february, 2019

6feb12:15 pm- 1:00 pmYooJin Jang, Violin & Renana Gutman, 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

YooJin Jang, Violin
Renana Gutman, Piano

Suite for Violin No. 6 in D Major (5’)
I. Allemande
II. Courante
III. Sarabande
IV. Gigue
Johann Paul von Westhoff (1656 – 1705)

Violin Sonata No. 2, Op. 121 (30’)
I. Ziemlich langsam – Lebhaft
II. Sehr lebhaft
III. Leise, einfach
IV. Bewegt
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)

Applauded by The Strad for her “fiery virtuosity” and “consummate performances,” violinist YooJin Jang is a winner of the 2017 Concert Artists Guild Competition, and is also First Prize winner of the 2016 Sendai International Music Competition in Japan.  These two victories have resulted in a busy itinerary of international recital and concerto engagements, and also the release of two new recordings, including a CD of her prize-winning Sendai concerto performances.  “Jang is a performer without fear or technical limitation” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).

A native of Korea, YooJin has been performing with top Korean orchestras since the age of nine, including the KBS Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, she has appeared with the Budapest Festival Orchestra led by Ivan Fischer, Bulgaria National Radio Symphony Orchestra under Emil Tabakov, Sofia Philharmonia Orchestra with Ljubka Biagioni, the Erato Ensemble led by Shol-omo Mintz, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Spain’s Extremadura Orchestra conducted by Jesus Amigo, and the NEC Philharmonia led by Josh Weilerstein.

Yoojin’s 2018-2019 season in the US begins with a solo appearance with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven Violin Concerto.  Additional highlights of the season include performances with the Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony and DuPage Symphony, as well as recitals at the Nantucket Musical Arts Society, Patrons for Young Artists, Macon Concert Association, Dame Myra Hess Series, and Pepperdine University Performing Arts Series. In April 2019 Yoojin will give her New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.  She also remains active in Asia, performing with orchestra and in recital throughout Korea and Japan.

Praised by the New York Times for her “passionate and insightful” playing, Renana Gutman has performed across four continents as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and collaborative artist. She played at venues like The Louvre Museum, Grenoble Museum, (France), Carnegie Recital Hall, People’s Symphony Concerts, Merkin Hall (New York), St. Petersburg’s Philharmonia (Russia), Stresa Music Festival (Italy), Ravinia Rising Stars (Chicago), Jordan Hall, Gardner Museum (Boston), Herbst Theatre (San Francisco), Menuhin Hall (UK), UNISA (South Africa), Marlboro (VT), and Washington National Gallery and Freer Gallery. Her performances are heard frequently on WQXR Young Artists Showcase, NY, WFMT Dame Myra Hess, Chicago, and MPR Performance Today.

A top prize winner at Los Angeles Liszt competition, New York International Keyboard Festival and Tel-Hai International Master Classes, she has performed with orchestras including Jerusalem Symphony, Haifa Symphony, Belgian “I Fiamminghi” and Mannes College Orchestra.  An ardent interpreter of Beethoven, she was one of four young pianists selected by the renowned Leon Fleisher to participate in his Carnegie Hall workshop on Beethoven piano sonatas.

She has spent summers at the Marlboro and Ravinia Music Festivals where she collaborated with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida, and members of the Guarneri quartet. She has toured with “Musicians from Marlboro,” and since 2012, she serves as the staff collaborative pianist of Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival.

A native of Israel, she started piano at the age of six. Her most influential teachers were Natasha Tadson and Victor Derevianko in Israel and Richard Goode at New York’s Mannes College of Music, where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees.


(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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