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Trio Fontes

May 19, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Trio Fontes

Preservation New Jersey and the Solo and Chamber Music Concert Series are pleased to welcome Trio Fontes back to the historic landmark 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center!

Trio Fontēs consists of Yevgeniy Dyo, violin, Sojung Lee, piano, and Suji Kim, cello. Trio Fontes will be joined by Vladimir Dyo, Azer Damirov, and pianist Yoni Levyatov. The program will include:

  • Ysaye – Amitié, Op. 26
  • Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto in E, Op. 64
  • Brahms – Piano Trio No.1, Op. 8

Pianist So Jung Lee won the Grand Prize at the Korean Christian Association Piano Competition and was awarded a scholarship to Chung-Ang University, South Korea. There she studied with Okbin Lim, Heakyung Lee and Chiho Cho, graduating with highest honors. She participated in the Yong-Pyung Music Festival with John O’Conor and performed in the Center for Musical Excellence Festival for Min Kwon and Jerome Lowenthal. She was invited to play in Mendelssohn’s 200th and Debussy’s 150th birth year celebrations at Rutgers. Also at Rutgers, her piano duo won the Chamber Music Honors Competition. Ms. Lee is an active recitalist and chamber musician, notably in the Trio Fontēs. Her performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Having completed her master’s degree with Dr. Kwon, So Jung is studying with Daniel Epstein towards her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers.

Violinist Yevgeniy Dyo has won awards in numerous competitions including Grand-Prize at the Shabyt International Chamber Music Competition in Astana, Kazakhstan, Grand-Prize at the 1st National Festival of Korean Community of Kazakhstan, 3rd Prize at the “Bernd and Weikl” Violin Competition. Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan, he began studying violin at the age of 5 and at 9 he had his first solo appearance with the Kazakh State Orchestra. As a soloist and leading violinist of the “Camerata Kazakhstan” Kazakh State Chamber Orchestra, “Academy of Soloists” Kazakh State Chamber Orchestra, West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Yevgeniy has toured and performed in various countries including Austria, England, Russia, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Canada and the United States. He performed in such prestigious venues as the Carnegie Hall, Wiener Saal (Salzburg, Austria) and the Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow, Russia). In 2005 he took part in the World Premiere of Karl Jenkins’ “Requiem” in London. Yevgeniy is the founding member of the two highly acclaimed chamber ensembles “Musica D’Accordo Astana” (Kazakhstan) and the “Bridge Musicians International” (Canada). He earned his Professional Studies and Master’s degree and currently is a DMA candidate at Temple University where he studies with Dr. Eduard Schmieder.

Cellist Suji Kim has captivated audiences throughout the world as both performer and pedagogue. Ms. Kim is a recipient of numerous awards including Outstanding Music Performance Award, Chair’s Special Recognition Award and the Montclair State University Alumni Association Scholarship Award. She has garnered competition prizes at Montclair State University concerto competition, Temple University Chamber music competition, University of Missouri-Kansas City Scholarship Competition and Kei-Myung National Competition. As a vivid soloist, she performed with Seoul philharmonic orchestra, Daegu Philharmonic Orchestra and Montclair State University Orchestra. Solo recital highlights include recital sponsored by the Kosciuszko Foundation, NYC and fifteen-city recital tour across Korea. She has performed at major venues including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, Steinway Hall, Consulate at the Embassy of Bulgaria, Rock Hall Auditorium at Temple University, McEachern Recital Hall and Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University, Bergen Performing Arts Center, Seoul Olympic Stadium, Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Recital Hall in Korea.

Ms. Kim is also an active chamber musician, having studied extensively with Shanghai String Quartet. In 2006, her quartet (Montclair String Quartet) won the First Prize of The Music and Earth International Competition in Bulgaria, followed by concert engagements in four cities in Bulgaria. Ms. Kim is currently a member of Montclair String Quartet, Alacorde Piano Trio, Montclair Piano Trio and Monticelli Trio and appears chamber music series and festivals in NY, NJ, CT and PA. An orchestra leader, Ms. Kim regularly engaged with The Little Opera Company of NJ, North Jersey Concert Opera, The Baroque Orchestra of North Jersey, Plainfield Symphony, New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra,  Westchester Chamber Symphony and Daegu City Orchestra in Korea.

