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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bassoonist Frank Morelli on
the Art of the Reed and More

Bassoonist Frank Morelli talks about the art of the reed, his Long Island roots, and how he became a world-class player. String players may obsess over strings and swear by one brand over another, but for reed players, it’s all about the reeds. A reed can make or break a performance, says bassoonist Frank Morelli. […]

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Building Community One Note at a Time

Grammy Award-winning horn player William Purvis is a regular at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He shares his thoughts on the Festival community and the intensity of chamber music. Horn player William Purvis starts our conversation about Norfolk Chamber Music Festival with a story. It’s the early 1980s and he’s coming for a weekend residency as […]

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Creating New Music(al) Traditions

Pianist Lisa Moore has been teaching and performing at Norfolk’s New Music Workshop for a decade. She shares why focusing on new music was the right career choice and how other musicians can make the musical leap. Some musicians rely on the past to create their musical futures. Pianist Lisa Moore, faculty with the Festival’s New […]

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It Takes a Village to Make This Festival Happen

Hosting Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Fellows is an integral part of the program’s success and the Fellows’ experience. We talk to two long-time hosts about why they open their home year after year. Most people who come to a Norfolk Chamber Music Festival performance understand that the Festival doesn’t just “happen,” that it takes a […]

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Pianist Ilya Poletaev On The Art Of Listening

By Janet Reynolds Pianist Ilya Poletaev (Norfolk ’04) is a musical triple threat, as at home on the piano keyboard as he is on that of the organ or harpsichord. He’s also a master of many musical tasks and styles. While many musicians focus on orchestral careers or perhaps that of a soloist, Poletaev literally has […]

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Violinist Jennifer Frautschi

By Janet Reynolds This summer may mark violinist Jennifer Frautschi’s first visit to Norfolk, but it’s also is a reunion with her long-time friend, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Director Melvin Chen.“I’ve known Melvin since he was a teen from the Aspen Music Festival,” she says. “I started attending when I was 12, and Melvin and his […]

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Violinist Harumi Rhodes’ First Visit to Norfolk

By Janet Reynolds This summer may mark violinist Harumi Rhodes’ first visit to Norfolk, but in another way it’s a return to her past. She and Norfolk Chamber Music Festival Director Melvin Chen are close friends, who have played together in chamber music ensembles before. The music Rhodes will be performing is a return to […]

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Joshua Gindele on Dvořák, Norfolk
and Yes … Tennis

By Janet Reynolds The Miró Quartet is a Norfolk alumni group, having been at the Festival in the summers of 1996 and 1998. Since then, the Quartet, which is the quartet-in-residence at the University of Texas at Austin, has won numerous awards, including being chosen as the first ensemble to win the coveted Avery Fisher Career […]

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Tara Helen O’Connor On Why the Flute and Why She Loves Norfolk

By Janet Reynolds For flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, her upcoming performance on Friday, July 14, at the Norfolk Festival is a homecoming.  She was a Fellow in 1989, at the beginning of her career, an experience she calls “life changing.” “The faculty was incredibly generous with their time and expertise,” she says. “We worked really […]

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