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Cellist Jacques Wood gives a lecture-recital on historical performance and Beethoven May 5

Pianist Ryo Yanagitani joins Wood in performing sonatas on historical and modern instruments

The Yale School of Music will present a lecture-recital by cellist Jacques Lee Wood on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). Wood, a graduate of the School of Music, is a member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble and studies historical performance practice with early music specialist Robert Mealy.

In his presentation, Wood will examine issues of historical performance practice in Beethoven’s cello sonatas and will discuss how they apply to today’s performers. The lecture, writes Wood, “will discuss and demonstrate the idiomatic writing, musical syntax, and performance practices of the Classical period – ultimately suggesting these elements as viable inclusions to current interpretation.”

Along with pianist Ryo Yanagitani, Wood will illustrate the lecture with examples played on both historical and modern instruments. On historical instruments, including the School of Music’s fortepiano built by Rodney Regier, the duo will play Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor and Sonata No. 3 in A major. Wood and Yanagitani perform frequently together as Duo Chrysalis.

Admission to the lecture-recital is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music's website or call the concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Artists

Cellist Jacques Lee Wood has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in such prestigious venues as Boston’s Jordan Hall, Merkin Hall and LeFrak Hall in New York, Auditorium Marcel Landowski in Paris, and Youngsan Art Hall in Seoul, to name a few. He was a top prize winner at the ARTS Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competitions. He is currently on faculty at the Korea Strings Research Institute and the Korea-Japan Summer Festival.  He has served on faculty at Atlantic Union College, as a cello instructor at the Yale School of Music, and as a faculty member in the department of music at the New Haven Cooperative Arts Magnet High School. Mr. Wood received a B.M. degree from the New England Conservatory and his M.M. and M.M.A degrees from the Yale School of Music where he studied with Laurence Lesser and Aldo Parisot, respectively. He is a frequent guest at summer music festivals, including the Norfolk Festival, Banff Festival, and the International Arts Institute.

Pianist Ryo Yanagitani has distinguished himself as one of Canada’s most promising young artists. Winner of the gold medal at the Tenth San Antonio International Piano Competition, he is also the grand prize winner of the Hugo Kauder International Piano Competition and a laureate of numerous others. Ryo has made concerto appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra, Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Vancouver and Morocco, among others. Ryo has received two Emerging Artists grants from the Canadian Arts Council as well as the Arthur Foote Scholarship from the Harvard Musical Association. He is a pianist of the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation and is frequently asked to adjudicate competitions and conduct masterclasses. Ryo Yanagitani received his M.M. degree from the Yale School of Music, a bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia, and an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute.