Paul Huang, violin, Danbi Um, violin, and Mika Sasaki, piano
Wednesday Morning Concert
Wed, May 15, 2019, 11:00am
Our 11:00am Wednesday Morning Concerts include a 45-minute performance in the majestic Music Room followed by a tour of the historic Mediterranean-style Rosen House, an optional seasonally inspired buffet lunch, and freedom to explore the gardens. Come enjoy a day at Caramoor in the spring!
“Sparkling clean, airy tone, and pinpoint intonation, Huang is definitely an artist with the goods for a significant career.” — The Washington Post
“Danbi Um eschewed the commonplace muscular interpretation for a sinuous one with great horizontal movement. The layering of and transitions to the music’s alternating moods and intensities were expertly modulated…” — New York Classical Review
“Mika Sasaki strikes a happy medium between sensitivity of phrasing and boldness of attack. Her tone is rich and full with a wide range of dynamics and a judicious use of pedal.” — The Art Music Lounge
Paul Huang, violin
Danbi Um, violin
Mika Sasaki, piano
Spohr 3 Duos for 2 Violins, Op.67 Moszkowski Suite for Two Violins and Piano, Op.71 Amy BarloweHebraique Elegie SarasateNavarra, Op.33
Menu (add-on lunch to your concert ticket)
Sesame Seared Salmon Chicken Piccata
Sautéed Spinach with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions
House Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumber, and Julienned Carrots
Assorted Rolls and Herbed Butter
Brownies and Cookies
Coffee and Tea (Iced and Hot)
Recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, violinist Paul Huang is quickly gaining attention for his eloquent music making, distinctive sound, and effortless virtuosity. The Washington Post proclaimed Mr. Huang as “an artist with the goods for a significant career” following his recital debut at the Kennedy Center.
His recent and forthcoming engagements include his recital debut at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland as well as solo appearances with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev (St. Petersburg’s White Nights Festival), Berliner Symphoniker with Lior Shambadal (Philharmonie Berlin debut), Detroit Symphony with Leonard Slatkin, Houston Symphony with Andres Orozco-Estrada, Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Carlos Miguel Prieto, Seoul Philharmonic with Markus Stenz, and Taipei Symphony with Gilbert Varga (both in Taipei and on a U.S. tour).
This season, he made his Chicago orchestral debut at the Grant Park Music Festival, as well as appearances with the Buffalo Philharmonic and with the Baltimore, Alabama, Pacific, Santa Barbara, Charlotte, and Taiwan’s National Symphony Orchestras.
During the 2018–19 season, Mr. Huang will make debuts at The Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and return to The Palm Beach Chamber Music Society with The Emerson String Quartet and pianist Gilles Vonsattel for a performance of The Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet. In addition, Mr. Huang continues his association with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Camerata Pacifica where he will present all three violin sonatas by Johannes Brahms.
Mr. Huang’s recent recital engagements included Lincoln Center’s “Great Performers” series and return engagement at The Kennedy Center where he premiered Conrad Tao’s “Threads of Contact” for Violin and Piano during his recital evening with pianist Orion Weiss. He also stepped in for Midori with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony to critical acclaim. Mr. Huang has also made debuts at the Wigmore Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and the Louvre in Paris.
Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Huang made critically acclaimed recital debuts in New York and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center and has received honors from competitions around the world.
His first solo CD, Intimate Inspiration, is a collection of favorite virtuoso and romantic encore pieces released on the CHIMEI label. In association with Camerata Pacifica, he recorded “Four Songs of Solitude” for solo violin on their album of John Harbison works. The album was released on the Harmonia Mundi label in fall 2014.
A frequent guest artist at music festivals worldwide, he has performed at the Seattle, Music@Menlo, Caramoor, Bridgehampton, La Jolla, Moritzburg, Kissinger Sommer, Sion, Orford Musique, and the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea. His collaborators have included Gil Shaham, Cho-Liang Lin, Nobuko Imai, Lawrence Power, Maxim Rysanov, Mischa Maisky, Jian Wang, Frans Helmerson, Lynn Harrell, Yefim Bronfman, and Marc-Andre Hamelin.
Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Huang made critically acclaimed recital debuts in New York and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center. Other honors include First Prize at the 2009 International Violin Competition Sion-Valais (Tibor Varga) in Switzerland, the 2009 Chi-Mei Cultural Foundation Arts Award for Taiwan’s Most Promising Young Artists, the 2013 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and the 2014 Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist Award.
Born in Taiwan, Mr. Huang began violin lessons at the age of seven. He is a proud recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees under Hyo Kang and I-Hao Lee. He plays on the 1742 ex-Wieniawski Guarneri del Gesù on loan through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
Praised by The Strad as an “utterly dazzling” artist, with “a marvelous show of superb technique” and “mesmerizing grace” (New York Classical Review), violinist Danbi Um captivates audiences with her virtuosity, individual sound, and interpretive sensitivity. A 2018 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant recipient and a Menuhin International Violin Competition Silver Medalist, she showcases her artistry in concertos, solo recitals, and in collaboration with distinguished chamber musicians.
In the 2017–2018 season, Ms. Um made her New York recital debut in Lincoln Center presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and her San Francisco recital debut on Music@Menlo’s celebrated “Carte Blanche” series. She also debuted for The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Philadelphia’s “Morning Musicales,” and at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., with pianist Orion Weiss.
After winning the Music Academy of the West Violin Competition, Ms. Um made her concerto debut in the Walton Violin Concerto with the Festival Orchestra, conducted by Joshua Weilerstein.
After winning the Music Academy of the West Violin Competition, Ms. Um made her concerto debut in the Walton Violin Concerto with the Festival Orchestra, conducted by Joshua Weilerstein. Recent concerto engagements include appearances with the Israel Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, and the Dartmouth Symphony. She also recently appeared in recital and in chamber music performances in such venues as The Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Harris Theatre in Chicago, and at The Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
An avid chamber musician, Ms. Um is a current artist member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and a violinist with The Escher String Quartet. Festival appearances have included those at Marlboro, Ravinia, Yellow Barn, Moab, Seattle, Caramoor, and North Shore. This summer sees her debut at the Moritzburg Festival in Dresden, Germany. She has collaborated with Anthony Marwood, Vadim Gluzman, Pamela Frank, Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Frans Helmerson, Jan Vogler, David Shifrin, and Gilbert Kalish.
Born in 1990 in Seoul, South Korea, Danbi Um began violin lessons at the age of three. In the year 2000, she moved to the United States to study at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree. She also holds an Artist Diploma from Indiana University. Her teachers have included Shmuel Ashkenasi, Joseph Silverstein, Jaime Laredo, and Hagai Shaham.
Ms. Um is a winner of Astral’s 2015 National Auditions. She plays a 1683 “ex-Petschek” Nicolo Amati violin, on loan from a private collection.
Mika Sasaki, born in Atlanta, Ga., has given solo and chamber music performances in the U.S., U.K., Italy, and Japan. She has been a concerto soloist with the 92nd Street Y Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and the Sinfonia of Cambridge. Her festival appearances include pianoSonoma, Music@Menlo, Tanglewood, Taos, Chigiana, the Mannes Beethoven Institute, Icicle Creek, Yellow Barn, Aspen, and Estherwood.
She has received awards at the Peabody Conservatory, the Soleil Music Competition in Tokyo, All Japan Classical Music Competition, and the NJSO Young Artists Audition. Her debut album was released by Yarlung Records. She is a fellow at Ensemble ACJW. Sasaki has been an Evening Division faculty member at The Juilliard School since 2016. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and studied with Joseph Kalichstein, Benjamin Pasternack, Seiko Ezawa, and Olegna Fuschi.