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NY Phil @ Noon

Dec 15

Join us on your lunch break! A part of our new choose-what-you-pay series, this concert features NY Phil musicians playing works by Dukov, Ponce, and Vaughan Williams in the intimate yet contemporary Kenneth C. Griffin Sidewalk Studio — our brand-new, street-level event space.

NY Phil @ Noon


12:00 PM




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Kenneth C. Griffin Sidewalk Studio, David Geffen Hall

Additional Info

This concert will not be streamed on the Hauser Digital Wall.


Bruce Dukov

Variations on a Birthday Theme


Petite suite dans le style ancien

Vaughan Williams

Piano Quintet


  • Alison Fierst


    Alison Fierst joined the New York Philharmonic as Associate Principal Flute in September 2019, having previously held the position of second flute in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

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  • Na Sun


    Violinist Na Sun joined the New York Philharmonic in 2006. 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 the highest honor, studying with Yaoji Lin. She was concertmaster of the China Youth Symphony Orchestra, and was soloist in Brahms’s Violin Concerto with the Xiamen Symphony Orchestra. Sun, who has performed in numerous recital and chamber music concerts since arriving in the United States in 2003, received her artist diploma from Boston University in 2005, studying with Roman Totenberg. She was the grand-prize winner of the Bach Competition, attended Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and served as concertmaster of the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, led by James Levine. A frequent soloist with major orchestras in China, Sun recently performed with the China National Theater Orchestra and with the Qingdao, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou symphony orchestras, conducted by Yu Long and Tan Dun.

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  • Kuan Cheng Lu


    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. 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, Associate 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.

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  • Hannah Choi


    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, 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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  • Leah Ferguson


    Violist Leah Ferguson joined the New York Philharmonic in October 2018, having previously been a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2016. Originally from Chicago, she began playing the violin at age five and switched to the viola at age twelve, studying with Roland Vamos.

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  • Vivek Kamath


    Violist Vivek Kamath has been a member of the New York Philharmonic since 1997. Growing up in Rochester, New York, he was a student of Lynn Blakeslee in the preparatory department of the Eastman School of Music.

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  • Nathan Vickery


    Lauded as a “formidable cello soloist” (The New York Times), cellist Nathan Vickery appears regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and at music festivals around the country. In a 2016 performance of Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, he was celebrated for his “talent and artistry” and his “fresh and appealing account” of the work (The New York Times).

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  • Blake Hinson


    Assistant Principal Bass Blake Hinson joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2012. Previously he served as principal bass of the Grand Rapids Symphony for two seasons, played with the New World Symphony as a fellow, and performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra. A native of West Des Moines, Iowa, Hinson was accepted at age 16 to The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Philadelphia Orchestra principal bass Harold Robinson and Edgar Meyer. He spent three summers at the Aspen Music Festival and School on fellowship, where he played in the Aspen Chamber Symphony and Aspen Festival Orchestra and won the 2006 low strings competition. Hinson won third prize in the 2009 International Society of Bassists Double Bass Competition and made his solo debut at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

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  • Satoshi Okamoto


    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. As a chamber musician, he is a member of Bateira trio and La Stella Quattro di Bassi. His teachers include former Philharmonic Principal Bass Eugene Levinson, Paul Ellison, Yoshio Nagashima, and Osamu Yamamoto.

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  • Pallavi Mahidhara


    Indian-American pianist Pallavi Mahidhara made her orchestral debut at the age of ten, performing at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. She is the Second Prize winner and Young Audience Award winner of the 69th Geneva International Piano Competition, and Second Prize winner of the VI International Prokofiev Competition in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She was recently awarded the Olivier Berggruen Prize at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival. Mahidhara has performed at important festivals such as Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Marlboro Music, and Verbier Festival. She has performed chamber music with renowned artists such as pianist Gary Hoffman and Theo Fouchennert; violinists Diemut Poppen, Josef Spacek, and Arnold Steinhardt; cellists Pablo Ferrández, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, István Várdai, and Peter Wiley; violist Wolfram Christ; and clarinetist Michael Rusinek. She has performed under the direction of Arjan Tien, Thomas Sanderling, Daniel Boico, Róbert Farkas, Daniel Abad Casanova, and Pablo Gonzalez, among others. Pallavi Mahidhara is the executive producer, writer, and host of The Conscious Artist, a new podcast designed to promote mental health awareness for musicians, artists, and all human beings. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and her master’s at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. She studied with Dimitri Bashkirov at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía for several years. Aside from her private studio, Mahidhara has served as artistic advisor and piano professor for Young Artists Program at the Reina Sofia School in Madrid, Spain, since 2019, and is regularly invited to teach for Curtis’s Mentor Alumni Program.

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