Sophie Shao and Friends; 12/05/2014


Sophie Shao and Friends

Carmit Zori, violin
Hye-Jin Kim, violin
Teng Li, viola
Sophie Shao, cello
Gilles Vonsattel, piano

December 5, Friday
8:00 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Applauded by the New York Times for her “eloquent, powerful” interpretations, cellist Sophie Shao has a gift for assembling impromptu chamber ensembles that are brimming with passion and talent. This year, she returns with friends to perform Haydn's Piano Trio no. 43 in C Major, Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F Minor, and the world premiere of Revelations for piano quintet—composed by Professor of Music Su Lian Tan in honor of Paul Nelson’s 30th and final season as the Performing Arts Series director. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series. Reserved Seating.

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Performing Arts Series Society (PASS) Reception

December 5, Friday
6:45 PM, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Lower Lobby

A festive evening for members to gather and celebrate the second year of PASS, preview select performances from the 2015–16 season, and vote on which event to support. Membership information: 802.443.PASS (7277) or go.middlebury.edu/pass



Frank Huang, violin, Sophie Shao, cello, & Adam Golka, piano, play the 1st movement from Beethoven's Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11 live on Houston Public Radio


HAYDN Piano Trio No. 43 in C Major, Hob. XV:27

SU LIAN TAN Revelations for Piano Quintet World Premiere


BRAHMS Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34


Sophie Shao, cello
A recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, cellist Sophie Shao was the winner of top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions. Highlights of last season include her Washington recital debut at the Phillips Collection, an appearance on ‘What Makes it Great’ at Lincoln Center, performances of Howard Shore’s Mythic Gardens (a concerto written for her) with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Pacific Symphony and the 21st Century Symphony (Luzerne, Switzerland), and appearances with CMS on Tour, among many other performances. This season, she performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and makes her annual “Sophie Shao and Friends” tour of New York and New England with stops in Schenectady, NY; Middelbury and Brattleboro VT; and in Danbury CT. Ms. Shao attended Curtis at thirteen and continued her studies at Yale, receiving a B.A. in Religious Studies and an M.M. from the Yale School of Music. She is on the faculty of Vassar College and plays on an 1860 cello by Honoré Derazey once owned by Pablo Casals.
Artist website: http://sophieshao.com

Carmit Zori, violin
At the recommendation of Isaac Stern and Alexander Schneider, violinist Carmit Zori came to the United States from her native Israel at the age of fifteen to study at the Curtis Institute of Music. Zori is an international soloist and prominent chamber music performer who has collaborated with many of the world's finest musicians. Winner of the Leventritt and Pro Musicis Awards, she has toured internationally with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and with Musicians from Marlboro. Zori has participated in music festivals on three continents, and can be heard in recordings on Arabesque, Koch International, and Nonesuch. Zori is artistic director of the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society, which she founded in 2002, and serves on the music faculty at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase.
Artist website: www.brooklynchambermusicsociety.org

Hye-Jin Kim, violin

Winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, violinist Hye-Jin Kim also won First Prize at the 2004 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition. She has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, and Seoul Philharmonic, among many others. At the invitation of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, she was honored to perform at the U.N. Headquarters in both Geneva and New York. A rising force in the chamber music world, Ms. Kim’s festival appearances have included Marlboro, Ravinia, Music from Angel Fire, and Music@Menlo. Ms. Kim attended the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian, and earned her Master’s degree studying with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory. She is assistant professor of violin at East Carolina University, and serves on faculty at Bard Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division. Ms. Kim plays a Gioffredo Cappa violin, crafted in Saluzzo, Italy in 1687.
Artist website: http://www.hyejinkim.com/

Teng Li, viola

At the age of 21, violist Teng Li was appointed principal viola of the Toronto Symphony, and has performed as soloist with the orchestra in Takemitsu’s A String Around Autumn, Bartok’s Viola Concerto, Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, and Strauss’ Don Quixote. She has performed recitals around North America, and has appeared at such festivals as Marlboro, Santa Fe, Mostly Mozart, Music from Angel Fire, Rome, Moritzburg (Germany) and the Rising Stars Festival in Caramoor. Ms. Li was featured with the Guarneri Quartet in their last season (2009), and was also a member of the prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two Program. A recipient of numerous awards, Ms Li has won top prizes at the Primrose International Viola Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. Ms. Li attended the Curtis Institute of Music where her teachers were Michael Tree and Joseph DePasquale. She currently serves on the faculties of the University of Toronto and the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal.
Artist website: http://www.tengliviola.com/

Gilles Vonsattel, piano

Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva competitions. He recently made his Boston Symphony, Tanglewood, and San Francisco Symphony debuts, while performing recitals and chamber music at the Tonhalle Zürich, Wigmore Hall, the Gilmore festival, Ravinia, and at the Munich Gasteig. 2013-14 highlights included recital debuts at the Lucerne Festival and in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan; recitals in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Detroit, and Frankfurt; and regular appearances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Vonsattel has given two Alice Tully Hall solo recitals and appeared with the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Calgary Philharmonic, l’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, and at international festivals such as Rockport, Angelfire, Ottawa, Seattle, Caramoor, West Cork, Archipel, and la Roque d’Anthéron. He has recorded for the Pan Classics and Deutsche Grammophon labels to critical acclaim. His most recent solo album for the Honens label was one of TimeOut New York’s top classical albums of 2011. Mr. Vonsattel is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Artist website: http://www.gillesvonsattel.com/

Press Quotes

“The players maintained a seamless cohesion and a warm, lean tone. This was all the more admirable because they’re not a regular ensemble, just colleagues and friends”--Times Union

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