Ji Young Lee and Friends
September 16th, 2023
Christ United Methodist Church
September 16th, 2023
Christ United Methodist Church
Ji Young Lee, piano
Helen Chang Haertzen, violin
Benjamin Osterhouse, cello
Horacio Nuguid, piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Sonata in C Major for Piano Four Hands, K 521
Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841-1904)
Slavonic Dances Op. 72 No. 2 E Minor
Slavonic Dances Op. 46 No. 8 G Minor
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
I. En bateau
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Trio in D Minor, Op. 49
I. Molto allegro ed agitato
II. Andante con moto tranquillo
III. Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro assai appassionato
Pianist Ji Young Lee will be our first guest artist of the season, bringing her friends for an evening of piano duets by Mozart, Debussy, Dvořák, Piazzolla, and a piano trio by Mendelssohn. Playing with her in the program are violinist Helen Chang Haertzen, cellist Ben Osterhouse, and pianist Horacio Nuguid.
Ji Young Lee
Ji Young Lee began piano studies at the age of four. Born in Korea, she graduated from Seoul Arts High School and received the bachelor’s degree from Ewha Womans University. She went on to study in the United state, earning her master’s degree at Eastman School of Music and doctor of musical arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Lee won first prizes at the Yokohama International Music Competition, United States Open Music Competition (Showcase Piano Solo Advanced), American Protégé Competition, and CCM Piano Concerto Competition. She also won prizes at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition and the Chopin International Piano Competition In Asia.
In 2014, Lee’s performance with Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev was broadcast nationally. She has given many solo recitals and chamber music concerts around the United States, Australia, Asia and Europe, including performances at the Seoul Arts Center, Sejong Chamber Hall, Kumho Art Hall, Carnegie Weill Hall, Kilbourn Hall, Ceramic Palace Hall, Yongsan Art Hall, Sundin Hall, William Abbott Concert Hall, Harris Theater, Elim Hall, Kim Young’s Hall, Kawai Hall, Weihai Center, Daejeon Arts Center, Oakland Inter-Stake Auditorium, Duo Music Hall, Watson Hall, Harris Concert Hall, Minnesota Symphony Music Hall, Corbett Auditorium, Berkman Recital Hall, Riverway Arts Centre, Werner Hall and Steinway Hall.
As a pedagogue, Lee has taught at the University of Cincinnati Starling Chamber Music Department, Hyupsung University and Seoul Arts College. She is a member of CM Piano Trio, Liszt Piano Association and the Piano Society of Korea, and MTNA. She is also an active judge for many competitions including MTNA National Competitions and AIPAF Competitions. She also serves as a music director for Asia International Piano Academy and Festival with Competitions in 2023.
Helen Chang Haertzen, violin, joined the Minnesota Orchestra in the fall of 2003 and made her solo debut a few years later performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto. Formerly associate and principal second with the Bamberg Symphony in Germany, Helen toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade, and Staatsorchester Braunschweig. She recorded the Bach Partitas for Cavalli Records which received critical acclaim from the American Records Guide and produced her most recent CD release "American Avenues" for Centaur Records.
As a chamber musician Helen performs often with the Isles Ensemble. She has been a guest with the Bakken Trio, Bamberg String Quartet, Walden Chamber Players and has taken part in innovative collaborations with dancer Bill T. Jones at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and with the Boston Ballet Company, performing Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending. As a recitalist she has performed throughout Europe and at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Goethe Institute of Boston, The Russian Museum of Art, and Legion of Honor in San Francisco, where she played on the Jascha Heifetz 'David' Guarneri del Gesu of 1742.
Helen grew up in Massachusetts and studied with Roman Totenberg. She furthered her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, Salzburg Mozarteum and San Francisco Conservatory where she studied with Szymon Goldberg, Ruggiero Ricci, and Camilla Wicks.
She is a 2017 recipient of the Artist Initiative Grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Benjamin Osterhouse, cello, holds a Masters and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in cello performance from University of Minnesota. While completing his graduate degrees he was chosen to solo with the University of Minnesota orchestra and was featured in two showcase concerts performing his own compositions.
As a freelance cellist, he performs for operas, musicals, and ballets in the Twin Cities. Pursuing his passion for music technology and recording, he creates sample libraries and does custom recording work for media composers around the world. Most recently he contributed cello to the soundtrack for the Netflix series, Echoes.
Horacio Nuguid is a pianist with an extensive repertoire whose “beautiful tone” and “elegance” has captivated audiences. In addition to several standard piano concerti, Nuguid has also performed lesser-known works such as Edward MacDowell’s Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Clara Schumann's Konzertsatz, Mario Pilati's Suite and Ferdinand Ries' Grand Variations on Rule Britannia with different orchestras in the Philippines, Mexico and the United States. As founder and artistic director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, Nuguid has been collaborating with distinguished artists in the region for more than 22 seasons. He was the recipient of the Ardee Award for “outstanding artist” in the city of Rochester. Nuguid received his music performance degrees from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila (BM), the University of Northern Iowa (MM) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (DMA). As a music educator, Dr. Nuguid has presented master classes internationally and served as an adjudicator for piano competitions in Minnesota. He has served as artist/faculty at the Young Artist World Piano Festival in Minnesota for over 20 years and has been a frequent guest artist of the Philippine High School for the Arts. Nuguid has recently published an anthology of piano pieces by Filipino composers, which he has been promoting through a series of lecture-recitals.
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