West.  She has also performed live with Andrea Bocelli, Olivia Newton-John, Donna Summer, Randy Newman, Yanni, John Tesh, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Keely Smith.

After moving to Bend in 2007, Ms. Senger founded High Desert Chamber Music, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In addition to serving as Executive Director, she develops, organizes, and instructs all the Educational Outreach programs offered through the organization. Ms. Senger has been featured on the cover of the Bend Bulletin's "U Magazine", and has been the recipient of the Cascade Business News "Accomplished Under 40" award.


Laura Brenes

After starting musical studies on piano as a young child, Laura Brenes began studying the horn at age nine. She went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, then later attended the University of Southern California and received her Master’s degree while in the studio of Vincent DeRosa.

As an active freelance musician in the Los Angeles area, Ms. Brenes is currently Principal Horn for the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of the Riverside Philharmonic and performs with several other orchestras, including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has toured with a number of musical groups all over the US as well as Eastern Europe and China, and is very active in recording studios. She can be heard on numerous motion picture, television, and videogame soundtracks, such as Rogue One, X-Men Apocalypse, Agents of Shield, and many more.

In addition to her active performance schedule, Ms. Brenes has been the horn professor at the University of Redlands School of Music since 2007. In 2015, she released her debut solo album entitled A Time and a Place; featured on the album are works commissioned by her for varying ensembles and solo horn. For more information, please visit: www.LauraBrenes.com



Peter van de Graaff

KWAX Music Director Peter Van De Graaff will present a special concert preview. Since the Schumann bicentennial in 2010, Peter and and his wife Kathleen have been lecturing on and performing Robert and Clara's music throughout the country.

A native of the Chicago area, Peter Van De Graaff began his radio career at KBYU in Provo, Utah in 1984 and went to WFMT in Chicago in 1988. In 1989 he began hosting a nationally-syndicated program called the “Beethoven Satellite Network”, carried on 150 stations throughout the country.

In September 2010, Peter Van De Graaff was awarded the sixth “Karl Haas Award for Musical Education” from Public Radio International, joining other winners Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Peter Schickele, Bill McGlaughlin and Martin Bookspan.

He has hosted two nationally-syndicated opera series on National Public Radio and has been heard on many other national broadcasts such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Van Cliburn Competition, Music of the Baroque and others. He was one of the finalists for host of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts.

As a singer, Mr. Van De Graaff has made a specialty of the baroque repertoire, and has also been active in the opera house. His recordings include 3 intermezzos on the Naxos label and Menotti’s The Medium, Vorisek Mass in B-Flat and Mozart arias and duets, all on the Cedille label.