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CONCERT CYCLE 3
Chee-Yun with NYCP DONGMIN KIM conductor CHEE-YUN violin ALEXI KENNEY violin [Special Sponsor] Main Violin LLC.
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Little Suite for Strings Op. 1
P. D. SARASATE
1. Prelude: Andante con moto 2. Intermezzo: Allegro moderato 3. Finale: Andante con moto. Allegro con brio. Piu mosso
1. Lento, ma non troppo 2. Gaily, but not quick
Navarra for Two violins arranged for strings by Yoomi Paick intermission
Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso arranged for strings by Yoomi Paick
P. I. TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings 1. Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo; Allegro moderato 2. Valse: Moderato; Tempo di valse 3. Élégie: Larghetto elegiac 4. Finale (Tema russo): Andante; Allegro con spirito
Note on the Programs CARL NIELSEN (1865-1931) Little Suite for Strings in A Major, Op. 1 When this work was premiered in 1888, the program notes that accompanied Carl Nielsen’s Little Suite for Strings in A minor curiously identified the composer as “Mr. Carl Nielsen, whom nobody knows.” While this was to be generally true of the musical world outside of Scandinavia for a half century, the designation would soon lose its accuracy in Denmark. While this work shows the fledgling composer paying homage to central European standards of form, Nielsen’s own innovative musical language is already in evidence. In three movements (Prelude, Intermezzo, and Finale), the elegiac opening theme will actually fill a cyclic function, a device to which Nielsen would return to wholeheartedly a quarter century later in the Symphony No. 4. Against a solemnly treading ostinato, the music unfolds in the manner of the Adagio for Strings popularly thought to be by Albinoni. The second movement gives a premonitory hint of the composer’s love of triple time: it is an engaging waltz peppered with the occasional flat seventh grace notes that would later become so characteristic. The comparatively expansive third movement opens again solemnly with the elegy theme but soon breaks loose into an animated sonata form. The inventiveness of Nielsen’s mind can be seen in the development, where a fragment of the opening theme is worked over and then reappears as an ostinato with the main theme in the recapitulation. The fragment’s emergence in the bass line in the coda further enhances the movement’s integral unity and rounds the work off nicely, giving an intimation of the important symphonist to come. © All Music FREDERICK THEODORE ALBERT DELIUS (1862–1934) Two Aquarelles (Arranged for String Orchestra by Eric Fenby) The first of the two brief pieces, known in their string version as Two Aquarelles, is rhapsodic and dreamlike, while the second suggests a dance heard faintly in the distance. Each displays to the full Delius’ idiosyncratic brand of chromaticism, the supporting lines frequently falling by semitones in an expression of the langorous sensuality of a warm summer’s night. Born in Yorkshire in 1862, Delius had little formal musical education beyond an 18-month spell at the Leipzig Conservatory, and it took until nearly his fortieth year for his most characteristic compositions to emerge. Although Grieg, whom Delius had met at Leipzig, admired the younger man’s music, it made little impression on the public anywhere - and virtually none in his native England - until it was taken up by Sir. Thomas Beecham. In 1929 Beecham organised a Delius Festival which the composer, though exceptionally frail by now, was able to attend; he also made many recordings of Delius’ music, a number of which have lately been reissued on CD. Delius died in 1934, his final years later recalled by Fenby in his moving memoir Delius as I knew him. © Bourbaki Ensemble PABLO DE SARASATE (1844-1908) Navarra (‘Spanish Dance’) for Two Violins Rather than favoring one violin and letting the other off with easier material, this is a demanding showpiece for both soloists. A bracing piano (or orchestra) chord sets off a lyrical but impassioned passage for the two violins, which soon tear into a highly Spanish-flavored theme employing a jota rhythm. One violin may play trills while another provides a doublestop drone, but more often they play the melody together in close harmony. This is true
