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The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts | WFMT
44 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Duo FAE — made up of violinist Charlene Kluegel and pianist Katharine Petersen — presents a live performance of Three Spirituals by Florence Price and the Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 by Brahms. We hope you enjoyed this performance. Don't forget to subscribe to WFMT's YouTube Channel and like WFMT's Facebook Page to catch each and every livestream! The post Duo FAE appeared first on WFMT.
31 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Pianist Silvan Negrutiu presents a performance of works by Joan Tower, George Enescu, and Beethoven for this live Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert at the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago. We hope you enjoyed this performance; don't forget to subscribe to WFMT's YouTube Channel and like WFMT's Facebook Page to catch each and every livestream! The post Silvan Negrutiu appeared first on WFMT.
30 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
Jordan Bak and Ji Yung Lee
Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak is joined by collaborative pianist Ji Yung Lee for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from its new location at the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago with works by Haydn, Leslie Adams, Clara Schumann, and Robert Schumann. “A star in the making,” (Seattle Pi) Jamaican-American violist Jordan Bak is an outstanding artist of passion, energy, and authenticity in the recital and chamber music arenas. A Sphinx MPower Artist Grant Recipient and a top laureate of the 2020 Sphinx Competition, Bak is also a winner and Audience Prize recipient of the 2019 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, the recipient of the 2019 Samuel Sanders Tel Aviv Museum Prize and the 2019 John White Special Prize from the Tertis International Viola Competition. In addition to his growing solo career, Jordan Bak is a member of the celebrated New York Classical Players and is a featured artist for WQXR’s inaugural Artist Propulsion Lab. Highlights of the 2020-2021 season include virtual recitals at Merkin Concert Hall, The National Arts Club and the American Viola Society, as well as performances at WQXR/WNYC’s The Greene Space, The Chamber Music Society of Detroit, and Kaufman Music Center’s Musical Storefronts. Bak will also be returning to the legendary Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. He has been heard as a recitalist and chamber musician in the United States at such venues as Alice Tully Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Jordan Hall, and Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, among others, and in Europe at the Verbier Festival, the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, the Centre de Musique Hindemith, and the Helsinki Musiikkitalo. A proud advocate of 20th and 21st century new music, Bak gave the world premieres of Kaija Saariaho’s Du gick, flög for viola and mezzo-soprano and Die Aussicht for string quartet and soprano. Bak also gave an acclaimed performance of the Druckman Viola Concerto with The Juilliard Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in New York. He has additionally collaborated with such composers as Eli Greenhoe, Sampo Kansurinen, Caroline Shaw, and Delong Wang. 2nd prize and special award winner at Salieri-Zinetti International Chamber Music Competition in Italy, pianist and singer Ji Yung Lee has made appearances at Carnegie Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the John F. Kennedy Center. She has also captivated audiences via numerous radio broadcasts including WQXR, MPR and WFMT. She recently joined Victory Hall Opera as its first official pianist-in-residence, with the title of Chief Repetiteur. Her upcoming engagements include a U.S. tour with violist Jordan Bak at venues such as Merkin Concert Hall and the Chicago Cultural Center. During the pandemic, Ji Yung appears in virtual spaces as a conductor, pianist, singer, and coach. She conducted several virtual performances for Project Tacet where more than 40 musicians were involved. On her own Youtube Channel, SingingJungle, she sings and plays various genres of music including classical, jazz, pop, musical theatre, etc. Ji Yung received her Bachelor’s degree at Yonsei University in Korea, majoring in choral conducting, studying with Ickhyun Cho and Haeock Eunice Kim Bang. She participated in conducting masterclasses led by Donald Neuen and Simon Carrington as both conductor and pianist. She also studied Organ with Hyeyoung Lee and voice with Hyunjoo Jung. Biographies courtesy of IMF Chicago. *On-demand audio featured on this site may have been edited in order to comply with U.S. copyright regulations. The post Jordan Bak and Ji Yung Lee appeared first on WFMT.
