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INSIDE THE MUSIC: MAY I HAVE THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE, PLEASE?
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Explore the time-old topic of whether certain seats are "better" than others for a concert experience. Join the Fellows for an intimate glimpse into their craft with these behind-the-scenes presentations on topics ranging from music appreciation to the historic contexts of composers and more.Audience members are encouraged to participate by asking questions and taking part in post-performance discussions.
Clarinet Quintet No. 3, Op. 23
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
Allegretto con variazioni
Israeli-born clarinetist Ran Kampel is a third-year Fellow at the New World Symphony. He has been a top prize winner of several international competitions and featured on radio and TV stations in Germany, Israel and the U.S. He appeared as a soloist with the New World Symphony and Colorado College Music Festival Orchestra. Before coming to NWS, he held the position of Interim Principal Clarinet with the Grand Rapids Symphony during the 2013-14 season.
A versatile chamber musician, Mr. Kampel has collaborated with leading musicians such as Gilbert Kalish, Martin Chalifour, Roger Tapping, Lucy Shelton, Richard Killmer, Frank Morelli, William Purvis and Scott Yoo. During the summers, he has performed at Salzburger Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein, Tanglewood, Yellow Barn, Lakes Area, Aspen, Norfolk, Colorado College and Sarasota music festivals.
An advocate of bringing music into the community, Mr. Kampel enjoys presenting concerts that interact with a variety of audiences outside the concert hall. At the New World Center, he performs regularly on the Inside the Music, Solo Spotlight and Musicians’ Forum concert series. He is also the co-artistic director of Sunset Chamberfest in Los Angeles.
A clarinet pedagogue in high demand, Mr. Kampel has led master classes around the world, including at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, Academia Filarmónica de Medellín (AFMED) in Colombia and Givatyim Music Conservatory in Israel. In addition, he served as a Teaching Artist at low-income public schools in Los Angeles, teaching both clarinet and recorder classes.
Mr. Kampel holds degrees with high honors from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. His primary teachers were Yehuda Gilad, Jon Manasse, Andrew Brown and Eva Wasserman-Margolis. Outside the concert hall, he enjoys cooking, skiing, hiking, playing tennis and soccer.
Hugh Palmer is a third-year Violin Fellow at the New World Symphony. He began studying the violin at the age of fiveinMinnesota, where he studied with Mary West and SallyO’Reilly.He received his bachelor’s degree in music performance fromNorthwestern University wherehe studied with Almita Vamos, and received his artist diploma from The Colburn School under Robert Lipsett.
Throughout his career, Mr. Palmer has received numerousawards in solo competitions. He has received top prizesin the Schubert Club competition, the Young Person’s Symphony Concert Association, North Shore Musician’sClub, as well as being a national finalist in the MusicTeacher’s National Association competition. He has performed concertos with the Minnesota Orchestra, Colburn Orchestra and the National Repertory Orchestra.
Also anaccomplished chamber musician, Mr. Palmer has collaboratedwith many famous artists, including Lera Auerbach,Menahem Pressler, Ronald Leonard and members of theVienna Philharmonic.As an orchestral musician, he has served as concertmaster of the Pacific Music Festivaland Chautauqua Music Festival orchestras, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestraand the Colburn Orchestra.
Mr. Palmer has attended numerous music festivals, including the Chautauqua Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Margess International of Switzerland, Pacific Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival and the National Repertory Orchestra. He has performed in numerous masterclasses, including those of Arnold Steinhardt, Ilya Kaler, Charles Avsharian, Zoltan Almasi, as well as with members of the Juilliard, Emerson, Cleveland, Tokyo and Ebene quartets.
Korean violinist Hye Jin Koh is a third-year Violin Fellow at the New World Symphony. She was most recently a part of the Yale Baroque Ensemble, a one-year postgraduate fellowship dedicated to the intensive study of the baroque repertoire under the guidance of violinist Robert Mealy. Under this fellowship, Ms. Koh performed recitals at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments and Morse Hall and joined the Yale Schola Cantorum and Juilliard 415 on their tour to London and Paris. Her specialization in baroque performance also lead to her participation in the New Haven Arts and Ideas Festival 2015 as part of Mark Morris Dance Group’s production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea under Nicholas McGegan.
Prior to her baroque studies, Ms. Koh finished her training at the Yale School of Music under the guidance of Syoko Aki, receiving both her master’s degree and artist diploma. As a former student of Sally Thomas, Ann Setzer, Susan Kim and Nick Eanet, she received her undergraduate degree at The Juilliard School.
Ms. Koh has held a number of prestigious positions in orchestras such as the National Repertory Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia, New Haven Symphony and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland.
In 2012 Ms. Koh was awarded the Horatio Parker Memorial Prize at the Yale School of Music, a prize given to a student selected by the faculty as best fulfilling Dean Parker’s lofty musical ideals.
Madeline Sharp hails from Chicago and is a third-year Viola Fellow at the New World Symphony. She has participated in the Taos School of Music, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and the Spoleto Festival U.S.A., as well as being a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and Music Academy of the West. In April 2014 she performed the Bartók Viola Concerto as a winner of the New World Symphony's Concerto Competition. In the 2014-15 season, she performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as appearing at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, California. Ms. Sharp comes from a musical family; her sister is a professional cellist, her brother plays cello, and her parents played clarinet and piano. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, studying with Misha Amory, Steven Tenenbom, Hsin-Yun Huang, Robert Vernon and Heidi Castleman.
A native of the Chicago area, fourth-year Fellow Kevin Kunkel started his cello studies at the age of 10. He received a bachelor’s degree and performance diploma from Indiana University studying with Eric Kim. There he performed annually as a principal cellist, served as an associate instructor and was a member of the Kuttner Quartet, the university’s resident honors ensemble.
Mr. Kunkel has participated in festivals including the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Schleswig-Holstein, Spoleto U.S.A., Lake George and Verbier Festival. His musical travels have reached the Konzerthaus Berlin, Großes Festspielhaus at the Salzburg Festival, Hagia Irene in Istanbul, Palacio de Carlos V in the Alhambra and Carnegie Hall. Devoted to the symphonic and operatic worlds, he has served as principal cello under Michael Tilson Thomas, Valery Gergiev, Christopher Hogwood, Stéphane Denève, Christoph Eschenbach, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Iván Fischer, Zubin Mehta and Charles Dutoit. Mr. Kunkel has also performed chamber music alongside members of eighth blackbird, Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Atar Arad, Christian Tetzlaff, Jorja Fleezanis, Eric Kim, Anne-Marie McDermott and Tamas Varga. He is thankful to be a fourth-year fellow with the New World Symphony, where he has the privilege of working with inspiring musicians every day. He plays on a cello generously on loan from the Virtu Foundation.