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Valse Sentimentale, Tchaikovsky, Clara-Jumi Kang (Violin) and Georgy Tchaidze (Piano), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, Chicago Cultural Center, April 20

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Clara-Jumi Kang, Violin
Georgy Tchaidze, Piano

Sonatensatz (Scherzo) (5’)
Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)musi

Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano, Op. 78 in G Major (29’)
I.   Vivace ma non troppo
II.  Adagio
III. Allegro molto moderato
Johannes Brahms

Valse Sentimentale, Op. 51, No. 6 (3’)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)

Clara-Jumi Kang, a German of Korean origin, was born in Mannheim in 1987.  Last September, she captured the Gold Medal of the 2010 Indianapolis International Violin Competition, winning five additional special prizes and the use of the 1683 Ex-Gingold Stradivari for four years.  As a result of her triumph in Indianapolis, she has multiple concert engage-ments across North America, including her Carnegie Hall debut in the Spring of 2012.

Clara started violin and piano lessons at age three and entered the Mannheim Musikhochschule at four, studying with Valerie Gradov.  At five, she gave her debut with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra. She auditioned for the Juilliard School at age 7 and was accepted on full scholarship to study with renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. Her numerous competition prizes include First Prize at the 2010 Sendai International Violin Competition, Second Prize at the 2009 Hannover International Violin Competition, and First Prize at the 2009 Seoul International Violin Competition.

Clara recorded her first CD at age 9 on the Teldec label performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with her siblings. She has just completed her studies with Nam Yun Kim in Korea at the Korean National University of Arts where she was accepted as one of the youngest college students. Clara now lives in Munich.

Georgy Tchaidze, First Laureate of Canada’s Honens International Piano Competition (2009), is a native of St Petersburg, Russia. He began music studies at age seven and received a degree from the Moscow State Conservatory where he studied with Sergey Dorensky. He now studies with Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Tchaidze has performed across Russia in recital and in performance with chamber ensembles. His Honens win allowed him to bring his artistry beyond Russia for performances throughout Europe and North America. In 2010, he performed for The International Holland Music Sessions, made a ten-city German recital tour, and gave the premiere of a new work for piano and orchestra by Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan, commissioned especially with him in mind.

Also in 2010, Tchaidze was honored to perform for the Governor General of Canada at the invitation of The Glenn Gould Foundation, and made his debut recording on the Honens label while in residence at The Banff Centre. In 2011, Tchaidze will be soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra conducted by Pinchas Zukerman. He joins Clara-Jumi Kang, Gold Medalist of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and the Cecilia String Quartet, Winner of the Banff International String Quartet Competition, for two special touring projects in 2012.


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