CONCERT CYCLE 2
KIM KASHKASHIAND and NYCP DONGMIN KIM conductor KIM KASHKASHIAN viola November 12 (Sat), 2011, 8pm at College of Saint Vincent (Bronx, NY) November 13 (Sun), 2011, 3pm at Church of the Heavenly Rest (New York, NY)
EDVARD GREIG (1843-1907 )
YOOMI PAICK (1979-)
Holberg Suite Op.40 - Praeludium - Sarabande - Gavotte - Air - Rigaudon
Sudden Path for String Ensemble (world premier) Commissioned by New York Classical Players = INTERMISSION =
NICOLAS BACRI (1961-)
Folia for Viola and Strings Op.30b - Prologo - Dialogo (Scherzo) - Epilogo
Introduction and Allegro Op.47
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NOTES ON THE PROGRAM Holberg Suite, Op. 40 EDVARD GREIG (1843-1907) In 1884, Grieg was one of several Scandinavian composers who were commissioned to write a commemorative piece for the celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of “the Molière of the North”, the Norwegian writer Ludvig Baron Holberg (16841754). Grieg called his set of short piano pieces 'From Holberg’s Time'. Holberg was a contemporary of Bach and Handel, so Grieg chose to cast his tribute in the form of a Baroque period keyboard suite. The work was well received when the composer played it at the Bergen Holberg celebration in December 1884; so well, in fact, that a few months later he transcribed the music for string orchestra. Grieg cast the movements of his charming suite in the musical forms of the 18th century, but filled them with the spirit of his own time and style. A vivacious Praeludium, a miniature sonata-form movement, is followed by a series of dances: a touching Sarabande; a perky Gavotte, which is linked to a Musette built above a mockbagpipe drone; a solemn Air, modeled on the Air on the G String from Bach’s Third Orchestral Suite; and a lively closing Rigaudon. Eduard Hanslick, the powerful critic who disliked almost all the new music of his time except that of Brahms, aptly described the Grieg suite when he wrote that it was “a refined, well conceived work, less exotic than the compositions of the Norwegians often are. The antique style is cleverly reproduced, yet it is filled with modern spirit.” The suite remains one of the most frequently performed works for string orchestras. Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra
Sudden Path for String Ensemble YOOMI PAICK (1979-) Commissioned by New York Classical Players for 2011 season, Sudden Path depicts a wide range of emotion in a short time. The past several months have been, personally, quite a turbulent and indecisive time for my next life and career paths—and even my musical style—which I have jokingly expressed as ‘storm and stress’ (not the emotional storm and stress!). In fact, I may still be in that ‘searching’ period. Even if I had plans for my next paths and decided their direction, it rarely progressed the way as I wanted to
due to unexpected circumstances; but they somehow worked out. This piece begins with a very light and exciting mood, but soon it falls into hesitation and struggle. Whole ideas are based on stubbornly forward-moving passages that conflict and are frustrated by new motives or sections. Later on, through a reflective moment, it expresses increasing confidence as it steadily and joyously progresses to the conclusion. Born in Seoul, Korea, Yoomi Paick has composed in wide variety of music for chamber ensembles, orchestra, solo instrumentalists and choir, which performed in United States as well as in Korea. Paick has received her Bachelor of Music from School of Music, Korean National University of Arts in 2001. She studied Music composition and theory at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music where she earned Master and Doctoral degree, and studied with Claude Baker, David Dzubay, Don Freund, Per Mårtensson, P.Q. Phan and Sven-David Sandström. Since 2008, Paick is currently teaching at Tennessee Tech University. Yoomi Paick’s compositions have been awarded from several competitions in Libby Larson Award from International Alliance Women in Music, two Dean’s Prize competitions at Indiana University, and Tokyo international competition for chamber music composition. Paick’s music also has been recognized with VocalEssence workshop, ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, Asian Composers’ League, Tokyo international competition for chamber music composition, and Midwest composers’ symposium. Yoomi Paick
Lachrymae BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913-1976) In 1949, while Benjamin Britten was on tour in the United States, he met the outstanding viola virtuoso William Primrose, who agreed to come to the 1950 edition of Britten's own Aldeburgh Festival, which, after two successful editions in 1948 and 1949, was already established as one of England's major summer musical events. As the Festival approached, Britten composed this major set of variations on a theme by late
