“Festive Hungarica”

Friday, May 6, 2016
at 7:30 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall

    • Kristin Lee, violin
    • Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
    • Matthew Zalkind, cello
    • Hyeyeon Park, piano

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The Program


Kodály Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 (1914)

Dohnányi Serenade in C Major for Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 10 (1902)

Brahms Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op. 25 (1861)

The Artists


Kristin Lee, violin

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Named the recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Korean-American violinist Kristin Lee has been praised by The Strad for her “mastery of tone,” and “one of the most satisfying concerts in years.” A violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique, Ms. Lee enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator.

Ms. Lee's recent engagements include her debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and at Washington, D.C.’s Phillips Collection, recitals in New York’s Merkin Concert Hall and Florida’s Kravis Center, and appearances with the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra of China and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. She recently curated a program that premiered at Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live, in which she commissioned composer/performers to write works for the violin and steelpan, guitar, theremin, spoken word, and carnatic South Indian singing. The program was also performed at New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge. She also tours with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in California, New York, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
A winner of Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions and a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition, Ms. Lee has appeared as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, the Ural Philharmonic of Russia, the Korean Broadcasting Symphony of Korea, and many others. She has appeared on the world’s finest concert stages, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, the Metropolitan Museum, Steinway Hall’s Salon de Virtuosi, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and Korea’s Kumho Art Gallery. She has been featured on the Ravinia Festival’s Rising Stars Series, and has toured throughout northern Italy. In April 2012, Ms. Lee organized a memorial concert at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center for the victims of the Oikos University shooting.An accomplished chamber musician, Ms. Lee is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, following her completion of a three-year residency as a CMS Two artist. This season, she makes her debut appearance with the Camerata Pacifica of Santa Barbara. She has appeared at the Ravinia Festival, Music@Menlo, La Jolla Festival, Medellín Festicámara of Colombia, the El Sistema Chamber Music festival of Venezuela, and the Sarasota Music Festival, among many others. She is the concertmaster of the groundbreaking Metropolis Ensemble, with whom she premiered Vivian Fung’s Violin Concerto, written for her, and which appears on Ms. Fung’s CD Dreamscapes, released for the Naxos label CD in 2012.

Ms. Lee’s performances have been broadcast on WQXR in New York, on Robert Sherman’s “Young Artists Showcase,” and with guitarist Mattias Jacobsson on Annie Bergen’s “The Office Hours.” Other broadcasts include PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center,” the Kennedy Center Honors, and a guest artist performance on WFMT Chicago’s “Rising Stars” series. She also appeared on a nationally broadcast PBS documentary entitled PBS in Shanghai, that chronicled a historic cross-cultural exchange between the Perlman Music Program and Shanghai Conservatory.Ms. Lee has received many honors, including awards from the 2011 Trio di Trieste Premio International Competition, the SYLFF Fellowship, Dorothy DeLay Scholarship, the Aspen Music Festival’s Violin Competition, the New Jersey Young Artists’ Competition, and the Salon de Virtuosi Scholarship Foundation. She is also the unprecedented First Prize winner of three concerto competitions at The Juilliard School—in the Pre-College Division in 1997 and 1999, and in the College Division in 2007.

Born in Seoul, Ms. Lee began studying the violin at the age of five, and within one year won First Prize at the prestigious Korea Times Violin Competition. In 1995, she moved to the U.S. and continued her musical studies under Sonja Foster. Two years later, she became a student of Catherine Cho and Dorothy DeLay in The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. In January 2000, she was chosen to study with Itzhak Perlman, after he heard her perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Juilliard’s Pre-College Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Lee holds a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Itzhak Perlman and Donald Weilerstein, and served as an assistant teacher for Mr. Perlman’s studio as a Starling Fellow. She is a member of the faculty of the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and has served on the faculties of the LG Chamber Music School in Seoul, Korea, El Sistema’s chamber music festival in Caracas, Venezuela, and the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival.


