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DECEMBER 8, 2019 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

R. SCHUMANN: “FRAUENLIEBE UND LEBEN” OP 42 FOR MEZZO-SOPRANO & PIANO
F. MENDELSSOHN: PIANO QUARTET N.2 OP 2 IN F MINOR
R. KAHN: PIANO QUARTET IN A MINOR N.2 OP 30 “US PREMIERE”

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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

.............................................................................................................................. Serena MCKINNEY Violin
Violinist Serena McKinney leads a diverse musical life as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer.
She is the founding violinist of the internationally heralded Janaki String Trio, winners of the 2006 Concert Artists Guild International Competition,
and praised by the New Yorker and by the New York Times as exhibiting “irresistible electricity.” Since her solo debut at age twelve, she has performed as soloist throughout the United States and Canada with orchestras such as the Houston, Minnesota, and Cincinnati symphonies and has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center and at the Tanglewood, Aspen, and Ojai music festivals.

Ms. McKinney has performed under noted conductors, including James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, David Zinman, and John Adams, and has collaborated with artists such as Martin Chalifour, Menahem Pressler, Paul Katz, and with New York-based new music group Signal Ensemble and ICE, the International Contemporary Ensemble. Ms. McKinney is active in film scoring in Los Angeles, recording with composers such as John Williams, Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer and Randy Newman, and performs as a substitute violinist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the LA Opera. She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory and The Colburn School. Ms. McKinney performs on a Joseph and Antonius Gagliano violin, c. 1740.

.............................................................................................................................. Tanner MENEES Viola
Tanner Menees performs the viola largely in a chamber music setting. Mr. Menees has collaborated in chamber music performances with notable artists such as Martin Beaver, Miriam Fried, Clive Greensmith, Richie Hawley, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, and Ronald Leonard.
His summers have taken him to Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, Menuhin Festival String Academy, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and McGill International String Quartet Academy. Mr. Menees also performed on Ravinia’s annual tour in 2017, which performed at venues in Chicago, Boston, New York City, and Stamford. Mr. Menees is also a part of the Los Angeles Ensemble, a piano quartet based in LA.

He has served as principal viola for the Colburn Orchestra under the batons of Yehuda Gilad, Sir Neville Marriner, and Robert Spano. In the 2015-16 concert season, he performed as a soloist with the Colburn Orchestra under maestro Thierry Fischer. Tanner Menees is an Artist Diploma candidate studying with Paul Coletti at the Colburn School, where he also received his Bachelor of Music degree.

.............................................................................................................................. Eric BYERS Cello
Called “ideally eloquent” by the Los Angeles Times, cellist Eric Byers enjoys a versatile career as a chamber musician, soloist, and composer. He has appeared on stages around the world including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Wigmore Hall, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne Festival, Ojai Festival, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, Mozarteum, and Esterházy Palace. Recognized with top prizes at many competitions, Byers made his solo debut at age 18 with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. After studies with Alan Harris and Richard Aaron, he worked with Ronald Leonard at USC Thornton School of Music and Colburn Conservatory. He received an Artist Diploma from Juilliard.
Recent solo performances include works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Eötvös, Andrew Norman, Mark Grey, Christine Southworth, Jacob Cooper, Caroline Shaw, Alberto Ginastera, and J.S. Bach. A recent performance of ‘Lieux retrouvés’ by Thomas Adès with Gloria Cheng was called ‘magnificent’ and ‘masterful’ (Culture Spot LA). Byers also performs his own compositions for cello and electronics alongside other works. After a 2013 composition retreat at Lou Harrison’s straw bale house in Joshua Tree, Byers began to write for other ensembles as well. Sybarite5 has performed Byers’ music in venues throughout the US including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. His most recent composition is a Bach-inspired Sarabande for Sybarite5 premiered in New York in 2016.
Byers is a member of the Calder Quartet which was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2014. The group performs the work of today’s most exciting emerging and established composers in addition to the core classical repertoire. The quartet was awarded the 2009 ASCAP Adventurous Programming Award for their innovation in music programming. Recent recordings include Mozart Piano Concerti with Anne-Marie McDermott (2013), the chamber works of Thomas Adès (2015), and a collection of new quartets by a dozen emerging composers called Eclectic Currents (2016).
Byers has also performed with many of today’s revered artists including Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Menahem Pressler, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank, and guitarist Sharon Isben.
His teaching has included masterclasses and coachings at Juilliard, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, University of Southern California, Aspen Music Festival, and UCLA and a prior teaching residency at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Byers performs on a cello by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume made in Paris ca.1855. He is an avid rock climber in his spare time.

.............................................................................................................................. Micah YUI Piano Piano
Korean-Canadian pianist Micah Yui was born in Tokyo and emigrated with her family to Canada at the age of eight. She made her solo recital debut at the age of ten and her orchestral debut two years later. Since then, she has achieved critical acclaim throughout North America, Europe, and Japan.
She has performed for dignitaries including both the Japanese and Canadian ambassadors in Denmark at her recital in Tivoli Gardens, for the Alberta premier at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo, and a private performance at the home of the Japanese ambassador in Ottawa.

Micah is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including three consecutive Canada Council grants, two Ontario Arts Council grants, the Alberta Achievement Award, and the Edmonton Civic Award. Micah has performed with the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, the Edmonton, Victoria Symphonies, and has performed in cities including New York, Cincinnati, Tokyo, Copenhagen, and Zurich. She recorded the Bloch "concerto symphonique" with the London Symphony which Stereophile Magazine claimed was "Record to Die For". An avid chamber music lover, she performed trios with Matt Haimovitz and Andy Simionescu, and has played with Paul Coletti, Daniel Heifetz, Victor Danchenko, Robert de Maine, Roberto Cani, Barry Shiffman, the St. Lawrence Quartet, among others.

Micah has a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in New York, where she was one of three students of Bella Davidovich, A Master's degree from the University of Toronto, an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, and a Graduate Performance degree from the Peabody Conservatory, where she was one of six students of Leon Fleisher. She has also studied at the Banff Arts Center and in Pesaro, Italy.
A passionate educator of young students, Micah has taught the piano since the age twelve. She has taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Shenandoah University, The Music Institute of Chicago, and the Heifetz Institute. Currently, she teaches at the Colburn School and has been a resident of Los Angeles since 2009 with her husband, Sel, daughter, Mira, and their rescue dog, Daisy.

.............................................................................................................................. 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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