MINIFEST: Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival In Residence





MINIFEST: Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival In Residence

  • $35 - SOLD OUT Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $25 - SOLD OUT Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • Ran Dank, piano
  • Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin/viola
  • James VanValkenburg, viola
  • Omer Quartet
  • Trio De Novo

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!


Divertimento for violin and piano from Le baiser de la fée Stravinsky
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin; Ran Dank, piano
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 Debussy
Omer Quartet
Piano Quartet No. 1, in C minor, Op. 15 Fauré
Trio De Novo; James VanValkenburg, viola

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.

James VanValkenburg

James VanValkenburg, Assistant Principal Viola of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, came to orchestral playing after a satisfying career in chamber music. As a founding member of the International String Quartet, he toured the world with concerts in Europe, the Far East, South America and the United States. The quartet won several notable prizes, including the Munich Competition, East & West Artists of New York, and first prize in the Premier Grand Prix at the International Chamber Music Competition in Evian, France. Read more.

A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Indiana University School of Music, James has enjoyed chamber music collaborations with many of his favorite musicians: Menahem Pressler, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, David Shifrin, and Isaac Stern. He became a member of Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings in 2004.

His recent recordings, all on the Koch International label, include a violin-viola duet by William Bolcom, piano quartets by Franz Waxman and the Stravinsky septet. James enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, ages 14 and 11, as well as training for and competing in Ironman triathlons. See less.

Omer Quartet

Mason Yu, violin
Erica Tursi, violin
Jinsun Hong, viola
Alex Cox, cello

Finalists and prizewinners of the 2016 Bordeaux International Competition in France, the Omer Quartet was named the 2013 Grand Prize and Gold Medal Winner of the 40th Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Praised by U-T San Diego for playing with a “sense of discovery and adventure, but also with considerable finesse,” they have performed across North America and Europe. The quartet is currently the resident ensemble of the New England Conservatory’s Professional Quartet Training Program directed by Paul Katz. Read more.

Established at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2009, they have performed in venues such as Jordan Hall, Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago’s Cultural Center, Pollack Hall in Montreal, the Rolston Recital Hall at the Banff Centre, and several historic landmarks in Northern Italy. They have appeared on the WFMT radio network and the Aspen Public Radio. The quartet has collaborated and performed with internationally renowned artists such as Cho-Liang Lin, the Assad Brothers, the Borromeo String Quartet and Lois Shapiro. In 2011, they were invited by the Banff Centre to give a world premiere of Bob Becker’s Preludes for percussion and string quartet. Most recently, they were invited to compete in the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and have also participated in the McGill International String Quartet Academy, the Ravinia Steans Institute, and the Perlman Music Program.

Committed to community education and advocates of civic engagement, the Omer Quartet devotes time to creating original and interactive programs. They recently completed a fellowship with Music for Food, a musician-led initiative directed by Kim Kashkashian for local hunger relief. As fellows, they were involved in the organization’s various educational projects, including leading assemblies and masterclasses for middle and high school music students. The quartet was Cleveland Chamber Music Society’s Quartet in Residence from 2012-2013, and has presented masterclasses across the country, including Midwest Young Artists, Valparaiso University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and ensemble workshops with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. They have recently partnered with New England Conservatory Preparatory School's chamber music department and will teach masterclasses and private coachings during this academic year. See less.

Trio De Novo

Brian Bak, violin
Phuc Phan, cello
Hsin-Chiao Liao, piano

In Spring 2017, Trio De Novo (formerly known as Trio Honoré) welcomed the arrival of violinist Brian Bak. His extensive experience as an avid soloist and chamber musician, as well as his dedication and enthusiasm, has infused the trio with new energy, passion and tremendous joy in the collaborative process.

Before the formation of the trio, each member had enjoyed successes worldwide, performing as soloist, chamber musicians and teachers throughout Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Japan, China, Korea, Italy, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Croatia and the United States. In the upcoming concert season, the trio will make its appearance at concert halls and schools in the United States, giving performances as well as masterclasses to students. Trio De Novo is currently based in New York.