Ms. Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, in to a family of musicians. Her first musical steps were guided by her parents, Won Kyung Kim and Eun Jae Hahn, both outstanding vocalists and Professors at Kei-Myung University.

Ms. Kim is a full scholarship recipient at Kei-Myung University, Temple University and Montclair State University. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Kei-Myung University in Dae-Gu, Korea and her Master of Music in Cello Performance from Temple University. She also finished Master of Arts, Professional Study, and Artist Diploma Program with Shanghai String Quartet at Montclair State University. She studied with Robert Betty, Jeffrey Solow, Chaim Zemach and Nicholas Tzavaras, a member of the Shanghai String Quartet. She is currently an adjunct professor at College of Saint Elizabeth and the faculty at Judith G. Wharton Music School and Montclair Kimberly Academy.

Vladimir Dyo

Since his debut with the Kazakh State Symphony Orchestra at age 12, Vladimir Dyo has toured and performed in prestigious venues of the former USSR, Europe, Asia, and the United States, including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Rachmaninoff Hall, Tchai-kovsky Hall, Column Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, KBS Hall, UNESCO, United Nations General Headquarters etc. as soloist and chamber musi-cian. His individual tone and personal approach to phrasing set him apart from his peers. Critics write: “His mystic contour merged with the instrument and hypnotized the audience….Subtlety and flawlessness of Rachmaninoff’s endlessly versatile music created such an emotional reaction with the audience that many had tears in their eyes…” (N. Zemlyakova, musicologist). “Dyo’s Sarasate was dazzling…” (Michael Church, BBC World Service). “Vladimir Dyo is a violinist who plays with incredible energy and electricity. His rendition of my LEX was spec-tacular. His is a major talent who has very bright future ahead!” (Michael Daugherty, Grammy winner composer).

He has received numerous awards from foundations, politicians, and national and international competitions including Grand Prize at the Michelangelo Abbado International Competition in Milan, Italy, 2nd prize at the International Yampolski Violin Competition in Moscow, Russia, Grand prizes at the National and International Competitions in Kazakhstan.

Vladimir was featured on BBC World Service program hosted by Michael Church; “Classical Collection” program hosted by Philipp Richard-son and Kevin Parks, and “This Morning” program hosted by Alex Jensen on eFM 101.3, Korea’s No.1 Foreign Language Station; “Civilized Discourse with Ross Amico” on WPRB, Princeton, NJ; and multiple times on Kazakhstan National Radio and Television.

In 2015, he was invited to perform as guest soloist with Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium) and at the Peace Concert at the United Nations General Headquarters in NY dedicated to the 70th Anniversary of UN and 65th Anniversary of Korean War, along with legendary coloratura soprano Sumi Jo under the baton of maestro Hong-Jae Kim.

As soloist and chamber musician, Vladimir Dyo performed at the international music festivals including the Graduates of Moscow Conserva-tory (Russia), Ost-West-Musikfest, Prague-Vienna-Budapest, and Mozarteum (Austria). The Cliburn Institute (USA), Seoul International Music Camp Festival, GwangJu International Classic Festival (Korea), the iPalpiti International Laureates Festival (Los Angeles, USA), and served as faculty member and assistant conductor at the 20th Summit Music Festival in New York. In 2017, Vladimir Dyo was featured soloist at the Namdo International Classical Music Festival in Gwangju, South Korea, where he performed with the Festival Orchestra comprised of musi-cians of world’s leading orchestras, including Vienna Philharmonic, Baltimore, Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra etc. In addi-tion, he has collaborated and performed works of living composers including Daugherty’s “Lex”, Tsontakis’ 2nd Violin Concerto, and primi-ered works by David Carpenter, Allen Krantz, Kareem Roustom, Paul Moravec and others.

Dr. Dyo has taught violin and chamber music at various institutions including Temple University, Kazakh National Academy of Music; and was invited to give master classes at Shanghai University, Chonnam University, Seoul Arts High School, Seoul International Music Camp Festival, Ilsan Youth Orchestra (South Korea), Veritas Youth Orchestra (USA). He enjoys teaching students across USA, Korea, and China in person and via current technological devices and online platforms. His discoveries of Bel Canto style and principles (tone production technique that emulates human voice in singing and in speech, and proper control of the muscles) help students find their own voices and means to express themselves through violin/viola and chamber music performance. Dr. Dyo’s students are winners of local and international competitions; they have performed at various venues internationally including prestigious Weil Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York. He has adjudicated the Youth Competition of Korean Musicians Association of Philadelphia (2010-2016) and the Eastern Division Students Competition of Music Teachers’ National Association (2011).

