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Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall

Location

Merkin Concert Hall

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Duration

1 hour & 24 minutes

Date & Times

27

May, 2018

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
To order subscriptions and single tickets click here, visit the Merkin Concert Hall Box Office at 129 W. 67th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam, or call (212) 501-3330.

Program To Include

Vivaldi

Trio Sonata, Op. 1, No. 3

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Krzysztof Penderecki

Duo concertante for Violin and Double Bass

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Reinecke

Trio for Oboe, Horn, and Piano

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Brahms

Piano Trio No. 1

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Artists

Duoming Ba

Violin

Duoming Ba

Violin

Duoming Ba

Violin

Violinist Duoming Ba joined the New York Philharmonic in 2003. Previously, she was a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. She performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall, and has been a participant in numerous music festivals, including the Sarasota Music festival. She is also an active soloist and chamber musician, performing in cities in the United States and abroad. Ms. Ba has won numerous violin competitions and awards, including the summer music festival concerto competition at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, and the North Shore Music Center concerto competition.

Born in Beijing China, Ms. Ba began playing the violin at age five. A three-time first-prize winner of Beijing's Junior Violin Competition, she entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1989. While there she was invited to attend a music festival and competition in Okayama Japan in 1994, and was granted the top prize. She made her solo debut at age 15 in the Beijing Concert Hall with the China Youth Symphony Orchestra, playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, later touring with that orchestra to Malaysia and Singapore as soloist. She came to the United States in 1996. In the summer of 1998, she performed the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Santa Barbara Festival Orchestra, conducted by Tomas Sanderling, at the Lobero Theatre.

Ms. Ba graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music in 2002 as a student of Joseph Silverstein. Previously, she studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with Roland Vamos and Almita Vamos, and in China with Zhong-Long Sheng. She is an alumna of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.

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Steven Beck

Piano

Steven Beck

Piano

Steven Beck

Piano

American pianist Steven Beck was born in 1978. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where his teachers were Seymour Lipkin, Peter Serkin and Bruce Brubaker.

Mr. Beck made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has toured Japan as soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble. Other orchestras with which he has appeared include the New Juilliard Ensemble (under David Robertson), Sequitur, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the Virginia Symphony.

Mr. Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater, Steinway Hall, Tonic, and Barbes, as well as on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series and WNYC; summer appearances have been at the Aspen Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Greenwich Music Festival, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, and the Wellesley Composers' Conference. He is an Artist Presenter and regular performer at Bargemusic (where he recently performed all of the Beethoven piano sonatas), performs frequently as a musician with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and has performed with the New York City Ballet. He has worked with Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux, George Perle, and Charles Wuorinen, and has appeared with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Manhattan String Quartet, the Pacifica String Quartet, The Metropolis Ensemble, New York Philomusica, the New York New Music Ensemble, Mosaic, the Lyric Chamber Music Society, the Omega Ensemble, Ensemble Sospeso, the Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, Counterinduction, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, the East Coast Composers' Ensemble, the Fountain Ensemble, Friends and Enemies of New Music, Lost Dog, and Antisocial Music. He is a member of the new music ensemble Future In Reverse (FIRE) as well as the notorious Knights of the Many-Sided Table. His recordings are on the Albany, Bridge, Monument, Mulatta, and Annemarie Classics labels.

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Zhen Chen

Piano

Zhen Chen

Piano

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Hannah Choi

Violin

Hannah Choi

Violin

Hannah Choi

Violin

Violinist Hannah Choi joined the New York Philharmonic in November 2014. Previously, she was a member of the Grant Park Festival Orchestra in Chicago and a substitute violinist in The Philadelphia Orchestra, and she has appeared as concertmaster with orchestras including the Haffner Symphony, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, and Pacific Music Festival Orchestra. As a soloist, she has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Christoph Eschenbach, as the winner of the Albert M. Greenfield Competition; the New England Conservatory Philharmonia, as the winner of the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition; the Seoul, Daejeon, and Poland National philharmonic orchestras; and the Atlantic, Korean, and Haffner symphony orchestras. A prize winner in the Eighth Seoul International Music Competition, Ms. Choi has performed recitals at the Seoul Arts Center and Kumho Arts Hall in South Korea, and in various venues in the United States and abroad. An active chamber musician, she performs in festivals such as Yellow Barn, Pacific Music, Tanglewood, New York String Seminar, Encore School for Strings, and the Aspen Summer Music festivals. She was a featured artist in Stay Thirsty magazine and has appeared on WGBH’s Classical New England. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Hannah Choi received her bachelor of music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and her master of music degree and graduate diploma from the New England Conservatory, and concluded her studies with a professional studies certificate in the Orchestral Performance program at the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and Acting Principal, Second Violin Group, Lisa Kim, as well as Donald Weilerstein, Jamie Laredo, Joseph Silverstein, and Yumi N. Scott.

