Strad for Lunch Series – Monday, November 23

Palacio Real Stradivarius
Stradivarius on display Madrid’s Palacio Real

Every Monday at 12:30pm, WMP Concert Hall offers 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, November 23 at 12:30pm
Violinist Angelia Cho and Pianist Dina Vainstein

On Monday, November 23rd @ 13:30pm, violinist Angelia Cho will perform with pianist DIna Vainshtein works by Schumann, Debussy, Chopin and Ravel.

Violinist Angelia Cho is gaining widespread recognition as one of the most versatile soloist and chamber musicians of her generation. Ms. Cho’s solo and ensemble performances have taken her all over the US, Europe, and Israel performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall, Academy of Music, Kennedy Center, Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, and The Musikverein Hall. In Fall 2007, Ms. Cho joined The Academy—a fellowship program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute. Since joining The Academy, she has performed chamber music regularly in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall among other venues in New York and on the East Coast. She appeared as soloist with many ensembles including Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Israel Kibbutz Orchestra and Allegro Society, NEC Symphony, and has collaborated with conductors Mark Laycock, Daniel Meyer, Luis Biava, Shlomo Mintz, and David Lobel.

The Sun Times recently praised Ms. Cho as “formidable”. The New York Times, on a performance of Bartok’s Contrast for violin clarinet and piano called Ms. Cho “a dynamic violinist… won and deserved whoops and bravos from the audience for their visceral account of this familiar work, which had the music sounding freshly and audaciously modern.” The City Paper of Philadelphia wrote, she “Displayed bottomless technique and electrifying passion. Her future would seem to be without limit.”

At the age of four, Angelia made her public recital debut at South Carolina Women’s College, and performed on NBC-TVs PM Magazine. Ms. Cho made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 11 at the Mann Music Center and performed with them again in the Academy of Music three years later.

Angelia Cho received her Bachelor of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music in 2002 where she studied with the late Jascha Brodsky, and later continued her studies with Ida Kavafian. Ms. Cho went on to complete Master and graduate studies with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory.

Angelia Cho was the first prize winner in the National Society of Arts and letters Violin Competition and The New England Conservatory Concerto Competition in 2006. In that same year, Ms. Cho performed ‘Song and Dance’ for violin and wind ensemble by Gunther Schuller. Of the performance, New Music Connoisseur wrote, “ Angelia Cho, whose violin playing traversed both expressive and rambunctious passage work with seemingly effortless expertise.”

Ms. Cho has explored and dedicated her time to performing contemporary works that led her to work closely with today’s most renowned composers such as Gyorgy Kurtag, Gunther Schuller, Steve Reich, and Michael Gandolfi. Angelia’s festival appearances have included Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, Verbier, Keshet Eilon Violin Mastercourses in Israel, International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, England and Yellow Barn Music Festival.

Ms. Cho, a passionate chamber musican has performed and collaborated with members of the Cleveland Quartet, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Katz, Michael Cannon, Katherine Murdock, Roger Tapping. In 2006, Ms. Cho co-founded the ensemble, [A Far Cry], Boston’s Unconducted String Orchestra.

Russian-born pianist Dina Vainshtein has degrees from the Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music.

Her principal teachers were Boris Berlin and Vivian Hornik Weilerstein. Ms.Vainshtein received a Special Prize for Best Collaboration at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1998). She also won prizes at the Schubert and Music of Modernity International Competiton in Austria (1997) and the All-Union Russian Piano Competition (1993). Ms Vainshtein has performed at such prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall and Weill Hall in New York City, Jordan Hall in Boston and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

She has also performed at Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Festival, Sunriver festival, Music Academy of the West (Santa Barbara), Meadowmount and Heifitz International Music Institute. Ms Vainshtein has appeared as a soloist with I Musici de Montreal (under the direction of Yuli Turovsky) and as a guest artist with the Borromeo String Quartet. She has given live performances on WGBH (Boston), WFMT (Chicago) and for NPR’s Performance Today series. Her recorded for the Naxos label with violinists Frank Huang and Michi Wianko.

At present Ms. Vainshtein is a staff pianist at the NEC Department of Preparotory and Continuing Education and the Walnut Hill School.

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.

Future Shows:

Monday, November 30th @ 12:30pm:
Violinist Pei-Wen Liao and Pianist Evan Solomon

Monday, December 7th @ 12:30pm:
Violinist Christine Kwak

Monday, December 21st @ 12:30pm:
Violinist Paolo Alberghini, Violist Kristin Sawyer, and Cellist Sokol Nikaj

More Details and Source: WMP Concert Hall

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