january, 2020

29jan12:15 pm- 1:00 pmDanbi Um, Violin & Kuang-Hao Huang, Piano12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural CenterPrograms:Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

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Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Danbi Um, violin
Kuang-Hao Huang, piano

Much Ado About Nothing, Op. 11 (12’)
I. Maiden in the Bridal Chamber
II. March of the Watch
III. Intermezzo: Garden Scene
IV. Hornpipe
Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897 – 1957)

Avodah (6’)
Ernest Bloch (1880 – 1959)

Havanaise, Op. 83 (9’)
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921)

Tzigane (9’)
Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)

Praised by The Strad as an “utterly dazzling” artist, with “a marvelous show of superb technique” (New York Classical Review), violinist Danbi Um captivates audiences with her virtuosity and interpretive sensitivity. A Menuhin International Violin Competition Silver Medalist, winner of the 2018 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and a recent top prizewinner of the Naumburg International Violin Competition, she showcases her artistry in concertos, solo recitals, and in collaboration with distinguished chamber musicians. 

Highlights of Um’s 2019-20 season include solo appearances with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (Kimmel Center) and Brevard Philharmonic, a national tour with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and debut performances at premiere national series including Wolf Trap, Cincinnati’s Linton Chamber Series, and Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concerts. Notable recent engagements include performances at Caramoor, Music@Menlo’s celebrated “Carte Blanche” series, National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s “Morning Musicales,” and Um’s New York recital debut at Lincoln Center presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Um’s orchestral engagements include appearances with the Israel Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, Dartmouth Symphony, and the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra after winning its 2014 concerto competition. Her recent solo and chamber music performances have taken place in venues including the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Chicago’s Harris Theatre, London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. She has also appeared at prestigious festivals including Ravinia, North Shore, Caramoor, Marlboro, Yellow Barn, Moab, Seattle, and the Moritzburg Festival in Dresden, Germany.

Born in 1990 in Seoul, South Korea, Um moved to the United States at age 10 to study at the Curtis Institute of Music. She also holds an Artist Diploma from Indiana University. A winner of Astral Artists’ National Auditions, Um plays a 1683 “ex-Petschek” Nicolo Amati violin, on loan from a private collection.

Commended for his “perceptive pianism” (Audiophile) and “playing that is sensitive and wonderfully warm” (American Record Guide), Chicagoan Kuang-Hao Huang is a highly sought-after collaborative pianist whose performances have taken him throughout North America, Europe and Asia.  He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, and at every major venue in the Chicago area. Huang has recorded for Aucourant, Cedille, Innova and Naxos, including a CD of flute fantasies with flutist Mathieu Dufour and a premiere recording of early songs by Alban Berg with mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley.  

A strong advocate of new music, Huang is a core member of Fulcrum Point New Music Project and Picosa.  He has premiered numerous works by major composers including Louis Andriessen and Chen Yi at Weill Hall as part of Carnegie Hall’s Millennium Piano Book Project. He has also appeared on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series.

In addition to serving on the faculties of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Concordia University-Chicago, Huang is Associate Artistic Director for the International Music Foundation and is the driving force behind Make Music Chicago. He also founded IMF’s Pianos in the Parks program, which partners with the Chicago Park District to give all Chicagoans access to outdoor pianos and free lessons.


(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST


Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60605

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