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APRIL 11th 2021 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

J. BRAHMS: SONGS FOR MEZZO-SOPRANO & PIANO
X. SCHARWENKA: PIANO QUARTET IN F MAJOR OP 37 “US PREMIERE”
F. MENDELSSOHN: PIANO QUARTET N.3 IN B MINOR OP 3

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Artists:

KATARZYNA SADEJ Mezzo Soprano
Polish-Canadian-American Mezzo-Soprano Katarzyna Sadej was born in Wrocław, Poland. Her international, eclectic career spans concert, opera, chamber music, oratorio, recital and voice over performance. Katarzyna has also performed numerous world premieres and has had over a dozen new works composed especially for her.
Upcoming highlights in 2019 include her debut with conductor Alexander Shelley as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, with the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada; and, her Chinese debut at Opera Chengdu as Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’Amore. Recent opera performances include her L.A.

Opera debut as the Page of Herodias in Strauss’ Salome, her SOPAC Ottawa debut as Le Prince Charmant in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and the title role of Bizet’s Carmen in the Palm Springs Opera Guild annual gala. In oratorio, she recently made her Walt Disney Hall debut with the Pacific American Chorale singing the alto solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and she debuted with the Chicago Philharmonic as the alto soloist in Wojciech Kilar’s Missa Pro Pace.
Other notable highlights include solo appearances at Le Salon de Musiques (Los Angeles), Industry Opera, Carnegie Hall, Festival Mozaic, the National Theater in Taipei, the Nuits Blanches Festival of Toronto, San Diego Opera, the Ravinia Festival as a Steans Fellow, the 2012 London Olympics, the Ojai International Music Festival, the Montenegrin National Theater, the Lviv (Ukraine) and Banatul (Romania) Philharmonics, the Ojai International Music Festival, the Music Biennale Zagreb, the Bard Summerscape Music Festival, the Cartagena International Music Festival, Saskatoon Opera, the Berkshire Bach Society, and Harvard University, among other notable venues. www.katarzynasadej.com

.............................................................................................................................. YuEun KIM Violin
Having earned her Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Seoul National University, Ms. Kim received her Artist Diploma, as a Starling Fellow on full scholarship at the USC-Thornton School of Music, under the tutelage of violinist Midori Goto.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2013, she has won first place in USC’s Solo Bach Competition and the Strings Concerto Competition, and was a semi-finalist at the Qingdao International Violin Competition and the Michael Hill International Violin Competition. In 2018, she won second prize at the Boulder International Duo Competition with pianist Sung Chang.

YuEun’s biggest passion is chamber music, she is a founding member of the Zaffre String Quartet and has been performed at chamber music festivals around the country, including the Perlman Music Program, Yellow Barn, Banff Chamber Music Residency, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival and collaborated with such distinguished artists as Ida Kavafian, Colin Carr, Roger Tapping, Michael Kannen and Steven Tenenbom.
YuEun has appeared as a soloist with the USC Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Irvine, LA Virtuosi, Temecula Valley Symphony and Sequoia Symphony. She has won the “Beverly Hills National Audition” and has been selected to play at “Sundays Live at LACMA”, and joined the roster at ‘Classics Alive’ management.
In 2017, YuEun undertook a project dear to her: performing Beethoven’s complete violin sonatas over three concerts, with pianist Sung Chang. She recently completed a tour in the Bay area with guitarist Ines Thome and solo recitals at LACMA and Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago.
Her 2019 season highlights include regular performances with the chamber ensemble ‘Delirium Musicum’ of which she is a founding member, solo debut at Seoul Art Center in Korea and the ‘Chopin Project’ that was inspired by her Youtube video which hit 2 million views.

.............................................................................................................................. Ben ULLERY Viola
Ben Ullery is Assistant Principal Viola of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to moving to L.A. he spent three seasons as a member of the Minnesota Orchestra. He has also performed frequently with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and has appeared as Guest Principal Viola of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Ullery has been featured recently in chamber music performances on NPR’s Performance Today as well as local broadcasts on K-USC in Los Angeles and Minnesota Public Radio. He has recorded chamber works for Bridge and Albany records.

