THE MUSICIANS CLUB OF NEW YORK
Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Liederkranz Concert Hall
6 East 87th Street
New York City
Three Preludes – George Gershwin
Gra – Elliot Carter
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, op. 120 no. 2 in E-flat Major – Johannes Brahms
Four Pieces, op. 5 – Alban Berg
Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano, op. 114 – Johannes Brahms
PAUL WON JIN CHO, Clarinet
Clarinetist Paul Won Jin Cho shares his devotion to music in every possible direction, passionately involved as a soloist, orchestral player, historical-instrumentalist, and conductor. Born and raised in South Korea, Cho has picked up the clarinet when he was 11 years old. Since then he has won awards at the the Donga Competition (South Korea), the Koussevitzky Young Artists Awards (New York), the Leni Fe Bland Awards (California), among others.
After studies at the Korean National University of Arts, Seoul National University, University of Southern California (with Yehuda Gilad) and Yale School of Music (with David Shifrin), Cho completed his fellowship with The Academy, a joint program of Carnegie Hall, Juilliard School, and Weill Music Institute. During the fellowship, he worked with Pablo Heras-Casado, Krista Bennion Feeney, Sir Simon Rattle, Jessica Rivera, David Robertson, and Sleeping Giant, with whom he collaborated. He served throughout his fellowship teaching at P.S. K200 Benson School, Brooklyn.
Cho’s recent solo appearance includes with Yale Philharmonia, Cornell Champer Orchestra, and Sebastian Chamber Players in which he played a five-keyed classical clarinet and basset clarinet. As an orchestra player, he has worked under the batons of Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Myung-Hun Chung, James Levine, Dae-Jin Kim, Kent Nagano, and Benjamin Zander including playing in the Tanglewood Music Center, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and Singapore Symphony Orchestra.
Cho recently has been named resident conductor of Albano Ballet of America (Hartford, CT) where he has conducted the full version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker for the past two years.
HELEN HUANG, Piano
Taiwanese-American pianist, Helen Huang, was first discovered by Maestro Kurt Masur upon winning the Young People’s Competition resulting in engagements with the New York Philharmonic and a recording contract with the Teldec record label. Known for immaculate technique and eloquent sensitivity, Ms. Huang has enjoyed to date a multi-faceted career as a soloist and chamber music player and can claim years of experience with an impressive list of performances with such orchestras as the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, and the Montreal Symphony. Abroad she has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, among others. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Huang has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival as well as Ravinia Steans Institute. Ms. Huang has several recordings available with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic as well as newer releases available on the Delos and Naxos label. Helen received the Arthur Rubinstein Prize upon graduating from the Juilliard School, where she was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. She also received her Master’s degree from Yale. Helen currently teaches at the Juilliard Pre-College and resides in New York City.
HANNAH COLLINS, Cello
Cellist Hannah Collins, winner of De Link Competition 2010 for contemporary interpretation, is a dynamic performer and collaborator devoted to diverse forms of musical and multimedia expression. With support from the Presser Foundation, Hannah spent 2009-2011 in France and The Netherlands researching and performing contemporary cello repertoire. While living abroad, she commissioned and premiered several unconventional works for solo cello including Monologue (2011), a 20-minute piece for speaking, singing and acting cellist by Dutch composer Patrick van Deurzen. With New Morse Code, her duo with percussionist Michael Compitello, Hannah continues to premiere new works and collaborate with composers, singers, dancers, and actors on new arrangements and interdisciplinary performances.
Hannah is also an active performer of early music, appearing frequently with the Quodlibet Ensemble, the Sebastian Chamber Players, and New York Baroque Inc. She served as the lead continuo player on the 2009 Naxos recording of the Bach and Mendelssohn Magnificats with Yale Schola Cantorum, conducted by Simon Carrington, and in 2011-2012 she was a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Music, studying 17th and 18th c. chamber music with Baroque violinist Robert Mealy.
In 2011, Hannah received a Master’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. She also holds degrees in biomedical engineering and music from Yale University. Her teachers have included Stefan Reuss, Ole Akahoshi, Aldo Parisot, and Michel Strauss. She has been invited to give solo and chamber music performances at festivals throughout Europe and North America including Orford Centre d'arts (CA), Kneisel Hall (US), NJO (NL), Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and Musique de Chambre à Giverny (FR). Hannah is currently a fellow of the Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. As part of her Academy program, she teaches at I.S. 61 William A. Morris in Staten Island and performs in New York City as a member of Ensemble ACJW.