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Katherine Collier, piano

Katherine Collier, pianist and music director, was the winner of the National Young Artist’s Competition and the Cliburn Scholarship Competition. She studied at the Eastman School of Music, where she was a concerto winner and awarded the Performer’s Certificate. She was a recipient of both a Rockefeller Award and a Kemper Educational Grant to study at the Royal College of Music in London for post-graduate work. A faculty member of the University of Michigan, she performs with many renowned musicians and has appeared in concerts throughout North America, the British Isles, Europe, Israel, and Asia. She tours and records with her husband, Yizhak Schotten.

 

 

Yizhak Schotten, viola

Yizhak Schotten, violist and music director, came from Israel to study with William Primrose at USC. He won the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in New York with his string trio, and performed in many of this country’s prestigious concert series. He has concertized around the world as a soloist and chamber musician, was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and later became principal violist of the Cincinnati and Houston Symphony Orchestras. An active recording artist, he is on the faculty of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

 

 

 

 

FORMOSA QUARTET

Winners of both the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Formosa Quartet is “one of the very best quartets of their generation” (David Soyer, cellist, Guarneri Quartet). Hailed as “spellbinding” (The Strad) and “remarkably fine” (Gramophone), the Formosa Quartet has given critically acclaimed performances at the Library of Congress, the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Wigmore Hall in London, die Glocke Bremen, and the Kammermusiksaal at the Berliner Philharmonie. The ensemble is deeply committed to championing Taiwanese music and promoting the arts in Taiwan, as well as exploring diverse and adventurous mediums for string quartet.

The Formosa Quartet undertakes a variety of residencies at organizations and institutions across North America and Asia. In 2013, the Quartet founded the annual Formosa Chamber Music Festival, which represents one of its primary missions: to bring high-level chamber music training to talented young musicians in Taiwan, while simultaneously offering first-rate music to Taiwanese audiences of all ages. Formosa is also the faculty quartet-in-residence at NYO Canada, holds week-long performance and teaching residencies at Eastern Michigan University and the University of California, Los Angeles, and has enjoyed residencies with Art of Élan, Rice University, and University of California, San Diego.

The Formosa Quartet has played a leading role in actively commissioning new works, contributing significantly to the modern string quartet repertory. Formosa’s 2019 milestone album From Hungary to Taiwan includes premiere recordings of three Formosa commissions: Lei Liang’s Song Recollections, Dana Wilson’s Hungarian Folk Songs, and Wei-Chieh Lin’s Five Taiwanese Folk Songs. Other works composed for the Quartet include pieces by Dana Wilson, Wei-Chieh Lin, Shih-Hui Chen, and Clancy Newman.

The members of Formosa Quartet – Jasmine Lin, Wayne Lee, Che-Yen Chen, and Deborah Pae – have established themselves as leading solo, chamber, and orchestral musicians. With degrees from the Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, and New England Conservatory, they have performed in major venues throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe, and have been top prizewinners in prestigious competitions such as the Paganini, Primrose, Fischoff, Naumburg, and Tertis competitions. As chamber musicians, they have appeared regularly at the Marlboro, Kingston, Santa Fe, and Ravinia festivals, as well as at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, La Jolla Summerfest, and the Seattle Chamber Music Society. The members of the Formosa Quartet are currently on faculty at Eastern Michigan University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Roosevelt University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. They have previously held principal positions in the San Diego and Cincinnati Symphonies as well as faculty positions at the University of Southern California, Taos School of Music, McGill University, and the Juilliard School.

Formed in 2002 when the four Taiwanese-descended founders came together for a concert tour of Taiwan, the Formosa Quartet’s cultural identity has since expanded to include  broader American and pan-Asian roots. Their name “Formosa” is still a tribute to the culture of Taiwan, but is also largely taken in its most basic sense: Portuguese for “beautiful.”

The Formosa Quartet forms an octet with violins Andrea Guarneri (1662) and Joseph Curtin (2001), an Enrico Catenari viola (1680), and a Vincenzo Postiglione cello (1885).

 

Che-Yen Chen, viola

Taiwanese-American violist Che-Yen Chen has established himself as an active recitalist, chamber musician, recording artist, and educator. He is a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, recipient of the First-Prize and the Amadeus Prize winner of the 10th London International String Quartet Competition. Since winning First-Prize in the 2003 Primrose International Viola Competition and the "President Prize" of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition, he has been described by the Dallas Morning News as a musician who “played with silken finesse, and with elegant singers’ feelings for timing, shape, color and articulation” and by San Diego Union Tribune as an artist whose "most impressive aspect of his playing was his ability to find not just the subtle emotion, but the humanity hidden in the music”.

