LIPF 2017 Guest artists

Netanel Draiblate

Hailed as “an extremely gifted violinist with a strong stage personality and charisma,” Netanel Draiblate has concertized across four continents. The versatile artist performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist and has been praised in The Washington Post as “a violinist who combines confidence and virtuosity with a playful musical personality.”

Draiblate’s recent and upcoming highlights include appearances with the Brasilia Concert Society Orchestra, the Ashdod, Rishon Le Zion and Mediterranean Symphony Orchestras, the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra, the Tel-Aviv Soloists, and the Lake Forest, Lancaster and Annapolis Symphonies.  His summer schedule included concerts and master classes in Brazil, and a residency at the Nuevo Mundo Festival in Aruba.  This fall, Draiblate made his Canadian debut and performed on the Friday Music Series at Georgetown. Solo engagements include his debut with the American Symphony at Carnegie Hall, Israel Chamber Orchestra, and Turkey’s Bursa Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra on a tour throughout China. Draiblate recently toured with his duo partner, pianist Lura Johnson as Times Two and led a string quartet in a special program celebrating the 50th anniversary of German-Israeli diplomatic relations at Carnegie Hall, with an encore performance in Washington, DC for the Embassy Series. 

As a chamber musician, Draiblate has collaborated with such luminaries as Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, ltzhak Perlman, Jaime Laredo, Mauro Bertoli and Cho Liang Lin, performing in many of the world’s premiere venues. He is a member of the Washington, DC based PostClassical Ensemble whose mission is to perform works created after 1900.  Draiblate and pianist Lura Johnson continue to explore the lesser known works for violin/piano duo.

Perspectives, Draiblate’s debut solo recording was recognized by American Record Guide as “very exciting and engaging.” The recording features works by Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Elgar, Grieg and Kreisler. Future projects include a recording of Draiblate’s original arrangement of Introduction/Theme and Variations on The Star Spangled Banner for solo violin and an encore disc with Lura Johnson.

A sought-after teacher, Draiblate is the Director of Chamber Music at Georgetown University and serves on the faculty of the Dali Quartet Summer Festival, Annapolis Young Artists Program, and The Levine School serving greater metro-DC area. He has led master classes at Towson University, Goiania University (Brazil), Brasilia University (Brazil), Recife Conservatory (Brazil), the Holon Young Artists Festival (Israel) and has previously taught at the West Branch International Festival, the Endless Mountain Music Festival, for the World Youth Orchestra and the Campina-Grande International Music Festival in Brazil.  

Recognized as a violinist whose artistry “combines confidence and eloquence,” Draiblate is currently concertmaster of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the newly appointed concertmaster of the Lake Forest Symphony.  He has also served as concertmaster of the Lancaster Symphony, Tel-Aviv Soloists, the World Youth Orchestra, Israel Young Philharmonic, and held a leading position with the historic West Eastern Divan Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Daniel Barenboim.

In 2012 Draiblate created ND-Publishing to publish his original compositions as well as cadenzas for celebrated concertos. Last season saw the world premiere of his newly published Beethoven and Brahms Violin Concerti cadenzas.

In celebration of the Oslo Accords fourth anniversary, Draiblate performed in a special concert hosted by the King of Norway.  His awards include first prize at the Jerusalem Academy Solo Competition (1998), the Ben-Haim Competition (1995), finalist at the Young Artists Competition in Haifa (1999), and a major prize in the Peabody Conservatory's Yale Gordon Competition (2006).  He was the first violinist to be supported by the Ilona Feher Foundation and performed in the foundation’s Gala concert at Carnegie Hall.  Early in his career he was honored to play on the personal violin of Ms. Feher. Scholarships have been awarded to him from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Ronen Foundation, the Barenboim-Said Foundation, the Buchman Haiman Foundation and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University.  As child, Draiblate was asked to play for Isaac Stern during a master class in Jerusalem.  Following the class, Stern arranged to give a 7/8 violin to him with a note saying “he would like me to have it until I grew out of it.”

Draiblate studied with the renowned Pamela Frank, Vali Blutner, Hagai Shaham, Shmuel Ashkenasi and David Salness, and has participated in master classes with Isaac Stern, Dorothy Delay, Pinchas Zukerman, Zachar Bron and Miriam Fried.  

When not concertizing, Mr. Draiblate enjoys cooking, and watching and playing soccer. For more information, visit www.netaneldraiblate.com. 