Recent summer festival appearances include the Grand Teton and Mozaic festivals and Music in the Vineyards. He has also attended the Aspen, Taos, and Tanglewood festivals and performed as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.
Mr. Ullery is a faculty member at the Colburn School where he teaches orchestral repertoire and coaches the Colburn Orchestra’s viola section. His students have gone on to hold positions in major orchestras in the US and Europe.
Mr. Ullery is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied violin with Gregory Fulkerson and received numerous honors upon graduation. He later attended New England Conservatory and the Colburn School, studying with James Buswell and Paul Coletti, respectively. He has also studied chamber music with members of the Guarneri, Takács, Vermeer, Borromeo, Miro, and St. Petersburg quartets.

.............................................................................................................................. Michael KAUFMAN Cello
An exciting cellist exploring various facets of the classical music scene, Michael Kaufman was the soloist for the opening of the renovated Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater and has performed at prestigious venues such as Zankel and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall. Concerto performances include works by Tchaikovsky, Haydn, and Gulda and chamber music engagements have taken him across the States and Western Europe. Michael is the Associate Principal cellist of Redlands Symphony and teaches on the faculty of Loyola Marymount University. He has participated in several important chamber music festivals including Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Yellow Barn, Music@Menlo, and Verbier. Important performances include chamber music concerts with Midori, Brett Dean’s 12 Angry Men in Disney Hall at the Piatigorsky Festival, the premiere of a concerto written by Daniel Silliman with the USC Symphony, and a month-long engagement playing principal cello of La Monnaie in Brussels. Last season, he performed the Saint-Saëns Concerto with the Saddleback symphony and premiered a concerto by USC Faculty Composer Sean Friar with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

Michael is the founder and president of the Los Angeles festival Sunset ChamberFest and the cello quintet SAKURA. He earned his Master’s and Doctorate from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor’s from Eastman. Michael’s principal teachers have been Ralph Kirshbaum, Steven Doane, and Alison Wells; he has also received valuable guidance from Steven Isserlis, Robert Levin, Thomas Adès, and David Geringas.

.............................................................................................................................. Hyejin KIM Piano
Born in Seoul, pianist HyeJin Kim studied at the prestigious Yewon Arts School and Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, where she earned her MA in Musical Arts as a “Konzertexamen.” She recently received an artist diploma at the Colburn School in its Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Fabio Bidini. Ms. Kim first attracted international attention at age 17 when, as its youngest participant, she won third prize in the prestigious Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy. Since then, Ms. Kim has been a prizewinner at numerous other international competitions including the 2008 Hong Kong International Piano Competition, the German Academic Exchange Service Prize, the Steinway & Sons Advancement Award Competition, and the Toronto International Piano Competition. In 2013, Ms. Kim made her recording debut performing Rachmaninoff Piano Concertos No. 1 & 2 with the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra and Maestro Eduard Topchjan on Sony Classical. regular performances with the Salastina Music Society as its resident pianist.
She is a resident pianist of Salastina Music Society and continues her musical performances in various venues as a soloist, a recitalist and a chamber musician.
Staring fall 2018,Ms. Kim is a faculty member at the community school and pre-college Music Academy divisions of the Colburn School.

.............................................................................................................................. François CHOUCHAN Piano
French/American pianist/melodist François Chouchan is no stranger to awards and fame. From the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (instructed by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and Germaine Mounier) to the Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy, his outstanding talent has been recognized all over Europe. Not only has Chouchan performed as a soloist with orchestras and Chamber Music groups in many countries, but he has also been invited to play during Master Classes by several superior Talents such as M. Rostropovitch, Nikita Magaloff, G.Sebok or Magda Tagliaferro, who all acknowledged his unique sensitivity and creativity.

In Los Angeles, where Chouchan has resided since 2007, he has performed at the LACMA Museum for the “Sundays Live Series”, at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, at Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge (with the Music Guild). He has also appeared at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, at The Zipper Hall and at the Brandeis Institute, and for the Ermitage Foundation.

Chouchan’s deep musical sensibilities. his passion, perseverance and open mind are recognized by professionals and spectators alike who regard him as an inspiring, sensitive and creative musician. He offers a “hip” approach to the classic music and his easy-going attitude and fresh approach to the genre has earned him the affection of fans of all ages, helping develop a younger audience for the art of Chamber Music.

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