47 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Ben Solomonow and Christopher Goodpasture
Bronze medal winner of the 2021 Fischoff National Chamber Competition, cellist Ben Solomonow is joined by pianist Christopher Goodpasture performing music of Beethoven, Kodály, Strohl, and Debussy for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. Described by the Toronto Concert Review as “exuding a depth of artistry and sublime musical sensitivity” and noted by the Dallas Morning News for his “rhetorical grandeur, romantic warmth, and surefire technique,” pianist Christopher Goodpasture has a growing reputation as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist. Christopher’s performances reflect an emphasis on the importance of programming, with an inclination towards repertoire that is unconventional and lesser-known, and narrative that is provocative. These programs often weave together short works of disparate styles and eras in non-linear fashion, drawing unusual connections between seemingly unrelated composers. The essence of his approach as a performer lies in the totality of the listening experience. Winner of Astral Artists 2019 National Auditions in Philadelphia, Christopher regularly performs in concert venues internationally, including the Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Benaroya Hall (Seattle), Koerner Hall (Toronto), Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Weill Recital Hall (New York), Bing Concert Hall (San Francisco), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He is a top prize-winner of international competitions across the country including the Washington International Piano Competition, Seattle International Piano Competition, Iowa International Piano Competition, Dallas International Piano Competition, and Serge and Olga Koussevitzky Competition for Pianists in New York. Recent and forthcoming orchestral performances include Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 with the Dallas Chamber Symphony, Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2 and Grieg Concerto with the Oakville Symphony in Toronto, concert works of Gershwin with the Riverside Symphonia, Mozart Concerto No. 23 with the Chamber Orchestra of New York and Beethoven Concerto No. 2 with the Joven Orquesta Leonesa in Léon, Spain, as well as appearances with the Sioux City, Northumberland, and Acadiana Symphony Orchestras. From a young age, Christopher developed a keen interest in collaboration and is now a widely sought-after chamber musician. He has collaborated with members of the Takacs, Ysaye, Amenda, and Guarneri string quartets and appeared in performances at the Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota and Banff Festivals. Most recently, he was a member of the New York-based Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW), a fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School and the Weill Institute, emphasizing audience engagement, teaching and performing chamber music. Born in Los Angeles, California, Christopher’s education began at the Pasadena Conservatory, where he studied theory, chamber music, and for four years, composition with American composer, Andrew Norman. Christopher holds graduate degrees from the Yale School of Music and The Juilliard School, where his teachers included Hung-Kuan Chen, Peter Frankl, Jerome Lowenthal and Christopher Elton. He received his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California and an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, studying with Stewart Gordon and John Perry. Biography courtesy of the artist’s website. The post Ben Solomonow and Christopher Goodpasture appeared first on WFMT.
