Chamber Music for Adults Faculty Recital

Curtis Summerfest Faculty Recitals, now in their fourth year, feature distinguished chamber musicians from the Curtis Summerfest faculty. These remarkable artists, many of them Curtis alumni, perform a variety of repertoire—from beloved classics to the music of today—in the timeless setting of Field Concert Hall.

DVORÁK

“Songs My Mother Taught Me”  from Gypsy Songs, Op. 55, No. 4, arr. Mimi Stillman 
Mimi Stillman, flute
Amy J. Yang, piano 

 DVORÁK

“Song to the Moon” from Rusalka, Op. 114, arr. Mimi Stillman
Mimi Stillman, flute
Amy J. Yang, piano

LERDAHL

There and Back Again
Thomas Kraines, cello

MENDELSSOHN

Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49
Mimi Stillman, flute
Thomas Kraines, cello
Hanchien Lee, piano

BRAHMS

Trio No. 3 in C minor, Op. 101
Melissa White, violin
Thomas Kraines, cello
Amy J. Yang, piano

Performers


Mimi Stillman


One of today’s most celebrated flutists, Mimi Stillman has been hailed by the Washington Post as “a magically gifted flutist, a breath of fresh air,” and praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for “full-toned charisma.” At age 12, Ms. Stillman was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. Ms. Stillman also holds an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and is a published author on music and history.

Melissa White


American violinist Melissa White has enchanted audiences around the world as both a soloist and a chamber musician. Ms. White is a founding member of New York-based Harlem Quartet, and has partnered with such leading jazz musicians as pianist/composer Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, and vibraphonist Gary Burton. A native of Michigan, Ms. White holds performance degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and New England Conservatory.

Thomas Kraines


Equally comfortable with avant-garde improvisation, new music, and traditional chamber music and solo repertoire, cellist Thomas Kraines has forged a multifaceted career. He is a member of the Daedalus Quartet and the free-improvisation duo Dithyramb, with percussionist Cameron Britt, and an accomplished composer of chamber music. Mr. Kraines is a faculty member at Temple University.

Hanchien Lee


Hanchien Lee is on the faculty at Peabody Preparatory and a successful solo and chamber musician. Ms. Lee won first prize at the Russel C. Wonderlic Memorial Competition, and holds top prizes from the Heida Hermanns and the Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU international piano competitions. Ms. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music; a master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music; and a doctoral degree from Peabody Institute

Amy J. Yang


Hailed by the New York Concert Review as “a magnificent artist and poet,” pianist Amy Yang is a seasoned performer, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She is the program director and a member of the piano faculty of the Curtis Summerfest Young Artist Summer Program, and also serves on the piano faculty of Summerfest’s Chamber Music and Orchestra for Adults program. Ms. Yang is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Yale School of Music.

Biographies

Mimi Stillman is one of today’s most celebrated flutists. She has been hailed by the Washington Post as “a magically gifted flutist, a breath of fresh air,” and praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for “full-toned charisma.” Critically acclaimed for her dazzling artistry, technical brilliance, and penetrating interpretation, she has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Bach Collegium Stuttgart among other orchestras, and as recitalist and chamber musician at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Verbier Festival, and Israeli radio Kol Hamusica. At age 12, Ms. Stillman was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. A Yamaha Performing Artist, she was the youngest wind player ever to win the Young Concert Artists competition. She has won numerous other prizes and awards, including Astral Artists auditions, fellowships from the Earhart and Bradley Foundations, and the 2012 Women in the Arts Award from Women for Greater Philadelphia. She can be heard on eight CDs, including Odyssey: Eleven American Premieres for Flute and Piano with pianist Charles Abramovic (Innova Recordings), which has received rave reviews and radio plays on four continents. Ms. Stillman holds an MA in history from the University of Pennsylvania and is a published author on music and history. She has given flute master classes, lecture-recitals, and new music symposia at the Eastman School of Music, University of California, University of Arizona, National Flute Association, Texas Flute Society, and numerous other institutions. As artistic and executive director of Dolce Suono Ensemble, Ms. Stillman has presided over its establishment as a highly regarded pioneering force in the music world. According to the New York Times, “this adventurous Philadelphia ensemble has commissioned 23 pieces since its founding in 2005 by gifted flutist Mimi Stillman.” Her unique project Syrinx Journey, a tribute to Claude Debussy on his 150th anniversary through her daily recordings of Syrinx on her blog, has garnered an international following. 
www.mimistillman.org

