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Distinguished Artists Mentors:
Pamela Frank, Artistic Director and violin Shmuel Ashkenasi,violaRising Stars:
Danbi Um, violin
Kenneth Renshaw, violin
Yoo Jin Jang, violin
Matthew Lipman, viola
Shira Majoni, viola
SuJin Lee, cello
Jiyoung Lee, cello
Kuok-Wai Lio, piano
The Evnin Rising Stars program is a week of intense collaboration and musical discovery where distinguished artist/mentors pass on the great masterworks of the chamber music repertoire to a new generation of outstanding talent. In its 22nd year, Rising Stars features three accomplished mentors: Pamela Frank (violin) – Avery Fisher Prize winner and Artistic Director of Evnin Rising Stars; Leon Fleisher – prolific pianist and subject of Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary film Two Hands; and Shmuel Ashkenasi – award-winning first violin of the famed Vermeer Quartet. Each of these musicians in turn studied with earlier masters, including accomplished conductor Pierre Monteux and legendary pedagogue Ilona Feher. The Rising Stars week culminates in two chamber recitals by the young virtuosos alongside their educators.
Dvořák Terzetto in C for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 12 in A, K 414 (Arr. by Mozart for Piano and String Quartet)
Brahms String Sextet in B flat, Op 18
American violinist Pamela Frank has established an outstanding international reputation across an unusually varied range of performing activity. In addition to her extensive schedule of engagements with prestigious orchestras throughout the world and her recitals on the leading concert stages, she is regularly sought after as a chamber music partner by today’s most distinguished soloists and ensembles. The breadth of this accomplishment and her consistently high level of musicianship were recognized in 1999 with the Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists. Ms. Frank has appeared with such orchestras as the Baltimore Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Orchestre National de France, the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the National Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Paris, the San Francisco Symphony and the Vienna Symphony. She has performed under many esteemed conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach, Bernard Haitink, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Leonard Slatkin and, most regularly, Yuri Temirkanov and David Zinman. She appears often at numerous festivals in Europe and the United States, including Aldeburgh, Berlin, Blossom, Bravo! Vail Valley, Caramoor, the Hollywood Bowl, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Salzburg, Tanglewood and Verbier.
Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Shmuel Ashkenasi attended the Musical Academy of Tel Aviv and gave his first public performance at the age of eight. After studying with Ilona Feher, he came to the United States to study with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music. He won the Merriweather Post Competition, was a finalist in Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth competition, and received second prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Mr. Ashkenasi has toured the former Soviet Union twice and concertized extensively in Europe, Israel, the Far East, and the United States, and he has collaborated with Rudolf Serkin, Thomas Hampson, Murray Perahia, Peter Serkin, and Menahem Pressler. As first violin of the famed Vermeer Quartet, he has gained a reputation as one of the world’s outstanding chamber musicians. From 1969 until 2007, Mr. Ashkenasi was professor of music and artist-in-residence at Northern Illinois University, and, for the last several years, he taught at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Mr. Ashkenasi joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2007.
Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher represents the highest standard of musicianship and, at 85 years young, he continues to impart his life-affirming artistry throughout the world, thriving in a sustained career as conductor and soloist, recitalist, chamber music artist, and master class mentor. Highlights of Mr. Fleisher’s 2013-2014 season in this country include appearances as soloist with the Boston Symphony with Kazushi Ono, the Chicago Symphony with James Conlon, and the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall with Jaime Laredo conducting some of the country’s most gifted young (15 to 22 year-old) musicians. As a conductor, he will be heard with The Cleveland Orchestra and Mitsuko Uchida and as a conductor/soloist with the Naples Philharmonic where he will be conducting a world premiere with three of his children and a daughter-in-law as harp soloists. He will perform recitals and give master classes nationally and around the world and he will conduct the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and appear as soloist with orchestra in Karlsruhe, Germany. His chamber music highlights include performances at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas with the Juilliard Quartet, in the Peoples’ Symphony Concerts series in New York with the Dover String Quartet, and at the Eastman School of Music with the Ying Quartet. He is making a new recording for Bridge Records including left-hand works written for him and the Bach/Brahms Chaconne. In the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Fleisher’s engagements include performances and master classes in Switzerland (master classes at the University and a recital at the Lucerne Festival), Germany (as conductor/soloist of the Bamberg Symphony and playing chamber music at the Tonhalle in Duesseldorf)) , Brazil (Ravel Concerto with the Philharmonic Orchestra in Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro) , France (master classes in Strasbourg), conducting in Taiwan and Japan, and performing in halls across the United States. A recipient of numerous honors and awards, Mr. Fleisher received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in 2007. In 2006, he was the subject of the 2006 Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary film Two Hands. His recent memoir, My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music, which he co-wrote with Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette, is published by Doubleday. Most recently, Baltimore philanthropists Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker established the Leon Fleisher Scholars Fund for piano students at the Peabody Conservatory, an endowment of over $1,000,000.
