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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Six Questions: Tate Zawadiuk, Cello

Cellist TATE ZAWADIUK performs as a soloist and chamber musician. At twelve, he made his debut as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Zawadiuk is part of the Viano String Quartet – third prize winners at the Osaka International String Quartet Competition. He has collaborated with world class musicians such as Emanuel Ax, Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, and Johannes Moser. In 2016, he attended the Academie de Villecroze where he worked with Colin Carr. Currently, he studies with Clive Greensmith at the Colburn Conservatory of Music. | tatezawadiuk.com MORE

Published July 27, 2018
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Six Questions: Jungah Yoon, Flute

South Korean flutist, JUNGAH YOON, began playing flute at age 10. In 2006, she was selected as Kumho Prodigy and gave her debut recital in Kumho Arts Hall. She has received numerous awards including the Espoir Prize at the Osaka Twenty-year-old Canadian International Music Competition, the first prize at the Herald Music Competition, and the Sungjung Music Competition.She has performed in masterclasses for distinguished pedagogues such as Julien Beaudiment, Mathieu Dufour, Carol Wincenc and Silvia Careddu. Yoon received her bachelor’s degree from Korea National University of Arts and is currently pursuing her MM at the Yale School of Music studying with Ransom Wilson.

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Published July 27, 2018
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Six Questions: Lucy Wang, Violin

Violinist LUCY WANG is a member of the Viano String Quartet, a major prize winning ensemble at the 9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition & Festa in May 2017. Wang was featured as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in past seasons and has been a prize winner in numerous competitions, including the Isabel Overton Bader Canadian Violin Competition, the Shean Competition, and the OSM Manulife Competition.  MORE

Published July 27, 2018
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Six Questions: Clare Monfredo, Cello

CLARE MONFREDO is a New York City-based cellist committed to chamber music and collaboration across the arts. She has performed extensively abroad, most recently as a guest with Ensemble Intercontemporain. As a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Clare was the recipient of the Karl Zeise Memorial Cello Award and worked closely with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax. In 2016-17 she studied in Leipzig, Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship. Monfredo received her MM from Rice University and is a recipient of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Graduate Artist Award. MORE

Published July 27, 2018
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Six Questions: Rachyl Duffy, Viola

Violist RACHYL DUFFY (Norfolk ’17) burst onto the classical music scene on both coasts in 2015 when she won both the prestigious Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition and the Hugo Kauder International Competition for Viola. She then went on to join the San Diego Symphony while completing  her MM degree at the Colburn Conservatory with Paul Coletti.  She now lives out her dreams of making a difference teaching at the Brooklyn Music School, and is jumping into the New York chamber music scene. MORE

Published July 27, 2018
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Six Questions: Elliot Lichtenberg, Oboe

ELLIOT LICHTENBERG is entering his second year as a master’s student in oboe at the Yale School of Music, studying with Stephen Taylor. He recently earned his bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, studying with Richard Killmer. Lichtenberg has performed with the New World Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, and over recent summers has participated in music festivals such as the National Repertory Orchestra and Round Top Festival Institute. In his free time, Elliot enjoys folding origami, playing with his dog Mozie, arranging music, climbing, and wandering through the forest. MORE

Published July 20, 2018
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Six Questions: Natalia Edwards, Horn

NATALIA EDWARDS, horn with the Maverick Brass Quintet, first began her instrument at age 13 and is currently in her third year studying with Saul Lewis. In 2016, she received a scholarship to pursue a BM at the University of Melbourne and has since been awarded a number of scholarships and prizes, most recently the Eric and Linda Jullyan Memorial Scholarship. In December of 2016, Edwards was invited to play in Stuart Greenbaum’s 50th Birthday concert and was also selected to travel to Korea, in December 2017, for joint performances with students from the Music College at the University of Ulsan in  South Korea.
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Published July 18, 2018
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Six Questions: Cherry Choi Tung Yeung, Violin

CHERRY CHOI TUNG YEUNG, violin, was born in Hong Kong and studies with Ida Kavafian at The Juilliard School. Yeung has been admitted to the highly selective accelerated program, where she will finish both the bachelor’s and master’s program in four years. Yeung is a laureate of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, The Juilliard Violin Competition, New York Philharmonic Global Academy, Alice & Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, Hong Kong Youth String Competition, and the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts Concerto Competition. Apart from music, she enjoys swimming and exploring New York City.
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Published July 18, 2018
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Six Questions: Luke Baker, Horn

Horn player LUKE BAKER, from Houston, TX, recently received his MM degree from the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of William Purvis. His previous teachers include Greg Hustis, Haley Hoops, Gavin Reed and Holley Linder. He performs regularly with the Allentown Symphony and has served as guest principal with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. While Baker enjoys orchestral performance, he also has a passion for solo performance, and won the university division 2017 International Horn Competition of America and the 2014  Meadows Undergraduate Concerto Competition. When Baker is not playing the horn, he enjoys skiing, rock climbing, and social dancing. | Clement Clarke Moore Scholarship | lukebakerhorn.com
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Published July 18, 2018
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Weigang Li and the Shanghai Quartet
Returning to Norfolk After 32 Years

Violinist Weigang Li of the Shanghai Quartet talks about returning to Norfolk Chamber Music Festival for the first time since attending as a Fellow. 

The first time the Shanghai Quartet (Norfolk ’86, ’92) came to Norfolk, they were Fellows visiting the U.S. for the first time and barely spoke any English. “The Tokyo String Quartet had organized a late Beethoven Quartet seminar,” recalls founding violinist Weigang Li. “To this day I still remember the things we rehearsed and learned that summer.”

“I remember hanging out every night with the Tokyo players and Jesse Levine,” he says. “We learned English and how musicians lived their lives. It had a profound influence on us.” MORE

Published July 18, 2018
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The Sounds of Summer

A reprint of Yale University President Peter Salovey’s
July 16, Notes from Woodgridge Hall 

I love to play and listen to music year-round, but there is something especially exciting about music in the summer. Some of my fondest memories include traveling to bluegrass festivals during the warm months and playing music with friends, new and old. MORE

Published July 17, 2018
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How Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Helped Us Win an Award

Rolston String Quartet (from left to right): Jeffrey Dyrda, violin – Luri Lee, violin – Jonathan Lo, cello – Hezekiah Leung, viola

The Rolston String Quartet (Norfolk ’16) credits attending the Norfolk Festival’s Chamber Music Session with helping them win the 2016 Banff International String Quartet competition. Cellist Jonathan Lo explains why. MORE

Published December 5, 2017
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Donna Yoo (Norfolk ’04) On How The Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Informed Her Life

It’s been over a decade since Donna Yoo (Norfolk ’04) attended the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival’s Chamber Music Session, and she’s still close to the quintet she played with that summer. Not bad for a group that was randomly formed by the Eastman School of Music faculty when they were freshman.

They called themselves Destino Winds. “It was as if we were put together by destiny,” Yoo says of the name. “Historically, these groups don’t stay together. We were the only freshmen quintet that stayed together all four years.” MORE

Published December 5, 2017
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