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Patrick Jee

Cello

Patrick Jee

Cello

Patrick Jee

Cello

Cellist Patrick Jee joined the New York Philharmonic in July 2013. A native New Yorker, he has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, and Asia, making appearances at New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., London’s Wigmore Hall, Paris’s Salle Gaveau, and the Seoul Arts Center. He also performed on CNN’s American Morning as well as at the United Nations at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

As a soloist, he has performed with the Buffalo and Rochester Philharmonic orchestras, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, National Orchestra of Toulouse, Edmonton Symphony, and the Orchestre National d’Île de France. He has been a guest artist at major music festivals including Aspen, Banff, Caramoor, Casals, Kneisel Hall, La Jolla, and Olympic.

In 2006 Mr. Jee was the Grand Prize winner of the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition, which earned him concerts throughout Mexico and a recording contract with Naxos’s subsidiary, Urtext Digital Classics. He has also won top awards at the Andre Navarra International Cello Competition, the Holland-America Music Society Cello Competition, and the Irving Klein String Competition.

An avid chamber musician, he is a member of the New Piano Trio, winners of the 2008 Fischoff, 2007 Coleman, and 2007 Plowman chamber music competitions and recipient of the Harvard Musical Association’s Arthur W. Foote Prize. Since 2001 he has performed with Sejong Soloists, collaborating with artists such as Barry Douglas, Vladimir Feltsman, Lynn Harrell, Cho-Liang Lin, and Gil Shaham. As a founding member of Ensemble Ditto, he helped introduce more than 15,000 people to chamber music as South Korea’s most popular classical musical presentation of 2008.

Before joining the New York Philharmonic, Patrick Jee served as assistant principal cello of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, principal cello of the Grant Park Orchestra, and was on faculty at Roosevelt University-Chicago College of Performing Arts. His transcription of Glazunov’s Meditation, published by International Music Company (IMC), recently won First Prize from the Music Publishers Association’s Paul Revere Awards, and his transcription of Corelli’s La Folia Variations will be released by IMC in 2013.  

Mr. Jee holds a bachelor of music from The Juilliard School and a master of music from Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot. He can be heard on the Albany, Urtext, and HM record labels.

He resides on the Upper West Side with his wife, violinist Nanae Iwata, and is an ardent New York Yankees fan.

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Peter Kenote

Viola

Peter Kenote

Viola

Peter Kenote

Viola

Peter Kenote was born in Seattle, Washington. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in music performance from The Juilliard School. Since 1983 he has been a member of the New York Philharmonic viola section. In February 2008 he performed Berio’s Sequenza VI for solo viola at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater as part of the New York Philharmonic’s Day of Berio. In the 2009–10 season he played the premieres of a new viola concerto with the South Dakota Symphony written for him by composer Neal Harnly, and Moto Perpetuo, a new work for viola and percussion ensemble by Braxton Blake. He especially enjoys performing in concert with his daughters, soprano Rebekah and mezzo-soprano Ruth.

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Kuan Cheng Lu

Violin

Kuan Cheng Lu

Violin

Kuan-Cheng Lu

Violin

Violinist Kuan Cheng Lu joined the New York Philharmonic at the start of the 2004–05 season — the first Taiwanese classical musician to earn a seat in the Philharmonic in its 170-year history. Mr. Lu has received numerous awards and scholarships that include the top prize in the Taiwan National Violin Competition, first prize in the ASTA string competition, the Raphael Bronstein Award, and the Taiwan Chi-Mei Corporation’s Outstanding Young Artist award. He received his bachelor’s in music degree from Oberlin College, his master’s in music from the Manhattan School of Music, and his doctor of musical arts from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, and has studied with former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, Lisa Kim, Acting Principal, Second Violin Group, and Yoko Takebe. Other teachers have included Roland and Almita Vamos, Daniel Phillips, Julia Bushkova, as well as his father, Chung Chih Lu.

Mr. Lu has served as concertmaster of the Verbier Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Oberlin Orchestra, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia, Manhattan Symphony, and Manhattan Philharmonia. As a member of the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, he makes regular appearances at Merkin Concert Hall. Mr. Lu teaches at the Manhattan School of Music in the graduate program for orchestra performance.

