11-06 La Jolla Music Society SummerFest

Photo by by Eiko Thielemann

La Jolla, California is, literally, one of the most stunning seaside villages on earth, and with SummerFest it’s a perfect combination of sun, sea, sand, music, fish sandwiches, and a whole beach full of seals that are fascinating, even though they just lie there most of the time. Violinist Cho-Liang Lin is the Music Director, and he brings in fellow superstars of the chamber music world, including such luminaries as Emanuel Ax, Lynn Harrell, Carter Brey, and Chee-Yun.

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Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, op. 47
Schubert: Impromptu No. 3 in B-Flat Major, D. 935 (Emanuel Ax)
Mozart: Church Sonata No. 17 in C Major, K. 336
Granados: Piano Quintet in G Minor op. 49
Popper: Requiem for Three Cellos and String Quartet, op. 66
Chopin: Grand Duo Concertante on Themes from Meyerbeer’s Robert le diable
Ravel: Introduction et Allegro
Hahn: Piano Quintet in F-sharp Minor


Composer Christopher Rouse talks with the Calder Quartet about his String Quartet No. 3

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Cho-Liang Lin, Artistic Director, Violin -
Violinist Cho-Liang Lin, in a concert career spanning the globe for thirty years, is lauded the world over for the eloquence of his playing and for the superb musicianship that marks his performances. He is equally at home in concertos, recitals, chamber music and a teaching studio. Musical America named Mr. Lin its Instrumentalist of the Year in 2000. More

Isaac Allen, Violin -Isaac Allen is a prize-winner in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Las Cruces Symphony Guild’s Young Artist Competition. As a member of the Euruke Chamber Players, Isaac has performed regularly on the stages of Alice Tully and Merkin concert halls at Lincoln Center, New York and in Washington D.C. More

Emanuel Ax, Piano –
Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax moved to Winnipeg, Canada, with his family when he was a young boy. His studies at the Juilliard School were supported by the sponsorship of the Epstein Scholarship Program of the Boys Clubs of America, and he subsequently won the Young Concert Artists Award. Additionally, he attended Columbia University, where he majored in French. .More

Margaret Batjer, Concertmaster, Violin - Margaret Batjer has served as concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1998. She made her first solo appearance at the age of 15 with the Chicago Symphony in Gian Carlo Menotti’s Violin Concerto. Since then, she has been re-engaged by the Chicago Symphony, as well as a succession of other major orchestras, including the Philadelphia and New York String orchestras and the St. Louis, Seattle, San Jose and Dallas symphonies.  More

Borromeo String Quartet –

Nicholas Kitchen, Violin
Kristopher Tong, Violin
Mai Motobuchi, Viola
Yeesun Kim, Cello

Considered “Simply the best there is” by the Boston Globe, the critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet is one of the most sought after string quartets in the world. Audiences and critics alike champion their revealing explorations of Beethoven, Bartok, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, and Golijov, and their affinity for making even the most challenging contemporary repertoire approachable and enlightening has become a hallmark. More

Carter Brey, Cello –Carter Brey was appointed Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic in 1996, and made his subscription debut as soloist with the Orchestra in May 1997, performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations led by then-Music Director Kurt Masur. He has performed as soloist in subsequent seasons in the Elgar Cello Concerto with André Previn conducting; in William Schuman’s A Song of Orpheus with Christian Thielemann; in Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote with Music Director Lorin Maazel and with former Music Director Zubin Mehta; and in the Brahms Double Concerto with Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and conductor Christoph Eschenbach. More

Calder Quartet -

Benjamin Jacobson, violin
Andrew Bulbrook, violin
Jonathan Moerschel, viola
Eeic Byers, cello

The Calder Quartet continues to expand its unique array of projects by performing traditional quartet repertoire as well as partnering with innovative modern composers, emerging musicians, and performers across genres. The group was awarded the 2009 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award in recognition of its exciting programming and collaborations.  More

Han Han Cho, Bass –Taiwanese bassist Han Han Cho is the former Associate Principal Bassist of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and former Principal Bassist of the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra. Throughout her career, she has won numerous top prizes in Taiwan’s national music competitions and the Izuminomori International Competition (Japan).More

David Coucheron, Violin – David Coucheron regularly performs in some of the world’s most impressive concert venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall Weill Hall, The Kennedy Center in Washington, and with orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic, Trondheim Philharmonic, Bergen Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, and Sendai Philharmonic.  More

