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MAY 16th 2021 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

R. SCHUMANN: “LIEDERKREIS” OP 39 FOR BARITONE & PIANO
R. SCHUMANN: STRING QUARTET N.3 IN A MAJOR OP 41
CAMILLO SCHUMANN:
SONATA FOR CELLO & PIANO N.1 IN G MINOR OP 59 “US PREMIERE”
M. BRUCH: PIANO QUINTET IN G MINOR
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Artists:

Ben LOWE Baritone
Ben Lowe, baritone, received his Masters of Music at UCLA studying voice under Vladimir Chernov. Mr. Lowe is a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills where he received his BA in music.
He has been a featured soloist across the west coast and has sung recitals for organizations in southern California. Mr. Lowe’s concert work includes Handel’s Messiah, the Brahms German Requiem, Mozart’s C Minor Mass and Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, and the Verdi Requiem.
While at UCLA he participated in West Coast premieres and multiple workshops of new operatic works. Mr. Lowe spent two summers working with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West where he performed in Mathew Aucoin’s Second Nature. While attending, Mr. Lowe was selected as the winner of the 2016 Marilyn Horne Song Competition.

Mr. Lowe represented the Music Academy of the West on a national tour. Last summer he returned to Music Academy of the West as a 2017 Fellow performing the role of Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love. Last fall Mr. Lowe made his New York debut performing in Mathew Aucoin’s Crossing and working shopping a new work for LA Opera. Over the summer Mr. Lowe made his European concert debut in Siena and Florence singing the Verdi Requiem with the Unione Corale Senese “Ettore Bastianini”.

.............................................................................................................................. Benjamin HOFFMAN Violin
Violinist Benjamin Hoffman has been heard across Asia, Europe, and the US, performing alongside artists such as Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, Peter Frankl, Wolfram Christ, Jorja Fleezanis, and Gary Hoffman among others, in various chamber music formations at festivals such as Yellow Barn, Chamber Music Northwest, Aspen, and Music Academy of the West.  In his Carnegie Hall debut, he performed Aaron Jay Kernis’s “Mozart en Route” and Hindemith’s “Kammermusik Nr. 1.”
Recently, he had the honor of performing before UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon as a member of Sejong Soloists at the United Nations in New York.

  Mr. Hoffman served as concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of John Adams at Avery Fisher Hall in New York to critical acclaim. 
He has also appeared as guest concertmaster with the New Haven Symphony, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the Szechuan Orchestra of China, Symphony Song in Seoul, Korea, and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. In a recent performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, he was praised for his “virtuosity and deep feeling…impeccable intonation [and] a stirring, inspired performance.” Other appearances as a soloist have included works ranging from solo Bach to Brahms’s Double Concerto to contemporary premieres.

.............................................................................................................................. Johnny LEE Violin
Violinist JOHNNY LEE joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2005 under Esa-Pekka Salonen. Previously, he was Assistant Concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony and Concertmaster of the Canton Symphony. He was also a member of the Grant Park Orchestra in Chicago.
Johnny has been a featured soloist with the LA Phil twice, performing Vivaldi concertos at Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the Hollywood Bowl. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and various local orchestras here in Los Angeles.

An avid chamber musician, Johnny appears frequently on the LA Phil’s Chamber Music series. As a founding member of Ensemble Ditto, Johnny helped introduce more than 15,000 people to chamber music as South Korea’s most popular classical musical presentation of 2008. He has recorded three albums with the group, performing works by Saint-Saëns, Schubert, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.
Johnny began playing the violin at age five and won his first competition three years later. An Ohio native, he spent his weekends taking lessons at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM). After graduating from Harvard College with a cum laude degree in Economics, Johnny realized music was his true passion and returned to CIM, where he received his master's degree in 2003.

