Classical Music by Women Composers
Clara Schumann (1819-1896): Three Romances for violin and piano
Rebecca Clark(1886-1979): Piano Trio
Moderato ma appassionato
Andante molto semplice
Rebecca Clark: Passacaglia
Shulamit Ran (Born 1949): Soliloquy for Piano Trio
Emma Lou Diemer (Born 1927): Toccatta
Geoffrey Herd, violin
Alice Yoo, cello
Zahari Metchkov, piano
Cellist Alice Yoo has been warmly hailed for her sensitive musicianship, expressive nuance, and passionate commitment to teaching. She has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, performing in prestigious venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
A sought after chamber musician, Alice has collaborated with distinguished artists including Itzhak Perlman, Mitsuko Uchida, Dénes Varjon, Donald Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Midori Goto, Kim Kashkashian, Jonathan Biss and members of the Cleveland, Guarneri and Juilliard Quartets. She has been invited to esteemed festivals including the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute, Music@Menlo, Caramoor Evnin Rising Stars, Perlman Music Program, VIVO Music Festival and IMS Prussia Cove Open Chamber Music. She regularly tours with Musicians from Marlboro and will appear on their East coast tour in November 2018. Alice performs frequently with premiere ensembles including the New York Classical Players, East Coast Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and Grammy nominated ensembles A Far Cry, The Knights and Metropolis Ensemble.
From 2012-2014, Alice was a member of Ensemble Connect (ACJW), a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School of Music, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. In addition to creating engaging chamber music programs for detention centers, hospitals, and other community centers in all five boroughs of New York City, she was a guest teaching artist in Edward R Murrow High School in Brooklyn for two years.
As teacher, Alice was faculty of cello and chamber music at Bard College's Preparatory Division from 2012-2015 and has given masterclasses across the United States.
As winner of the USC 2009 String Concerto Competition, Alice performed Samuel Barber's Cello Concerto with the USC Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jorge Mester with the performance later featured on KUSC radio. She has won top prizes in the Holland-America Music Society Competition, Schadt International String Competition, and Klein International String Competition. Alice has appeared as soloist with the USC Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic, New York Classical Players, Billings Symphony and the Bozeman Symphony. Her performances have been featured and broadcasted on Los Angeles' KUSC, Chicago's WFMT and Boston's WGBH.
Passionate for new music, Alice has worked closely with the esteemed composers Sophia Gubaidulina, Jennifer Hidgon, György Kurtág and John Harbison. She has given world premieres of renowned emerging composers Samuel Carl Adams and Andy Akiho at Carnegie Hall. Recent recordings include Pierre Jalbert's String Trio for Music at Copland House, the music of Andy Akiho and Derek Bermel with Grammy award-winning producer Judith Sherman and the Tonight Show band, The Roots.
A native of Bozeman, Montana, Alice began her cello studies with Dr. Ilse-Mari Lee and was a pupil of Richard Aaron in the Cleveland Institute of Music's Young Artist Program. She earned a bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory, studying with Paul Katz. Under the tutelage of Ralph Kirshbaum, she received a post-graduate diploma from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England and a masters degree from the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.
Violinist Geoffrey Herd has given performances in the United States, Latin America and Asia, and is frequently sought after as a recitalist and chamber musician. Mr. Herd has performed at venues such as the Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum of Art in Boston and Carnegie Halls Weill Recital Hall. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Herd has collaborated with some of the finest musicians of our time including Ani Kavafian, Clive Greensmith, James Dunham and Laurie Smukler. Mr. Herd has also performed concertos with numerous orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Thailand Philharmonic, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony, the Amherst Symphony, the Finger Lakes Symphony, the University of Tennessee Symphony Orchestra, and the Longmont Symphony.
