• Monday, Nov 22, 2010

    Annual New York String Orchestra Concerts with Jaime Laredo Return to Carnegie Hall 12/24 and 12/28



    Violinist Jennifer Koh and Pianist Benjamin Hochman Are
    Featured Soloists on December 24

    Soloists on December 28 include Flutist Tara Helen O’Connor,
    Oboist Ariana Ghez, and Trumpeter David Washburn Performing
    Barber’s Capricorn Concerto, and Violinist Daniel Hope
    and Cellist Paul Watkins in Brahms’s Double Concerto in A Minor

    More than 60 Top Young Musicians from Around the World Come Together for
    Ten-Day Seminar in New York City Led by Artistic Director Jaime Laredo


    The New York String Orchestra returns to Carnegie Hall this holiday season with its ensemble of young musicians for its two annual concerts in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, conducted by Artistic Director Jaime Laredo. Over the past 41 years, the orchestra’s annual appearances each December have become a Carnegie Hall tradition and are the culmination of the ten-day New York String Orchestra Seminar, a nationally-acclaimed professional training program founded in 1969 for highly gifted 15 to 22-year-old musicians, held under the auspices of Mannes College The New School for Music. Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, one of many professional musicians who attended the workshop as a teenager, has called it “one of the defining moments” of his career.

    On Friday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m., the orchestra performs Mozart’s Overture to Così fan tutte and Symphony No. 31 in D Major “Paris,” as well as Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Strings in D Minor featuring violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Benjamin Hochman. The second program, on Tuesday, December 28 at 8:00 p.m., includes Barber’s Capricorn Concerto with flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, oboist Ariana Ghez, and trumpeter David Washburn; Brahms’ Double Concerto in A Minor with violinist Daniel Hope and cellist Paul Watkins; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, “Eroica.”

    In the New York String Orchestra Seminar's 41-year history, there has never been an application fee, and all those invited to participate receive full scholarships to this acclaimed national program. This season, over 400 students applied to the Seminar, representing 42 states and 19 countries. Auditions were held in nine cities across the country, Bloomington, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Rochester, and San Francisco, to ensure that as many students as possible could audition without incurring travel costs. Those selected will be sent invitations to participate in the program, and six weeks later they will travel to New York from across the nation and world to rehearse and perform together as the 2010 New York String Orchestra.

    In preparation for the concerts at Carnegie Hall, the young musicians will have the opportunity to rehearse with Mr. Laredo and renowned soloists including Jennifer Koh and Paul Watkins, as well as in chamber music workshops with celebrated artists including members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Orion, and Guarneri String Quartets, and be introduced to new musical worlds with an emphasis on playing expressively. This year’s chamber music faculty includes cellists Bonnie Hampton, Sharon Robinson, and Peter Wiley*; violinists Pamela Frank*, Ida Kavafian, Daniel Phillips*, Todd Phillips*, Sylvia Rosenberg*, and Hiroko Yajima; violists Samuel Rhodes, Steven Tenenbom*, and Michael Tree; flutist Bart Feller*; oboist Linda Strommen*; clarinetist Anthony McGill*; and bassoonist Frank Morelli (*indicates New York String Orchestra Seminar alumni).

    About the Artists
    For almost five decades, violinist Jaime Laredo has excelled in the roles of violinist, conductor, recitalist, and chamber musician. Since his orchestral debut at the age of 11 with the San Francisco Symphony, Mr. Laredo has won the admiration and respect of audiences, critics, and fellow musicians. He has been continually engaged by all of America’s major orchestras, including those of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, and Philadelphia, with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, and Leonard Slatkin. Abroad, Mr. Laredo has performed as soloist and conductor with the London Symphony, the BBC Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Royal Philharmonic. For over 30 years, Mr. Laredo has interwoven solo and conducting dates with the schedule of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson trio, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2007, and his commitment to educating the next generation of musicians. In addition to leading the New York String Orchestra, Mr. Laredo is Music Director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the 92nd Street Y’s Chamber Music Series, and guides the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Mr. Laredo has been a principal figure at the Marlboro Music and Aspen Music Festivals and is on the faculty of the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University. Mr. Laredo first performed as a soloist with the New York String Orchestra in 1970.

    The New York String Orchestra Seminar, founded in 1969 by arts administrator Frank Salomon for the late conductor and violinist Alexander Schneider, is a professional education program that has prepared nearly 2,000 young musicians for careers as chamber, orchestral, and solo artists. A project of Mannes College The New School for Music’s New School Concerts department; the seminar brings 62 young musicians (ages 15-22) from around the country to New York City in December for a ten-day seminar of rehearsals and performance preparation led by violinist/conductor Jaime Laredo, along with three hours a day of chamber music coaching with distinguished chamber artists. In 1993 Mr. Laredo, Mr. Schneider's personal choice for successor, became artistic director and conductor of the seminar. All of the students invited to participate do so on full scholarship.