40 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
Pianist Julia Hamos performs works by Clara Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, and Maurice Ravel for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert live from the Cultural Center. Pianist Julia Hamos performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, notably in Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and at the Liszt Academy in Budapest. She has given recitals and chamber music performances at the Trasimeno Music Festival in Italy, Open Chamber Music of the IMS Prussia Cove festival, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Festival, the Ravinia Steans Institute, and the Verbier Festival Academy. Julia is the winner of the Sterndale Bennett Prize for romantic-era music at the Royal Academy of Music, the winner of the Mannes College of Music Fidelman Prize for contemporary music, as well as the first prize winner of the International Virtuoso Competition in New York City and the recipient of the first Jacob Barnes Award of the Royal Academy of Music for ideas to create collaboration with other art forms and connect with different communities. She performed in masterclasses at the invitation of Sir Andras Schiff at the Wigmore Hall in London, where her playing was noted by the U.K.'s The Independent as "warmly seductive," in the Gstaad Menuhin Academy in Switzerland and at the Klavierfestival Ruhr in Germany in 2017. Her chamber music collaborators include cellist Christoph Richter, pianist Richard Goode, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Berlin Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. With a penchant for collaborations with other arts, she has performed together with the Martha Graham Dance Company, the New English Ballet Theater, and The New School’s Drama Division, and has an affinity for experimental contemporary works that combine acting with playing. Julia has worked with artists including Andras Schiff, Daniel Barenboim, Angela Hewitt, Leon Fleisher, Thomas Ades, Peter Serkin, Ferenc Rados, Rita Wagner, Jonathan Biss, Yefim Bronfman, Sergei Babayan, and members of the Orion, Juilliard, and Takacs String Quartets. Julia began her studies at the age of 4 with Hungarian pianist Christina Kiss. She is a graduate of the Juilliard pre-college division, the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Christopher Elton, and the Mannes College of Music, where she earned a Master's Degree and subsequently a Professional Studies Diploma studying with Richard Goode. Julia is a newly-appointed piano faculty member at the 92nd Street Y School of Music in New York. From fall 2019 she will study at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin under Sir András Schiff. She has been selected by Sir András Schiff to play a series of concerts in the Building Bridges series throughout Europe in the 2022-23 season. Biography courtesy of the artist’s website. We hope you enjoyed this performance; don't forget to subscribe to WFMT's YouTube Channel and like WFMT's Facebook Page to catch each and every livestream! The post Julia Hamos appeared first on WFMT.
28 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
SooBeen Lee and Elliot Wuu
Violinist SooBeen Lee and pianist Elliot Wuu join us in a live performance with works of Claude Debussy, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Igor Frolov for this Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert broadcast. We hope you enjoyed this performance; don't forget to subscribe to WFMT's YouTube Channel and like WFMT's Facebook Page to catch each and every livestream! The post SooBeen Lee and Elliot Wuu appeared first on WFMT.
45 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Jean Hatmaker and Michael Finlay
This live concert with cellist Jean Hatmaker and pianist Michael Finlay features music by Johannes Brahms and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The post Jean Hatmaker and Michael Finlay appeared first on WFMT.
37 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Henry Griffin and Tian Qin
Today’s concert features music for piano four-hands with works by Dvořák, Schoenberg, Bonis, and Piazzolla live from the Chicago Cultural Center. The post Henry Griffin and Tian Qin appeared first on WFMT.
39 minutes | May 26, 2021
Duo Dotto-Cho performs music by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms live from the Chicago Cultural Center. Arianna Dotto, violin Hyejin Cho, piano Born in Chicago and raised in Milan, Italy, violinist Arianna Dotto has performed across the U.S.A., Italy, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Germany, including at Carnegie “Weill” Recital Hall, the Sala Verdi (Milan), and with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne at the BCV Concert Hall amongst others. She was awarded first prizes at the LMM Young Artist Award, the “Vittorio Veneto”, “Luigi Nono”, “Guido Papini”, and “Rosetum” international competitions, and was a laureate and participant at the prestigious “Concours international de Violin d’Avignon” (France), “Kloster Schöntal Wettbewerb”, ARD Competition (Germany), Bartok World Competition (Hungary), and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Arianna has performed for Radio Classica, the Swiss radio RTS, and WRCJ Radio’s Classical Brunch Series. Her interview for the Wall Street International Magazine appears in the book Milano è Donna (2017), a collection celebrating noteworthy contemporary women of Milanese origin. An avid chamber musician, she studied with the Artemis Quartett in Berlin as first violin of the Lyskamm Quartett, winning several international prizes with that ensemble. Arianna obtained her Master’s Degree at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, under the guidance of P. Vernikov and S. Makarova, while at the same time completing a Praktikum at the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich. Her continuing education brought her to the Cleveland Institute of Music to work with Jaime Laredo, and she is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan in the studio of David Halen. Arianna plays on a violin by G. Tononi (ex-Amati, ca. 1690). Pianist Hyejin Cho is an active performer with recent recitals across the U.S.A., Germany, Italy, Austria, England, Japan and Korea. Frequently invited as a guest artist, Cho has recently given solo recitals at institutions such as Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Northern Illinois University, Wheaton College as a part of the concert series of piano works by Robert Schumann, a project that she has established in six different states – Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Wisconsin and Utah. In 2021, Cho will bring the series to the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in December 2021. The first album of the Schumann project will be released through the Orpheus Classical in May 2021. As a passionate chamber musician, Cho has had extensive collaborative performance experiences. She is a founding member of the American Prize winner Koinonia Piano Trio, a performing and teaching ensemble that has performed in New York, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Alaska and 5 cities in Europe as a part of a tour in Austria, Germany and Italy. In addition, she has collaborated with internationally renowned artists, including Nathan Giem, David Halen, and members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra among others. Originally from Korea, Cho graduated from Ewha Women’s University as a Valedictorian. After graduation, she came to the United States, studying with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University and earning a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma in Piano. In 2018, she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan. www.hyejinchopianist.com Biographies courtesy of the IMF. The post Duo Dotto-Cho appeared first on WFMT.