Bram Goldstein, Violin - Born and raised in Montreal, Bram’s early violin studies were with Eleonora Turovsky. A prize-winner in many competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition at age sixteen, Bram won the I Musici de Montreal violin competition, which presented him with a scholarship and an appearance with the orchestra. More

Eric Han, Cello – Born in Seoul, South Korea, Eric Han began cello studies at age seven, giving his first public performance at the age of 10 in George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto. At age 15, Mr. Han made his orchestral debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at the Roy Thompson Hall. More

Lynn Harrell, Cello – Lynn Harrell’s presence is felt throughout the musical world. A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, his work throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia has placed him in the highest echelon of today’s performing artists.  More Photo by Christian Steiner

Audio Feature:

Desmond Hoebig, Cello – One of North America’s finest instrumentalists, cellist Desmond Hoebig was appointed principal cellist in 2003, with whom he annually appeared as soloist. After six seasons with the Cleveland Orchestra, Hoebig joins The Shepherd School of Music as Professor of Cello.  First prize winner at the Munich International Competition, the CBC Talent Competition and the Canadian Music Competition. More

Deborah Hoffman, Harp – 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. More

Yeesun Kim, Cello -
Hailed by the New York Times for her “focused intensity” and “remarkable” performances, cellist Yeesun Kim enjoys worldwide acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet, Ms. Kim has performed in over 20 countries, in many of the world’s most illustrious concert halls and festivals. More

Demarre McGill, Flute – Winner of a 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, flutist Demarre McGill is quickly becoming one of the most accomplished flutists in the United States. Mr. McGill has performed concerti with the Chicago Symphony and the Philadelphia orchestras, and is currently Principal Flutist of the San Diego Symphony.  More

Gabriela Montero, Piano – Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have won her a quickly expanding audience and devoted following around the world. Born in Caracas Venezuela, Gabriela gave her first public performance at the age of five. Aged eight she made her concerto debut with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra conducted by Jose Antonio Abreu and was granted a scholarship from the Venezuelan Government to study in the USA.   More

Anthony Newman, Organ – Anthony Newman is without question America’s foremost Baroque interpreter. Described by Wynton Marsalis as “The High Priest of Bach”, and by Time Magazine as “The High Priest of the Harpsichord,” Newman has maintained a 40 year career as America’s leading organist, harpsichordist and Bach specialist. His prodigious recording output include more than 170 cds on such labels as CBS, SONY, Deutsche Grammaphon, and Vox Masterworks. More

John Novacek, Piano – A sought-after collaborative artist, pianist John Novacek has performed with such talents as Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Bell, and regularly tours the Americas, Europe and Asia as a solo recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. Mr. Novacek is a frequent guest artist at festivals including the Mostly Mozart Festival, BBC Proms and La Jolla Music Society‘s SummerFest.  More

Ray Nowak, Trumpet – Trumpet player Ray Nowak is a founding member of the San Diego based brass quintet Presidio Brass. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Pacific Symphony and the San Diego Symphony. More

Christopher O’Riley, Piano – As a prestigious artist, pianist and national media personality, Mr. O’Riley has dazzled the world over on stage, the radio and his records. His memorable interpretations of traditional and popular repertoire make him a cherished bridge between musical tastes, genres and audience worldwide.   More

Cynthia Phelps, Viola – Cynthia Phelps is Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic, with which she has appeared as soloist in major international concert halls. Ms. Phelps has collaborated with such artists as Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma., and has been featured in several nationwide “Live from Lincoln Center” telecasts with the Philharmonic and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Ms. Phelps is a frequent visitor to La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.More

David Washburn, Trumpet – Principal Trumpet with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Associate Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, David Washburn has been a featured soloist with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and has an active recording career in motion picture soundtracks.  More

John Bruce Yeh, Clarinet – John Bruce Yeh joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1977 and two years later was named Assistant Principal Clarinet. A prizewinner at both the Munich International Music Competition and the Naumburg Clarinet Competition, Mr. Yeh continues to solo with orchestras around the globe.  More

Yuan Zhang, Cello - Yuan Zhang began to study music at the age of three and the cello at four at the Hebei Performing Arts Academy in China. After winning the first prize in the second Chinese National Cello Competition, he was invited to study at the Chinese Music Conservatory in Beijing at the age of twelve.  More