Violinist Danbi Um has established an impressive career, performing at some of the world’s foremost concert venues, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall in New York, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. She uses a 1683 Nicolo Amati ‘ex Petschek violin, on generous loan. Apart from regular appearances at prestigious summer festivals across the United States, including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Ravinia Festival, North Shore Chamber Music Festival, Prussia Cove, and the Yellow Barn Festival in Putney, Vermont, Ms. Um has performed as a soloist with orchestras both in the US and abroad, including the Israel Symphony, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic, Herzliya Chamber Orchestra, and Dartmouth Symphony, among others. She is a member of both the acclaimed Musicians from Marlboro ensemble and the Jupiter Chamber Players. Ms. Um’s extraordinary talent and musicianship have resulted in prize-winning performances at several prestigious international competitions, including second prize at the 2004 Menuhin International Violin Competition, second prize in the 2011 “Vasco Abadjiev” Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria, and third place in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in Queenstown, New Zealand in 2009. At age 10, Ms. Um was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she received a Bachelor of Music. Her other teachers include the internationally esteemed performers and pedagogues Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joseph Silverstein, Ida Kavafian, and Hagai Shaham.
20-year-old American violinist Kenneth Renshaw has appeared as soloist with orchestras on four continents, including Lithuanian National Orchestra, the China Philharmonic, the China NCPA Orchestra, the Jenaer Philharmonie, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the California Symphony, the American Philharmonic, and the Orquestra de Festival Ushuaia. He has given sold-out recitals at major European music festivals (the Menuhin Festival Gstaad and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festspiele) and has been featured on the national radio stations of Germany, Argentina, Lithuania, and the United States. His playing has been hailed as “vivid and eloquent” (San Francisco Chronicle) and praised for its “natural and honest sense of communication” (The Strad magazine). Kenneth won First Prizes in the 2012 Menuhin and 2010 Spohr International Violin Competitions, and the 2009 Los Angeles Philharmonic competition, among other awards. An avid chamber musician, he has collaborated in performances with many esteemed artists, including violinist Cho-Liang Lin, cellist Matt Heimovitz, violist Atar Arad, and flutist Sir James Galway. Kenneth has attended the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Institute, the Perlman Music Program’s Residencies in Sarasota (Florida) and Stowe (Vermont), [email protected]’s International Chamber Music Institute, and the 2013 Kronberg Academy Violin Masterclasses. He has studied with Donald Weilertstein at the New England Conservatory, Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program, and Li Lin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He is currently studying at the Juilliard School as a recipient of the prestigious Kovner Fellowship. He has been generously loaned violins from the Juilliard School, Bein & Fushi/The Stradivarius Society of Chicago, Reuning & Sons of Boston, Christophe Landon Rare Violins, and the Maestro Foundation of Southern California.
Yoo Jin Jang
Yoo Jin Jang is a powerful young violinist who has been praised for her “fiery virtuosity” and sensitive interpretation. She has been performing with top Korean orchestras such as the KBS Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra since the age of 9. An active international soloist, Yoo Jin has appeared with Ivan Fischer’s Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Bulgaria National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Emil Tabakov, the Sofia Philharmonia Orchestra under Ljubka Biagioni, the Erato Ensemble with Sholomo Mintz, the Exremadura Orchestra led by Jesus Amigo, and the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo. Yoo Jin’s past season included the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert in Chicago, the Munetsugu Competition Gala Concerts in Tokyo and Nagoya, a recital at Jordan Hall in Boston, and an appearance with the Nagoya Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra. Her upcoming season features her with the Caramoor Rising Stars, Ravinia Steans Institute on Tour, a recital at the infamous Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, another recital in Jordon Hall in Boston, soloist with the NEC Philharmonia with conductor Josh Weilerstein, and her first CD release titled “Korean Young Musicians” under KBS (Korean Broadcast System) label, Aulos media & KBS Classic FM. Yoo Jin Jang participated in Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars program in 2013.
Violist Matthew Lipman has been hailed by The New York Times for his “rich tone and elegant phrasing” and by the Chicago Tribune for his “splendid technique and musical sensitivity.” Engagements as soloist include the Juilliard, Minnesota, Grand Rapids symphonies, the Wisconsin Chamber, Ars Viva Symphony, Montgomery Symphony, Capital City Symphony and Southwest Symphony Orchestras, and as recitalist with the Phillips Collection in Washington D. C. and the ShortGrass Festival in northeastern New Mexico. He will travel this season to Honolulu, Lisbon, London, Rome, and Bad Kissingen, German with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as a member of CMS Two, and his debut recording of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Rachel Barton Pine, Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is scheduled for release this January. Mr. Lipman is the First Prize winner of the Washington, Stulberg, and Johansen International Competitions; the Minnesota Orchestra and Juilliard Competitions; and is a top prizewinner of the Tertis and Primrose International Viola Competitions. He has attended the [email protected], Ravinia, Marlboro, Caramoor, and Perlman Music festivals and has collaborated with David Finckel, Miriam Fried, Paul Katz, Ani and Ida Kavafian, and Itzhak Perlman. Born in Chicago in 1992, Mr. Lipman is a student at The Juilliard School, where he is a recipient of a Kovner Fellowship and serves as teaching assistant to professor Heidi Castleman. He has also studied with Misha Amory, Roland Vamos, and Matthew Mantell. Mr. Lipman performs on a fine viola by Matteo Goffriller, 1700, on generous loan from the REB Foundation.
