This exceptional concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 2 in Watson Hall culminates the Sejong Residency at UNCSA, coming to us from the Sejong Festival at Curtis. This international collaboration includes Donald Weilerstein (first violinist of the Cleveland Quartet for 20 years), former UNCSA faculty pianist Robert McDonald, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and eminent Korean string players Kyung Sun Lee and Kangho Lee. The program includes the Fantasy Pieces of Schumann, an unusual quartet by Arensky in which the visiting artists will be joined by violist Sheila Browne and cellist Brooks Whitehouse, plus Dvořák's magnificent Piano Quintet.
Donald Weilerstein, violin
Donald Weilerstein has concertized extensively throughout the world as soloist and chamber musician. He studied at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian, Dorothy Delay, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet. He was a member of the Young Concert Artists and a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival, performing on several Music from Marlboro Tours. In 1968, he won the Munich International Competition for violin and piano duo.
For twenty years, from 1969 to 1989, Weilerstein was the first violinist of the renowned Cleveland Quartet, with whom he toured the world. His recordings with the quartet can be heard on the RCA, Telarc, CBS, Phillips, and Pro Arte labels. These recordings have earned seven Grammy nominations and won Best of the Year awards from Time and Stereo Review.
Weilerstein has taught and performed at such major American and European music festivals as Caramoor, Tanglewood, Aspen, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Salzburg, Luzern, Verbier, Ishikawa, Keshet Eilon, "Chamber Music Encounters" sponsored by La Cite de la Musique and the Paris Conservatory and many more. He regularly teaches and performs at the Steans Institute in Ravinia, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, and at the Perlman Music Program. Weilerstein is active as a member of the highly acclaimed Weilerstein Trio which is in residence at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Weilerstein was formerly a professor of violin and chamber music at the Eastman School and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since 2004, he is the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies at New England Conservatory and since 2001, he is a faculty member at the Juilliard School. His students have been prize winners in major national and international competitions, including first prizes in the Indianapolis, Naumburg and Hanover competitions, and 2nd prize in the Brussels competition. His students can be heard in many of today's leading orchestras and chamber ensembles.
Kyung Sun Lee, violin
Violinist Kyung Sun Lee captured sixth prize in the 1994 Tchaikovsky Competition, a bronze medal in the 1993 Queen Elizabeth Competition, first prizes of the Washington and D'Angelo International Competitions, and third prize in the Montreal International Competition, where she also won the Audience Favorite and the Best Performance of the Commissioned Work prizes. Subsequent to winning these awards she has enjoyed ever-increasing popularity as a performer. She has received high critical acclaim: “Exceptional tonal suavity and expressive intensity in equal measure,” commented The Strad. “Godard's ‘Concerto Romantique’ could not have had a more outstanding soloist than Kyung Sun Lee,” proclaimed Harris Goldsmith in the New York Concert Review. “Fluidity and grace; pathos and emotion,” raved the Palm Beach Post. “Penetrating clarity, a strong sense of style and a technical supremacy that conquered all difficulties with unruffled ease,” announced the Miami Herald. “Beyond superb execution, she conveyed [Vieuxtemps's Concerto no. 5]'s particular romanticism expertly,” remarked Dennis Rooney in The Strad.
In addition to her active schedule as soloist and chamber musician, Lee is an accomplished teacher. After becoming Assistant Professor of Violin at the Oberlin Conservatory in the fall of 2001, then Associate Professor at the University of Houston in the fall of 2006, she became Associate Professor at Seoul National University in 2009. She taught for two summers at the Aspen Music Festival, and has also been involved with the Green Mountain, Seattle and Cape Cod Chamber Music Festivals, the Texas Music Festival, and the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea.
Kyung Sun Lee studied at Seoul National University, Peabody Conservatory, and Juilliard. Her teachers have included Nam Yun Kim, Sylvia Rosenberg, Robert Mann, Dorothy Delay, and Hyo Kang. She plays a Joseph Guarnerius violin dating from 1723.
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Hsin-Yun Huang is firmly established as one of the leading violists of her generation. Virtually simultaneously, in 1993, she won the top prizes in the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the highly prestigious Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award, which included a scholarship grant, and concerto and recital appearances in Japan. Ms. Huang was also the youngest-ever gold medalist in the 1988 Lionel Tertis International Competition on the Isle of Man. As a result of these and other successes, she has been telecast in concerto appearances with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra in Munich, the Zagreb Soloists in Paris and the Tokyo Philharmonic in Tokyo; other significant appearances include live broadcast performances with the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Russian State Philharmonic and the National Symphony of Taiwan among others. Recent solo highlights included collaboration with London Sinfonia in South America; with Naumberg Orchestra in Central Park; with ICE at Miller Theater and with Children's Orchestra Society at Alice Tully Hall.
