The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts will present “An Afternoon of Music for Violin and Piano” featuring Hyunsoon Whang on piano and guest violinist Lun Jiang on Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m. The concert takes place in the McCutcheon Recital Hall; seating is limited to 80 patrons. The event is sponsored by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts and is open to the public at no charge.
“Performing with Lun is a joy,” says Whang. “He is the consummate musician, and I always look forward to sharing the stage with him.”
When the two performed together in 2014 as part of the Westminster Concert Series in Salt Lake City, Utah, their collaboration “allowed for polished and refined playing that served the music well,” wrote reviewer Edward Reichel. He also said, “Jiang…brought feeling and depth to his account. He played with effusive emotions that were never overdone. There is a touch of sentimentality that runs through the work, but Jiang never exploited that. He brought passion to his reading, to be sure, but it was always sensitively nuanced and executed. Whang was once again the ideal partner. Her playing supported Jiang’s part while maintaining her distinctive voice as well.”
“An Afternoon of Music for Violin and Piano” will feature three sonatas for violin and piano: Mozart Sonata in B-flat Major, K.454, Brahms Sonata in G Major, Op. 78 and Grieg's Sonata in C Minor, Op. 45
A native of Beijing, China, Jiang grew up in New Rochelle, New York. He has appeared in concerts with Ruth Laredo, Glenn Dicterow, Ian Swenson and members of the Cleveland, Brentano, Pacifica and Ying String Quartet. He has recorded for Eroica Classical Records and Newport Classical Records, including the complete string quartets by Camille Saint-Saens and a solo album with twin brother Quan. Jiang was a founding member of the Equinox String Quartet and Gotham Quartet, the quartet in residence at Rice University from 1999 to 2001. The Gotham Quartet was a winner of Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and has appeared in New York, Chicago, Houston, Detroit, Dallas/Fort Worth, Indiana and North Carolina, among others. Jiang has regularly appeared in music festivals, such as Manchester, Great Lake, Round Top and Martha's Vineyard. A graduate of the Rice University and Manhattan School of Music, plays on a Tommaso Balestrieri violin, Mantua, ca.1750 and a Dominique Peccatte bow, Paris, ca.1830
Korean-American pianist Hyunsoon Whang has delighted audiences in hundreds of concerts across North America, Europe and Asia. Critics have praised her as "the kind of player who appears to immerse her entire being in the music," and as one who has "always delivered with grace and beauty."
She has appeared as a soloist with Leonard Slatkin, Joel Revzen, Miriam Burns and Nicholas Harsanyi. Her recent engagements have included solo and chamber music appearances and master classes in California, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, Toronto and Reykjavik. Her live videos have been airing on PBS television stations throughout the Midwest. Whang serves on the Touring Artists Roster of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Artist Roster.
A passionate educator, Whang has taught and nurtured generations of students. Her students have won competitions on a state and national level and received scholarships and fellowships from prestigious graduate schools. She presents mini-recitals for public school children each year, introducing and fostering the love of music to young people. She received Oklahoma Governor’s Arts and Education Award in 2010.
Whang studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the St. Louis Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and earned a doctorate from Indiana University. Besides piano, she enjoys yoga, watching baseball and being a virtual mom to her daughter Courtney who is a college student in Chicago.
March 28, 2017