Italian-born violist Shira Majoni grew up in a musical family, and from a very early age expressed her passion and interest for languages, music being one of them. In 2013 she was awarded Top Prize for viola and Special Prize for Best Performance of an Israeli Composition at the 2013 Aviv Competition in Israel, where she lived until recently. Her most recent performances include recitals and chamber music concerts in various prestigious venues in Israel and abroad such as the Henry Crown Hall and YMCA in Jerusalem, the Asia and Recanati Halls at the Tel Aviv Museum, Jordan Hall and MFA in Boston. In 2008 she premiered El Mar y El Amor, a work for Viola, Trombone and Wind Ensemble dedicated to her by Guillermo Lago. As part of “Musicians Without Borders”, she toured with the Winds of Change in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. Her love for orchestral playing brought her to perform in venues such as Carnegie Hall in NY, Symphony Hall in Boston, the United Nations, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, the Conservatory Hall in Moscow and the Seoul Arts Centre amongst others. In 2008 she joined the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, with which she toured in Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Middle East. Under Daniel Barenboim, who co-founded the orchestra with Edward Said, they performed at the Proms in London, the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals, amongst others, and recorded the Beethoven Cycle for Decca.
Twenty-one-year old cellist SuJin Lee began her music studies at age five. Since her solo orchestra debut at age seven in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory, she has performed extensively in the United States and Europe at world-renowned venues such as the Louvre Museum, Sibelius Hall, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Art Gallery, the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center, Zankel Hall, Mechanics Hall, and Jordan Hall. Prizewinner in the 2006 Johansen International Competition and 2009 Klein International Competitions, she has appeared as guest soloist with the Boca Raton Philharmonia, the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra. She has spent many summers at prestigious music programs such as the Steans Institute at Ravinia, [email protected] Chamber Music Institute, Perlman Music Program, and the Aspen Music Festival, working closely with teachers such as Ronald Leonard, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum, and Richard Aaron. An avid chamber musician, she has coached with Gil Kalish, Nobuko Imai, Menahem Pressler, Miriam Fried, Ida Kavafian, Michael Tree, Wu Han, David Finckel, and Paul Neubauer and has collaborated with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, and Roger Tapping. Born in South Korea, SuJin immigrated to the United States when she was one year old. Raised in Boston, she studied with Laura Blustein and Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School. This May, she received her B.A. in psychology from Columbia University and completed her undergraduate cello studies at The Juilliard School with Timothy Eddy, with one semester at the Paris Conservatoire with Philippe Muller. She is currently pursuing her Master in Music degree at the New England Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser.
Cellist Jiyoung Lee, “plays with passion and sensitivity. Her interpretation is impeccable for its depth of feeling and intelligence.” (The Times Herald-Record) She has performed as a soloist with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the Seoul National University Orchestra. She was awarded in the Schoenfeld Competition, New York International Artists Association Competition, Schumann Cello Concerto at the Juilliard, Hudson Valley Concerto Competition, the Hellam Young Artist Competition, and the Kumho Asiana Young Artist Cultural Foundation. As an avid chamber musician, she has performed in Maine, California, New York, Massachusetts, Florida, New Mexico, Geneva, Verbier, and Seoul. A graduate of Curtis Institute of Music, she has her Masters degree at The Juilliard School with Timothy Eddy. Ms. Lee is enrolled in the Artist Diploma Program at The Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick.
Born in Macau in 1989, Kuok-Wai began his piano studies at the age of five. In 1997 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and in 2006 he entered Curtis. His principal teachers have included Gabriel Kwok and Gary Graffman. Most recently, Kuok-Wai has been working regularly with András Schiff at international master classes and festivals in Europe. Recent performances include solo recitals at the Ravinia Festival, Vancouver Recital Series, and chamber music concert at the Salzburg Festival. A regular participant of Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove, and the Marlboro and Santa Fe Chamber Music festivals, Kuok-Wai has also performed with the Macau Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, Curtis Chamber Orchestra, Russian Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg, and has given recitals in Japan, Germany and Italy. Kuok-Wai has received prizes in international competitions including Fulbright, Gina Bachauer, Seiler, Steinway, Ettlingen and Chopin (Tokyo). In January 2004, he was awarded a Commendation of Merit given by the Chief Executive of Macau. That same year he was invited to perform for the President of China, Hu Jintao, at the fifth anniversary of Macau’s handover to China.