Music in May, 2010 Season featuring Michael Tree and Ron Leonard

Friday, May 14, 2010

900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California
8:00pm Concert
Niccolo Pasquali, Sonata in A minor
Michael Tree & Amy Yang
Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in D major, Op. 20, No. 4
Liang-Ping How, Rebecca Jackson, Michael Tree & Ronald Leonard
Franz Schubert, String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, op. posth. 163
Liang-Ping How, Rebecca Jackson, Michael Tree, Ronald Leonard & Eric Sung

Saturday, May 15, 2010

900 High Street, Santa Cruz, California
8:00pm Concert
J.S. Bach, Capriccio on the Departure of his Beloved Brother, BWV 992
Amy Yang
Paul Tortelier, Sonata Breve
Ronald Leonard & Amy Yang
Giacomo Puccini, Crisantemi
Rebecca Jackson, Liang-Ping How, Michael Tree & Ronald Leonard
Antonín Dvořák, Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81
Amy Yang, Liang-Ping How, Rebecca Jackson, Michael Tree & Ronald Leonard

2011 Musicians

Rebecca Jackson

Hailed as “riveting” by The San Francisco Examiner, founder and artistic director of Music in May, Korean-American Rebecca Jackson (violin), is a native of California. Ms. Jackson received her B.M. from The Juilliard School and received a graduate degree from UC Santa Cruz where she studied with Roy Malan. She is a member of the Cabrillo Festival and Sarasota Opera Orchestra and regularly performs with the San Francisco Opera. Always looking for a good cause, Ms. Jackson has performed in numerous benefit concerts that have raised a total exceeding $100,000. She was part of the broadway musical South Pacific during its run at the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco. Ms. Jackson’s acting and original composition was featured April 2010 at Exit Theater (San Francisco) in the production, “The Wind and Rain.” In addition to being an age group triathlete, she served as Miss Santa Cruz County 2005.

Amy Yang

Hailed by Harris Goldsmith of The New York Concert Review as “a magnificent artist and poet: everything she touches turns to gold–a Midas touch for tone and music”, twenty-six-year-old pianist Amy Jiaqi Yang is already a seasoned performer and collaborator. A rising star who, “artistically, has fully arrived” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Yang’s performances “elevate joy to the edge of rapture” and “convey the exuberance and enthusiasm of youth” (Star-Telegram).

Most recently, she performed at Marlboro, Caramoor and OKMozart Festivals, Steinway Hall, Perelman Theatre, Marlboro College, on the Dame Myra Hess Series, and in the Van Cliburn Competition. Upcoming performances include a chamber recital at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall with violinist Hye-Jin Kim, recitals in New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Marlboro, San Francisco, and Spain. In the summer, she’ll appear at the festivals of Music In May, OK Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest, and Olympic Music Festival.

Three recordings also expect imminent release: a CD with violinist Chen Xi (Chinese National Record Label) and a live CD and DVD (Itinerant Records) from a tour of Spain with clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester. Ms. Yang is currently planning her solo debut CD featuring works composed by and influenced by Robert Schumann as well as initiating The Schumann Project, a special series of concerts to present Schumann’s complete solo piano and chamber works. Commanding an immense repertory, in the recent season she performed works ranging from Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, to Beethoven’s Sonata in Bb, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”, and to Ezra Laderman’s Third Piano Sonata.

An experienced performer, Ms. Yang has concertized at Weill Hall a Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Gardner Museum, The White House, Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, Perelman Theatre, Jones Hall, Bennett-Gordon Hall, The Beinecke Library, Columbia, Miami, and Rockefeller Universities, The New School, Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall (Istanbul), and at The Ravinia Festival and Lubus International Festival of Poland

An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with extraordinary artists as Richard Goode, David Soyer, Peter Wiley, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Ida Levin, Philip Setzer, Judith Serkin, Fred Sherry, Tara Helen O’Conor, Paul Neubauer, Anne-Marie and Kerry McDermott, Marina Piccinini, Cynthia Raim, Joseph Lin, and Kim Kashkashian. In 2007, she toured with Musicians from Ravinia.

Ms. Yang has garnered exclusively first prizes at the International Corpus Christi Young Artists’ Competition, the National Chopin Piano Competition of the Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Lennox National Young Artists Competition. She has been a soloist with the Houston Symphony, Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, and Richardson Symphony. Festival credits include Prussia Cove, Music Academy of the West, Verbier Academy, Music from Angel Fire, Ravinia Festival, Canandaigua Lake Festival, OK Mozart, and Marlboro Music Festival.

Ms. Yang is graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, and The Yale School of Music, where she received the Parisot Prize for an Outstanding Piano Student as well as the Alumni Association Prize. Her principal teachers are Timothy Hester, Claude Frank, Robert McDonald, and Peter Frankl. She loves drawing and painting and often contributes artwork to benefit concert series. She also loves literature, poetry, art history, psychology, and the classical guitar.

