First Wednesday

A free public lecture and presentation series

organized by the King Library Special Collections

Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies

November 4, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
King Library Schiro Room 550
Free but seating is limited

Cellist Susan Lamb Cook, UC-Davis, 
and pianist Miles Graber
perform Beethoven sonatas and variations



Sonata in D Major, op. 102, no. 2
Seven Variations on a the theme "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" from Mozart's The Magic Flute, WoO 46
Sonata in C Major, op. 102, no. 1

Susan Lamb CookSusan Lamb Cook is an active performer and educator both nationally and internationally.  She is sought after as soloist and chamber musician, with performances throughout Europe, the Far East, and the United States.  She is on the artistic staff for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, and the Vianden Festival, Luxembourg, and is Lecturer in cello and chamber music at the University of California, Davis.   

Susan has served as artist in residence at the Saarburg Festival, Germany, and her recent tour to China included performances and master classes at the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory and in the cities of Jinan, Liaosheng, Dezhou, Qilu, Hangzhou and Xiamen.  As a member of the Gold Coast Trio, she has performed and given master classes at San Francisco State University, Scripps College and Harvey Mudd College, and the Gold Coast Trio has been featured on Austrian National Television.

Susan Lamb Cook is a member of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, Music Teachers’ Association of California, and the American String Teachers Association, and is co-author of Guide to Teaching Strings by Norman Lamb.  She is director of the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Chamber Music Workshop, and her students perform regularly for competitions and public concerts.

Ms. Lamb Cook studied with Angelica May at the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria, and Charles Wendt at the University of Iowa.


Miles GraberMiles Graber received his musical training at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Anne Hull, Phyllis Kreuter, Hugh Aitken, and Louise Behrend. He has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1971, where he has developed a wide reputation as an accompanist and collaborative pianist for instrumentalists and singers. He has performed with numerous solo artists, including Sarah Chang, Cho-Liang Lin, Camilla Wicks, Axel Strauss, Mimi Stillman, Judith LeClair, Frederica von Stade, Martha Aarons, and Lev Polyakin. Mr. Graber has accompanied violinists Robin Hansen, Christina Mok, Natasha Makhijani, Stuart Canin, Roy Malan, and Mariya Borozina, cellists Michael Graham, Robert Howard, Thalia Moore, and Stephen Harrison, clarinetist Tom Rose, and flutists Gary Woodward, Amy Likar, Sasha Launer, and Ai Goldsmith.

 He is a member of the chamber groups MusicAEterna, GGR Trio, Alcyone Ensemble, the Sor Ensemble, Mira Trio, and the new music group Sounds New.

 Mr. Graber has been associated with such ensembles as the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Midsummer Mozart, the Oakland-East Bay Symphony, the Berkeley Symphony, the California Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, Oakland Lyric Opera, Berkeley Opera, and Opera San Jose. He has accompanied master classes of Midori, Joseph Silverstein, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Pamela Frank, Alexander Barantchik, James Galway, Lynn Harrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Lipsett, Ronald Leonard, Leon Fleisher, Alisa Weilerstein, Jeanne Baxtresser, Paula Robison, and Kim Kashkashian. He has been a frequent performer with members of San Francisco Symphony, San Jose Symphony, Berkeley Symphony, California Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Orchestra, Oakland-East Bay Youth Orchestra, UC Berkeley Symphony, and members of the faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

 Mr. Graber is a staff accompanist at the San Domenico Conservatory in San Anselmo, California, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Northern California Flute Camp in Carmel Valley. Other accompanying posts include the Mondavi Center for the Arts Young Artist Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the Summer Brass Institute.