Chamber Music of Schubert and Schumann

Franz Schubert

Chamber Music of Schubert and Schumann

Steve Miahky

Chamber Music of Schubert and Schumann

Katri Ervamaa

Chamber Music of Schubert and Schumann

Jingwen Tu

Wed

10/9/2013

8:00pm

Classical

Chamber Music of Schubert and Schumann

  • $25 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $15 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Steve Miahky, violin
  • Christina McGann, violin/viola
  • Katri Ervamaa, cello
  • Jingwen Tu, piano

Program

 Schubert Bb Major Trio

Schumann Piano Quartet. 

Steve Miahky

 Violinist Stephen Miahky has garnered acclaim for his performances as a recitalist and a chamber musician throughout North America and Europe. His most recent engagements include performances New York City's Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, and Bargemusic, Atlanta's ProMozart Society, the Princeton Chamber Music Society, the Southwest Virginia Festival of the Arts, Vancouver's Sonic Boom Festival, the American Academies in Rome and Berlin, the Netherlands' De Lakenhal, NPR's Performance Today, and for the Dalai Lama.


As a chamber musician, Miahky has performed at Monadnock Music, the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Chamber Music Ann Arbor, with the Michigan Chamber Players, the Bryant Park Quartet, the iO Quartet, and with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. He has performed with such distinguished musicians as Cho-Liang Lin, Nicholas Eanet, Martin Beaver, Norman Fischer, Steven Doane, and members of the Arianna, Chester, Concord, Tokyo, and Los Angeles Piano Quartets. Miahky is currently a member of Brave New Works, concertmaster of the Ohio Valley Symphony, and a rotating concertmaster with the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, TN. He has also served as guest concertmaster of the Columbus ProMusica, the Illinois Symphony, and the Kansas City Symphony.


Miahky has been a soloist with the Ohio University Symphony Orchestra, Cornell Symphony Orchestra, the Cornell Chamber Orchestra, the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Brave New Works Ensemble, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the IRIS Orchestra, and the University of Michigan Philharmonia. He can be heard on the AMP, New Dynamic, Edition Modern, and Naxos record labels.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Miahky received his D.M.A. from Rutgers University where he received the Bettenbender Award for outstanding artistic achievement. He received his B.M. and M.M. from the University of Michigan and remains the university's only two-time winner of the Earl V. Moore Award for outstanding achievement. Miahky studied chamber music with Andrew Jennings, Martin Katz, and members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, American and Tokyo String Quartets, and received additional training at the Aspen Music Festival, the Meadowmount School, the Perlman Music Program, Canada's National Arts Centre, and the Blossom Festival. His major teachers include Arnold Steinhardt, Paul Kantor, Stephen Shipps, and Alan Bodman. He has served on the faculty of the Point Counterpoint Chamber Music Camp and Cornell University, and has given master classes throughout North America and Korea. He is currently professor of violin at Bowling Green State University.

Christina McGann

Christina McGann enjoys a diverse performing career as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has performed concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony, Musica Bella Orchestra in New York, the Moldovan Chamber Orchestra, the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington D.C., Ohio University New Music Ensemble, and most recently the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony in Russia.

Ms. McGann has had great success at national and international competitions, winning First Prize at the National Symphony Young Soloist Competition, the Lennox Competition, and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, junior division. She was also awarded Third Prize at the Johansen International Competition and Second Prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs with the iO Quartet.

Ms. McGann holds both BM and MM in violin performance from The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers include Ronald Copes, Victor Danchenko, Robert Mann, and Donald Weilerstein. Ms. McGann will begin her doctoral studies in the Fall of 2012 at SUNY Stony Brook under the tutelage of Philip Setzer and Soovin Kim.

Also an avid educator, Ms. McGann began her teaching career in New York City as a Juilliard Morse Fellow a program that brings Juilliard students extensively trained as artist-educators into public school classrooms on a weekly basis throughout the school year. In addition to private teaching experience, Ms. McGann taught as part of Juilliards Instrumental Music Program, been on faculty at Brooklyn College Preparatory, coached chamber music as a graduate assistant at SUNY-Purchase and received her Suzuki Certification through all books at New York Citys School for Strings. For the past year, Ms. McGann served as Artist in Residence and Instructor of Violin and Viola at Ohio University School of Music. 

Katri Ervamaa

Finnish-born cellist Katri Ervamaa, DMA, is a versatile performer, who specializes in chamber music, new music and creative improvisation. She has performed and given master classes throughout North America, Europe and Taiwan. Her festival appearances include the Orlando, Kuhmo, Bowdoin, Lyckå and Norrtäjle Chamber Music Festivals (with the Finnish Owla String Quartet) as well as the Denison University Tutti! New Music Festival, Poison City Music Festival, Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival and Finnfest, among others. She has also performed at Ann Arbor’s Edgefest with Lars Hollmer’s Global Home Project, Guy Kluscevic, Mark Kirschenmann, E3Q, Andrew Bishop and Ed Sarath. She studied cello with Erling Blöndal Bengtsson, Marc Johnson, Kazimierz Mikhalik and Lauri Laitinen. Katri is a founding member and past president of Brave New Works new music ensemble (bravenewworks.org), the Muse string trio and E3Q, an improvisation-based genre-defying trio with her husband Mark Kirschenmann and percussionist Michael Gould. She appears on Envoy Recordings, Block M Records, and AMP Records labels. In addition to her lively performance career, Katri is on faculty at the University of Michigan’s Residential College, where she is the head of the music program and teaches chamber music. She has also been on the cello faculty at the Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green State Universities. Katri is a mother of three and lives in Ann Arbor, MI with her family. Katri plays on a 1868 HC Silvestre cello, and you can find them online at www.katrimusic.com. 

Jingwen Tu

Pianist Jingwen Tu has been hailed by The Mercury News (San Jose, CA) as "a pianist with insight and passion, practically vanishing into the notes." Recent performances have taken her to venues including Alice Tully Hall, Rose Studio at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The DiMenna Center, The Goethe-Institute, The Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York, Florida Grand Theater and many more. As an avid chamber musician, she has been invited to perform in festivals such as Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Sarasota Chamber Music Festival, Banff Center Chamber Music Residency, Icicle Creek Chamber Music Workshop and Silicon Valley Chamber Music Festival. She has also collaborated with renowned musicians including Donald Weilerstein, Colin Carr, Katherine Murdock, members from Arial Quartet and many others.

Ms. Tu has won awards and recognition at several international piano competitions. She was a Laureate of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Award; Top prize Winner of the 7th International Russian Music Piano Competition and the 45th Lima Symphony Young Artist Competition; and a semi-finalist at the 3rd Sendai International Piano Competition.

Ms. Tu is also recognized for her passion and commitment to education. In addition to her private teaching studio in New York City, she enjoys being a teaching artist and visiting lecturer at major institutions including CUNY-Hunter College, University of Northern Florida, Ohio University, Casita Maria Center of Arts and Education and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. As part of her teaching assistantship at Stony Brook University, Ms. Tu served on the piano faculty and is a chamber music coach at the undergraduate and pre-college department.

Ms. Tu received her Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College as a full scholarship student of Sedmara Rutstein and her Master’s degree from The Juilliard School under Julian Martin, where she was a recipient of the Susan W. Rose Piano Fellowship and Irene Diamond Fellowship. She is currently completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at SUNY - Stony Brook under Gilbert Kalish and Christina Dahl.