October 25, 2011
By Darla Martin Tucker
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – (www.lasierra.edu) A quintet of professional musicians whose performance careers have taken them around the world will bring their talents to La Sierra University’s stage on Oct. 29.
The Jung Trio, sisters Ellen on violin, Julie on cello, and Jennie on piano, will join violinist Jason Uyeyama, La Sierra University’s director of string studies, and violist Paul Reynolds in a chamber concert at 7 p.m. at La Sierra’s Hole Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $5 seniors, $10 general admission and $20 for family admission. Children age 12 and under are free.
The quintet will perform Edward Elgar’s “Piano Quintet in A Minor Op. 84,” and Robert Schumann’s “Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major Op. 44.”
For additional information call 951-785-2036. La Sierra University is located at 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside.
After more than 20 years of countless practice and performance sessions, the Jung Trio is a tight ensemble of violin, cello and piano. The world-traveling sisters live in Claremont, Costa Mesa and Diamond Bar. They each began taking music lessons when they were five years old. Jennie and Ellen started on the piano, but Ellen later switched to the violin. When their mother discovered something called a ‘piano trio,’ she enrolled Julie in cello lessons, Jennie Jung said. “Ever since Julie could string a few notes together we were playing as a trio. We started with hymns and progressed until we played out first official trio when we were about 9, 11, and 13 years old.”
The sisters’ parents emigrated from Korea to Toronto, Canada where the girls were born and raised. Their parents determined to give the sisters, and later their younger brother, musical opportunities that had been unavailable to them in their native country.
Early in their career the Jung Trio won a number of high profile music competition prizes. Individually they also paved their own musical paths, ultimately winning performance awards, soloing, teaching and collaborating with top symphonies, festivals and other groups.
Pianist Jennie Jung debuted with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at age 11. As a pianist, she has performed with several symphonies including the Korean Philharmonic and the Republic of Tartarstan Symphony in Russia. She has performed collaboratively around North America, Asia and Europe, and served as staff at the Aspen Summer Music Festival in Colorado.