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Beaux Arts – Piano Trio

Thursday, April 9, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

We deeply regret to announce that this event has been canceled due to the continuing concerns about COVID-19

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

In this concert, we celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The program will feature two of the most important Piano Trios by Beethoven: Op. 70 No. 1 “Ghost” from his brilliant middle period, and Op. 1 No. 3 from his surprisingly mature and sophisticated early period. To conclude this concert, we offer something truly contrasting and special, a fiendishly difficult trio “Cafe Music” by American composer Paul Schoenfield that combines elements of Classical, Jazz, and Klezmer that results in over the top virtuosic display from all three players. Violinist Janet Sung is Professor of Violin at DePaul University School of Music, Cellist Ahrim Kim is the Principal Cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Faculty member at the Eastman School of Music, and Pianist Tao Lin is a Steinway Artist and Co-Artistic Director of the Beaux Arts Series

Ticket Price: $20/$34/$48/$59*

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

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


Thursday, April 9, 2020
7:30 pm
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