7:00PM Doors Open, Pre-Concert Reception
9:00PM Post-Concert Reception
April 6, 2018 (Fri)
7:00PM Doors Open, Pre-Concert Reception
9:00PM Post-Concert Reception
Hailed for her "magnetic, wide-ranging tone" and her "rock solid technique" (Philadelphia Inquirer), violist Ayane Kozasa enjoys a career that spans a broad spectrum of musical personas. A violinist turned violist, she was inspired to dedicate herself to the alto clef when she discovered the beauty of playing the viola part in string quartets during her undergraduate studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her commitment to pursue a life in viola led to a graduate degree from the Curtis Institute of Music as well as a Further Masters Degree from the esteemed Kronberg Academy Masters School in Germany.
Ayane's solo career took off when she won the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition, where she also captured awards for best chamber music and commissioned work performances. Following the competition, she joined the Astral Artists roster, and became a grant recipient from the S&R Foundation, an organization recognizing and supporting young, aspiring artists of all mediums. Her international solo opportunities have been a platform to unearth seldom heard works and commission new pieces, an aspect of viola playing that she loves. Most recently, she commissioned a work by Brooklyn composer Paul Wiancko for viola and piano, which she premiered at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society with pianist Amy Yang.
Chamber music has also been a vital part of Ayane's musical career, and her interests have led her to appearances at numerous festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, and the Ravinia Festival. She is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, the 2014-16 Quartet-in-Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, and first prize winner of the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition. They are also the 2017-18 Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The quartet has proved to be a multi-faceted group, commissioning and touring works by world-renowned composers such as Caroline Shaw, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Paul Wiancko, and Gabriella Smith. Her passion for chamber music has also blossomed in the form of the viola/cello duo "Ayane & Paul", and eclectic string trio "Bird's Eye Trio", both known for their creative programming and intimate connections with their audience.
From 2012 to 2016, Ayane served as the principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. She is also a member of the IRIS Orchestra, and has played with notable ensembles such as the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, The Philadelphia Orchestra, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Ayane is deeply grateful for the mentorship she received from her past teachers, Nobuko Imai, Kirsten Docter, Roberto Diaz, Misha Amory, Michael Tree, and William Preucil. Outside of music, she loves to bake pastries, create fonts, run long distances, and be surrounded by mountains or the ocean -- all interests that fuel her musical creativity.
Violinist Jennifer Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every pieceshe performs. Her second solo concert in Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as "one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs," and she was celebrated as "an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for."
An improviser, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Curtis is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and founder of the group Tres Americas Ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela and the Knights Chamber Orchestra; performed in Romania in honor of George Enescu; given world premieres at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York; collaborated with composer John Adams at the Library of Congress, appeared at El Festival de las Artes Esénias in Peru and festivals worldwide. Her compositions have been performed at the Verbier Festival de Musique, El Festival de Artes Escénicas de Lima, throughout the US and include commissions by Cornell University and Paperhand Puppet Intervention. This season she performs at Philip Glass' Days and Nights Festival in Carmel California andis collaborating with artists ranging from Afro-Peruvian legend Susana Baca, honoring US improviser and visionary Pauline Oliveros, Nrityagram Dance Ensemble,recording a solo CD commemorating the music of George Enescu with a world premiere recording for solo violin and makingan album with New York Based improviser/composer/drummer Tyshawn Sorey.
An educator with a focus on music as humanitarian aid, Curtis has also collaborated with musical shamen of the Andes, improvised for live radio from the interior of the Amazon jungle, and taught and collaborated with Kurdish refugees in Turkey. She currently teaches violin at Duke Universityand general music making at the Carolina Friends School. She has held her "Musicianship and the Art of Interpretation" workshop for string players at Oberlin Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, and Cornell University. She also incorporated its underlying principles into her classes during her tenure as a Visiting Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Jennifer holds a Masters of Music from The Juilliard School, a Bachelors of Arts from Mills College andplays on a 1777Vincenzo Panormo thanks to Florence Peacock and Josef Blass.
Paul Wiancko has led an exceptionally multi-faceted musical life as a cellist, composer, and collaborator.
While earning cello performance degrees at the University of Southern California and the Colburn School with Ronald Leonard, Paul won top prizes at several international cello competitions which led him, most notably, to Poland to perform the Lutoslawski Cello Concerto with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and to Brazil where he performed the Shostakovich Concerto with the Bahia Symphony at the Teatro Nacional.
