St. Louis Symphony Concertmaster Performing at River Campus May 3


David Halen editedCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 21, 2014 – Violinist David Halen will perform at 3 p.m. on May 3 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus as part of the Sundays at Three concert series.

The concert will be held on Saturday, May 3, in place of the event originally scheduled for Dec. 8.

“I hope the audience gains a sense of the journey and the drama that performing the Cesar Franck Violin and Piano Sonata takes the listener. There is no recording that can capture the same feeling as music performed live in a beautiful acoustic,” Halen said.

Also performing will be guest artist Alla Voskoboynikova, who Halen says is “a wonder artist originally from Russia.”

The main selection will be the “Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano” by Cesar Franck. Other composers, such as Mozart, will be included.

“I have been playing these works most of my life. There is a wonderful sense of discovery with every masterpiece. Like a great painting, you are always finding something you never heard before,” he said.

“As long as the audience keeps applauding, we will keep playing,” he added.

David Halen

Halen began playing the violin at age six, and earned his bachelor’s degree at the age of 19. In that same year, he won the Music Teachers National Association Competition and was granted a Fulbright scholarship for study with Wolfgang Marschner at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik in Germany, the youngest recipient ever to have been honored with this prestigious award. Halen earned his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studying with Sergiu Luca. He was permanently named concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony in September 1995, without audition, by the orchestra, and with the endorsement of then music directors Leonard Slatkin and Hans Vonk. He has soloed with the orchestra in much of the major concerts in the violin repertoire.

Alla Voskoboynikova

Voskoboynikova is an associate teaching professor of music and director of keyboard studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Before moving to the United States in 1996, Voskoboynikova was a pianist and vocal coach at the Kiev Opera and Ballet Theater in Ukraine. She received a bachelor’s in piano performance from the Music College in Voronezh, Russia, and a master’s in piano performance from the Gnessins Academy of Music in Moscow. She was an accompanist in the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1994, and has performed numerous solo recitals along with chamber music concerts in several European countries. She performs extensively as a soloist and a collaborator, accompanying members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and coaching for the Union Avenue Opera Company as well as the Opera Theatre in St. Louis.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at