11-18 Mainly Mozart

La Jolla, California is more than just surfing, sailing, and tidepooling. It’s also the home of La Jolla Neurosciences Institute, the foremost research facility for studying how music affects the brain. And the acoustically superb Neurosciences Auditorium is just one of the venues where you can hear La Jolla’s Mainly Mozart, one of the largest and most prestigious Mozart festivals in North America.

For more information about Mainly Mozart visit http://www.mainlymozart.org/.

Music

Mozart: Minuet from Divertimento No. 17 for 2 Horns and Strings in D Major, K. 334, (arr. Heifetz) (Andres Cardenes, violin; Anton Nel, piano)
Haydn: Quartet for Strings in D Minor, Op. 76, No. 2 (Martin Chalifour, violin; Jun-Ching Lin, violin; James Dunham, viola; Desmond Hoebig, cello)
Sir Arnold Bax: Elegiac Trio for Flute, Viola and Harp
(Carol Wincenc, flute; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Nancy Allen, harp)
Beethoven: Sonata for Piano No. 14 in C sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 “Moonlight” (John Lill)
Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B flat Major, op. 34, J. 182 (David Shifrin, clarinet; Daedelus Quartet)
Szymanowski: Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28 (Szymanowski Quartet)
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 20 in C. K. 303: Adagio, molto allegro (Frank Huang, violin; Reiko Uchida, piano)

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Artists

David Atherton, Artistic Director - David Atherton is one of the world’s most versatile and experienced symphonic and operatic conductors. He has been especially acclaimed for his pioneering championship and detailed preparation of major new contemporary works and for his dramatic grasp and musical control of the great operatic masterpieces. Maestro Atherton has been conducting for over 30 years, namely in the U.S., Asia and Europe, including his native England. Equally in demand on the concert platform and in the opera house, David Atherton has frequently conducted the world’s finest orchestras, including the BBC Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw, and the symphonies of Detroit, Pittsburgh, Montreal, Dallas, and San Francisco. More

Andres Cardenes, Violin - Recognized worldwide as a musical phenomenon, Grammy-nominated Andrés Cárdenes parlays his myriad talents into one of classical music’s most versatile careers. A ferocious, passionate musician and personally charismatic artist, Cuban-born Cárdenes has garnered international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his compelling solo violin, conducting, viola, chamber music, concertmaster and recorded performances.  More

Martin Chalifour, Violin - In 1995, Martin Chalifour began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, an orchestra hailed as “second to none” by the London Financial Times. He served previously as Associate Concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra from 1990 to 1995, and Associate Concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra from 1984 to 1990. Chalifour has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival orchestra and as soloist and chamber music collaborator since the Festival began in 1989. More

Jun-Ching Lin, Violin - Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Mr. Lin grew up in Boston. As a high-school senior, he was one of the first Presidential Scholars in the Arts. He earned degrees at the Curtis and Cleveland Institutes of Music, studying with Ivan Galamian, Jascha Brodsky, and David Cerone. He was a semi-finalist in both the Montreal Competition and the Naumburg Violin Competition. He is currently the Assistant Concertmaster at the Atlanta Symphony, and an affiliate artist faculty member at Emory University in violin and chamber music.  More

Daedelus Quartet

Ku-Young Kim, Violin
Min-Young Kim, Violin
Jessica Thompson, Viola
Raman Ramakrishnan, Cello

Praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets,” the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. In the ten years of its existence the Daedalus Quartet has received plaudits from critics and listeners alike for the security, technical finish, interpretive unity, and sheer gusto of its performances. The Daedalus Quartet has won plaudits for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music, most notably the compositions of Elliott Carter, George Perle, György Kurtág and György Ligeti. The Daedalus Quartet’s debut recording, music of Stravinsky, Sibelius, and Ravel, was released by Bridge Records in 2006. More

James Dunham, Viola – James Dunham is an internationally known soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Formerly violist of the Grammy Award winning Cleveland Quartet, Mr. Dunham has worked with many renowned artists and composers. Currently Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, he directs their Advanced Quartet Studies Program. Mr. Dunham formerly taught at the New England Conservatory where he also Chaired the String Department. Mr. Dunham studied liberal arts at Carleton College before receiving his Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degrees from California Institute of the Arts. More

Desmond Hoebig, Cello - Desmond Hoebig was appointed principal cello of The Cleveland Orchestra in 2003. Prior to that he was both principal cellist of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and associate professor at the Shepherd School of Music. First-prize winner of the Munich International Competition, CBC Talent Competition, Canadian Music Competition and an award-winner in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Competition, he studied in Vancouver, at the Curtis Institute of Music, and at The Juilliard School. Mr. Hoebig has also been a member of the Orford Quartet, associate professor at the University of Toronto, principal cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and associate principal cellist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed to the Cleveland Institute 0f Music faculty in 2003. More