in the ensuing section, a slower, gently loping melody. Next comes a passage with a new theme, one violin playing the melody while the other joins the accompaniment with pizzicato material. The two violins take swirling, intertwining lines in the increasingly finger-twisting material that follows, then ascend well beyond the top of the staff for something resembling a Spanish minuet before returning to a repeat of the main jota section. The final page is a whirl of pizzicato notes and high-lying bowed pyrotechnics. © All Music Guide CAMILLE SAINT-SAENS (1835-1921) Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso The Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28 was composed in 1863 for Sarasate and published in 1870. It was among the earliest in a series of compositions that featured a single instrument with orchestra but were not fullfledged concertos. As its name implies, the piece consists of two principal sections. The introduction opens with a sentimental melody, but Saint-Saëns doesn’t waste much time before providing the soloist with an opportunity to dash off a few virtuosic teasers as a hint of what is coming. With the rondo section, we are treated to a full-blown show-off vehicle. Always the craftsman first, Saint-Saëns unfolds a comprehensive exposition of two delicious, memorable themes before the fireworks commence. Rondo form, with its periodic restatement of the main theme, provides a convenient reminder that this composer was a master melodist. During the interludes separating the rondo statements, the violinist dazzles us with technical wizardry, yet we never lose sight of the principal theme. At the same time, Saint-Saëns seems to constantly introduce new ones in profligacy of melodic richness that recalls Mozart. A brief cadenza-like passage near the end heralds a spectacular coda in major mode. © Laurie Shulman PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893) Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48 Serenade for Strings is one of several compositions in which the great exponent of 19thcentury Romanticism in Russian music shows an attraction to the poise and elegance of the Classical period. Tchaikovsky wrote this piece in 1880 not on commission or to fulfill a particular obligation, but as he told a correspondent, “from inner compulsion. It is a heartfelt piece and so, I dare to think, not lacking in real qualities.” Tchaikovsky had not misplaced his confidence. Its seemingly effortless flow of melody, coupled with an original and very beautiful handling of string sonorities, makes this one of the composer’s most successful works. The first of the serenade’s four movements is framed by passages presenting a broad theme, expressive yet dignified, in slow tempo. Between its recurrences comes a more animated Allegro moderato, the main body of the movement. The second portion of the work brings a waltz. Its phrases suggest the gliding and twirling of dancers across a polished floor, as Tchaikovsky weaves various melodic strands in wonderfully effective counterpoint. We then hear an elegiac slow movement that is all the more poignant for its avoidance of expressive hyperbole. The Finale, by contrast, seems at once spirited and relaxed. It presents a succession of attractive themes, the principal one conveying a distinctly Russian character. At its conclusion, Tchaikovsky recalls the broad opening subject from the first movement, which accelerates into a brief but lively coda to close the work. © Paul Schiavo
Meet the Artists Chee-Yun violin Winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chee-Yun performs regularly with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Toronto, Houston, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and National symphony, and has performed with such distinguished conductors as Hans Graf, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Krzysztof Penderecki, Neeme Järvi, Pinchas Zukerman, Manfred Honeck and Giancarlo Guerrero. Internationally, Chee-Yun has toured with the Haifa Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Germany’s Braunschweig Orchestra and the MDR Radio Leipzig and performed with the St. Petersburg Camerata, the Bamberg Philharmonic, the London Festival Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic, and the KBS Symphony. Her orchestral highlights include a concert with the Seoul Philharmonic conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, a benefit for UNESCO with the Orchestra of St. Lukes at Avery Fisher Hall, and her tours of the United States with the San Francisco Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas conducting), and Japan with the NHK Symphony.
