Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Concert Hall - Feb 17

The New York Philharmonic

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Order subscriptions and single tickets online, by visiting the Merkin Concert Hall Box Office at 129 West 67th Street between Broadway & Amsterdam, or by calling (212) 501-3330.

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Ensembles

Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Hall

Location

Merkin Hall

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Date & Times

17

Feb, 2019

Sunday, 3:00 PM

Event Info

Up close and personal.
An Ensembles concert provides an intimate connection between musician and audience. Hear the individual talents that make up the Orchestra. Experience the passion and personality of the performers. And see how a small setting can make for a huge musical event.

Tickets
Subscriptions and single tickets to the 2018–19 season are now available. You may order through the Merkin Hall Box Office online, by phone at (212) 501-3330, or in person at 129 West 67th Street.

Program

J.S. Bach

Trio Sonata from in C major

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Debussy

Piano Trio

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Fauré

Piano Quartet in G minor

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Artists

Quan Ge

Violin

Quan Ge

Violin

Quen Ge

Violin

Violinist Quan Ge joined the New York Philharmonic in June 2009. She holds a bachelor's degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with Yumi Scott, Ida Kavafian, and Jaime Laredo, and a master's degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with David Chan. A native of Huai Nan, China, Ms. Ge was the recipient of a Fu Chen Xian Scholarship, and has won top prizes in both the China National Competition and the Jeunesses Music Competition (Romania). While a student at Curtis, she played as a substitute with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ms. Ge is an active chamber musician and recitalist, and most recently worked with pianist Robert McDonald and the Borromeo String Quartet at the Taos School of Music in 2008.

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David J. Grossman

Bass

David J. Grossman

Bass

David Grossman

Bass

Double bassist and composer David J. Grossman enjoys a multifaceted musical career on both the East and West Coasts — as a bassist in the New York Philharmonic (having joined in spring 2000 as its youngest member) and as newly appointed principal bass of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

As a soloist and clinician, Mr. Grossman has given recitals and master classes at prestigious venues and music schools across the country, including the Boston Conservatory, Yale School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The Hartt School, Penn State University, and the New York Summer Music Festival. He has released two albums — one classical and one jazz — titled The Bass of Both Worlds, available at davidjgrossman.com.

Mr. Grossman is also an ardent educator. He is as a member of the double bass faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, and he joined the Mannes School of Music faculty in fall 2017. Also a passionate chamber musician, he performs in the New York Philharmonic Ensembles series at Merkin Concert Hall and has appeared at 92nd Street Y and with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. In the field of jazz, Mr. Grossman was a member of the Marcus Roberts Trio and has performed with Wynton Marsalis, among many others.

As a composer, David J. Grossman’s compositions include Mood Swings for trombone and double bass, written for New York Philharmonic Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi; Fantasy on “Shall We Gather at the River?”, available on former New York Philharmonic English Horn Thomas Stacy’s recording Plaintive Melody; and two early compositions, Swing Quartet and String Quintet No. 1, which were premiered by The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Photo by Henry Grossman

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Benjamin Hochman

Piano

Benjamin Hochman

Piano

Piano

Jerusalem-born pianist and conductor Benjamin Hochman’s eloquent and virtuosic performances blend artistic bravura with poetic interpretation. Winner of the 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Hochman has established an international musical presence through concerts with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics; the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Vancouver symphony orchestras; Prague Philharmonia and Istanbul State Orchestra; and his Carnegie Hall debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. 

A graduate of The Juilliard School’s conducting program, where he studied with fomer New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert, he also served as musical assistant to Louis Langrée at the 2016 Mostly Mozart Festival. Recent and upcoming guest conducting appearances include the Orlando Philharmonic, Santa Fe Pro Musica, and The Orchestra Now. He is founder and music director of the Roosevelt Island Orchestra in New York City.

Benjamin Hochman’s latest album on Avie Records, Variations, was named by The New York Times one of the Best Classical Music Recordings of 2015. Currently on the piano faculty of Bard College Conservatory of Music, Mr. Hochman is a Steinway Artist.

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Vivek Kamath

Viola

Vivek Kamath

Viola

Vivek Kamath

Viola

Violist Vivek Kamath joined the New York Philharmonic in January 1998. Mr. Kamath earned his bachelor's degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Donald Weilerstein. He has appeared as soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, he has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Sarasota, Blossom, and Bowdoin festivals. In 1997 Mr. Kamath was a prize-winner in the Washington International String Competition and in the Irving Klein International String Competition. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis, studying wildlife, and dining out.

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Hélène Jeanney

Piano

Hélène Jeanney

Piano

Piano

Born in Paris, pianist Hélène Jeanney started musical studies at age five, graduated from the Paris Conservatory at seventeen with First Prize in Piano and Chamber Music, and won a Fulbright Scholarship to study at Indiana University with György Sebők and later with Menahem Pressler. She holds a professional studies degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal. She has also won top prizes at the Concours International d’Epinal, Robert Casadesus International Competition and Chopin National Piano Competition. Ms. Jeanney performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in New York — appearing at the Alliance Française, United Nations, Rockefeller University, Bargemusic, Weill Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium — and in Europe, Australia, South America, and Japan; recently she was invited to Vietnam and China. She is part of the HD Piano Duo with David Oei and of the Elysium chamber ensemble, and appears frequently on the New York Philharmonic Ensembles weries. She teaches at the Hoff Barthelson School of Music in Scarsdale and has a private studio in Manhattan.

