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Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall

Location

Merkin Concert Hall

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Date & Times

26

Feb, 2017

Sunday, 3:00 PM

Event Info

Up close and personal.
An Ensembles concert provides an intimate connection between musician and audience. Hear the individual talents that make up the Orchestra. Experience the passion and personality of the performers. And see how a small setting can make for a huge musical event.

Tickets
Merkin Concert Hall Box Office
KaufmanMusicCenter.org/MCH
(212) 501-3330

Program

Menotti

Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano

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Schoenberg

Verklärte Nacht

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Schumann

Piano Trio No. 3

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Artists

Michael Brown

Piano

Michael Brown

Piano

Piano

Winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Michael Brown was selected by András Schiff for his Building Bridges series in the 2016–17 season. Mr. Brown will make his debut in solo recitals in Berlin, Florence, Milan, Frankfurt, Antwerp, Zurich, and at New York’s 92nd Street Y. Recent highlights include debuts with the Seattle, North Carolina, Flagstaff, and Maryland symphony orchestras and the New York Youth Symphony. Mr. Brown joined the roster of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program in 2015 and performs with the group at Alice Tully Hall and on tour. He regularly performs concerto and solo recitals; and as part of a trio with violinist Elena Urioste and cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and in recitals with each of those musicians. Recent commissions of his own compositions include a Piano Concerto for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and works for the Look & Listen Festival, Bargemusic, Concert Artists Guild, and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers. A native New Yorker, Michael Brown earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School.

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Pascual Martínez Forteza

Clarinet

Pascual Martínez Forteza

Clarinet

Pascual Martinez Forteza

Clarinet

A native of Mallorca, Spain, clarinetist and E-flat clarinetist Pascual Martínez Forteza joined the New York Philharmonic in 2001; he currently serves as Acting Associate Principal Clarinet, The Honey M. Kurtz Family Chair. Prior to his appointment with the Philharmonic, he held tenure with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and at age 18 he was assistant principal and later acting principal of the Baleares Symphony Orchestra in Spain. He has recently performed as guest principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle.

Mr. Martínez Forteza appears regularly as a soloist, recitalist, and master-class teacher at international festivals and conservatories, including the International Clarinet Festival of Chanchung (China), ClarinetFest 2009 (Porto, Portugal), Buffet Crampon Summer Clarinet Festival (Jacksonville, Florida), University of Southern California, Mannes School of Music, The Juilliard School, New Jersey Clarinet Symposium, XI Encuentro Internacional de Clarinetes de Lisboa (Portugal), Mexico Clarinet Convention, and I Latinoamerican Clarinet Congress (Lima, Peru). Past and future engagements include solo performances of Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, Weber’s Clarinet Concertos Nos.1 and 2, Krommer’s Concerto for Two Clarinets, Rossini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and Orchestra, and Luigi Bassi’s Fantasy on Themes from Verdi’s Rigoletto. He frequently collaborates with Philharmonic colleagues in New York City venues such as Avery Fisher Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

Since 2003 Mr. Martínez Forteza and Spanish pianist Gema Nieto have played throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States as Duo Forteza-Nieto. Together they founded the Benifaio Music Festival in Spain, where Philharmonic colleagues have joined them for a week of master classes and concerts. A decade ago Mr. Martínez Forteza founded Vent Cameristic, a wind ensemble of professional musicians from Spain. As a soloist with that ensemble, he has played every year at the Concerts d’Estiú in Valencia, Spain. In 2003 Spanish National Radio (RNE) produced a CD featuring selections from these performances. Mr. Martínez Forteza has also made recordings for radio and television in Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Pascual Martínez Forteza started playing clarinet at age ten with his father, Pascual V. Martínez, principal clarinet of the Baleares Symphony Orchestra for 30 years and teacher at the Baleares Conservatory of Music in Spain. Mr. Martínez Forteza earned his master’s degree from the Baleares and Liceo de Barcelona Music Conservatories in Spain and pursued advanced studies with Yehuda Gilad at the University of Southern California, where he won first prize in the university’s 1998 Concerto Competition.

Mr. Martínez Forteza is currently a faculty member at New York University and teaches orchestral repertoire at Manhattan School of Music. A Buffet Crampon Artist and Vandoren Artist, he plays Green Line Tosca Buffet clarinets and uses Vandoren reeds and M30D mouthpieces.

