Three brilliant Heifetz International Music Institute artists will be back to delight audiences in the Shenandoah Valley in March. The first will be on Wednesday, March 25th at Lexington Presbyterian Church, and the second will take place on Friday, March 27th in Francis Auditorium on the campus of Mary Baldwin College. Returning faculty pianist Carlos Avila, who wowed us all with his Tour performances as both a collaborative and solo artist last November, will be joined by Heifetz alums Yezu Woo, violin, and Zlatomir Fung, cello, for a series of appearances with music ranging from shimmering Ravel to earthy Gershwin.
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All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Heifetz Institute’s recently- announced Shenandoah Scholarship Campaign, an unprecedented dollar-for-dollar matching-grant challenge: If the Institute can raise $100,000 for scholarships before April 19, 2015, it will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Heifetz Institute Board, providing a total of $200,000 for scholarship assistance to attend the 2015 Institute, which will run from June 25-August 8. As of April 1st we’ve raised $94,823. That leaves $5,177 to go by April 19th.
A recipient of “Outstanding Musician” awards from the Arts Critic Association and the Gangwon Talent Support Foundation in Korea, Violinist Yezu (Elizabeth) Woo, a 2014 Heifetz alumna, has gained recognition since her 2004 debut at Carnegie Hall, where she became the youngest performer ever to play all 24 of Niccolo Paganini’s notoriously difficulty Caprices for solo violin. Since then, she has been invited to perform at the United Nations and traveled extensively for performances at Lincoln Center and Merkin Hall in New York, Smetana Hall in Prague, and the storied Musikverein in Vienna. She has appeared with such orchestras as the New Jersey Symphony, North Czech Philharmonic, Slovakian Radio Symphony, Bulgarian Symphony, Romanian National Constanza Orchestra, Venezuela Philharmonic, and the Pyongyang Symphony of North Korea, as well as the Sungnam, KBS, Jeju, Mostly Philharmonic and Gangwon Provinces Orchestras of South Korea.
Ms. Woo also enjoys collaborations with artists in other genres, including Korean traditional music and hip hop. She is the Artistic Director of Shattered Glass, a conductorless string ensemble based in NYC, as well as the New York in Chuncheon Music Festival in her Korean hometown of Chuncheon. Ms. Woo received her B.M. from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Albert Markov, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at The Juilliard School with Catherine Cho.
Fifteen-year-old cellist Zlatomir Fung is a 2013 Heifetz Institute alumnus and one of the rising young stars in the cello world. He won Gold Medals at both the 2014 Stulberg String Competition and the 29th Irving Klein Competition, and placed second in the cello division of the 20th International Brahms Competition in Portschach, Austria in 2013. In 2012 was the Silver Medal winner of the cello division of the Seventh International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Montreux-Vevey, Switzerland. He has appeared on NPR’s From the Top three times, as well as on American Public Media’s Performance Today.
Zlatomir has performed at venues such as Jordan Hall, the Tsai Performance Center, the Benedict Music Tent, Harris Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Recently he played solo recitals in Lisbon and Evora, Portugal. He is an avid performer of chamber music and he has collaborated with the Walden Chamber Players, the Arneis Quartet, and A Far Cry. Outside of music, Zlatomir enjoys philosophy and literature, and plays chess competitively. He lives in Westborough, MA and is homeschooled through the Oak Meadow School in Vermont.
Hailed for his “beautiful command of tone and mood…and unruffleable savoir-faire” (San Francisco Chronicle), his “layers of emotional expression” (The Examiner) and his “level of artistry that seem far beyond his years” (Contra Costa Times), Carlos Avila is one of the most in-demand pianists in the classical music scene. His concerts have taken him across North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
Carlos has been a guest at festivals such as Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Sarasota, Aspen, Banff, Music Academy of the West, Pianofest, Holland, and the Carnegie Hall Workshops where he had the opportunity to work and study with Daniel Barenboim, Michael Tilson Thomas, and the late Isaac Stern.
Last Spring, he performed in the Chicago Symphony’s All-Access Chamber series and the New York Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein salon series. Carlos was also recently showcased on New York’s WQXR, where he gave an all-transcription recital broadcast as one of the winners of Juilliard’s prestigious Gina Bachauer competition.
Carlos has also served as affiliate-faculty at the Atlantic Music Festival and will join the Piano Faculty of the Innsbrook Institute in 2015. A proud Filipino-American, Carlos is a graduate of the Juilliard School and did prior studies at Yale.