Chee-Yun has not only extraordinary talent, but the poise and natural selfconfidence of a seasoned veteran and born performer. Her technique is brilliant and utterly secure, her tone like butter, smooth, rich and flawless. STRINGS MAGAZINE
As a recitalist, Chee-Yun has performed in major US cities. Career highlights include appearances at the Kennedy Center’s “Salute to Slava” gala honoring Mstislav Rostropovich, the Mostly Mozart Festival’s tour to Japan, a performance with Michael Tilson Thomas in the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, and the US premiere of the Penderecki Sonata No. 2. Other recent highlights include recitals in St. Paul, Buffalo, Washington, DC, Omaha and Scottsdale, duo recitals with cellist Alisa Weilerstein and a performance at the American Ballet Theatre’s fall gala. Firmly committed to chamber music, Chee-Yun has toured with “Music from Marlboro” and appears frequently with Spoleto USA, a project she has been associated with since its inception. Additional chamber music appearances include the Ravinia, Aspen, Bravo! Vail Valley, La Jolla, Caramoor, Green Music, Santa Fe and Bridgewater festivals in the US, the Clandeboye Festival with Camerata Ireland in Northern Ireland, the Colmar Festival in France, the Beethoven and Penderecki festivals in Poland and the Kirishima Festival in Japan. Chee-Yun has received exceptional acclaim as a recording artist since the release of her debut album of virtuoso encore pieces in 1993. Her recent recording of the Penderecki Violin Concerto No. 2 on Naxos was acclaimed as “an engrossing, masterly performance” (The Strad Magazine) and “a performance of staggering virtuosity and musicality” (American Record Guide). Her releases on the Denon label include Mendelssohn’s E Minor Violin Concerto, Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 5, Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, and Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3, with the London, a disc of three French violin sonatas (Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Fauré), and the violin sonatas of Szymanowski and Franck. Her most recent Denon disc features the violin sonatas of Brahms and Strauss. Two compilation discs, Vocalise d’amour, and The Very Best of Chee-Yun, feature highlights of Chee-Yun’s earlier recordings. In 2007, Chee-Yun recorded the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Camerata Ireland, pianist Barry Douglas and cellist Andrés Diaz, for Satirino Records. Chee-Yun’s first public performance at age 8 took place in her native Seoul after she won the Grand Prize of the Korean Times Competition. At 13, she came to the United States and was invited to perform the Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5 in a Young People’s Concert with the New York Philharmonic. Two years later, she appeared as soloist with the New York String Orchestra under Alexander Schneider at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In 1989, she won the Young Concert Artist’s international competition, and a year later became the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. In Korea, Chee-Yun studied with Nam Yun Kim. In the United States, she has worked with Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang, Daniel Phillips and Felix Galimir (chamber music) at The Juilliard School. In addition to her active performance and recording schedule, Chee-Yun is a dedicated and enthusiastic educator. She gives master classes around the world and has held several teaching posts at notable music schools and universities. Her past faculty positions have included serving as the resident Starling Soloist and Adjunct Professor of Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Visiting Professor of Music (Violin) at Indiana University School of Music. In August 2007, she was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Violin at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and also has been serving as one of Artistic Advisories of the New York Classical Players since 2010. Chee-Yun plays the Stradivarius “Ex-Strauss” (Cremona, 1708), which is on loan through the generous efforts of the Samsung Foundation of Culture of Korea and the Stradivari Society of Chicago, Illinois.
Alexi Kenney violin
Winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, Alexi has also been a top prizewinner at the 2012 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition, the Mondavi Center Competition, and recipient of the Manfred Grommek prize at the 2013 Kronberg Academy masterclasses. He has appeared as soloist with the China Philharmonic Orchestra, in recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Napa’s Festival del Sole, and the Mondavi Center, and on NPR’s “From the Top.” He will make his New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in the 2014-15 season as a winner of CAG. An equally dedicated chamber musician, Alexi has collaborated with artists including Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Gary Graffman, Wu Han, Frans Helmerson, Arnold Steinhardt, Roger Tapping, and Peter Wiley. He has performed as part of Caramoor’s “Rising Stars,” Yellow Barn, and the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, where he was a recipient of the Gene Witz Memorial Fellowship. For six years (beginning at age nine) he was a Young Performer at Music@Menlo’s Chamber Music Institute, returning in 2011 for their Winter Residency and again in summer 2013 as an International Program artist. This past season Alexi performed with his quartet at Carnegie Hall as part of an intensive week-long residency there studying with the Takács Quartet, as well as at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and at Jordan Hall. He will tour Boston, New York, and Chicago with musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute and Miriam Fried in spring 2014. Born in Palo Alto, California, Alexi served as concertmaster of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, which toured Germany and the Czech Republic in 2008. He currently attends the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studies with Donald Weilerstein on the Richard Elias Scholarship, having previously studied with Wei He, Jenny Rudin, and Natasha Fong. Alexi plays a violin made by Eugenio Degani in 1897, on generous loan to him from the Ravinia Festival. Alexi joined the New York Classical Player in 2012.
