Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 4pm
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco


Frédéric Chopin:
Polonaise F-sharp minor, Op. 44
Waltz, Op. 42

Op. 7, No. 2a in A minor
Op. 7, No. 1 in B-flat major
Op. 6, No. 2 in C-sharp minor
B. 31 in D major
Op. 6, No. 5 in C major

Mazurka Op. 68, No. 4 in F minor*
Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
*Reconstructed by Kevin Kenner, performed as a prelude to the Ballade

Ignacy Jan Paderewski:
Nocturne in B-flat major, Op. 16, No. 4
Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 21


Kevin Kenner, Pianist

Kenner has performed as soloist with world-class orchestras including the Hallé Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony of Japan, and in the US with the principal orchestras of San Francisco, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, New Jersey, Rochester, Baltimore, St. Paul and many others. He has been invited to work with renowned conductors, including Sir Charles Groves, Andrew Davis, Hans Vonk, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Kazimierz Kord, Jiri Belohlavek and Antoni Wit.

He has been invited to perform chamber music with illustrious string quartets such as the Belcea, Tokyo, Endellion, Vogler and Panocha to name but a few. He has toured and recorded with the Piazzoforte ensemble performing special arrangements of Astor Piazzolla, Chopin, and Bach. He is also creator and artistic director of the Ensemble XIX, performing the concert music of Chopin on 19th century instruments. He has been invited to adjudicate in some of the most celebrated international piano competitions in Asia, Europe and the US. And in 2010 he comes full circle, having been asked to serve as a juror on the next International Chopin Competition.

Kevin Kenner's recordings are distributed internationally and include many discs of Chopin works as well as recordings of Ravel, Schumann, Beethoven and Piazzolla, the latter having been awarded a "Fryderyk" in Poland as best CD of the year under the category Chamber Music. He has also established himself as a specialist in period instruments and his recent recording of Chopin solo piano works on an 1848 Pleyel for the National Chopin Institute of Poland received a 5 star "superb" rating by the French magazine Diapason.


Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 4pm
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Sonata No. 10 in C Major, K. 330

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Rondo in A Minor, K. 511

Frédéric Chopin:
Barcarolle, Op. 60
Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35


Eric Lu, Pianist

"Artistry of that kind is rare in pianists of any age; to find it in a 20-year old is simply astounding" – The Daily Telegraph, September 2018

Eric Lu won First Prize at The Leeds International Piano Competition in September 2018, performing Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto with The Hallé and Edward Gardner in the final. On his semi-final,┬áThe Independentpraised a reading Chopin's Second Sonata which "took one's breath away with its measured grandeur."

Highlights of the 2018/19 season include further concerts with The Hallé under Sir Mark Elder and Tomás Hanus; his debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under Vasily Petrenko; recitals in Paris, St Petersburg, Eindhoven and London; and a seven-date tour of South Korea. Future dates include recitals at Wigmore Hall, BOZAR Brussels, Philharmonie Luxembourg and Gewandhaus Leipzig.

November 2018 will see the release of Eric's first recording for Warner Classics, featuring his Beethoven and Chopin from The Leeds. Previous releases include an all-Chopin recital on the Fryderyk Chopin Institute's own label; and Mozart, Schubert and Brahms on Genuin Classics.

Born in Massachusetts in 1997, Eric has already worked with the Minnesota Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Warsaw Philharmonic and Qatar Philharmonics. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Taipei National Concert Hall, Tokyo Metropolitan Hall, Auditorio Nacional Madrid and Seoul Arts Center, among others.

Eric Lu first came to international attention as a prize winner at the 2015 Chopin International Competition in Warsaw aged just 17, and on winning the 2017 International German Piano Award and the US National Chopin Competition. He is currently studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where his teachers include Jonathan Biss and Robert McDonald, and is also a pupil of Dang Thai Son.


Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4pm
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco


Franz Schubert:
Sonata in A Major, D. 664

Franz Schubert/ Franz Liszt:
Two Songs:
1. Du bist die Ruh
2. Auf dem Wasser zu singen

Franz Liszt:
Années de pèlerinage, Première année: Suisse
1. Chapelle de Guillaume Tell
4. Au bord d'une source

Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke (The Dance in the Village Inn)

Frederic Chopin:
Nocturne, Op. 62 # 1 in B Major
Waltz, Op. 34 # 1 in A-flat Major

Ballade # 1, Op. 23 in G Minor
Ballade # 2, Op. 38 in F Major

Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22 in E-flat


Hailed as an "irresistibly fluid" and "illuminating" pianist by the New York Times and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Eric Zuber has established himself as one of the leaders of a new generation of American pianism.