Renaissance English composer John Dowland for Primrose, "to reward him for coming to the Festival." Primrose played it in the 1950 Festival in a recital in which Britten himself accompanied at the keyboard. Dowland (1563-1626) was one of the great composers of lute songs. Although contemporary accounts show that socially he was engaging and positive in mood and outlook, his music is known for its sadness, particularly for sadness at rejection or inconstancy by a lovely lady. Perhaps joking at his own image, he punned on his name by writing "Semper Dowland, Semper Dolens" (Always Dowland, Always Sorrowful"). Britten's title for this composition reflects the general classical listening audience's image of Dowland by its title, which means "Tears." Among musicians, however, Dowland has been particularly admired for his subtle command of harmony. It is this aspect of the work with which Britten primarily concerns himself in constructing this set of ten variations. The work begins to quote the song "If my complaints could passion move" in a mood-setting slow introduction, with Dowland's melody in the low part of the accompaniment. However, Dowland's original theme breaks off at the end of its first part, as the harmonies of the song begin to generate Britten's variations. Fragments of the melody are also heard, though Britten's concern with the harmonies leads him recreate something like Dowland's sensitivity to harmonic progression and devices in twentieth century terms. In the last year of his life Britten, though seriously ill, kept a promise made to Cecil Aronowitz, the long-time violist of the English Chamber Orchestra and close friend, and wrote a version of Lachrymae with an outstanding arrangement for string orchestra accompaniment. In either version, Lachrymae is one of the outstanding viola compositions of Britten's century. Joseph Stevenson
Folia for Viola and Strings NICOLAS BACRI (1961-) This piece, dedicated to Laurent Petitgirard for his 40th birthday and to the Orchestre Symphonique Franรงais, originates from a little duo for violin and alto entitled Chaconne that has a theme of bare and austere character. When I noticed that this theme was similar to that of Folies d'Espagne, I decided to transcribe and to develop this duo for orchestra. I then got the instrumental space, making it necessary for me to bring the theme back to its source, which so far was unconscious to me. In this new form, the piece was structured as a Variations et Theme, in the same way as d'Indy's Istar and Britten's Lachrymae. It is my fascination for the latter work that made me undertake a second transformation of Folia for Viola and string orchestra. It is in this version that was created on September 23rd, 1992, Salle Pleyel, by Dominique de Williencourt and the Orchestre National d'Ile de
France, conducted by Bernard Calmel; the orchestral version was also given Salle Pleyel by its dedicatees on April 15th, 1993. This piece was also recorded by Laurent Verney and the Bucarest Orchestre Philharmonique George Enesco conducted by Yves Prin (Etcetera Records). Nicolas Bacri
Introduction and Allegro EDWARD ELGAR (1857-1934) Elgar's Serenade in E minor, Op. 20, composed in 1892, and the more substantial Introduction and Allegro, composed in 1905, must be given much of the credit for rekindling the productive interest in music for strings shown by so many English composers of the generations following his own, from Vaughan Williams (whose Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis was introduced in 1910) and Holst to Britten, Bliss, Warlock and Tippett. The Serenade is characterized mainly by charm--which is not to say it lacks substance; the Introduction and Allegro is an out-and-out masterwork, and, as is so often the case, one that took some time to establish itself. The audience at the premiere in 1905 did not respond well, having perhaps expected something more in the expansive lyric nature of the Enigma Variations or the imperial swagger of the Pomp and Circumstance marches (the third of which was introduced in the same concert as the present work). What was offered was what might be called a richly original tribute to Handel, a composer Elgar deeply revered. The instrumental format surely recalls the concerto grosso of Handel's time, but, as Donald Francis Tovey observed, "the kind of concerto form which it embodies is in line with Beethoven and