NEW YORK –– Juilliard announces ChamberFest 2018 running from Monday, January 8, through Thursday, January 11, 2018, and featuring 115 Juilliard musicians in eight free concerts over the course of four days. Students who participate in ChamberFest return early from winter break for a week of intensive coaching on pieces they’ve chosen to study, and they perform these works the following week in public concerts. Juilliard ChamberFest presents major works in the chamber music repertoire by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Mozart, Schoenberg, Schubert, and Schumann as well as contemporary works by Corigliano and Dutilleux. Less familiar composers heard this year include English composer Arnold Bax, Joseph Jongen, and Romanian composer George Enescu. Among the highlights is Juilliard faculty member and composer Philip Lasser’s arrangement of Fauré and Debussy songs for voice and chamber ensemble. The work, Vieux Amis - Nouveaux Costumes (Old Friends in New Clothes), will be performed on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 7:30pm in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
All ChamberFest concerts are free. Tickets are required for all concerts (except for the January 10, 2018 Wednesdays at One concert) and are available at juilliard.edu/calendar.
Faculty members coaching this year’s ChamberFest musicians are Timothy Cobb, Ronald Copes, Elaine Douvas, Daniel Druckman, Jonathan Feldman, David Finkel, Hsin-Yun Huang, Joseph Kalichstein, Philip Lasser, Lara Lev, Jon Manasse, Raymond Mase, Charles Neidich, Sylvia Rosenberg, Joel Sachs, Fred Sherry, William Short, Joel Smirnoff, Sanford Sylvan, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, and Carol Wincenc and guest coach Lucy Shelton.
About the Programs:
Juilliard’s ChamberFest opens on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 4:30pm in Paul Hall with a program featuring Juilliard faculty member John Corigliano’s Chiaroscuro with pianists Anna Han and Yijia Wang; Arnold Bax’s Piano Quintet No. 1 in G Minor, GP 167, with violinists Sein An and Sophia Steger, violist Isabella Bignasca, cellist Jenny Bahk, and pianist Siyumeng Wang; and Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 60, with violinist Byungchan Lee, violist Elijah Spies, cellist Jonathan Lien, and pianist Chaeyoung Park. At 7:30pm in Peter Jay Sharp Theater, ChamberFest musicians will perform Dutilleux’s Les Citations, diptych for mixed ensemble featuring oboist Pablo O’Connell, double bassist Janice Gho, percussionist Tyler Cunningham, and harpsichordist Anastasia Magamedova; and Juilliard faculty member and composer Philip Lasser’s setting of Debussy and Fauré songs for voice and chamber ensemble, Vieux Amis - Nouveaux Costumes (Old Friends in New Clothes). Performing Mr. Lasser’s piece will be sopranos Kelsey Lauritano (Fauré songs) and Onadek Winan (Debussy songs), flutist Yejin Choi, clarinetist Phillip Solomon, violinist Ji Soo Choi, violist Meagan Turner, cellist Minji Won, percussionist Leo Simon, and pianist Arthur Williford. The final work on the program is Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds, Cello, and Double Bass, Op. 44, with oboists Lucian Avalon and Ryan Roberts, clarinetists Sam Boutris and Wonchan Doh, bassoonist Jonathan Gibbons and an additional bassoonist (tba), hornists Cort Roberts, David Alexander, and William Loveless, cellist Lucia Ticho, and double bassist Alex Bicard.
On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 4:30pm in Paul Hall, the program features Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 10, with soprano Jessica Niles, violinists Leerone Hakami and Jieming Tang, violist Lauren Siess, and cellist Chloe Hong; and Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, with violinists Ariel Lee and Elaine He, violist Ao Peng, and cellists Drew Cone and Shangwen Liao. At 7:30pm in Paul Hall, the program includes Mozart’s Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings, K. 581, with clarinetist Ning Zhang, violinists Choi Tung Yeung and Jason Moon, violist Sarah Sung, and cellist Ayoun Kim; Arensky’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 32 with violinist Elli Choi, cellist Heechan Alex Ku, and pianist Coco Ma; and Brahms’ String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36, with violinists Stella Chen and Hannah Tarley, violists Hsin-Yun Huang (a faculty coach) and Jordan Bak, and cellists Connor Kim and Matthew Chen.
