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New York Classical Players is thrilled to announce Two Concert masters

New York Classical Players is thrilled to announce two great artists, Siwoo Kim and Nikki Chooi as concertmasters for the 2018/19 season.

Mr. Kim is one of the founding members of NYCP and Mr. Chooi appeared as a guest concertmaster during the 2017/18 season.

Described as “richly expressive and technically assured” (Calgary Herald) and “vigorous and colorful” (New York Times), Nikki Chooi came to national attention as the Grand Award winner of the Canadian National Music Festival and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Standard Life Competition in 2004. Mr. Chooi is a First Prize Winner of the 2013 Michael Hill International Violin Competition and the 2009 Klein International Competition, and a Laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Violin Competition. His solo appearance in recent years includes performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, and St. Petersburg State Symphony in Russia and many more. His recitals were performed in various regions including New York, Chicago, Canada, and Belgium. Mr. Chooi has served as a concertmaster of New York's Metropolitan Opera Orchestra during the 2016/17 season and has appeared as a guest concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra. Mr. Chooi gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, CBC Radio, the Sylva Gelber Foundation, and the Victoria Foundation.

Siwoo Kim, “incisive” and “compelling” (Zachary Woolfe, New York Times) and noted for “stylistic sensitivity and generous tonal nuance” (John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune), has been internationally featured as a guest artist at the Tivoli Festival in Denmark, the Bergen International Festival in Norway, the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa, and with Ensemble DITTO in South Korea. Mr. Kim has performed chamber music with Itzhak Perlman, Joyce DiDonato, Jeremy Denk, Kim Kashkashian, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard and Takacs String Quartets. As a founding member of Quartet Senza Misura, celebrated for “whip-smart performances” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker), he has performed at an array of venues such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Seoul Arts Center, La Fundacion Juan March in Spain, and the Simon Bolivar Conservatory of Music in Venezuela. Mr. Kim took a second place at the 2010 Corpus Christi International Competition for Piano and Strings, where he was also awarded special prizes for the best performance of solo Bach and violin performance. He has also been named top prizewinner in the California, Chengdu, Crescendo, Hellam, Ima Hogg, Juilliard, Schadt, Sejong, and WAMSO competitions. Mr. Kim gave the world premiere performance of Samuel Adler’s violin concerto and has been recording the work in Germany last season to coincide with the composer’s 90th anniversary.

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The former concertmasters include Josef Spacek (2010/11 season), currently concertmaster at the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and Robin Scott (2011-2017), who is a first violinist in The Ying Quartet and violin faculty at Eastman School of Music.

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New York Classical Players is the region’s only professional orchestra sharing exclusively free performances. Comprised of creative and virtuosic young musicians, NYCP’s adventurous programming shares familiar masterpieces, bold new commissions, and unexpected musical treasures. Each season, thousands of NYCP concertgoers experience both the dynamic power of the orchestral repertoire and the versatile intimacy of chamber performance. NYCP is proud to collaborate with some of the world’s most renowned musicians, including Kim Kashkashian, Cho-Liang Lin, Stefan Jackiw, Sumi Jo, Alex Kerr, Donald Weilerstein, and Chee-Yun, and is under the baton of Music Director and Founder Dongmin Kim. For more information, please visit NYCP online at www.nycpmusic.org.


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New York Classical Players Announces 2018-19 Season

New York Classical Players Announces 2018-19 Season with World-Class Soloists and Sensational Artistry led by Music Director and Founder Dongmin Kim.

NYCP’s ninth season shares 18 free performances of world-class talent throughout the metropolitan region with works that showcase extraordinary selections for chamber orchestra.

 

New York Classical Players, the region’s only professional chamber orchestra dedicated to accessible programming, announces a season of creative exploration, world-class talent, and collaborations with partnering venues ranging from neighborhood churches to Lincoln Center’s Library for the Performing Arts and Flushing Town Hall.  The ensemble’s ninth season begins on September 27 and features more than 20 concerts in Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, and New Jersey. All performances are shared with the public completely free of charge, in keeping with the ensemble’s mission of accessibly artistry.

Highlights of the performance season include world premieres by Clint Needham and Eric Nathan, performances by violinists Pamela Frank and Stefan Jackiw, cellist Peter Wiley, pianist HaeSun Paik, and flutist Jasmine Choi. All programs will be conducted by NYCP’s founder and Music Director Dongmin Kim.  “This season is a dynamic and exciting year with truly exceptional guest artists, who are excited by both our mission and the calibre of our players,” says Mr. Kim. “NYCP is now in our ninth year, and this season really displays the exceptional artistry of our orchestra.”

