17th Annual Levy Memorial Chamber Music Concert
Tuesday, April 28 | 8pm
Anna Elashvili, Violin
Emilie-Anne Gendron, Violin
Sean Katsuyama, Cello
Min Kwon, Piano
Wei-Yang Andy Lin, Viola
Soo-Kyung Park, Flute
Robert Aldridge – Three Waltzes
Alessandro Rolla – Little Duo for Violin and Viola, Op. 13, No. 3
Andre Previn – Peaches for Flute and Piano
Andrey Rubstov – Divertimento in E for Flute and String Quartet
Robert Schumann – Piano Quintet in Eb Major, Op. 44
About the Musicians of Lenox Hill
In endowing the annual concert in memory of Dr. Hyman and Jerrold Levy, the late Mrs. Muriel Levy sought to promote the outstanding talents of the Musicians of Lenox Hill. On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 8pm, the ensemble, which has been hailed by the New York Concert Review as “exemplary throughout” and “extremely impressive, technically and musically”, is performing its seventeenth concert at Temple Israel under the artistic direction of Soo-Kyung Park. The ensemble’s combination of piano, violin, viola, cello and flute allows the musicians to explore a vast range and variety of classical, romantic and contemporary literature and imaginative programming. This year’s musicians, Anna Elashvili and Emilie-Anne Gendron, violins, Min Kwon, piano, Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola, Sean Katsuyama, cello and Soo-Kyung Park, flute, have international solo and chamber music careers, performing with major ensembles and winning many of the world’s most prestigious music competitions.
The concert will bring these extraordinary musicians together to perform chamber music written by three living composers, Grammy Award Winners, Robert Aldridge and Andre Previn, and Russian composer, Andrey Rubtsov, a rising star whose works have been performed in over 60 countries. The program opens with a duo for viola and violin by Alessandro Rolla and closes with Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet in Eb Major.
Meet the Musicians
Violinist, Anna Elashvili, hailed as “riveting” by the New York Times and “maintaining ferocious accuracy far into the upper register” by Alex Ross in The New Yorker, has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and concertmaster in major halls around the world. She has collaborated with renowned artists such as Lynn Harrell, Dawn Upshaw, Daniel Hope and Maxim Vengerov.
In 2006 Ms. Elashvili was nominated to be a fellow at Carnegie’s program, Ensemble ACJW, The Academy A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute. As a fellow, she performed at Carnegie Hall and brought classical music to NYC public schools. Anna is the first violinist of the Bryant Park Quartet and a member of Decoda (a group formed from the alumni of Ensemble ACJW). As a member of these ensembles, she has performed in notable halls such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, at the World Food Prize Laureate Ceremony and Princeton, Vassar, and SUNY Universities. Anna has also performed abroad in Iceland, England, Mexico, Germany, Canada and Abu Dhabi.
Having studied dance for several years, Anna really enjoys her ongoing collaborations with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Anna has also collaborated with pop artists, Natalie Merchant, Becca Stevens and Anthony and the Johnsons. Anna was on faculty at the Third Street Music School Settlement for 12 years. Currently she teaches privately.
Klara Berkovich and Violaine Melançon were her primary teachers at the Peabody Preparatory and Baltimore School for the Arts, growing up in Baltimore. Anna received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from The Juilliard School under the instruction of Prof. Joel Smirnoff and Masao Kawasaki. She has attended Yellow Barn, Perlman Music Program, Tanglewood and the Verbier Music Festivals.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Sean Katsuyama began studying cello with Lee Fiser of the Cincinnati Conservatory and subsequently with Orlando Cole and Metta Watts in Philadelphia. Within six years he was accepted into the Juilliard School where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees under Channing Robbins and Harvey Shapiro. He has performed with the Long Island Philharmonic and the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, with whom he toured Japan and worked with musicians such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Christoph Eschenbach, and Toru Takemitsu. He has also toured South Korea and Europe as a member of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Currently residing in New York City, he has performed solo and chamber music in many of its important halls, and had the honor to play for relief workers at the World Trade Center site. Aside from performing, Mr. Katsuyama also teaches music appreciation courses, and teaches cello privately. His hobbies include the Chinese, Japanese, and Western versions of chess, and photography. He performs on a modern reproduction of the Domenico Montagnana “Sleeping Beauty” cello of 1739.
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 a dynamic 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 Koussevitzky Foundation commission grant and now in its tenth year of residence at Temple University. She is also on the roster of the Marlboro Music Festival and the touring Musicians From Marlboro, and the Toomai String Quintet, specializing in innovative educational outreach and community engagement. Recent performances include collaborations with artists such as Richard Goode, Hsin-Yun Huang, Leon Fleisher, Bruno Canino, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Pro Arte, Daedalus, and Johannes Quartets; and under the auspices of such venues and organizations as the Louvre, Guggenheim Museum, Freer Gallery, Cadogan Hall, Salle Gaveau, Seoul Arts Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, the Chelsea Music Festival, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
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, both the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Artist Diploma. She holds a B.A. in Classics, magna cum laude 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
Soo-Kyung Park first won international acclaim as winner of the Promising Artist Search in her native South Korea, where she performed in recital at the Seoul Arts Center, and subsequently won first prize in the New York Flute Club Competition, performing in New York’s Cami Hall. She has performed as soloist with the Korean Symphony at Alice Tully Hall. Her radio credits include APR’s “Performance Today” and WQXR’s “McGraw Hill Young Artist Showcase” hosted by Bob Sherman. She has performed solo and chamber music concerts in the United States, and throughout Europe and Asia.
