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YSM students perform at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in February 2014

Robert Bennesh plays new 5,000-pipe organ; three YSM pianists participate in the Millennium Stage Conservatory Project
February 17, 2014

kennedy1Yale School of Music students will soon take part in two performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Both events — on February 19 and 23 — will be streamed live via the Kennedy Center’s website.

In honor of the Kennedy Center’s recently debuted 5,000-pipe organ, Yale School of Music faculty and students will perform an organ showcase in Washington, D.C. The concert, featuring Yale School of Music student Robert Bennesh, will take place on Wednesday, February 19 at 6 pm.

In addition, YSM students will be performing as part of the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage Conservatory Project, a semi-annual event presenting the nation’s finest young musical artists. This year’s concert, which takes place on Sunday, February 23 at 6 pm, will feature three pianists:  Yevgeny Yontov ’14 MM, Lo-An Lin ’14 AD, and Wenbin Jin ’14 AD. 

In the February 19 organ showcase, Bennesh will perform Marcel Dupré’s Prelude and Fugue in B major, Op. 7, No. 1 and selections from Robert Schumann’s Studien für den Peal-Flügel, Op. 56.

The Conservatory Project concert on February 23 will begin with Yevgeny Yontov ’14 MM performing Haydn’s Sonata in A-flat major. Next, Lo-An Lin ’14AD will perform the first movement of Schumann’s Fantasy and Rachmaninoff’s Etude in E-flat minor, Op. 33, No. 5. The concert will conclude with Chopin’s Barcarolle and Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat major, Op. 53, performed by Wenbin Jin ’14AD. For more information about the Conservatory Project, visit this website.


Both concerts will stream live on the Kennedy Center Conservatory Project website and will be available for later viewing. LIVE STREAM 

Videos of previous YSM performances at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage are also available. VIDEOS

About the Performers

bennesh_robertRobert Bennesh hails from southern Sweden. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in church music from the Malmö Academy of Music and the Royal Danish Academy of Music (Copenhagen) where he studied organ with, among others, Hans Fagius and Bine Bryndorf. Currently enrolled in the Master of Music degree program in organ at the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Robert is a student of Thomas Murray. While on leave from his position as assistant organist of St. Andrew’s Church in Malmö for his studies at Yale, he also serves as Organ Scholar at Christ Church Episcopal in New Haven as Professor Murray’s assistant. Bennesh sings tenor in the Yale Schola Cantorum under the artistic direction of David Hill. His awards include scholarships from the Swedish Royal Academy of Music, Pro Fide et Christianismo, and the Swedish Organ Society.

Yontov_Yevgeny_webYevgeny Yontov was born in 1989 in Odessa, Ukraine, and immigrated to Israel with his family in 1990. He began his piano studies at the age of six with Adela Umansky, and later received his B.Mus. degree summa cum laude from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, where he studied with Arie Vardi. Currently, he is pursuing his M.M. degree at the Yale School of Music, studying with Boris Berman. Yevgeny served in the Israel Defense Forces as an Outstanding Musician and has been supported by the AICF scholarships since 1998, as well as by the organization Zfunot Tarbut. Recently, Yevgeny has won first prize and the gold medal at the Wideman International Piano Competition in the United States. Previously, he received first prize in the Tel-Hai International Concerto Competition in Israel, and in the International Piano Competition in Pinerolo, he received fourth prize and a special prize for an outstanding performance of a Beethoven sonata in the finals. He has also received first prizes in most of the big national Israeli piano competitions. An active chamber musician, Yevgeny has played chamber concerts in Israel, Europe, the United States, Canada, and South America, with artists such as the clarinetist David Shifrin. As a solo artist, he has performed on stages in Israel, the U.S., and many countries in Europe.

lin_lo-anA native of Taiwan, Lo-An Lin has appeared in recitals in Seoul National Arts Center, National Recital Hall in Taiwan, and Steinway Hall in New York City. Her performances have been broadcast on WQXR-FM and ABC Classics. Ms. Lin has appeared with the Queensland Orchestra, the Glenn Gould School Orchestra, San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, and the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra. She will be performing with the San Antonio Symphony in February 2014. Competition highlights include first prize and Baroque Performance Prize at the San Antonio International Piano Competition, first prize at the National MTNA Piano Competition, third prize at the Corpus Christi International Piano Competition; first prize, Audience Prize, Concerto Prize, and Australian Work Prize at Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition; and second prize at the Kosciuszko Chopin Piano Competition. Lo-An Lin received her M.M degree from the Eastman School of Music and the B.M. degree from the San Francisco Conservatory. She is currently pursuing the Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music, where she studies with Hung-Kuan Chen. Former teachers include Nelita True and Yoshikazu Nagai.

wenbinjinWenbin Jin started playing piano at the age of five. At 18, he was accepted to the Yale School of Music to study with Boris Berman and earned a Certificate in Performance. From the fall of 2009 until 2013, Mr. Jin studied with Hung-Kuan Chen at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He is currently pursuing the Artist Diploma at the Yale School of Music. Wenbin Jin has been a participant and prizewinner in numerous competitions. Most recently, he won second prize in the Sixth China International Piano Competition (Xiamen) and was the top prizewinner of the Sixth Shanghai International Piano Competition. Mr. Jin has received top prizes in the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, the Toyama Piano Competition, and the China National Piano Competition. He has performed with many orchestras including the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Macau Philharmonic Orchestra, and the NEC String Chamber Orchestra.