Salonline 2024-06-09 Wan-Chi Su & Hyunjee Chung

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Sunday, June 9 2024

— a “hybrid” event —

Join us for an emotional journey featuring music performed by violinist Hyunjee Chung and pianist Wan-Chi Su. The program begins with Lili Boulanger’s “Nocturne & Cortège,” highlighting her expressive and melodic writing. Next are Clara Schumann’s “Three Romances,” which display profound emotional depth. We will then present the final movement of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” a moving piece inspired by the Book of Revelation. The recital concludes with Francis Poulenc’s “Sonata,” known for its lively and thoughtful balance of humor and melancholy.


Lili Boulanger (1893-1918)
“Deux Morceaux pour Violin et Piano” (1911)
I. Nocturne
II. Cortège

Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
“Three Romances”, Op. 21 (1853)
I. Andante
II. Allegretto
III. Agitato

Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
“Quatuor pour la fin du temps” (1941)
VIII. Louange à l’Immortalité de Jésus

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
“Sonate pour violon et piano”, FP119 (1943)
I. Allegro con fuoco
II. Intermezzo
III. Presto tragico


Excelling as a soloist, chamber musician, and conductor, Dr. Hyunjee Chung is sought-after for her compelling and intelligent interpretations of a diverse repertoire from classical to contemporary. Chung made her solo debut with the Seoul National Symphony in 2010 performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. Her recent solo engagements include a performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto collaborating with Maestro Bramwell Tovey, and a performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Narragansett Bay Symphony Orchestra. Chung has concertized widely, appearing on stages including Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Adrienne Arsht Center, Baird Auditorium in Smithsonian, Seoul Arts Center, Hong Kong City Hall, National Grand Theater of Beijing, and Dubai Opera.

Chung has been a member of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra led by Gábor Takács-Nagy since 2017. Her recent performances with the VFCO include residencies at Schloss Elmau, Germany, Tsinandali Festival, Georgian Republic, as well as a concert tour of Hong Kong, China, and Dubai. During these tours she collaborated closely with musicians from Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Chung recently participated in VFCO’s recording of the Beethoven Symphony cycle for Deutsche Grammophon in Switzerland. This summer, she will return to the Verbier Festival and join them on their tour of France.

She has performed with a number of renowned conductors including Ivan Fischer, Zubin Mehta, Robert Spano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Manfred Honeck, Semyon Bychkov, Gianandrea Noseda, Antonio Pappano, Daniel Harding, and Michael Tilson Thomas. In addition, she played concerts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Callithumpian Consort, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Chung has been invited to numerous festivals including Verbier Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, International Musicians Seminar at Prussia Cove, Festival Napa Valley, Atlantic Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and Taos School of Music, working closely with Robert McDonald, Peter Frankl, and members of the Brentano, Borromeo, Shanghai, Tokyo, and the Emerson String Quartets.

Chung currently holds an Assistant Professor position as Ensemble Director and serves on the Violin faculty at the New World School of the Arts at Miami Dade College. Prior to her appointment at the NWSA, she taught as a Violin Instructor and Chamber Music Coach at the Boston University College of Fine Arts, and at the Boston String Academy – training built on the El Sistema model.

Born and raised in Seoul, Chung earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University and holds degrees and diplomas from the New England Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, and Seoul National University. Her mentors include Professor Bayla Keyes, Soovin Kim, and Ju-Young Baek.

Pianist Wan-Chi Su has performed both as a soloist and a collaborative artist at major venues, including Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Taiwan National Concert Hall in Asia, Europe, and the United States. In a review of her performance with the PostClassical Ensemble at the Washington National Cathedral, the American Scholar noted that she ‘played with sensitivity and imagination.’

Decorated with numerous awards, Dr. Su won first prize in both the Taiwan Cultural Cup Invitational Piano Competition and the Taiwan National Student Music Competition in Piano. She has received invitations to numerous prestigious music festivals, such as the Taos School of Music, the Beethoven Institute, both the Icicle Creek Piano Festival and the Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival, the NTSO International Piano Program in Taiwan, and the Paris Piano Program in France. In addition to collaborating with many established artists and musicians, Dr. Su is the founder of Duo Sorolla and an artist member of the Piatigorsky Foundation. Furthermore, she serves as an organist at Memorial Episcopal Church in Bolton Hill, Baltimore.

Born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Dr. Su began piano lessons at the age of four. She earned a bachelor’s degree in piano while minoring in French horn at the National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan. She furthered her pursuit of musical excellence, obtaining a Master of Music, a Graduate Performance Diploma, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she primarily studied under Seth Knopp and Benjamin Pasternack. Dr. Su currently serves on the faculty at Georgetown University and Loyola University Maryland.

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