Geneva Lewis, violin and Sahun Sam Hong, piano


February 2, 2022

Dame Myra Hess Concerts

Dave Schwan, host


Lili Boulanger (1894-1918) – Deux Morceaux for violin and piano (1911-1914) (5’)

I. Nocturne

II. Cortège

Clara Schumann (1819-1896) – Three Romances, Op. 22 (1853) (10’)

I. Andante molto

II. Allegretto

III. Leidenschaftlich schnell

Germaine Tailleferre (1892-1983) – Berceuse for violin and piano (1913) (2’)

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) – Printemps, op. 18 (1914) (3’)

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) – Après un Rêve, Op. 7 (1878) (3’)

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) – Sonata for violin and piano, L. 140 (1917) (14’)

I. Allegro vivo

II. Intermède: fantasque et léger

New Zealand-born violinist Geneva Lewis has forged a reputation as a musician of consummate artistry whose performances speak from and to the heart. Lauded for the “remarkable mastery of her instrument” (CVNC), Geneva is the recipient of a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Grand Prize winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Other recent accolades include Kronberg Academy’s Prince of Hesse Prize, as well as being named a Performance Today Young Artist in Residence and  Musical America’s New Artist of the Month. 

After her solo debut at age 11 with the Pasadena Symphony, Geneva has gone on to perform with orchestras around the world, including appearances with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Sarasota Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony, Augusta Symphony, and Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. In recital, recent and upcoming highlights include performances at Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw, Emory University, Kravis Center, and Myra Hess, among others. 

While Geneva’s claim to chamber music fame came early on as a member of the renowned Lewis Family Trio with her siblings Nathan (piano) and Rochelle (cello), she has since established the Callisto Trio, Artist-in-Residence at the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles. She has participated in many chamber music festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Steans Institute, Perlman Music Program’s Chamber Workshop, International Holland Music Sessions, and the Heifetz International Music Institute. 

Deeply passionate about collaboration, Geneva has had the pleasure of performing with such prominent musicians as Ilya Kaler, Michael Kannen, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Mitsuko Uchida, and the Borromeo String Quartet, among others. Geneva is currently in the Artist Diploma program at the New England Conservatory studying with Miriam Fried. She is currently performing on the “Joachim-Ma” Stradivarius, c. 1714, on generous loan from the New England Conservatory.

Praised as an “artist of enormous prowess” (Verbier Festival Newsletter) with “lots of clarity, confidence, and wisdom” (New York Concert Review), pianist Sahun Sam Hong brings his colorful style and riveting energy to the solo, chamber, and concerto stage.

Hong was the winner of the 2017 Vendome Prize at Verbier, and received Second Prize at the 2017 International Beethoven Competition Vienna. He was also a recipient of a 2021 American Pianists Award, and finalist in the 2018 International German Piano Award and 2017 American Pianists Awards.

In addition to performing, Hong is a prolific arranger of chamber music and orchestral works. His creative transcriptions are performed all over the world, and have been described by renowned musicians as “superb” (Yong Hi Moon, pianist), and “fresh, witty and intelligent” (Herbert Greenberg, violinist). The chamber music collective ensemble132 presents Hong’s virtuosic chamber music arrangements on annual tours throughout the United States.

At the age of 16, Hong graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, studying with John Owings. He also studied for six years with Leon Fleisher at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Hong continues his studies with Yong Hi Moon at Peabody.


Read program notes here

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with 98.7 WFMT.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in association with the Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago.

Don’t miss Crystal Jiang next week on the

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts!

Wednesday February 9, 12:15pm

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