The season begins on September 27 with a three-concert series beginning at Flushing Town Hall. “Goddess of the flute” (Korea Times) Jasmine Choi returns to the ensemble for a dynamic programing of musical pyrotechnics.  Audiences will recall Ms. Choi from her recent performances in the Mostly Mozart Festival and past performances with NYCP, as well as other solo turns in the metropolitan area. A native of South Korea, Ms. Choi lives in Austria and was recently named one of the top 10 flutists in history. NYCP’s opening program considers the rich borrowing of folk music within classical music: Sarasate, Bartok, and Grieg.  The world premiere of Needham’s “Pocket Concerto” concludes the program, exhibiting the ensemble’s ongoing interest in the full chronology of works for chamber orchestra – from Baroque masterpieces to brand-new creations. The final performance of this series is presented by the  Si-Yo Music Society Foundation in their “Classically Leonia” series at the Leonia United Methodist Church. "We are a proud supporter of New York Classical Players; their dedication to bringing high-level music to local communities, free of charge, is inspiring. The last time I attended an NYCP concert in Leonia, it was a Mother's Day event; I was impressed by the talent and graciousness of the performers. I am excited for NYCP's return and I know the local community is, too," says Artistic Director Soyeon Park of the Si-Yo Music Society. 

In November, cellist Peter Wiley returns to the stage for Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, joined by violinist Pamela Frank in her NYCP debut. Ms. Frank’s versatile career spans concerto solos with leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, sought-after chamber music appearances, and a prodigious career as a pedagogue and injury-prevention specialist for musicians. Mr. Wiley, formerly Principal Cellist at the Cincinnati and Pittsburgh Symphonies, is an internationally-recognized soloist and collaborative musician. Both are on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music. They join NYCP for a series linking the triadic progress of Brahms, Schoenberg, and Webern, enveloping Brahms’ Double Concerto with Schonberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Weben’s Langsam Satz.  

Pianist HaeSun Paik - whose performances a “a wonder — elastic, mercurial, charged with meaning, surprising" (Boston Globe) - returns to NYCP in February for a continuation of the ensemble’s Beethoven Project:, a commitment to perform all five Beethoven Piano Concertos with Ms. Paik. In three performances, Ms. Paik will Beethoven’s stirring First and dazzlingly powerful Third Piano Concertos, alongside a contemporary concertino by Samuel Adler.

In April, concertmaster Nikki Chooi serves as soloist for “Baroque Melting,” a program reimagining the familiar strains of the Baroque era. Selections by Chausson, Stravinsky, Geminiani, W.F. Bach, and Vivian Fung conjure Baroque complexity and lyricism through new evocations.  The season’s final orchestral program concludes in May as violinist Stefan Jackiw – noted for artistry of "uncommon musical substance" that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe) and clarinetist Yoonah Kim, winner of the 2016 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, offer a world premiere of Eric Nathan’s new Double Concerto. Mozart’s beloved “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” and Divertimento No. 3 in F major expand the program into a captivating program that examines virtuosity throughout the centuries.

Beyond NYCP’s orchestral programming, the ensemble’s musicians are featured in a three-concert chamber music season at The Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The Library welcomes NYCP back to the Bruno Walter Auditorium for the fourth year. Curated by Artistic Producer Evan Leslie, NYCP’s four-concert chamber music series celebrates individual genius and interdisciplinary artistry with a season dedicated to Bach and Mendelssohn. Programs challenge performance conventions by featuring guided conversations with NYCP’s ensemble members and opportunities for audience questions. Performances will include Bach’s evocative suites for unaccompanied cello,  his Goldberg Variations for string quartet, and gems from Mendelssohn’s prodigious early years. In recognition of Jerome Robbins’ centennial,  rehearsal and performance footage of his Suite of Dances with Mikhail Baryshnikov will be screened alongside NYCP’s performances.

NYCP performances are offered to the public at no cost and regularly reach capacity, demonstrating the ongoing need and interest in classical music throughout the metropolitan region. For NYCP fans who cannot attend concerts in person, the ensemble is thrilled to add video livestreaming this season. At least one concert for each performance cycle will be available online to audiences, made possible by the generosity of Meadou Kim. Adding streaming is part of NYCP’s ongoing initiatives to bridge technological innovation with classical performance - the ensemble’s YouTube channel has more than 1.7 million views as of August 2018.

NYCP is proudly supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the NY Nanum Foundation. The ensemble is a recognized nonprofit, under the leadership of Board Chair Charlene Wang.

