SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University to Host Acclaimed Violinist


SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University present acclaimed violinist Adrian Anantawan on Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Hosmer Hall.

SUNY Potsdam, in collaboration with Clarkson University, is pleased to present acclaimed violinist Adrian Anantawan in an upcoming performance. Adrian Anantawan will perform Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

Born of Thai-Chinese ethnicity, Adrian Anantawan began playing the violin at nine, and has since established himself as a rising star in classical music. In 2001, he was accepted into the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with a merit-based full scholarship, and went on to earn a master’s degree from Yale University.

Anantawan has performed extensively in Canada as a soloist with the Orchestras of
Toronto, Nova Scotia, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver. He has also presented feature recitals at the White House, the Aspen Music Festival and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Anantawan is a key proponent of the disabled arts, as he was born without a right hand. He is a national spokesperson for the War Amps of Canada and the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Center. Active within Canadian media, his documentary “Adrian Anantawan: The Story Behind the Notes” is currently being broadcast across the country by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Itzhak Perlman, one of the most well-known and regarded violinists of our time, said, “He is a very sensitive player, and while he has a disadvantage when he plays, he really isn't having any; he just goes for it."

He also impressed Pinchas Zukerman of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, who said, “I was absolutely bewildered… That’s not a handicap, it’s an achievement. There is no boundary of what he can achieve."

Anantawan will be accompanied by pianist Amy Yang during his Potsdam performance. The program will include Bach’s Sonata for Violin and Clavier in C-Minor (BWV 1017), Willan’s Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in E-Minor, Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G-Major, and Brahms’ Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano, Op. 108. 

In addition to the piano performance on Saturday evening, Anantawan will speak about prosthetic development at Clarkson University at 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22. He will also lead a discussion about music education at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music on Saturday, Feb. 23. 

This event is free for all SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University students. Tickets are $10 for all SUNY Potsdam or Clarkson employees and seniors, and $15 for the general public.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Community Performance Series Box Office, located in the lobby of the Sara M. Snell Music Theater on the SUNY Potsdam campus, which is open between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (315) 267-2277 or visiting at

About SUNY Potsdam:
Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year.

About Clarkson University:
Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.