Now in his third decade as a much sought-after performing artist, Canadian pianist Robert Koenig has performed throughout the world to great acclaim as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician. His partnerships with many of today’s leading classical artists include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston’s Jordan Hall, San Francisco’s Herbst Theater, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, Vancouver’s Chan Center, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Taiwan’s National Theater, Hong Kong’s City Hall, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Paris’ Louvre Museum, Brussels’ BOZAR and Amsterdam’s Het Concertgebouw. He frequently partnered with the late legendary violinist Aaron Rosand, and presently collaborates with renowned American violinist Elmar Oliveria for international concerts and multiple acclaimed recordings for Artek and Biddulph. Koenig recorded a GRAMMY nominated CD for Naxos of William Primrose Transcriptions for Viola and Piano with violist Roberto Diaz. A strong advocate for new music, he commissioned American Composer Lowell Liebermann to write his Piano Trio for flute, cello and piano, Op. 87 and gave the world premiere at the National Flute Association Convention in Nashville. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with renowned pianist Dr. Vladimir Sokoloff, he has a decade long association with the Juilliard School where he served as staff pianist. Since 2007, Koenig has been Professor and Head of Collaborative Piano at the University of California Santa Barbara where he also serves as the Chair of the Music Department and Head of Performance. His summers are spent at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp where he is Coordinator of Collaborative Piano.
October 26, 2021
JONAH KIM, CELLIST
Venue: Laurel Heights United Methodist Church,
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Two-time Grammy Award winning artist Jonah Kim made his solo debut with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2003. The same year, he also appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra where the Washington Post music critic Joseph McLellan called him “the next Yo-Yo Ma.” Jonah has played in prestigious venues such as New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, California’s Montalvo Arts Center, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Kravis Center in Palm Beach, the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, the Phillips Collection and the John F. Kennedy Center in D.C. where Anne Midgette of the Washington Post praised, “he flirted with the line, shaped it, wrapped it around his fingers, pulled it out in a new dimension, all with practiced ease.”
Highly sought after internationally also as a chamber musician, Jonah is a founding member of the “hip, unstuffy, and malleable group” Ensemble San Francisco. He frequents festivals like the Atlantic Music Festival, Bari International Music Festival, Cactus Pear Chamber Music Silicon Valley, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Music in May Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo’s Festival Mozaic. As a fellow at the Curtis Institute, he formed a piano trio with Joel Link, currently first violinist of the award-winning Dover Quartet, and international piano sensation Yuja Wang. Coached by some of the leading musicians of their day, he has collaborated with world class artists on four continents, sharing the stage with Cho-Liang Lin, Elmar Oliveira, Jon Nakamatsu, Martin Beaver, Chee-Yun Kim and Romie de Guise-Langlois. In a review of his performance at Alliance Français, San Francisco Classical Voice critic David Bratman exclaimed, "this was an excellent performance, the best I’ve heard of this piece."
Born in Seoul, Korea, he immigrated to the United States in 1995. His father introduced him to the cello through VHS tapes of Pablo Casals playing the Bach’s Solo Cello Suites. Learning by imitation, the seven-year old was awarded a full scholarship to the Juilliard School within the year. So began his professional training at Juilliard, but it was not until he met world renowned soloist and pedagogue Janos Starker the following summer that he became certain music was his calling. Starker’s invitation to come study with him was pivotal, inspiring the young cellist to continue with renewed motivation.
Jonah was awarded full scholarships and graduated with top marks at 17 years of age from The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, regarded as two of the most exclusive educational institutions in the world.
He is active in the community, dedicated to sharing music and reaching out in ways that positively impact and heal people in need, bringing music to veterans, ailing patients and children of low-income families. As a teacher, his students have been awarded scholarships to universities and conservatories in the U.S. and Europe. His masterclasses have been described as “captivating and hilarious… relevant to not only musicians, resonating with all walks of life.” Between performances, he shares his knowledge with young talent from over 30 countries at Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp.
Jonah plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume cello made in 1845 generously on loan, as well as a 2016 Haide Lin, an award-winning instrument at the Indianapolis Violin Society of America Competition. His bows are made by Jules Fétique and Émile Auguste Ouchard.
STUDENTS ARE FREE WITH SCHOOL ID.
NOTE: The Damin Spritzer organ concert is free, thanks to underwriting by Trinity University, and Elaine and John Ehlers in memory of Madolyn Fallis. Tickets will not be sold nor required for this rescheduled concert.