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MARCH 8th 2020 <<< Back to concerts DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION at 4.00 pm

Arts:

R. HAHN: “VENEZIA” SONGS FOR TENOR & PIANO
M. RAVEL: STRING QUARTET IN F MAJOR
G. FAURE: SONATA FOR VIOLIN & PIANO N.1 IN A MAJOR OP 13
G. FAURE: “ELEGIE” FOR CELLO & PIANO OP 24
C. SAINT-SAENS: PIANO QUINTET IN A MAJOR OP 14

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Artists:

Thomas Michael ALLEN Tenor
Lyric tenor, Thomas Michael Allen, has enjoyed an international singing career spanning the last two decades, performing at Théatre des Champs-Élyées and Opéra Comique in Paris, Zurich Opera, Staatsoper unter den Linden and Komische Oper in Berlin, La Monnaie in Brussels, Grand Théatre de Genève, Baden-Baden Easter Festival, Luzern Festival, Salzburg Easter Festival, Opéra de Lyon, Opéra de Monte Carlo, de Nederlandse Opera, Stuttgart Opera, the Spoleto Festival, Cincinnati Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival.
He has worked with many prominent directors including Robert Carsen, David McVicar, Laurent Pelly, Nigel Lowrey, Dieter Dorn, Pierre Audi, Brigitte Fassbaender, Graham Vick and Barrie Kosky. He has been a soloist with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony in Washington, D.C, Berlin Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, Les Musiciens du Louvre, the Academy for Ancient Music and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, under the baton of such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, William Christie, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, Simone Young, Gary Bertini, Helmut Rilling, Christoph Eschenbach and Kurt Masur.

His vast repertoire extends from the earliest operas of Monteverdi and Cavalli, through Mozart and Rossini, up to the works of contemporary composers like Phillip Glass and Hans Werner Henze. As a concert singer he has performed as the tenor soloist in nearly every oratorio in the standard repertoire. He has dedicated himself to the art song repertoire and has recorded two critically acclaimed solo CDs, the most recent of which, Far Away (Capriccio) with pianist Charles Spencer, was called "...a very fine recital disc well worth exploring" by Fanfare magazine.

He appears alongside Cecilia Bartoli on DVD of Handel’s Semele (Decca) from the Zurich Opera with William Christie conducting. Gramophone described his performance as Dante on the DVD of the world premiere of Jacob ter Veldhuis’s Paradiso (Chandos) as “stunning.” He can be heard on over twenty CD recordings; recent releases include the title roles in both Josef Myslivecek’s Medonte (Harmonia Mundi) and Monsigny’s Le Roi et le Fermier (Naxos).
Most recently he sang the Evangelist and Arias in the St. John Passion of Bach with the Tonhalle Orchester in Zurich and performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. as Alfeo in Jommelli’s Cerere Placata with Opera Lafayette.
Alongside his performing career he is Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

.............................................................................................................................. Chiai TAJIMA Violin
Chiai Tajima is an avid orchestral and chamber musician, and in demand as a performer of new music. Most recently, she served as concertmaster of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan as well as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra in Germany, some of the world's most prestigious orchestral academies. In addition to her orchestral collaborations she is a member of EDGE, a contemporary ensemble based in Los Angeles and performs frequently with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, a conductorless ensemble that premiers new works alongside standard repertoire.

Other festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a fellowship recipient. Through this festival, she held a principal position in the Aspen Chamber Symphony and collaborated with renowned artists such as Gil Shaham, Julia Fischer, and Robert McDuffie.
Chiai is a laureate of several competitions including the International Young Artists Peninsula Music Festival, Torrance Symphony Young Artists Competition, and the Edith Knox Peninsula Competition. She has soloed with the Torrance Symphony, Beach Cities Symphony and the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra.
She has also given recitals as a recipient of the Herbert Zipper award, and as a guest musician at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Fair.

