Dvořák’s Great Chamber Works

Antonín Dvořák





Dvořák’s Great Chamber Works

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Stephen Shipps, violin
  • David Halen, violin
  • Caroline Coade, viola
  • Mi-Eun Kim, piano
  • Paula Su, violin
  • Caroline Kim, cello
  • Other musicians TBA

Event Details

Join some of the area’s finest chamber musicians as they celebrate some of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s finest chamber works including Miniatures, Op. 75a; String Sextet, Op. 48; and Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81.

This performance is made possible in part by award from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.


Miniatures, Op. 75a Antonín Dvořák
I. Cavatina, moderato. B♭ major
II. Cappricio, poco allegro. D minor
III. Romance, allegro. B♭ major
IV. Elegie, larghetto. G minor
String Sextet, Op. 48  
I. Allegro. Moderato
II. Dumka. Poco allegretto
III. Furiant. Presto
IV. Finale. Tema con variazioni. Allegretto grazioso, quasi andantino
Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81  
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Dumka: Andante con moto
III. Scherzo-Furiant: Molto vivace
IV. Allegro

Stephen Shipps

Stephen B. Shipps enjoys a varied professional career as violinist, teacher, editor, administrator, adjudicator and commentator. He serves as Professor of Violin and Senior Advisor to the Dean for International Study at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He is Director of the International Music Academy Pilsen in the Czech Republic, now entering its seventh season.

Mr. Shipps is presently under contract with Naxos recordings for five CD’s and Lauren Keiser Publishing for a series of print editions of standard violin solo repertoire. An avid chamber musician, he is currently performing and recording with the Vorobiev-Shipps-Aaron Piano Trio. He serves on the Audition Panel for the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and is returning as Media Host of the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Read more.

Mr. Shipps pursued violin studies with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, receiving a BM, MM and Performer’s Certificate. He also studied with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School and with Franco Gulli at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He began his career as an orchestral performer, serving as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Dallas Opera and Omaha Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber performer, Mr. Shipps was a member of the Amadeus and Meadowmount Piano Trios. His recording career spanned all recorded genres and his solo and chamber recordings are available on Albany, American Gramaphone, Equilibrium, Melodiya/Russian Disc and Naxos. His solo work on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas series has yielded over two-dozen gold and platinum records representing over 20 million copies sold. His print editions are available from Encore Press in Detroit, E.C. Schirmer in Boston, Editio Amos in Prague and Lauren Keiser Publishing in New York. Shipps has taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Banff Centre in Canada and the Prague Academy of Music. He is invited regularly for teaching residencies at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and the Hochschule für Musik Dresden.

In service capacities, he has served on the Board of Advisors of the Sphinx Organization and Competition since its inception. Mr. Shipps currently co-chairs the Committee for Studio Instruction for the American String Teachers Association and is a long-standing member of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Advisory Board. See less.

David Halen

David Halen is living a dream that began as a youth the first time he saw the St. Louis Symphony perform in Warrensburg, Missouri. Born in Bellevue, Ohio, he didn’t have to look far for his musical influences: his father, the late Walter J. Halen, was also his violin professor at Central Missouri State University; his mother, a former member of the Kansas City Symphony; and his older brother, the Acting Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Halen began playing the violin at the age of six, and earned his bachelor’s degree at the age of 19. In that same year, he won the Music Teachers National Association Competition and was granted a Fulbright scholarship for study with Wolfgang Marschner at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik in Germany, the youngest recipient ever to have been honored with this prestigious award. In addition, Halen holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studying with Sergiu Luca. Read more.

Halen served as Assistant Concertmaster with the Houston Symphony Orchestra under Sergiu Comissiona and Christoph Eschenbach until 1991. He then came to St. Louis, where he was permanently named Concertmaster in September 1995, without audition, by the Orchestra, and with the endorsement of then Music Directors Leonard Slatkin and Hans Vonk. He has soloed with the orchestra in much of the major concerti in the violin repertoire. In addition, he has soloed with the Houston, San Francisco and West German Radio (Cologne) symphonies.

During the summer he teaches and performs extensively, serving as Concertmaster at the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has also soloed, taught and served as Concertmaster extensively at the Orford Arts Centre in Quebec, the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, the National Orchestra Institute at the University of Maryland, the Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. In 2007 he was appointed Distinguished Visiting Artist at Yale University, and at the new Robert Mcduffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. In the fall of 2012, Halen join the string faculty of the University of Michigan.

