Sophie Shao and Friends; 02/28/2018

Sophie Shao and Friends 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:30pm
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

Praised by World News for her “sensitive, stylistic playing, with great finesse, emotion, and gorgeous tone,” cellist Sophie Shao—a perennial Middlebury favorite—has surrounded herself with some of the most talented artists in music. She returns for her 10th consecutive season with an exciting new ensemble of friends to perform works by Haydn, Bridge, and Dvořák. A Nelson Series event, made possible with support from PASS members Rob and Marny Lichtenstein. Reserved seating. Tickets: $30 General public/25 Midd ID holders/10 Youth (18 & under)/6 Midd students. 

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Cellist Sophie Shao performs the first movement of Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 5 in recital with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute


HAYDN Trio in E-flat Major, Hob XV:29

Poco allegretto
Andantino ed innocentemente
Finale: Presto assai

FRANK BRIDGE Piano Quintet, H.49

Adagio - Allegro moderato 
Adagio ma non troppo - Allegro con brio - Adagio ma non troppo 
Allegro energico


DVOŘÁK Piano Quintet No. 2, op. 81

Allegro, ma non tanto
Dumka: Andante con moto
Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace
Finale: Allegro.


Sophie Shao and Friends

Nikki Chooi, Violin
Carmit Zori, Violin
Paul Neubauer, Viola
Sophie Shao, Cello
Orion Weiss, Piano


Nikki Choi, Violin

This season, Nikki Chooi begins his appointment as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. From 2015-2016, he was part of Astral laureate string trio Time for Three. First Prize winner of New Zealand’s 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition, he also won the top prize at the Irving M. Klein International and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Standard Life competitions. He has been soloist with the Auckland Philharmonia, Malaysian Philharmonic, St. Petersburg State Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Symphony in C, and the Montreal, Victoria, Edmonton, and Winnipeg symphony orchestras. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School.


Carmit Zori, Violin

Violinist Carmit 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. Ms. Zori has participated in music festivals on three continents, and can be heard in recordings on Arabesque, Koch International, and Nonesuch. She is also artistic director of the Brooklyn Chamber Music Society.

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Paul Neubauer, Viola

Violist Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing led the New York Times to call him “a master musician.” Appointed Principal Violist of the New York Philharmonic at age twenty-one, he has appeared as soloist with over one hundred orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki Philharmonics; the National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth Symphonies; and the Santa Cecilia, English Chamber, and Beethovenhalle Orchestras. He has premiered viola concerti by Bartók (the revised version of the Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter, and Tower and recorded for Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal, and Sony Classical. Mr. Neubauer is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.


Sophie Shao, cello

Cellist Sophie Shao received an Avery Fisher Career Grant at age 19, was a major prizewinner at the 2001 Rostropovich Competition, and a laureate of the XII Tchaikovsky Competition in 2002. She has given the world premiere performances of Howard Shore's Mythic Gardens, a concerto written for her, and Richard Wilson's Concerto for Cello and Mezzo-Soprano with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra, appeared as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart in performances of the Elgar and Haydn C major concertos, performed the Saint-Saens La Muse et Le Poete with violinist Miranda Cuckson at the Bard Music Festival, and presented the six Bach Suites in one afternoon at Union College in Schenectady. She has made recital and chamber music appearances with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, Middlebury College, and Vassar College. She can be heard on EMI Classics, Bridge Records (Marlboro Music’s 50th anniversary recording), and on Albany Records, and will be releasing a double-CD set of the Bach Cello Suites this season.  Ms. Shao studied at The Curtis Institute with David Soyer and Felix Galimir, and, upon graduating, continued with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Yale College and a Master’s of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where she was enrolled as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. Ms. Shao plays on an Honore Derazey cello previously owned by Pablo Casals and is a former member of Chamber Music Society Two.


Orion Weiss, Piano

One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, the pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. Recent seasons saw Orion performing with the Iceland Symphony, in collaborative projects with the Pacifica Quartet plus Cho-Liang Lin and the New Orford String Quartet, a Naxos releases of Christopher Rouse’s Seeing, and a recital album of Dvorak, Prokofiev, and Bartók. As a recitalist and chamber musician, Weiss has appeared across the U.S. at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, Ravinia, La Jolla, and the Bridgehampton Chamber Music festivals, plus the Kennedy Center and Spivey Hall.  His awards include the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant,  the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship, Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Scholarship, and was a member of CMS Two. Mr. Weiss graduated from the Juilliard School where he studied with Emanuel Ax.

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