At the Wednesday at One concert on January 10, 2018, in Alice Tully Hall, ChamberFest musicians perform Stravinsky’s Octet with flutist Viola Chan, clarinetist Kamalia Freyling, bassoonists Steven Palacio and Emmali Ouderkirk, trumpeters Lasse Bjerknes-Jacobsen and Kevin Quill, tenor trombonist Ricardo Pedrares-Patiño, and bass trombonist Aaron Albert; and Enescu’s Octet for Strings in C Major, Op. 7 with violinists Harriet Langley, Emma Frucht, George Meyer, and Amelia Dietrich; violists Jasper Snow and Emily Liu; and cellists Edvard Pogossian and Clare Bradford. At 4:30pm in Paul Hall, the program includes Joseph Jongen’s Concert à cinq, Op. 71, with flutist Lorenzo Morrocchi, violinist In Ae Lee, violist Hannah Burnett, cellist Iona Batchelder, and harpist Adam Phan; Prokofiev’s Quintet in G Minor, Op. 39 with oboist Victoria Chung, clarinetist Sunho Song, violinist Wun Ching Agnes Tse, violist Yin-Ying Tseng, and double bassist Reed Tucker; and Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A Major, “Trout,” D. 667 with violinist Helenmarie Vassiliou, violist tba, cellist Kei Otake, double bassist Michael Gabriel, and pianist Natalie Nedvetsky. At 7:30pm in Paul Hall, ChambeFest musicians perform Schoenberg’s Dreimal sieben Gedichte aus Albert Girauds “Pierrot Lunaire,” Op. 21, with mezzo-soprano Marie Engle, flutist Giorgio Consolati, clarinetist Noemi Sallai, violinist Yeri Roh, violist Sophia Sun, cellist Thapelo Masita, and pianist Nathan Ben-Yehuda; and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44, with violinists Yujie He and Yue Qian, violist Sergio Leiva, cellist Marza Wilks, and pianist Jie Fang.
ChamberFest concludes on Thursday, January 11 at 7:30pm, in Paul Hall with a concert featuring Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4, with violinists Hannah Cho and Carolyn Semes, violists Natalie Loughran and Erin Pitts, and cellists David Bender and Jessica Hong; Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 with clarinetist Alec Manasse, bassoonist Joshua Elmore, violinist Njioma Grevious, violist Frida Oliver, cellist Emily Mantone, double bassist Dominic Law, and hornist Lee Cyphers.
About Chamber Music at Juilliard
Chamber music holds a prominent place in the Juilliard curriculum and performance schedule. Approximately 120 participating student ensembles receive personalized coachings from leading chamber music performers on the school’s faculty, including members of the school’s ensembles-in-residence: the Juilliard String Quartet and the American Brass Quintet. The Argus Quartet is currently Juilliard’s graduate resident string quartet. Pianist Joseph Kalichstein holds the Edwin S. and Nancy A. Marks Endowed Chair in Chamber Music Studies. Prominent ensembles that have emerged from Juilliard in recent years include the Aeolus, Afiara, Attacca, Calder, and Verona quartets; Quartet Senza Misura; the Claremont Trio, and the Toomai Quintet. In preparation for performances, students have the opportunity to participate in an intensive week of coaching with a faculty member (normally not part of their coaching schedule), as part of the school’s annual weeklong ChamberFest. The school’s Honors Chamber Music Program is an intensive year-long program for a maximum of four ensembles comprising string and piano trios and quartets. Performances by Juilliard’s student chamber ensembles take place in regularly scheduled concerts in Juilliard’s Paul Hall and Peter Jay Sharp Theater and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Many of these events are free and open to the public.
Juilliard regularly presents nighttime concerts featuring chamber music by a variety of student ensembles. Juilliard’s series of Liederabend and Sonatenabend concerts showcase the Juilliard musicians studying in the collaborative piano program, where they learn the art of coaching and analysis of the performance at hand, in addition to accompanying myriad Juilliard musicians in recitals, lessons, auditions, and jury performances. Juilliard Songfest and Songbook concerts present vocalists from Juilliard’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts in the performance of song literature, paired with collaborative piano department faculty.