On Saturday, February 9th, two of chamber musicís most gifted young artists, violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Benjamin Hochman, will perform at 8pm at Centre Congregation Church in Brattleboro. Married in Vermont last summer, Ms. Koh and Mr. Hockman return this winter as part of the Brattleboro Music Centerís chamber music series.
Violinist Jennifer Koh dazzles audiences with playing that combines intensity of temperament with a patrician poise and elegance, qualities that she brings to music old and new in equal measure. As a virtuoso whose natural flair is combined with a probing intellectual acuity, Ms. Koh is committed to exploring connections between the pieces she plays, searching for similarities of voice between different composers, as well as within the works of a single composer. Accordingly, her programs often present rare and revealing juxtapositions, offering works by composers as divergent as Mozart and Ornette Coleman, Schubert and Wuorinen.
Koh and Hochmanís Brattleboro program will include Bachís Chaconne for solo violin, Beethovenís 6 Bagatelles for piano, Olivier Messiaenís Theme and Variations for violin and piano, and Brahmsí Sonata in D Minor for violin and piano.
Since Ms. Koh came to international attention in 1994 as winner of the top prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition, she has gone on to perform as guest soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, National Symphony of Washington, D.C., the Moscow Radio Symphony, and the Helsinki and Czech Philharmonics. She is an active chamber musician and recitalist, performing in New York, Philadelphia and other centers.
For the 2007-08 season Ms. Koh has a very active schedule as guest soloist with important symphony orchestras, as recitalist, and as chamber musician. Ms. Koh is heard in works ranging from Vivaldiís Four Seasons with the Detroit Symphony under Nicholas McGegan to Kaija Saariahoís Graal Theater with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Lional Bringuier, to the world premiere of Jennifer Higdonís concerto The Singing Rooms with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach. Ms. Koh is heard in recital performing programs featuring works of Mozart and Zorn as well as all three Brahms sonatas at the Carlsen Center in Kansas City, the University of Chicago and in Ein Hashofet and Jerusalem, Israel. In addition Ms. Koh will make two appearances in New York City at Columbia Universityís prestigious Miller Theatre in a Composer Portrait concert devoted to the music of Peter Lieberson (February 21, 2008) and in a world premiere performance of Laura Schwendingerís Violin Concerto Ė as part of Miller Theatreís Pocket Concerto series (March 27, 2008).
A committed educator, Ms. Koh has also won high praise for her performances in classrooms around the country under her innovative Music Messenger outreach program.
Now in its sixth year, the program continues to form an important part of her musical activities.
Born in Chicago of Korean parents, Ms. Koh currently resides in New York City. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and an alumna of the Curtis Institute, where she worked extensively with BMC Artistic Advisor Jaime Laredo and Felix Galimir. Ms. Koh is grateful to her private sponsor for the generous loan of the 1727 Ex Grumiaux Ex General DuPont Stradivari she uses in performance.
Pianist Benjamin Hochman has achieved widespread acclaim for his performances as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician.
After hearing Mr. Hochman at the Marlboro Festival, pianist Mitsuko Uchida recommended him to conductor Zubin Mehta, resulting in his first orchestral engagement with the Israel Philharmonic in the spring of 2004 and an immediate re-engagement with the orchestra for his Carnegie Hall debut.
In the 2007-2008 season Benjamin Hochman appears with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Symphony. He collaborates with the Daedalus Quartet at Lincoln Center, and performs at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and NewYork Society for Ethical Culture. Mr. Hochmanís guest appearances includes chamber music with the New York Philharmonic; at Bravo! Vail, where he performs Saint-SaŽnsís Carnival of the Animals with the New York Philharmonic under Bramwell Tovey; and at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival. He returns to his native Israel and performs with the Raanana Symphonette and the Jerusalem Symphony under Leon Botstein. In 2008 he returns to the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival to perform the Bach Goldberg Variations.
Benjamin Hochmanís previous seasons included many important orchestral debuts and re-engagements, as well as recital and chamber music projects. In April 2006, Mr. Hochman made his Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra debut performing Mozartís Piano Concert, K. 271 under BMC Artistic Advisor Jaime Laredo to rave reviews. He also appeared with Mr. Laredo at the Vermont Symphony Orchestra later that season.
Born in Jerusalem in 1980, Benjamin Hochman graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Mannes College of Music in New York where his principal teachers were Claude Frank and Richard Goode. His studies were supported by the America Israel Cultural Foundation.
The Brattleboro Music Center will present Jennifer Koh and Benjamin Hochman at 8 pm on Saturday, February 9, at Centre Congregational Church on Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont. Tickets, $30, $20, $10 (limited viewing), are available by calling the BMC at 802.257.4523 or on-line at www.brattleborotix.com.