Concerts highlights

MUSIC ON PARK AVENUE WITH PER TENGSTRAND & OPUS 21 Chopin's First Concerto

Thu—3-26-2020
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Photo by Karin Sterne

THU—MAR 26—7:30 PM
Pre-concert talk, 7 PM
$25 ($20 ASF Members)
Series Pass $125 ($100 ASF Members)

 

This season, Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand returns to Scandinavia House for the Music on Park Avenue concert series with a special presentation of famous piano concerti performed with musicians from Princeton chamber music group Opus 21.

This evening, Tengstrand and Opus 21 musicians Hana Mundiya and Michelle Yoon (violin), Nathan Rim (viola), and Leland Ko (cello) present Frédéric Chopin’s first concerto, “Piano Concerto in E Minor, Op. 11.” They will also perform the prelude from “Cello Suite in G Major” by Johann Sebastian Bach, and “Violin Sonata in G Minor” by Claude Debussy.

The Music on Park Avenue concert series is supported in part by a generous grant from The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and in part by the Lynn Carter Fund of the ASF.

About Per Tengstrand

Per Tengstrand has firmly established himself as one of today’s most exciting pianists. He has been described by The Washington Post as “technically resplendent, powerful, intuitively secure,” and by The New York Times as “a superb Swedish pianist” whose recital “was rewarding, both for its unusual programming and for his eloquent, technically polished performances.”

 

Tengstrand is the subject of the acclaimed Swedish documentary The Soloist, directed by Magnus Gertten and Stefan Berg (Sweden, 2003), which was featured at the International Festival of Cinema and Technology in New York. In 2005 he was decorated by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden with the “Litteris et Artibus” Medal for outstanding service to the arts.

About the Performers From Opus 21

Leland Ko began studying cello at the age of three. Born and raised in the Boston area, he studied with Ronald Lowry for many years at the Rivers School Conservatory. In 2011, he was admitted to the Perlman Music Program (PMP) in 2011, where, for the past six summers, he has studied with Ronald Leonard, teacher at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and former principal of the LA Philharmonic. PMP cultivated a deep love for chamber music for Leland. Additionally, through PMP, Leland was introduced Paul Katz, legendary cellist of the Cleveland Quartet, with whom he studied for four years at the New England Conservatory.

Hana Mundiya made her concerto debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 13 at David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center. A prizewinner in the 9th Leopold Mozart Competition in Augsburg, Germany and second place winner in the 2016 Aspen Music Festival Concerto Competition, Hana has been a guest soloist for the New York Piano Society at Carnegie Hall, and performed with ThePianoGuys at Perelman Hall at Carnegie Hall and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. She will major in Comparative Literature. Her teachers include Naoko Tanaka and Donald Weilerstein, with whom she has been studying since attending The Juilliard School for one year and Juilliard Pre-College.

Nathan Rim is from San Diego and is in the class of 2021. He plans to major in Molecular Biology. Raised in New York, Nathan began playing the violin at age 5, and started studying the viola in 2013. He studied with YuJeong Lee, and later joined Heidi Castleman’s studio with Molly Carr and Yi-Fang Huang. In 2014, Nathan left New York and studied with Pasha Tseitlin in San Diego. Nathan played as principal violist in the San Diego Youth Symphony, and he was also the principal violist of the International Youth Orchestra. He spent his summers at the Idyllwild Arts music camp. Nathan has received awards in the MTAC Solo Competition, VOCE Senior Division competition, Goodlin competition, Musical Merit Foundation, and many other programs. Nathan enjoys playing music with his two brothers.

Michelle is a sophomore from New York City who is planning on studying Neuroscience. She attended the Juilliard School Pre-College Division for three years, where she studied under Lewis Kaplan and played in the Pre-College Orchestra. She also served as concertmaster of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute during the summer of 2017. At Princeton, Michelle is a member of the Princeton University Orchestra, Opus 21 and Princeton University Women in Computer Science.