Hsin-Yun Huang, viola

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Hsin-Yun Huang is firmly established since 1993 as one of the leading violists of her generation. Virtually simultaneously, in that year, 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 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 has recently embarked on a series of major commissioning projects for solo viola and chamber ensemble.  In July 2006 she premiered a new work from Houston-based Taiwanese composer Shih-Hui Chen, Shu Shon Key (Remembrance) with the Broyhill Chamber Ensemble at An Appalachian Summer Festival in North Carolina.  The work was co-commissioned by the festival along with Chinese Performing Arts, and has received performances at Boston’s Jordan Hall and Da Camera of Houston,  The Evergreen Symphony Orchestra has commissioned a version of the work for solo viola and orchestra.  A new work from Steven Mackey, also for solo viola and chamber ensemble, has received its premiere at the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2007.  Subsequent performances included presentations by the Fulcrum Point New Music Project in Chicago; the International Viola Congress 2008; the La Jolla Summer Festival and at Princeton University. A new disc “Viola Viola” containing both works will be released by Bridge Record in the fall of 2012.
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. She is a dedicated teacher and currently serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music.


Matthew Zalkind, cello

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Praised for his "impressive refinement, eloquent phrasing, and singing tone" by The New York Times, American cellist Matthew Zalkind has performed throughout the United States and abroad as a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician.

Mr. Zalkind was awarded First Prize in the Washington International Competition, as well as top prizes in the Beijing International Cello Competition, Korea's Isang Yun Gyeongnam International Competition and the Juilliard School Competition. He also won distinction as the top-ranked American and one of the final eight concerto semi-finalists in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

As a soloist, Mr. Zalkind has performed concerti with such organizations as the Moscow Chamber Players, the Albany Symphony, the Hongzhou Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the Tongyeong International Music Festival Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra and the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Zalkind has performed concerti with conductors Ludovic Morlot, Thierry Fischer, Giancarlo Guerrero, David Alan Miller and several others. Mr. Zalkind has given recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, Gardner Hall in Salt Lake City, UT, the Moscow Conservatory in Moscow, Russia, The Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, The Juilliard School in New York, the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in Washington, DC and the Beijing Concert Hall in Beijing, China.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Zalkind has participated in numerous music festivals, including Marlboro and "Musicians from Marlboro" tours, Music from Angel Fire, Olympic Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute, Twickenham Festival, and Ravinia's "Steans Institute."  Mr. Zalkind has performed chamber music at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, New York's Alice Tully Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As a member of the internationally acclaimed Harlem String Quartet, Mr. Zalkind toured internationally with jazz legends Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea and Gary Burton.

Mr. Zalkind has a strong interest in teaching and outreach. He was awarded a Gluck Community Service Fellowship at The Juilliard School for four years, performing concerts at treatment facilities throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Mr. Zalkind is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music.

A Salt Lake City native, Mr. Zalkind's primary mentors included Richard Hoyt, Pegsoon Whang, Timothy Eddy, Richard Aaron, and Hans Jørgen Jensen. Mr. Zalkind has Bachelors and Masters degrees from Juilliard, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. Mr. Zalkind plays on a rare Italian cello made by Florentine Maker Luigi Piatellini in 1760.


Hyeyeon Park, piano

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Hyeyeon Park has been described as a pianist “with power, precision and tremendous glee” (Gramophone). Praised for her “very sensitive” (Washington Post) and “highly nuanced” (Lucid Culture) playing, she has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Japan and her native Korea. Ms. Park has been a soloist with Seoul Philharmonic, KNUA Chamber Orchestra, Gangnam Symphony Orchestra and Incheon Philharmonic to name a few. Ms. Park garnered top prizes in numerous international competitions as well, including Oberlin (USA), Ettlingen (Germany), Hugo Kauder (USA), Maria Canals (Spain), Prix Amadeo (Germany), and Corpus Christi (USA). Her performances have been broadcast on KBS and EBS television in Korea, RAI3 (Italy), WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), WBJC (Baltimore), WETA (Washington DC), radio and channel LOOP in the States, and her recordings can be found on BlueGriffin, Urtext Digital, and HM Labels.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Park has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as David Shifrin, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Paul Neubauer, Ian Swensen, Toby Appel, Amit Peled, and many others appearing frequently at Yellow Barn Festival, Santander Music Festival, Great Mountain Festival, Music@Menlo Festival, and Chamber Music Northwest.  An advocate of new music, Ms. Park enjoys working closely with living composers, regularly performing works by Pierre Jalbert, Paul Schoenfield, Ezra Laderman, as well as releasing a world-premiere recording of cello sonatas by Liebermann.

Ms. Park is a graduate of Korean National University, the Yale School of Music, and she holds a Doctorate from Peabody Conservatory. Her teachers include Daejin Kim, Yong Hi Moon, and Peter Frankl. She is currently piano professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she serves as Co-Artistic Director of Apex Concerts.


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