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Middlebury Bach Festival Opening Concert: Sophie Shao, cello; Soovin Kim, violin

Friday, April 25, 2014
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall

Middlebury Bach Festival Opening Concert:
Sophie Shao, cello
Soovin Kim, violin

Exquisite chamber musician and cellist Sophie Shao returns to Middlebury to play as we’ve never heard her before—unaccompanied—performing Bach’s first and sixth solo cello suites. NEW: Unfortunately violinist Frank Huang, originally scheduled to share this concert, will not be able to appear. In his place, Ms. Shao has invited the esteemed violinist Soovin Kim, winner of the Paganini Competition, an Avery Fischer career grant recipient, and Artistic Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival. Kim will play Bach’s third violin sonata, and the second partita, which concludes with the great Chaconne. Associate Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin offers a pre-concert lecture at 7:00 pm in Room 221. Stay for a reception after the performance. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, Middlebury Bach Festival, and Office of the President.

Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. Visit the Box Office for details>>

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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


BACH Sonata No. 3 in C Major for solo violin, BWV 1005

BACH Suite No. 6 in D Major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1012



BACH Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007

BACH Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004

Artist Biographies

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 the premiere of film composer Howard Shore’s concerto “Mythic Gardens” with the American Symphony Orchestra, the complete Bach Suites (in one evening) at Union College, recitals at Middlebury College and the Philadelphia Chamber Music, and her annual “Sophie Shao and Friends” performances from Brattleboro, VT to Sedona, AZ. Highlights of this season include a two-week American tour as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart, a recording with Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse of the complete Bach Suites, and performances throughout the country. 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 the Bard Conservatory and plays on an 1860 cello by Honoré Derazey once owned by Pablo Casals.

American violinist Soovin Kim is increasingly sought after for the character, nuance, and excitement of his performances as concerto soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, both in the U.S. and abroad. Particularly known for his breadth of repertoire, Mr. Kim typically takes on everything from Bach to Paganini to the big romantic concertos to new commissions within a single season. He has performed in the U.S. with orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of St Luke’s and the Baltimore, San Francisco, and Indianapolis Symphonies, in Europe with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, Prague Chamber, Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestras, and in Asia with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and KBS Symphony.   He has given solo recitals at Weill Hall in New York, Terrace Theater in Washington D.C., Ravinia, Tokyo’s Casals Hall, and the Seoul Arts Center. Kim is the founder and artistic director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and he maintains a close relationship with the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont.  Recent recordings include the critically acclaimed CD of the 24 Paganini Caprices (Azica Records) and a recording of the Faure A Major Sonata and the Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano and Quartet with Jeremy Denk and the Jupiter Quartet is projected for 2008.  Mr. Kim won first prize in the 1996 Paganini International Competition and was also awarded the Henryk Szeryng Career Award, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and most recently the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. He plays on the 1709 “ex-Kempner” Stradivarius which is on temporary loan to him.

Artist Websites

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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