The Musicians of Lenox Hill Annual Concert
19th Annual Chamber Music Concert
Thursday, April 27 | 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
Emilie-Anne Gendron, Violin
Anna Elashvili, Violin
Wei-Yang Andy Lin, Viola
Sean Katsuyama, Cello
Orion Weiss, Piano
Soo-Kyung Park, Flute
From Mourning to Morning: Music of War and Peace
Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)
Duo for Violin and Viola in C Major
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata for Solo Piano
Ernest Bloch (1880-1959)
Concertino for Flute, Viola and Piano
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
For Additional Information
For any inquiries, email email@example.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 19th 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
Violinist 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 laudeand 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
Violinist, 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 core violinist of Decoda, an Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall. She has also performed with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, NOVUS NY, Mark Morris Dance Orchestra, Exponential Ensemble and was the first violinist of the Bryant Park Quartet. Anna received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from The Juilliard School and completed a 2-year fellowship at Carnegie’s program “Ensemble Connect”. 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 and the Decoda|Skidmore Chamber Music Institute. Ms. Elashvili also enjoys writing arrangements and collaborating with dance companies and musicians of other genres. www.annaviolin.com
Taiwanese 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 is also the founding member of the award winning string quartet, the Amphion String Quartet, which was on the roster of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society CMS2 Program from 2013~2016. www.andylinviola.com
A 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.
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. His deeply felt and exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim. Also known for his affinity and enthusiasm for chamber music, Weiss performs regularly with his wife, the pianist Anna Polonsky, the violinists James Ehnes and Arnaud Sussman, and cellist Julie Albers, as well as ensembles including the Pacifica Quartet, performing at venues and festivals including Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, Sheldon Concert Hall, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society SummerFest, Chamber Music Northwest, the Bard Music Festival, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, and Spivey Hall. His recordings include Christopher Rouse’s Seeing, commissioned for Orion and performed with the Albany Symphony, a recital album of Dvorak, Prokofiev, and Bartok, and the complete Gershwin works for piano and orchestra with his longtime collaborators the Buffalo Philharmonic and JoAnn Falletta.Weiss’s impressive list of awards includes the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year, the Gilmore Young Artist Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Gina Bachauer Scholarship at the Juilliard School and the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. A native of Lyndhurst, OH, Weiss attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, and graduated from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax. www.orionweiss.com
Flutist 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