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VIRTUAL Midday Concert @ 1:00 w/ Noree Chamber Soloists; Stella Chen, violin; Zoë Martin-Doike, viola; Yi Qun Xu, cello and Yoon Lee, piano
Mon, Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm
Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI) expands its audience and community with a series of Virtual Midday Concerts @ 1:00. The next concert is January 25 and will be performed by Noree Chamber Soloists; Stella Chen, violin; Zoë Martin-Doike, viola; Yi Qun Xu, cello and Yoon Lee, piano.
The public may access the pre-recorded concert at 1:00pm on January 25 via Facebook, ECMI’s website or by a link sent via email. This concert continues a series of virtual concerts sponsored by Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI) with funding through the Onion Foundation. Admission is free to the public and each concert is recorded especially for ECMI’s audience.
In lieu of live concerts, ECMI is offering the virtual concert series through May 2021. ECMI’s Executive Artistic Director, Nancy Colter shared, “Not only are the virtual concerts allowing our local audience to enjoy the music of professional musicians safely from home, we are also experiencing the added benefit of welcoming new audience members from all around the country. This is indeed a silver lining!”
The program on January 25 will include the Mozart Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493, Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor, Opus 25 and a mystery New Year’s piece.
Future virtual concerts in the series will be shared at 1:00pm on February 22 – Quartet of Strings; Luke Fatora, violin; Colin Wheatley, viola; Josie Davis, violin and Sophie Davis, violin | March 8 – Silver Duo; Noreen Silver, cello and Phillip Silver, piano and April 12 – John Blacklow, piano.
For more information, please call 207-664-9258 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Virtual admission is free to the public.
Pictured clockwise from upper left: Stella Chen, violin; Zoë Martin-Doike, viola; Yoon Lee, piano and Yi Qun Xu, cello. (Photos courtesy of the musicians.)
About the musicians:
Stella Chen, violin | Winner of the 2019 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition and recipient of a 2020 Avery Fisher Award and Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, American violinist Stella Chen has been lauded for her “phenomenal maturity” and “fresh and spontaneous, yet emotionally profound and intellectually well-structured performance” (The Jerusalem Post). Recent highlights include debut performances with the Luxembourg Philharmonia, at the Kronberg Academy, Ravinia Festival, and the Salzburg Mozarteum. Ms. Chen is also the proud first recipient of the Robert Levin Award from Harvard University and the youngest ever prize winner of the Menuhin Competition. She has given solo performances at venues such as the Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. Other noteworthy ventures include performances in Bhutan, Cuba, and Colombia.
Stella is a graduate of Harvard University and continues her studies at the Juilliard School and Kronberg Academy. She is a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center through the Bowers Program starting in the 21/22 season and also serves as a teaching assistant for Li Lin at the Juilliard School. Mentors include Li Lin, Mihaela Martin, Donald Weilerstein, and Itzhak Perlman. Ms. Chen plays the ‘Huggins’ 1708 Stradivarius violin, generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation. She is a lover of all things NCT and figure skating related.
Zoë Martin-Doike, viola | Violinist/violist Zoë Martin-Doike is a versatile artist who engages in a wide variety of musical activities. A top prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition and the Lennox International Young Artist Competition on viola and violin, respectively, Zoë has appeared as a soloist with the Honolulu, Indianapolis, Richardson and Bloomington Symphony Orchestras, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the World Youth Orchestra in Rome, Italy. Most recently, she won the 2019 Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra Competition, earning a solo appearance with the group next fall. Zoë has also been featured on the National Public Radio programs “From the Top” and “A Prairie Home Companion,” and has had the distinct pleasure of performing for his holiness, the Dalai Lama.
A passionate chamber musician, Zoë was a founding violinist of the Aizuri Quartet which garnered top prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and held residencies at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, as well as the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet Residency at Caramoor while she was a member.
This season, Zoë earned tenure in the viola section of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, where she is constantly inspired by the beauty of the human voice. She previously held the principal second violin position of Symphony in C of Haddonfield, NJ, and was a member of Opera Philadelphia, where she served as acting principal viola for their acclaimed 2015 production of “La Traviata.” A frequent substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Zoë has joined the world-famous ensemble for performances in Philadelphia, New York, and Washington D.C., as well as in concert halls throughout Europe and Asia.