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Kuan Cheng Lu

Violin

Kuan Cheng Lu

Violin

Kuan-Cheng Lu

Violin

Violinist Kuan Cheng Lu joined the New York Philharmonic at the start of the 2004–05 season — the first Taiwanese classical musician to earn a seat in the Philharmonic in its 170-year history. Mr. Lu has received numerous awards and scholarships that include the top prize in the Taiwan National Violin Competition, first prize in the ASTA string competition, the Raphael Bronstein Award, and the Taiwan Chi-Mei Corporation’s Outstanding Young Artist award. He received his bachelor’s in music degree from Oberlin College, his master’s in music from the Manhattan School of Music, and his doctor of musical arts from the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, and has studied with former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow, Lisa Kim, Acting Principal, Second Violin Group, and Yoko Takebe. Other teachers have included Roland and Almita Vamos, Daniel Phillips, Julia Bushkova, as well as his father, Chung Chih Lu.

Mr. Lu has served as concertmaster of the Verbier Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Oberlin Orchestra, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia, Manhattan Symphony, and Manhattan Philharmonia. As a member of the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, he makes regular appearances at Merkin Concert Hall. Mr. Lu teaches at the Manhattan School of Music in the graduate program for orchestra performance.

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Dorian Rence

Viola

Dorian Rence

Viola

Dorian Rence

Viola

Violist Dorian Rence is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Max Aronoff and Joseph De Pasquale. At the completion of her studies, in 1976, she joined the New York Philharmonic. She has been a participant at the Marlboro, Arcady, and Marland music festivals. Ms. Rence has performed extensively as a chamber musician, playing regularly with the Philharmonic Ensembles and the Hofstra Quartet. She has appeared as soloist with the Oklahoma City Symphony, The Curtis Institute of Music Orchestra, the Ridgefield Symphony, the Endymion Ensemble, and the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra..

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Robert Rinehart

Viola

Robert Rinehart

Viola

Robert Rinehart

Viola

Robert Rinehart, who joined the New York Philharmonic’s viola section in 1992, is a familiar figure on the New York chamber-music scene. He has appeared at the Spoleto, Vancouver Chamber Music, and Santa Fe Chamber Music festivals, and with Chamber Music Northwest and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A founding member of the Ridge String Quartet, Mr. Rinehart has performed in every major music center in the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, Japan, and in Europe. He has collaborated with Benny Goodman, Rudolf Firkusny, and the Guarneri String Quartet, among others, and his chamber music recordings have received a Grammy Award, two Grammy nominations, and the Diapason d’Or. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Rinehart studied violin at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Isadore Tinkleman, and at The Curtis Institute of Music with Jaime Laredo, David Cerone, and Ivan Galamian. He is on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music.

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Qiang Tu

Cello

Qiang Tu

Cello

Qiang Tu

Cello

Chinese-born cellist Qiang Tu enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, teacher, and advocate for classical music. Now in his third decade as a member of the New York Philharmonic, he has also concertized as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in Australia, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. In the United States he has performed at major venues in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Honolulu, and Princeton. He has shared the stage with numerous distinguished artists including pianists Garrick Ohlsson, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Lukas Foss; former New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow; and former Principal Clarinet Stanley Drucker. As a recording artist, Mr. Tu has released multiple solo albums on the China Record Corporation label and chamber music recordings on the Bridge Records, Cala Records, and EMI labels. A dedicated teacher, he is a member of the orchestral performance faculty at the Manhattan School of Music; early in his career he taught at the Beijing Central Conservatory.

Qiang Tu was raised in a musical family and began cello studies with his father, Zeguang Tu. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Beijing Central Conservatory and a master of music degree from Rutgers University. He is an alumnus of the Music Academy of the West, now a partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy. His major cello teachers have included Bernard Greenhouse, Zara Nelsova, and Paul Tortelier.

When not at work Mr. Tu is a gourmet chef and enjoys the study of rare Chinese art.

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Ru-Pei Yeh

Cello

Ru-Pei Yeh

Cello

Ru-Pei Yeh

Cello

Ru-Pei Yeh, cello, who joined the New York Philharmonic in September 2006, has performed regularly as a recitalist in her native Taiwan and in the U.S. A founding member of the Formosa Quartet, formed in 2003, she has served as acting principal cello of the San Diego Symphony and the San Diego Opera, in addition to performing with a string quartet of principal players from the San Diego Symphony. She has made solo appearances with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, National Taiwan Symphony, Taiwan’s Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina School of the Arts’s International Music Program Orchestra, and Kuan-Jen School Orchestra, and is the winner of numerous competitions.

Ms. Yeh, who has been performing professionally since the age of 10, moved to the U.S. at 13 to study with Orlando Cole at the Temple Preparatory School. In her last two years of high school she studied with Robert Marsh at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Ms. Yeh received her bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser, and received her master’s degree and artist diploma from The Juilliard School, studying with Joel Krosnick.

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Special Thanks

The New York Philharmonic Ensembles concerts are funded, in part, by the Zubin Mehta Fund for the Orchestra, an endowment fund created to honor the accomplishments of the Philharmonic’s former Music Director, Zubin Mehta.

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