Performing this Week

Benny Kim
Benny Kim

Marc Neikrug
Marc Neikrug

Lynn Harrell
Lynn Harrell

Yuja Wang
Yuja Wang

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

Summer 2009 — Week 2

Leoš Janáček
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."

Artistic director Marc Neikrug discusses Benny Kim

Janáček Violin Sonata
Janáček Violin Sonata

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."

Benny Kim bio posted at
Herbert Barrett Management

Sergei Rachmaninov
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.

-Yuja Wang about Lynn Harrell
in an e-mail to producer Louise Frank

On coming out of darkness...Kerry and Marc discuss Rachmaniovís Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano

Kerry and Marc discuss the Sonata

For this performance, Marc paired two fantastic players: cellist Lynn Harrell & pianist Yuja Wang

Marc and Kerry talk about why this performance works so well

Rachmaniov's Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano
Rachmaniov's Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano

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.

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...