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Cornish Music Series Presents Trio de Kooning
PONCHO Concert Hall (Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts)
Seattle, WA
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Cornish Music Series Presents Trio de Kooning
Trio de Kooning (TdK) is a newly formed string trio named after the Dutch-American painter Willem de Kooning. These three American musicians, based in The Hague, possess a special love and ambition for contemporary music by both Dutch and American composers.

About the Performers

A chamber musician at heart, violinist Clara Kim has collaborated with top artists such as Colin Carr, Philippe Graffin, Charles Neidich, and Eric Rosenblith, and is thrilled to be a part of Trio de Kooning (TdK). TdK started under the guidance of cellist Anssi Kartunnen and has worked with musicians such as cellist Michel Strauss and composer Kaaija Saariaho at the 2011 Saariaho Festival. Clara was also a founding member of The Hague String Variations (THSV), a string sextet and winner of the 2009 Debut Concert Tour, which started at Het Concertgebouw. This unique group of friends from Dutch, Slovakian, French, and American nationalities went on to perform together on the Grachten Festival, Muziekzomer Gelderland and De Haagse Muziek Driedaagse series, as well as at IMS Prussia Cove in England. Their live broadcasts include Radio 4 (Spiegelzaal, Het Concertgebouw) and Radio West (Anton Philipszaal). Clara enjoys tackling the variety of challenges that come with playing contemporary music. Some of her most memorable projects include "Moz-Art a la Haydn" by Schnittke with Rotterdam Sinfonietta (for 2 violins and chamber orchestra), "Black Angels" by Crumb (for amplified string quartet), and 31-tone (microtonal) chamber music works by Kox. Among her most challenging - "Ikhoor" for string trio by Xenakis (an incredible eleven minute piece of polyrhythms) with TdK, and "4 Lauds" by Carter (for solo violin). She has participated in projects with larger contemporary ensembles such as the What's Next?, ASKO|Schonberg and New European Chamber Ensembles, as well as Heidelberg Fruhling Festival's Atelier Project. A native of Boston, Clara completed a double Bachelor degree program at the New England Conservatory with Eric Rosenblith, Pi Kappa Lambda, and a Literature Degree Magna Cum Laude at Tufts University. She received her Master's degree at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, and then moved to Los Angeles where she is currently a Doctoral of Musical Arts candidate at University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.

Praised for her compelling playing, American violist Hannah Shaw enjoys performing music of a wide variety of genres. As a proponent of contemporary music, she has performed with the Asko|Schoenberg Ensemble under Reinbert de Leeuw, Peter Eötvös and Heinz Holliger; the Nieuw Ensemble; the New Juilliard Ensemble; the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble; and AXIOM. She has performed György Ligeti's Sonata for Solo Viola in the U.S. and the U.K.; performed in the New York premiere of Elliot Carter's Sinfonia under the baton of James Levine; and has participated in the Holland Festival, Juilliard's Focus! Festival, and MoMA's Summergarden series. Recent chamber music collaborations include performances with Trio de Kooning, The Hague String Variations, Nieuw Amsterdams Peil, and Acadia Chamber Ensemble. She made her Alice Tully Hall chamber music debut in 2006; has appeared at such festivals as Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Festival de Musique de Chambre a Giverny, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Casalmaggiore International Festival, and The Quartet Program; and has recorded chamber music of Benjamin Dale for the Dutton Epoch label. From 2009-2011, she was principal violist of the Magogo Kamerorkest in Tilburg, The Netherlands. She has also appeared as principal violist of both the Juilliard and Oberlin Orchestras, and participated in both orchestras' tours of China. As a baroque violist, she has received coaching from cellist Anner Bylsma, studied with violinst Robert Mealy, and was selected to participate a 2009 Juilliard Historical Performance Seminar with William Christie and members of Les Arts Florissants. She has had coachings and masterclasses with such musicians as Lars Anders Tomter, Thomas Riebl, Bruno Giuranna, Seymour Lipkin, Karen Ritscher, Heidi Castleman, Csaba Erdélyi, Charles Castleman, Hsin-Yun Huang, Nicholas Mann, and members of the Juilliard, Orion, and Takács Quartets. Ms. Shaw received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2006 from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she was elected to the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society and studied with Roger Chase and Peter Slowik. In 2008 she received her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Toby Appel and Samuel Rhodes.

American cellist Joann Whang has performed throughout North America and Europe in numerous festivals and concert halls such as Acanthes Contemporary, Aspen, Banff, Carnegie's Zankel Hall, Delft Chamber Music, Domaine Forget, Grachten, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, NJO muziekzomer, Storioni, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. After studying with Ronald Leonard at the Colburn School (B.M.) in California and Aldo Parisot at Yale (M.M.), she was awarded a Fulbright grant to continue her studies with Michel Strauss and Jan-Ype Nota in Paris and then in Den Haag. Since her residence in the Netherlands, she was awarded both first and audience prizes at the 2010 Amsterdam Cello Biënnale Concours, resulting in performances with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Her affinity to contemporary music has led her to work with Anssi Karttunen and composer Kaija Saariaho and become a founding member of Trio de Kooning.



PONCHO Concert Hall (Kerry Hall, Cornish College of the Arts) (View)
710 E. Roy Street
Seattle, WA 98102
United States

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