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The New York Classical Players is a professional chamber orchestra of highly-gifted young instrumentalists from different cultures committed to bringing FREE classical repertoire concerts to the public. Envisioned by Dongmin Kim in 2009, the NYCP brings together seven nationalities combining personal and cultural strengths and a high level of chamber musicianship based upon democratic principles in the process of creating music. Trained at distinguished music institutions, members of the NYCP are en route to careers as critically acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral musicians in major American orchestras. Music Director Dongmin Kim has conducted orchestras in Germany, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Korea, and the States such as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Studying with Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin
and Christoph Eschenbach, he was awarded the distinguished Karajan Fellowship and served a residency with the Wien Philharmonic at the Salzburg Music Festival, and was a cover conductor as the Schmidt Conducting Fellow at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Now in their fourth season in 2013-2014, the NYCP continues to present 12 FREE CONCERTS in different venues around the New York metropolitan area. Repertoire includes pieces spanning from Bach to composers of our time. This season’s guest artists include one of the most loved performing artists soprano Sumi Jo, world renowned violinis Chee-Yun and Stefan Jackiw, and some of NYCP’s musicians. In addition, the NYCP is highly committed to creating new repertoire to convey a different dimension of interest to the public by presenting pieces by young outstanding composers of today, including, Vivian Fung and Alexandra du Bois. As one of today’s most exciting young performing arts organizations, the NYCP takes on the responsibility of being an emerging cultural source by connecting people with a broader world of musical art and culture.
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New York Classical Players An amazing ensemble out of some of the best and brightest young musicians on the music scene today! ALEXANDER KERR / concertmaster at the Dallas Symphony
Robin Scott Elizabeth Fayette Siwoo Kim David Southorn Alexi Kenney Ken Hamao Grace Park VIOLA
Andy Lin Danny Kim Megan Griffin CELLO
Jiyoung Lee Michael Katz Madeline Fayette BASS
ALEXI KENNEY violin Winner of top prizes at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, the Manfred Grommek Prize at the 2013 Kronberg Academy and the Mondavi Center Young Artist Competition. Collaborated with Atar Arad, Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Wu Han, among others. Festivals include Music@Menlo, Ravinia, and Yellow Barn. Currently attending the New England Conservatory of Music under Donald Weilerstein on the Richard Elias Scholarship with a violin made by Eugenio Degani on generous loan from the Ravinia Festival. ALICE YOO cello Collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Miriam Fried, and Kim Kashkashian. Festival appearances include the Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Perlman Program, Banff, and Yellow Barn. Top prize winner of the Cleveland Cello Society Competition, Klein String Competition, among others. Masterclasses with Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, and Gary Hoffman. Studied at the NEC, the Royal Northern College, and the USC. Currently on the faculty of The Bard College Preparatory Division. ANDY LIN viola Born in Taiwan. BM/MM from the Juillard School and DMA Candidate at the Stony Brook University. Winner of numerous competitions including the Juilliard viola competition, Stony Brook University concerto competition and Taiwan National viola competition, among others. A member of the Amphion String Quartet, the Concert Artists Guild winner, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for a three-year residency. Performed chamber music with world renowned artists. Currently the artistic director of the New Asia Chamber Music Society.Â DANNY KIM viola Studied at University of Wisconsin-Madison and The Juilliard School. Participated in Marlboro Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, and Aspen Music Festival where served as the principal violist. Performed with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, members of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Pro Arte Quartet, and collaborated with Joseph Silverstein, Peter Wiley, Marcy Rosen, Charles Neidich and others. Took part in a residency with El Sistema in Caracas, Venezuela coaching chamber groups