A strong proponent of new music, Mr. Herd was a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Vicennium Void. The group was the dedicatee of many works and were Artists-in-Residence at the Thailand International Composition Festival in June 2014 and 2015. Mr. Herd returned to the festival in 2016 as a soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic performing John Corigilianos Red Violin Concerto. Additionally, Mr. Herd has given a number of premiers including the NY premier of Pierre Jalberts Wild Ambrosia, and world premieres of Daniel Knaggs Ancient Ruins, and Chris Walczaks Incorporeal Spaces.
Equally committed to expanding the reach of classical music, Mr. Herd is the founder and director of the Geneva Music Festival in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Each summer, the Festival presents internationally acclaimed artists in venues throughout the Finger Lakes and has quickly become one of the areas leading arts organizations. The festival champions the cause of making classical music accessible to all through culturally diverse programming and donating educational concerts to local school districts.
Mr. Herd joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in August 2016 where he has built a thriving studio, attracting students from around the globe. His students frequently participate in some of the nations top music festivals including the Aspen, Brevard, Killington, Sarasota, and Wintergreen festivals, have gone on to graduate school at the Yale School of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory and are frequent competition winners throughout the country. Mr. Herd has also been on faculty at the Killington Music Festival, is co-director of the Knoxville Suzuki Academy and president elect of the Tennessee Chapter of the American String Teacher Association. Mr. Herd studied at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, the Yale School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music with Ani Kavafian, Paul Kantor, William Preucil and David Updegraff. He plays on a Francesco Rugeri ex-Ernst Violin made in Cremona in 1673.
Both a pianist and an organist, Dr. Zahari Metchkov has performed at such venues as New Yorks Avery Fisher Hall and Washingtons Kennedy Center. He has concertized in Israel, Bulgaria, and the United States. Dr. Metchkov released his first CD in 2008 - a recording of works for piano and orchestra by Franz Liszt and Cesar Franck and a second recording project featuring solo works for piano and organ completed in the Spring of 2014.
Native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Dr. Metchkov holds BM in piano and organ performance, MM in piano performance, and DMA in piano performance with a minor in music theory from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 he joined Colorado State University-Pueblos department of music in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Music, teaching applied piano, piano related courses, as well as music theory. He was the 2013 recipient of the CSU-Pueblos Outstanding Service and Transformative Leadership Award and the 2014 recipient of CHASS Outstanding Faculty of the Year. In 2018, he received the Steinway & Sons Top Teacher Award. Dr. Metchkov has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as Youngstown State University.
Currently Dr. Metchkov is the Artistic Director of the Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival and Piano Conversations Concert Series, Co-Directing the Southern Colorado Adventure Music Camp, Pueblo, as well as Rocky Mountain Music Alliance Concert Series, Colorado Springs. As a performer he has appeared in the Mostly Mozart Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Bridgehampton Music Festival, Sofia Music Weeks, Varna Summer Music, Geneva Chamber Music Festival, New Years Music Days Festival, and San Angelo Piano Festival, Varna Music Festival, and Sofia Music weeks. He has appeared live on radio CPR-Denver, WCLV-Cleveland, Bulgarian National Radio, Radio Alma Mater-Sofia.
Placing high priority over the education of young pianists in Southern Colorado, Dr. Metchkov is currently the President of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association, a chapter of the Music Teachers National Association. He is a frequent guest adjudicator and clinician to numerous piano festivals in Colorado and strives to promote well-structured study of music, specifically piano, to young people of all ages and their families. He is a founding member of the Southern Colorado Music Adventure Camp.
Dr. Metchkov has been enjoying an active artistic life as a soloist, chamber artist, as well as church musician. Concerto performances in 2019-2020 include the Mendelssohn Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Orchestra, the Mozart Double concerto, and Frank Martin Petite Symphonie Concertante. He has been a guest artist with the Pueblo Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Colorado State University-Pueblo Orchestra, Colorado State University-Pueblo Wind Ensemble, Suburban Symphony, University Circle Chorale, University Circle Wind Ensemble, and Pleven Philharmonic. Besides music, he also enjoys skiing and is steadily working on climbing Colorados fifty-four 14ers.
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