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Violinist Wendy Sharp and friends perform Jan. 20

January 4, 2013

Concert features music by Mozart, Dvorák, Honegger

The Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents violinist Wendy Sharp and friends in a concert on Sunday afternoon, January 20. Sharp will be joined by violist Marka Gustavsson, cellist Mimi Hwang, and faculty pianist Melvin Chen. The program will include chamber music by Mozart, Dvorák, and Honegger.

Wendy Sharp and Melvin Chen are both members of the Yale School of Music faculty. Marka Gustavsson serves on the Bard College faculty and is a member of the Colorado Quartet; Mimi Hwang plays in the Amenda Quartet and teaches at the Eastman School of Music.

Two duets for strings will open the concert: Mozart‘s elegant Duo for violin and viola in B-flat major, K. 424, and Honegger‘s Sonatine for violin and cello, “a work of elegance and style” (All Music Guide) written in 1932.

All four performers come together for the concert’s final piece, Dvorák‘s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 87, “an unjustly neglected masterpiece of the chamber music repertoire” (AMG).

The concert begins at 4 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street). Admission is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Performers

Wendy Sharp performs frequently as a recitalist and a chamber musician and is in demand as a teacher and chamber music coach. For nearly a decade, Ms. Sharp was the first violinist of the Franciscan String Quartet, with which she toured North America, Europe, and Japan and was honored with many awards including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Press and City of Evian Prizes at the Evian International String Quartet Competition. A native of the San Francisco Bay area, she graduated summa cum laude from Yale University and received the Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Ms. Sharp has served on the faculties of Mannes College, Dartmouth College, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Choate Rosemary Hall, and has participated in the Aspen, Tanglewood, Chamber Music West, Norfolk, and Music Academy of the West festivals. Wendy Sharp is a lecturer in violin and director of chamber music at the Yale School of Music.

Marka Gustavsson studied with Mimi Zweig and then with the legendary Joseph Gingold. A dedicated chamber musician, she has performed in major halls across Europe, Canada, and the U.S., as well as Japan and Israel. Marka has been invited to festivals including Bard, Mostly Mozart, Skaneateles, Portland, Bennington, and Newport. She has appeared as a guest of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, on WQXR’s Showcase, and with the Symphony Space All-Stars. Marka has worked closely with composers including John Halle, Joan Tower, Kyle Gann, George Tsontakis, Yinam Leef, Katherine Hoover, Martin Bresnick, and Tan Dun. In 2000, Marka joined the Colorado Quartet, an active touring ensemble offering traditional and new repertoire. Ms. Gustavsson holds a teaching position at Bard College, and with the Colorado Quartet, serves as faculty and co-artistic director at Soundfest Chamber Music Festival and Quartet Institute.

Cellist Mimi Hwang was born and raised in Los Angeles. She is currently an assistant professor of chamber music at the Eastman School of Music, lecturer of music at Nazareth College, and a founding member of the Amenda Quartet. She is also co-artistic director of the Young Artists Program at the Yellow Barn Music School and Festival. Ms. Hwang was the cellist and a founding member of the Franciscan String Quartet, which won first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition . The quartet held the position of Wardwell Fellows at the Yale School of Music and was Quartet-in-Residence at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College, where Ms. Hwang was on the faculty of the Department of Music. As a soloist, Ms. Hwang has performed with the Beijing Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra.

Pianist Melvin Chen has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Boston’s Jordan Hall, and throughout the U.S., Canada, and Asia. Recent highlights include solo recitals at Weill Recital Hall and concerto appearances with the American Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Chen’s recordings include Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations (Bridge), praised as “a classic” by theAmerican Record Guide, and Joan Tower’s piano music (Naxos). An enthusiastic chamber musician, Mr. Chen has collaborated with such artists as Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, Pamela Frank, and Peter Wiley, and with the Shanghai, Tokyo, Miami, and Miró quartets. Mr. Chen is the Deputy Dean of the Yale School of Music as well as the artistic director of the chamber music program at Hotchkiss Summer Portals.

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