and performing with his string quartet, Quartet Senza Misura. DAVID SOUTHORN violin A member of the award winning Amphion String Quartet, the winners of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild auditions in New York and have been selected for a three-year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two beginning in 2013. Solo performance includes with the Fremont, Nova Vista and Portland Festival Symphonies, to name a few. Served as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, the New Haven Symphony, the Miami Symphony, and currently the concertmaster of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Studied at the Manahattan School of Music, Yale University and the San Francisco Conservatory. ELIZABETH LAYETTE violin Studies with Shirley Givens at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College, she entered the Curtis Institute and studied the violin and chamber music with Pamela Frank, Arnold Steinhardt and Shmuel Ashkenasi, Steven Tenenbom, Peter Wiley and Ida Kavafian. After graduating from Curtis as a recipient of the school’s Milka Violin Artist Prize, she completed her MM under Sylvia Rosenberg at the Juilliard School, where she currently enrolls Artist Diploma program. Ms. Fayette has appeared at the Music from Angel Fire, Kneisel Hall, Aspen, and Ravinia, and performed throughout the United States and Europe. Most recently, she appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony. In summer 2014, she will attend the Marlboro Music Festival. ELLY SUH violin The 2nd Prize winner of the 2012 Naumburg Inter-
national Violin Competition, and 3rd Prize winner of the 2013 Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition. Received awards from the Society for Strings and the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. Appeared on Live from Lincoln Center and From the Top. Performed at the Atlantic Festival, the Banff, the Perlman Music Program, the Taos, and the Meadowmount. Performed with the American String Quartet and members of the Cleveland and Takacs String Quartets. Served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra. Born in Seoul. Began violin lessons at 5 and entered the Juilliard Pre-college at 10. BM/MM from the Juilliard School and the Professional Studies Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music. EMILY DAGGETT SMITH violin The winner of the Juilliard concerto competition and made her debut in Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra. Served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra with DePreist, Slatkin, and Tilson-Thomas. Performed with world renowned artists at various festivals including the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Steans Institute, Banff, and the NY String Orchestra Seminar. Appeared on Live from Lincoln Center, and From the Top. Solo appearance as violist with the New York Classical Players. BM/MM from the Juilliard School under the guidence of Ronald Copes, Nick Eanet, Joel Smirnoff, Laurie Smukler, Masuko Ushioda, and Donald Weilerstein. JIYOUNG LEE cello Cellist Jiyoung Lee, “plays with passion and sensitivity. Her interpretation is impeccable for its depth of feeling and intelligence.” (The Times Herald-Record) She has performed as a soloist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Seoul Symphony, the Juil-
liard Orchestra, and the Seoul National University Orchestra. She was awarded at the Juilliard, Hudson Valley Concerto Competition, the Hellam Young Artist Competition, and the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation. She participated in Master-classes with David Geringas, Franz Helmerson, Arto Noras, Bernard Greenhouse, and Gary Hoffmann. A graduate of Curtis, she has her Masters degree at The Juilliard School with Timothy Eddy and is in the Artist Diploma Program with Joel Krosnick. KATIE HYUN violin Hyun has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. Winner of the Albert M. Greenfield Competition(Philadelphia Orchestra), the Aspen Academy Orchestra Concerto Competition, and Houston Symphony League Competition among others. Studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Yale School of Music, and the Stony Brook Universtiy, under Ani Kavafian, Pamela Frank, Philip Setzer, and Aaron Rosand. Currently a member of the Amphion String Quartet. KEN HAMAO violin/viola Hamao has appeared as a soloist with the American Youth Symphony and YMF Debut Orchestra, among others. He has been a prizewinner at several competitions, including the Concours International de Violon Sion Valais, the Bronislaw Kaper Awards, and Kingsville International Competition. Served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, and American Youth Symphony and Principal Violist of the Crossroads Chamber and Colburn Chamber Orchestras. Studied Economics and Psychology from the Columbia Universtiy and is currently pursuing a DMA at the Juilliard School with Masao Kawasaki. Previous teachers include Robert Lipsett and Zakhar Bron. KRIS SAEBO double bass Bassist well-versed in a variety of musical forms including classical, contemporary, folk, and funk. Member of The Declassified, Ensemble ACJW, SONYC, The Carnegie Ensemble, and performs regularly with Wordless Music Orchestra, Argento Chamber Ensemble, and Grammy Award-Winner Paul Halley. Currently teaches privately and at Bloomingdale School of Music. Studied at the Julliard School (BM/MM) as a student of Orin O’Brien and Homer Mensch. MEGAN GRIFFIN viola A recipient of the Peter Mennin Award for Outsanding Achievement and Leadership in Music. Performed at Marlboro, Musique a Chambre de Giverny, Spoleto Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival and Perlman Program. Principal violist with The Juilliard Orchestra and the New World Symphony. Two time winner of the Young Musicians Foundation “Top Performer” prize. Received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School studying with Misha Amory, Heidi Castleman and Hsin-yun Huang. Currently a fellow with Ensemble ACJW.