As an orchestral musician, she has performed and toured as principal flute and piccolo with orchestras in the United States, Israel and Asia, with some of the world’s most eminent conductors, including Pierre Boulez, James DePreist, Jahja Ling, Kurt Masur, Byung Hyun Rhee, Leonard Slatkin, Gerard Schwarz and Hugh Wolff.
Highly in demand as a teacher and coach, Ms. Park has taught master classes in the United States, Europe and Korea. In addition to her position on the faculty of New York University, she remains a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music, Pre-College Division.
In addition to maintaining an active flute studio, she is founder and president of an educational consulting company specializing in preparing American and International students for conservatory auditions and National/International competitions. She also has produced numerous master classes featuring world renowned flutists, including Jeanne Baxtresser, Jasmine Choi, Nicolas Duchamp, Karl-Heinz Schutz, Keith Underwood and Carol Wincenc to name a few.
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 over a decade
Ms. Park has written for “Flute and Flutist” magazine in Korea, where her contributions include featured cover story interviews with Jeanne Baxtresser and Carol Wincenc. Her articles have also appeared in the Juilliard Journal.
Last year, her first album, “Reminiscing” was released under SONY Korea label.
A Steinway Artist, pianist Min Kwon is in demand around the world as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher. A graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music (BM), The Juilliard School (MM & DMA), and Mozarteum in Salzburg (post-doc), her professional engagements have taken her to over 60 countries on 7 continents and to all 50 states in the US, including such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the United Nations in New York, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Seoul Arts Center in Korea, BorseSaal in Vienna, Klementinum in Prague, Stavanger Kozerthus in Norway, and to the festivals of Aspen, Ravinia, Cape & Islands, Caramoor (US), Colmar (France), Salzburg and Altenburg (Austria), Kuhmo (Finland), Interlaken (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany), and Prague (Czech Republic). Recent performance highlights include critically acclaimed solo recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York and at Steinway Halls in London and Sydney. Highlights of recent seasons include chamber music performances with ten principals of the Philadelphia Orchestra, a tour and recording of Schubert Four Hand recital with Viennese pianist Robert Lehrbaumer, and world premieres of three newly commissioned works for her in New York, Florida, and Serbia.
Ms. Kwon has appeared as a soloist under James Conlon, Alan Gilbert, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and, as a chamber musician, with the principal players of New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Czech Philharmonic and many other distinguished artists. With her sister, violinist Yoon Kwon, she has given over 200 joint recitals throughout the United States under the auspices of CAMI, and has recorded for BMG/RCA Red Seal. Her solo album of Schubert and Liszt (MSR Classics) earned a Grammy Award for Best Producer of the Year (David Frost) in 2009.
A dedicated teacher, Min Kwon has given master classes at major institutions and festivals around the world, among them the Royal College of Music in London, Shanghai and Beijing Conservatories in China, National University of Singapore, Academy of Fine Arts in Hong Kong, The Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, Vladmir Feltsman’s Summerfest in New York, AMEROPA Int’l Festival in Prague, Kuhmo Int’l Festival in Finland and Altenburg Music Akademie in Austria. Professor of Piano at Rutgers University in New Jersey since 2002, she is also the Founder and Director of CME, The Center for Musical Excellence in New York, a non-profit school for gifted young international pianists, and serves as Co-Director of Vienna ConcertoFest in Austria.
Wei-Yang Andy Lin Violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin, born in Taiwan, praised by The Strad “The great Molto adagio….elicited some of the night’s most sensitive work, especially from Wei-Yang Andy Lin on viola.” He is the artistic director and founder of the New Asia Chamber Music Society and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Stony Brook University in New York. He came to the United States in 1997 to attend the Idyllwild Arts Academy and holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School. Mr. Lin has won numerous competitions including Taiwan National Viola Competition, the Idyllwild Concerto Competition, Top Prize in the 2008 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition and subsequently made his Lincoln Center solo debut at the Avery Fisher Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra. As the winner of the 2009 Stony Brook University Concerto Competition he performed the Walton Viola Concerto with Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra. In January 2013, he appeared as soloist on both the viola and erhu with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his solo career Mr. Lin is an avid chamber musician and is a member of the award winning string quartet Amphion String Quartet. The quartet was a winner of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and is starting its three-year residency at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society CMS Two Program. Mr. Lin is also a member of the Musicians of Lenox Hill and has served as a principal violist of the International Sejong Soloists. He currently serves as principal violist of the Solisti Ensemble and the New York Classical Players. Additionally he has been privileged to perform for the former president of the United States, Bill Clinton and the former president of Taiwan, Ten-Hui Lee. He was also invited to perform chamber music with Itzhak Perlman, which The New York Times reported “Mr. Perlman, playing first violin… answered in kind by the violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin.”