Chiai holds a Bachelor and Masters degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki as a recipient of the Irene Diamond Graduate Fellowship. While at Juilliard, she participated in an interactive outreach program as a GLUCK fellow, bringing music to various metropolitan hospitals, nursing homes, and care facilities. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at USC Thornton School of Music, studying with Bing Wang. Chiai plays on a 1688 Antonio Casini, generously on loan from the Colburn Foundation.

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

.............................................................................................................................. Johanna NOWIK Viola
Johanna Nowik, 21, hails from North Plainfield, New Jersey, and began her viola studies in 2011 with Michael Stewart and Brett Deubner.
In 2017 she was awarded first place in the strings division at the Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition and was a bronze medalist in the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Festa as violist of the Viano String Quartet.

Ms. Nowik was also the Grand Prize recipient of both the Wharton Music Center Young Artists Competition in 2014 and the New Jersey Youth Symphony Concerto Competition in 2015. In addition to her solo and chamber music experiences, Ms. Nowik has served as the principal violist of the Colburn Orchestra,
YMF Debut Chamber Orchestra, New Jersey Youth Symphony, and New Jersey All-State Orchestra. Ms. Nowik currently studies with Paul Coletti at the Colburn Conservatory of Music,
and will return as a third-year fellow this summer to the Tanglewood Music Center.

............................................................................................................................................................................. Stella YE LIN CHO Cello
Originally from South Korea and raised in Great Britain, cellist Stella Cho made her London solo debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London, playing in front of a sold out audience and has also given recital programs in South Korea, Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Croatia, and the U.S.A. Her major awards and achievements include winning Texaco Young Musician of Wales, recipient of the MBF Geoffrey Shaw Scholarship and the Hattori Award. More recently, Stella has been selected as one of the Holland Music Sessions’ “New Masters on Tour” and will give solo recitals across the Europe, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

She has also performed in Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Casals Festival, the Perlman Music Program Chamber Workshop and Rencontres Franco-Americaines Chamber Music Festival and has also collaborated with eminent musicians such as Ralph Kirshbaum, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Joseph Kalichstein, Borromeo Quartet and Roger Tapping.
Stella earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees with honors at the prestigious Gregor Piatigorsky Studio, USC Thornton School of Music with Ralph Kirshbaum, and completed her graduate studies at New England Conservatory with Laurence Lesser. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees at USC.

.............................................................................................................................. Marisa GUPTA Piano
Marisa Gupta, piano Born in the USA of Thai and Indian parentage, pianist Marisa Gupta is the recipient of numerous awards, including top prizes at the Concours Maria Canals (Barcelona) and the Viotti Competition (Vercelli, Italy), a Solti Foundation Award, a Fulbright scholarship, and 1st prize at the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloists' Competition (UK). She was a finalist in the BBC New Generations Thinker’s Scheme, an Edison Visiting Fellow at the British Library, and has also won awards from the Elgar Society and Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust.
She has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Palau de la Musica (Barcelona), South Bank Centre, King’s Place, The Bridgewater Hall, LSO St. Luke’s, Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Ateneul Român, Theatre Adyar, LACMA (Los Angeles), Tokyo Opera City, Munegetsu Hall (Nagoya), and other venues throughout Europe, Japan, and the USA. Radio broadcasts include appearances on KUHF and KUSC (USA), Radio 4 (Netherlands), Radio Catalunya, and on BBC Radio 3.

She has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, and at numerous festivals including the Ravinia Festival, Three Choirs Festival, Prussia Cove, Yellow Barn, Sunset Chamber Fest, and many others. She has worked closely with a number of composers, notably Jörg Widmann, Philippe Hersant, and David Matthews, and has given the US and UK premieres of works by Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, European premieres of major works by Aaron Jay Kernis and Ned Rorem, and the world premiere of Rhapsodie by Philippe Hersant. Marisa received the Diplôme de Soliste from the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in Switzerland, where she studied with Pascal Devoyon.

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