For full performance details and ticket reservations, please visit NYCPmusic.org


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New York Classical Players Announces Jasmine Choi as Artist-In-Residence

New York Classical Players Announces Jasmine Choi as Artist-In-Residence

Choi’s residency will span three seasons and feature a new commission each year

 

New York Classical Players (NYCP) has named flutist Jasmine Choi as its incoming Artist-in-Residence. Beginning in September 2018, Ms. Choi’s three-year residency will feature the acclaimed musician performing three newly-commissioned concertos with the ensemble. Ms. Choi, well-known to New York audiences through her appearances with the Mostly Mozart Festival and past engagements with New York Classical Players, begins her residency with the world premiere of a work by Clint Needham.

Ms. Choi, called “the goddess of the flute” (Korea Times) and “one of the top 10 flutists in history” (Sinfini Magazine), performed with New York Classical Players during the 2016/17 season and thrilled audiences with her virtuosic technique and flawless interpretation.

“The ensemble instantly recognized a superb artist who really grasped NYCP’s spirit. Jasmine is an adventurous player who understands our mission of sharing public performances,”  says Dongmin Kim, NYCP’s Founder and Music Director. “In the next three years, working with Jasmine will elevate our musicianship and creativity, and share world-class talent with our audiences.”

Ms. Choi will open the 2018/19 season with three performances on September 27, 29 and 30. Her first program as Artist-in-Residence will feature Pablo Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20, with Ms. Choi’s arrangement for solo flute and NYCP’s arrangement for string orchestra - and a new work by composer Clint Needham entitled Pocket Concerto. For each year of Ms. Choi’s residency, NYCP will commission a new work for flute and string orchestra.

“I’m looking forward to premiering Clint’s new work, and returning to this fabulous group of musicians,” shared Ms. Choi.  “To perform three new works and collaborate with these incredible musicians is such a fantastic opportunity.”

In keeping with NYCP’s mission of accessible performances, all three September performances are free and open to the public.


Biography

Superstar flutist Jasmine Choi has performed across the globe in a variety of genres from classical solo, chamber, and orchestral to experimental, jazz, and pop. Her infinite curiosity has also led her to make her own arrangements of major works, including the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky violin concertos, as well as performing recent world premieres of works composed by Detlev Glanert, Texu Kim, and Mark Laycock.

Selected as one of the top ten flutists in music history by Sinfini Magazine UK in 2015, along with Marcel Moyse, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Galway and Emmanuel Pahud, Ms. Choi is a full-time soloist giving more than 100 concerts each season. Her previous orchestral positions include principal flute of the Vienna Symphony under Fabio Luisi, associate principal flute of the Cincinnati Symphony under Paavo Jarvi, and during the summer season she is the principal flute of the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra under Louis Langree.

Ms. Choi has performed as a soloist with the Berlin Symphony at the Philharmonie's New Year's Eve concert, and with Vienna Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, Salzburg Mozarteum, St.Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Salzburg Mozart Players, New York Classical Players, Sarasota Orchestra, Turku Philharmonic in Finland, Seoul Philharmonic and KBS Symphony in Korea, as well as at recitals in Paris, Vienna, London, Munich, New York, Seoul, and Hong Kong. Ms. Choi's performance was featured during the 2018 Winter Olympics’ celebrations in PyeongChang, Korea, and Sejong Arts Center has selected her as their Artist in Residence 2018, featuring 4 solo recitals throughout the year.

As the last pupil of the late Julius Baker, former principal of the New York Philharmonic, and student of Jeffrey Khaner, principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Ms. Choi has studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and at Juilliard. She has recorded several solo CDs under the Sony Classical label, including Mozart Flute Concertos, Fantasy (Virtuoso Flute Works), Claude Bolling Jazz Suite, Mozart Flute Quartets. Other recordings include Telemann Fantasies, Love in Paris (from a live recital), and Trio Joy (free improvisation).

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Choi has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival, Seoul Spring Festival, Sarasota Festival, and served as a founding member of the Astral Winds woodwind quintet and Trio Morisot (flute, viola, harp) in the US. She currently tours regularly with guitarist Ben Beirs.

Between concerts, Ms. Choi enjoys teaching and guiding young students in master classes. She has previously taught master classes at Juilliard, the Curtis Institute of Music, Indiana University, Colburn School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Florida University, Universität für Musik in Vienna, among others.

Thanks to her charismatic performance style, she has been invited to perform at many special occasions. She played at the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's inauguration reception in New York, and she was a soloist with Vienna Symphony for the opening concert of the Bregenz Festival. In 2016, she was named Cultural Ambassador of her hometown Daejeon, Korea.


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