20th Annual Levy Memorial Chamber Music Concert

The Musicians of Lenox Hill Annual Concert
20th Annual Chamber Music Concert

Tuesday, April 3 | 8pm
Temple of Israel of the City of New York
112 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

“Extremely impressive, technically and musically. The ensemble was exemplary throughout.” -New York Concert Review

Musicians

Emilie-Anne Gendron, Violin
Anna Elashvili, Violin
Wei-Yang Andy Lin, Viola
Sean Katsuyama, Cello
Soo-Kyung Park, Flute
Anna Polonsky, Piano

For Additional Information
For any inquiries, email molhnyc@gmail.com or call 212-249-5000.

This year’s concert is free to the public, but donations are gratefully accepted.

About the Musicians of Lenox Hill

Dr. Hyman Levy was a renowned and beloved cardiologist, scientist, and teacher for Mount Sinai Hospitals, incorporating his kind spirit and hard working attitude in everything he did. Dr. Levy had a passion for the arts and was an avid member of the music community and a violinist. He often gathered his colleagues to play chamber music at the hospital and now, his collection of selected chamber music are donated to the Musicians of Lenox Hill. His late son, Jerrold Levy, was a flutist and enjoyed playing the instrument throughout his life. He especially loved spending time at the Temple Israel at the Hebrew school as well as in services.

This program, now in it’s 20th year, is to commemorate Dr. Hyman Levy and Jerrold Levy’s life and their love of music.

Dr. Levy’s contributions to his community through medicine, research and music will always be cherished.

Meet the Musicians

emillieViolinist Emilie-Anne Gendron, lauded by the New York Times as a “brilliant soloist” and by France’s ClassiqueInfo for her “excellent technical mastery” and “undeniable sensitivity,” enjoys an active freelance career based in New York. A deeply committed chamber musician, Ms. Gendron is a member of the Momenta Quartet, two-time recipient of the prestigious Koussevitzky Foundation commission grant. She also appears with Musicians from Marlboro, Gamut Bach Ensemble, Argento Chamber Ensemble, IRIS Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, A Far Cry, New York Chamber Soloists, Ensemble Échappé, and Sejong Soloists. Ms. Gendron is a past winner of the Stulberg String Competition and took 2nd Prize and the Audience Prize at the Sion-Valais International Violin Competition. She was trained at the Juilliard School where her principal teachers were Won-Bin Yim, Dorothy DeLay, David Chan, and Hyo Kang. Ms. Gendron holds the distinction of being the first person in Juilliard’s history to be accepted simultaneously to its two most selective courses of study, the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Artist Diploma. She holds a B.A. in Classics, magna cum laud and with Phi Beta Kappa honors, from Columbia University as a graduate of the Columbia-Juilliard joint-degree program, and a Master of Music degree and the coveted Artist Diploma from Juilliard. www.emilieannegendron.com


annaViolinist, Anna Elashvili, hailed as “riveting” by the New York Times has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster around the world. She has collaborated with renowned artists such as Lynn Harrell, Dawn Upshaw, Daniel Hope and Maxim Vengerov. Anna is a Co- Artistic Director and core violinist of Decoda, an Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. She also performs with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, NOVUS NY, Mark Morris Dance Orchestra, The Music Paradigm String Quartet. For seven years, Anna was the first violinist of the Bryant Park Quartet. After receiving her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from The Juilliard School, she completed a 2-year fellowship at Carnegie’s program “Ensemble Connect”. She has been a guest artist at several universities including Princeton, Vassar, Skidmore, SUNY, DePauw, Lawrence and Cornell Universities. Her international travels have included concerts in England, Mexico, Germany, Canada, Israel, Iceland and Abu Dhabi. She has attended Yellow Barn, Perlman Music Program, Tanglewood and the Verbier Music Festival, where she served as concertmaster for several European tours. Anna currently teaches at the Special Music School High School, the New York Youth Symphony Chamber Music Program, the Young Artist Program at Yellow Barn and the Decoda|Skidmore Chamber Music Institute. Ms. Elashvili also writes arrangements and collaborates with dance companies and musicians of other genres. www.annaviolin.com


