Jenny Shin and Beilin Han

Jenny Shin, flute

Beilin Han, piano

October 14, 2020

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

David Schwan, host


Jindřich Feld – Sonata for Flute and Piano (20′)

I. Allegro giocoso

II. Grave

III. Allegro vivace

Aaron Copland – Duo for Flute and Piano (15′)

I. Flowing

II. Poetic, somewhat mournful

III. Lovely, with bounce

A native of San Diego, California, flutist Jenny Shin is a performer, educator, chamber ensemble coach and wind pedagogy instructor. She is an avid solo recitalist in Chicago. As an orchestral musician, she shared stages with prestigious ensembles such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera and the San Antonio Symphony.

She has garnered top performance prizes from numerous competitions, including National Crescendo Awards, Yamaha Young Performing Artist, Musical Merit of California, Illinois Flute Society, San Diego Flute Guild and the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition. She made her solo artist debut as the winner of Krannert Debut Artist Competition in 2016.

In addition to performing, Ms. Shin is a passionate teacher. She serves on the flute faculty of DePaul University, a position she held since 2017. She has been on faculty with the Illinois Summer Youth Music Pre-College Flute Camp since 2014 and is on faculty for the DePaul Summer ChamberFest.

Ms. Shin is a frequent adjudicator and clinician. She has been on the adjudicating panel for the Chicago Flute Club, various Chicago area concerto competitions as well as the Music Teachers National Association. She serves as the international liaison for the National Flute Association and is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Ms. Shin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University and Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Beilin Han was born in Shanghai, China and began studying piano at the age of three. She attended the Shanghai Conservatory of Music for Primary and Middle School and also attended the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore on a full scholarship. Immediately after graduating from Academy in Singapore, Ms. Han was accepted into the University of Kansas for her Masters Degree, being the only full-scholarship recipient at the time.

Beilin was invited to perform at the 7th Annual World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Las Vegas in 2002 and was honored as a Young Artist in 2003. In 2004, Ms. Han became a prize winner of the Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Portugal. She toured internationally as a concert pianist performing throughout China, Portugal, Spain, and the U.S. She also appeared on radio programs in Singapore and the U.S., as well as a television program in China.

In 2008, Ms. Han graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, where she earned her Artistic Diploma with Solomon Mikowsky  and Meng-Chieh Liu.

In addition to Ms. Han’s successful solo career, she enjoys chamber music and collaborating with such artists as pianist Alberto Portugheis, world-renowned countertenor Paul Esswood, world-famous violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi, Yossif Ivanov, Ilya Kaler, Kyoko Takezawa and Elmar Oliveira among others. She has also played for world-famous conductors such as Riccardo Muti and Christoph Eschenbach.

Currently, Ms. Han is a collaborative pianist at both Northwestern University and DePaul School of Music, Chicago Stradivari Society. She joined the collaborative piano faculty at the Heifetz International Music Institute in 2011 and Cremona International Music Festival in 2015.

Jindřich Feld (1925-2007)

Sonata for Flute and Piano (1957)

Born into a musical family, Jindřich Feld was a Czech composer as well as a violinist and violist. His compositional style blended his nation’s musical heritage with twentieth century harmonies and techniques. Feld’s Sonata for Flute and Piano was commissioned and premiered by French flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal in 1957. The first movement is playful – lacking a tonal center but unified by a distinct rhythmic motive. The second movement, with its charismatic opening and multiple cadenza-like, rhapsodic moments, offers a sharp contrast to the opening movement. The final movement recalls the playful nature of the first, providing a lighthearted, 6/8 melody passed back and forth between the flute and piano.

Aaron Copland (1900-1990)

Duo for Flute and Piano (1971) 

A household name in American homes, Aaron Copland was one of the most influential American composers of the twentieth century. While most notable for his large ensemble works such as Rodeo, Appalachian Spring, and Fanfare for the Common Man, Copland also left behind numerous small ensemble works such as his Duo for Flute and Piano that are just as masterful. Aaron Copland composed his Duo for Flute and Piano in 1971 as a memorial to the principal flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, William Kincaid. Kincaid’s friends and students commissioned this piece after his passing, and it was premiered in Philadelphia by one of Kincaid’s students Elaine Shaffer in 1971. Copland is known for his populist style and folk-inspired music, which this work typifies, capturing the essence of his “American” style with whole tone harmonies and lively rhythmic motives. The first movement opens with a beautiful pure atmosphere, followed by a second movement which experiments with the twelve-tone music style, rounding out with a jazz inspired third movement, purely American in style.

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, the Illinois Arts Council and the Union League Club of Chicago.
Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts are presented in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and 98.7 WFMT

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Wednesday October 21, 12:15pm

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