Violist Melissa Reardon: From Fellow To Faculty

Violist Melissa Reardon proves you can go home again as she returns to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, this time as a faculty member rather than a Fellow. 

Violist Melissa Reardon’s first visit to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival was as a Fellow in 1997. This time around she’s coming as a faculty member and performer.

Reardon, who is a member of the Grammy®-nominated Enso String Quartet and a founding member of East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), had just finished her first year at Curtis Institute of Music. “I was looking to go to a chamber music-focused place,” she says, noting that among the groups she worked with that summer was the Vermeer Quartet. Unlike some Fellows who come to the Festival in an established chamber group, Reardon was there as an individual Fellow. That meant she played with a variety of people in different groupings over the course of the summer. MORE

Published August 7, 2018
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Six Questions: Lisa Sung, Viola

Hailed by the Australian Daily Telegraph as a “viola prodigy,” LISA SUNG is a special prize winner of the 2016 Lionel Tertis Viola International Competition, silver prize winner of the 2017 Manhattan International and 2017 Vivo International Music Competitions, and is a winner of the Australian States Concerto Competition. Festival appearances include Music@ Menlo (International Program), Taos Chamber Music Festival, Perlman Music Program (Chamber Workshop), and IMS Prussia Cove. She has recently graduated from The Juilliard School where she was a proud recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship scholarship under the tutelage of Paul Neubauer.  MORE

Published July 28, 2018
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Six Questions: Hao Zhou, Violin

Violinist HAO ZHOU, 20, has received awards in numerous competitions, such as the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition, the Edith Knox Performance Competition, and the Downey Young Artists Concerto Competition. As a violinist of the Viano Quartet, Zhou was a prize winner in the 9th International Osaka Chamber Music Competition and Festa, held in 2017. He was named “Artist of the Year in Instrumental Music” by the Orange County Register in 2014 and was included in their article These Orange County Kids Have What It Takes to Succeed. Mr. Zhou currently studies with Martin Beaver at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. MORE

Published July 28, 2018
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Six Questions: Hilda Huang, Pianist

Pianist HILDA HUANG came to international attention after being awarded first prize in the 2014 Leipzig International Bach Competition. Her performances of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and more recently Ludwig van Beethoven have been hailed for plumbing “philosophical depths” (West-Allgemeine Zeitung) and for possessing an “alluring extroversion” (New York Concert Review). Huang studies with Melvin Chen at the Yale School of Music where she now pursues an MM. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale College in 2017, receiving a Bachelor of Science in chemistry with distinction and the Wrexham and Sharp prizes from the department of music. | Sponsored By John Garrels And Anne Garrels
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Published July 28, 2018
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Six Questions: Noemi Sallai, Clarinet

Aspiring Hungarian clarinetist NOÉMI SALLAI has been the winner of several international clarinet competitions and has played with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer. She is pursuing her MM at The Juilliard School, studying with Jon Manasse and is a recipient of the Irene Diamond Scholarship. Sallai received BM and BA degrees from Bard College, studying with Laura Flax, David Krakauer and Anthony McGill. She is not only  a passionate interpreter of orchestral, chamber and solo  repertoire but also an enthusiast of klezmer music and drawing.  | Clement Clarke Moore Scholarship | noemisallaiclarinet.com
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Published July 28, 2018
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Six Questions: Daniel Le, Piano

Hailed by Arts Review for his “show stopping virtuoso piano rendering,” Australian pianist DANIEL LE has enjoyed an international career spanning four continents. Currently based in New York City, he is pursuing his MM degree at the Manhattan School of Music as the Ruby Fae Ellenger Overstreet Scholar. Previously, he received his bachelor’s degree from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, where he was the two-time recipient of the Stephen Baxter Memorial Scholarship.Primary teachers have included André-Michel Schub, Thomas Hecht, Stephen McIntyre, and Rita Reichman. Recently, Le was one of 10 semi-finalists in the prestigious 2017 Naumburg International Piano Award.  2006 Centenary Committee Scholarship | danieltangle.com MORE

Published July 28, 2018
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Six Questions: Aiden Kane, Viola

Violist AIDEN KANE is an MM student (and BM alumnus) at the Colburn Conservatory of Music where she studies with Mr. Paul Coletti. Prior to attending the Colburn Conservatory, she studied with the National Symphony Orchestra’s principal violist Daniel Foster through the orchestra’s Youth Fellowship Program. Kane is the current violist of the Viano String Quartet, and former violist of the Calla Quartet. With the Calla Quartet, Kane was awarded the silver medal at the 2015 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and worked with Colburn’s theater director Debbie Devine to produce Colburn’s first Musical Encounters outreach concert. MORE

Published July 28, 2018
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Six Questions: Victoria Chung, Oboe

Oboist VICTORIA CHUNG is completing her BM degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Nathan Hughes. As an enthusiastic ensemble player, Chung enriched her orchestral experiences during summer, including at the Pacific Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, NSO Summer Music Institute, and the 28th Annual Young Musicians program of CMS of Lincoln Center. Her ambitious spirit extends beyond the orchestral performances, to active solo performances. Following her debut with the Hankook Symphony Orchestra in Seoul in 2008, Chung won opportunities to perform with the National Orchestral Institute in 2015 and the Livingston Symphony Orchestra in May of 2016.
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Published July 27, 2018
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Six Questions: Justin Goldsmith, Cello

JUSTIN GOLDSMITH started studying cello at age nine, and in high school studied with Julia Lichten and David Geber. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University with Felix Wang, he then did his master’s at Indiana University with Peter Stumpf and is currently finishing a Performer Diploma in Chamber Music as cellist of the Vera Quartet. The Quartet will move to Philadelphia this fall to become quartet-in-residence at The Curtis Institute. Outside of music, Goldsmith has worked as a barista and someday hopes to own an espresso machine. He dreams of one day entering a latte art competition. | veraquartet.com
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Published July 27, 2018
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Six Questions: Kristy Tucker, Bassoon

Canadian bassoonist KRISTY TUCKER is currently studying with Frank Morelli at the Yale School of Music, and holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Manitoba. She is the recipient of many awards, including winning the University of Manitoba concerto competition, and receiving a Manitoba Arts Council Grant, WMC scholarships, and National Youth Orchestra Canada’s Award of Excellence. In addition, she has been a semi-finalist in the Meg Quigley Vivaldi competition, the WMC Mclellan Competition, and finalist in the McGill Concerto Competition.
In her spare time, Tucker enjoys watching cooking shows and attempting (and usually failing) to recreate recipes with the limited ingredients found in her cupboard. | Sponsored Sukey Wagner MORE

Published July 27, 2018
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