Clara and Felix

The Program

An evening celebrating two compositional giants of the early Romantic movement in Germany: Clara Wieck Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn. Both figures have experienced undue neglect in the concert halls of the 20th century: Clara, as a female composer, while Felix as a composer of Jewish origins. Yet, in the 21st century, the work of both composers, who also were very good friends and pivotal figures in the musical circles of Germany of the mid-19th century, have undergone a reexamination. Clara’s melancholy G minor piano trio in many ways is the precursor of many later works by her husband Robert Schumann and later works of Johannes Brahms. Felix Mendelssohn’s effervescent String Quintet in B-flat major showcases the master at the peak of his creative powers and might be the composer's highest expression of almost reverential happiness. Join us for an evening of discovery, featuring performances made specifically for Apex Concerts followed by live Q&A with the artists.

Clara Schumann (1819-1896): Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17 (1846)

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): String Quintet No.2 in B-flat Major, Op.87 (1845)

The Artists

Erin Keefe, violin

Erin KeefeAmerican violinist Erin Keefe is the Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra as well as a frequent artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Pro Musicis International Award as well as numerous international competitions, she has appeared as soloist in recent seasons with the Minnesota Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony, New York City Ballet Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic, Sendai Philharmonic and the Gottingen Symphony and has given recitals throughout the United States, Austria, Italy, Germany, Korea, Poland, Finland, Japan and Denmark.

Among the leading chamber musicians of her generation, Ms. Keefe has been an Artist of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 2010 after previously being a member of The Bowers Program (CMS Two) from 2006-2009. She has been featured on “Live from Lincoln Center” three times with the Society, performing works by Brahms, Schoenberg, Bach and Corelli. Ms. Keefe is a member of Accordo,  a string ensemble composed of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra and has performed frequently with the Brooklyn and Boston Chamber Music Societies.

Ms. Keefe has collaborated with many leading artists of today including the Emerson String Quartet, Edgar Meyer, Gary Hoffman, David Finckel, Wu Han, Richard Goode, Roberto and Andrés Díaz, Menahem Pressler, Gary Graffman and Leon Fleisher. Her recording credits include Schoenberg's Second String Quartet with Ida Kavafian, Paul Neubauer, Fred Sherry and Jennifer Welch-Babidge for Robert Craft and the Naxos Label, recordings of the Dvorak Terzetto and the Schumann, Dvorak and Mendelssohn’s third Piano Quartet in E-flat with Paul Neubauer, David Finckel and Wu Han for the CMS Studio Recordings label as well as live performances of the Bartok Contrasts, Dvorak Piano Quintet, Mozart E-flat Piano Quartet, Respighi’s Il Tramonto and Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos recorded for Deutsche Grammophon with Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Ani Kavafian and Ewa Podles. She has also released a solo cd including works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Ravel, Sibelius, Lutoslawski and Hindemith recorded with pianist Anna Polonsky. Ms. Keefe’s festival appearances have included the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, La Jolla Summerfest, Mainly Mozart, Music Academy of the West, Music from Angel Fire, Ravinia and the Seattle, OK Mozart, Mimir, Bravo! Vail Valley, Colorado College, Skaneateles, Salt Bay, Music in the Vineyards and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festivals.

As a guest concertmaster, Ms. Keefe has appeared in recent seasons with the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic and the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Keefe earned a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music. Her teachers included Ronald Copes, Ida Kavafian, Arnold Steinhardt, Philip Setzer, Philipp Naegele, Brian Lewis and Teri Einfeldt. She performs on a Nicolo Gagliano violin from 1732.

Wayne Lin, violin

Wayne LinChinese-American violinist, Wayne Lin, is the associate concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and has been acting as concertmaster since 2016. As a member of the SPO since 2008, he has performed multiple tours throughout Europe, Asia and America, and made successful recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon label. On top of his duties with the SPO, Mr. Lin has also received recognition for his work as a soloist and chamber musician. In addition to regular solo performances with the SPO, Mr. Lin has garnered acclaim as a soloist with the orchestras of Milwaukee, Green Bay and Fox Valley in America, as well as the Chengdu Symphony in China, the Sudecka Philharmonic in Poland and the Martinu and Hradec Králové Philharmonics in the Czech Republic. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Lin has performed frequently on the SPO’s chamber music series and is a member of the Seoul String Quartet, Felix Trio and the chamber ensemble, PACE. He has also been a performing artist at the Pyeongchang Music Festival and the Seoul Spring Festival. In 2015, Mr. Lin performed a well-received Beethoven Piano-Violin Sonata Cycle at the Seoul Arts Center. When he’s not performing, Mr. Lin greatly enjoys teaching and has been an instructor at the Korea National University of the Arts, teaching orchestral studies and chamber music. Prior to his arrival in Seoul, Mr. Lin served as concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony during the 2007-2008 season and was also a member of the well-renowned Sejong Soloists. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School, as a student of Glenn Dicterow and then went on to complete his Master's degree and Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music, under the tutelage of Peter Oundjian. During his studies at Juilliard and Yale, he frequently served as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra and Yale Philharmonia, as well as the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. Other teachers he has studied with include, Ani Kavafian, Frank Almond, Michael Gilbert and Soovin Kim. Mr. Lin plays on a 1779 J.B. Guadagnini violin.

