Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall - Jan 12

The New York Philharmonic

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Ensembles

Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Hall

Location

Merkin Hall

Directions
Duration

2 hours with intermission

Date & Times

12

Jan, 2020

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
Subscriptions and single tickets to the 2019–20 season are now available. You may order through the Merkin Hall Box Office online, by phone at (212) 501-3330, or in person at 129 West 67th Street.

Program To Include

Vivaldi

Trio Sonata, RV 69

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Prokofiev

Sonata for Two Violins

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Bowen

Fantasia for Four Violas

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Brahms

Piano Quartet No. 2

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Artists

Paolo Bordignon

Harpsichord

Paolo Bordignon

Harpsichord

Paolo Bordignon

Harpsichord

Paolo Bordignon’s diverse engagements have included recitals at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Eustache in Paris, a performance for New York Fashion Week, and conducting appearances on NBC’s Today show. He was a featured soloist at the inauguration of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, performing the New York premiere of Philip Glass’s Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra. Recent highlights include performances with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ars Nova Copenhagen, and at a Juilliard Gala performance with Renée Fleming and Wynton Marsalis.

Mr. Bordignon has appeared on CNN, NPR, the CBC, and on Korean and Japanese national television with Orpheus and the Sejong string orchestra, performing with Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Kyung-Wha Chung, Cho-Liang Lin, Gil Shaham, Youngok Shin, and Lynn Harrell. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, David Robertson, Bobby McFerrin, Paul Hillier and, in 2008, with Midori on a series of concerts for Lincoln Center’s Great Performers, playing Bach and Schnittke.

A strong advocate of new music, Mr. Bordignon has worked with composers such as Elliott Carter (performing his Double Concerto), Jean Guillou, Stephen Hartke, Christopher Theophanides, and Melinda Wagner. As harpsichordist for Jackson Hole’s Grand Teton Music Festival, he was recently a featured soloist with the Festival Orchestra in performances led by Reinhard Goebel, founder of Musica Antiqua Köln. He has participated at festivals in Bruges, Zurich, Aspen, Bridgehampton, at the Bard Music Festival, and at the Aston Magna Academy.

In 2008 he gave the world premiere of some newly rediscovered, unpublished works by Felix Mendelssohn, including a Sonata for Violin and Pianoforte, and the composer’s only surviving song cycle. He recently presented a series of ten recitals in residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Department of Musical Instruments.

Mr. Bordignon serves as associate director of music at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, where he helps to oversee one of the nation’s preeminent church music programs. He directs the Boy & Girl Choristers, and plays the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organs of the Chapel and Church, the latter being one of the world’s largest. Deeply committed to training the next generation of musicians, he serves on the VOICE Choral Music Charter School board of directors and is on the faculty of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J.

Paolo Bordignon earned master’s and doctor of musical arts degrees from The Juilliard School. He studied organ with John Weaver, harpsichord with Lionel Party, and is a graduate of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. Doctoral studies brought him to Leipzig and Berlin, where he examined Johann Sebastian Bach’s autograph and original performance materials of Cantata No. 67, Halt im Gedächtnis Jesum Christ.

From 1993 to1996 he was on the roster of associate organists for the Wanamaker Grand Court organ in Philadelphia, the world’s largest operational pipe organ. Mr. Bordignon is an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. He grew up in Toronto, where he studied organ with John Tuttle and received early musical training at St. Michael’s Choir School.

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Leah Ferguson

Viola

Leah Ferguson

Viola

Leah Ferguson

Viola

Violist Leah Ferguson joined the New York Philharmonic in October 2018, having previously served in the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2016. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Ferguson received her early training from Roland Vamos. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Robert Vernon and Mark Jackobs, and a graduate diploma from The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, studying with Heidi Castleman and Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps.

Ms. Ferguson has participated in festivals including Music@Menlo, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, the Verbier Festival, and the Perlman Music Program. She has toured with Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, performed as a guest artist with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, and appeared at The Greene Space with violinist Joshua Bell and other musicians from the YoungArts Foundation. Leah Ferguson has also performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as assistant principal, and Montreal Symphony Orchestra as guest associate principal. Her performances have been featured on WCLV Cleveland, WFMT Chicago, and HBO’s documentary television series Masterclass.

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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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Soohyun Kwon

Violin

Soohyun Kwon

Violin

Soohyun Kwon

Violin

Violinist Soohyun Kwon, The Joan and Joel I. Picket Chair, became a member of the New York Philharmonic in September 2001. Prior to joining the Philharmonic, Ms. Kwon performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Vienna Symphony Chamber Orchestra at the Bregenz Summer Music Festival, Prague Symphony Chamber Orchestra at Smetana Hall, Vienna Mozart Orchestra at the Goldensaal Musikverein, Tchaikovsky Society, Shanghai Symphony, Korea Chamber Ensemble, and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ms. Kwon made her New York debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and gave other recitals at Juilliard's Paul and Morse Halls, the Concertgebouw and Beurs van Berlage, in Amsterdam, and at the Seoul Arts Center.

A founding member of the Alma Piano Trio, she performed with the ensemble at Alice Tully Hall, Salisbury State University, Maryland, and at the Goethe Institute in New York. With her string quartet, Quartet 94, Ms. Kwon toured California, where she performed at the University of Southern California and at the inauguration of the Korean-American Museum in Los Angeles.

Ms. Kwon was born in Seoul, Korea, and began studying the violin at the age of six. She won several top prizes, studying with Nam Yun Kim and Min Kim. While an academic scholarship student at Seoul National University, Ms. Kwon transferred to The Juilliard School and received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees as a student of Glenn Dicterow. Ms. Kwon's interests include Korean and Chinese history and contemporary art.