Brahms, and definitely out of line with Handel and Bach. . . . Elgar's form is his own." Three themes are encountered in the Introduction: first, an abrasive upward leap followed by a flurry of descending triplets; then an ascending motif introduced by solo violin; and finally a haunting viola tune which, while not an actual folk song, represents Elgar's recollection of singing he had heard from afar on the Malvern Hills in Wales. These elements are worked over in a stunning succession of contrasting textures, with the "Welsh" tune asserting its prominence. The Allegro is aptly described in Elgar's own words as "a devil of a fugue." It bristles with energy, working up to an apotheosis of the "Welsh" tune from the Introduction to form a coda that concludes the work with a satisfying sense of unity. Richard Freed
MEET THE ARTISTS KIM KASHKASHIAN viola Kim Kashkashian, internationally recognized as a unique voice on the viola, was born of Armenian parents in Michigan. Major influences during her studies were Walter Trampler and Karen Tuttle at the Peabody in Baltimore, and at the Marlboro Music Festival where she worked intensively with Felix Galimir. Ms. Kashkashian first gained international recognition as recipient of the Pro Musicis award, and as a prize winner in the Tertis and ARD Munich International Competitions, which led to a creative assosiation with the Lockenhaus Festival led by Gidon Kremer. Kim Kashkashian has appeared as soloist with the major orchestras of Chicago, Cleveland, Berlin, Milan, London, Tokyo and Vienna working with conductors including Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, Ricardo Chailly,Dennis Russell Davies and Franz Welser-Möst. Her recital appearances include the great concert halls of Vienna, Rome, Paris, Berlin, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and London with her duo partners Robert Levin and Robyn Schulkowsky. Kim Kashkashian’s quest for new directions and forms of music making is an active element of her musical life. Her work with the composers György Kurtág, Giya Kancheli, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ken Ueno, Betty Olivero, Tigran Mansurian and Peter Eötvös has extensively enriched the repertoire for viola. Ms. Kashkashian has collaborated with the Tokyo, Guarneri and Orion quartets and toured with a unique quartet, which included Daniel Phillips, Gidon Kremer and Yo-Yo Ma. She is a frequent participant at the Ravinia, Marlboro, Salzburg and Verbier Festivals. After early recordings of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and Divertimento with DGG and Sony, a long term relationship with ECM Records has created an extensive discography which includes the award winning Brahms sonatas, the complete Hindemith sonatas, the concertos of Bartók, Eötvös, Kurtág, Berio, Kancheli, Olivero and Mansurian, and Asturiana, songs from Spain and Argentina. Kim Kashkashian resides in Boston with her daughter, and holds a position teaching viola and chamber music at the New England Conservatory of Music.
THE NEW YORK CLASSICAL PLAYERS
The New York Classical Players is a professional performing group of highlygifted young instrumentalists from different cultures committed to bringing classical repertoire concerts to the public. Envisioned by Dongmin Kim in 2009, the New York Classical Players 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 New York Classical Players are en route careers as critically acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral musicians in major American orchestras. Now in their second season in 2011-2012, the NYCP continues to present free concerts in different venues around the New York metropolitan area. Repertoire includes pieces spanning from Haydn and Beethoven to Pendercki and Isang Yun. This season’s guest artists include Stefan Jackiw(violin), Josef Spacek(violin), Kim Kashkashian(viola), Emily Smith(viola/violin), Jasmine Choi(Flute), Uriel Vanchestein(clarinet), Edward Auer(Piano), Daxun Zhang(double bass), and the Amphion String Quartet. 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, Uriel Vanchestein, and Yoomi Paick. Today's most exciting young performing arts organization, the New York Classical Players takes responsible for being an emerging cultural source in connecting people with a broader world of musical art and culture.
MISSION The New York Classical Players reaches out to diverse audiences in order to enrich the human spirit and enhance cultural vitality of life through performances at the highest artistic level by today's most exciting young instrumentalists making their artistic careers in New York metropolitan area and beyond.
