Chamber Soloists of Detroit
Awards & Rewards
Saturday, January 14th, 2023 @ 7:30 PM
“Attending a CSD performance is like hearing the music for the first time.”
In this second installment of its residency at KCH, Chamber Soloists of Detroit is proud to present Grammy and Emmy award-winning violist Richard O’Neill, in recital with his esteemed colleague and CSD Founder, pianist Pauline Martin, featuring Schubert’s “Arpeggione” Sonata and the romantic Cello Sonata by Rachmaninov.
Chamber Soloists of Detroit invites you to stay seated immediately following the concert for a lively exchange with the artists from the stage in their signature talk-back, Just Between Us!
About Chamber Soloists of Detroit
Chamber Soloists of Detroit has proudly created a tradition of presenting the area’s finest virtuosi in collaboration with emerging and renowned guest artists. Its vigorous pursuit of international outreach and touring opportunities enhances Detroit’s global image as a cultural leader. Now in its ninth season, Chamber Soloists of Detroit has established itself as a major presence in metropolitan Detroit and beyond, already fulfilling its mission to serve as artistic ambassador for the culturally rich city of Detroit, once known as the “Paris of the West.” Performances in Canada and Germany have paved the way for CSD’s much anticipated European concert tour in November of 2021, with debut performances at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and other prestigious venues. Read more on the CSD website.
KCH’s Classical Salon presentations are generously supported in part by Genre Underwriters, Maurice & Linda Binkow.
COVID-19 Policy for Indoor Concerts at Kerrytown Concert House
- Masks are strongly encouraged and available as needed.
- Please do not attend a performance if you are feeling ill or have any symptoms of COVID-19.
Praised by the London Times as “ravishing” the New York Times for his “elegant, velvety tone” the Los Angeles Times as “energetic and sassy…exceptional” and Seattle Times as “sublime” Takács Quartet violist Richard O’Neill has distinguished himself as one of the great instrumentalists of his generation. Winner of both a GRAMMY and EMMY Award, and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has achieved recognition and critical acclaim not only as a champion of his instrument but as a social and musical ambassador as well. He has appeared as soloist with the London, Los Angeles, Seoul, and Euro-Asian Philharmonics; the Albany, BBC, KBS, Hiroshima and Korean Symphonies; the Moscow, Vienna, and Wurttemburg Chamber Orchestras; Alte Musik Koln, Kremerata Baltica and Sejong with conductors Andrew Davis, Miguel Harth Bedoya, Vladimir Jurowski, Nicholas McGegan, Eiji Oue, Francois Xavier Roth, Vassily Sinaisky, Leonard Slatkin, Osmo Vanska and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. In June 2020, he joined the world renowned Takacs Quartet.
As recitalist he has performed in many of the greatest halls of the world including Carnegie, Alice Tully, David Geffen, the Kennedy Center, Disney, Herbst Theater, Wigmore, Salle Cortot, the Louvre, Madrid National Concert Hall, Teatro Colon, Hong Kong Cultural Center, Shanghai Concert Hall, Tokyo International Forum and Opera City, Osaka Symphony Hall, Seoul Arts Center and LOTTE Concert Hall. For many years an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as well as Principal Violist of Camerata Pacifica, he has frequently collaborated with the world’s greatest musicians including Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Leon Fleisher, Gidon Kremer, Warren Jones, Garrick Ohlsson, Menahem Pressler, Daniil Trifonov, James Ehnes, Kyung-Wha Chung, Augustin Hadelich, Boris Giltburg, Mischa Maisky, Steven Isserlis, Edgar Meyer and The Juilliard, Emerson, Borromeo, Syzmanowski String Quartets, among many others. Festival appearances include Marlboro, Aspen, Bridgehampton, Casals, Chamber Music Northwest, Dresden, Evian, Great Mountains, Hatfield House, La Folle Journee, La Jolla, Leicester, Mecklenburg, Menlo, Moritzburg, Mostly Mozart, Music Academy of the West, Prussia Cove, Saint Barthelemy, Saratoga, Seattle and Tongyeong.
A UNIVERSAL/Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, he has made ten solo albums which have sold more than 200,000 copies. He has remained one of the best selling South Korean recording artists for over a decade with multiple platinum disc awards. His recordings of Schoenberg were twice nominated for a GRAMMY in 2006 and 2010, and his recording of Christopher Theofanidis’s Viola Concerto has earned him his third nomination and first GRAMMY in the Best Instrumental Solo Category.
Dedicated to the music of our time, he has worked with composers Lera Auerbach, Mason Bates, Elliott Carter, Paul Chihara, Unsuk Chin, Mario Davidovsky, John Harbison, Jo Kondo, Chris Paul Harman, Matthias Pintscher, Huang Ruo, Christopher Theofanidis, George Tsontakis, Melinda Wagner, John Zorn, and has premiered works commissioned and composed for him by Carter, Harbison, Ruo, and Chihara. In 2018 he premiered composer Lera Auerbach 24 Preludes with the composer at the piano for Camerata Pacifica, in 2019 he recorded Huang Ruo’s Viola Concerto “In Other Words” at the Bavarian Radio, and in 2022 premiered Paul Chihara’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra with the Seoul Philharmonic and Osmo Vanska.
A popular figure in South Korea, he has appeared on major television networks, newspapers and publications. His 2004 appearance in the KBS Documentary Series, Human Theater was viewed by over 12 million and led to a second series and his popularity with the Korean public. In 2013, he led a documentary series featuring his work with a multicultural youth orchestra for MBC, “Hello?! Orchestra” which led to an International Emmy in Arts Programming and a feature length film that debuted at the Busan International Film Festival. For thirteen seasons, he served as artistic director of DITTO, introducing tens of thousands to chamber music in South Korea and Japan. On DITTO’s two international tours, he sold out both Tokyo’s International Forum and Osaka Symphony Hall as well as the Shanghai Concert Hall.
The first violist to receive the Artist Diploma from Juilliard, he holds a Bachelors of Music from The USC Thornton School of Music magna cum laude and a Masters from The Juilliard School: Donald McInnes, Karen Tuttle and Paul Neubauer were his mentors. In 2006 he was honored with a Proclamation from the New York City Council for his achievement and contribution to the arts. He serves as Goodwill Ambassador for the Korean Red Cross, The Special Olympics and UNICEF, runs marathons for charity and serves on the faculty of the CU Boulder College of Music and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.
He performs on two rare violas: one made by Matteo Goffriller of Venice, the ex-Trampler, made in 1727, and the other, a Gasparo da Salo, ex-Iglitzin, the Counts of Flanders. Richard is a Thomastik-Infleld artist.