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Carolyn Kuan conducts the Yale Philharmonia in Mahler and Berg Jan. 29

Violinist Mélanie Clapiès is the soloist in Berg's Violin Concerto
December 22, 2015
Carolyn Kuan

Carolyn Kuan

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia with guest conductor Carolyn Kuan and violin soloist Mélanie Clapiès on Friday, January 29. Kuan, the music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, will lead the orchestra in works by Alban Berg and Gustav Mahler.

Violinist Mélanie Clapiès, a recent YSM graduate and a winner of the 2015 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, will be the featured soloist in Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto. Perhaps his most frequently performed work, Berg’s Violin Concerto is marked as “to the memory of an angel”: he was driven to write it after the death of Manon Gropius, the daughter of Alma Mahler (once Gustav Mahler’s wife) and Walter Gropius.

The second half of the concert feature Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, named the “Titan” after the novel by Jean Paul. “Mahler’s story took shape as a sequence of experiences,” writes Steven Johnson: “the first two movements progress from youthful springtime to confident adulthood; the last two progress from death to a battle against sorrow.”

Mélanie Clápiès

Mélanie Clápiès

Conductor Carolyn Kuan is recognized as a conductor of extraordinary versatility. She has enjoyed successful associations with top-tier orchestras, opera companies, ballet companies, and festivals worldwide, and is also a keen advocate of contemporary music and environmental conservation.

The concert takes place at 7:30 pm in Woolsey Hall (500 College Street at the corner of Grove Street, New Haven).

Tickets start at $10, $8 for Yale employees, and $5 with student ID. There is a $3 surcharge when purchasing at the door (in Woolsey Hall after 4 pm on the day of the concert). Purchase online or call the box office at 203 432-4158.

The concert will also stream live online.

About the Guest Conductor

Carolyn Kuan is a skilled interpreter and impressive podium presence. A conductor of extraordinary versatility, Ms. Kuan has enjoyed successful associations with top-tier orchestras, opera companies, ballet companies, and festivals worldwide. Her commitment to contemporary music has defined her approach to programming, and established her as an international resource for new music and world premieres.

Ms. Kuan’s recent North American engagements include performances with the symphonies of Baltimore, Detroit, Milwaukee, San Francisco, and Seattle; the New York City Ballet; Colorado Music Festival; the New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and Washington National Opera. International engagements have included concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Hong Kong Philharmonic, National Symphony of Taiwan, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatan, Royal Danish Ballet, West Australian Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Kuan’s past associations include Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Artist-in-Residence at the New York City Ballet, and Assistant Conductor for the Baltimore Opera Company. In her 2012 debut album for the Naxos label, Ms. Kuan conducted the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in various works by Chinese composers.

The recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Kuan holds the distinction of being the first female to be awarded the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship by the Herbert von Karajan Centrum and American Austrian Foundation in 2003, resulting in her residency at the 2004 Salzburg Festival. Winner of the first Taki Concordia Fellowship, she has received additional awards from the Women’s Philharmonic, Conductors Guild, and Susan W. Rose Fund for Music. Ms. Kuan graduated cum laude from Smith College, received a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois, and earned a Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory. BIOGRAPHY

About the Soloist

French violinist Mélanie Clapiès has studied at the National Conservatoire of Lyon under Pavel Vernikov and Christophe Poiget, at the National Conservatoire of Paris under Ami Flammer and Claire Désert, and at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama under John Glickman. Born into a family of teachers, she studied for a graduate diploma in violin teaching. She has taught successively at the conservatoires of Toulon and Bordeaux, as well as at the Paris École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot.

Clapiès graduated from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Syoko Aki. She has received guidance from the Tokyo Quartet, the Artis Quartet, and the Emerson Quartet, as well as from Rainer Schmidt and Vera Beths. She is also interested in conducting and composition. With her predilection for chamber music, she has founded a festival in Burgundy in collaboration with cellist Yan Levionnois, her partner on the forthcoming recording Les Pierrots Lunaires.

A winner of an award granted by the Zonta Club, Clapiès plays a 1781 Joseph Gagliano violin. WEBSITE