.............................................................................................................................. Jonathan MOERSCHEL Viola
Jonathan Moerschel was born in Boston, Massachusetts into a musical family. His mother, a pianist, and his father, a cellist in the Boston Symphony, fostered his early music studies both in piano and violin. At the age of sixteen, he began studying the viola with John Ziarko and chamber music with the violist from the Kolisch Quartet, Eugene Lehner. Moerschel made his Boston Symphony Hall solo debut with the Boston Pops Orchestra directed by Keith Lockhart in 1997 after taking first prize in the Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.
He is the violist of the reknowned Calder Quartet, which enjoys a diverse career, playing both the traditional quartet literature as well as partnering with innovative modern composers. The quartet, a receipient of the 2014 Avery Fischer Career Grant, has recently premiered new works by John Luther Adams, Andrew Norman, Tristan Perich, Daniel Bjarnason, Aaron Jay Kernis, and David Lang. They have had recent performances at Lincoln Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre and at the Salzburg Festival.

They have performed at top halls and festivals across the globe including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Ojai Music Festival, Melbourne Festival, IRCAM in Paris, Frankfurt Opera, Berkeley’s Cal Performances, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Edinburgh Festival and the Mozarteum. The Quartet’s latest recording of works by Beethoven and Swedish composer, Anders Hillborg, will be released in 2019 on the Pentatone label. Moerschel is a Lecturer of Viola and Chamber Music at the University of California Santa Barbara. He has collaborated with eminent musicians Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Paul Neubauer, Steven Tenenbaum, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank, Menachem Pressler and Anne-Marie McDermott. He is also a very active studio session player in Los Angeles, and can be heard on countless television and major motion picture soundtracks. He plays on the “ex-Adam” Gasparo Da Salo viola made in the late 16th Century on generous loan from the Stradivari Society in Chicago.
He received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in viola performance from the University of Southern California, studying with Donald McInnes, and an Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.

.............................................................................................................................. Taeguk MUN Cello
Born in 1994, Taeguk Mun began playing the cello at the age of four with Young Rim Yang in Korea. After moving to New York in 2007, he attended the Juilliard School Pre-College Division as a full scholarship student of Minhye Clara Kim and received the Bachelor of Music degree at the New England Conservatory as a full scholarship student of Laurence Lesser.
He has been the first prize winner of various competitions, such as 2014 Pablo Casals International Cello Competition, the Third Andre Navarra International Cello Competition, the International Competition for Young People in Oldenburg, Germany, and the Grand Prize winner of the National SungJung Music Competition in Korea. He was also laureate of the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition, the 2010 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the 6th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians.

Starting with Kumho Prodigy Concert in 2004 and his solo recital at Gyeonggi Arts Center in 2006, Taeguk Mun has been performing throughout, primarily in Korea and the United States. He has collaborated with various orchestras around the world including St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia, Hungarian Radio Symphony, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Korean Symphony Orchestra. Mun has been invited to various musical events such as Busan International Music Festival, Young Artist Lunch Concert Series at the Louvre Museum, France, Budapest Spring Festival, Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music, the World Orchestra Festival in Korea, and Eaktay AHN 110th Anniversary Concert in Hungary.
Taeguk Mun is sponsored by SungJung Cultural Foundation, Hwangjin Scholarship Committee and was selected as a “G.rium Artist” by SK Chemicals of Korea. He was the artist in residence at the Kumho Art Hall in 2017. Mun also has been awarded the Nanpa Musician’s Award in Korea in 2019 and the first Janos Starker Award in 2016. In 2019, his debut album released from Warner International Classics label.
Mun is currently pursuing the Master of Music degree with Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California as a full scholarship student.
Taeguk Mun plays on Giovanni Grancino, 1697, Milan, generously on loan by Samsung Cultural Foundation of Korea.

.............................................................................................................................. Aram ARAKEYLYAN Piano
Armenian pianist Aram Arakelyan performs as a collaborator throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He wears many hats, from collaborative partner to chamber musician, to orchestral and choral keyboardist, arranger, ballet class pianist, and even a graphic designer.

He has been a pianist for the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition and the 2015 International Horn Symposium. He also has been on staff at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and the Meadowmount School of Music in upstate New York. He has been one of the primary pianists in the viola studio of Donald McInnes. For the past three years, Arakelyan was the pianist for the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton Chamber Singers, under the direction of Jo-Michael Scheibe, with which he performed at the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, Korea, and the 12th China International Chorus Festival in Beijing, China.
He earned degrees from the University of Utah, University of Texas at Austin, and USC. His mentors include Susan Duehlmeier, Anne Epperson, Norman Krieger, and Alan Smith

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