CORE VALUE Uncompromising artistic excellence Engagement with community Innovative vision Collaboration and Teamwork Committed to fiscal responsibility
DONGMIN KIM music director / principal conductor
DAXUN ZHANG leader / double bass
Dongmin Kim is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation. In the summer of 2008, Dongmin Kim gave a critically acclaimed debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. He has also conducted The Magic Flute at the Seoul Arts Center with great success. His conducting experience also includes the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Baltimore, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Winnipeg Symphonies (Canada), the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM (Mexico), the Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany) and the Zandonia Ensemble (Italy), among others. He was awarded the Karajan Fellowship and served a residency with the Wien Philharmonic Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival. He has studied and worked together under the mentorship of Masur, Maazel, Rostropovich, Slatkin, Comissiona, and Meier among others. As the Schmidt Conducting Fellow at the Indianapolis Symphony, he worked with many world’s renowned conductors and artists. As a keen advocate of new music, he was the first to conduct the opera Lorenzo de’ Medici by P.Q. Phan in 2007. He also served as staff conductor of the IU New Music Ensemble where he collaborated with leading composers including George Crumb. As a fine violist, Dongmin was the principal viola at the PMF Orchestra, the Kumamoto Festival Orchestra in Japan, the Yonsei Symphony Orchestra in Seoul and the IU Symphony. He was the first violist ever to win First Prize in the Yonsei Symphony Concerto Competition where he appeared as solo violist. As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has given concerts in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore as well as the United States. He studied the viola with Paul Neubauer, James Dunham, Roland Vamos, YongYoon Kim and SeungYong Choi. His chamber music mentors include members of Beaux Arts Trio, Juilliard, Tokyo, Cleveland, Orion String Quartets, and Janos Starker. A native of Seoul, Dongmin Kim is currently completing his doctoral studies at the Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music in instrumental conducting under David Effron, Thomas Baldner and Imre Pallo, and in viola under Alan de Veritch. As associate instructor of instrumental conducting, he taught the graduate conducting courses, and served as the music director of the IU All Campus Orchestra. He received his Masters of Music and Performer Diploma from the Jacobs School of Music where he received the Eugene J. and Eleanor J. Knapik Scholarship. Prior to his study in the States, he graduated from Yonsei University, where he was awarded the Music Merit Scholarship.
In April 2007, Mr. Zhang won an Avery Fisher Career Grant, only the second double bassist in the history of this prestigious award. He is the first double bass player to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and start a career under the auspices of Young Concert Artists. He made his New York debut sponsored by the Claire Tow Prize and his Washington, DC debut as a copresentation with Washington Performing Arts Society. He also won the La Jolla Music Society Prize, the Orchestra New England Soloist Prize, and The Fergus Prize. In April 2006, Mr. Zhang performed his arrangement of Waxman's Carmen Fantasy in at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall with Keith Lockhart conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Mr. Zhang was the first double bassist ever to win first prize in the 2003 WAMSO Competition, leading to a performance with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra with Osmo Vanska, conducting. In 2001, Mr. Zhang was the youngest artist ever to win the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. He has also received the Grand Prize of the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition. Mr. Zhang has performed extensively with the Silk Road Project, including concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at Carnegie Hall, and in Japan and California. He recorded the soundtrack with the Silk Road Project and its Artistic Director, YoYo Ma, which aired in Japan on NHK TV. The CD was released as "Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon" on Sony Classical. As concerto soloist, Mr. Zhang has appeared with prominent orchestras such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Tokyo Symphony, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony, etc. He has given hundreds of recitals in US, Canada, Panama, Japan, Korea and China. As a chamber musician, Mr. Zhang has appeared in music festivals such as the La Jolla Summer Fest, Music@Menlo, Strings in Mountains and Vancouver Summer Combustion, he was also a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two. DaXun Zhang comes from a family of bassists in Harbin, China. He has been playing the instrument since the age of nine, and studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing beginning at the age of eleven. He continued his studies in the U.S. at the Interlochen Arts Academy and received his Artist Diploma at the Indiana University School of Music, where he worked with Lawrence Hurst. He has served on the faculty of Northwestern University and is Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Austin.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DONGMIN KIM Music Director/Principal Conductor
JANOS STARKER cello Recipient of a Grammy Award and Grand prix du disque Faculty at Jacobs School of Music Indiana University
BRIAN B. CHANG President, Cogent Global, Inc. JAIHYUN PARK Associate Professor, Baruch College JINA CHOI Violinist JULIE C. KIM Pianist MINGI CHOI Physiatrist, Somerset Orthopedic Associates, P.A.
