Saturday Matinee: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4

The New York Philharmonic

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Saturday Matinee: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$33-77

Duration

1 hour & 30 minutes with intermission

Date & Times

27

Oct, 2018

Saturday, 2:00 PM

Event Info

Saturday afternoon doesn’t get any better than one spent with the Philharmonic playing Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, which the composer called “an echo of my most intimate spiritual life.” Plus chamber music to start the concert and an engaging post-concert Q & A with our musicians.

Program

Mendelssohn

String Quintet No. 2

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Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 4

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Artists

Tugan Sokhiev

Conductor

Tugan Sokhiev

Conductor

Tugan Sokhiev Patrice Nin

Conductor

Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev has been music director of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (ONCT) for more than ten years, is music director and conductor of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, and was music director of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO) through the 2015–16 season.

His 2018–19 season highlights include his New York Philharmonic debut and appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic for a project with the Bolshoi Choir as well as on tour in Germany. He also tours Germany with the Vienna Philharmonic and returns to the DSO, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Sokhiev has led the Vienna Philharmonic (at the Lucerne Festival and for Mozart Week), The Philadelphia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Orchestre National de France; Boston, Chicago, London, Swedish Radio, Finnish Radio, NHK, and Bournemouth symphony orchestras; Berlin, Rotterdam, Oslo, Munich, and Russia’s National philharmonic orchestras; Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Turin’s RAI Orchestra, Milan’s Teatro alla Scala Orchestra, and Bavarian Staatsoper Orchestra; and the NHK Music Festival. He has toured Europe with the Philharmonia Orchestra, with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and with the DSO, and has toured with the ONCT across Europe, Asia, the United Kingdom, and South America. He has conducted London’s Philharmonia Orchestra every season since 2003, and has toured with that orchestra in Europe.

On the operatic stage, he has conducted new productions for the Bolshoi Theatre, including Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District and Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust. He has led productions at the Mariinsky Theatre, Welsh National Opera, The Metropolitan Opera (with the Mariinsky), Houston Grand Opera, Aix-en-Provence Festival, and in Madrid. He was named Musical Discovery of the Year by the Syndicat de la Critique in France in 2005.

Tugan Sokhiev’s discography includes recordings for Naïve Classique with the OCNT, including Tchaikovsky’s Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and The Firebird. He has also recorded Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible, Fifth Symphony, and Scythian Suite with the DSO (Sony Classical).

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Michelle Kim

Violin

Michelle Kim

Violin

Michelle Kim

Violin

Violinist Michelle Kim has been Assistant Concertmaster, The William Petschek Family Chair, of the New York Philharmonic since 2001. She has performed as a soloist with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and Pacific Symphony. An active chamber musician, Ms. Kim has collaborated with violinists Cho Liang Lin, Christian Tetzlaff, and Pinchas Zukerman; cellists Mstislav Rostropovich, Lynn Harrell, and Gary Hoffman; and pianists Lang Lang and Yefim Bronfman. She has performed at various festivals including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, Strings in the Mountain, and Bravo! Vail. Ms. Kim has also served as the first violinist of the Rossetti String Quartet, and was a Sterne Virtuoso Artist at Skidmore College in 2007–08.

A student of Robert Lipsett and a former Presidential Scholar, Ms. Kim attended the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as a Starling Foundation scholarship recipient, and considers Heiichiro Ohyama and Henry Gronnier as her mentors. She has been a member of the faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music, the Colburn School, and the University of California Santa Barbara, and currently teaches at the Mannes College of Music.

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Qianqian Li

Violin

Qianqian Li

Violin

Qianqian Li

Violin

Violinist Qianqian Li joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal, Second Violin Group, in December 2017. An avid chamber musician, she has performed with Donald Weilerstein, Roger Tapping, Natasha Brofsky, Brett Dean, Gilbert Kalish, Curtis Macomber, and Anthony Marwood. Her honors include First Prize at Kazakhstan’s inaugural International Violin Competition, the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Ishikawa Music Academy Award, and prizes won with the Clara Piano Trio, of which she was a member for one year.

Ms. Li has performed at major music festivals including Aspen, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn, and Sarasota. As a soloist, she has performed with orchestras in major concert halls in Asia, the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Africa. Her performances have been broadcast live on the radio, including by WGBH Boston. Before joining the New York Philharmonic, she served as a member of the first violin section of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for three years, after winning positions with the orchestras of Seattle, Atlanta, and St. Paul in the same period. She has also performed in the Boston, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta symphony orchestras and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Born in Nanjing, China, Qianqian Li received both her bachelor and master of music degrees from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Donald Weilerstein and served as his teaching assistant, and was granted the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship. Her other mentors include Malcolm Lowe and Lina Yu.

