João Luiz and Hye-Jin Kim

João Luiz of the noted Brasil Guitar Duo and Korean violinist Hye-Jin Kim, both winners of the prestigious Concert Artists Guild (CAG) competition, team up in a special CAG Cultural Crossroads program

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 7:30 pm

Renee Weiler Concert Hall at Greenwich House Music School
46 Barrow Street
New York City (see map)

MAURO GIULIANI Duo Concertante, Op. 25
EUGÈNE YSAŸE Sonata in E minor, Op. 27, No. 4
JOÃO LUIZ Suite for Violin and Guitar
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA Selections from Histoire du Tango and other arrangements (arr. J. Luiz)

João Luiz, a member of the acclaimed Brasil Guitar Duo, received his Master’s degree from Mannes College the New School for Music under Michael Newman, and is pursuing a Doctoral degree at Manhattan School of Music, studying with David Leisner. He teaches guitar at New Jersey City University.

Describing the artistry of violinist Hye-Jin Kim, winner of the 2009 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, The Strad lauded her “supremely musical playing, well-thought out, yet of the moment.” Ms. Kim’s sensitivity to the expressive and contextual components of the violin repertoire enables her to transport audiences beyond mere technical virtuosity, and this remarkable musical depth and passion led to her First Prize at the 2004 Yehudi Menuhin International Competition when she was only nineteen.

Ms. Kim has performed as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Christoph Eschenbach and the New Jersey Symphony led by Gerard Schwarz, as well as with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Pan Asia Symphony (Hong Kong), and the Hannover Chamber Orchestra, where she led the ensemble in Mozart’s A Major Concerto at age 12. She has appeared in major venues across North America, Europe and Asia, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Kimmel Center Verizon Hall, Salzburg’s Mirabel Schloss and St. John’s, Smith Square, London. At the invitation of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, she was honored to perform at the U.N. Headquarters in both Geneva and New York. Ms. Kim has also served as a cultural representative for Korea in Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan through concerts and outreach opportunities.

In addition to her prizes in the CAG and Menuhin Competitions, Ms. Kim has also won the Philadelphia Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Virtuosos of the 21st Century in Moscow, and was awarded the Kay H. Logan Chamber Music Award. A rising force in the chamber music world, Ms. Kim’s festival appearances have included Marlboro, Ravinia, Music from Angel Fire, Music at Menlo, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival, Madison Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music at Gretna and Prussia Cove’s Open Chamber Music. She has collaborated with renowned artists such as Paul Biss, Miriam Fried, Gilbert Kalish, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, Jaime Laredo, Menahem Pressler, Mitsuko Uchida, and the members of Guarneri, Juilliard, Miami, and Orion String Quartets. Ms. Kim has served as concertmaster of both The Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the New England Conservatory Philharmonia.

Born in Seoul, Korea in 1985, Hye-Jin Kim began her violin studies with Dong-Hyun Kim at the age of eight. When she was 14, Ms. Kim entered The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, studying with Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian. She earned her Masters degree studying with Miriam Fried at Boston’s New England Conservatory as a recipient of NEC’s prestigious Emma V. Lambrose Presidential Scholarship. She is Assistant Professor of Violin at Bard College Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division. Ms. Kim plays a Gioffredo Cappa violin, crafted in Saluzzo, Italy in 1687.