JAIME LAREDO violin/conductor Music Director, Vermont Symphony Orchestra Faculty at Jacobs School of Music Indiana University CHEE-YUN violin Avery Fisher Career Grant Winner Faculty at Southern Methodist University ALEXANDER KERR violin Concertmaster, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Former Concertmaster, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra DAVID KIM violin Concertmaster, Philadelphia Orchestra Prize winner, Tchaikovsky Competition
TSUYOSHI TSUTSUMI cello Grand Prize, Casals cello competition President, Toho Gakuen School of Music, Japan
YEJI JUILE CHA general manager Carnegie Hall
SHARON ROBINSON cello Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio Faculty at Jacobs School of Music Indiana University
JUNE YJ RHEE director of development LG Chem YEJIN KIM art director La Prairie / Joliyou by Ye Jin, Inc. EUNSHIK PARK sound designer Pianist ANNA CHAE BMW
MICHELLE KIM violin Assistant Concertmaster, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Faculty at Mannes School of Music DANIEL HEIFETZ violin Founder/Director, the Heifetz Music Institute Prize winner, Tchaikovsky Competition
COMMUNITY OUTREACH ADVISORY DANIEL SONG Former Executive Vice President Korean American Association of Greater New York
MUSICIAN MUSIC DIRECTOR DONGMIN KIM LEADER DAXUN ZHANG VIOLIN ROBIN SCOTT, concertmaster DAVID SOUTHORN EMILY SMITH KATIE HYUN JINA CHOI MARIE-EVE POUPART SIWOO KIM VIOLA ANDY LIN BRENTON CALDWELL SUNGHEE CHOI CELLO BROOK SPELTZ HYERI JANG PETR SPACEK SE-DOO PARK DOUBLE BASS KRIS SAEBO
ROBIN SCOTT violin/concertmaster Robin Scott has competed internationally, winning 1 st prizes in the California International Young Artists Competition and the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, and 2 nd Prizes in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, the Irving M Klein International String Competition, and the Stulberg International String Competition. As a soloist he has appeared with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Orchestre National de Lille (France), the Springfield (OH) Symphony, and the Carmel Symphony, New York Classical Players and others. He has given numerous recitals and performances throughout the United States and France. Highlights of the 2012 season include a debut with the Minnesota Orchestra, and two tours with Musicians from Marlboro. Also an avid chamber musician, he has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, Jordan Hall, and has attended the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, the Yellow Barn Festival, the Maine Chamber Music Festival and others. This year marks his first of two years as concertmaster of the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. Scott was recently a student of Donald Weilerstein and Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston. He received his BM with Miriam Fried at NEC, where he was the recipient of the Presidential Award. In 2006, he completed an Artist Diploma at IU. Scott plays on a Vuillaume violin generously lent to him by the Marlboro Festival. DAVID SOUTHORN violin New York City based violinist David Southorn is pursuing a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, and Concertmaster. As a member of the Amphion String Quartet he will be performing this season at the MET and on the New Schoolâ€™s Schneider Concert Series in NYC. As soloist he has performed with the Fremont, Nova Vista and Portland Festival Symphonies. A passionate orchestra leader, Southorn will be Concertmaster in performances with the Delaware Symphony this November and will serve as guest Principal Second of the Miami Symphony this season. He has appeared at numerous festivals, including the Banff Centre, Spoleto USA, Kneisel Hall, Tanglewood, Music@Menlo and most recently at the OK Mozart Festival
and Chamber Music Northwest with the Amphion Quartet. David holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, Yale University and the San Francisco Conservatory. EMILY SMITH violin In 2009, Ms. Smith won first place in the Juilliard concerto competition and made her New York concerto debut in Alice Tully Hall, with the Juilliard Orchestra. As an active chamber musician, Ms. Smith has performed in venues around the world with such artists as AndrĂŠs Diaz, Claude Frank, Joseph Kalichstein, Orion Weiss and Eugenia Zukerman. Ms. Smith has performed at various festivals including the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Steans Institute, Banff Masterclasses, Kneisel Hall, and the NY String Orchestra Seminar. All of her performances from the Seattle Chamber Music Society have been broadcast live on Classical King FM. She has also appeared on PBS's national broadcast, Live from Lincoln Center, as well as twice on NPR's From the Top. Ms. Smith received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School. Ms. Smith has performed as Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of DePreist, Slatkin, and Tilson-Thomas. Her teachers have included Ronald Copes, Nick Eanet, Joel Smirnoff, Laurie Smukler, Masuko Ushioda, and Donald Weilerstein. KATIE