Michael Tree

Guest Artist

Michael Tree was born in Newark, New Jersey and received his first violin instruction from his father. Later, as a scholarship student at the Curtis institute of Music in Philadelphia, Mr. Tree studied with Efrem Zimbalist, Lea Luboshutz and Veda Reynolds. In 1954, the New York Herald Tribune wrote, “A 20- year-old American violinist, Michael Tree, stepped out upon Carnegie Hall stage last night and made probably the most brilliant young debut in the recent past… the violinist evidenced not one lapse from the highest possible musical and technical standards”. Subsequent to his debut, Mr. Tree has appeared as a violin and viola soloist with the Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Baltimore, New Jersey and other major orchestras. He has also participated in leading festivals, including Marlboro, Casals, Spoleto, Israel, Aspen, Santa Fe and Taos. As a founding member of the Guarneri String Quartet, Mr. Tree has played in major cities throughout the world. In 1982, Mayor Koch presented the Quartet with the New York City Seal of Recognition, an honor awarded for the first time. One of the most widely recorded musicians in America, Mr. Tree has recorded over 80 chamber music works, including piano quartets and quintets with Artur Rubinstein. Other artists with whom he has recorded include Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Jamie Laredo, Yo- Yo Ma, Sharon Robinson, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern and Pinchas Zukerman. Mr. Tree is co-founder of the Schumann Trio, featuring works for clarinet, viola or violin, and piano. His colleagues include Anthony McGill and Anna Polonsky. Mr. Tree is on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Bard College and the University of Maryland at College Park.

Liang-Ping How

Liang-Ping How (violin and viola) began studying violin at the age of four and continued his studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy and with Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute of Music. How made his solo debut with the National Youth Orchestra of Taiwan at the age of seven and his Carnegie Hall debut in 1974 with the New York String Orchestra under Alexander Schneider. He has been a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra since 1980, appearing both as member and soloist and often leading the group as concertmas- ter. He has toured extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia with Orpheus, among other ensembles, and has recorded on numerous occasions with Orpheus for the Deutsche Grammophon label.

How is an active soloist and chamber musician. He performed as soloist with Orpheus playing the Bruch and the Morzart G major violin concertos with the New Mexico Symphony. How’s chamber music activities have included performances at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival, Spoleto, Caramoor Music Festival, the Lockenhaus Festival, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also appeared with the New York Philomusica at the International Music Festival of Sofia and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. How currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. He plays an 1863 J.B. Vuillaume.

Ronald Leonard

Ronald Leonard has long been acknowledged as one of America’s most highly acclaimed cellists, chamber musicians and teacher.s While a student at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Leonard Rose and Orlando Cole, Mr. Leonard won the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg award. Upon graduation he was invited by George Szell to join the Cleveland Orchestra, a position he held for two years. He was then appointed principal cellist of the Rochester Philharmonic and also joined the faculty of the Eastman School of Music. Before joining the Los Angeles Philhar- monic as principal cellist in 1975, he was a member of the Vermeer Quartet. During his years as principal cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he was presented as soloist with the orchestra many times, performing, to name a few, concertos by Haydn, Dvorak, Elgar, Barber, Shostokov- itch, Brahms, Beethoven, Strauss, Tschai- kovsky and Prokofiev, with world famous conductors Zubin Mehta, Carl Maria Giulini, Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas and Esa-Peka Salonen.

Chamber Music has also been a major part of his musical career. While at Eastman he was a member of the Eastman Quartet, spent summers at both Aspen, where he regularly performed with Itzahk Perlman, Pinkus Zuckerman, Claude Frank, and Marlboro, where he collaborated with Rudolph Serkin, Alexander Schneider, Felix Galimir, Jaimie Laredo, Arnold Steinhardt, Richard Goode, Lilian Kalir,Ruth Laredo, Murray Perahia, Walter Ponce, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Pina Carmirelli, Isidore Cohen, Sylvia Rosenberg, Michael Tree, Sandor Vegh, James Dunham, Bruno Giuranna, John Graham, Raphael Hillyer, Jorge Mester, Philip Naegele, Timothy Eddy, Madeline Foley, Yo-Yo Ma, Siegfreid Palm, Miklos Perenyi, and many others. He has been involved in the chamber music programs at many festivals, including Aspen, Marlboro, Musicorda, Music Fest, the Australian Music Festival, Reno Chamber Music Festival and the Sarasota Music Festival. He has also been guest artist with the Guarneri, American, Mendelssohn, Boromeo, and Juilliard Quartets.

Mr. Leonard was an active member in the Hollywood studio scene and can be heard on the sound tracks as soloist in such movies as Witches of Eastwick, Sophie’s Choice and Snow Falling on Cedars. Regarded as one of the world’s leading pedagogues, Mr. Leonard has held important posts at the Eastman School of Music, the Aspen Music Festival, the Meadowmount School of Music, the Perlman Music Program, Musicorda, UCLA, the Heifetz International Music Festival, University of Southern California, where he was the Piatigorsky Professor of Cello, and now the Colburn School, where he teaches cello and chamber music and is conductor of the Colburn Chamber Orchestra. His former students are members of orchestras such as Cleveland, Boston, Cincinnatti, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Buffalo, and many others hold positions in chamber music groups and educational institutions.

Eric Sung

Eric Sung is the Associate Principal Cellist of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California, and the Juilliard School. His principal teachers have been Stephen Geber, Ronald Leonard, Fred Sherry, David Geber and Lynn Harrell. An avid chamber musician, Eric has performed at the Taos, Sarasota, Scotia, Banff, Mendocino, Kent/Blossom, Aspen, Tanglewood and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festivals. He has participated in the New York String Seminar, Piatigorsky Seminar and has attended the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Pacific Music Festival and Verbier Festival. As a soloist, Eric has appeared with the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Academy of Conducting Orchestra and the Saratoga Symphony. He was a member of the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and was the Assistant Principal Cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Eric has served as Acting/Guest Principal of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Opera Orchestra.