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Father-son duo to perform European chamber music classics in Pleasanton

Church hosts show as part of Trinity Concerts
Ariel Pawlik-Zwiebel (left) and his father Markus Pawlik (right) are set to perform Nov. 12 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Downtown Pleasanton as part of Trinity Concerts.

Markus Pawlik is a world-renowned classical musician who has performed around the globe and accumulated dozens of prestigious musical awards -- but most of all he is a proud father.

Pawlik and his 16-year-old violinist son, Ariel Pawlik-Zwiebel, are set to show off their talents in an upcoming performance at the Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Pleasanton. The show takes place this Sunday (Nov. 12) at 4 p.m., as part of Trinity Concerts.

The pair will show off the musical styling of Bach, Beethoven, Schumann and other prominent composers.

"(Pawlik) has performed as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Asia and North America in venues as varied as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Munich Hercules Saal, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Davies Hall in San Francisco and the Louvre in Paris," Trinity Concert representatives said. "In addition, he gives international master classes, has judged numerous competitions and has taught as a guest lecturer at UCLA. Most importantly, he is Ariel's father."

In 1982 Pawlik won the grand prize of Eurovision "Young Musician of the Year" and began growing his repertoire and experience ever since. He has maintained a high profile career as a performing classical musician for decades.

Pawlik has been a resident of the Bay Area since 2013 and operates a teaching studio in Pleasanton.

"(Pawlik) has produced the music documentary film 'Artur Schnabel: No Place of Exile' which was co-produced by the television station ARTE, premiered throughout Europe in 2018 and presented at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.," Trinity reps said.

His son, Pawlik-Zwiebel, is currently a junior at Campolindo High School who has already achieved several musical accolades, including prizes in the Pacific Musical Society Competition and the US Open Music Competition.

He regularly performs as a recitalist with his father across the Bay Area and in groups like the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society.

"As a chamber musician, he plays with the Young Chamber Musicians program in the Kohl Mansion and has participated in the Virtuoso Program of the San Domenico School and attended the Bowdoin International Music Festival," Trinity reps said of the 16-year-old musician.

"Ariel is the concertmaster of the YPSO Orchestra, has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and is the co-chair of the CCPAS student chapter," they added.

The classical European works performed by the dup will range from the Baroque to Modern periods.

Through Trinity Concerts, the church aims to offer high quality, accessible performances to local audiences. To find out more about Trinity Lutheran Church and their concert series, visit


About the Author: Nicole Gonzales

Nicole Gonzales is a staff reporter for Embarcadero Media’s East Bay Division, the Pleasanton Weekly. Nicole began writing for the publication in July 2022.
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