JAIME LAREDO violinist/conductor
Currently the conductor and Music Director of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Laredo began his musical career when he was five years old. He studied with Antonio DeGrass, Frank Houser, Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian.
Mr. Laredo's Carnegie Hall debut recital in October 1960 was widely praised and helped to launch his career. The following year, he played at Royal Albert Hall in London. He has appeared with all the major European and American orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Symphony, and the Royal Philharmonic, among others.
Mr. Laredo has recorded piano quartets with Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, and Emanuel Ax. In addition, he collaborated with pianist Glenn Gould. He is the violinist of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, whose cellist, Sharon Robinson, is his wife. He has been the conductor of the Vermont Symphony since 1999, and is also the artistic director of the Chamber Music at the 92nd Street Y series in New York City.
Winner of the 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Chee-Yun performs regularly with the finest orchestras throughout the world.
As a recitalist, Chee-Yun has concertized in all the major US cities. She has appeared on the televised Salute to Slava honoring cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, the Mostly Mozart Festival’s tour to Japan, in performance with Michael Tilson Thomas in the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, and gave the U.S. premiere of Penderecki's Violin Sonata No.2.
Firmly committed to chamber music, Chee-Yun has performed in the Malboro, Spoleto USA, Ravinia, Aspen, Great Mountains, Colmar, and Penderecki music festivals. As a recording artist, she has released violin solo masterworks on Naxos, Denon and Universal/Korea. She has also been heard frequently on radio broadcasts, including appearances on NPR.
Chee-Yun’s first public performance took place at the age of 8 in her native Seoul, Korea. At 13, she came to the US, and was invited to perform with the New York Philharmonic. She has worked with Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang and Felix Galimir at The Juilliard School.
She gives master classes around the world. Her past faculty positions have included tenures at the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University School of Music. Currently she serves on the faculty at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Chee-Yun performs on the "Ex-Strauss" Stradivarius (Cremona, 1708), on loan to her from Samsung.
ALEXANDER KERR violin
Violinist Alex Kerr balances an orchestral career with solo and chamber engagements throughout Europe, North America, and the Far East.
In 1996, at the age of 26, he was was appointed concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, where he served for ten seasons before returning to the U.S. to teach at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. He has also served as concertmaster of the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra and Chamber Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Kerr has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras throughout the United States and Europe and as a chamber musician at some of the world's premier music festivals. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with a number of the world's top musicians, including Grammy Award-winning Joshua Bell and Edgar Meyer.
Kerr has numerous CD releases to his credit, including the Dvorak Piano Quintet with Sarah Chang and renowned Norwegian classical pianist Leif Ove Andsnes; music by Dutch composer Julius Röntgen; and Shostakovich's Romance on a series of discs including "Violin Adagios" and "Evening Adagios." He also has contributed to a live DVD and CD recording of Strauss' Ein Heldenleben with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Maestro Mariss Jansons.
A member of the faculties of the Amsterdam Conservatory and the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, Kerr regularly presents master classes at several of the nation's leading music schools and conservatories.
DAVID KIM violin
David Kim was named Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1999. Born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1963, he started playing the violin at the age of three, began studies with the famed pedagogue Dorothy DeLay at the age of eight, and later received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from The Juilliard School. In 1986, he was the only American violinist to win a prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
From 1989 to 2008, Mr. Kim was founder and artistic director of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival at the University of Rhode Island, from which he also was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts in 2001. In conjunction with the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, Mr. Kim founded an annual outreach program that took him to elementary schools, performing and speaking about classical music in an effort to cultivate future audiences.
Mr. Kim appears as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra each season as well as with numerous orchestras around the world performing with such conductors as Christoph von Dohnanyi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, Wolfgang Sawallisch, among others. He also appears internationally at festivals such as Kuhmo (Finland), Pacific (Japan), and MasterWorks (Indiana) and is a member of the Kumho Art Hall Chamber Music Society in Seoul, Korea.
His instrument is a J.B. Guadagnini from Milan, Italy ca. 1757, on loan from the Philadelphia Orchestra.
SHARON ROBINSON cello
Cellist Sharon Robinson gave her first concert at the age of seven and has since received numerous honors and awards such as the Avery Fisher Recital Award, the Pro Musicis Sponsorship Award, the Leventritt Foundation Award, and the Gregor PiatigorksyMemorial Award. Her career as a recitalist, soloist with orchestra, and chamber musician has taken her to most major concert halls throughout the world.
Ms. Robinson's guest appearances with orchestra have included appearances with the National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, the LA, Helsinki Philharmonic, Boston, Baltimore, San Francisco, and London Symphonies, among others. Her festival engagements have included Spoleto, Mostly Mozart, Aspen, London's South Bank, Madeira, Granada, Edinburgh, and Prague's Autumn Festival.
A passionate chamber musician and co-founder of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, Robinson has also collaborated with Rudolf Serkin, Alexander Schneider, Leon Fleisher, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, and the Emerson, Guarneri, Miami, Juilliard, Orion and Tokyo Quartets.
Ms. Robinson has recorded numerous chamber and concerto works on labels which include Chandos and Sony. Her close relationships with today's composers have led to many commissions for solo and chamber works as well as concerti from Leon Kirchner, Arvo Part, Stanley Silverman, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, David Ott, Katherine Hoover, and Richard Danielpour.
TSUYOSHI TSUTSUMI cello
Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi won the 1963 International Casals Competition in Budapest. He has performed with all of Japan's leading orchestras (including his debut with Tokyo Philharmonic at age 12) in addition to appearing with internationally-renowned orchestras such as the ORTF, the Berlin Radio Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Rotterdam, Munich and Warsaw philharmonics and the Chicago, Indianapolis and Vancouver symphonies.
He has premiered works by Miyoshi and Toru Takemitsu, toured throughout the former USSR, and appeared with Seiji Ozawa and the Toho Gakuen Orchestra at the United Nations in a concert that was telecast worldwide.
Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi returned to Japan after almost 20 years on the faculty of Indiana University, to become President of Tokyo's acclaimed Toho School. He is also the Music Director of Japan's Kirishima International Music Festival, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in July 2009.