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FEBRUARY 7th 2016 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

Franz SCHUBERT: Songs for Baritone & Piano
Franz SCHUBERT: Sonata for Violin & Piano in A Major D 574
Franz SCHUBERT: Piano Trio n.1 in B Flat Major D 898

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Artists:

David CASTILLO Baritone
Filipino-American baritone David Castillo is a versatile performer of the vocal arts. His 2013/2014 season brought new collaborations with the Luminario Ballet and Pianist Francois Chouchan on selections from Schubert’s Winterreise, with Le Salon de Musiques and Pianist Francois Chouchan at the Beverly Hills Country Club, and with Pianist Victoria Kirsch in several concerts around Southern California. On the operatic stage, he performs the roles of Des Grieux in Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon and Il Barone di Trombonok in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims with the USC Thornton School of Music, the role of Moralès in Bizet’s Carmen in his debut with the Aspen Opera Theatre, and joins the Los Angeles Opera for their production of Britten’s Billy Budd. David also joined the Los Angeles Master Chorale in their 50th Season performing at the Hollywood Bowl with conductors Gustavo Dudamel and Michael Tilson Thomas and at Walt Disney Concert Hall with Music Director Grant Gershon.

During the 2012/2013 season, he performed as the lover Ferdinand in the West Coast Premiere of Lee Hoiby’s The Tempest and Second Commissioner in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites with USC Thornton Opera, as a featured performer in the Opera Buffs, Inc. Spring 2013 Showcase and in the Palm Springs Opera Guild’s “Opera in the Park 2013” event, and returned to the Green Mountain Opera Festival as the mischievous Sid in Britten’s Albert Herring and to cover study the title role in Mozart’s infamous Don Giovanni.

During the 2011/2012 season, he performed as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with La Mirada Vocal Arts, the Baritone Soloist in the Messiah with the Claremont Symphony Orchestra, the title role in the West Coast Premiere of Britten’s Owen Wingrave with USC Thornton Opera, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale and covered Schaunard in La Bohème both with the Green Mountain Opera Festival, and ended the season as a Fellowship Artist at the Aspen Music Festival.

The New Orleans native holds a Master of Music from the USC Thornton School of Music, under the tutelage of Rod Gilfry, and a Bachelor of Music from Loyola University New Orleans, where he studied under the late Philip Frohnmayer. While studying at Loyola, he made his professional debut in 2011 as Old Gypsy in Il Trovatore with the New Orleans Opera and Bill Bobstay in H.M.S. Pinafore with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. With the Loyola Opera Theatre, he performed the main role of Le Mari in Les Mamelles de Tirésias, Belcore in The Elixir of Love, L’Horloge Comtoise in L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Elder McClean in Susannah, and Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance. David spent the summers of 2010 and 2011 with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, where he performed the roles of Marco in Gianni Schicchi, Le Fauteuil and L’Arbre in L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, and Liberto in L’incoronazione di Poppea.

David has been honored as the 2010 Grand Prize Winner of the Steward Brady Competition, a 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist, a 2010 National Finalist in Classical Singer’s University Competition, the 2013 Runner-up and 2012 Encouragement Award Recipient from the Palm Springs Opera Guild Competition, and a multiple Opera Buffs, Inc. Grant Recipient.

.............................................................................................................................. Johnny LEE Violin
Violinist JOHNNY LEE joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2005. 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. Lee has been a featured soloist with the LA Phil several times, performing Vivaldi concertos both at Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the Hollywood Bowl. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and various local orchestras here in Los Angeles.

An avid chamber musician, Lee frequently appears on the LA Phil’s Chamber Music Society series. He has collaborated with such artists as Thomas Adès and Christoph Eschenbach, and he has recorded the Ustvolskaya Clarinet Trio with David Howard and Vicki Ray for Yarlung Records. Additionally, Lee has spent much time performing in Asia with Ensemble Ditto, a popular chamber music group based in South Korea. He can be heard on several of their recordings for Universal Music, performing works by Saint-Saëns, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.

Lee began playing violin at the age of five. After graduating from Harvard with a cum laude degree in Economics, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he received his master’s degree in 2003. His principal instructors have included Carol Ruzicka, Linda Cerone, Lynn Chang, and William Preucil.

.............................................................................................................................. John WALZ Cello
John Walz is a celebrated soloist and chamber music artist, known for his dazzling virtuosity and elegant musicianship. A student of the legendary French cellist, Pierre Fournier, he has appeared as soloist with more than 150 symphony orchestras on 4 continents. His performances of 25 different concertos include both standard showcases and rarities like Martinu’s Concerto #1 and William Schuman’s Song of Orfeus.

In 1979, John, along with pianist Edith Orloff, founded the Pacific Trio. Now performing with violinist Roger Wilkie, this renowned ensemble has played more than 900 concerts throughout North America and Europe.

In addition to his solo and chamber music duties, he is currently the principal cellist with the Los Angeles Opera, a position he previously held for 20 years with the Long Beach Symphony.

John is on the faculty of the Idyllwild Arts summer program and Academy.

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