MINIFEST: Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival In Residence





MINIFEST: Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival In Residence

  • $35 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $25 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • Ran Dank, piano
  • Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin/viola
  • Clive Greensmith, cello
  • Friction Quartet

Event Details

The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival returns to KCH for its MiniFest residency. KCH is pleased to collaborate with this festival of international stature.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Bennett Optometry and in part by awards from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Art Works.

Check out all three different MINIFEST programs!


Variations in E-flat major on “Bei Männern, welche
Liebe fühlen” from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” WoO46
Clive Greensmith, cello; Ran Dank, piano
Commissioned work Will Healy
Friction Quartet
Dust (2008) Sean Shepherd
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin/viola; Ran Dank, piano
Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44 Schumann
Friction Quartet; Ran Dank, piano

Ran Dank

Technically dazzling and intellectually probing artistry exemplify Ran Dank's pianism and musicality.

During the 2016/2017 season he appears in recital at the Ravinia Festival, performs Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Vermont Symphony led by Jaime Laredo and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Toledo Symphony led by Marcelo Lehninger. With pianist Soyeon Kate Lee he performs in recital at the Smithsonian Institute, Cincinnati's Linton Music, and Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

During the 2015/2016 season he played Kevin Puts' Night for piano and orchestra with the Mobile Symphony, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Ashland Symphony, and Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Charleston Symphony. Recital appearances included The Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Philip Lorenz Memorial Concerts in Fresno, and for Pro Musica San Miguel de Allende as well as in duo recitals with Soyeon Kate Lee, for the Ames Town and Gown Association in Iowa, and the Hawaii Concert Association. Read more.

He has performed Liszt Totentanz and Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Jerusalem Symphony, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 at Alice Tully Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Grieg Concerto with the Asheville Symphony, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 with the Phoenix and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony.

Recitals have included the New York City Town Hall recital for Peoples Symphony Concerts, Washington Performing Arts Society at the Kennedy Center, the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Finland's Mantta Festival, the Israel Conservatory of Music and chamber music at the Seattle, Montreal, Israel, Great Lakes, and Skaneateles Chamber Music festivals, and at Maverick Concerts with the Shanghai Quartet.

With Soyeon Kate Lee he performed the world premiere of Alexander Goehr's Seven Impromptus for two pianos at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and among the many duo recitals they have given include Portland Ovations, the JCC of Rockville, Bargemusic, and the world premiere of Fredric Rzewski's "Four Hands" at (le) Poisson Rouge.

He recently completed Doctoral studies with Ursula Oppens and Richard Good at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York as a Chancellor's Fellow, and previously received a Bachelor's Degree from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel Aviv University in his native Israel and a Master's Degree and Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School.

Ran Dank and Soyeon Kate Lee have established a series of concerts, Music by the Glass, held in a New York So-Ho art gallery, where the audience of young professionals listen, mix and mingle with performing artists who play solo pieces and chamber works accompanied by treats sweet and savory paired with wines, by the glass. A delightful explanation of these popular events may be viewed on the organization's website

The recipient of numerous honors, Ran Dank won a coveted place on the Young Concert Artists roster in 2009 and subsequently made his New York recital debut sponsored by YCA and the Jerome L.Greene Foundation at Merkin Hall December 14, 2009. He was a laureate of the Cleveland International Competition, the Naumburg Piano Competition and the Sydney International Piano Competition and First Prize winner of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. See less.

Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu

Praised by the Seattle Times for “Simply marvelous” and Taiwan’s Liberty Times for “astonishingly capturing the spirit of the music”, violinist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Wu has collaborated in concert with renewed artists such as Teddy Abrams, Gary Graffman, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Midori, Thomas Quasthoff, Yuja Wang, and members of the Alban Berg, Brentano, Cleveland, Guarneri, Miró, and Tokyo string quartets at prominent venues such as the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and festivals such as the La Jolla Summerfest, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Mainly Mozart, and the Marlboro Music Festival. She has also collaborated as a guest violist with the Dover Quartet, Formosa Quartet, Orion Quartet, and Shanghai Quartet. Read more.

Among Ms. Wu’s many awards are the Milka Violin Artist Prize from the Curtis Institute of Music, and third prize at the International Violin Competition of David Oistrakh. She taught violin, chamber music, and string pedagogy at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California from 2010 to 2015, and has coached chamber music at the Encore School for Strings and Hotchkiss Summer Portals. She is currently the Artist in Residence of the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles.