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claire huangci

It is my intention to make music that stays in one’s memory not just because I had quick fingers but because it was so moving.” - Claire Huangci

Over the years, the young American pianist of Chinese descent has succeeded in establishing herself as a highly respected artist, leaving behind her role of the celebrated child prodigy who once gave a private concert for President Bill Clinton at the age of ten. Claire Huangci captivates audiences with her “radiant virtuosity, artistic sensitivity, keen interactive sense and subtle auditory dramaturgy” (Salzburger Nachrichten).

Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine with grants, concert performances and prizes – most recently she was the youngest participant to receive second prize at the International ARD Music Competition (2011). Only in her later teenage years did she finally feel more and more that this instrument was to be her vocation. She received significant input from her teachers Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia before studying under Arie Vardi at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover. She has assisted Professor Vardi since spring 2016.

Chopin’s music gave Claire Huangci her artistic breakthrough in 2009 when she won first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, as well as in 2010 at the Chopin Competition in Miami. She has since proved her great versatility with an unusually broad repertoire, which includes a large number of contemporary works. Claire Huangci has performed in solo recitals and as a partner with international orchestras such as the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (under Sir Roger Norrington), Münchner Kammerorchester, China Philharmonic Orchestra and Vancouver, Santa Fe, Moscow Radio and Istanbul State Symphonies at international concert venues that include Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, la Salle Cortot, Oji Hall Tokyo and the Symphony Hall in Osaka. She has also made guest appearances at festivals such as the Kissinger Sommer, Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, MDR Musiksommer and the Schwetzinger SWR Festival.

Her debut CD, which was released in 2013 featuring recordings of solo works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev on the Berlin Classics label, earned widespread praise. A second solo album was released on the same label in 2015 showcasing sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, for which the pianist selected 39 of the 555 sonatas and presented them in Baroque suites and classical sonatas. In so doing, she illustrates Scarlatti's transition through music history. The recording was awarded the German Record Critics' Award and “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone magazine: “This is Scarlatti artistry of the highest order. (…) It’s gratifying to have followed Huangci’s progression from a 16-year-old prodigy to a 25-year-old artist poised for greatness”.Over the years, the young American pianist of Chinese descent has succeeded in establishing herself as a highly respected artist, leaving behind her role of the celebrated child prodigy who once gave a private concert for President Bill Clinton at the age of ten. Claire Huangci captivates audiences with her “radiant virtuosity, artistic sensitivity, keen interactive sense and subtle auditory dramaturgy” (Salzburger Nachrichten).

Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine with grants, concert performances and prizes – most recently she was the youngest participant to receive second prize at the International ARD Music Competition (2011). Only in her later teenage years did she finally feel more and more that this instrument was to be her vocation. She received significant input from her teachers Eleanor Sokoloff and Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia before studying under Arie Vardi at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover. She has assisted Professor Vardi since spring 2016.

Chopin’s music gave Claire Huangci her artistic breakthrough in 2009 when she won first prize at the International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, as well as in 2010 at the Chopin Competition in Miami. She has since proved her great versatility with an unusually broad repertoire, which includes a large number of contemporary works. Claire Huangci has performed in solo recitals and as a partner with international orchestras such as the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (under Sir Roger Norrington), Münchner Kammerorchester, China Philharmonic Orchestra and Vancouver, Santa Fe, Moscow Radio and Istanbul State Symphonies at international concert venues that include Carnegie Hall, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, la Salle Cortot, Oji Hall Tokyo and the Symphony Hall in Osaka. She has also made guest appearances at festivals such as the Kissinger Sommer, Verbier Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, MDR Musiksommer and the Schwetzinger SWR Festival.

Her debut CD, which was released in 2013 featuring recordings of solo works by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev on the Berlin Classics label, earned widespread praise. A second solo album was released on the same label in 2015 showcasing sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, for which the pianist selected 39 of the 555 sonatas and presented them in Baroque suites and classical sonatas. In so doing, she illustrates Scarlatti's transition through music history. The recording was awarded the German Record Critics' Award and “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone magazine: “This is Scarlatti artistry of the highest order. (…) It’s gratifying to have followed Huangci’s progression from a 16-year-old prodigy to a 25-year-old artist poised for greatness”.

