With a remarkable consistency throughout his repertoire—from Paganini to Adès—violinist Augustin Hadelich continually astonishes audiences with a phenomenal technique and poetic sensitivity seldom seen in a single artist. In fact, after his January, 2014 performance of the Beethoven violin concerto at Disney Hall, his uncanny blend of technical mastery and refreshing spontaneity prompted the Los Angeles Times to enthusiastically applaud his “pinpoint intonation and surprising turns of phrase.” Similarly, pianist Joyce Yang—who at just 29 years of age has performed as soloist around the world—repeatedly dazzles audiences and critics alike with sheer technique, while simultaneously creating “moment after moment that surprises the listener with a bit of extra musical insight” (Aspen Times). A native of Seoul, South Korea, Yang took her first piano lesson when she was just four years old and entered the prestigious School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts just six years later at the age of 10. The Schubert Club is thrilled to present these two remarkable artists—gifted with extraordinary technical skills and innate artistry—together on the same stage as part of this year’s International Artist Series.
Continuing to astonish audiences with his phenomenal technique, poetic sensitivity, and gorgeous tone, Augustin Hadelich has established himself as one of the great violinists of his generation. His remarkable consistency throughout the repertoire, from Paganini to Adès, is seldom encountered in a single artist.
Highlights of his 2015-2016 season include debuts with the Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, and the Finnish Radio Orchestra, as well as return performances with the London Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphonies of Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Oregon, Seattle, Utah, and Vancouver. Other projects include a return to the Wigmore Hall in London, a recording with the London Philharmonic, a residency with the Bournemouth Symphony, and numerous recital appearances in Germany.
Among Mr. Hadelich’s recent and upcoming worldwide appearances are the Badische Staatskapelle/Karlsruhe, BBC Philharmonic/Manchester, BBC Symphony/London, Danish National Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, German Radio Philharmonic/Saarbrücken, Helsinki Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Malaysia Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchestra/Salzburg, Netherlands Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, NHK Symphony/Tokyo, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra/Dublin, São Paulo Symphony, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, and a highly acclaimed tour of China with the San Diego Symphony.
Mr. Hadelich plays on the 1723 “Ex-Kiesewetter” Stradivari violin, on loan from Clement and Karen Arrison through the Stradivari Society of Chicago.
Augustin Hadelich is represented by Schmidt Artists International, Inc.
Born in 1986 in Seoul, South Korea, Yang received her first piano lesson at the age of four. She quickly took to the instrument, which she received as a birthday present, and over the next few years won several national piano competitions in her native country. By the age of ten, she had entered the School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts, and went on to make a number of concerto and recital appearances in Seoul and Daejeon. In 1997, Yang moved to the United States to begin studies at the pre-college division of the Juilliard School with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. During her first year at Juilliard, Yang won the pre-college division Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Haydn’s Keyboard Concerto in D with the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra. After winning the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Greenfield Student Competition, she performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with that orchestra at just twelve years old. She graduated from Juilliard with special honor as the recipient of the school’s 2010 Arthur Rubinstein Prize, and in 2011 she won its 30th Annual William A. Petschek Piano Recital Award.
Yang came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at 19 years old, she took home two additional awards: the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music (with the Takàcs Quartet) and the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance of a New Work.
Since her spectacular debut, she has blossomed into an “astonishing artist” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung). She has performed as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Sydney, and Toronto symphony orchestras, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the BBC Philharmonic (among many others), working with such distinguished conductors as James Conlon, Edo de Waart, Lorin Maazel, Peter Oundjian, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, Bramwell Tovey, and Jaap van Zweden. In recital, Yang has taken the stage at New York’s Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Museum; the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Chicago’s Symphony Hall; and Zurich’s Tonhalle.
In spring 2014, Yang “demonstrated impressive gifts” (New York Times) with a trio of album releases: her second solo disc for Avie Records, Wild Dreams, on which she plays Schumann, Bartók, Hindemith, Rachmaninoff, and arrangements by Earl Wild; a pairing of the Brahms and Schumann Piano Quintets with the Alexander Quartet; and a recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Denmark’s Odense Symphony Orchestra that International Record Review called “hugely enjoyable, beautifully shaped … a performance that marks her out as an enormous talent.” Of her 2011 debut album for Avie Records, Collage, featuring works by Scarlatti, Liebermann, Debussy, Currier, and Schumann, Gramophone praised her “imaginative programming” and “beautifully atmospheric playing.” On the Avie label, Yang joins Hadelich to record a duo disc (featuring a repertoire of Schumann, Kurtág, Franck, and Previn the two successfully toured in recent seasons) slated for 2016 release.
Yang appears in the film In the Heart of Music, a documentary about the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Date & Venue
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 7:30pm
Thursday, December 1, 2016 10:30am
Ordway Concert Hall
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I cannot imagine a better performance than the one Mr. Hadelich gave. His playing combined impressive technical command with plush, rich-textured sound. And with magisterial poise and serene control, Mr. Hadelich became a riveting storyteller.New York Times
Her attention to detail and clarity is as impressive as her agility, balance and velocity.Washington Post