Summerfest Faculty Recital: Saint-Saëns, Tymoczko, and Brahms

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.

TYMOCZKO       This Picture Seems to Move
Rebecca Harris, violin
Hye-Jin Kim, violin
Toby Appel, viola
Soo Bae, cello
      Fantaisie in A major, Op. 124
Libertango, arr. Bridget Kibbey and Mimi Stillman
Mimi Stillman, flute
Bridget Kibbey, harp
BRAHMS       Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40
Gabriel Kovach, horn
Rebecca Harris, violin
Rieko Aizawa, piano


Mimi Stillman

Flutist Mimi Stillman (’99) is critically acclaimed for her virtuosity, insightful interpretation, and adventurous programming. She is the founding artistic director of the Dolce Suono Ensemble, known for performing a wide range of programming including 52 world premieres. At age 12, Ms. Stillman was the youngest wind player ever admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with Julius Baker and Jeffrey Khaner. She also holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Gabriel Kovach

Gabriel Kovach (’99) has been principal horn of the Phoenix Symphony since 2006. He is also principal horn of the Glimmerglass and Artosphere festival orchestras. In 2001 Mr. Kovach recorded the world premiere of Max Schubel’s Esquisses en désarroi with cellist Inbal Segev and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has been a featured soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 on two separate occasions.

Rebecca Harris

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, and is a member of the Franklin Quartet, performing early string quartet literature on period instruments.

Hye-Jin Kim

Violinist Hye-Jin Kim ('06) has led a versatile career as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician since her first-prize win at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at age 19 and a subsequent win at the Concert Artists Guild’s Victor Elmaleh Competition. She frequently presents master classes throughout the U.S. and is an associate professor of violin at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., where she founded and directs the Summer Chamber Music Institute. Ms. Kim is also a member of the Cooperstown Quartet.

Toby Appel

Violist Toby Appel (’70) 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. 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. He is currently on the faculty of the Juilliard School.

Soo Bae

Praised for playing that is “rich and romantic, with crisp incisive technique” (The Strad), Canadian-Korean cellist Soo Bae (’01) has won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the Canada Council Instrument Bank Competition, and the Adam International Cello Competition in New Zealand. 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. Intensely involved in teaching, Ms. Bae gives master classes and is the founder and director of Angelos Mission Ensemble Chamber Music Program.

Rieko Aizawa

Japanese pianist Rieko Aizawa (’04) has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including such venues as the former Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall in Boston, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and the Wiener Konzerthaus. She is the artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado and was the youngest participant ever to attend the Marlboro Music Festival. Ms. Aizawa is on the faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and is a Steinway Artist.


Bridget Kibbey

Harpist Bridget Kibbey is a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Classical Recording Foundation's Young Artist Award, and a Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant.  Ms. Kibbey has given world-premiere performances by with JUNO Award-winning composer Vivian Fung, and will premiere a harp concerto Brazilian-born João Luiz Rezende in the 2019–20 season. Ms. Kibbey maintains harp studios at Bard College Conservatory of Music, Juilliard’s Pre-College Division, and Curtis Summerfest’s Young Artist Summer Program.