The Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series

Opera Naples produces an annual chamber music series with Artistic Directors Tao Lin and Catherine Lan. The series features world-renowned musicians as well as exceptionally talented newcomers. Internationally renowned Israeli Violinist, Itamar Zorman will make his US debut on January 28, 2020. March 25, 2020, Antonio Meneses and Paul Galbraith will perform at Opera Naples. April 9, 2020, The Piano Trio, will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.
 

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The Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series

David and Cecile Wang Opera Center
2408 Linwood Ave
Naples FL, 34112

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Itamar Zorman

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – 7:30 pm

Antonio Meneses and Paul Galbraith

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – 7:30 pm

The Piano Trio

Thursday, April 9, 2020 – 7:30 pm

Tickets

Standard: $20.00

Classic: $34.00

Premium: $48.00

VIP: $59.00*

*All VIP center section tickets ($59) include a backstage Champagne reception after the performance to meet the artists.
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Founders/Artistic Directors

Tao Lin

Described by critics as possessing “Keen musical intelligence and excellent facility” (Miami Herald) as well as “opulent and romantic tone” (Fanfare), Steinway Artist Tao Lin performs in Asia, North America, and Europe with orchestras such as Moscow Chamber, Winnipeg Symphony, Miami Chamber, Atlantic Classical, and Knoxville Civic at venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, 92nd Street Y, Rockefeller University, Chautauqua Institute, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, Izumi Hall, and Edvard Grieg Museum in Norway. Mr. Lin has concertized as a member of the Berlin Piano Quartet and the Brahms Piano Quartet, and appeared in concerts with Aspen Trio, Miami, Bergonzi, Alcon, Rosalyra, Shanghai, Ying, and St. Petersburg String Quartets, as well as with distinguished musicians including Elmar Oliveira, Carol Wincenc, Roberto Diaz, William De Rosa, Charles Castleman, Eugenia Zukerman, and Claudio Bohorquez at festivals including Mainly Mozart, Music Mountain Chamber Music, Arts Rolla, Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music, Music Festival of the Hamptons, and Festival Miami.

Currently serves on faculty of Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine and Shanghai Normal University, Mr. Lin is a co-founder/artistic director of Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series in Naples. Mr. Lin records for Centaur, Artek, Naxos, and Romeo labels. www.taolinpianist.com

Catherine Lan

After making her international debut in Japan at the age of eight, Dr. Catherine Lan has since per-formed in Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Canada, Mexico, France, United Kingdom, Slovenia, and the USA in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Victoria Hall, and National Concert Hall.

Dr. Lan has appeared as a soloist with orchestras including Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Sinfonia of the North Shore, British-Columbia Chamber, Fifth Avenue Chamber, Taoyuan New Philharmonic, Braddell Heights Symphony, Frost Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Broward Symphony, New Taoyuan Philharmoic, Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony, and Edmonton Symphony. She has also concertized with Aspen Trio, Naples Philharmonic, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Piano Galore Ensemble, Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia Chamber Players, Southwest Florida Symphony, and Palm Beach Symphony. Her performances have been featured on World Journal of New York, WLRN-Public Television, “Beethoven Universal TV” series, Becon TV “Live with Iris Ackers”, Fu-Hsin Broadcasting Station, and CBC Radio’s “Westcoast Performance” Debut series. She appears as Duo Beaux Arts, performing in France, Switzerland, and throughout the USA with Steinway Artist, Tao Lin.

Having earned degrees from University of British-Columbia, Indiana University (Bloomington), and University of Miami, Dr. Lan serves on the faculty of Broward College and Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is also the co-founder/artistic director of Chrysalis Chamber Players and Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series in Naples. Dr. Lan records for Centaur Records. www.catherinelan.com

