La Jolla Music Society Season 45 Residency
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of twelve constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. Through its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind. On September 11, 1969, Alice Tully Hall opened with the first performance of the CMS, beginning a new era for chamber music in the United States. In addition to its ability to regularly program an enormous variety of chamber works, the achievements of CMS include innovative projects such as collaborations with the Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company and Jazz at Lincoln Center, thematic “series within a series” and the highly successful “Great Day in New York,” which brought together New York composers for a festival in collaboration with Merkin Concert Hall. With its success, the Chamber Music Society helped inspire phenomenal growth in the field of chamber music.

 

CMS presents annual series of concerts and educational events for listeners ranging from connoisseurs to chamber music newcomers of all ages. Performing repertoire from over three centuries, and numerous premieres by living composers, CMS offers programs curated to provide listeners a comprehensive perspective on the art of chamber music. The performing artists of CMS, a multi-generational selection of expert chamber musicians, constitute an evolving repertory company capable of presenting chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period.

November 8, 2013 - Romantic Epicenter

Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, cellist David Finckel leads a multifaceted career as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, administrator, and cultural entrepreneur. He appears extensively with duo partner pianist Wu Han and in a piano trio alongside Emerson Quartet violinist Philip Setzer. Along with Wu Han, he is the founder and artistic director of Music@Menlo, Silicon Valley's chamber music festival.

Violinist Kristin Lee enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. As a recitalist, she has performed at Ravinia, Steinway Hall, the Metropolitan Museum, the Louvre, the Kumho art Gallery, and throughout northern Italy. She has made chamber music appearances at Music@Menlo, Sarasota, Festival Mozaic, and Festicamara de Medellin and has performed concertos with orchestras through the U.S. and abroad.

Violist Paul Neubauer's exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguishes him as one of his generation's quintessential artists. This season he will premiere a viola concerto by Aaron Jay Kernis with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony.

Juho Pohjonen has attracted great attention as one of Finland's most intriguing and talented pianists. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Danish National, Malmö, Finnish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Lahti Symphony, with which he toured Japan. His debut recording Plateaus features works by Scandinavian composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen.

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Arnaud Sussmann is a multi-faceted and compelling artist who has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museum, and the Louvre Museum. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, and the Stamford Symphony.

Feburary 8, 2014 - An American in Paris

Pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet’s recent and upcoming highlights include returns to the Mostly Mozart Festival and the BBC Proms, along with performances with San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, and Sydney Symphony. In recital, he appears regularly at London’s Wigmore Hall and Southbank Centre, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw, and Cité de la Musique in Paris. He records exclusively for Chandos and his current recording projects include a Beethoven piano sonatas cycle.

Soyeon Kate Lee was the first prize winner of the 2010 Naumburg International Piano Competition. She has given recitals at Zankel, Alice Tully, and Merkin halls; Washington's Kennedy Center; the Ravinia Festival; Madrid's National Auditorium; and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre. A Naxos recording artist, she records Scriabin piano works this season and her album of Liszt opera transcriptions was recently released.

For over 25 years pianist Anne-Marie McDermott has played concertos, recitals, and chamber music in hundreds of cities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She was appointed artistic director of the Vail Music Festival in 2011, as well as curator for chamber music for the Mainly Mozart Festival. She has recorded the complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas, Bach’s English Suites and Partitas, and Chopin works for solo piano.

Named Musical America’s 2012 Musician of the Year, pianist Wu Han ranks among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today, appearing regularly in the world’s most prestigious venues as both soloist and chamber musician. With duo partner David Finckel, she serves as Artistic Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Today, and founding director of Music@Menlo. Her vast catalog of recordings can be found on the ArtistLed label.

March 22, 2014 - Mozart Connections

This is violinist Ani Kavafian's 34th year performing with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Her solo career has included performances with the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Her recordings include the Bach sonatas with Kenneth Cooper, Mozart sonatas with Jorge Federico Osorio, and Justin Dello Joio's Piano Trio with Carter Brey and Jeremy Denk. She is the concertmaster of the New Haven Symphony and a full time professor at Yale University.

Violinist/ violist Yura Lee, recipient of a 2007 Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the 2013 ARD Competition, is enjoying a career that takes her all over the world. She has given recitals in London's Wigmore Hall, Vienna's Musikverein, Salzburg's Mozarteum, Brussels' Palais des Beaux-Arts, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Her CD with Reinhard Goebel and the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, titled Mozart in Paris, received the prestigious Diapason d'Or Award.   

Cellist Mihai Marica won the first prize in the 2005 Irving M. Klein International String Competition. He has performed with orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Xalapa Symphony in Mexico, the Hermitage State Orchestra of St. Petersburg in Russia, the Jardins Musicaux Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Santa Cruz Symphony in the US. He also appeared in recital performances and as a soloist in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Holland, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, Chile, the United States and Canada.

Flutist Tara Helen O'Connor is a charismatic performer sought after for her unusual artistic depth, brilliant technique, and colorful tone in music of every era. She has appeared Zankel Hall, Symphony Space, Music@Menlo, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, Spoleto USA, Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, the Banff Centre, and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. She won an Avery Fisher Career Grant and is a two time Grammy nominee.

A Yale University faculty member since 1987, clarinetist David Shifrin, is artistic director of Yale's Chamber Music Society series and Yale in New York, a concert series at Carnegie Hall.  Winner of the Avery Fisher Prize, he is also the recipient of a Solo Recitalist Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. His recordings have received three Grammy nominations and his performance of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra was named Record of the Year by Stereo Review.

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Arnaud Sussmann is a multi-faceted and compelling artist who has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museum, and the Louvre Museum. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, and the Stamford Symphony.

April 26, 2014 - Defining Voices

Violinist Benjamin Beilman is the recipient of both a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2012 London Music Masters Award. This season he makes his Carnegie Hall recital debut at Weill Hall and his concerto debut at Stern Auditorium performing with the New York Youth Symphony. He was awarded Young Concert Artists' Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship.

Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, cellist David Finckel leads a multifaceted career as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, administrator, and cultural entrepreneur. He appears extensively with duo partner pianist Wu Han and in a piano trio alongside Emerson Quartet violinist Philip Setzer. Along with Wu Han, he is the founder and artistic director of Music@Menlo, Silicon Valley's chamber music festival.

Richard O'Neill is one of very few violinists to receive both an Avery Fisher and two Grammy Award nominations. He has appeared with the London, Los Angeles, Seoul, and Euro-Asian philharmonics; the KBS and Korean symphony orchestras; and the Moscow and Württemburg chamber orchestras. A Universal/Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, he has recorded seven solo albums that have collectively sold over 150,000 copies.

Named Musical America’s 2012 Musician of the Year, pianist Wu Han ranks among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today, appearing regularly in the world’s most prestigious venues as both soloist and chamber musician. With duo partner David Finckel, she serves as Artistic Director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Today, and founding director of Music@Menlo. Her vast catalog of recordings can be found on the ArtistLed label.

 
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