[Event postponed due to Covid-19.]
Violin virtuoso Patrick Yim from Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, returns to Cosmopolis for an evening of chamber music and solo repertoire, including the world premiere of a new work by Korean-American rising star composer Juri Seo. Yim is joined by Richard Bamping, the internationally acclaimed principal cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and award-winning Hong Kong pianist Colleen Lee. The concert will feature an exciting program of Romantic repertoire and contemporary music.
Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti (b. 1983): koʻu inoa, for solo violin (Asian premiere)
Edvard Grieg (1843–1907): Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45
Juri Seo (b. 1981): One, for solo violin (world premiere)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847): Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 66
Patrick Yim, violin
Richard Bamping, cello
Colleen Lee, piano
Praised for his “superb performances” (Fanfare), Honolulu-born violinist Patrick Yim has performed throughout the world at venues including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Harpa Concert Hall, Severance Hall, Orchestra Hall, Teatro alla Scala, and the Musikverein. Yim made his solo debut with the Honolulu Symphony. He has performed chamber music with members of the Juilliard, Emerson, St. Lawrence, Pacifica, and Ying Quartets, and musicians from the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and on tour with the Cleveland Orchestra in the US and Europe.
Recent performances include a concert at Carnegie Hall with members of the Emerson Quartet, a collaboration with pipa virtuoso Wu Man in Lou Harrison’s Pipa Concerto, and a collaboration with Juilliard Quartet violinist Joel Smirnoff involving the premieres of two newly commissioned works. Yim has commissioned more than two dozen works and performed them around the world as part of international music festivals, including Seoul International Computer Music Festival and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival.
His debut CD, Memory, features world premiere recordings of works by Yao Chen, Michael-Thomas Foumai, Austin Yip, Kai-Young Chan, and Chen Yi. His second CD featuring violin and piano music of contemporary American composers will be released on the Naxos label this upcoming July. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music (BM, MM) and Stony Brook University (Doctor of Musical Arts).
He served as Professor of Violin at Hong Kong Baptist University between 2017–2021. He has also taught violin and chamber music at Stony Brook University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival, Rushmore Music Festival, Flatirons Chamber Music Festival, Har Paw ChamberFest, and the Interlochen Arts Camp, in addition to masterclasses at MIT, the Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, University of Colorado, University of Oklahoma, University of Hawaii, Central Michigan University, and many universities in Hong Kong. He was on the jury for the Hong Kong International Young Musicians Competition (Kirill Troussov, Chairman).
Richard Bamping has held the title of Principal Cellist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic since 1993. His many solo appearances with the Philharmonic have been greeted with critical acclaim. He has also performed with many of the leading orchestras in Europe, including the Philharmonia, the Royal Philharmonic and the European Community Chamber Orchestras, and served for four years as Principal Cellist with the London Soloists’ Chamber Orchestra. In 1990, Leonard Bernstein chose Richard Bamping to play Principal Cello for the first Pacific Music Festival in Japan, where he also worked closely with Michael Tilson Thomas and Marin Alsop. As a freelance cellist based in London, Richard Bamping played in many chamber music ensembles performing across the United Kingdom, Europe and the US. In 2016, Richard performed Tan Dun’s concerto The Map in Taiwan and Shenzhen, under the baton of the composer. He has had a very broad musical education studying cello with Elizabeth Wilson, Raphael Wallfisch, Amedeo Baldovino, Ralph Kirschbaum, Paul Tortelier, David Geringas, Aldo Parisot, Janos Starker, Timothy Hugh and Steven Isserlis. In the field of chamber music, he has studied with the Amadeus, Alban Berg, Delme, Takacs, and Allegri string quartets, as well as with David Takeno, Eli Goren, Emmanuel Hurwitz, György Kurtag, and Peter Norris. Richard’s cello, dated 1674, was made in Cremona by Andrea Guarneri and is one of only eight surviving examples of his work.
Hong Kong pianist Colleen Lee achieved international recognition after winning 6th Prize at the 15th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. She has performed extensively around the world in solo recitals, and with orchestras including the Warsaw, China, Israel and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestras. She was the Artist Associate of Hong Kong Sinfonietta in the 2010/11 Season. Lee has appeared in major festivals including the Duszniki Festival in Poland; Musicus Fest in Espoo, Finland; and Shanghai New Music Week. She made her debut with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle in September 2019. She frequently appears at chamber music festivals, such as the Hong Kong International Chamber Music Festival and the Musicusfest in collaboration with renowned soloists and chamber groups. Her discography includes an all-Chopin album recorded on the Pleyel piano released by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, and a complete Scarlatti Sonatas album by Naxos. She was also featured on the Hong Kong Sinfonietta DECCA album This is Classical Music 3. She is currently the Honorary Artist-in-Residence of the Education University of Hong Kong, as well as a member of the piano faculty at both the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Baptist University.
Juri Seo (b. 1981) is a Korean-American composer and pianist based in New Jersey, where she works as Associate Professor of Music at Princeton University. She seeks to write music that encompasses extreme contrast through compositions that are unified and fluid, yet complex. She merges many of the fascinating aspects of music from the past century—in particular its expanded timbral palette and unorthodox approach to structure—with a deep love of functional tonality, counterpoint, and classical form. Her composition honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress, Goddard Lieberson Fellowship and Andrew Imbrie Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Copland House Residency Award, and the Otto Eckstein Fellowship from Tanglewood. She has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the Barlow Endowment, the Goethe Institut, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Her portrait albums Mostly Piano and Respiri were released by Innova Recordings. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied with Reynold Tharp, having also attended the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, and Yonsei University, Seoul. She has been a composition fellow at the Tanglewood, Bang on a Can, and SoundSCAPE festivals, the Wellesley Composers Conference, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti (b. 1983) is a Kanaka Maoli musician from Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, dedicated to the arts of our time. A “leading composer-performer” (The New York Times), Lanzilotti’s “conceptually potent” work is characterized by explorations of timbre and an interest in translating everyday sounds to concert instruments using nontraditional techniques. Lanzilotti has composed words for ensembles such as the GRAMMY-winning Roomful of Teeth, Argus Quartet, and Chamber Music Hawaiʻi. Her works have been performed at international festivals such as Ars Electronica (Austria), Thailand International Composition Festival, and Dots+Loops in Australia. Lanzilotti is the recipient of a 2020 Native Launchpad Artist Award, a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Award, 2021 McKnight Visiting Composer Residency, and 2022 First Peoples Fund Artist in Business Leadership Fellow. As a recording artist, Lanzilotti has played on albums by artists such as Björk, Joan Osborne, Dai Fujikura, and David Lang. Lanzilotti’s upcoming solo performance projects include Wayfinder, a new viola concerto by Dai Fujikura inspired by Polynesian wayfinding.