46 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra String Quartet
Azusa Tashiro, violin 1 Elizabeth Huffman, violin 2 Amanda Grimm, viola Jacob Hanegan, cello Azusa Tashiro, violin 1 Azusa Tashiro is Concertmaster for Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) and is originally from Chiba, Japan. She started playing violin at the age of 4 and continued her studies at the Toho School of Music and DePaul University, where she studied with the renowned violinist Ilya Kaler. She is the former concertmaster of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and is a guest concertmaster of the Orchestra Iowa. She has also performed with various ensembles such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Joffrey Ballet. Azusa is enthusiastic about performing non-traditional forms of music; she has been a member of the Peter Jankovic Ensemble (Classical guitar/String Quartet), and has frequently performed with the Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues and the Fifth House Ensemble. Elizabeth Huffman, violin 2 Elizabeth Huffman joined IPO as Assistant Concertmaster in 2005. An active freelance musician, Elizabeth has performed with multiple artists and orchestras across the country. In addition to performing with the IPO, she is a member of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra. When she is not performing, Elizabeth maintains a studio of approximately 20 violin students. She is the Assistant Director at the Oak Park String Academy, where her students range in age from 5-17 years old. In her work with such young musicians, Elizabeth is passionate about building character and appreciation for music at an early age. She hopes to build a legacy of future musicians and future audience members for both the IPO and all live music. Amanda Grimm, viola Violinist and violist, Amanda Grimm is Acting Principal Violist with IPO. She enjoys a versatile career as a freelance artist in the greater Chicago area. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and Carnegie Mellon University, she has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and concertmaster in both the United States and abroad. The current Principal Violist of the Elgin Symphony, Ms. Grimm has performed as a violinist and violist with the Milwaukee, Northwest Indiana, and Wheeling Symphonies, as well as Chicago Philharmonic, and Chicago Chamber Orchestras. As an instructor, Ms. Grimm has maintained a private studio for fifteen years. She has been on the faculty at the Merit School of Music, Chicago Opera Theater Education Division, Chicago School of Music, and Lincoln Park Performing Arts High School (PA). Dedicated to music education, she also regularly performs outreach concerts and programs in the Chicago Public Schools and at various schools, colleges, and universities throughout the country. Jacob Hanegan, cello Jacob Hanegan joined Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Cellist in April, 2019. Along with his Chicagoland performances, Jake regularly performs with the Sarasota Orchestra, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Seattle Symphony. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music from Rice University, and was a New World Symphony fellow from 2016 to 2019. Biography courtesy of the IMF. The post Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra String Quartet appeared first on WFMT.