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Rebecca Young

Viola

Rebecca Young

Viola

Rebecca Young

Viola

Rebecca Young joined the New York Philharmonic in 1986 as its youngest member. In 1991 she won the position of Associate Principal Viola. Two months later she was named principal viola of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After spending the 1992–93 season in Boston and two summers at Tanglewood, she ultimately decided to return to her family in New York, resuming her Associate Principal position with the Philharmonic in September 1994. She can currently be seen leading the viola section of the All-Star Orchestra, a popular televised educational series about classical music.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Young has performed with many renowned groups, including the Boston Chamber Music Society, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She can be heard in a recording of Schubert’s Trout Quintet with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Pamela Frank, and bass player Edgar Meyer on the Sony Classical label.

In the spring of 1999 Ms. Young joined Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps in the World Premiere of Sofia Gubaidulina’s Two Paths: Music for Two Solo Violas and Symphony Orchestra with the Philharmonic. The work was commissioned for them by Tomoko Masur, wife of Philharmonic Music Director Emeritus Kurt Masur and herself a former violist. The two performed it at Avery Fisher Hall, in Washington, D.C., and again during the Orchestra’s subsequent tour of the Canary Islands, Spain, and Portugal, as well as the Europe 2000 Tour, and again in April 2011, at Avery Fisher Hall. Ms. Young is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Ms. Young was first introduced to music at the age of two when her parents took her to the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts led by Leonard Bernstein. Today, she is the host of the Philharmonic’s popular Very Young Peoples Concerts, intimate chamber music concerts where she has tap-danced, played drums, ridden a scooter around the stage, and even sung Gilbert & Sullivan. Her philosophy is less to educate than, as she puts it, “to make the audiences have so much fun they want to come back!”

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Cong Wu

Viola

Cong Wu

Viola

Cong Wu

Viola

Cong Wu joined the New York Philharmonic as Assistant Principal Viola, The Norma and Lloyd Chazen Chair, in September 2018, while pursuing his doctoral degree at Manhattan School of Music. Winner of the Third Prize and the Chamber Music Prize in the Fourteenth Primrose International Viola Competition, and the Special Prize in the Twelfth Tertis International Viola Competition, he has performed throughout North America and Asia, including solo appearances with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Macau Youth Orchestra, and New York Classical Players.

An avid chamber musician, Mr. Wu has collaborated with Christoph Eschenbach, David Finckel, Itzhak Perlman, Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps, Peter Wiley, Pinchas Zukerman, and the American String Quartet. He has performed at various festivals, including Marlboro Music Festival, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Encounters, Music@Menlo, Perlman Music Program, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany.

Cong Wu was recently appointed as a guest faculty member of the National Arts Centre Summer Music Institute in Canada, and performed in the Music@Menlo Winter Residency. He also regularly appears with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and New York Classical Players.

Born in Jinan, China, Cong Wu moved to New York in 2010 after graduating from the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Wing Ho. He holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Heidi Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Patinka Kopec, and Pinchas Zukerman.

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Eileen Moon-Myers

Cello

Eileen Moon-Myers

Cello

Eileen Moon

Cello

Eileen Moon-Myers joined the cello section of the New York Philharmonic in 1998, and in 2007 was named Associate Principal Cello, The Paul and Diane Guenther Chair. Born and raised in Los Altos, California, she studied piano and cello, eventually continuing her cello studies with Irene Sharp in the Pre-College Division of the San Francisco Conservatory. As a member of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO), Ms. Moon-Myers experienced years of immersion in the comprehensive arts community of the Bay Area and toured Europe and the West Coast, often as a featured soloist. She continued her studies at The Juilliard School, where she earned her bachelor of music degree, and then moved to Vienna to study with Valentin Erben of the Alban Berg Quartet. She was a top prize winner in numerous competitions, including YoungArts (Florida) in 1987, Irving Klein (California) in 1988, Geneva International Competition (Switzerland) in 1991, and Tchaikovsky International Competition (Moscow) in 1994. She has performed in prestigious festivals, and is the founder of the Warwick Music Series in Warwick, New York.

Ms. Moon-Myers’s biggest passions are music presentation, cooking, running, and animal advocacy. She co-founded Friends of Warwick Valley Humane Society and aims to open a sanctuary for injured, abandoned and “retired” animals and wildlife.

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