Chamber Music Series
November 2, 2013 | 7:00 PM | $15
Hole Memorial Auditorium
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
MARTIN CHALIFOUR, violin
MARTIN CHALIFOUR began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1995. The recipient of various grants and awards in his native Canada, he graduated with honors from the Montreal Conservatory at the age of 18 and then moved to Philadelphia to pursue studies at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Chalifour received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and is also a laureate of the Montreal International Competition. Apart from his Philharmonic duties he maintains an active solo career, playing a diverse repertoire of more than 50 concertos. Chalifour has appeared as soloist with conductors Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel , Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Neville Marriner, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Outside the U.S., he played solo with the Auckland Philharmonia, the Montreal Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the National Orchestra of Taiwan, and the Malaysian Philharmonic, among others.
Chalifour began his orchestral career with the late Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony, playing as Associate Concertmaster for six years. Subsequently he occupied the same position for five years in the Cleveland Orchestra, where he also served as Acting Concertmaster under Christoph von Dohnányi. While in Cleveland, Chalifour taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and was a founding member of the Cleveland Orchestra Piano Trio.
Chalifour is a frequent guest at several summer music festivals, including the Sarasota Festival, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Mainly Mozart Festival. Maintaining close ties with his native country, he has returned there often to teach and perform as soloist with various Canadian orchestras, and most recently with the Vancouver Symphony and Maestro Tovey.
Martin Chalifour has recorded solo and chamber music for the Telarc, Northstar and Yarlung labels. His latest album on Yarlung features solo music composed by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Steven Stucky, as well as Mozart and Lutoslawski concertos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
JASON UYEYAMA, violin
Violinist Jason Uyeyama is Associate Professor of Music and Director of String Studies at La Sierra University where he teaches violin and chamber music. He continues to lead an active career as recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and soloist. He has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Uyeyama received is Master’s degree from Juilliard and his primary teachers include Itzhak Perlman, Masao Kawasaki, and Yao-Ji Lin.
Grace SungEun Park, from Irvine, California, enjoys an active solo and chamber music career. She is a recipient of numerous awards including Tomorrow’s Stars at the Center Competition, Osaka International Competition (Korea Region), and Yurim Young Artist Competition to name few. She has soloed with OCHSA Symphony Orchestra and has given recitals in US, Korea, and Japan. She has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Kathy Winkler, Donald McInnes, Alan Stepansky, Jerome Lowenthal, and Nicco Abandolo. Her chamber music quartet, Aiode Quartet, was recently named as the Honors Ensemble at the New England Conservatory and gave their debut recital in Jordan Hall. She has participated in summer programs such as Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and Encore School for Strings. As an orchestra musician, she served as principal and assistant principal violist of Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, USC Chamber and Symphony Orchestra, and New England Conservatory. She has also played with Boston Symphony Orchestra and New West Symphony and subbed with New World Symphony in Miami, Florida.
She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern California. In May 2011, she received her Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory where she graduated with honors. Now back in her native California, She is a Doctorate in Musical Arts candidate at University of Southern California. Her principal teachers include Don McInnes, Martha Katz, Jeffrey Irvine, Roger Myers, and Robert Becker. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking.
Meredith Crawford, viola
Violist Meredith Crawford, a Maine native, studied under the tutelage of Professor Peter Slowik at Oberlin College and Conservatory. She graduated in 2009 after completing Oberlin's double-degree program with both a B.M. in Viola Performance and a B.A. in English Literature. After being inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda honor society, she received the prestigious Prize for Musicianship, awarded to students judged to be "the most outstanding of those elected to Pi Kappa Lambda." Crawford was the first-prize winner of the Ohio Viola Society's annual competition in 2007, the 2009 Skokie Valley Symphony Annual Young Artist Competition and the 2009-10 Oberlin Conservatory Competition—the first win for a violist in over a decade. At the age of 22—before the completion of her senior year at Oberlin Conservatory—she won her first orchestral audition and a seat with Pacific Symphony. In September of 2012, she won her current position with the orchestra as assistant principal viola. Additionally, she has been performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since April of 2010, and more recently with the Riverside Philharmonic (as principal viola), the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Irvine's Mozart Classical Orchestra. Crawford is also an active chamber musician, performing frequently with the L.A.-based Salastina Music Society, the Historic Portsmouth Chamber Music Series in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the High Desert Chamber Music series in Bend, Ore. Crawford is also on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, where she is assistant principal viola of the faculty orchestra under the baton of Gerard Schwarz. She currently resides in beautiful Belmont Shore (where her neighbors include Pacific Symphony's principal flutist Benjamin Smolen and principal oboist Jessica Pearlman) with her two cats, Twinkie and Rahula.
MADELEINE KABAT, cello
Following her solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at age 18, cellist Madeleine Kabat has been featured as soloist with most recently the Gulf Coast Symphony (MS), Minot Symphony (ND), Red de Escuelas de Musica Orquesta (in Medellin, Colombia), Cleveland State University Orchestra, Oberlin Sinfonietta, Cleveland Philharmonic (OH), Spoleto Festival Orchestra (SC), Festival Mozaic Orchestra (CA), Springfield Symphony (MO) and Marin Symphony (CA). She made her solo debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC last year, and recently stepped in for delayed cello soloist Alban Gerhardt on a few hours notice to rehearse Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto with the Madison Symphony. Ms. Kabat has won top prizes in the competitions of Fischoff, Hellam, Klein International, Young Texas Artists, Akron Tuesday Musical, San Antonio Tuesday Musical, Mid-Texas Symphony, Cleveland Cello Society, and Rice University.
Last summer, Madeleine appeared as a guest artist at the Bravo! Vail festival in Colorado, the International Chamber Music Festival in Lima, Peru, the International Beethoven Project in Chicago, and for a fourth season at Festival Mozaic in California. Ms. Kabat has also been traveling frequently to Medellin, Colombia (South America) as faculty artist of Festicamara, as well as to teach and perform in the area. She has given masterclasses at Festicamara as well as at the University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point, Minot State University (ND), and at La Jolla’s SummerFest. Past festival appearances include Spoleto, La Jolla SummerFest, Kneisel Hall, Sarasota, Verbier, Round Top, Domaine Forget, and Zephyr (Italy). Madeleine appears frequently as a guest artist at La Sierra University in California, and has collaborated in chamber music performances with artists including Cho-Liang Lin, Jon Novacek, Atar Arad, Toby Appel, Orion Weiss, Scott Yoo, and the Jasper String Quartet. This summer she will be on the faculty of the Renova Music Festival in Pennsylvania, in addition to returning to Festival Mozaic, the International Beethoven Festival, and the ICMF in Lima, Peru.
An active orchestral musician, Ms. Kabat currently performs as substitute cellist for the Cleveland Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony, and has also performed with the Houston Symphony and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She made appearances as guest principal cellist this year with the Beethoven Festival Orchestra in Chicago and the Philharmonia Mexico in Mexico City, and holds positions in both the Canton Symphony and the Madison Symphony.
Ms. Kabat began cello lessons in Cleveland at age 11, and holds diplomas from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, the Juilliard School, and most recently Oberlin Conservatory, where she was a teaching assistant for Darrett Adkins.