Violists Misha Amory and Hsin-Yun Huang will give a joint recital on Friday, October 21 at 8 PM in Paul Hall as part of Juilliard’s Daniel Saidenberg Faculty Recital Series. The program features the world premiere of Poul Ruders’Romances (2011); Benjamin Britten’s Lachrymae: Reflections on a Song by John Dowland, Opus 48a; J.S. Bach’s Chaconne (from Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004); George Benjamin’s Viola, Viola (1997); J.S. Bach’s Sonata No. 2 for unaccompanied violin, BWV 1003; and selections from Luciano Berio’s Duetti (adapted for two violas). Pianist Sarah Rothenberg joins the duo in the Britten and Ruders works.
FREE tickets to the joint recital will be available beginning October 7 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.
Composer Poul Ruders’ Romances, six short pieces for viola and piano, was commissioned by Hsin-Yun Huang and Da Camera of Houston and has its world premiere on this recital. Mr. Ruders writes about his new work: “According to tradition, a mid or late 19th century instrumental Romance is a shortish composition of predominantly melodic nature, with a slight leaning toward the sentimental. In several European languages, such as German, French – and Danish, the word for “novel”, i.e., an unfolding drama in writing is roman, and although there’s nothing literary about my Romances for viola and piano, each piece tells its own story open to individual inner interpretation.” The six short pieces are: Portal, Even Song, Rhapsody, Ballad, Dirge, and Duet.
Misha Amory has been active as a soloist and chamber musician since winning the 1991 Naumburg Viola Award. He has performed with orchestras in the United States and Europe, and has been presented in recital in Alice Tully Hall, Los Angeles’ Ambassador series, Philadelphia’s Mozart on the Square festival, Boston’s Gardner Museum, Houston’s Da Camera series, and Washington’s Phillips Collection. He has been invited to perform at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Boston Chamber Music Society, among others. He is a founding member of the Brentano String Quartet, which enjoys a distinguished concert career in the United States and abroad. Winner of the inaugural Cleveland Quartet Award and the 1995 Naumburg Chamber Music Award, the Brentano Quartet was also the inaugural group for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s new program, Chamber Music Society II. The Quartet has been in residence at Princeton University since 1999. Mr. Amory holds degrees from Yale University and from Juilliard. His principal teachers were Heidi Castleman, Caroline Levine, and Samuel Rhodes. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Amory serves on the faculties of Juilliard and the Curtis Institute of Music.
Hsin-Yun Huang, recognized as one of the leading violists of her generation, came to international prominence in 1993 when she was winner of the top prize of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and the Bunkamura Orchard Hall Award. In 1988, she was the youngest-ever Gold Medalist of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition on the Isle of Man. These and other honors have propelled her career as soloist and chamber musician on stages of major concert halls throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East. She is in constant demand in her native Taiwan, appearing annually with the National Symphony of Taiwan. Ms. Huang has collaborated with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, Joshua Bell, Joseph Suk, Menahem Pressler, Joseph Silverstein, Gary Hoffman, and Michael Tree. Ms. Huang was a member of the Borromeo Quartet from 1994-2000. When she was age 14, she moved to England to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School with David Takeno. Ms. Huang continued her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Michael Tree, where she earned her bachelor of music degree, and at Juilliard with Samuel Rhodes, where she earned her master of music degree. Ms. Huang serves on the faculties of Juilliard and Mannes College of Music.
Pianist Sarah Rothenberg has served as artistic director of Da Camera of Houston since 1994. She has received international acclaim as a solo recitalist and chamber musician and the innovative programs that she conceives and directs have been enthusiastically received by audiences across America and in Europe. She has been a frequent performer on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series, as well as appearing in London’s Barbican Centre, and the Library of Congress. Ms. Rothenberg’s solo recital appearances include the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Washington’s Kennedy Center, the Music Academy of Cracow, the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and New York’s 92nd Street Y and Columbia University’s Miller Theatre. An award-winning recording artist, her solo CDs include Fanny Mendelssohn’s Das Jahr (Arabesque), Rediscovering the Russian Avant-Garde: Molov, Roslavetz, and Lourié (GM), and Shadows and Fragments: Piano Music of Brahms and Schoenberg (Arabesque), as well as works by Wuorinen, Carter, Tsontakis, Ran, Tower, and others. Ms. Rothenberg received the Medal of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Government in 2000.
Friday, October 21, 8 PM, Juilliard’s Paul Hall
A Joint Recital with Violists Misha Amory and Hsin-Yun Huang
Sarah Rothenberg, piano
Benjamin Britten – Lachrymae: Reflections on a Song by John Dowland, Op. 48a
J.S. Bach – Chaconne (from Violin Partita No. 2, BWV 1004)
George Benjamin – Viola, Viola (1997)
J.S. Bach – Sonata No. 2 for unaccompanied violin, BWV 1003
Poul Ruders – Romances (2011, world premiere)
Luciano Berio – Selections from Duetti (adapted for two violas)
Free tickets will be available beginning October 7 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM.
For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.