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Music for Peace: The Three Brahms Violin Sonatas
April 9, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
In the final concert of our 2015-16 Music for Peace Concert Series, two of America’s leading chamber musicians perform the Three Brahms Violin Sonatas.
Sonata in G major, Opus 78
Sonata in A major, Opus 100
Sonata in D minor, Opus 108
Benefits Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund; part of the Music for Peace Series. Reserve seats for $25 in advance for Mass. Peace Action members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students, $35 at the door. Series of 3 concerts: member $65, non-member $80, student $25.
To reserve, write a check to “Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund” and mail to 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, or call 617-354-2169 with credit card number. Or reserve seats online for the single concert or purchase online for the entire series.
The audience is invited to join the musicians and Peace Action members at a reception after the concert.
Soovin Kim is an exciting player who built on the early successes of his prize-winning years to emerge as a mature and communicative artist. Mr. Kim enjoys a broad musical career, regularly performing repertoire such as Bach sonatas and Paganini caprices for solo violin, Mozart and Vivaldi concertos without conductor as well as Romantic concertos, sonatas for violin and piano ranging from Beethoven to Ives, and new world-premiere works almost every season. He also immerses himself in the string quartet literature for two months each year as 1st violinist of the Johannes Quartet. Among his many commercial recordings is his “thrillingly triumphant” (Classic FM Magazine) disc of Niccolò Paganini’s demanding 24 Caprices. Later in 2016 he will release a CD set of the complete Bach solo sonatas and partitas. In 1996 Mr. Kim received 1st prize at the Paganini International Violin Competition and subsequently was awarded the Henryk Szeryng Career Award, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. Mr. Kim is the founder and artistic director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival (LCCMF) in Burlington, Vermont. In addition to its explorative programming and extensive work with living composers, LCCMF created the ONE Strings program through which every 4th and 5th grade student of the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington studies violin as a regular part of their curriculum. Mr. Kim dedicates much of his time to teaching at the New England Conservatory.
Picked by the Boston Globe as one of the Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything,” pianist Gloria Chien made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist under the batons of Sergiu Comissiona, Keith Lockhart, Thomas Dausgaard, and Irwin Hoffman. She has presented recitals at the Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, Gardner Museum, Phillips Collection, Caramoor and Verbier Music Festivals, Salle Cortot in Paris, AlpenKlassik in Germany and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Chien has been the resident pianist with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston since 2000. She has recorded for Chandos Records, and recently released a CD with clarinetist Anthony McGill. In 2009, she launched String Theory, a chamber music series in downtown Chattanooga, as its Founder and Artistic Director. The following year, she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo Festival by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. A native of Taiwan, Ms. Chien is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (DMA ’04, MM ’01, BM ’99) where she was a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an Associate Professor at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and is a member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center. Gloria Chien is a Steinway Artist.