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Itamar Zorman

Itamar Zorman is one of the most soulful, evocative artists of his generation, distinguished by his emotionally gripping performances and gift for musical storytelling. Since his emergence with the top prize at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, he has wowed audiences all over the world with breathtaking style, causing one critic to declare him a “young badass who’s not afraid of anything.” His “youthful intensity” and “achingly beautiful” sound shine through in every performance, earning him the title of the “virtuoso of emotions.” In the 2018-19 season, Itamar Zorman will appear with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, IRIS Orchestra with Michael Stern, and in performances of his own Four Seasons Around the Globe program with the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Orchestra, among others. Recital and chamber music appearances include Peoples’ Symphony Concerts and Merkin Hall in New York, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and tours with the Lysander Trio and Israeli Chamber Project. The 2017-18 season featured performances with the Classical Tahoe and Asheville Symphony Orchestras to perform Jonathan Leshnoff’s Chamber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, as well as with the Brevard Festival Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony, and Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra. International performances included concertos with the Kremerata Baltica, the Meininger Hofkapelle and NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra (Wrocław). As part of an ongoing exploration of the music of Paul Ben-Haim, he is recording a CD of the works for violin and orchestra with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Philippe Bach for BIS Records, set for release in Spring 2019. His first solo CD recording, entitled “Portrait”, features works by Messiaen, Schubert, Chausson, Hindemith, and Brahms and was released by Profil - Editions Günther Hänssler. In recent years, Itamar Zorman has appeared with major orchestras across four continents - USA, Europe, Asia and South America - including the American Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, the KBS Symphony, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Dublin), Het Gelders Orkest, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall in the ‘Distinctive Debuts’ series, the Louvre Recital Series in Paris, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven, the HR-Sendesaal Frankfurt and the Kolarac Hall in Belgrade; and at festivals including Marlboro, Classical Tahoe, Chamberfest Cleveland, Kronberg Academy, Rheingau, and the Copenhagen Summer Festival. He has also collaborated with a number of legendary artists such as Richard Goode (including performances at Carnegie Hall and Library of Congress) and Mitsuko Uchida. He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, and, in addition to receiving top prize at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, other successes include first prize at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Freiburg and at the 2011 Juilliard Berg Concerto Competition. Described as a “poet of the violin”, Itamar Zorman is also a committed chamber player. He is a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project and a member of the Lysander Piano Trio, with which he won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prize in the 2011 Coleman Chamber Music Competition, 1st prize in the 2011 Arriaga Competition, and a bronze medal in the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Born in Tel-Aviv in 1985 to a family of musicians, Itamar Zorman began his violin studies at the age of six with Saly Bockel at the Israeli Conservatory of Music in Tel-Aviv. He graduated in 2003 and continued his studies with Professor David Chen and Nava Milo. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance as a student of Hagai Shaham, and his Master of Music from The Juilliard School in 2009, where he studied with Robert Mann and Sylvia Rosenberg. He then went on to receive an Artist Diploma from Manhattan School of Music in 2010 and an Artist Diploma from Julliard in 2012 under the tutelage of Sylvia Rosenberg, and he is an alumnus of the Kronberg Academy where he studied with Christian Tetzlaff and Mauricio Fuks. He is also the recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and has taken part in numerous master classes around the world, working with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Shlomo Mintz, Ida Haendel, and Ivry Gitlis. He plays on a 1734 Guarneri del Gesu, from the collection of Yehuda Zisapel.
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Antonio Meneses and Paul Galbraith


ANTONIO MENESES; MCR Studio; 10 December 2014; Publicity portraits; Credit: © CLIVE BARDA/ ArenaPAL;