MICHAEL KATZ cello Winner of the 2011 Aviv Competition, the Juilliard Concerto Competition, the Turjeman Competition, and most recently the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Coleman and the J.C. Arriaga competitions. Performed at Ravinia, Yellow Barn, Sarasota, and Kfar Bloom, and has presented recitals in the U.S, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, Czech and Israel. Collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Don Weilerstein, Peter Frankl, among others. Born in TelAviv Israel. BM from New England Conservatory with Laurence Lesser and MM from the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick. Currently pursuing a DMA at the Stony Brook as a student of Colin Carr. ROBIN SCOTT concertmaster/violin Winner of the California International and the WAMSO Young Artist Competitions, and 2nd Prizes in the Yehudi Menuhin, and the Irving M Klein. Solo with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Orchestre National de Lille, among others. Numerous recitals and chamber musics throughout the world, in Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Jordan Hall, among others. Music Festivals incldue the Marlboro, Ravinia, Yellow Barn and others. Artist Diploma at Indiana Universtiy and BM at the New England Conservatory with Donald Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, Garth Knox, and Miriam Fried. Currently serves as concertmaster of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra with a Vuillaume violin generously lent to him by the Marlboro Festival. SIWOO KIM violin Made his New York concerto debut at Carnegie Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra. He has won the Corpus Christi, Hellam, Ima Hogg competitions among others. Most recently he has given the world premiere performance of Samuel Adler’s violin concerto. As founding member of the Quartet Senza Misura, he performed at Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center and had a residency with El Sistema in Venezuela. He was also invited to the Bergen Festival, Tivoli Festival and Ensemble DITTO’s tour in South Korea, and studies at the Juilliard School under Don Weilerstein and his former teachers include Robert Mann and Almita Vamos. He performs on the 1728 “Artot” Stradivarius violin on generous loan from the Juilliard Collection. XIAO WANG violin Top prize winner of the 2012 Szigeti International Violin Competition, and the Cynthia woods Mitchell Young Artists Competition. Solo performances with the Kodaly Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Spring Festival, the Leipzig Academy Orchestra, the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, among others. Collaborated with the members of the America and the Mendelssohn Quartets, and the NY Philharmonic. Studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Curtis Institute of Music, and currently at the Manhattan School of Music, under Wei-Dong Tong, Joseph Silverstein, and masterclasses with Claude Frank, Midori, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt and Pamela Frank.
Music Director Dongmin Kim music director/conductor
Kim’s conducting of Copland’s “El Salon Mexico” focused on details and punctuation, and allowed solo voices the space to speak idiomatically. WASHINGTON POST
Dongmin Kim is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation. He gave a critically acclaimed debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. He was also at the podium with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM, the Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic and the Ensemble Zandonai, among others. Dongmin has conducted The Magic Flute at the Seoul Arts Center with “9-sold-out” performances. He was the first to conduct a new opera Lorenzo de Medici by P.Q.Phan in 2007. He led Die Flut by Boris Blacher, and Bastien und Bastienne by Mozart. As assistant conductor at the IU Opera Theater, he covered La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, The Tale of Hoffman, and West Side Story among others. Dongmin was awarded the Karajan Conducting Fellowship and served a residency with the Wien Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival. He has also studied and worked together with Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Sergiu Comissiona. As one of conducting staffs at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as the Schmidt Fellow, he worked with such artists as Raynold Leppard, Andrew Litton, Christoph Poppen, Garrick Ohlsson, Andre Watts, Lynn Harrell and Lang Lang. As a fine violist, Dongmin Kim has held the principal viola positions at the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra under the music directorship of Michael Tilson-Thomas, the Yonsei Symphony Orchestra and the IU Symphony Orchestra. He was the first violist ever to win First Prize in the Yonsei Symphony Competition where he appeared as solo violist with great success. As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has given numerous concerts in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore as well as the United States. A native of Seoul, he studied orchestral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University under David Effron, Thomas Baldner and Imre Pallo. As associate instructor, he taught the graduate conducting courses, and the IU All Campus Orchestra. Prior to his study in the States, he graduated from Yonsei University, where he was awarded the Music Merit Scholarship.
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Sumi Jo sings for Hope DONGMIN KIM Conductor SUMI JO Soprano
Sumi Jo, recognized and acclaimed as one of the best-loved sopranos of our time, will “Sing for Hope” with the NYCP, in hopes of conveying the message that music knows no barriers and has the potential to rise above destruction and towards peace and harmony for all cultures. Music director Dongmin Kim also introduces Dag Wiren’s Serenade for Strings and Gustav Holst’s Brook Green Suite.
Friday, Mar 28, 2014, at 8pm (New York City)
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 8pm (Washington DC)
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NYCP Season 2014-2015 Concert Cycle 3