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Quan Ge

Violin

Quan Ge

Violin

Quen Ge

Violin

Violinist Quan Ge joined the New York Philharmonic in June 2009. She holds a bachelor's degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Yumi Scott, Ida Kavafian, and Jaime Laredo, and a master's degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with David Chan. A native of Huai Nan, China, Ms. Ge was the recipient of a Fu Chen Xian Scholarship, and has won top prizes in both the China National Competition and the Jeunesses Music Competition (Romania). While a student at Curtis, she played as a substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Ge is an active chamber musician and recitalist, and most recently worked with pianist Robert McDonald and the Borromeo String Quartet at the Taos School of Music in 2008.

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Hélène Jeanney

Piano

Hélène Jeanney

Piano

Piano

Pianist Hélène Jeanney was born in Paris and started musical studies at age five. She graduated from the Paris Conservatory at age 17 with first prizes in piano and chamber music, then won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Indiana University with Gyorgy Sebok. She holds a professional studies degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal. Ms. Jeanney has been a soloist with the Paris National Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. She has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician at the Alliance Française, Lycée Français de New York, the United Nations, Rockefeller University, Bargemusic, and Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium. She regularly performs at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall with her chamber music group, Elysium. Ms. Jeanney has received prizes in the Concours International d’Epinal, the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition, and The Chopin National Piano Competition in Miami. She is on the faculty of Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale, New York and has a private teaching studio in Manhattan.

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Vivek Kamath

Viola

Vivek Kamath

Viola

Vivek Kamath

Viola

Violist Vivek Kamath joined the New York Philharmonic in January 1998. Mr. Kamath earned his bachelor's degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Donald Weilerstein. He has appeared as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, he has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Sarasota, Blossom, and Bowdoin festivals. In 1997 Mr. Kamath was a prize-winner in the Washington International String Competition and in the Irving Klein International String Competition. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis, studying wildlife, and dining out.

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Lisa GiHae Kim

Violin

Lisa GiHae Kim

Violin

Lisa-GiHae Kim

Violin

Lisa GiHae Kim joined the New York Philharmonic's violin section in February, 2003. As a soloist, Ms. Kim has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. John's Smith Square (under the direction of Lord Yehudi Menuhin), Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra, San Angelo Symphony, Flint Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles.

An active chamber musician, Ms. Kim has participated in the Taos Chamber Music Festival, and the Aspen and Sarasota music festivals, and has toured with the American Chamber Players and the International Sejong Soloists.

Ms. Kim was awarded the top prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, and the Kingsville International Young Performer’s Competition. As a Presidential Scholar, Ms. Kim performed in recital at the Kennedy Center.

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Sumire Kudo

Cello

Sumire Kudo

Cello

Sumire Kudo Photo Credit: Chris Lee

Cello

Sumire Kudo joined the Philharmonic as a cellist in June 2006. Previously she taught at Indiana University–South Bend and was the cellist of the Avalon String Quartet. Born in Tokyo, Japan, Ms. Kudo began cello studies at age four with her father, cellist Akiyoshi Kudo. She came to the United States in 2000, after establishing herself in her native country through solo performances and recordings. Her honors include the Hideo Saito Memorial Fund Award, which she received from the Sony Music Foundation after being chosen by Seiji Ozawa and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi as the most promising cellist in 2005, and prizes at the Sapporo Junior Cello Competition and 62nd Japan Music Competition. Ms. Kudo is a graduate of Tokyo’s Toho School and The Juilliard School. She has participated in the Nagano-Aspen Music, Aspen Music, Santa Fe, and Marlboro Music festivals. Record Geijutsu, Japan’s leading classical music magazine, named her second solo CD, Love of Beauty, Best Recording.

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Hyunju Lee

Violin

Hyunju Lee

Violin

Hyunju Lee

Violin

Violinist Hyunju Lee joined the New York Philharmonic in June 2009. She received a diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, a bachelor of music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), and a graduate diploma from The Juilliard School.    The Seoul, Korea, native began playing the violin at age five and made a successful solo debut at 12 with the Seoul Philharmonic, subsequently appearing as soloist with the Korean Symphony, Seoul Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, Curtis Chamber Orchestra, and the CIM Orchestra in Cleveland. She received numerous prizes in Korea, in addition to winning the CIM Concerto Competition and second prize in the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition.

Ms. Lee has participated in the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and Sarasota and Tanglewood Music Festivals. While at Tanglewood she performed as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. She has also served as a substitute player with The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her primary teachers have included Arnold Steinhardt, Victor Danchenko, William Preucil, David Cerone, and Robert Mann.