Wu plays on a 1734 Domenico Montagnana violin, and a 2015 Stanley Kiernoziak viola. See less.

Clive Greensmith

Clive Greensmith, cellist, has been a member of the Tokyo Quartet since 1999. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and the Musikhochschule in Cologne, his principal teachers were Donald McCall and Boris Pergamenschikow. He has held the position of principal cellist of London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, he has appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber Orchestra, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, and the RAI Orchestra of Rome. He has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as András Schiff, Midori, Claude Frank and Steven Isserlis, and has won several prizes including second place in the inaugural "Premio Stradivari" held in Cremona, Italy. Mr. Greensmith has served on the faculties of the Royal Northern College of Music, Yehudi Menuhin School and San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Greensmith's recording of Brahms Sonatas with Boris Berman was released on the Biddulph label.

Friction Quartet

Kevin Rogers, violin
Otis Harriel, violin
Taija Warbelow, viola
Doug Machiz, cello

Friction Quartet, whose performances have been called “terribly beautiful” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “stunningly passionate” (Calgary Herald) and “chillingly effective” (San Francisco Examiner), exists to expand the string quartet repertoire and audience for adventurous contemporary music. Joshua Kosman (San Francisco Chronicle) declared that Friction Quartet is “an artist who should be discovered” and described their performance as “high-octane music making…a fine blend of rhythmic ferocity and tonal flair.” John Adams shared Friction’s video of the second movement of his first string quartet on Facebook and Twitter and called it “spectacular.”

Since forming in 2011, Friction has given 63 world premiere performances and commissioned 30 works for string quartet. They opened for Kronos Quartet, in Kronos’s “Under 30″ series. Friction received a Chamber Music America grant to commission a new piano quintet from Andy Akiho to be performed with Jenny Q Chai. They also received a grant from San Francisco Friends of Chamber music to commission a new work from Mark Winges. Friction was selected as one of eleven artists featured in the SF Bay Guardian’s 2014 On the Rise issue. Their recording of David Conte’s second string quartet was just released on Albany Records. Read more.

While Friction has garnered international attention as commissioners and interpreters of new music, they are also devoted to performing masterworks of the string quartet repertoire at the highest level. They were quarter finalists in the 2015 Fischoff Competition and placed second at the 2015 Frances Walton Competition. In October 2015 they will compete in the semi finals of the Concert Artists Guild Competition. They received the 2012 Berkeley Piano Club Award. Friction has participated in the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar, the Banff Chamber Music Residency, and the Deer Valley Music Festival.

Friction Quartet is an artist in residence at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center and quartet in residence with West Edge Opera in Summer 2015. They are ensemble in residence with the Center for New Music and San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music for the 2015-2016 season.

Friction Quartet loves to collaborate with artists of all disciplines. Their premiere of Garrett-Moulton’s “A Show of Hands,” described by the SF Chronicle as “the greatest dance bargain offered in this town since the San Francisco Ballet performed in Stern Grove last summer,” took place in October 2013. The piece features Dan Becker’s original score for string quartet, commissioned by New Music USA, and six dancers that interact with the string quartet by gesturing, lifting, and lowering the musicians.

Friction Quartet is dedicated to building new audiences for contemporary music. In collaboration with composer Danny Clay, Friction realized a graphic score that Danny created using drawings that a third grade class made after listening to Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge. Danny’s video of the performance synced with the children’s drawings is one of Friction’s most viewed YouTube videos. Friction works with an after-school program called “Little Opera” that guides elementary school students through the process of creating an opera. They workshop graphic scores that the students create and present excerpts of old and new string quartets. The Little Opera students consistently report that Friction plays exactly what the students had in mind. As part of their 2014 winter residency at the Trinity Alps Chamber Music Festival, Friction gave several performances at local schools. Their recompositions of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” were the biggest hits.

Friction Quartet takes risks to enlarge the audience’s understanding of what a string quartet can be, through the use of digital sound processing, percussion, amplification, movement and by combining music with other media such as dance and film. But they never lose sight of the quartet’s essence—the endlessly nuanced interaction of four analog voices, even when those voices are used to channel real and produce faux digital sounds. See less.