Mr. Zuber rose to international acclaim in 2007 after winning the Gold Medal in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. More prizes followed shortly thereafter in Seoul and Sydney in 2008, Dublin in 2009, at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master and Cleveland International Piano Competitions in 2011, at Honens in 2012, and ending with another Gold Medal at the Bösendorfer International Piano Competition in 2013. For these and many other remarkable achievements, he was awarded the Arthur Rubinstein Prize by The Juilliard School, and has also been a two-time recipient of the Gina Bachauer Prize at Juilliard.

Mr. Zuber has made solo appearances at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Severance Hall and for the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City. After making his orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, he has gone on to perform with many of the major orchestras in the United States and abroad including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Minnesota Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic, the Phoenix Symphony, the Korean Symphony, the Sydney Symphony, and Ireland's RTE National Symphony Orchestra among many others. He has also collaborated with many internationally acclaimed artists including Lewis Kaplan, Amir Eldan, Charlie Neidich, Joseph Silverstein, Gerard Schwartz, Johannes Moser, and Amanda Roocroft among others.

In addition to a busy solo and collaborative career, Mr. Zuber is devoted to teaching the next generation of pianistic talent. In Spring of 2017 he will be the Visiting Professor of Piano Performance at Ball State University in Indiana. He has also served as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis' Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, Faculty Associate at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and has given masterclasses in the United States at Oklahoma University, Ohio University, Bard College, Shenandoah University and Lawrence University among others. Internationally, he has taught in China at the Bowdoin/Xian International Music Festival, and in Korea at Yeonsei University and for the Korean Steinway Society.

Eric holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University (B.M., A.D.), the Curtis Institute of Music (Diploma), and the Juilliard School (M.M). His major teachers have been Boris Slutsky, Leon Fleisher, Claude Frank, and Robert McDonald. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Peabody.


Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 4pm
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco


Frédéric Chopin:
Ballades No. 1-4
Nocturne Op. 55, No. 2

Franz Liszt:
Sonata in B minor


Ning An is that rare pianist – a musician who "combines flawless technique and mastery of the instrument with an expressive power that is fueled by profound and insightful understanding" (New York Concert Review). His top prizes from the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, Cleveland International, William Kapell, and the National Chopin Piano competitions led to performances on three continents at prestigious venues such as Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, Salle Verdi (Milan), and the Great Hall of the People (Beijing). He has been invited to perform at numerous festivals including the International Chopin Festival in Duszinski, Poland, the Gina Bachauer Piano Festival in Salt Lake City, New Hampshire's Monadnock Music Festival, the Bourglinster Festival in Luxembourg, and the Interlaken Music Festival in Switzerland. A passionate chamber musician as well as soloist, Mr. An has performed with such ensembles as the Ysaye, Daedalus, and Takács Quartets, and with such instrumentalists as James Buswell, Paul Neubauer, Andres Diaz and James Ehnes.


Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2pm
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco


Ballade #1 in G minor op. 23
Corey McVicar

Nocturne in C-sharp minor op. posth.
Mazurka in C-sharp minor op. 50#3
Jacqueline Divenyi

Scherzo #2 in B-flat minor op. 31
Robert Schwartz

Nocturne in F minor op. 55#1
Ballade #2 in F major op. 38
William Wellborn

First Intermission

Ballade #3 in A-flat major op. 47
Gwendolyn Mok

Polonaise-Fantasie op. 61
Nancy Lee Harper

Ballade #4 in F minor op. 52
Hanson Tam

Second Intermission

Berceuse op. 57
Barcarolle op. 60
Mack McCray

12 Preludes from op. 28
C major Agitato
A minor Lento
G major Vivace
E minor Largo
D major Molto allegro
B minor Lento assai
C-sharp minor Molto allegro
B major Vivace
B-flat major Cantabile
G minor Molto agitato
F major Moderato
D minor Allegro appassionata
Daniel Glover

Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise op. 22
Heidi Hau



Sunday, February 22, 2014 at 4pm
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Claire Huangci, pianist


Juliet as a Child
Montagues and Capulets
Romeo and Juliet at Parting

Andante spianato et grande polonaise brilliante
Preludes, Op. 28


“One always feels besides the brilliance of Claire Huangci’s performance, a sense of depth in her music-making.” (Radio Bremen)

Claire Huangci began her international career at the age of nine, celebrated as a prodigy and playing in a concert for President Bill Clinton at the age of ten. Since then, Claire has been awarded many grants, performed numerous concerts and won several prizes, long out-growing the image of a prodigy and coming into her artistic maturity. With her technical brilliance, deep musical expression, playful virtuosity and her keen sensibility, she captures her audiences all over the world.

