Folk Inflections with Angela and Jennifer Chun, Symphony Space
The sisters "play with an intensity and sense of purpose that few music lovers can resist," according to Strings magazine. Their two recent recordings on the harmonia mundi label, Fantasy and Bartók 44 Violin Duos (which was one of the label's best-selling releases for 2010), shine a spotlight on the two-violin repertoire, prompting many to agree: "They play this music so well that it makes one regret that composers have not produced more for this winning combination." (All Music Guide)
Since 2007, Angela and Jennifer have been String Mentors at London's Royal Academy of Music, a prestigious honor given to only a few highly accomplished artists.
The Chuns have worked with conductors including Ivan Fischer, André Previn, Thomas Sanderling, Zubin Mehta, and Gerard Schwarz, with orchestras including the Seattle Symphony, London Bach Orchestra, Mozarteum Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and KBS Symphony Orchestra. At a concert featuring the Bach Double Concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Leonard Slatkin not only conducted the performance but accompanied them on the harpsichord. Angela and Jennifer have also performed at the Mostly Mozart, Aspen, and Ravinia Festivals, and the International Bartók Festival.
Angela and Jennifer took up the violin at a very young age, playing in a children's after-school orchestra growing up in Seattle, and studying with Hungarian violinist Denes Zsigmondy during their teen years. At The Juilliard School, Angela and Jennifer Chun studied with the legendary teachers Felix Galimir and Dorothy Delay, and later went to Switzerland for studies with Nathan Milstein, who has called them "not only wonderfully accomplished, but also dedicated to new music and new sound. They are rare jewels of classical music." For more, go to www.angela-jenniferchun.com.
Nelson Padgett has performed in major venues around the world with the Philip Glass Ensemble, has collaborated with violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Elmar Oliveira and Pamela Frank, and records regularly for film and television. As a soloist, he won a silver medal at the William Kapell International Competition and a Beethoven fellowship from the American Pianists Association. A former student of Leon Fleisher at The Peabody Conservatory, Mr. Padgett has lived in New York City since 1987.
The performance takes place on Thursday, October 11, 2012, at 7:30 PM, Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space with Angela & Jennifer Chun, Violins, Nelson Padgett, Piano and Mahmoud Hamadani, Lighting design.
BARTÓK Selections from 44 Violin Duos (c. 1933)
BERIO Selections from Duetti per due violini (1979-1983)
RUBBRA Phantasy for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 16 (1927)
BARTÓK Roumanian Folk Dances (1915)
Tickets: $30 (Members: $25, Under 30: $15). To book, visit www.symphonyspace.org.