12-11 La Jolla Music Society SummerFest
Surrounded on three sides by beaches, La Jolla, California is incredibly picturesque. Waves crash against the shore, seals bask in the sun and residents enjoy some beautiful sunsets. As seaside town with a passion for the arts, La Jolla also boasts some of the best music in the country during the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest. The Los Angeles Times writes of the festival – “perhaps the first thing to be praised about SummerFest is the exceptionally high quality of performances.” With performances from over 70 ensembles and musicians, the festival brings first rate concerts to what is essentially a small seaside town. Learn more here: http://www.ljms.org/SummerFest2011.html
Nielsen: Serenata in Vano
Bottesini: Grand Duo Concertante
Sergio & Clarice Assad: Suite from De Volta As Raizes
Prokofiev: Sonata for 2 Violins: IV
Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Cellos: I, III
Zwilich: Quintet for violin, viola, cello, bass, & piano: II
Williams: Quartet La Jolla: II, III
Dvorak: String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 77: II, III, IV
Enescu: Octet: III
Listen to the whole show here:
Extra Content: Listen to the entire Zwilich piece
Movement II: 02 Die Launische Forelle (The Moody Trout)
Movement III: 03 Movement III
Cynthia Phelps is principal violist of New York Philharmonic, with which she has appeared as soloist in major international concert halls. Additional appearances as soloist include the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Bilbao and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. A much sough-after chamber musician, she performs regularly with the Boston Chamber Music Society, The Chamber Society of Lincoln Center and Bargemusic. Ms. Phelps is a recipient of the Pro Musicis International Award, and first prize winner at both the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the Washington International String Competition. Her most recent album, on Telarc, was nominated for a Grammy. Ms. Phelps has performed on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center, NPR, Radio France and RAI in Italy.
Since winning the Gold Medal at the Second Quadrennial International Violin Competition in Indianapolis in 1986, Kyoko Takezawa has performed with world-renowned orchestras including the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston, Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She has given recitals at major venues internationally and been a faculty member at the Aspen, Great Mountain and Lucerne Music Festivals. Ms. Takezawa performs on the “Camposelice” Stradivarius, on generous loan to her from the Nippon Music Foundation, and the “Wieniawski” Guarneri del Gesu, provided by the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
Margaret Batjer has served as Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1998. She made her solo debut with the Chicago Symphony at age 15, and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Louis, Seattle and Dallas Symphonies. She has appeared as a soloist throughout Europe and regularly performs at music festivals in the U.S. and abroad including La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, Marlboro Music Festival, and the Cremona and Naples Festivals. Ms. Batjer has recorded for EMI, Philips, Deutshe Grammophon and currently serves on the faculty of the University of Southern California‘s Thornton School of Music.
Xiaoxiao Qiang began musical studies at the age of four with her father, later attending the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She received her master’s degree from Rice University, where she studied with Cho-Liang Lin. She has earned top prizes at the Ruth Burr and Corpus Christi String Competitions and performed with the Houston and St. Louis Symphonies.
Bulgarian cellist Lachezar Kostov was the National Winner at the 2006 MTNA competition and gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009. His first commercial CD was released by NAXOS in 2011 and includes the complete music for cello and piano by Nikolai Roslavets. He holds degrees from Yale University, North Carolina School for the Arts and the National Music Academy in Bulgaria.
Heiichiro Ohyama has a long-established reputation as a remarkable conductor and one of most renowned violists in the United States. He is the music director and conductor of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and also the music advisor and principal conductor of the Osaka Symphoniker, Japan. A winner of the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition and Young Concert Artist Award, in 1979 he was named principal violist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Ohyama is the former artistic director of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest. For thirty years, he was a professor of music at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds degrees from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Indiana University.
Jian Wang made his professional debut in 1986 at Carnegie Hall. Since then, as both soloist and chamber musician, his many high profile performances around the world include playing for the President of China, touring Australia with the Malaysian Philharmonic, and performing with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras and Chicago Symphonies. In the upcoming season, he makes his debut with the London and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras and returns for engagements with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Swedish and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. Mr. Wang He studied at the Shanghai Conservatory and at the Yale School of Music, with the renowned cellist Aldo Parisot. His instrument is loaned to him by the family of the late Sau-Wing Lam.
Felix Fan’s versatility has made him one of the most sought after cellists of his generation. As a chamber musician, he has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, and Janos Starker in venues including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. In 1998, Fan founded Muzik3, a performance series and commissioning foundation dedicated to the advancement of modern music with an emphasis on integrating theater, dance, and video. Muzik3 led to the formation of cello/percussion/piano trio Real Quiet, which has premiered over 20 works. In 2005, Fan performed a series of radio plays written by acclaimed screenwriters Charlie Kaufman and the Coen Brothers, starring actors Steve Buscemi, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep.
