Violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner will present a dual recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Reves Rectial Hall on the Hendrix College campus.
The event, sponsored by Hendrix Special Events, is free and open to the public.
The program will include “Sonata for violin and piano” by Leos Janacek, “Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano” by Bela Bartok, “Romance for violin and piano” by Leos Janacek and Sonata No. 3 in D minor for violin and piano by Johannes Brahms.
Violinist Jennifer Koh is dedicated to performing the violin repertoire of all eras from traditional to contemporary, believing that the past and present forms a continuum. She is also passionate in her efforts to expand the violin repertoire and has established relationships with many of today’s composers, regularly commissioning and premiering new works. Born in Chicago of Korean parents, Koh began playing the violin by chance, choosing the instrument in a Suzuki-method program only because spaces for cello and piano had been filled. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11. Koh earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Oberlin College and went on to study at the Curtis Institute. Since the 1994-95 season when she won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Koh has been heard with leading orchestras and conductors around the world.
Now in its eighth year, her innovative “Music Messenger” outreach program forms an important part of her musical activities.
She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Foundation for the Advancement for the Arts, a scholarship program for high school students in the arts.
Born in Israel, pianist Shai Wosner enjoyed a broad musical education from a very early age. Wosner studied at The Juilliard School. He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and recently completed a residency as a BBC New Generation Artist.
He has attracted international recognition including praise from the The Chicago Sun Times for exemplifying a “remarkable blend of the intellectual, physical and even devilish sides of performance.” He has appeared with numerous major orchestras in North America and Europe. His second solo album featuring works by Schubert that incorporate elements of folk music was recently released by Onyx in October 2011.
For more information, contact Karen Griebling, professor of music, at (501) 450-1249.