NEW YORK –– Juilliard announces ChamberFest 2019 running from Monday, January 14, through Wednesday, January 16, 2019, and featuring 90 Juilliard musicians in seven concerts over the course of three 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 Akiho, Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Fauré, Korngold, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schubert, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky.
All ChamberFest concert tickets are $10 and are available at juilliard.edu/calendar. The Wednesday at One concert in Alice Tully Hall on January 16 is free, and no tickets are required.
Faculty members coaching this year’s ChamberFest musicians include Natasha Brofsky, Catherine Cho, Timothy Cobb, Daniel Druckman, Timothy Eddy, David Finkel, Robert Levin, Joseph Lin, Charles Neidich, Paul Neubauer, Samuel Rhodes, Sylvia Rosenberg, Fred Sherry, William Short, and Laurie Smukler. Andy Akiho is a guest coach.
About the Programs:
Juilliard’s ChamberFest opens on Monday, January 14, 2019, at 4:30pm in Paul Hall with a program featuring Robert Schumann’s Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132 with clarinetist Nikki Pet, cellist Lucie Ticho, and pianist Leon Bernsdorf; Dvořák’s String Quintet No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97 with violinists Hikaru and Mitsuru Yonezaki, violists Joshua Kail and Samuel Rosenthal, and cellist Sterling Elliott; and Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 with clarinetist Kamalia Freyling, bassoonist Kyle Olsen, hornist David Alexander, violinist Carolyn Semes, violist Sophia Sun, cellist Anne Richardson, and bassist Andrew Sommer.
At 7:30pm on Monday, January 14, 2019 in Peter Jay Sharp Theater, the program features Jacob Druckman’s Animus II for Voice, Two Percussionists, and Tape (1968) with singer Kady Evanyshyn and percussionists Benjamin Cornavaca and Leo Simon; Mozart’s Serenade No. 12 for Winds in C Minor, K. 388 with oboists Mitchell Kuhn and Alexandra von der Embse, clarinetists Daniel Giacobbe and Keeheon Nam, bassoonists Cornelia Summer and William Short (faculty member), and hornists Hannah Miller and Cort Roberts; and Mendelssohn’s String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20 with violinists Ashley Jeehyun Park, Abigel Kralik, Randall Goosby, and Valerie Kim, violists Erin Pitts and Julia McLean, and cellists Connor Kim and Chloe Hong.
On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 4:30pm in Paul Hall, Juilliard musicians perform Prokofiev’s String Quartet No 1 in B Minor, Op. 50 with violinists Anastasiia Mazurok and Lucas Stratmann, violist Rae Gallimore, and cellist Drake Driscoll; Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111 with violinists Ludvig Gudim and Nijoma Grevious, violists James Kang and Kayla Cabrera, and cellist Drew Cone. The program concludes with Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 45 with violinist Ziyao Sun, violist Shuhan Wang, cellist Mizuki Hayakawa, and pianist Chenchun Ma.
At 7:30pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in Paul Hall, the program features Bartók’s String Quartet, No. 2, Op. 17, Sz. 67 with violinists Sophia Stoyanovich and Christine Wu, violist Taylor Shea, and cellist Emily Mantone; Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47 with violinist Alice Ivy-Pemberton, violist Lauren Siess, cellist Rachel Siu, and pianist Yijia Wang. The program concludes with Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26 with violinist Mark Chien, violist Halam Kim, cellist Aaron Wolff, and pianist Anna Han.
ChamberFest 2019 concludes with three programs on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. At 1pm in Alice Tully Hall, the featured work is Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 with violinists Harriet Langley and Amelia Dietrich, violist Emily Liu, and cellists Matthew Chen and Natasha Brofsky (faculty member). This concert is free.
At 4:30pm on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in Paul Hall, Juilliard musicians perform Andy Akiho’s LigNEouS for Marimba and String Quartet with violinists Kelly Talim and Hee-Soo Yoon, violist Joseph Peterson, cellist Issei Herr, and percussionist Tyler Cunningham; Mozart’s String Quintet No. 6 in E-flat Major, K. 614 with violinists Max Tan and David Bernat, violists Lisa Sung and Joseph Lin (faculty member), and cellist Samuel DeCaprio; and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12 in E-flat Major, Op. 127 with violinists Yaegy Park and Brenden Zak, violist Isabella Bignasca, and cellist Jessica Hong.
At 7:30pm on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, in Paul Hall, the program features Juilliard Pre-College musicians in Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat Major, K. 493 with violinist Sophia Su, violist Sofia Gilchenok, cellist Heechan Ku, and pianist Felicia He; Korngold’s Quintet for Piano and Strings in E Major, Op. 15 with violinists Mary Grace Johnson and Jeremy Lap Hei Hao, violist Hannah Burnett, cellist Iona Batchelder, and pianist Zhu Wang; and Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70 “Souvenir de Florence” with violinists Ariel Seunghyun Lee and Sophia Steger, violists Elijah Spies and Frida Oliver, and cellists Jenny Bahk and Hannah Kim.
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.