34 minutes | May 13, 2020
Trio Celeste [Rebroadcast]
Hailed as “a first-class ensemble” (Orange County Register), “unfailingly stylish” (The Strad), “technically dazzling” (Long Beach Gazette), “flawless” (New York Concert Review) and “the epitome of what chamber musicians should be” (Palm Beach Daily News), Trio Céleste has firmly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today. Recent highlights include recital debuts at the Chicago Cultural Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Seoul Art Center in South Korea, and the world premiere of Paul Dooley’s Concerto Grosso for Piano Trio and Strings co-commissioned by Trio Céleste and Chamber Music | OC. Winners of the prestigious Beverly Hills Auditions and the recipients of the 2017 Emerging Artist Award from Arts Orange County, the ensemble has performed hundreds of recitals worldwide also appearing in master classes, entrepreneurship seminars, and performance residencies at some of the nation’s top academic institutions and centers for arts and culture. In 2014, the ensemble was selected from over 500 applicants to be Artists-in-Residence at The Grand Canyon National Park. Trio Céleste was Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine from 2013-2019, and are current Directors of the acclaimed arts organization Chamber Music | OC where they have been featured in collaborations with violist Paul Coletti, Emerson String Quartet violinist Philip Setzer, and principal players of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. During the 2015/2016 season, the Trio commissioned new music from composers Samuel Adler, Mike Block, Christopher Dobrian, Paul Dooley, Eugene Drucker, Peter Erskine, Eric Guinivan, Fred Hersch, Pierre Jalbert, Nicole Mitchell, Jim Scully, and Cristina Spinei, and released their Debut Album on the Navona label which debuted at #5 on iTunes for “Best Seller New Release” and #20 on Amazon’s “Chamber Music Albums”. The ensemble was inspired to take its name after their very first meeting in New York City, where a rare celestial occurrence – the largest harvest moon in two decades – marked the beginning of their tenure together. IRYNA KRECHKOVSKY // VIOLIN Canadian violinist Iryna Krechkovsky is a prize-winning violinist with an international career in solo, chamber, and orchestral performances. Celebrated for her tone, emotionality, and precision, she has performed in concert venues from Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, to The American Church in Paris, and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, and was featured on National Public Radio, KABC-TV Los Angeles, the Public Broadcasting Service, and most recently, as a speaker/performer at TEDxChapmanU. She was a top prize winner at the Sorantin International Competition, the Canadian Music Competition, the Kocian International Violin Competition in Czech Republic, the Beverly Hills Auditions, and the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition which afforded her a three-year loan of the 1689 “Baumgartner” Stradivari violin. She has performed as soloist with the Lviv National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Toronto Sinfonietta, the Seoul National University Virtuosi, the California Chamber Orchestra, the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Canadian Academy Chamber Orchestra, and appears alongside principals from the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s in performances with the New York Women’s Ensemble Orchestra. As a distinguished chamber artist, she has performed at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, the San Angelo Piano Festival, Ottawa Chamberfest, Artosphere, the Stony Brook Faculty Recital Series, and The Banff Centre, with artists including Denis Brott, Colin Carr, Paul Coletti, David Finckel, Gil Kalish, Alan Kay, Kyung Sun Lee, Julian Martin, and Philip Setzer. Krechkovsky has performed hundreds of recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with her husband, pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks, as part of the award-winning Krechkovsky/Loucks Duo. In 2012, the Duo formed Trio Céleste with cellist Ross Gasworth and are currently Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine where they also direct the annual Summer Chamber Music Festival. Iryna Krechkovsky is also Co-Founder and Director of the Young Artist Program of Chamber Music | OC, one of the most dynamic classical music projects in the country dedicated to advancing the art of chamber music through performance, education, and community outreach. Born in Ukraine, Iryna Krechkovsky holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University in New York and earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she was awarded the Dr. Jerome Gross Prize in Violin. Her mentors include David and Linda Cerone, Philip Setzer, Philippe Graffin, Pamela Frank, and Henk