HYUN violin Violinist Katie started violin at the age of five and made her recital debut in 1994. She has performed as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Dallas Chamber orchestra, Concerto Soloists Orchestra in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and "Up Close and Musical," a string orchestra composed of members of the Colorado Symphony. Winner of the Philadelphia Orchestra Albert M. Greenfield Student Competition, she has also won the Stony Brook Concerto Competition, Aspen Academy Orchestra Concerto Competition, and Houston Symphony League Competition among many others. Katie has appeared on the television program "Good Morning Texas," and "Prairie Home Companion", NPR, with bassist Nathan Farrington. In 2006, she was invited by
bassist Edgar Meyer to collaborate with him at the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Festival and she also participated in his Carnegie Hall Workshop. During the summers, she has attended Encore School for Strings, Kneisel Hall, Music Academy of the West, Aspen, Taos Festival of Music, Music@Menlo, Yellow Barn, and Masterclass at Apeldoorn. Katie Hyun received her Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music, studying with Ani Kavafian. She received her Master’s Degree at the Stony Brook, where she studied with Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Philip Setzer. She studied with Aaron Rosand and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music where she received her Bachelor’s degree.
Competition, the Orchestre symphonique de Trois- Rivières competition, the Repentigny Music Competition and the Joseph McAbbie Foundation. Marie-Ève Poupart is also the recipient of the 2008 Peter Mendell Prize by the Jeunesses Musicales of Canada Foundation. She has appeared as soloist with the Amati Ensemble, the Montreal Symphony, and the Metropolitan Orchestra of Greater Montreal among others. As concertmistress, she performed the opening concert of the Montreal Symphony’s 2007-2008 season conducted by Kent Nagano. Currently she is on the Artist diploma program studying Pamela Frank at the Peabody Institute.
SIWOO KIM violin Siwoo Kim is a multifaceted artist active in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. Kim took first prize at the Sejong Music and Columbus Symphony Young Musician competitions; was awarded the Elaine Louise Lagerstorm Violin Award at the WAMSO Young Artist Competition; and placed second at the Corpus Christi International Competition, where he was awarded special prizes for the Best Performance of Bach and Best Violin Performance. He also won the Crescendo Music Awards, the Hellam Young Artist Competition, and the Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition among others. Additionally, he has received scholarships from the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Korean-American Scholarship Foundation, the Rachel Barton-Pine Foundation and the NFAA Young ARTS Awards. His concerto engagements included with the Columbus and Westerville, Tulsa and Springfield symphony orchestras. He also has appeared on the popular NPR’s From The Top. As a full scholarship recipient, he is currently MARIE-ÈVE POUPART violin an undergraduate student at the Juilliard Marie-Ève Poupart is regarded as one of School where he studies under Donald Canada’s most promising young violinists. Weilerstein and Ronald Copes. Previous She began studying the violin at the age of teachers include Robert Mann and Roland & four and went on to work with Angèle Almita Vamos. Kim performs on a G. B. Dubeau, Anne Robert and Johanne Arel. She Guadagnini, on generous loan from The has also taken lessons from Maxim Vengerov, Juilliard Collection. Pinchas Zukerman, Igor Oistrakh, Maurcio Fuks, and Aaron Rosand. In 2007, she ANDY LIN viola received her diploma with honors from the Wei-Yang Andy Lin, recognized as one of the Conservatoire de musique in Montréal. Ms most promising young violists of today, born Poupart has also won numerous prizes and in Taiwan, is currently a Doctoral Candidate awards, including the Canadian Music at the Stony Brook University. He holds his JINA CHOI violin Jina Choi is internationally active as an orchestral musician, chamber player, and soloist. She has appeared as a soloist with the Budapest Chamber Orchestra, the Pucheon Philharmonic, the Hwaum Chamber Orchestra, and has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals across the United States. Recently Jina has appointed the Concertmaster at the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra(NJ), and also held concertmaster positions including in the New York Symphony Orchestra, Pucheon Philharmonic, the PMF Orchestra (Japan), the Mannes Orchestra, and the Greater Newburgh Symphony. Jina Choi completed her BM and MM at Seoul National University, and the Professional Study Diploma at the Mannes College of Music. Her past instructors include Michelle Kim, Namyoon Kim, Jong-Sook Lee, and Ik-Hwan Bae. She is currently pursuing her doctoral study with Arnold Steinhardt at Rutgers University under a full scholarship.