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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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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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Anna Polonsky

Piano

Anna Polonsky

Piano

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Nathan Vickery

Cello

Nathan Vickery

Cello

Vickery

Cello

Cellist Nathan Vickery joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2013. He has appeared as a soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and as a recitalist and chamber musician at festivals including the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, and the Chamber Music Workshop at the Perlman Music Festival, as well as throughout Europe with Curtis on Tour. As a chamber musician he has collaborated with violinists Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, and Miriam Fried; pianist Jonathan Biss; and the contemporary music ensemble Eighth Blackbird, among others. Mr. Vickery has appeared on NPR’s From the Top and WFMT in Chicago. He has won numerous competitions, including the Second International David Popper Cello Competition (Hungary) and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Maurer Young Musicians Contest. He received his bachelor’s degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Peter Wiley. Nathan Vickery has served on the faculty of the Indiana University Summer String Academy.

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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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Jin Suk Yu

Violin

Jin Suk Yu

Violin

Jin Suk Yu

Violin

Violinist Jin Suk Yu joined the New York Philharmonic in January 2015. Previously, he was a second-year fellow at the New World Symphony, in which he served as concertmaster under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and appeared as a soloist, having won the concerto competition. Mr. Yu has also performed in the Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Atlanta symphony orchestras. From 2011 to 2013, while studying at The Juilliard School, he led both the Juilliard Orchestra and the Verbier Festival Orchestra as concertmaster and in various principal positions. He has participated in the Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Sarasota Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, and the Encore School for Strings. An active chamber musician, Jin Suk Yu most recently performed Beethoven’s Archduke Trio with pianist Yefim Bronfman at the New World Center. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Mr. Yu started playing the violin at the age of five and attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he was concertmaster and winner of the concerto competition as well as a valedictorian. He went on to pursue his studies at The Juilliard School, studying with Naoko Tanaka and Joseph Lin, from which he received both his bachelor and master degrees.

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Andi Zhang

Violin

Andi Zhang

Violin

Andi Zhang

Violin

Violinist Andi Zhang joined the New York Philharmonic in January 2019 while studying at the Manhattan School of Music with Pinchas Zukerman and Patinka Kopec. She has appeared as soloist with the Beijing, Qingdao, Harbin, and Hong Kong symphony orchestras; Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra; and Munich Radio Orchestra. She has performed in recital in the US, Canada, Germany, and Austria; recorded for film and television, CDs, and the China Central Television program Music Tells You; and led master classes.

Ms. Zhang’s honors and awards include both First Prize and the award for outstanding performance of a new Chinese piece at the 2016 Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition; Second Place in the 2010 Stradivarius International Violin Competition; First Place in the 2009 National Chinese Violin Competition (the youngest prize winner that year); and Third Place in the youth group of the 2006 Wenhua National Violin Competition. In addition, she was among the young artists selected to receive support from the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China.

Born in Dandong, China, Andi Zhang began violin at the age of four. She studied with Lin Yaoji. In 2005 she was admitted to the middle school of the China Central Conservatory of Music and, that same year, performed as soloist to critical acclaim with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra alongside the young violinist Liu Siqing. She pursued her bachelor’s degree from the China Central Conservatory of Music and received her master of music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Joel Smirnoff. She has played in master classes for Shlomo Mintz, Midori, Zakhar Bron, and Leonidas Kavakos.

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Yulia Ziskel

Violin

Yulia Ziskel

Violin

Yula Ziskel

Violin

A member of the New York Philharmonic’s first violin section since 2001, Yulia Ziskel, who holds The Friends and Patrons Chair, has established herself as a highly acclaimed solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has been praised by The Strad Magazine for “the sweetness of her sound.”

Ms. Ziskel’s recent appearances apart from the Philharmonic include a successful tour of Spain and the Ballearic Islands and recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Merkin Hall as well as venues in Italy, Germany, and Russia. Her solo appearances include performances with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, South Florida Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony Orchestra, and St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra. She has performed chamber music at Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, Japan; former Philharmonic Music Director Lorin Maazel’s private theater for the Chateuville Foundation; Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York for the Kosciuszko Foundation; and with Philharmonic colleagues during Saturday Matinee Concerts at David Geffen Hall and the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series at Merkin Hall. Ms. Ziskel has also appeared on numerous radio programs, including WQXR’s The Listening Room, hosted by Robert Sherman. Her awards include First Prize in the Assembly of Arts International Violin Competition; the New Names award, one of the highest honors for young talent in Russia; and the Anna Bernstein Memorial Award.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Yulia Ziskel began her musical training on the violin and piano at the age of four. She made her solo debut at age seven at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall and at age twelve was a soloist with St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra. As a teenager she toured extensively, appearing in solo recitals throughout Russia, Germany, Finland, Poland, and the United States. In 1994 Ms. Ziskel’s family immigrated to the United States, where she completed her bachelor of music degree at Indiana University and later received her master’s degree from The Juilliard School. Her teachers included Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violinist Yoko Takebe as well as Nelli Shkolnikiva, Lev Ivashenko, and Eugenia Poustireva.

Ms. Ziskel’s debut solo CD on the Sonoris label includes works by Wieniawski, Tchaikovsky, Ysaÿe, Brahms, and Paganini and features pianist Tatiana Goncharova, and her recording of chamber music was released on the Naxos label.

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Special Thanks

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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