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Peter Kenote

Peter Kenote was born in Seattle, Washington. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in music performance from The Juilliard School. Since 1983 he has been a member of the New York Philharmonic viola section. In February 2008 he performed Berio’s Sequenza VI for solo viola at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater as part of the New York Philharmonic’s Day of Berio. In the 2009–10 season he played the premieres of a new viola concerto with the South Dakota Symphony written for him by composer Neal Harnly, and Moto Perpetuo, a new work for viola and percussion ensemble by Braxton Blake. He especially enjoys performing in concert with his his wife cellist, Sara Male and daughters — soprano Rebekah, and mezzo-soprano Ruth.

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Sara male

Canadian cellist Sara Male received an Associate of the Arts in Music degree from the Victoria  Conservatory of Music in Canada, where she was presented the Principal Emeritus Prize. Her major teachers include Jim Hunter, Bernard Greenhouse, Zara Nelsova and Timothy Eddy. Ms. Male holds a Bachelor of Music with high honors from Rutgers University, and a Master of Music from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. Sara has also participated in programs that allowed her to study with Anner Bylsma, Janos Starker and Channing Robbins.

Ms. Male is a former member of the Saskatoon Symphony and is well sought after as a chamber music recitalist, having performed in major venues in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia. In 1994, Ms. Male joined the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of Music as cello instructor. She founded and directed the Academy's  Chamber Music Program from 1994-2010.  Ms. Male is the founding cellist of the  Newstead Trio and continues to tour regularly with this well known ensemble. For the past 16 years, the Newstead Trio  has captivated audiences worldwide, from New York; London; Budapest; Lhasa, Tibet; Florence, Tuscany; Shanghai and Beijing. They gave their concerto debut performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in Shenzhen, China. The Trio made its New York debut to a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall in 2000, has performed at Lincoln Center, and has been broadcast live worldwide on radio and television. Arnold Steinhardt, a founder of the Guarneri String Quartet observes, “They play with fine ensemble, youthful energy, and thoughtful musicality.”

 Sara is a senior adjunct assistant professor of cello at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. She is also an adjunct professor of cello at Elizabethtown College. Ms. Male recently founded  Trio Caprice with colleagues Deborah Ronning and Stephanie McCoullough. Sara also collaborates in chamber music programs with her husband, violist Peter Kenote, a member of the New York Philharmonic.  Ms. Male performs with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and also with Maria Corley as Duo Chiaroscuro.

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Victor Rosenbaum

American pianist Victor Rosenbaum has concertized widely as soloist and chamber music performer in the United States, Europe, Asia, Israel, and Russia in such prestigious halls as Tully Hall in New York and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia.  He has collaborated with such artists as Leonard Rose, Paul Katz, Arnold Steinhardt, Robert Mann, Joseph Silverstein, James Buswell, Malcolm Lowe, and the Brentano, Borromeo, and Cleveland String Quartets.  Festival appearances have included Tanglewood, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Kfar Blum and Tel Hai (in Israel), Yellow Barn, Kneisel Hall (Blue Hill), Musicorda, Masters de Pontlevoy (France), the Heifetz Institute, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York, the International Music Seminar in Vienna, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the Festival at Walnut Hill School.  Concert appearances have brought him to Chicago, Minneapolis, Tokyo, Beijing, St. Petersburg (Russia), Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and New York, among others.  In addition to his absorption in the music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (in particular Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Brahms), Rosenbaum has performed and given premieres of works by many contemporary composers, including John Heiss, Peter Westergaard, Norman Dinerstein, Arlene Zallman, Donald Harris, Daniel Pinkham, Miriam Gideon, Stephen Albert, and many others.  A musician of diverse talents, Rosenbaum is a prize-winning composer and has frequently conducted in the Boston area and beyond.

Rosenbaum, who studied with Elizabeth Brock and Martin Marks in his home town of Indianapolis, and went on to study with Rosina Lhevinne at Aspen and Leonard Shure (while earning degrees at Brandeis University and Princeton) has become a renowned teacher himself. A long-time member of the faculty of New England Conservatory in Boston, whose Piano Department he chaired for more than a decade, he is also on the faculty of Mannes School of Music in New York.  He has been Visiting Professor of Piano at the Eastman School of Music, a guest teacher at Juilliard, and presents lectures, workshops, and master classes for teachers’ groups and schools both in the U. S. and abroad, including London’s Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, and Guildhall School, the conservatories of St. Petersburg and Moscow, Beijing Central Conservatory, the Toho School in Tokyo and other institutions such as the Menuhin School, and the Jerusalem Music Center.  He has also served on the jury of several international piano competitions.