Frank Huang, Violin – Frank Huang has been concertmaster of the Houston Symphony since September, 2010. First Prize Winner of the 2003 Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s Violin Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, Huang has established a major career as a violin virtuoso. At age 11, he performed with the Houston Symphony in a nationally broadcast concert and has since performed with orchestras throughout the world. He has performed on NPR’s Performance Today, Good Morning America and CNN’s American Morning with Paula Zahn. Huang is part of a trio with Thomas Kaines and Reiko Uchida, and studied at The Juilliard School, the Cleveland Institute of Music and in Houston.  More

John Lill, Piano – John Lill’s concert career spans over fifty years. He gave his first piano recital at the age of nine. At eighteen he performed Rachmaninov’s 3rd Piano Concerto under Sir Adrian Boult, followed by his much-acclaimed London debut playing Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ Piano Concerto at the Royal Festival Hall. His success was reflected in many prestigious international prizes and awards, and in 1970 he won the most coveted of these, the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition. John Lill has been awarded eight Honorary Doctorates from British universities as well as several Fellowships from the leading musical colleges and academies. He lives in London and was awarded the OBE in 1977 and the CBE for his services to music in the 2005 New Year’s Honours List. More

Anton Nel, Piano – Anton Nel, winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall enjoys a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa. Following an auspicious debut at the age of twelve with Beethoven’s C Major Concerto after only two years of study, the Johannesburg native captured first prizes in all the major South African competitions while still in his teens, toured his native country extensively and became a well-known radio and television personality. His recordings include four solo CDs (including a disc for EMI), several chamber music recordings (including the complete Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for cello and piano and the Brahms Sonatas with Bion Tsang) as well as works for piano and orchestra by Faure, Franck, and Saint-Saens. More

Cynthia Phelps, Viola - Cynthia Phelps is the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Viola. Her honors include the Pro Musicis International Award and first prize in the Lionel Tertis International Viola and Washington International String competitions. Ms. Phelps performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Boston Chamber Music Society, and Bargemusic. She has toured internationally with the Zukerman and Friends Ensemble, and has appeared with The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and the Guarneri, American, Brentano, and Prague string quartets. Her most recent album, for flute, viola, and harp, on Telarc, was nominated for a Grammy Award.She has released a solo CD on Cala Records. Ms. Phelps has performed on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center, NPR, Radio France, and RAI in Italy. More

David Shifrin, Clarinet - One of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award’s inception in 1974, Mr. Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator. Mr. Shifrin has appeared with the Philadelphia and Minnesota Orchestras, among many others in the US, and internationally with orchestras in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. In addition, he has served as principal clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra (under Stokowski), the Honolulu and Dallas symphonies, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony. An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1989, David Shifrin served as its artistic director from 1992 to 2004. More

The Szymanowski Quartet

Andrej Bielow, Violin
Grzegorz Kotow, Violin
Vladimir Mykitka, Viola
Marcin Sieniawski, Cello

Founded in Warsaw in 1995, the Szymanowski Quartet has developed into one of the most exceptional international string quartets of its generation. Their sophisticated programs present a perfect balance between intellect and passion, characteristics with which the Szymanowski Quartet captivates its audiences at prestigious festivals and concert halls in Europe, the United States, Asia, Australia and South America. In spring 2009 the Quartet launched the record label Cavi-music, which focuses on their namesake, composer Karol Szymanowski, in the context of three music capitals: Paris, Vienna and Moscow. More

Reiko Uchida, Piano - Pianist Reiko Uchida is recognized as one of the finest young musicians on the scene today. Ms. Uchida has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Curtis Institute, and the Santa Fe Symphony, among others. As a chamber musician, Ms. Uchida was one of the first pianists selected for Chamber Music Society Two, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s program for outstanding emerging artists. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute of Music and a Master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music. She is currently an associate faculty member at Columbia University. More

Carol Wincenc, Flute – Carol Wincenc is one of the most respected and acclaimed flutists performing today. She appears with orchestras worldwide and has premiered works written for her by numerous prominent composers. In the 2009-2010 season, she celebrated her 40th anniversary as a performer with the Carol Wincenc Ruby Anniversary Series, a three-concert series in New York taking place at Merkin Concert Hall, The Morgan Library & Museum, and The Juilliard School featuring the premieres of six newly-commissioned works by Joan Tower, Jake Heggie, Thea Musgrave, Shih-Hui Chen, Andrea Clearfield, and Jonathan Berger. Ms. Wincenc is a professor of flute at both the Juilliard School of Music and Stony Brook University. More