Though she only realized in her late teenage years that the piano would be her calling, at 21 years old she won Second Prize at the 2011 International ARD Competition as its youngest participant.

A special companion to her musical development has been the music of Frédéric Chopin. She was skeptical first, especially towards his challenging etudes, but fell in love with his ballads and sonatas. Over the years, her special bond with Chopin has deepened even further, having won First Prize at the 2009 International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, Germany, as well as the First and Special Prize at the 2010 International Chopin Competition in Miami, USA. Thanks to these achievements, Claire Huangci is already regarded as one of the premiere Chopin interpreters of her generation.

Claire Huangci has acquired a diverse repertoire and has become one of the most sought-after pianists of her generation. She regularly proves her diversity and interpretational skills performing with well-known orchestras such as the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrucken, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Moscow Radio Symphony as well as the Istanbul State Symphony. The world premiere of Cord Meijering’s piano concerto ISIS with the Staatsorchester Darmstadt was a great success, and her concert with the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg is one of the highlights of the 2014/15 season. Claire Huangci has performed in international concert venues such as Carnegie Hall New York, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gasteig Munich, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Salle Cortot, Oji Hall Tokyo and Symphony Hall Osaka, also being guest artist at festivals such as Kissinger Sommer, Verbier Festival, Lodz Rubinstein Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Mozartfest Würzburg, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, MDR Musiksommer and the Schwetzinger Festspiele.



Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 4pm
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Lo-An Lin, pianist


Schubert: Sonata in E-flat Major, D. 568

Debussy: Preludes, Book I
La cathedrale engloutie

Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61
Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 353


The First Prize winner and the recipient of the Baroque Prize at the 11th San Antonio International Piano Competition in 2012, Lo-An Lin was born in Taipei, Taiwan. She has performed throughout the United States and other countries. She appeared in recitals in Seoul National Arts Center in Korea, National Recital Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Her performances have been broadcast on WQXR FM (New York), KPAC/KTXI Texas Public Radio, and ABC Classic FM (Australian Broadcasting Corporation National Radio).

Ms. Lin was invited as the guest artist to perform a solo recital at the Kawai Keyboard Series at Queensland Conservatorium, Australia in 2008 and at the Chopin Society Annual Birthday Concert in San Francisco in 2013. Ms. Lin has also appeared as concerto soloist with the Queensland Orchestra in Australia, the Glenn Gould School Orchestra in Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. She will be performing with the San Antonio Symphony in 2014. In 2007 Lo-An was featured in the American Music Teacher Magazine in which she wrote an article for the Music Teacher’s National Association’s collaborative conference with the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations and Royal College of Music. She was also interviewed by the MUZIK magazine in Taiwan for her solo recital appearance at the National Recital Hall in Taipei in 2007 and 2012.

Some of the highlights of her competition awards include: 1st prize at the collegiate division of MTNA Piano Competition in California, 3rd prize at the Corpus Christi International Piano Competition, 2nd prize at the Lennox Young Artists International Competition, 1st prize, and Audience prize, Concerto prize, and Best performance of an Australian work prize at the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, 1st prize at the National MTNA Senior division competition, and 2nd prize at the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Piano Competition.

She is currently enrolled in the Artist Diploma program at the Yale School of Music as the recipient of the George W. Miles Scholarship studying with Mr. Hung-Kuan Chen. She graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Master of Music degree studying with Ms. Nelita True, and received her Bachelor of Music degree studying with Mr. Yoshikazu Nagai at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as the recipient of the Janet Rose Piano Scholarship, where she was awarded the Young Artist Award and won their annual piano concerto competition.



Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 4pm
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Sejoon Park, pianist


Scarlatti: 3 Sonatas in A Major, A Major and D Major
Beethoven: Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 "Waldstein"
Schumann: Arabesque in C Major, Op. 18
Chopin: Etude in G-flat Major, Op. 10, No. 5
Etude in A Minor, Op. 25, No. 11
Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat Major, Op. 61
Liszt - Volodos: Hungarian Rhapsody in A Minor, Op. 13


Sejoon Park was born to cellist parents in Seoul Korea, in 1990. He began piano studies at the age of six. His early accomplishments include orchestral debut with Busan Philharmonic Orchestra in Korean at the age of ten. He moved to the United States in 2001 and studied at the Levine School of Music in Washington, DC until 2006. Currently, he studies with Professor Boris Slutsky at Peabody Conservatory of Music. He also has worked with Piotr Palezny, John Perry, Peter Takacs, Larrisa Dedova, Nelita True, Natalya Antonova, and Lang Lang in master classes.

Mr. Park has won top prizes at numerous piano competitions, including Oberlin Conservatory International Piano Competition, the Pianoarts National Competition, Eastman International Piano Competition, Southeastern Piano Concerto Competition, and Aspen Music Festival Piano Concerto Competition. Mr. Park is the recipient of the Jack Kent Cook Scholarship Foundation in 2006 and was broadcasted nationally for performing on From the Top, NPR.
An active performer, Mr. Park frequently performs on major stage venues in Washington Metropolitan area, including the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Alexandria Performing Art Center. He has also made solo appearance with orchestras such as; Eurasian Philharmonic, South Carolina Philharmonic, AACA Orchestra in Aspen Music Festival and School, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.



Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 4pm
Old First Church
1751 Sacramento Street at Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Josh Wright, pianist


Ballade in G minor, Op. 23
Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2
Etude, Op. 10 No. 5, Op. 25, No. 5 & No. 11
Scherzo in C-sharp minor, Op. 39
Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22
Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47

Ravel: Jeux D'eau

Liszt: La Campanella



Billboard #1 artist Joshua Wright has delighted audiences across the United States and in Europe . His self-titled album “Josh Wright” topped the Billboard Classical Traditional chart just three weeks after its release in April 2011. Josh currently attends the University of Utah , studying under Dr. Susan Duehlmeier, finishing his Master of Music degree. Josh is also a private student of world-renowned concert pianist, Sergei Babayan. Josh was the gold medalist at the 2010 Seattle International Piano Competition. He was also the first prize winner of the 2010 American Protége International Competition of Romantic Music ( New York , NY ), and the second prize winner of the 2011 Music Teachers National Association National Competition ( Milwaukee , WI ). He recently competed in the International Chopin Piano Competition Preliminaries ( Warsaw , Poland ), the Gina Bachauer International Artists Competition ( Salt Lake City , Utah ), and the National Chopin Competition ( Miami , Florida ). He has won top honors and competed in numerous other competitions including the New York Piano Competition, the Louisiana International Piano Competition, the Julia Crane International Piano Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, the Pinault International Recording Competition, the Music Teachers National Association National Competition, The Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition, the National Music Teachers Association Stillman Kelly competition, and the Eastman International Piano Competition. Josh has appeared nine times with symphony orchestras including: the Utah Symphony, the Salt Lake Symphony, the Summer Arts Orchestra, and the University of Utah Student Chamber Orchestra. Josh has participated in master classes with numerous concert pianists, including Menahem Pressler, Garrick Ohlsson, Sergei Babayan, Nelita True, and Ian Hobson. Josh was also the piano double on the TV show “Everwood.”




Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 4pm
Old First Church
Van Ness Avenue and Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Esther Keel, pianist


Chopin  Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Chopin  Nocturne in D-flat Major, Op. 27, No. 2

Chopin   Etude Op. 25, No. 6  "Thirds"

Op. 10, No. 12  "Revolutionary"

Chopin  Mazurkas, Op. 30, No. 1, 2, 3, 4

Liszt    Après une Lecture de Dante:  Fantasia quasi Sonata, S. 161, No. 7



The distinguished pianist Esther Keel has captured audiences around the world since making her debut with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 13.  Since then, she has concertized throughout Europe, Russia , the United States and Canada .  Ms Keel has appeared in Kennedy Center in Washington , D.C. , Lincoln Center 's Alice Tully Hall in New York , Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and abroad at the Kurhaus Bad Aussee in Austria , Teatro Guglielmi in Italy and the Polish Embassy in Moscow .  Among Esther Keel's numerous competition honors are top prizes in the Moscow International Chopin Competition, Washington International Piano Competition, Ostra International Piano Competition in Italy , Juilliard Concerto Competition, Korean International Music Foundation Competition and the Cleveland International Piano Competition.




Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 4pm
Old First Church
Van Ness Avenue and Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Tao Lin, pianist


Mozart Fantasy in C minor, K. 475

Chopin Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23

Schubert Fantasy in C Major, Op. 15, D. 760 "Wanderer"


Chopin Four Mazurkas, Op. 68

Chopin Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58


Born into a musical family in Shanghai, China, Tao Lin entered the Shanghai Conservatory at the age of eight. His rapid progress resulted
in numerous competition prizes, including the Alexander Tcherepnin Award.

Mr. Lin made his European début in 1995 with a concert tour of Norway. Enthusiastically received by critics and audiences, he was invited back
for another tour in 1997. He has been soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Miami Chamber Orchestra and Knoxville Civic Orchestra, among others.

He moved to Florida in 1990 to pursue undergraduate studies under Roberta Rust at the Harid Conservatory (where he received the Award for
Outstanding Performance) and graduate studies under Ivan Davis at the University of Miami. As winner of each school's concerto competition,
he performed Mozart's Concerto No. 24 and Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and was a prize winner in the competitions of the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Music Teachers National Association and Florida Symphonic Pops and in the Eighth Annual Palm
Beach International Invitational Piano Competition. Mr. Lin has also studied with Leon Fleisher, Joseph Kalichstein, Stephen Hough, John
Perry, Rita Sloan and David Northington.

A devoted chamber musician, Mr. Lin has appeared with the Miami, Bergonzi, Alcon, and Rosalyra String Quartets as well as with
distinguished musicians such as Eugenia Zukerman, Ida Haendel, Charles Castleman, Roberta Peters, and Philip Quint. He has performed in the
Aspen, Round Top, Sanibel and Highlands Music Festivals, and four times in the Mainly Mozart Festival in Miami, where he now makes his home. He spends the summer months at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine.

Mr. Lin was awarded top prizes in the competitions of the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Music Teacher’s National Association,
Palm Beach International Invitational amongst others. He was also a finalist in the 1st International Piano-e-Competition and the 1st Osaka
International Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Shanghai Trio.



Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 2pm
Old First Church
Van Ness Avenue and Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)

Variations on a national theme by Moore, for piano 4 hands
Hilda Huang, Hugo Kitano

Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat major, Op. 29
Etude in E major, Op. 10, No. 3
Etude in C-sharp minor, Op. 10, No. 4
Robert Schwartz

Etude in A-flat major, Op. 25, No. 1 ‘Aeolian Harp’
Etude in E-flat minor, Op. 10, No. 6 (arr. by Godowsky for the left hand)
Etude in G-flat major, Op. 10, No. 5 ‘Black Key’
Daniel Glover

Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2
Polonaise in E-flat minor, Op. 26, No. 2
William Wellborn

Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op. 39
Robyn Carmichael

From Op. 74
°yczenie (The Maiden’s Wish)
PierÊcieƒ (The Ring)
Moja pieszczotka (My Darling)
Melodia (Melody)
Wojak (The Warrior)
Donna Bruno, mezzo soprano; Mack McCray, piano

Prelude in D-flat major, Op. 28, No. 15 ‘Raindrop’
Fantasy-Impromptu, Op. 66
John Boyajy

Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31
Sujeeva Hapugalle

Fantasy in F minor, Op. 49
Jaejin Lee

Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 1
Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1
Jean Alexis Smith

Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52
Thomas Schultz

Barcarolle, Op. 60
Mack McCray


Sunday, February 25, 2007 at 4pm
Old First Church
Van Ness Avenue and Sacramento Street, San Francisco

Soyeon Lee, pianist

Bach Prelude and Fugue in C sharp Major from WTC Book II

Chopin Barcarolle, Op.60

Mozart Sonata K.330

Chopin Waltz in F Major Op.34 No.3
Waltz in A Minor, Op.34 No.2
Waltz in A Flat Major, Op.42


Chopin Two Noctournes Op.55

Scriabin Fantasy in B minor, Op.28

Chopin Ballade in F minor, Op.52


Lauded by The Washington Post for her "stunning command of the keyboard," pianist Soyeon Lee is a winner of the 2004 Concert Artists Guild International Competition. Her rapturous playing has brought numerous other successes including top prizes at the Cleveland International Piano Competition and the Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition. At 26, having already worked with conductors such as Jahja Ling, Otto-Werner Mueller and Rafael Frabeck de Burgos and orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra and London Symphony, Ms. Lee continues to bring her unique power and sensitivity to audiences around the world.