His highly praised recording of Schubert is on Bridge Records and the release of the last three Beethoven sonatas on the same label was named by American Record Guide as one of the top ten classical recordings of 2005.  Three discs on the Fleur de Son label feature music of Schubert and Mozart.

Of his Tully Hall performance, the New York Times said, simply: “He could not have been better.”  And the Boston Globe described him as “one of those artists who make up for all the drudgery the habitual concert goer has to endure in the hopes of finding the occasional, real right thing.

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raffaele schiavo

Singer and eclectic musician, composer, theatrical performer and author, music therapist and free researcher, expert in early music (from medieval to baroque), vocal polyphony and Overtone Singing Technique. Starting to play piano since he was 6 years old, he studied composition with Robert W. Mann in Rome (1990-1992) and with Istvan Koloss in Budapest (1992-1995). After receiving a Master Degree in Opera Singing (laurea magistralis in Canto Lirico) at Corelli Conservatoire in Messina (Italy), he attained a Music Therapist diploma at Pro Civitate Christiana - Quadrennial Course of MT in Assisi (Perugia). Creator of the social-musical method VOXECHOLOGY, from performance to therapy – <Rebuilding our Relationships with Musical Intelligence>, he has chosen to devote to Palliative Care and End of Life field, after years of experience in penitentiary, oncology and disability. Since 2002 he has participating to many specific congresses in Italy and abroad, collecting a good number of publications. He is a member of the Hospice Kairòs Team at Rizza Hospital (National Health Service) in Siracusa (Italy) as music therapist, trainer and director of Art Research Education area. He has the same role at CIAO Onlus (Centro Interdisciplinare Ascolto Oncologico), helping terminal oncology patients and their families at home. As author, he writes for Musica Practica – Didattica Attiva publisher in Turin (Italy). He collaborates and performs with the international multiethnic Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio. Constructed and performed as animated lectures, his music-theatre shows are thick of satire and irreverent humor well-combined with medieval and baroque music.

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yang yang

Ms. Yang Yang is from Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China. She started her piano lesson when she was four, and continued her music education at Yunnan Arts University. Ms. Yang participated in the Russian Arts Program funded by China Scholarship Council and went to study with Evgeny Brakhman at the Nizhny Novgorod State Glinka Conservatory in Russia in 2011, and earned her master degree there in two years.

Ms. Yang won many national and international piano competitions include First Prize at the International Competition for Young Pianists (Yunnan), First Prize at the 2nd “KAWAI” Piano Competition (Yunnan), First Prize at the 3rd Shanghai International Piano Competition (Yunnan), First Prize at the 19th United States Open Music Competition (Yunnan), First Prize at the C5 Finals in China, and the Third Prize at the 14th International "Music Classica" Festival in Moscow (Russia).

Ms. Yang went to the Washington International Piano Festival in 2016 and won the Third Prize in the 3rd Catholic University of America International Piano Competition. She also performed several great concerts in the famous Kennedy Center in Washington DC and the Ward Recital Hall at the Catholic University of America. 

Ms. Yang Yang has been actively perform solo, chamber music, and accompanying choir concerts in many cities both in Russia and China. Currently, she is on the faculty at Yunnan Arts University and Wenhua College in Kunming, China.

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daming zhu

Daming Zhu was born in Shanghai, China, where he began his piano studies at the age of nine.  In 1966, Mr. Zhu's music learning were interrupted by China's Cultural Revolution.  Denied the right to continue his studies and sent to work on a state farm, he secretly exercised his fingers on a wooden board and hand copied many Western composers' piano works.  Not until 1979 was he permitted to resume his studies as a graduate student of Gong-yi Zhu at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.  While there, Mr. Zhu achieved the highest ratings in a series of piano auditions that were conducted nation-wide.

In 1981, Mr. Zhu came to the United States, and astonished international music scene by winning one of the major prizes in the Sixth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.  Harold Schonberg, in his special report of the Van Cliburn Competition on the New York Times proclaimed, "Daming Zhu stirs the Cliburn Contest”.  Since then, among many other prizes and awards, he has been the first prize winner in the Gina Bachauer Memorial International Scholarship Competition as well as the winner of the Juilliard Piano Concerto Competition.

Mr. Zhu has performed to critical acclaim throughout the Far East, Europe, and North America.  He has appeared as recitalist as well as soloist with many orchestras including The Juilliard Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie from Germany, National Symphony of R.O.C. in Taiwan, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing, Taipei Philharmonic Symphony, San Jose Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Broadcasting Orchestra, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, and China Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra.

