Lin He and Frank Huang: An Evening of Brahms’ Chamber Music for Violin and Piano

When:
April 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
2019-04-13T19:30:00-05:00
2019-04-13T19:45:00-05:00
Where:
PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago
IL 60605
Lin He and Frank Huang: An Evening of Brahms’ Chamber Music for Violin and Piano @ PianoForte Studios

Program:
Sonatensatz, Scherzo in C minor from the F.A.E. Sonata

Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op. 78
Vivace, ma non troppo
Adagio
Allegro molto moderato

Intermission

Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. 100
Allegro amabile
Andante tranquillo
Allegro grazioso (quasi Andante)

Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 108
Allegro
Adagio
Un poco presto e con sentimento
Presto agitato


Lin He, violin
Violinist Lin He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in November 2014, after a performance there earlier that year with principal players from the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra in orchestral setting. Over the past seasons, he performed the Korngold Concerto with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Shippensburg Symphony and the Sibelius Concerto with the Lake Charles Symphony.

Inspired by the complete Beethoven Sonatas and complete Mozart Sonatas for Violin and Piano in the past two season, 2018-2019 season of concerts will include Schubert Complete Music for Violin and Piano and complete Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano in multiple venues including the PianoForte Foundation Concert Series in Chicago; chamber recitals as the violinist of Caladium Piano Trio; violin soloist of the Bruch Scottish Fantasy with the Sonoma County Philharmonic Orchestra; violinist with principal players of major orchestras for the Concert of Solidarity for the Rohingya Refugees at Carnegie Hall, solo recitals and masterclasses at Longy School of Music at Bard College, University of Oklahoma and Northern Illinois University; series of concerts and masterclasses in mainland China and Taiwan.

He has presented recitals at universities across the United States and China. Most recently, he shared stage with Shanghai String Quartet and violinist Charles Castleman; performed solo recitals and gave master classes at Arizona State University, Florida State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, University of Houston, University of Las Vegas, University of North Texas, and University Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

As an orchestral player, Mr. He has performed with the Shanghai Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and New World Symphony. He is a regular addition to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Summer festival appearances have taken Mr. He to venues such as the Music Academy of the West, the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival. Lin He has been a laureate of the Padesta Solo Competition and the ASTA competition.

Mr. He is now serving as the Associate Professor of Violin at the Louisiana State University School of Music and the Associate Concertmaster of the Baton Rouge Symphony. During the summer, he teaches at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Montecito International Music Festival and BayView Music Festival.

Born in Shanghai, China, Mr. He began his musical training at the age of five. Mr. He received his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Zvi Zeitlin. Other major influences include Steven Staryk, Sylvia Rosenberg and Paul Kantor.

His CD release from Centaur Records of French Sonatas for Violin and Piano with pianist Gregory Sioles received favorable reviews.


Frank Huang, piano
Frank Huang is an Assistant Professor of Piano at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Previously, he served as a faculty member at The College of Wooster and The Cleveland Institute of Music.

Described by New York Concert Review as a “thoughtful and accomplished performer” and that his playing was “impressive for its maturity and refinement,” Mr. Huang has gained international recognition for his artistry and technical command. Others have also acknowledged his talents, as the Chopin Foundation of the United States, Northwest Chapter has commented that “Huang plays with authority and panache” while El Comerico of Lima, Peru praised his interpretation of Mozart’s Piano Concerto, K.482 “with the utmost sensitivity.” Mr. Huang’s concerts have led him throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Such notable venues include Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall (Seattle), US Embassy in Warsaw, Zelazowa Wola (Warsaw), Gijon International Piano Festival (Spain), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Holland Music Sessions, Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Dame Myra Recital Series at Chicago’s Cultural Center, Lincoln Center in New York, and St. Martin in the Fields, London, UK. Mr. Huang’s concerts have also been featured on various radio and television broadcasts across the United States and abroad. Most recently, his performances were aired on “Primo movimento,” a popular classical music program on RaiRadio 3 in Rome, Italy. An avid chamber musician, he also enjoys performing with others as he has collaborated with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in recitals. Equally active as a soloist with orchestra, he has performed with the Sammamish Symphony, Northwest Philharmonia, Peru National Symphony, Wooster Symphony Orchestra, Central Ohio Symphony, and Sichuan Symphony Orchestra.

Recent notable engagements included performances at the University of Ulsan (South Korea), Sichuan Normal University (China), The PianoForte Foundation (Chicago), Reinhardt Piano Festival and Academy (Georgia), MedtnerFest (London, UK), and Southwest Piano Festival (New Mexico).

Mr. Huang is also an active recording artist. His recordings can be found on the Centaur Records and Nimbus Alliance labels. Recently, Huang released two recordings, Jack Gallagher: Piano Music and Johannes Brahms: Selected Piano Music, in spring 2017. Both recordings have received rave reviews as critics have described Dr. Huang’s performances as “thrilling” (The Classical Reviewer) and that “Huang deserves kudos for his sparkling and sensitive playing, and that better performances of these works would be well-nigh impossible to come by.” (Fanfare) Soon-to-be-released albums include a chamber music disc of contemporary American women composers and volume one of the complete solo piano music of forgotten Russian romantic composer, Nikolai Medtner.

Mr. Huang’s creative interests consist of promoting lesser-known works and music of our time. He has performed and recorded music of Mark Applebaum, Augusta Read Thomas, and Jack Gallagher. Recently, he has been performing

Frederic Rzewski’s monumental work, “The People United Will Never be Defeated!” in recitals as well as selected pieces from his Medtner project.

As a prize winner of several important international competitions, Mr. Huang has garnered awards at the World International Piano Competition, The International Artists Competition, and Artists International Auditions.

A native of Seattle, WA, Frank Huang studied extensively with Willard Schultz at the Academy of Music Northwest before obtaining Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he continued his studies with Julian Martin. Following his training at Juilliard, he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The Cleveland Institute of Music under the direction of Antonio Pompa-Baldi. Other influential teachers included Lee Kum-Sing, Robert McDonald, Daniel Shapiro, and Dominique Weber. Huang has also participated in masterclasses with eminent musicians of our time including Nelita True, Byron Janis, Jon Kimura Parker, Richard Goode, and Murray Perahia.

Equally dedicated as a music educator, Dr. Huang feels privileged to share his knowledge with students at Miami University, where he teaches piano, chamber music, and literature courses. He has been invited to present master classes in various institutions across the United States as well as an adjudicator at local piano competitions and auditions.

Additionally, Dr. Huang values that classical music should be accessible to everyone. To this end, he has started a blog where he shares his knowledge of music including several “how-to” posts as well as his passion on lesser-known works. You can visit his website and blog at www.frankhuangpiano.com.