ANTONIO MENESES was the cellist of the legendary Beaux Arts Trio from 1998 until their final concert in 2008. He won the First Prize and Gold Medal at the 1982 MTchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the First Prize at the 1977 International ARD Competition in Munich. Meneses is a frequent guest at the world’s major music festivals including the Festival Pablo Casals (Puerto Rico), Mostly Mozart Festival (New York), Salzburg, Lucerne, the Vienna Festwochen and Berlin Festwochen, and the Prague Spring Festival. He has collaborated with the Emerson Quartet, Anne Sophie Mutter and Maria João Pires. He has performed with most of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Concertgebouw, Vienna Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, the Moscow and St. Petersburg Philharmonics, the Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra (Washington D.C.). Among the conductors with whom he has collaborated are Herbert von Karajan, Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons, Claudio Abbado, André Previn, Semyon Bychkov, Herbert Blomstedt, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Sanderling, Neeme Järvi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Spivakov, and Riccardo Chailly. Antonio Meneses plays a Matteo Goffriller cello made in Venice ca. 1710. A native of Recife, Brazil, Meneses now lives in Basel, Switzerland. “A spellbinding concert. Brazilian Antonio Meneses is a one-off . . . radiant, mesmerising.” —BBC Music Magazine
PAUL GALBRAITH’s recording of the Complete Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas was nominated for a GRAMMY AWARD for Best Solo Instrumental Album. When he won the Silver Medal at the Segovia International Guitar Competition at the age of only 17, Andrés Segovia, who was present, called his playing “magnificent.” This award helped launch an international career including engagements with some of the leading orchestras of Britain and Europe, including the Royal Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, BBC Philharmonic, Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Orchestra, and was featured at the Bach Festivals of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Denver and Carmel. Galbraith’s 2016-17 seaon included his third performances on Lincoln Center’s “Great Performances” series and his third at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, as well as festivals in Vienna, Paris, Spain, Italy, China and South Korea. Past tours have brought him to Boston, Washington DC, Baltimore, Buffalo, Atlanta, Miami, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Cleveland,San Diego, Portland and Seattle, and, internationally, to the UK, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Russia, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Israel and Turkey. He toured the U.S. as soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, performed in Prague’s Dvorák Hall with the National Chamber Orchestra of Chile, and collaborated with the Shanghai and St. Petersburg Quartets. Galbraith’s playing position (first revealed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989) and his guitar’s design are considered groundbreaking development in the history of the instrument. The guitar is supported by an endpin, similar to that of a cello, which rests on a wooden resonance box. Its two extra strings, one high and one low, increase the instrument’s range to an unprecedented extent. A native of Scotland and a long-time resident of Brazil, Paul Galbraith now resides in Basel, Switzerland. "Exceptional artistry." – The New Yorker “Penetrating understanding . . . sweep[s] me so deeply into the music that after a while I tend to forget which instrument I’m hearing.” –Buffalo News “[A] riveting performance . . . continuously inspired.” – CBC Radio Review (Montreal)
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The Piano Trio

