10 Nov 2023, Fri, 8pm
11 Nov 2023, Sat, 8pm
(Intermission: 1 x 15mins)
Esplanade Recital Studio
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Friday 10 November, 8pm
Schumann – Ghost Variations 1854
Schumann – Piano Quartet 1842
Brahms – Piano Quintet in f minor 1864
Saturday 11 November, 8pm
Brahms – Intermezzi for solo piano Op. 76 No. 3, 4, 6 and 7 1878
Brahms – Clarinet Trio 1891
Dvorak – Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major 1887
Brahms190 is a celebration of the 190th birth anniversary of German composer Johannes Brahms ~ studying the trajectory of his prolific creative life spanning slightly more than six decades – from the moment of the discovery of his talent by the Schumanns to his late years after his retirement when he picked up his pen again for the clarinetist of the Meiningen orchestra – through the selection of one work from every decade by Brahms himself and those closest to him.
Join our powerhouse line-up of international and local musicians on a survey of arguably one of the most important six decades in the history of classical western chamber music!
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Violinist Tang Tee Khoon and friends transcend the ordinary – Straits Times (Tang Tee Khoon Grand Series)
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Florent Héau, clarinetist
Florent Héau has established himself as one of the most important figures of the French clarinet school; a brilliant tradition he perpetuates worldwide through concerts and master-classes. Florent has appeared as a soloist with European Camerata, Orchestre de Picardie, Orchestre de la Basse-Normandie, Orchestre de Nancy, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra and Prague Chamber Orchestra, amongst others.
Over the years, Florent has enjoyed continuous success with his recordings of various programs, including Sonatas by Brahms and Reger with Patrick Zygmanowski, the Trios of Beethoven with Jérôme Ducros and Henri Demarquette, pieces for clarinet and strings by Nicolas Bacri, the chamber works of Mozart with Manfred Quartet, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Prague Chamber Orchestra and the music of Argentinean composers Piazzolla and Guastavino with pianist Marcela Roggeri.
Florent serves as clarinet professor at the Paris CRR and Lausanne HEMU, and guest professor at the Osaka College of Music in Japan and Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China.
Eckart Runge, cellist
Eckart Runge has established himself as one of the most versatile cellists of his generation. After marking the characteristic profile of the internationally-acclaimed Artemis Quartet for three decades, Eckart left the quartet in 2019 for new artistic challenges - with prestigious concert series such as BASF Ludwigshafen (2022), ‘Die Glocke’ Bremen (2022-24) and Konzerthaus Berlin (from 2024) appointing him as Artist-in-Residence.
His first solo-album with the radio orchestra Berlin (RSB) released in 2020 featured the world premiere recording of Nikolai Kapustin’s jazzy cello concerto Op. 85 as well as the passionate 1st concerto by Alfred Schnittke and was awarded the prestigious ‘Prize of German Music Critics’.
For the past 25 years, his Duo Runge & Ammon has performed in festivals, series and clubs across Europe, the U.S.A., South America and Asia. In 2021, the Duo released a new album ‘Revolutionary Icons’ (Berlin Classics) exploring Beethoven in the reflection of revolutionary rock-pop-jazz icons like Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Miles Davis.
Alasdair Beatson, pianist
Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson is renowned as a sincere musician and intrepid programmer. He champions a wide repertoire with particular areas of interest: classical, early romantic and French music (especially Fauré), alongside the music of today’s composers. A prolific chamber musician, Alasdair’s colleagues include Steven Isserlis, Pekka Kuusisto, Viktoria Mullova, Pieter Wispelwey, the Doric, Gringolts and Meta4 string quartets, and the Nash Ensemble.
Recent recordings include works of Beethoven and Schubert for violin and fortepiano with Viktoria Mullova, and a solo piano recital Aus Wien on Pentatone. These join a discography of solo and chamber recordings on BIS, Champs Hill, Claves, Evil Penguin, Pentatone and SOMM labels. Performances during 2022/23 include regular appearances at Wigmore Hall, and at festivals including Cheltenham, Ernen, Festivalta, Lewes, O/Modernt, Resonances, Spitalfields and Yellowbarn. Alasdair is artistic director of the chamber music festival at Musikdorf Ernen in Switzerland.
Julianne Lee, violist
Julianne Lee has a distinctive career as both a violinist and violist, appearing frequently as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral player.
A member of the violin section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 2006, she currently holds the position of assistant principal second violinist with the BSO and principal second violin of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Julianne Lee has also toured internationally with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, where she held the title of guest principal violist and as of September 2023, Julianne is violist of the Grammy-nominated Dover Quartet.
Throughout her career she has performed as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, the U.S.A. and South Korea and as a chamber musician at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro Music Festival, Chamber Music at the Banff Centre and Aspen Music Festival. Beginning in 2023-24, Julianne joins the faculty at Curtis as a member of the Dover Quartet, the institute’s ensemble-in-residence.
Tang Tee Khoon, violinist
Described as ‘a chamber musician of the highest order’, and a ‘national treasure’, her playing as ‘truly transcendent’, Tang Tee Khoon was named one of the 40 under 40 faces to watch by Prestige Singapore and The Peak Power List 2021 Next Gen Women. She was the second-ever violinist to be awarded the loan of a J.B. Guadagnini violin c. 1750 by the National Arts Council in Singapore from 2009-2017.
Tee Khoon performs internationally as a recitalist and a chamber musician and has collaborated with musicians such as Midori, Hsin-Yun Huang, Ian Swenson, and members of the Emerson, Takács and Borromeo String Quartets. Her festival appearances include Seiji Ozawa’s International Music Academy in Switzerland and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove U.K..
Founder of Chamber Music and Arts Singapore and currently serving as its artistic director, Tee Khoon mentored with Donald Weilerstein in Boston and David Takeno in London U.K. She plays on a Stefan-Peter Greiner violin c.2006.
Tang Tee Khoon, violinist
A musical chameleon, Yang Shuxiang leads the conductorless re:Sound Chamber Orchestra while maintaining solo and chamber music activities across Asia and beyond, appearing at festivals and concert series such as the Perlman Music Program, Boston Music Institute, Macao Arts Festival and Music for Food Taiwan.
Shuxiang recently co-founded a novel string quartet concept with collaborators David Loke and Martin Peh: the Bards of Neverland - to tell impossible stories from impossible times and places through genre-bending programming, visuals, and settings - integrating into large-scale post-classical/quasi-pop productions e.g. Wondrous Fall (VR production), Northern Lights, Alex Blake Charlie and Tapestry.
Shuxiang was a recipient of the Loke Cheng-Kim Foundation Scholarship and a prizewinner at the Hong Kong, Cremona, and Atlantic Symphony international competitions. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory, where he served as teaching assistant to Donald Weilerstein. He is also a graduate of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory and Northwestern University.
10 Nov 2023, Fri
11 Nov 2023, Sat
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