Performing this Week
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Summer 2009 — Week 2
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Benny Kim, violin; Marc Neikrug, piano
Marc tells Kerry that Benny Kim is "incredibly flexible, experienced, spontaneous and joyful" Ö and "like a radio."
Garnering acclaim from audiences and critics alike, Benny Kim has performed on five continents in nearly twenty countries. As the Washington Post observed, "Kim's emotional depth and musical carriage are his real drawing cards. His is a style that touches the peak of romantic violin playing." His spectacular performances of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Utah Symphony, conducted by Keith Lockhart, resulted in the Salt Lake City Tribune writing, "Kim's titanium technique was only surpassed by his and his violin's exquisite, pearly colorations."
Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano
Lynn Harrell, cello; Yuja Wang, piano
We first collaborated in Santa Fe actually! Then Verbier last summer in that festival. It was very inspiring to play with him, and he always had interesting anecdotes beside the rehearsals, which are at first hilarious then quite meaningful. I respect and admire him very much.
On coming out of darkness...Kerry and Marc discuss Rachmaniovís Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano
For this performance, Marc paired two fantastic players: cellist Lynn Harrell & pianist Yuja Wang
American cellist, Lynn Harrell, studied with Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School, and with Orlando Cole at the Curtis Institute, making his début with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 1961. He has had a full and varied career as soloist and chamber musician and teacher. Mr. Harrell is currently Professor of Cello at the Shepard School of Music at Rice University.
- Lynn Harrell biography from Opus 3 Artists
Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Gary Graffman. She is already much in demand around the world for her solo and chamber performances. Yuja's first recording, Sonatas and Etudes, has just been released on Deutche Grammophone.
Yuja Wang discusses her new Deutsche Grammophon CD, "Sonatas & Etudes"
Long a respected and sought-after teacher himself, here's Lynn Harrell sending birthday wishes to his own mentor, Orlando Cole, on the occasion of Mr. Cole's hundredth birthday.
And here's Orlando Cole, age 99, still going strong...