Bachelor and Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School. He has won numerous competitions including the Taiwan National Viola Competition, the Idyllwild Concerto Competition, Top Prize in the 2008 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition and subsequently made his Avery Fisher Hall solo debut with the Juilliard Orchestra. He also won the 2009 Stony Brook University Concerto Competition. Mr. Lin is currently a member of the award winning string quartet, the Amphion String Quartet and currently serves as principal violist of the Carnegie Ensemble and the New York Classical Players. He is also the artistic director of the New Asia Chamber Music Society. BRENTON CALDWELL viola Since beginning viola studies at the age of twelve, Brenton Caldwell has performed throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. Brenton has received numerous awards including top prizes in the 2009 National Young Artist in Texas and the Watson Forbes International Viola Competition in Scotland. As a soloist he has performed with the Curtis and Banff chamber ensembles, and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. A dedicated chamber musician, he has appeared at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Banff, Ravinia, Verbier, Tanglewood, and the PMF. Brenton regularly performs with Roberto Díaz, Gary Graffman, Ida Kavafian, Menahem Pressler, and Eugenia Zukerman. He served as teaching assistant to Karen Tuttle, and has studied chamber music with Pam Frank, Joseph Silverstein, members of the Beaux Arts Trio and the Cavani, Cleveland, Guarneri, and Orion string quartets. He has worked with Kim Kashkashian and Nobuko Imai, and Tabea Zimmermann. Brenton is alum of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute. He earned his BM at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Jeffrey Irvine and Lynne Ramsey and an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music with Roberto Díaz and Misha Amory. SUNGHEE CHOI viola A native of South Korea, Sunghee Choi made her solo debut with the Seoul Symphony. She also soloed with the Sunhwa Symphony. She
finished her BM from Seoul National University, and continued her graduate studies at NEC. Choi has won the Rutgers Symphony Concerto Competition, Kumho Young Artists Award, Korean-American Young Artists Competition, and Nanpa Awards. Choi won a coveted substitute position with the Philadelphia Orchestra and also participated The Grant Park Music Festival. She has participated in a number of music festivals such as Sarasota, Spoleto, Kuhmo(Finland), and Music Alps(France). She has participated for the master classes with Pinchas Zukerman, Josef Silverstein, Ani Kavafian, Pamela Frank, and Mauricio Fuks. She has studied with Arnold Steinhardt, CJ Chang, James Buswell, Lisa Kim, Ik-Hwan Bae, and Min Kim. She is currently a member of Beaubliss Quartet and pursuing her doctoral degree from Rutgers University where she is the recipient of the Arnold Steinhardt Scholarship.
Park's performances have been nationally broadcasted in Canada. Park has appeared as a soloist with Indiana University Orchestra, Academy Symphony, and Oakwood Symphony. Most recently she was the prizewinner for the Montreal Symphony Concerto Competition. Park has appeared at numerous music festivals including Ravinia, Sarasota, Aspen, Banff, Centre d'arts Orford, and Le Domaine Forget, all on scholarship. She has premiered numerous chamber music, and continues to perform actively in Canada, London, Berlin and USA. Ms. Park's mentors include Bryan Epperson, Miriam Fried, Charles Neidich, Menahem Pressler, Sharon Robinson, and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. She has been educated at Indiana University, Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada, Juilliard School. Park is currently pursuing her Artist diploma at Colburn School in California.