    Ariana Ghez, principal oboist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is an alumna of the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Prior to her appointment in Los Angeles, she was Principal Oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera. As a soloist, she has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, and with Paula Robison at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As an advocate of new music, Ms. Ghez has performed Elliott Carter’s Asko Concerto at Weill Recital Hall with Oliver Knussen and collaborated with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes at Zankel Hall. Ms. Ghez holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Columbia University, where she enrolled in the Columbia/Juilliard School joint program and studied with John Mack and John Ferrillo. She has also pursued graduate studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied with Richard Woodhams and was a teaching assistant for oboe.

    Benjamin Hochman has earned widespread acclaim for his performances with the New York and Israel Philharmonics and the Chicago, Cincinnati, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, and Vancouver Symphonies. He has collaborated with the Tokyo, Mendelssohn, Casals, Pražák, and Daedalus Quartets, the Zukerman Chamber Players, members of the Guameri and Orion Quartets, and with Miklós Perényi, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, and Ani Kavafian. In 2009, he released his first album on Artek featuring solo works of Bach, Berg, and Webern. Mr. Hochman’s 2010-2011 season includes his San Francisco Symphony debut, a solo recital at New York’s 92nd Street Y, and festival appearances at Ravinia, Charlottesville, Salt Bay, and Appalachian Summer. Born in Jerusalem, Mr. Hochman is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Mannes College of Music.

    British violinist Daniel Hope has toured the world as a virtuoso soloist for many years, and as the youngest ever member of the Beaux Arts Trio during its last six seasons. Mr. Hope performs as soloist with the world’s major orchestras and conductors, directs many ensembles as a soloist, and plays chamber music in a wide variety of traditional and new settings. Highlights include performances with the Boston, Chicago, Toronto, and Atlanta symphony orchestras, as well as the major orchestras of Berlin, Birmingham, Dallas, Detroit, Dresden, Israel, London, Moscow, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm, and Vienna. Born in South Africa and raised in England, Mr. Hope earned degrees at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with renowned Russian pedagogue Zakhar Bron.

    Since the 1994-1995 season when violinist Jennifer Koh won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, she has been heard with leading orchestras and conductors around the world. Ms. Koh also appears frequently in recital at major music centers including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and festivals including Marlboro, Wolf Trap, and Spoleto. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked extensively with Jaime Laredo and Felix Galimir.

    Flutist Tara Helen O'Connor has appeared at the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, Symphony Space, Music @ Menlo, and the Banff Centre. This season's highlights include performances with the Orion String Quartet and Windscape in Michigan, Virginia, and at the Kennedy Center; a trip to Spain with the Andalusian Dogs and Dawn Upshaw performing Golijov's Ayre; and a collaboration with Elliott Fisk at The 92nd Street Y; as well as being an invited guest soloist of the Ohio, Utah, and Long Island Flute Club Associations. A founding member of the Naumburg Award-winning New Millennium Ensemble, she is also a member of the woodwind quintet Windscape. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, she was the first wind player to participate in the CMS Two program and is now an Artist of the Chamber Music Society. A two-time Grammy Award nominee, Ms. O’Connor teaches at the Bard College Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and is professor of flute and head of the wind department of Purchase College Conservatory of Music.

    David Washburn is a Yamaha Performing Artist, the principal trumpet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and associate principal trumpet with the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. His upcoming engagements include performances with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and La Jolla Chamber Music Festival. Mr. Washburn has been a featured soloist with many orchestras including the Los Angeles, St. Louis, Know Galesburg, Hong Kong, and California philharmonics; the Los Angeles, San Diego, and South Bay chamber orchestras; and the Berkeley, Burbank, and Glendale symphonies. He received his Masters of Music, with distinction, from the New England Conservatory of Music and his Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California.

    In the 2009–2010 season, cellist and conductor Paul Watkins became the first ever Music Director of the English Chamber Orchestra. He also took on the role of the Principal Guest Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra. He first came to public attention as a cellist, but also developed a flourishing career as a conductor, launched in 2002 when a jury unanimously awarded him first prize at the Leeds Conductors’ Competition. As a cellist, Mr. Watkins works regularly with many of the major orchestras in the UK and overseas, including a recent highlight of a televised performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto at the First Night of the Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jirí Belohlávek and recorded live by Deutsche Grammophon.

    Program Information
    Friday, December 24 at 7:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Jaime Laredo, Conductor
    Jennifer Koh, Violin
    Benjamin Hochman, Piano

    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Overture to Così fan tutte
    FELIX MENDELSSOHN Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Strings in D Minor
    WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K. 297, "Paris"

    This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for young artists established by Stella and Robert Jones.

    Tuesday, December 28 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Jaime Laredo, Conductor
    Daniel Hope, Violin
    Paul Watkins, Cello
    Tara Helen O'Connor, Flute
    Ariana Ghez, Oboe
    David Washburn, Trumpet

    SAMUEL BARBER Capricorn Concerto, Op. 21
    JOHANNES BRAHMS Double Concerto in A Minor, Op. 102
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, "Eroica"

    This concert is made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for young artists established by Stella and Robert Jones.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

    Ticket Information
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