Burt Hara has served as principal clarinet of the Minnesota Orchestra since 1987. In 1996, Wolfgang Sawallisch appointed Mr. Hara to be principal clarinet of the Philadelphia Orchestra, but after one year, he chose to return to Minneapolis. A former principal of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra in Birmingham, Mr. Hara has also performed as principal clarinet of the Saint Louis Symphony and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In addition, Mr. Hara has performed as soloist with the orchestras in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. A faculty member of the University of Minnesota and the Aspen Music Festival and School, Mr. Hara is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.
A native of Bulgaria, bassoonist Valentin Martchev joined the San Diego Symphony in 2001 as acting principal bassoonist, and was appointed principal bassoon in 2004. Prior to coming to San Diego, he was principal bassoon of the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the performance faculty at the University of Virginia from 1998 to 2001. His festival performances include Tanglewood, Mainly Mozart and Marlboro. He is on the faculty of SDSU and plays on a 1985 Heckel Biebrich.
From Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, Richard Todd has earned international acclaim as one of the finest horn soloists today. He has performed as principal horn with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and can be heard on over 1,000 motion picture soundtracks. He has concertized with such great performers as Sinatra, Streisand, and Madonna, and as a jazz artist with Clark Terry, Ray Brown and Woody Herman. Mr. Todd is an associate professor at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
DaXun Zhang is an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, and the first bassist to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Mr. Zhang has performed and toured extensively with the Silk Road Project, and was a member of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two. Mr. Zhang has soloed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Lukes. He has served on the faculty of Northwestern University and is currently Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Austin.
Gold medalist of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, Augustin Hadelich made his Carnegie Hall debut with orchestra in 2008, performing the Brahms Double Concerto with the Ft. Worth Symphony Orchestra under Miguel Harth-Bedoya. He “wowed the capacity audience” during his sensational debut with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert at the Bravo! Vail Festival playing the Mendelssohn concerto. Other upcoming highlights include re-engagements with both the Cleveland Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic , and performances with the symphonies of Indianapolis, Houston, New Orleans and Santa Barbara. Mr. Hadelich holds degrees from Instituto Mascagni and the Julliard School, where he studied with Joel Smirnoff. Mr. Hadelich plays on the 1683 “ex-Gingold” Stradivarius violin.
Sergio and Odair Assad
Grammy® Award-winning guitar virtuosos Sergio and Odair Assad are Brazilian-born brothers who learned to play guitar together at an early age. With their international career beginning in 1979 with a major prize at the Young Artists Competition in Bratislava, they continue to set the benchmark with their innovation, ingenuity, expression and almost telepathic unity. The Assad’s have not only inspired a wide range of composers to write music for them but have also played a major role in creating new music for two guitars, going on to record and tour with Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. Odair is now based in Brussels, teaching at Ecole Supérieure des Artes, and Sergio resides in San Francisco where he is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory.
Since his debut with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta at the age of 21, violinist Cho-Liang Lin has enjoyed an international solo career for three decades. Mr. Lin has appeared with virtually every major orchestra in the world. He is equally at home in recital and chamber music. His many recordings have won awards such as Grammy® nominations and Gramophone Record of the Year. He was named by Musical America as its Instrumentalist of the Year in 2000.
Mr. Lin’s recent concerts include solo appearances with the Stockholm Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony. Mr. Lin continues his advocacy for contemporary music by presenting the world première of the Violin Concerto of Tan Dun at CarnegieHall’s China Festival in 2009. Composers such as Christopher Rouse, Bright Sheng and Lalo Schifrin have written solo concerti for him.
Born in Taiwan in 1960, Cho-Liang Lin began violin lessons when he was five years old. At the age of 12, he went to Sydney to continue his musical studies. His early teachers included Sylvia Lee, Helen Miller and Robert Pikler. Inspired by an encounter with Itzhak Perlman while in Sydney, he arrived in New York in 1975 to audition for Mr. Perlman’s teacher, the late Dorothy DeLay. Within two years of his enrollment at the Juilliard School, Mr. Lin won the first Queen Sofia Violin Competition in Madrid and his concert career was soon launched. He has been a member of the Juilliard faculty since 1991 and is now the faculty of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music as well. He plays on the 1715 Stradivari “Titian.”
Deborah Hoffman has been principal harpist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1986. She is also solo harpist with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in New York City and a former member of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Ms. Hoffman pursues an active international career as both soloist and chamber musician. She has performed at the festivals of Aspen, Holland and St. Nazaire and has appeared as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the MET Orchestra in Carnegie Hall under the baton of James Levine. Ms. Hoffman is chairperson of the harp department at Manhattan School of Music and serves on the faculty of the Aspen School of Music.
Combining flawless technique with inimitable warmth and a generosity of spirit, Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time. Last season, Shaham launched his long-term exploration of “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” which comprises recordings and performances. Highlights of the 2010-11 seasons include a performance of Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto” with Emmanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma and the New York Philharmonic, and concerto performances with the National, Toronto and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. His recordings have earned multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. In 1990, Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 2008 he received the Avery Fisher Award. Mr. Shaham attended Julliard and Columbia University. He plays the 1699 “Countess Polignac” Stradivarius.