Since age 7, Vladimir Dyo had studied violin at the State’s Special Baiseitova Music School for gifted children in Alma-Ata, and Kazakh National Academy of Music (currently Kazakh National University of Arts) in Astana. His violin teachers include Svetlana Abdussadykova, Raissa and Aiman Mussahadjaeva, and Eduard Schmieder; chamber music: Vyacheslav Uzbekov, Nathaniel Rosen, and Helen Kwalwasser; conducting: Luis Biava. Vladimir Dyo holds degrees in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the Kazakh National Academy of Music, Artist Certificate and M.M. in Violin Performance from Southern Methodist University, and D.M.A. in Violin Performance from Temple University.

Vladimir Dyo also serves as concertmaster of the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey, and Artist-in-Residence at Temple University. In 2016, he co-founded Solo & Chamber Music Concert Series with his brother Yevgeniy, and serves as its artistic director.

Azer Damirov
Azer Damirov

Azer Damirov began his musical studies at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted in the Musical College of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Professor Maria Keselman from which he graduated in 2007 at the age of 20 with an equivalent of a Bachelor Degree Diploma. Azer participated in master classes and festivals in Dortmund in Germany, Britten-Pearce Orchestra in Great Britain, and Volga Regional Young Symphony festival. Recipient of the Ministry of Culture Russian Federation’s Stipend, Azer is a Laureate of numerous national competitions. In 2007 Azer received a Diploma at the 14th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Fermo, Italy, and a special iPalpiti prize for participation in the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles. In the fall 2010, Azer was accepted into Bachelor of Music Program at Boyer College at Temple University in the class of Professor Schmieder, where, subsequently he completed his Master’s degree in 2013, and currently pursues a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. He was a member of iPalpiti in its winter East Coast residency and concerts at the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall, its Northern California tour, and iPalpiti festivals in Los Angeles. As a Winner of the American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music 2012 he performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Yoni Levyatov
Yoni Levyatov

Yoni Levyatov, winner of the San Jose International Piano Competition, is recognized as a soloist and chamber artist with “an appealing electricity” (The New York Times). The Russian-born Israeli pianist and composer made his recital debut at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and his New York City concerto debut as the winner of the Dora Zaslavsky Koch Competition performing the Schumann Piano Concerto under the baton of Philippe Entremont. He has also been heard with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Bogota Philharmonic, Denver Brass, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas.

His compositional oeuvre includes works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, and orchestra, and has been performed throughout Europe, the United States, and Israel, with a recent orchestral premiere at Weill Hall in New York City. Beyond the classical realm, he has toured with the JP Joffre Hard Tango Band across the US and internationally. Highlights have included the Panama Canal, as well the Vermont Music Festival performing the Bacalov Triple Concerto for Piano, Bandoneon, Soprano, and Orchestra. Touring Alaska, he has been featured at the Sitka Music Festival and Juneau Jazz and Classics, presenting the first-ever concert in the Eskimo village of Chevak.

Mr. Levyatov was a recipient of the Dorothy McKenzie Artist Recognition Award, Harold Bauer Award, and was a Silver Medalist at the International Boesendorfer Piano Competition. He was awarded the Clairmont Prize in Tel Aviv and has been a scholar of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation since 1990. Recent appearances have included performances at Steinway Hall, Barge Music, United Nations and the Prestige Series at IKIF, Mannes School of Music, NYC; Music in the Mountains, Colorado; St.-Mary College of Maryland; Thornton School of Music at USC, San Francisco; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles; Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix; Xavier University, Cincinnati; Menora Hall in Manchester, England; Philharmonic Hall in St.Petersburg, Russia; Spiegelsaal in Rheinsberg, Germany; Auditorium de Cajacanarias in Tenerife, Spain; Jerusalem Music Center and the Tel Aviv Museum of Arts.

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May 19, 2018
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
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