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Rémi Pelletier

Viola

Rémi Pelletier

Viola

Pelletier

Viola

Rémi Pelletier joined the New York Philharmonic’s viola section in July 2013, having served in the Montreal Symphony Orchestra beginning in 2007. Previously, he was a regular substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra and performed with The Haddonfield Symphony and Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal. He served as guest principal viola of the International Orchestra of Italy in the summers of 2011 and 2012, principal viola of Japan’s Pacific Music Festival, and assistant principal of the New York String Orchestra Seminar.

An active chamber musician, Mr. Pelletier was a regular guest at the Société de musique de chambre de Québec and performed with Rendez-vous musical de Laterrière and Musica Camerata, as well as with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music series. His honors include the CBC/McGill Music Award (2003) as well as first prize at the Concours du Québec and Canada’s National Music Festival Competition.

A native of Québec, Mr. Pelletier was a scholarship recipient at Encore School for Strings and the Orford Arts Centre. He performed a recital on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s Debut Series. In addition to attending master classes with Kim Kashkashian, Roberto Diaz, and others, Rémi Pelletier studied with Michael Tree and Joseph De Pasquale at The Curtis Institute of Music, and with André Roy at McGill University, from which he graduated with the distinction of Outstanding Achievement in Viola Performance and where he was principal viola of the McGill Symphony Orchestra.

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Na Sun

Violin

Na Sun

Violin

na sun

Violin

Violinist Na Sun joined the New York Philharmonic in June 2006 and holds The Gary W. Parr Chair. A native of China, she began playing the violin at age seven, and at nine, was accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. After attending the conservatory’s elementary, middle, and high schools, she received her bachelor of arts degree there with highest honors, studying with Yao-ji Lin, and was the winner of the conservatory violin competition. She received her artist diploma from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts in 2005, studying with Roman Totenberg, and was the grand prize winner of the university’s Bach competition.

Ms. Sun, who has performed in numerous recital and chamber music concerts since arriving in the U.S. in 2003, was a fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in 2005, and served as concertmaster in a program led by James Levine. She attended the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine, and the National Orchestra Institute in Maryland, both on full scholarship.

Ms. Sun has performed with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Icelandic National Opera Orchestra. Previously, she was concertmaster of the China Youth Symphony Orchestra; principal of the second violin section at the Central Conservatory Chamber Orchestra; and was the soloist in Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the Xiamen Symphony Orchestra in China, conducted by Michael Feldman.

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Qiang Tu

Cello

Qiang Tu

Cello

Qiang Tu

Cello

Chinese-born cellist Qiang Tu enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, teacher, and advocate for classical music. Now in his third decade as a member of the New York Philharmonic, he has also concertized as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. In the United States he has performed at major venues in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Honolulu, and Princeton. He has shared the stage with numerous distinguished artists including pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Lukas Foss; former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow; and former Principal Clarinet Stanley Drucker. As a recording artist, Mr. Tu has released multiple solo albums on the China Record Corporation label and chamber music recordings on the Bridge Records, Cala Records, and EMI labels. A dedicated teacher, he is a member of the orchestral performance faculty at the Manhattan School of Music; early in his career he taught at the Beijing Central Conservatory.

Qiang Tu was raised in a musical family and began cello studies with his father, Zeguang Tu. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Beijing Central Conservatory and a master of music degree from Rutgers University. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy. His major cello teachers have included Bernard Greenhouse, Zara Nelsova, and Paul Tortelier.

When not at work Mr. Tu is a gourmet chef and enjoys the study of rare Chinese art.

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Ru-Pei Yeh

Cello

Ru-Pei Yeh

Cello

Ru-Pei Yeh

Cello

Ru-Pei Yeh, cello, who joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2006, has performed regularly as a recitalist in her native Taiwan and in the U.S. A founding member of the Formosa Quartet, formed in 2003, she has served as acting principal cello of the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera, in addition to performing with a string quartet of principal players from the San Diego Symphony. She has made solo appearances with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, National Taiwan Symphony, Taiwan’s Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina School of the Arts’s International Music Program Orchestra, and Kuan-Jen School Orchestra, and is the winner of numerous competitions.

Ms. Yeh, who has been performing professionally since the age of 10, moved to the U.S. at 13 to study with Orlando Cole at the Temple Preparatory School. In her last two years of high school she studied with Robert Marsh at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Yeh received her bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser, and received her master’s degree and artist diploma from The Juilliard School, studying with Joel Krosnick.

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The New York Philharmonic Ensembles concerts are funded, in part, by the Zubin Mehta Fund for the Orchestra, an endowment fund created to honor the accomplishments of the Philharmonic's former Music Director, Zubin Mehta.

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