Dubbed a “Classical Rock Star” cellist Joshua Roman performances reflect the eclectic range of his musical influences and inspirations. Mr. Roman was Principal Cellist for the Seattle Symphony before embarking on a solo career that has brought concerto appearances with the San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Seattle Symphonies and New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival. Committed to making classical music accessible to a wider audience, he has been awarded for his ongoing creative initiatives and was the only guest artist invited to play an unaccompanied solo during the YouTube Symphony Orchestra’s debut concert at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Roman holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Old City String Quartet
The Old City String Quartet has won the praise of some of the greatest chamber musicians of our time. Formed at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, the ensemble draws from the musical lineage of the Vermeer and Guarneri String Quartets. The quartet was named Gold Medalist and Grand Prize Winner of the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and was awarded second prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.
Internationally recognized as a leading double bass soloist and chamber musician, Nico Abondolo made his debut at age 14 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in 1983 became the first bassist to win first place in the International Competition for Musical Performers in Geneva, Switzerland. A regular performer at La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest and the Muzik3 Contemporary Music Festival, Mr. Abondolo‘s recent performance highlights include Stravinsky‘s L‘Histoire du Soldat under Esa-Pekka Salonen and concerts with the Brentano String Quartet.
After nearly thirty-five years of success the world over, including many award-winning recordings and newly commissioned works, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio continues to dazzle audiences and critics alike with their performances. Since making their debut at the White House for President Carter’s Inauguration in January 1977, they have set the standard for performance of the piano trio literature. As one of the only chamber ensembles with all its original members, the Trio balances the careers of three internationally-acclaimed soloists while making annual appearances at many of the world’s major concert halls, commissioning spectacular new works, and maintaining an active recording agenda.
Sheryl Staples joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal Associate Concertmaster in 1998, and made her solo debut with the Orchestra in 1999. She has appeared as soloist with more than 40 orchestras, including the Cleveland Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic; participated in the Santa Fe, and Seattle chamber music festivals; and been a faculty artist at the Aspen, Bowdoin, and Sarasota music festivals. She is a former member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio, and currently performs with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles and the Lyric Chamber Music Society. She earned an artist diploma from the University of Southern California.
John Bruce Yeh
A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1977 and currently Acting Principal Clarinet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, John Bruce Yeh has performed as guest principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic. A prize winner at both the Munich International Music Competition and the Naumburg Clarinet Competition, Mr. Yeh continues to solo with orchestras around the globe. His more than a dozen solo and chamber music recordings have earned worldwide critical acclaim. Mr. Yeh is on the artist-faculties of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College for the Performing Arts and Midwest Young Artists.
A prizewinner of the Tchaikovsky, Naumburg and Rostropovich International Competitions and the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career grant, Hai-Ye Ni is one of the most accomplished cellists of our time. Currently principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, she has also held the associate principal cello position for the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Ni’s performances have been broadcast throughout the USA on National Public Radio. She has been featured on “20/20″ and a PBS documentary of the Tchaikovsky International Cello Competition. Ms. Ni studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Juilliard School, and with William Pleeth in London.
Violist and conductor Toby Hoffman’s international career includes performances at the most prestigious international music festivals and concerts halls including Salzburg, Ravinia, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw, and Wigmore and Carnegie Halls. He holds degrees from The Juilliard School, and was a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society as well as guest violist for the Fine Arts and Tokyo String Quartets. A former faculty member of Carnegie-Mellon University, Mr. Hoffman now teaches chamber music at the Universidade do Minho in Portugal and a conducting teacher at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.
A winner of the 1994 International Tchaikovsky and the Concert Artists Guild Competitions, violinist Jennifer Koh is praised for her consummate musicianship and the daring passion of her performances. She has performed with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Koh appears frequently at major music centers and festivals including Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, Marlboro, Wolf Trap, Spoleto and the Kennedy Center. Ms. Koh is a graduate of Oberlin College and an alumna of the Curtis Institute. She is grateful to her private sponsor for the generous loan of the 1727 “Ex-Grumiaux Ex-General DuPont” Stradivarius.
Harold Robinson is currently Principal Bass of the Philadelphia Orchestra and has given recitals and master classes throughout the U.S., Korea, Japan, and Europe. A prizewinner at the 1982 Isle of Man Solo Competition, he has performed concertos with the Philadelphia and Houston Symphony Orchestras as well as the New York Philharmonic. He previously held the principal position with the National Symphony and New Mexico Symphony Orchestras and Assistant Principal Bass with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. A native of Houston, Mr. Robinson studied at Northwestern University and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. He is currently on faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet, he has played in major cities throughout the world. Mayor Ed Koch presented the Quartet with the New York City Seal of Recognition, an honor awarded for the first time. He has appeared as violin and viola soloist with the Philadelphia, Los Angeles and other major orchestras. He has recorded over ninety five chamber music works. He has appeared on the Today Show and the first telecast of Chamber Music Live from Lincoln Center. He serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, Bard College and the University of Maryland.