Janet Sung Violin, Ahrim Kim, Cello and Tao Lin, Piano

Violinist Janet Sung enjoys an acclaimed international career as a virtuoso soloist, recognized for her intense, exhilarating performances, and by her signature lustrous, burnished tone. Hailed by The Washington Post for her “riveting” playing and “exquisite tone”, her playing possesses the rare blend of fierce intelligence, subtlety and brilliant virtuosity. Since her orchestral debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony at age 9, she has performed with leading orchestras worldwide. Recent seasons has seen her as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Göttinger Symphonie Orchester, Pusan Philharmonic (South Korea), Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Cairo Symphony Orchestra (Egypt), the Aspen Festival Chamber Symphony and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, as well as the orchestras of Boise, Delaware, Dubuque, Fargo-Moorhead, Hartford, Las Cruces, Tacoma and Wyoming, amongst others across the U.S. Ms. Sung has been heard as concerto and recital soloist at distinguished festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Bellingham Festival, Britt Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Switzerland’s Lucerne Festival and the Conciertos de La Villa Festival de Santo Domingo. In recital, she has been presented in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Louisville, New York City, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis, as well as in Odense, Denmark, Lausanne, Switzerland and Queenstown, New Zealand, and Jiangyin, China. A prolific chamber artist, Ms. Sung performs at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Kreeger Chamber Music Festival in Washington, D.C., the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and the Newport Music Festival, and is a regular guest with the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble and the American Chamber Players. An artist of remarkable versatility, Ms. Sung is celebrated for her compelling performances of traditional works from Bach to Berg, and is passionate about promoting works of the 20th and 21st centuries. In recent years, she has performed repertoire as diverse as Henri Dutilleux’s Violin Concerto, L’Arbes des Songes, and Astor Piazzolla’s Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas. Ms. Sung has also presented the world premieres of Kenneth Fuchs’ American Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra, Augusta Read Thomas’ Double Helix, which was recently released on Nimbus Records, and Kenneth Hesketh’s Inscription/Transformation for Violin and Orchestra in Germany. A new Violin Concerto No. 4 by Augusta Read Thomas has been commissioned for her. Her solo performances have frequently been aired on radio and television, nationally and internationally, including multiple broadcasts of her performance of Korngold’s Violin Concerto on NPR’s “Performance Today,” and regular performances on Chicago’s Classical WFMT. She is featured on recordings of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, the latter with members of the Gewandhaus Orchestra recorded at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany. Her latest recording projects includes a solo CD, Edge of Youth, for Sono Luminus to be released in Spring 2019 featuring works by Britten, Enescu, and three dynamic living composers, Missy Mazzoli, Daniel Visconti, and Gabriel Prokofiev, the complete works by J.S. Bach for Violin and Keyboard with pianist and Bach specialist, Sean Duggan, and a concerto CD for SOMM Recordings (UK) to be released in Fall 2019 with the Britten Sinfonia, featuring Kenneth Hesketh’s Inscription/Transformation for Violin and Orchestra (premiere), Vaughan Williams’ Violin Concerto in d, and Ravel’s Tzigane. Janet Sung was chosen by Leonard Slatkin as the recipient of the prestigious Passamaneck Award. She has also toured throughout the United States with fiddler Mark O’Connor’s American String Celebration, showcased in performances of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, and original compositions by O’Connor. Ms. Sung studied with legendary pedagogues Josef Gingold, with whom she started studying at age nine, and Dorothy Delay. She graduated from Harvard University with a double degree in anthropology and music, and The Juilliard School. She was later invited as the Clifton Visiting Artist at Harvard University and, as a highly sought-after artist-teacher, regularly conducts master classes at conservatories throughout the U.S. and abroad. She is currently Head of Strings and Violin Professor at the DePaul University School of Music. Janet Sung plays a c.1600 Maggini violin crafted in Brescia, Italy.
Ahrim Kim is an accomplished soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader who recently joined the RPO as principal cellist in the fall of 2015. She was awarded the Cassado Prize at the Gaspar Cassado International Cello Competition in Japan and top prizes in numerous other competitions, including the Houston Symphony’s Ima Hogg Young Artists Competition, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, the Five Towns Music Competition, and the Corpus Christi International Competition. She has performed solo and chamber repertoire at Boston’s Symphony Hall, The Juilliard School, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the Sarasota Music Festival, Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, the Kennedy Center, and the Salzburg Mozarteum. As a soloist, she has appeared with the Boston Pops, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. She joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for the 2014-15 season as acting principal cellist, and she also played in the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Ms. Kim began her cello studies at the age of six. She moved to the U.S. in 2002 and studied cello through Juilliard’s Pre-College Division for young musicians. She holds a Master’s Degree in cello performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where she also earned her Bachelor’s Degree under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser and Natasha Brodsky. Ms. Kim is an associate professor of orchestral repertory at the Eastman School of Music.

Described by critics as possessing “Keen musical intelligence and excellent facility” (Miami Herald) as well as “opulent and romantic tone” (Fanfare), Steinway Artist Tao Lin performs in Asia, North America, and Europe with orchestras such as Moscow Chamber, Winnipeg Symphony, Miami Chamber, Atlantic Classical, and Knoxville Civic at venues including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, National Gallery of Art, 92nd Street Y, Rockefeller University, Chautauqua Institute, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, Izumi Hall, and Edvard Grieg Museum in Norway. Mr. Lin has concertized as a member of the Berlin Piano Quartet and the Brahms Piano Quartet, and appeared in concerts with Aspen Trio, Miami, Bergonzi, Alcon, Rosalyra, Shanghai, Ying, and St. Petersburg String Quartets, as well as with distinguished musicians including Elmar Oliveira, Carol Wincenc, Roberto Diaz, William De Rosa, Charles Castleman, Eugenia Zukerman, and Claudio Bohorquez at festivals including Mainly Mozart, Music Mountain Chamber Music, Arts Rolla, Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music, Music Festival of the Hamptons, and Festival Miami.

Currently serves on faculty of Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine and Shanghai Normal University, Mr. Lin is a co-founder/artistic director of Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series in Naples. Mr. Lin records for Centaur, Artek, Naxos, and Romeo labels. www.taolinpianist.com