Recently described by The New York Times as a pianist with "a huge, richly varied sound, a lively imagination and a firm sense of style," highlights of Ms. Lee's 2007-08 season include her recital debut at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on the CAG series and the opening recital of Merkin Concert Hall's Tuesday matinee series, as well as performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Scottsdale Symphony and with the Napa Valley Symphony.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Lee collaborates with the Parker String Quartet in fall 2007, with concerts for the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, CA, and Music in the Park in St. Paul, MN. Last season she participated in a residency at the Laguna Beach Chamber Music Festival, featuring concerts with bassist Edgar Meyer and a critically acclaimed Mozart concerto for piano and strings. She has also performed at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival and the Taos Chamber Music Festival. Among Ms. Lee's most recent collaborative projects are joint performances in Seoul with her pop-star sister, Soeun Lee.

Soyeon Lee's past concert appearances include her Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall as the recipient of The Juilliard School's prestigious William Petschek Piano Debut Award, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on the CAG/Winners Series, the Kennedy Center, Ravinia's Bennett Gordon Hall, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Auditorio de Musica de Nacional in Madrid and Baek-Am Art Hall in Seoul. As a concerto soloist, she has been heard with the San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional (Dominican Republic), Shreveport Symphony, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony.

Ms. Lee was featured on the January 2006 cover of SYMPHONY Magazine's annual Emerging Artists issue and her debut CD for Naxos, featuring sonatas of Scarlatti, was released in February 2007. Ms. Lee has been heard live on WQXR New York's McGraw-Hill Young Artists Showcase and WNYC's Soundbytes with John Schaefer, as well as recorded performances on NPR and WGMS in Washington DC and WCLV in Cleveland. A classical music documentary featuring Ms. Lee, called "Classic Club," has been aired nationally in Japan on NHK.

Soyeon Lee began studying piano at age five in Korea. She moved to the US at age nine and attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating with highest honors in music. Her early teachers included Victoria Mushkatkol and Marina di Pretoro. Ms. Lee earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald. While at Juilliard she earned the distinguished Artist Diploma, won the Rachmaninoff Concerto Competition, two consecutive Gina Bachauer Scholarship Competitions and was awarded the Helen Fay Prize, Arthur Rubinstein Prize and the Susan Rose Career Grant.





Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 3pm

Old First Church
Van Ness Avenue and Sacramento Street




Frederic Chopin (1810 - 1849)

Fourteen waltzes:

E-flat major, Op. 18
A-flat major, Op. 64, No. 3
A-flat Major, Op. 69, No. 1
D-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1
F minor, Op. 70, No. 2
A-flat Major, Op. 42
D-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 3
A-flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1
C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2
G-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 1
B minor, Op. 69, No. 2
E Major (Opus posthumous)
A minor, Op. 34, No. 2
E minor (Opus posthumous)

Variations Brillantes


Sonata in B minor, Op. 58, No. 3
Allegro maestoso
Scherzo: Molto vivace
Finale: Presto, non tanto

Balazs Szokolay, Pianist

Hungarian pianist Balazs (Ba-lahge) Szokolay (So-ko-la-i) was born in Budapest in 1961, began his formal piano studies at the age of five, and later enrolled in the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, where his teachers included Zoltan Kocsis and composers Pal Kadosa and Gyorgy Kurtag.

Following his graduation in 1983, Szokolay was awarded scholarships for two additional years of studies in Munich and Moscow. He went on to win prizes at international competitions, including Leeds, Brussels, Montreal, Munich, Glasgow, Zwikau, and Budapest. Since 1987, he has been professor of piano at the Liszt Academy (now University).

Szokolay has given recitals, appeared with orchestras, and conducted master classes in more than thirty countries on four continents. His repertoire covers a wide range of styles and eras. Also, he frequently judges competitions, most recently in Holland, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, and Dubai. In 1997-98, he was guest professor at Yeungnam University in South Korea.

He has made radio and television recordings for, among others, BBC, London; RIAS, Berlin; TROS, Holland; RAI, Turin; CBS, Canada; and Hungarian Radio and Television. He has also recorded for Hungaraton and Naxos. One of his Grieg CDs was named "Record of the Year" in London. In 2001, Szokolay was awarded the Liszt Prize by the Hungarian Government.

In Spring, 2006, Balazs Szokolay will be a guest professor at Montclair University in New Jersey.