As cofounder and artistic director of the Innsbrook Institute, Halen coordinates a weeklong festival, in June, of exciting musical performances and an enclave for aspiring artists. In August, he is artistic director of the Missouri River Festival of the Arts in Boonville, Missouri. His numerous accolades include the 2002 St. Louis Arts and Entertainment Award for Excellence, and an honorary doctorate from Central Missouri State University and from the University of Missouri-Saint Louis.

David Halen plays on a 1753 Giovanni Battista Guadagnini violin, made in Milan, Italy. He is married to Korean-born soprano Miran Cha Halen and has a teenage son. See less.

Caroline Coade

Violist Caroline Coade joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) in September 1996, and has been serving as the acting assistant principal violist for the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 seasons. In addition to her position in Detroit, Coade has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. She has held positions with Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra (Philadelphia) and the opera companies of Philadelphia and Santa Fe. Read more.

Concurrent with her DSO activities, Coade is in great demand as an educator. She was appointed to the U-M SMTD viola faculty as a lecturer of music in September 2005. Additionally, she was an adjunct professor of viola at Detroit's Wayne State University from 1998-2015. Coade has given master classes at the Oberlin Conservatory (OH), Boston University (MA), Longy School of Music (MA), Baylor University (TX), and Colburn Conservatory (CA). Coade's students have won coveted spots in the major music schools of Juilliard, Rice University, Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, Boston University, Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Michigan, New England Conservatory, and Yale University.

An active chamber musician, Coade has performed at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (MI), Laurel Festival of the Arts (PA), and the Marlboro Music Festival (VT). As violist with the Woodland Trio (flute, viola, harp), she concertized around the U.S, Canada, and at the Printemps Musicale des Alizes of Morocco.

A San Diego native, Coade began taking Suzuki violin lessons at age 6 and switched to the viola at age 14. She graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy (MI) and went on to receive a bachelor of music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, an artist diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, and a master of music degree from The Juilliard School. Her principal teachers include Karen Tuttle, Joyce Robbins, Jeffrey Irvine, David Takeno, David Holland, and Eugene Becker.

Coade was guest artist for one week at Center Stage Strings (CSS) in Three Rivers, CA for summer 2015. She will join the full-time faculty of CSS Institute at U-M for Summer 2016. Previously, Coade was artist faculty at the Chautauqua Institution Music Festival in New York (summers 2012-15) and at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine (summers 2012-15). Coade spent three summers as artist faculty at the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD (summers 2011­-13).

In June 2014, Coade was one of nine international judges for the Primrose International Viola Competition.

Coade plays on a c. 1750 Domenico Busan viola on generous loan from the Mandell Collection of Southern California. See less.

Mi-Eun Kim

Raised throughout the Midwestern United States, pianist Mi-Eun Kim has performed on stages across the country, as well as in Europe and Asia. Mi-Eun is a prizewinner of the 2015 Liszt-Garrison Competition’s Liszt Award, the 2010 Corpus Christi Solo Prize, the International Institute for Young Musicians and Missouri Southern International Competitions and Young Arts. Recent festival appearances include Gijón, Piano Festival, Art of the Piano at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival and Piano Texas.

Mi-Eun completed her master’s degree in piano performance at University of Michigan and is pursuing her doctoral studies with Logan Skelton. Previous teachers include Christopher Harding, Seymour Lipkin, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Richard Cass and Yong Hi Moon. She also holds a B.A. in History through the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange program.  

Paula Su

Pin-Chia Paula Su began playing the violin at the age of six in Taiwan. She has completed her master’s degree in violin performance and chamber music with fellowship at the University of Michigan with Stephen Shipps in 2016, and is currently studying in the specialist program with Stephen Shipps and Yoonshin Song. She is an associate violinist in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and one of the instructors in the String Preparatory Academy at the University of Michigan. 

Caroline Kim

Korean Canadian cellist, Caroline Kim, is currently a doctoral student at University of Michigan. She is a recent graduate of the Accelerated BM/MM program at the Juilliard School where she was the recipient of the Irene Land Scholarship, the Genevieve Kniese Cahudhuri Cello Scholarship, and the Betty & Daniel Bloomfield Fund Scholarship. Caroline has given performances across the United States and Canada in many acknowledged venues such as Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall. She has given recitals in Calgary, Alberta, New York City, and Aspen, Colorado. As a student at the Juilliard School, she has been selected as a member of the pool of principal cellists since 2012. During the summers, she attended Music Academy of the West in 2012, and attended the Aspen Music Festival in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Last summer, Caroline was invited to be an artist at the Innisbrook Institute. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts has funded grants for Caroline for her music and studies since 2008.