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Sarita Kwok: DMA Recital

December 16, 2008

Violinist Sarita Kwok to perform a DMA recital of works by Beethoven, Carter, and Schumann

Kwok is a lecturer at Yale University and member of the Alianza String Quartet

The Yale School of Music will present violinist Sarita Kwok in a recital on Thursday, December 11, at 8:00 pm in Sprague Hall, 270 College Street in New Haven.  Performing with pianist Jian Liu, Ms. Kwok will play Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major, Op. 30, No. 3; Elliott Carter’s Statement – Remembering Aaron (from Four Lauds); and Schumann’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor. The concert is part of the requirements for Kwok’s Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music.

Australian violinist Sarita Kwok has been featured on stages in Australia, New Zealand, England, Italy, France, Germany, Poland, Israel, Japan, and the United States. After being named the James Fairfax Sydney Symphony Orchestra Young Artist, she made her debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at age 15 and then went on to win Australia’s most prestigious musical award, The Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year (Strings), at age 17. She has since been awarded prizes at the Kloster Schöntal International Violin Competition (Germany, 1997), Gisborne International Music Competition (New Zealand, 1998), and an Honorary Diploma at the Seventh Wieniawski and Lipinski International Competition (Poland, 2000).  As a founding member and first violinist of the Alianza String Quartet, Ms. Kwok won the grand prize at the Plowman National Chamber Music Competition in 2007 and has performed with the ASQ in Japan, France, Rome, and the UK. In October 2007, the Alianza Quartet made their Carnegie Hall debut to critical acclaim.  As a soloist and collaborator, Ms. Kwok has been featured on the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Thayer Academy Winter Series, Hebron Academy and Temple Emmanuel Chamber Series, and the Hammond GMAC Performing Arts Series. Ms. Kwok holds a literature degree from the University of Sydney and a Master of Musical Arts and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. Since 2006 Ms. Kwok has been on faculty at the Yale University Department of Music, where she directs the musicianship course.

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