Sunday Music Series – Colburn
Tchaikovsky, Franck, Mendelssohn and Ellington @ SIERRA MADRE
Sunday, March 9,2014 at 7:00 p.m.
(5) Valse Sentimentale in F minor, Op. 51 No. 6 (1882)
Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Chandler Yu, violin
Vivian Fan, piano
(30) Sonata in A major for cello and piano
César Franck (1822-1890)
Allegro ben moderato (arr. Jules Delsart)
Ben moderato: Recitative-Fantasia
Allegretto poco mosso
Karissa Zadinsky, cello
Vivian Fan, piano
(30) String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1947)
Adagio – Allegro vivace
Adagio non lento
Intermezzo: Allegretto con moto – Allegro di molto
Presto – Adagio non lento
(06) Fantasy on works by Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
III. Take the “A” Train
(arr. Paul Chihara)
Chandler Yu, violin
Michaela Wellems, violin
Aiden Kane, viola
Karissa Zadinsky, cello
~71 minutes of music (plus speaking)
Violist Aiden Kane is a Bachelor of Music degree candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where she studies with Paul Coletti. Prior to attending the Colburn Conservatory, she studied with the National Symphony Orchestra’s principal violist Daniel Foster through the National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Fellowship Program, and then studied with Paul Coletti for a semester through the pre-college Colburn Academy program. Aiden has won many string competitions in the Washington, DC metropolitan area; and has attended prestigious summer and winter music programs, such as the Heifetz International Music Institute and the Perlman Music Program.
Dr. Vivian Fan currently holds the Director of Accompanying Program position at the Colburn Conservatory where she also teaches a Sonata Class with legendary violinist Arnold Steinhardt. She also teaches Piano Masterclass at the Adult Studies Program at the Colburn School. Prior to this position, she was on the piano faculty at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and was a teaching assistant to Professor John Perry at University of Southern California. She performed at Perlman Music Program Alumni Recital Series in 2012 and at Disney Hall in Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Brahms Unbound” concert in 2011. She has served as an accompanist at Jim Walker’s Beyond The Masterclass flute workshops, the International Music Course of Benidorm in Spain, the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, the Montecito Summer Music Festival, the 2013 Nielson Clarinet Competition in Denmark, the 2013 ARD Viola Competition in Munich, and was awarded “The Best Accompanist Award” from The Edith Knox Performance Competition in 2009, 2010, and 2013. She collaborated with renowned violist Paul Coletti on Paul Chihara’s Sonata released by Bridge Records in 2013. As a solo pianist, Dr. Fan has performed with conductors Jorge Mester, Jung Ho Pak, Mario Miragliotta, Sharon Lavery, Peter Askim, and Marc Riley. Her performances have been broadcasted on KTLA and KNBC television as well as KUSC and WFMT radio. She also won the “Spirit of the Open Piano Competition” award in London in 2012. In the summer of 2006, Ms. Fan gave a symposium presentation at the ISME World Conference. She received her DMA from the USC Thornton School of Music in 2011, where she was awarded the Michael Kamen Music Scholarship. She is an elected member of Pi Kappa Lambda.
Michaela Wellems, 19, is currently a Freshmen in the Bachelor of Music program at The Colburn School Conservatory of Music, studying violin performance under Professor Robert Lipsett. Formerly a two-time Rachel Barton Pine Scholarship recipient and member of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program for gifted pre-college musicians, she studied with artist faculty members Almita and Roland Vamos. She began playing violin at the age of four and has won prizes in several competitions including the SAM, Sejong, Confucius, Walgreens, MTNA, and Depaul Concerto Competitions. Michaela has been featured on 98.7fm WFMT “Introductions” with David Polk, Vermont Public Radio, and performed with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Michaela had the opportunity to perform in the Chicago Philharmonic under the baton of Larry Rachleff.
For the past seven summers, Michaela has received numerous scholarships to attend the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York, Astona International Summer Festival in Switzerland, and Okemo Young Artists Program in Vermont to study with several nationally renowned teachers. Michaela also has had the honor to collaborate with several artists in masterclasses: Pamela Frank, Vadim Gluzman, Rachel Barton-Pine, Ilya Kaler, Paul Kantor, Zvi Zetlin, David Bowlin, Pacifica String Quartet, and the Orion String Quartet. While at home in Lincolnshire, IL, she plays chamber music with her mother, Debbie Masloski (piano), and younger sister, Annamarie (cello). When Michaela is not practicing, she enjoys studying French, Astronomy, playing soccer and running cross country. Michaela is a recent graduate of Adlai E. Stevenson High School.
Chandler Yu, 18, a current freshman at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, is studying violin performance under the tutelage of renown pedagogue Robert Lipsett. She started violin studies at the age of five and has won awards in numerous concerto competitions. As a result, Chandler has soloed with the Torrance Symphony, Antelope Valley Symphony, Pacific Palisades Orchestra, and Crossroads Chamber Orchestra. She has recently received scholarships from the Fe Bland Foundation, Pacific Palisades Chamber Music Foundation, Westside Committee, and Young Musicians Foundation. A versatile musician, Chandler has performed in multiple orchestras. She has been a member of the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra, American Youth Symphony, Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, and Aspen Chamber Symphony. Performance venues have included UCLA’s Royce Hall, Bing Theatre, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Zipper Hall just to name a few. She has also played in chamber groups which have been broadcasted and featured on LACMA’s Sundays Live Series. Chandler has participated in chamber and solo masterclasses with the esteemed pianist Wu Han and violinist David Bowlin. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival for two years, studying with Juilliard pedagogue Masao Kawasaki and Rice Violin Faculty member Paul Kantor. She has been offered a full AACA scholarship and will be going back this summer. Chandler recently graduated from the Crossroads School in Santa Monica, studying under ex-concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Alexander Treger. She has taken part in mentoring programs all around LA and enjoys working with kids and other fellow musicians.
Karissa Zadinsky, 19, is a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music where she studies with Mr. Ronald Leonard. Resulting from a Seattle Symphony audition process, Karissa is a frequent substitute cellist on Masterworks concerts. She also performed in Seattle Opera’s 2013 production of Suor Angelica and La Voix Humaine. Ms. Zadinsky made her solo debut at the age 15, performing Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations at Benaroya Hall with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony as a winner of the SSO Young Artist Auditions. She performed on the live KING 5 television program New Day Northwest as well as various interview/performances on KING FM 98.1 Northwest Focus Live. Karissa has distinguished herself in numerous competitions, including the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival Concerto Competition, The Philadelphia International Concerto Competition, Coeur d’Alene National Concerto Competition, American String Teacher’s Association National Solo Competition, and Northwest Sinfonietta Youth Concerto Competition. As a young chamber musician, she has worked with Martin Beaver, Ani Kavafian, Martin Chalifour, Timothy Cobb, Alexander Kerr, Philip Setzer, and Daniel Phillips. Karissa began studying cello at age 7 with Leslie Marckx and has worked with many renowned cellists through private lessons and masterclasses including Efe Baltacigil, Meeka Quan-diLorenzo, Raymond Davis, Johannes Moser, Desmond Hoebig, Richard Aaron, and Robert DeMaine. Karissa enjoys spending her summers at music festivals around the country, most recently at The Sarasota Music Festival and Heifetz International Music Institute. She also finds great fulfillment in community engagement projects; she served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Emerging Artists which raised benefits for various charities.