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Every Monday at 12:30pm, WMP Concert Hall will offer a 45 minute long chamber music concert to the public, and it is free admission with a suggested donation of $10.00. The idea of the concert series is to offer high quality music to their neighbors while they take their lunch break.
Monday, October 19, 2009 @ 12:30PM:
Cellist Deborah Pae and Pianist Kwan Yi
At only twenty-one years old, cellist Deborah Pae is captivating audiences on world stages as a seasoned recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared in recital at the invitation of the Louvre Recital Series in Paris and Musée de Grenoble, the Colony Club, Young Musicians Forum, Neue Galerie (NY), Artists Ascending Recital Series (TN), and the Van Wezel Foundation’s Young Artists Series (FL). Ms. Pae has also been featured in performances at several festivals including the Perlman Music Program, Kneisel Hall, the 7th Adam International Cello Festival in New Zealand, the International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, and has participated in master classes by Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt, Ralph Kirshbaum, Itzhak Perlman, and Donald Weilerstein.
In March 2006, Ms. Pae became the first cellist in 16 years to receive the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s first prize Henry Lewis Award in their 30th Annual Young Artist Auditions. She made her solo debut with the NJSO in a series of concerts at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Red Bank Theatre, and has also performed as soloist with the Livingston Symphony Orchestra and Westchester Philharmonic. She has appeared at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards at Madison Square Garden, and the Recording Academy’s 7th Annual Grammy “Salute to Classical Music,” honoring legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.
As an avid chamber musician, Ms. Pae has been hailed by the New York Times as “an alert cellist, [who] provided a solid foundation” after performing Mozart’s String Quintet in G minor with violinist Itzhak Perlman at the Metropolitan Museum. As alumna of the Perlman Music Program, she has collaborated on many occasions with Mr. Perlman and traveled with the program to Israel, China, and Sarasota, Florida. She has appeared on PBS’s “Live From Lincoln Center” in 2003 and CBS’s Kennedy Center Honors with Itzhak Perlman and Pinkas Zuckerman, as well as Radio France in her European debut at the L’Auditorium du Louvre in 2005.
Ms. Pae has enjoyed collaborating and working with a multitude of artists including members of the Juilliard, Emerson, and Cavanni String Quartets, Barbara Stein Mallow, Roger Tapping, Seymour Lipkin, Gilbert Kalish, Laurie Smukler, Ronald Leonard, Thomas Wilkins, and Patti Monson. She has made several appearances at the New York Society of Ethical Culture, Zankel and Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall as well as the Kennedy Center and Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium at the United Nations.
Ms. Pae began her musical studies at the age of four and is currently pursuing her undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School with Joel Krosnick. She enjoys being involved in music education and outreach, and has spent her time as a chamber music and orchestra mentor at the Juilliard Pre-College and Kneisel Hall. She plays on a 1756 José Contreras cello generously on loan from the Juilliard School.
“Yi’s Chopin was notable for the delicate, noble and tempestuous qualities he so vibrantly conveyed.”
– Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Pianist Kwan Yi’s ravishing control and pitch-perfect clarity proved big gestures aren’t needed to make big music.”
– Chicago Sun-Times
“The South-Korean native showed the technical polish and lyrical elegance needed for Liszt’s kaleidoscope of show-stopping, then tender music.”
– Houston Chronicle
Pianist Kwan Yi has been hailed by audiences and critics alike as an artist of poetic insight and communicative powers. In 2007, Mr. Yi made his solo debut with the Houston Symphony under the baton of Hans Graf in Jones Hall. He performed as soloist with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony, the Pottstown Symphony, the LaGuardia Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Pines. As a recitalist, Mr. Yi has performed in Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Nichols Hall in Chicago, Gusman Hall in Miami, for the Channing Recital Series in Houston and in San Francisco. As a part of residency at the Stephen F. Austin University, Mr. Yi has presented a solo recital and master classes. As an avid chamber musician, he has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Peter Wiley and Roberto Diaz. He was the artist-in-residence at the 2008 and 2009 Amelia Island Chamber Music Festivals. His performances have been broadcast by WHYY, KUHF and WQXR. Mr. Yi’s future engagements include solo appearances with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra , a duo recital in the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris which will be broadcast by France Musique, a chamber music tour with Itzhak Perlman and numerous performances in New York, Chicago, Madison, Jacksonville, Ireland, and United Kingdom.
A recipient of many honors and prizes, Mr. Yi’s recent awards include National Foundation in the Advancement in the ARTS Award, the ASCAP Foundation’s Ira Gershwin Award for Outstanding Musicianship, and the Grand Prizes in 2007 Ima Hogg National Young Artist Competition, 2007 Sorantin International Young Artist Competition and 2008 Schmidbauer International Piano Competition.
Mr. Yi is currently studying with Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School. He received his Bachelor’s of Music Degree from the Curtis Institute where he studied with Ignat Solzhenitsyn. He also has worked with Gary Graffman, Claude Frank and Fou Ts’ong.
WMP Concert Hall is located at 31-33 East 28th Street, between Park and Madison. No food or beverages are permitted in the concert hall.
Monday, October 26th, 2009 @ 12:30pm:
Violinist Seung Jeung
Monday, November 2nd, 2009 @ 12:30pm:
The Ansonia Trio
Monday, November 9th 2009 @ 12:30pm:
Violinist Ju Yeong Moon and pianist Xiaojing Chang
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