A native of Taiwan, Ms. Huang currently resides in New York, and is an active soloist and chamber musician in the U.S., the Far East and Europe. She has participated in various prominent chamber music festivals, including the Rome Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Moritzburg Festival in Dresden; Spoleto Festivals in Italy as well as Charleston SC.; Cartagena Festival in Colombia; Chamber Music Northwest, the Marlboro Music Festival; Prussia Cove, England; St. Nazaire in France, Bridgehampton, the El Paso Chamber Music Festival; the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, Festival de Divonne in France; the Appalachian Festival, the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, the Salt Bay Chamberfest, the Newport Festival and many others. She has collaborated with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, Joshua Bell, Joseph Suk, Menahem Pressler, the Guarneri, Juilliard, Brentano, Orion, St. Lawrence and the Johannes String Quartets. She has recorded Mozart Quintet with the Brentano String Quartet, and presented the Mozart Quintets with them under the auspices of Carnegie Hall in 2007.
Ms. Huang was a member of the Borromeo String Quartet from 1994-2000. With the Quartet, she participated in festivals worldwide and in such prominent venues as New York’s Alice Tully Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie and Japan’s Casals Hall. In 1998 the Borromeo String Quartet was awarded the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award and was chosen by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be members of “CMS Two” and featured in a “Live from Lincoln Center” telecast. She is currently a founding member of the Variation String Trio with violinist Jennifer Koh and cellist Wilhelmina Smith.
Hsin-Yun Huang came to England at the age of fourteen to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with David Takeno. She continued her studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia with Michael Tree, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree, and at the Juilliard School with Samuel Rhodes, where she earned her Master of Music. A dedicated teacher, she currently serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music.
Kangho Lee, cello
Kangho Lee has been a sought after soloist and chamber musician worldwide since his orchestral debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at the age of twelve. He has performed as soloists with leading orchestras in Korea, the United States and Europe, and given solo recitals in New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, New Haven and Seoul. As a cultural ambassador of South Korea, he performed in Rome, Milan, Paris, Lyons, and for the United Nations in Geneva.
An active chamber musician, Kangho Lee has collaborated with world-renowned musicians including Joan Panetti, Nobuko Imai, Syoko Aki, Lorand Fenyves, Steven Dann, and with members of the Boston Symphony. He has performed at the Music Academy of the West, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Orford Arts Centre, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival and the International Musical Arts Institute. His palying has been broadcast has appeared on television and radio networks in Korea, the United States and South Africa, as well as radio stations WGBH in Boston and Vermont Public Radio. His performances with the KBS Symphony and Suwon Philharmonic, and his recent solo recital at Kumho Arts Hall in Seoul, were broadcast live on national radio. His interviews have been featured in magazines and journals such as Vogue-Korea, Asiana Airline’s in flightmagazine, Music Journal and Monthly Music Magazine Eumagchoonchu. In 2001, he formed the Tonus Piano Trio with Kowoon Yang, a prizewinner in the Paganini International Violin Competition, and Jonghwa Park, a prizewinner in the Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition. The trio has performing actively and has toured extensively in Korea.
As a highly respected pedagogue, Mr. Lee is Professor of Cello at Korea National University of the Arts in Seoul, and has presented master classes at the University of Texas – Austin, the University of Iowa, the University of Delaware, the University of Ulsan, the Summer Music Academy in Muju and Kyong-Hee University in Korea.
Robert McDonald, piano
Robert McDonald tours extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. He has appeared with major orchestras in the United States and was the recital partner for many years to Isaac Stern and other distinguished instrumentalists. He has played with the Takács, Vermeer, Juilliard, Brentano, Borromeo, American, Shanghai, and St. Lawrence string quartets, as well as Music from Marlboro. His discography includes recordings for Sony Classical, Bridge, Vox, Musical Heritage Society, ASV and CRI.
Mr. McDonald's prizes include the gold medal at the Busoni International Piano Competition, the top prize at the William Kapell International Competition, and the Deutsche Schallplatten Critics Award. With degrees from Lawrence University, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Manhattan School of Music, he studied with Theodore Rehl, Seymour Lipkin, Rudolf Serkin, Mieczyslaw Horszowski, Beveridge Webster, and Gary Graffman.
Mr. McDonald taught at UNCSA before he joined the piano faculty at Juilliard in 1999; he has taught at the Curtis Institute of Music since 2007. During the summer, he is the artistic director of the Taos School of Music and Chamber Music Festival in New Mexico.
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