Albers Trio with Yeol Eum Son, piano

31 January 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
Brickner Auditorium at Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple

Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat major, K.493
Dohnányi: Serenade for String Trio in C major, Op. 10
Brahms: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op.25

Pre-concert lecture: Stephen Hefling (6:30 p.m.)

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Albers Trio

Albers TrioFrom an early age the Albers sisters have captivated audiences with musical styles as diverse as their distinctive personalities and features. Beginning with their childhood performances on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO the sisters have gone on to perform at such venues as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, National Theatre in Taipei, Severance Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, and Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie. Their performances have also been seen and heard onLive from Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center
Honors, Japan’s NHK, Washington D.C.’s Voice of America and Bavarian Radio.

In recent seasons the Albers Trio has appeared in such series as the Harvard Musical Association, Mondavi Center Performing Arts, Peggy Rockefeller Concerts, San Franciso Performances and the Santa Fe Concert Association.

The Albers Trio sees outreach as an integral part of its musical life, and in conjunction with performances, enjoys presenting educational programs in schools across the country. Recognizing the importance of contemporary music, the Trio also strives to work with one living composer each year, bringing today’s music to today's audiences.

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Yeol Eum Son

Yeol Eum SonPianist Yeol eum Son (pronounced Yadum Son) was awarded both the Silver Medal and the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for the Best Performance of Chamber Music in the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition held in Fort Worth, Texas in June 2009. Already acknowledged as an artist to watch in Asia, Miss Son adds European and North American recognition and performance opportunities to her portfolio through her affiliation with the Van Cliburn Foundation.

A native of South Korea’s Kangwon Province, the pianist drew international attention when she appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Lorin Maazel, performing Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19 on the Philharmonic’s historic tour to Seoul in 2008. She had also previously performed Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major with the Philharmonic under Maestro Maazel on its 2004 tour of Asia.

A favorite among international orchestras, Ms. Son has appeared with the Israel Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestras as well as the NHK Symphony and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras in Japan and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel. She has performed with the Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony, and every other major orchestra in her home country of South Korea, and is also a regular among orchestras in the United States, including the Pacific Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the orchestras of Greenville, Hudson Valley, Hartford, Springfield (MO), and Columbus. Ms. Son is invited frequently to participate in international music festivals, including Germany’s Bad-Kissingen Summer Music Festival and Reingau Music Festival, Poland’s Beethoven Easter Festival in Krakow and Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki-Zdrój, and the Portland, Bowdoin, Sanibel, and Ventura Music Festivals in the United States.

As a soloist and chamber musician, she has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Considered one of Korea’s most important pianists, Ms. Son was particularly honored to play at the 2007 welcoming concert for the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, at the U.N. General Assembly Hall in New York City. In the summer of 2010, she returned to the Bad-Kissingen Summer Music Festival, replacing Leiv Ove Andsnes in solo recital. She followed this with a recital at the Duszniki Chopin Piano Festival in Poland and a performance in Santo Domingo with the National Orchestra of the Dominican Republic at a gala event featuring the three medalists of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Ms. Son will open the 2010-2011 season with a residency in Tel Aviv, performing in solo recital as well as with the Israel Camerata. She will appear in solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, Korea, Israel, and Turkey. In addition, she will perform in concert with symphony orchestras such as Syracuse, Colorado Springs, and Wichita as well as the Sinfonietta Be’er Sheva under the baton of Arie Vardi. In addition to her achievement at the Cliburn Competition, the pianist was the first place winner in Italy’s 2002 Viotti International Music Competition, as well as the winner of Germany’s Kissinger Klavierolympiade in Bad-Kissingen and the 2000 Ettlingen International Piano Competition. She won third prize in the triennial Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in 2005. Named Kumho Musician of the Year in 2005, Miss Son is supported by the Kumho-Asiana Cultural Foundation.

A recording of her performance of Barber’s Sonata for Piano, Op. 26 and Debussy’s Preludes, Book 1 was recently released on the harmonia mundi label. This recording of her prize-winning Van Cliburn Competition performance joins her debut CD of the complete Chopin Etudes. Released in 2004 on the Universal Music label to critical acclaim, it was sold out within months and subsequently re-released. Her complete Cliburn Competition performances are at Yeol eum Son currently studies with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover in Germany, where she now makes her home. She holds a degree from the Korean National University of the Arts, where she studied with Dae Jin Kim. In addition to her busy performance schedule, Ms. Son is an honorary ambassador of her home city of Wonju, Korea and writes regularly for the Joong-Ang Times, one of Korea’s most widely read publications.

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