This summer, Zoë returns to the Marlboro Music Festival, and will perform at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in the fall as part of the Evnin Rising Stars Program. Her past festival appearances include the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and the Sarasota, Norfolk, and Taos Chamber Music Festivals, and she has collaborated with such artists as Mitsuko Uchida, Jonathan Biss, Miriam Fried, Roberto Diaz, Timothy Eddy, and Peter Wiley.
Zoë is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied Pamela Frank and Steven Tenenbom. She served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra during the 2011-12 school year, and was selected to perform as a part of Curtis on Tour in Europe, Korea and South America. In 2019, Zoe completed her master’s degree at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she studied with Mimi Zweig and Atar Arad. While at IU, Zoe had the opportunity to perform both the Walton Viola Concerto and the Brahms Violin Concerto with university orchestras, and was a recipient of the coveted Kuttner Quartet fellowship.
Yi Qun Xu, cello | Praised for displaying “great poise and masterful technique” and possessing “an amazing rich tone” by The Day, cellist Yi Qun Xu has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States. A native of China, Yi Qun was first a young pianist and violinist before falling in love with the cello soon after her eighth birthday. She came to the U.S. after studying with Yi-Bing Chu at China’s Central Conservatory of Music, where she won multiple top prizes in Chinese national cello competitions. Recently, Yi Qun is the Prima Finalist of 2019 Internationals Cello Competition Benedetto Mazzacurati. She has appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Perlman Music Program, Music@Menlo, and others. She has received many honors such as first prizes at the 7th Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition in Croatia and the 2017 Eastern Connecticut Instrumental Competition. As a passionate chamber musician, she has collaborated with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Ralph Kirshbaum, Carter Brey, Timothy Eddy, David Finckel, Hsin-Yun Huang, members of the Cleveland, Juilliard, Tokyo, Ébène Quartets. She studied with Laurence Lesser, Ronal Lronard, and Timothy Eddy at Walnut Hill for the Arts, the Colburn Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard School, respectively. Currently, Yi Qun studies with Joel Krosnick as a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow at The Juilliard School, where she was also the proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship. Yi Qun is the Artistic Director of Noree Chamber Soloists. She recently made her first short-film appearance in composer Lingbo Ma’s musical film, What’s Next.
Yoon Lee, piano | The Special Prize winner of the Anton G. Rubinstein International Piano Competition, Dr. Yoon Lee, is a concert pianist, teacher, and entrepreneur active in the New York metropolitan area. Her performance of Beethoven has been described as “equal to Beethoven’s virtuosic demands” by the New York Concert Review. A pianist characterized by her grounded interpretations and solid sound, she has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Greene Space, Alice Tully Hall, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Masterclasses, Château de Fontainebleau, the Schumann-Haus Museum in Leipzig, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall, and Seoul Arts Center in addition to many other stages in New York, Europe, and Asia. Her live performances have been featured on WQXR, America’s leading classical radio station in New York, and KBS, the national television station of South Korea. Yoon has appeared as a soloist with the Carl Maria von Weber Orchestra of Dresden, Germany, the Camerata Forum Internacional in Torrelodones, Spain, and the Prime Philharmonic, Korea.
As an avid chamber musician, Yoon has collaborated with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Borromeo String Quartet, Orion String Quartet, and Brooklyn Rider and has taught chamber music at Manhattan School of Music Precollege, Heifetz International Music Institute, and Kneisel Hall ACMI. She has performed as a guest artist in the Eat, Drink, and Be Literary Series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in NYC, the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine, the Heifetz International Music Institute, and the Cayuga Chamber Concert Series, among others. She has been the pianist for master classes and studios by masters such as Itzhak Perlman, Leonidas Kavakos, Steven Isserlis, Frans Helmerson, David Geringas, Ida Kavafian, and Pamela Frank.
Yoon has served as a member of the jury at Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Piano Concerto Competition, the Chamber Music Competition, YMF Festival by Schubert Club, and the NFMC Junior Music Festival. Her interests in other forms of art have led her to be involved with Noree Performing Arts, where she serves as a Principal Dancer and the Music Director.
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