BROOK SPELTZ cello Brook Speltz, born in Los Angeles, graduated PETR SPACEK cello from the Curtis Institute of Music in 2009, Petr has extensive performance experience as following studies with Peter Wiley and Carter a chamber musician. He recorded a CD for Brey. As a soloist, Speltz has performed with NHK and toured Japan in the fall of 2007 with the Curtis Chamber Orchestra, the Music his brother, Josef Spacek, and pianist, Marek Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, and Sedivy. Petr is a founding member of the the Mozart Orchestra of Laguna Beach, Starling Quartet and the Prague Cello Quartet. among others. He has appeared as recitalist In 2006, he was accepted into the European at the Montecito Music Festival, Pacific Union Youth Orchestra, which toured Europe Serenades, the New Music New Haven series under the direction of Vladimir Ashkenazy. and the Idyllwild Arts Festival. Speltz has Petr has also won several competitions and received top prizes in the Houston scholarships. He received the grand prize at Symphonyâ€™s Ima Hogg Competition, ASTA the International Radio Competition National Competition and the LA Concertino Praga and was invited to perform Philharmonic Bronislaw Kaper Awards. He as a soloist with the Czech Radio Symphony. has performed at the Music Academy of the He also performed with Bohuslav MartinĹŻ West, ENCORE Music and the Oregon Bach Philharmonic at the Talentinum festival in festivals. As a member of the Vuilliaume Czech Republic. Petr also attended the String and Ares String quartets, Speltz has International Music Academy in Pilsen and participated in the BRAVO Vail Valley Music the Aspen Music Festival. He began playing Festival, Music From Angel Fire as part of a the cello at the age of six. He studied in the quartet in residence, and the Marlboro Prague Conservatory. Currently, he is a Festival. A regular performer with the student of Laurence Lesser at the NEC in Philadelphia Orchestra and San Diego Boston. Symphony, Brook is currently pursuing a diploma at the Juilliard School, studying with SE-DOO PARK cello Joel Krosnick. Grand prize winner of the National Music Competition of Korea, the Korean TV-Radio HYE-RI JANG cello Competition, Kiwanis Music Competition, Hye-ri Jang began studying the cello at the Academy Symphony Competition, and age of ten. She won the Sun-Hwa Arts School Indiana University Cello Competition, Se-Doo competition, Eumyoun Competition, Coca-
Cola Foundation Scholarship Competition, and Korea Times Competition. She made her solo debut with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. After earning her BM from Seoul National University, she continued her graduate studies at The Juilliard School with Fred Sherry. She had many solo recitals and chamber recitals in New York City, including the Alice Tully Hall. She has participated and performed in Aspen and Kronberg Cello Festival. Also, she participated in master classes with Arto Noras, David Geringas, Bernard Greenhouse, Daniel Shafran. Hye-ri moved to Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and has served as associate principal and principal of IU Festival Orchestra and appeared as a substitute cellist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, She performed in Morelia, Mexico where she was a semi-finalist in the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition. She is currently finishing her Doctoral studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as the assistant of Janos Starker. KRIS SAEBO double bass Bassist Kris Saebo is chamber musician, recording artist, and teaching artist. Kris enjoys playing in a variety of musical forms: classical, contemporary, folk, and funk. He is a member of Ensemble ACJW, SONYC, The Carnegie Ensemble, The Chris Norman Ensemble, and performs regularly with Wordless Music Orchestra, Argento Chamber Ensemble, and Grammy Award-Winner Paul Halley. In 2008, Kris finished a two year residency teaching and playing chamber music with The Academy- a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute. He teaches bass privately and in Manhattan at Bloomingdale School of Music. Mr. Saebo received his Master and Bachelor of Music Degrees from the Juilliard School in 2006 as a student of Orin O'Brien and in 2004 as a student of Homer Mensch.
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2011-2012 SEASON CONCERT CYCLE 3
NEW YORK CLASSICAL PLAYERS Dongmin Kim conductor Jasmine Choi flute Uriel Vanchestein clarinet The NYCP presents a French program including pieces by Ravel and Saint-Saens. Music Director Dongmin Kim conducts the program with Jasmine Choi, associate principal flutist at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Uriel Vanchestein, the prize winning clarinetist in the Geneva International Competition, who writes the Double Concerto for Flute and Clarinet commissioned by NYCP.
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