Sunday Soirée @ Stratus
May 28, 2017 - 7:30pm
2059 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Rachmaninoff "Trio élégiaque" No. 1 in G minor
Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Dvorak Piano Trio No. 4, Op. 90 "Dumky"
Dennis Kim, Violin (Concertmaster, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
David Fung, Piano
Roman Mekinulov, Cello (Principal Cellist, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra)
Dennis Kim - Appointed Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in the spring of 2015, Dennis Kim comes to Buffalo with a wealth of experience. Born in Korea, raised in Canada, educated in the United States, working in Asia for a decade, and most recently working in Europe, Dennis Kim is truly a citizen of the world. Dennis Kim was first appointed Concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. He was the youngest Concertmaster in the history of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also served as concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland.
Mr. Kim has served as guest Concertmaster on four continents with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Montpelier Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra of Navarra. He served as guest concertmaster with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra on their 10-city tour of the UK. When the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra made their BBC Proms debut in 2014, they tapped Kim as the guest concertmaster.
He has worked with many of this generation’s greatest conductors, including Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Riccardo Muti, Andre Previn, Yannick Nezet Seguin, and Sir Simon Rattle. As a chamber musician, Mr. Kim has performed with leading musicians such as Pinchas Zuckerman, Jaime Laredo, Carter Brey, John Sharp, Marya Martin, and members of the Orion, Tokyo, and Guarneri string quartets. After making his solo debut at the age of 14 with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Mr. Kim has gone on to perform as a soloist with every major orchestra in China and Korea. Highlights include performing on 10 hours notice to replace an ill William Preucil, performing the Vivaldi Four Seasons 20 times in one week, and touring Japan with the Busan Philharmonic in 2008.
A dedicated teacher, Mr. Kim has been on the faculty of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Korean National University of the Arts, Yonsei University, Tampere Conservatory, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Suolahti International Music Festival. His students have been accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music, Colburn School, Juilliard School, Peabody Conservatory, and the Queen Elizabeth College of Music and play in orchestras around the world.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music, Mr. Kim's teachers include Jaime Laredo, Aaron Rosand, Peter Oundjian, Paul Kantor, Victor Danchenko and Yumi Ninomiya Scott. Mr. Kim plays the 1701 ex-Dushkin Stradivarius, on permanent loan from a generous donor.
Described as “stylish and articulate” in the New York Times and having “superstar qualities” by Le Libre, pianist David Fung is widely recognized for performances that are elegant and refined, yet intensely poetic and uncommonly expressive. Mr. Fung appears regularly with the world’s premier ensembles including the Cleveland Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, and with the major orchestras in Australia, including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
In July 2016, Mr. Fung’s highly acclaimed debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival was “everything you could wish for” (Cleveland Classical) and he was further praised as an “agile and alert interpreter of Mozart’s crystalline note-spinning” (The Plain Dealer). Other highlights of the season include invitations to the Louvre, the Palais des Beaux-Arts, the Kennedy Center, the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and a recital tour in China at all the major venues including the Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Guangzhou Opera House, and Tianjin Grand Theater. Mr. Fung will have his New York recital debut presented by Lincoln Center’s Great Performers and his debut at Caramoor later in 2016.
As a recitalist and chamber musician, Mr. Fung is a frequent guest artist at prestigious festivals and venues worldwide. Festival highlights include performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Hong Kong Arts Festival, and Ravinia Festival. At his Edinburgh International Festival debut, the Edinburgh Guide described Mr. Fung as being “impossibly virtuosic, prodigiously talented... and who probably does ten more impossible things daily before breakfast.”
Mr. Fung garnered international attention as a winner in two of the "top five" international piano competitions (the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels and the Arthur Rubinstein Piano International Masters Competition in Tel Aviv). In Tel Aviv, he was further distinguished by the Chamber Music and Mozart Prizes, awarded in areas in which Mr. Fung has a particularly passionate interest. Mr. Fung is the first piano graduate of the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Born in what was then Leningrad, Roman Mekinulov began cello studies at the age of five at the Leningrad Music School. After earlier competition awards, at the age of sixteen he entered the Rimsky-Korsakov College where he studied with Georgy Ginovker. In 1988 he was awarded First Prize in the Leningrad Chamber Music Competition and the following year moved to the United States, continuing his studies at The Juilliard School as a pupil of Harvey Shapiro. In 2001 he was appointed principal cellist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with which he has regularly appeared as a soloist, and a career that has brought an additional commitment to chamber music. He maintains a very busy and successful teaching studio and is a founding member and the Artistic Director of the Bravo International Chamber Music Workshop, a comprehensive chamber music workshop for high school and college students which takes place every year during the months of July and February.