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Internationally-Recognized Pianist Wong and Miami String Quartet Founder and Cellist Robinson Present a Repertoire of Russian Composers (09/25/2009)

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The Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music will present internationally recognized musicians Jerry Wong, piano and Keith Robinson, cello on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ludwig Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public. Ludwig Recital Hall is located on the Kent Campus of Kent State University in the Music and Speech Center, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242.  Seating is on a first come, first served basis. For more information call 330-672-3609.

Wong and Robinson will present a program of all Russian composers, including Glazunov, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Specifically the two major works the program will include is Shostakovich's Sonata in D minor op. 40 for Cello and Piano and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19, a sonata for cello and piano.

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Biographies

Jerry Wong

Pianist

Jerry Wong has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in such prestigious settings as the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, National Concert Hall of Taipei, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Opera City Hall in Tokyo, PianoForte in Chicago, Shriver Hall in Baltimore and Weill Recital Hall in New York City. His many prizes and awards include the Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev, Grace Welsh, Ibla Grand Prize and Yale Gordon Competitions, as well as the Prix-Ville de Fontainebleau in France, which was personally presented to him by Philippe Entremont. An avid chamber musician and collaborative pianist, he has toured extensively with trumpeter Joe Burgstaller (formerly with Canadian Brass), performed an all-Schubert recital with violinist Werner Hink (concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic) at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, appeared with the flute duo ZAWA! and performed at Kent/Blossom Music with violinist Soovin Kim, the Miami String Quartet and members of The Cleveland Orchestra.

Critics have enthusiastically praised Dr. Wong's solo and concerto performances.  Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Martin Bernheimer described his playing as "eloquent and elegant…(with) passion and introspection…sensitivity and a finely honed sense of style". The Orange County Register compared him to "a young Murray Perahia," and the New York Concert Review praised his "elegant rubatos….(and) interpretive imagination." His performances and interviews have been featured on HCTV, KHSU, WCLV, WKSU, Finnish National Radio, Living & Travel Section of msnbc.com, Nippon Television and Radio Video Mediterranean.

Dr. Wong is a graduate of Indiana University, Peabody Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, where he completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. His major teachers have included Menahem Pressler, Ann Schein, Sara Davis Buechner and Byron Janis.  Frequently sought after for lectures, master classes and as adjudicator, he has taught courses at The Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program and Manhattan School of Music, and is a former faculty member of Humboldt State University and Ithaca College.  He presently holds the position of Associate Professor of Piano at Kent State University in Ohio. During the summers, he is co-director of the Piano Institute at Kent State and a member of the Kent/Blossom Music faculty.

Keith Robinson

Cellist

Keith Robinson, a founding member of the Miami String Quartet, has been active as a chamber musician, recitalist, and soloist since his graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music. A member of the Thouvenel and Montani Quartets, he subsequently helped found the Miami Quartet in 1988, the same year they won the grand prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The Quartet went on to garner prizes at the Evian, London, and, most recently, the Concert Artists Guild competition in New York, where they were the first quartet in ten years to win the first prize in that competition.

Solo appearances with orchestra include the Palm Beach Symphony, The Midland - Odessa Symphony, The Miami Chamber Symphony, and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. In 1989, Dr. Robinson won the P.A.C.E. "Classical Artist of the Year" award, which promoted him throughout South Florida as a recitalist. As a member of the Miami Quartet, he has appeared as a soloist with the American Sinfonietta, the New World Symphony, and the Miami Chamber Symphony. He can be heard with the Miami Quartet on C.D.'s released by the BMG, Pyramid, CRI, Klavier, Albany, Koch, Musical Heritage Society, and Audiophon labels . Along with the other members of the Miami String Quartet, he serves as an Artist-in-Residence at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. They are also Quartet in Residence at the Kent / Blossom Music Festival at Kent State University, as well as visiting guest artists at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, Connecticut.

Recent Festivals include Music@Menlo, Bravo Colorado in Vail, Ravinia, Mostly Mozart, Music from Angel Fire, The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla's Summerfest in San Diego, Taos School of Music, San Miguel de Allende, Eastern Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Strings in the Mountains, The Maui Chamber Music Festival, Brevard Music Festival, and the Pensacola Chamber Music Festival. The Miami Quartet was recently appointed to the Chamber Music Two Program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. In addition, Dr. Robinson and other members of the Miami Quartet were awarded the 2000 Cleveland Quartet Award which is presented by Chamber Music America.

A frequent collaborator with Donna Lee, Keith presented the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven last year, and this year will present and record the complete works for that combination by Felix Mendelssohn. A strong enthusiast of modern music, Keith was involved in the premieres of works by Joan Tower, Roberto Sierra, Ellen Zwillich, and Ricky Ian Gordon this past summer at Music from Angel Fire, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Bravo! Colorado.

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Media Contact:
Jerry Wong jwong1@kent.edu, 330-672-9243
Keith Robinson cellowas@aol.com, 330-672-2072

 

 
 

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