andyTaiwanese born violist and erhuist (Chinese violin), Wei-Yang Andy Lin, is the artistic director and founder of the New Asia Chamber Music Society. He has won numerous competitions including Taiwan National Viola Competition, First Prize in the 2008 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition and subsequently made his Lincoln Center solo debut at the Avery Fisher Hall (now David Geffen Hall). He has appeared as soloist on both viola and erhu with orchestras such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Orford Academy Orchestra in Canada, Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra in New York, Incheon Philharmonic in Korea and Children’s Orchestra Symphony at the Lincoln Center. He has performed the erhu solo part at the U.S. Premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davie’s “Kommilitonen!” with the Juilliard Opera Production, as well as the world premiere of Jeeyoung Kim’s “Engraft” for solo erhu and string orchestra with Solisti Ensemble. He also premiered Winnie Lan-In Yang’s “Fantasy for Erhu and Strings” with the New York Classical Players. He has also been invited by the Metropolitan Museum to give recitals at their Gallery Concert Series and Patrons Lounge Concert. He holds his bachelor and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, and have recently received his Doctor’s degree in Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook. www.andylinviola.com


seanA versatile and accomplished cellist, Sean Katsuyama is a frequent performer on New York’s concert stages and Broadway theaters and has performed solo and chamber music in many of its most noted venues. He is a founding member of the Iris Quartet, which is now entering its eleventh year of concerts. Following 9/11, he had the honor to play for workers at the World Trade Center site. As an orchestral player he was a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic and Pacific Music Festival Orchestras, touring Europe, Japan, and Korea. He also toured the North American continent with “Star Wars in Concert”. Mr. Katsuyama is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Channing Robbins and Harvey Shapiro. His early teachers include Lee Fiser in Cincinnati and Orlando Cole in Philadelphia. He is on the faculty of Bard College’s Preparatory Division and teaches classes at the Globe Institute and the Collegiate School and is regularly invited to adjudicate at the Hong Kong Schools of Music Festival. His hobbies include the Chinese, Japanese, and Western versions of chess, photography, and golf. His instrument is a modern reproduction of the “Sleeping Beauty” Montagnana cello, formerly owned by Orlando Cole.


skpFlutist Soo-Kyung Park enjoys a multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, artistic director, producer and teacher. Upon arriving in United States in 1984, Ms. Park was accepted at The Juilliard School in the Pre-College Division, where she studied with Bonnie Lichter. She continued her studies at The Juilliard School where she earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance under the tutelage of Julius Baker and Jeanne Baxtresser.
She has performed solo and chamber music concerts in the United States, and throughout Europe and Asia. Her recent performances include solo performance with the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra at IBK Hall in Seoul, Korea, Busan Maru Festival in Busan, Kora and Atempo Chamber Ensemble in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Highly in demand as a teacher and coach, Ms. Park has taught master classes in the United States, Europe and Korea. She is currently an Artist Professor at New York University as well as a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music, Pre-College Division.
As the founding member and artistic director of the Musicians of Lenox Hill, she has led the ensemble for annual performances at the Temple of Israel in NYC for nearly two decades.
In 2013, her first album, “Reminiscing” was released under SONY Korea label. www.skpflutist.com | www.skpmusicians.com


annapianoPianist Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and many others. A frequent guest at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ms. Polonsky has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, Daedalus, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Arnold Steinhardt, Peter Wiley, and Jaime Laredo. She has performed chamber music at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and has given concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Stern, Weill, and Zankel Halls, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She made her solo piano debut at the age of seven at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, Russia. She emigrated to the United States in 1990 and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Music diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music under the tutelage of the renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and continued her studies with Jerome Lowenthal, earning her Master’s Degree from the Juilliard School. She serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College, and the Marlboro and Kneisel Hall chamber music festivals. Ms. Polonsky is a Steinway Artist. www.annapolonsky.com