Dimitri Murrath, viola

Dimitri MurrathBorn in Brussels, Belgian American violist Dimitri Murrath has made his mark as a soloist on the international scene, performing regularly in venues including Jordan Hall (Boston), Kennedy Center (Washington), Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall (London), Kioi Hall (Tokyo), the National Auditorium (Madrid) and Théâtre de la Ville (Paris).

A recipient of a 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Dimitri is a first prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition. Other awards include second prize at the First Tokyo International Viola Competition, the special prize for the contemporary work at the ARD Munich Competition and a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation. In 2012, he was named laureate of the Juventus Festival, an award recognizing young European soloists.

With repertoire extending from Bach to contemporary music by Ligeti, Kurtag, and Sciarrino, Murrath is particularly keen on performing new works. He has taken part in the Park Lane Group New Year Series in London to great critical acclaim, as well as commissioned, given the world premieres and recorded several solo works.

An avid chamber musician, Murrath is a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and of Mistral Music. He has collaborated with Miriam Fried, Pamela Frank, Richard Goode, Gidon Kremer, Menahem Pressler, Mitsuko Uchida, and members of the Mendelssohn, Takacs, Guarneri, Cleveland, Jerusalem and Juilliard String Quartets.

Festivals include IMS Prussia Cove, Ravinia's Steans Institute for Young Artists, Verbier Festival, Caramoor Rising Stars, Chamberfest Cleveland, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Juventus Festival and Marlboro Music Festival.

He has performed concertos with orchestras including Orchestre National de Lille, Toho Gakuen Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic and London Mozart Players.

Dimitri Murrath began his musical education at the Yehudi Menuhin School studying with Natalia Boyarsky and went on to work in London with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He graduated with an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian. He joined the viola faculty at New England Conservatory aged 26, and taught there for eight years. He is now on the viola faculties of San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Bowdoin International Music Festival.

Dimitri Murrath participates in the Music for Food project, which raises awareness of the hunger problem faced by a large percent of the population and gives the opportunity to experience the powerful role music can play as a catalyst for change.

SoHui Yun, viola

SoHui YunBorn in South Korea, violist SoHui Yun is currently in her post-graduate studies with Roberto Diaz at Curtis Institute of Music. Prior to coming to the United States, she attended the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts and earned her bachelor’s degree from the Korea National University of Arts (KNUA) with a full scholarship, where she studied with SoonWha Oh and Hanna Lee and graduated with highest honors. She earned her Master’s degree at New England Conservatory with Dimitri Murrath. She has participated in the Bowdoin International Music Festival Fellowship Program, Olympic Music Festival, Perlman Music Program, Great Mountains International Music Festival and School (GMMFS) and Tongyeong International Music Festival. She has also won several awards, including the Special Prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and First Prize at the GMMFS Concerto Competition. In addition to participating in various festivals, SoHui Yun has also established a career as a soloist. She has performed in the Rising Stars Series and played with the orchestra at GMMFS as the winner of the Concerto Competition. She also played a solo recital at the KNUA Series and performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Moldova Tele-Radio and the Guri Philharmonic Orchestra at one of Korea’s main concert halls. SoHui Yun is not only a soloist but also a passionate chamber musician. At the age of 12, she made her debut as a chamber musician, playing with her peers in Korea as the winner of a youth chamber competition. Throughout her Bachelor’s degree studies, she was an active member of the KNUA string ensembles. Her most recent performances include appearances at the Seoul Arts Center with Sarah Chang and 17 Young Virtuosi. This is Sohui’s second summer as an Olympic Chamber Music Fellow.

Dmitri Atapine, cello

Dmitri AtapineDmitri Atapine has been described as a cellist with “brilliant technical chops” (Gramophone), whose playing is “highly impressive throughout” (The Strad). He has appeared on some of the world's foremost stages, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, he frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two). His multiple festival appearances have included Music@Menlo, La Musica Sarasota, Pacific, Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence, Nevada and Cactus Pear, with performances broadcast in Spain, Italy, the U.S., Canada, Mexico and South Korea. His many awards include the first prize at the Carlos Prieto Cello Competition, as well as top honors at the Premio Vittorio Gui and Plowman chamber competitions. He has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Bruno Giuranna and David Shifrin. His recordings, among them a critically acclaimed world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s complete works for cello and piano, can be found on the Naxos, Albany, MSR, Urtext Digital, Blue Griffin and Bridge record labels. Atapine holds a doctorate from the Yale School of Music, where he was a student of Aldo Parisot. The artistic director of Apex Concerts and Ribadesella Chamber Music Festival, he is the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Hyeyeon Park, piano

Hyeyeon ParkSelected as an Artist of the Year by the Seoul Arts Center, Hyeyeon Park has been described as a pianist “with power, precision and tremendous glee” ( Gramophone). She is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including Oberlin, Ettlingen, Hugo Kauder, Maria Canals, Prix Amadèo and Corpus Christi, and her performances have been broadcast on KBS and EBS television (Korea) and RAI3 (Italy), WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), WBJC (Baltimore) and WETA (Washington, D.C.) radio. She is artistic director of Apex Concerts (Nevada) and a professor of piano at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her first solo CD, Klavier 1853, has been released on the Blue Griffin label.