Leading a double life, Paul took advantage of his time in Los Angeles by converting his dorm room into a production studio. There, he created arrangements and recorded strings for bands such as Yellowcard and Veruca Salt, and worked with the producers of numerous other artists including Pennywise, U2, and Pearl Jam. Paul's productions, which range from experimental orchestral arrangements to gospel funk tunes, can be heard on numerous albums, commercials and films. Ever the versatile musician and improviser, Paul has toured and performed extensively with Chick Corea, while working closely with him on arrangements. Paul appears on his album Continents, as well as Hot House, which won a 2013 Grammy. He has also recorded with Grammy-winner Joe Cocker, and appeared with jazz greats Etta James at the Hollywood Bowl and Stanley Clarke at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Paul spent many summers nurturing his love for chamber music at the Aspen, Perlman, Olympic, and Marlboro Music Festivals, where he performed with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Ysaye Quartets. He has also had the pleasure of performing with Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Peter Wiley and Richard Goode, among many others. After moving to New York in 2009, Paul joined the award-winning Harlem String Quartet, with whom he spent 3 years performing and teaching extensively throughout the US, Europe, South America, and Africa. Paul currently writes and performs as a member of the electro-acoustic chamber ensemble Bright Wave, Bird's Eye Trio, and the Colonials, and has toured regularly with the ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra) and ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble).
As a composer, one of Paul's first large-scale compositions was a highly virtuosic concerto for cello, orchestra, and electronics. Entitled "Tales From Bent City," the piece blends Paul's passion for hip-hop and improvisation with his love of the great 19th century late-romantic composers, and its New York premiere was hailed by Sequenza21 as "surprising, fun, fresh, and innovative." Paul has composed works for the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, Met soprano Susanna Phillips, cellist Judith Serkin, violist Ayane Kozasa, yMusic, Bargemusic, and many others, and has been the composer-in-residence at the Twickenham, Newburyport, and Methow Valley Chamber Music Festivals. Paul recently completed the score for the new prison-drama feature film Heartlock, as well as a new Mars-exploration-based work for solo piano commissioned by scientist and NASA project leader Dr. Peter Smith. He was Caramoor's commissioned composer for the summer of 2016.Paul plays on a 2010 Mario Miralles violoncello. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, and spends his spare time woodworking, fly-fishing, and practicing guitar, bass, violin, harmonica, berimbau, shamisen and theremin.
Hailed by The Washington Post as a "jaw-dropping pianist who [steals] the show…with effortless finesse", Amy Yang is a seasoned soloist, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Recent engagements include collaborations with Dover Quartet and Jasper String Quartet, Patricia Kopatchinskaya and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, soloing with Orquesta Juvenil Universitaria Eduardo Mata at UNAM, National Youth Orchestra of USA, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Penn Symphony Orchestra, participating in the Mitsuko Uchida Workshop at Carnegie Hall, and returning to Weill Recital Hall, Phillips Collection, Schneider Concert Series, and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society with violist Ayane Kozasa. Upcoming engagements include recitals with Roberto Díaz and Berlin-based Amelia Piano Trio, of which she is the pianist, at Piano Salon Christofori and Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabethl, and performances at Ojai, Berkeley and Aldeburgh Festivals with Patricia Kopatchinskaya.
Major engagements include soloing with Houston Symphony; collaborations with Aizuri, Amphion, and members of Daedalus Quartets; premiering music by Caroline Shaw, Avner Dorman, Ezra Laderman, Paul Wiancko; and appearing at Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Prussia Cove, Verbier Academy, to name a few.
She serves as Chamber Music Mentor at Curtis Institute of Music and Chamber Music Coach at The University of Pennsylvania. At Curtis Summerfest, she is the Program Director and faculty for its Young Artist Summer Program and faculty for the Chamber Music and Orchestra for Adults program. As a juror, she has judged the Bravura Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Temple University Concerto Competition, NJMTA, CCC Toronto Piano Competition, Sarasota Artist Series National Piano Competition, and the Marian Garcia Competitions at Penn State University.
Founder of the Schumann Project, she will lecture on Schumann's late piano works, presented by Philadelphia Music Teachers' Association in 2018. A debut solo CD of Bach, Caroline Shaw, and Schumann; and two CDs with Tessa Lark and Itamar Zorman (BIS Records), respectively, are expected for 2018 release.
Her musical lineage comes from the teachings of Timothy Hester, Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Robert McDonald and from collaborating with luminaries like Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, Guarneri String Quartet members, Ida Kavafian, Miriam Fried, David Shifrin, Kim Kashkashian, Roberto Díaz and countless others. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Jon, and loves to draw, paint, and learn. www.amyjyang.com