Come enjoy a rare recital by Canadian violinist Juliette Kang, in a romantic program of English and French music from the early 1900s.
Kang is celebrated internationally for her interpretive insight, beautiful tone and astonishing technical mastery.
She will be accompanied by Xak Bjerken
Tickets fom $35 + HST – St. Mark’s Church
Sonata for Violin and Piano no. 2 (1923)
Con moto – lento – molto vivace
Ralph Vaughan Williams
The Lark Ascending (1914)
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1917)
- Allegro vivo
- Intermède (Fantasque et léger)
- Finale (Très animé)
Sonata for Solo Violin no. 5 (1923)
- Danse rustique
Juliette Kang, violinist (b at Edmonton, Alta 6 Sept 1975). Kang began her violin studies at age four. At nine she began studying with Dr. Jascha Brodsky at the Curtis Institute of Music, from which she earned her Bachelor's degree in 1991. In 1993 she earned her Master's degree from the Juilliard School, where her teachers included Dorothy Delay, Hyo Kang and Robert Mann. She came to international attention as winner of first prize in both the Yehudi Menuhin and Indianapolis International competitions and is also a Young Concert Artists winner.
Ms. Kang is celebrated internationally for her interpretive insight, beautiful tone and astonishing technical mastery. Her engagements to date include the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National Bordeaux-Acquitaine, Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico; Orchestra of St. Luke's; Philadelphia and National Arts Centre Orchestras; American, Detroit, Edmonton, Vancouver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Toronto, Houston, Montréal, Korean Broadcasting, Singapore, Russian National and Kyushu (Japan) symphonies; Hong Kong and Calgary philharmonics; and Chicago Sinfonietta.
An especially accomplished recitalist, Kang has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall and also at the Frick Collection in that city, Paris's Théâtre Châtelet, Tokyo's Suntory Hall, Boston's Gardner Museum, Washington, DC's Kennedy Center, Toronto's "Onstage at the Glenn Gould" series, as well as in Seoul, Taipei, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Ms. Kang's recording debut, which included the premiere recording of Lutoslawski's Subito, was issued to rapturous acclaim in February 1995 and was followed by a CD of her March 1996 Carnegie Hall recital. Her recording of the Wienawski Second Violin Concerto and the Schumann Violin Concerto with Sergiu Comissiona and the Vancouver Symphony for CBC was released in 2000.
Juliette Kang was principal second violin with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra during the 1999-2000 season and was a member of the first violin section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 2001 to 2003. She held the position of Assistant Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony (2005-2006) before becoming First Associate Concertmaster with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Pianist Xak Bjerken has appeared with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Schoenberg Ensemble, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall. He has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Glinka Hall in St Petersburg, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and for many years performed throughout the US as a member of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet. Bjerken has worked closely with composers Győrgy Kurtag, Sofia Gubaidulina, Steven Stucky, and George Benjamin, and over the next two years, will be presenting premieres of piano concertos by Stephen Hartke, Elizabeth Ogonek, and Jesse Jones. He is Professor of Music at Cornell University where he co-directs Mayfest, an international chamber music festival with his wife, pianist Miri Yampolsky. Bjerken studied with Aube Tzerko at the University of California at Los Angeles and received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Peabody Conservatory as a student of and teaching assistant to Leon Fleisher.