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Gift to the Community Concert Series
2015/16 Concert Season

September 27, 2015 | Seyia Ueno, flute
Japanese flutist Seiya Ueno won First Prize at the 2014 European Young Concert Artists Auditions in Paris, and then won YCA’s International Auditions in New York.  At 19, he won the Grand Prix in Paris at the Jean-Pierre Rampal Flute Competition and performed the Reinecke Concerto with the Orchestre National d’Ile de France.  In Japan, Mr. Ueno has also appeared as soloist with major orchestras including the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic.  Since 2004, Mr. Ueno has given recitals annually in Tokyo and Osaka.  He has appeared at the Beethovenfest Bonn in Germany, Estivales de Musiques au Coeur du Médoc and Festival Boucard in France, and was presented by Les Nouveaux Talents Japonais at the Maison de la Culture Japonais in Paris.
Sonata in B Minor, BWV1030 ----------------------J.S.Bach
Prélude à l'aprés-midi d'un faune ----------------Debussy
Sonatine --------------------------------------------Boulez
Sonata in E-flat major, Op.18 ---------------------Richard Strauss
Fantasie brilliant sur Carmen ---------------------Bizet/François Borne

November 15, 2015 | Sang-Eun Lee, cello with Noreen Polera, piano
Sang-Eun Lee, was born in 1993 in South Korea and is a student of Myung-Wha Chung and Hae-Eun Kim at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul. The winner of the Ewha-Kyunghyang Competition has already gained concert experience as a soloist with orchestral accompaniment. In May 2010 she performed the cello concerto by Robert Schumann with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She gave her first solo recital when she was 11 years old, after winning the Seoul Cello Competition in 2005. In 2007 she won the Great Mountains International Music Festival & School (GMMFS) competition, which gave her the opportunity of performing Boccherini’s Cello Concerto with the Festival Orchestra conducted by Shinik Hahm. Sang-Eun Lee was chosen as the “Best of the Best” musician on the tenth anniversary of the Khumo Prodigy Concert Series. At Kronberg Academy’s Cello Masterclasses in 2008, when she was taught by Ralph Kirshbaum, the fifteen-year-old’s skill made such an impression that she was awarded the Ingrid zu Solms Culture Prize in support of her further development. The following year, she won first prize at the Johansen International Competition for Young String Players in Washington DC and second prize at the Tchaikovsky Youth Competition.
Suite italienne ---- -----------------------------Stravinskiy
Sonata for solo cello--------------------------George Crumb
Sonata No.1 in E minor, Op.38---------------Brahms
Sonata in G minor------------------------------Rachmaninoff
February 7, 2016 | Daniel Lebhardt, piano
22-year-old Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt won First Prize at the 2014 Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Paris, and then won YCA’s International Auditions in New York. Among his many other accolades, Mr. Lebhardt won First Prize at the Russian Music International Piano Competition in California, First Prize at the Citta di Gorizia International Piano Competition in Italy, First Prize at the Kosice International Piano Competition in Slovakia, and First Prize at the Carl Filtsch International Piano Competition in Romania. Mr. Lebhardt has given recitals at the Bela Bartok Memorial House in Budapest, at the Senate House in London, and at the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and has also concertized in Hungary, Austria and Japan. As a result of winning the Royal Academy of Music’s prestigious Patron’s Award, Mr. Lebhardt will give his Wigmore Hall recital debut in May 2015.  Next season, he will make his recital debuts in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York in the Rhoda Walker Teagle Concert and at the Kennedy Center.
Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op.31, No. 1 -------------Beethoven
Sonata No. 2 (“Notturno luminoso” )-----------------Stephen Hough
Sonata in B Minor, S.178 -----------------------------Franz Liszt

Now in its 18th season our Gift to the Community series continues to feature some of the world's most exciting young artists. Two performers from previous seasons won 1st prize at the coveted Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and 10 series performers have been awarded highly competitive Avery Fisher Career Grants. This season the three artists will astound you with their unique creativity and incomparable technique.
Clementina Fleshler - Executive Director

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The Gift to the Community Recital Series is made possible through a grant from the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation.