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.
This Picture Seems to Move
Trio No. 2 in C minor, Op. 66
Fantaisie in A major, Op. 124
Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40
Violist Toby Appel has been heard in recital and concerto performances throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He has appeared as a member of the Tashi chamber ensemble and the Lenox and Audubon Quartets; and, as a guest artist, with the Alexander, Manhattan, and Vermeer Quartets and jazz artists Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Other performance venues include the United Nations; the White House; and the Angel Fire, Bravo, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, and Orcas festivals. Mr. Appel has also performed as a narrator for Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon, and Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat; and he is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. His chamber music performances can be heard on the Columbia, Delos, Desto, Koch International, Opus 1, and Musical Heritage Society labels. Mr. Appel entered the Curtis Institute of Music at the age of thirteen, studying with Max Aronoff. He is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School.
Praised for playing that is “rich and romantic, with crisp incisive technique” (The Strad), Canadian-Korean cellist Soo Bae has won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition, and the Adam International Cello Competition in New Zealand. She has been honored as the musician of the month in Musical America and was a recipient of the McGraw-Hill Robert Sherman Award from the Juilliard School.Ms. Bae has performed solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, and Hong Kong Cultural Centre. She has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and has recorded the twelve solo caprices and Capriccio by Alfredo Piatti for Naxos. She plays the famed 1710 Guarneri cello, on a loan from a generous private donor.Intensely involved in teaching, Ms. Bae gives master classes and is the founder and director of Angelos Mission Ensemble Chamber Music Program. She received her bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, studying under Orlando Cole; and her master’s degree and artist diploma from the Juilliard School, where she served as an assistant faculty under Joel Krosnick.
Violinist Rebecca Harris performs on both period and modern instruments and is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral leader.
A specialist in historically informed performance, Ms. Harris serves as concertmaster of the Philadelphia Bach Collegium and associate principal violin of Tempesta di Mare, with whom she has extensively recorded for Chandos. She has performed with notable early music ensembles across the United States, including Piffaro, Washington Bach Consort, and the Dryden Ensemble; and for the Haydn Society of North America/Society for Eighteenth Century Music. Ms. Harris is a member of the Franklin Quartet, performing early string quartet literature on period instruments.
Combining her passions for new music and collaboration with vocalists, Ms. Harris has performed and recorded with The Crossing, Choral Arts Philadelphia, Maren Montalbano, and Andrew Lipke. She is a native of the United Kingdom and a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where she studied with Richard Ireland.
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.