Biography: Cellist Sung-Won Yang has performed throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician. He has given solo and chamber music concerts in prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, the Salle Pleyel and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Opera City Hall in Tokyo, Symphony Hall in Osaka and the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. His recitals have also led to other leading cities, such as London, Rome, Frankfurt, Madrid, Prague, Helsinki, Boston, Seattle, Tel Aviv, Shanghai, Sydney and many others. Born in Korea, Sung-Won Yang graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and was assistant to Janos Starker at Indiana University in the United States. He was invited to be in the jury of the International Competition of Chamber Music in Banff, Canada, the International Cello Competition André Navarra in France, the International Cello Competition Cassado Japan and the Tongyeong International Competition in Korea. Recipient of numerous awards, he is currently a professor of cello at the School of Music Yonsei University in Seoul, visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music and Artistic Director of the Festival Owon at Chateau de la Bourdaisière, in France.
Concert Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 8pm; Korean Cultural Service New York
Program: Beethoven Piano Trio, op. 1, no. 3; Brahms Piano Trio no. 2 in C Major, op. 87
Artists: Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Na-Young Baek, cello; Adam Barnett-Hart, violin
Biography: Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is an artist of extraordinary versatility and originality. Skilled with an enormous range of repertoire, Vonsattel displays a musical curiosity and sense of adventure that has gained him many admirers. American violinist Adam Barnett-Hart has attracted worldwide attention for his sensitive musicianship and inspired artistry. Korean American cellist Na-Young Baek made her NYC debut in Carnegie Hall, and was invited to play at the Marlboro Music Festival for three summers and has also participated in the “Musicians From Marlboro” tours.
Concert Date: Tuesday April 15, 2014, 8pm; Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center
Program: Ravel Sonatine, Miroirs, Valse nobles et sentimentales; Copland Piano Variations
Biography: Korean-born pianist JUNG-JA KIM has won extraordinary critical acclaim for her pianistic brilliance and rare insight. Early in Ms. Kim’s career, she received national recognition in her native land and became a top prizewinner of major competitions. A scholarship to The Juilliard School brought her to the U.S., where her principal teachers were Irwin Freundlich and Ilona Kabos. During her studies at Juilliard, Leonard Bernstein selected Jung-Ja Kim for a televised concerto performance of the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts. She also added First Prize in the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition to her long list of accomplishments. Following this were numerous appearances throughout the U.S. as well as a highly successful New York recital debut at Carnegie Recital Hall as a winer of Young Concert Artists; the New York Times stated: “A discerning thoughtful, musician. Her phrasing was graceful, her technique fluent. Best of all, her piano sound was consistently beautiful. Brilliant playing…a vibrant, compelling performance.” Since that time, she was awarded a Martha Baird Rockefeller Grant, which sponsored a series of debut performances in major cities throughout Europe. Ms. Kim has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony and the St. Louis Chamber Symphony, and as a recitalist at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Boston’s Gardner Museum and the Phillips Gallery in Washington, D.C. She currently serves on the piano faculty at the Boston Conservatory.
Concert Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2015, 8pm; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Program: Bach Suite no. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009; Faure Three Songs Transcriptions for viola and piano; Britten Song Transcription for Viola and Piano; Clarke Sonata for Viola and Piano (Pianist: Warren Jones)
Biography: Richard O’Neill is quickly rising to international prominence as one of the finest violists of his generation. With frequent performances throughout North America , Europe , and Asia , he has appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles and Eurasian Philharmonics, and has an exclusive solo recording contract with Universal Music. His first album release for Universal, with pianist Warren Jones, was the top selling classical music album in Korea . Mr. O’Neill has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Mendelssohn and Orion String Quartets, Ensemble Wien-Berlin, Gil Shaham, Cho-Liang Lin, Joshua Bell, Gary Hoffmann, Edgar Meyer and Steven Isserlis, among others. He has toured with the Chamber Music Society as well as with Musicians from Marlboro. He is also a member of the International Sejong Soloists, a string ensemble without conductor. A Universal Music Artist, he has recorded for Naxos , Centaur, and Tzadik. The first and only violist to receive the prestigious Artist Diploma at Juilliard, he has studied with Paul Neubauer and Donald McInnes. Mr. O’Neill performs on a viola made by Gasparo da Salo, Brescia Italy , circa 1590, most generously loaned to him by the Samsung Foundation of Culture.