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Satoshi Okamoto

Bass

Satoshi Okamoto

Bass

Satoshi Okamoto

Bass

Satoshi Okamoto was an assistant principal double bassist in the San Antonio Symphony for eight years and a member of the New York City Ballet Orchestra for a year before joining the New York Philharmonic in September 2003. He received his master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and a bachelor’s degree from Tokyo University of Fine Arts. An eight-time Aspen Music Festival participant, he won the festival’s bass competition twice, in 1993 and 1997. He also became a finalist of the International Society of Bassist Solo Competition in 1997, and the Izuminomori International Double Bass Competition in 2001. His teachers include former Philharmonic Principal Bass Eugene Levinson, Paul Ellison, Al Laszlo, Bruce Bransby, Yoshio Nagashima, and Osamu Yamamoto.

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Howard Wall

Horn

Howard Wall

Horn

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Horn

Howard Wall, The Ruth F. and Alan J. Broder Chair, a native of Pittsburgh, joined the horn section of the New York Philharmonic in 1994, after having been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra for almost 20 years and a former member of the Phoenix and Denver Symphony Orchestras. He also performs and records with the All-Star Orchestra. Mr. Wall has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic in Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns in New York (1995, 2001, and 2007) as well as on Philharmonic tours in Europe (1996) and South America (2001). An avid chamber musician, he appears regularly at the New York Chamber Music Festival and performs with the Delphinium Trio, the Amram Ensemble, and in a duo with his wife, violinist Elmira Darvarova, a former concertmaster of The Metropolitan Opera. He can be heard on the CD Take 9, featuring the New York Philharmonic horn section and the American Horn Quartet, as well as on Principal Horn Philip Myers’s New York Legends CD. Howard Wall recorded Poulenc’s Elégie for Horn and Piano with world-renowned French pianist Pascal Rogé. Mr. Wall has also recorded David Amram’s Blues and Variations for Monk for Solo Horn, and gave its European Premiere in Paris. Howard Wall began playing the horn at age ten and earned his bachelor’s degree in music performance at Carnegie Mellon University. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 19 performing Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns; he most recently performed the same work again at Carnegie Hall in 2012.

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Liang Wang

Oboe

Liang Wang

Oboe

Liang Wang

Oboe

Liang Wang joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2006 as Principal Oboe, The Alice Tully Chair. Previously, he was principal oboe of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (2005–06), Santa Fe Opera (2004–05), and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; associate principal oboe of the San Francisco Symphony; and guest principal oboe of the Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. He has performed as concerto soloist with the New York Philharmonic 23 times, including his debut performing Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto, led by Xian Zhang, in Hong Kong during the Orchestra’s 2008 tour of Asia. In addition, he has been heard as a featured player in works ranging from J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 to Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Varèse’s Octandre.

Recipient of the 2014 Beijing International Music Festival Artist of the Year award, Mr. Wang serves as artist-in-residence of the Qing Dao Symphony Orchestra, his hometown orchestra, in the 2014–15 season, at the invitation of the mayor. He was invited by the Presidents of China and France to perform Chen Qigang’s Extase with the Orchestre Colonne de France at Versailles’s Royal Opera House in March 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of France-China diplomacy.

Born in Qing Dao, China, in 1980, Liang Wang began oboe studies at the age of seven. In 1993 he enrolled at the Beijing Central Conservatory, and in 2003 he completed his bachelor’s degree at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Philadelphia Orchestra principal oboist Richard Woodhams. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy.

Mr. Wang made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in April 2011 performing Chen Qigang’s Extase. Other recent appearances include Mozart’s Oboe Concerto with Les Violons du Roy (led by Bernard Labadie in Quebec City), China Philharmonic, and Shanghai and Guanzhou Symphony Orchestras; Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto with the Makau Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra; Mozart and Strauss’s Oboe Concertos on tour with all of China’s major symphony orchestras; and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In December 2014 he performs Mozart’s Oboe Concerto with the New York String Orchestra, led by Jaimie Laredo, at Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium.

An active chamber musician, he has appeared with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival for ten seasons, Angel Fire Music Festival, and La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, with which he premiered Sean Shepherd’s Oboe Quartet. He has given master classes at the Cincinnati Conservatory, The Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The Curtis Institute of Music, Seoul University, New York University, and the Beijing, Shanghai, Hanoi, and Singapore conservatories. He is currently on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and New York University, and is an honorary professor at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

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Rion Wentworth

Bass

Rion Wentworth

Bass

Rion Wenworth

Bass

Bassist Rion Wentworth joined the New York Philharmonic in May 2016. Previously, he worked extensively in New York City as a freelance musician and performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet Orchestra, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony. He served as a faculty member and assistant principal bass of the Eastern Music Festival for two years, and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, where he has taught since 2012. Mr. Wentworth studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, and the Aspen Music Festival and School, where his teachers included New York Philharmonic bassist Orin O’Brien as well as Lynn Peters and Chris Hanulik. His primary teacher and mentor has been Eugene Levinson, former Principal Bass of the New York Philharmonic, with whom Mr. Wentworth studied at Juilliard, earning his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

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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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