On Washington Post, Joan Reinthaler entitled Mr. Zhu "a master of the affective idiom of 19th-century music. He is an artist with the technique of a true virtuoso who also has something to say". John Sweeney of Greenwich Time pointed out that "Zhu penetrated to the areas of perception where truth and vitality are fused as one".  Charles Ward of the Houston Chronicle stated that Mr. Zhu presented, "a profound and memorable interpretive achievement”.  Robert Scherman noted on the New York Times, "The exciting young Chinese virtuoso; a superb pianist”.  Wayne Lee Gay of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram acclaimed Mr. Zhu as "One of the most remarkable pianist on the scene today".

Mr. Zhu has made numerous television and radio appearances in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, Belgium, Germany and The United States, Including several performances on WQXR, the radio station of the New York Times.  He also joined pianist Murray Perahia, Violinist Nigel Kennedy, and others in an ongoing project by the USA Public Broadcasting Service to record recitals by leading musicians for national airing.  Since then Mr. Zhu's program has been heard several times across the North America.

Mr. Zhu received his Doctorate from the Juilliard School where he also received an unprecedented total of seven major awards.  His mentors include Rudolf Firkusny, William Masselos, Oxana Yablonskaya, and Joseph Bloch.  Mr. Zhu has been on the piano faculty of New York University, Teaching Fellow at the Juilliard School, Lecture-artist of the Lincoln Center Program.  Frequently invited to conduct master classes in universities and colleges around the world (among others, Royal Academy of Music in London, Juilliard School in New York, Central Conservatory in Beijing, Music Festivals in Spain, Czech, Canada and U.S., etc.), and serve as a jury member for international piano competitions.

Mr. Zhu is currently on the piano faculty of Soochow University. Among the students he taught, some are prize winners of renowned international piano competitions, including The Leeds Competition in UK, Gina Bachauer Competition in USA, Geneva Competition in Switzerland, ARD competition in Munich , Germany, and Paulo Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy, etc.  

Mr. Zhu has been invited to be a member of the advisory committee for Presidential Concert of the Republic of China. Member of the planning committee for Higher Education and Accreditation Council of Taiwan in the field of Arts. Member of the evaluation committee of National Endowment of Culture and Arts., member of the directory arts council of the minister of Culture in Music Talent Bank, andmember of the advisory board of the national Concert Hall and National Theater.

Daming Zhu's discography includes:

Yen Lu Complete Solo and Four Hands Pianos Works. (Four hands works played with his wife Ellen Huang) 2012. (Includes several world premier pieces.)

Yen Lu Piano Concerto No. 2 (National Symphony Orchestra, Taipei, We Pin Chien Conductor. 2010)

Brahms Piano Concerto in d (Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Henry Mazer, 1994); 

"Autumn" Guu Chyn and Piano Double Concerto (Taipei Chinese Orchestra, cond. Tsung Yeh, 1995);

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 "Emperor" in E flat (Video CD, Taipei Performer's Orchestra, cond. Marc Kissoczy 1996);

Dun-Nan Liu's "Mountain and Forest”Piano Concerto (Hong Kong Sinfonietta, cond. Tsung Yeh, Hugo Recordings, 1998);

His album released by the minister of culture in June 2010 is a world premier of Taiwan leading composer Yen Lu’s Piano concerto No. 2 with National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan , Conducted by Wen Pin Chien.

His complete Chopin Preludes (Artistic Producer, Alan Silver of Connoisseur Society) will be released soon . 

“The most exotic pianist around is Zhu Da Ming.   The piano buffs here are still talking about the technical display Mr. Zhu put on three days ago.” - Harold Schonberg, New York Times;

"A major talent." - Irving Kolodin, Saturday Review;

“The exciting young Chinese virtuoso; a superb pianist." - Robert Scherman, New York Times;

"A master of the affective idiom of the 19th-century music.  Clearly he is an artist with the technique of a true virtuoso who also has something to say." - Joan Reinthaler, Washington Post;

"Zhu can give a performance that is a profound and memorable interpretive achievement." - Charles Ward, Houston Chronicle;

"One of the most remarkable pianists on the scene today." - Wayne Lee Gay, Fort Worth Star-Telegram;

"Zhu penetrated to the areas of perception where truth and vitality are fused as one." - John Sweeney, Greenwich Time;

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