American violinist Melissa White has enchanted audiences around the world as both a soloist and a chamber musician. A First Place Laureate in the Sphinx Competition, Ms. White has received critical acclaim for solo performances with some of America’s leading ensembles, including the Cleveland Orchestra; the Boston Pops; the Colorado Symphony; and the Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras.

In the 2017–18 season Ms. White made her solo debut with the National Philharmonic (North Bethesda, Md.), performing the Brahms Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77. She also appeared with the Chicago Sinfonietta, performing Saint-Saëns’s La muse et le poète with fellow Sphinx Laureate Ifetayo Ali-Landing. 

Ms. White is a founding member of the New York-based Harlem Quartet.

Equally comfortable with avant-garde improvisation, new music, and traditional chamber music and solo repertoire, cellist Thomas Kraines has forged a multifaceted career. He is a member of the Daedalus Quartet and has performed with ensembles such as Music from Copland House, Concertante, Mistral, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), and Network for New Music. He has appeared at the Bravo! Vail, Bard, Sebago/Long Lakes, and Moab music festivals.Mr. Kraines is also an accomplished composer of chamber music, whose works have been performed by pianists Awadagin Pratt and Wayman Chin, violinists Corey Cerovsek and Jennifer Frautschi, and sopranos Maria Jette and Ilana Davidson. His free-improvisation duo Dithyramb, with percussionist Cameron Britt, has performed and taught at the Longy School of Music, the University of Florida at Gainesville, and the Jubilus Festival.Mr. Kraines is a faculty member at Temple University. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, violinist Juliette Kang, and their two daughters, Rosalie and Clarissa. 

Pianist Hanchien Lee has performed at venues throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. She has given recitals for the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Muhlenberg College, and the Texas State International Piano Festival. She has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra; the North America Elite Youth Orchestra; the National Taiwan and Plainfield symphony orchestras; the Perugia Chamber Orchestra; and Poland’s Capella Cracoviensis.

Ms. Lee won first prize at the Russel C. Wonderlic Memorial Competition, and holds top prizes from the Heida Hermanns and the Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU international piano competitions. She has performed at the Sarasota and Norfolk Chamber music festivals; International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove; and Music Academy of the West.

Ms. Lee holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music; a master’s degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where she was a winner of the annual Chamber Music Competition; and a doctoral degree from Peabody Institute, where she received the Clara Ascherfeld Award. She currently serves on the piano faculty at the Peabody Preparatory. She has studied with Claude Frank, Eleanor Sokoloff, Boris Slutsky, Gary Graffman, Richard Goode, Meng-Chieh Liu, Jerome Lowenthal, and Fou T’song.

Hailed by the New York Concert Review as “a magnificent artist and poet,” pianist Amy Yang is a seasoned performer, chamber musician, and pedagogue. She has made appearances in major concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, and China; and at the Marlboro, Ravinia, and Verbier festivals.  

As a chamber musician, Ms. Yang has shared the stage with Richard Goode, Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, Peter Wiley, Roberto Díaz, and the Daedalus and Aizuri quartets, among others. She is founder of the Schumann Project and is currently preparing her debut solo album.

Ms. Yang is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and the Yale School of Music, having studied with Timothy Hester, Claude Frank, Robert McDonald, and Peter Frankl.

She is the program director and a member of the piano faculty of the Curtis Summerfest Young Artist Summer Program, and also serves on the piano faculty of Summerfest’s Chamber Music and Orchestra for Adults program. She is also a chamber music coach at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a jury member for the Bravura Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Temple University Concerto Competition, New Jersey Music Teacher’s Association Masterclass Competition, and CCC Toronto Piano Competition.

Ms. Yang joined the Curtis faculty in 2011.

 

 Chamber Music for Adults has been made possible, in part, with support from ACMP Associated Chamber Music Players.