Guittart. Krechkovsky performs on a 2007 violin by Ryan Soltis and Samuel Zygmuntowicz. Learn more at irynakrechkovsky.com. ROSS GASWORTH // CELLO Cellist Ross Gasworth’s playing has been praised as “gorgeous” (Waco Tribune-Harold) and “warm and generous” (Orange County Register), having concertized and taught throughout the United States, as well as in Asia and Europe. He has performed chamber music alongside principal players from the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ross was selected by Michael Tilson-Thomas to perform as Principal Cellist of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, and at Google’s annual Zeitgeist festival in London, England. Ross has performed as a soloist with the Rochester Symphony, Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony, Michigan Youth Arts Festival Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, California Chamber Orchestra, and the UCI Symphony. As an orchestral musician, Ross has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Houston Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, New World Symphony, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, and as principal cellist with the Waco Symphony and Miami Symphony. Major festival appearances include the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and Pacific Music Festival. Ross has played in studio recording sessions for major motion pictures at Sony Picture Studios, FOX Studios, and Warner Brothers Studios, as well as albums at Capitol Records for recording artists such as Barbra Streisand, Michael Bublé, and Herb Alpert. He has performed at major venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Seoul Arts Center, The Hollywood Bowl, The Sydney Opera House, and Paris’ Radio France Concert Hall. Since 2012, Ross has been a member of the award-winning Trio Céleste, Ensemble-in-Residence at the Claire Trevor school of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, where the Trio directs the Summer Festival for Chamber Music as well. Trio Céleste is also the permanent Ensemble-in-Residence at Chamber Music | OC, for which Ross is Vice President of Community Engagement. He is also co-director of the Summer Chamber Music Camp at the David Adler Music and Arts Center in Libertyville, IL. A committed educator, Ross has been a teaching assistant at the University of North Texas, University of Illinois, and Cleveland Institute of Music. As one of the directors of Chamber Music | OC, Ross teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics in the Chamber Music | OC Young Artist Program workshops. Additionally, he has taught cello, chamber music, and Eurhythmics at the Kneisel Hall Young Musician’s Program, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings Program, and the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA). Ross began playing the cello at age three. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with Richard Aaron and Stephen Geber. Other past teachers include Eugene Osadchy at the University of North Texas, and Michel Strauss at the Paris Conservatoire. Ross performs on a 2005 cello by William Whedbee. Learn more at rossgasworth.com. KEVIN KWAN LOUCKS // PIANO Pianist Kevin Kwan Loucks enjoys a multifaceted career as international concert artist, educator, and arts entrepreneur. He has been described as “impeccable” (La Presse, Montreal), “a shining talent” (Völser Zeitung, Italy), “a pianist of exhilarating polish, unity and engagement” (The Orange County Register, California), and in 2015, was named one of Orange County, California’s most influential people by OC Weekly. He has earned ovations from Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, to Prösels Castle in Italy, the Kennedy Center, Kumho Art Hall in South Korea, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and Lichtenstein Palace in Prague, and has performed on National Public Radio, CBC Radio 2, Classical KUSC, the Public Broadcasting Service, KABC-TV Los Angeles, and the Korean Broadcasting System. He was a top prize winner at the Schlern International Competition in Italy, the International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston, the Beverly Hills Auditions in Los Angeles, and received the American Prize in Piano Performance in 2012. As a collaborative artist, Kevin Kwan Loucks has appeared in recitals with Rachel Barton Pine, Denis Brott, Colin Carr, Paul Coletti, Robert deMaine, Eugene Drucker, Edgar Meyer, Philip Setzer, Lara St. John, Kyung Sun Lee, and Carol Wincenc. He has been featured in collaborations with the Afiara, Cecilia, and Jupiter String Quartets, and has performed and recorded as a member of Gruppo Montebello, an All‐Star Ensemble of acclaimed Banff Centre faculty and alumni based in Canada. Loucks has performed hundreds of recitals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia with hi
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