Having served as principal violist of the San Diego Symphony and Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Chen has appeared as guest principal with Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Toronto Symphony. A former member of Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two and participant of the Marlboro Festival, he is also a member of Camera Lucida and The Myriad Trio. Performing in chamber music festivals across North America and Asia, Chen appears frequently at the Kingston Chamber Music Festival,Chamber Music International, La Jolla Summerfest, Seattle Chamber Music Society, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Hong Kong Chamber Music Festival, and National Youth Orchestra of Canada where the Formosa Quartet serves as faculty quartet-in-residence. In August 2013, Formosa Quartet inaugurated Taiwan’s very first chamber music festival. Modeled after Ravinia, Taos, Marlboro, and Kneisel Hall, Formosa Chamber Music Festival is the product of a long-held aspiration and represents one of Chen’s primary missions: to bring high-level chamber music training to talented young musicians, and to bring first-rate chamber music to Taiwanese audiences.

As a promotor for music of our time, Chen’s active commissioning with Formosa Quartet and The Myriad Trio has contributed significantly to the 21st century’s chamber music literature. Most recently the Quartet premiered Lei Liang's Song Recollections; based on music indigenous to aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. Chen’s recordings with the Formosa Quartet can be found on EMI, Delos, and New World Records, and the Quartet’s current project, From Hungary to Taiwan, will be released with Bridge Records in the 2018-19 season

Newly appointed Professor of Viola at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Chen has previously served on the faculty of USC Thornton School of Music, Indiana University South Bend, UC San Diego, San Diego State University, California State University Fullerton, and McGill University. He has given master-classes across North America and Asia, including schools such as Taipei National University of the Arts, New England Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, Rice University, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and The Juilliard School. As a laureate, Chen was invited to serve on the jury of the 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition.

A native of Taipei, Chen began his viola study with Ben Lin and went on to be a four-time winner of the National Viola Competition in Taiwan. He came to the U.S. in his teens to matriculate at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, studying with such luminaries as Michael Tree, Joseph de Pasquale, Karen Tuttle and Paul Neubauer.

 

Wayne Lee, violin

American violinist WAYNE LEE enjoys a prolific career worldwide as a member of two internationally-acclaimed chamber ensembles. Since 2012, he has been a member of the Formosa Quartet, a string quartet that performs extensively in North America, Europe and Asia, with recent and upcoming engagements at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie, Taipei’s National Concert Hall, and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver. As teaching artists, the Quartet members serve as the faculty string quartet-in-residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada and are also founders and faculty at the annual Formosa Chamber Music Festival in Taiwan. Since 2008, Mr. Lee has also been a member of the Manhattan Piano Trio, an ensemble acclaimed as "outstanding" by the Washington Post and lauded as "a grand departure from the usual" by the News Herald. In addition to giving performances throughout the United States and Europe, the Trio released an album of Schumann and Chopin trios on the Marquis Classics label in 2010.

Mr. Lee also regularly appears before audiences as a soloist and recitalist. Recent commitments include concerts and recordings with The Knights, festival appearances at Musique de Chambre à Giverny in France and the Olympic Music Festival in Washington State, and concerto performances with the Minnesota Sinfonia. As a recitalist, he has designed and presented several large-scale projects, including performances of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, the six unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas by Bach, the six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard by Bach, and a cycle of commissioned works inspired by Bach’s B minor Partita. As part of his interest in historical performance practice, he often performs on early instruments with fortepianist Mike Lee, a collaboration that has brought the duo as performance and teaching artists to institutions such as Cornell University and Indiana University.

A dedicated teacher and arts advocate, Mr. Lee currently holds the position of Lecturer of Violin at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has given master classes throughout the United States and Asia and previously served as teaching assistant at the Juilliard School, from which he holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

In addition to his performing and teaching activities, Mr. Lee is co-founder and co-artistic director of the Piedmont Chamber Music Festival, an annual week of chamber music that brings an internationally-acclaimed roster of musicians to the Bay Area every summer. He plays on a 2001 Joseph Curtin violin.

 

Jasmin Lin, violin

Jasmine Lin began violin studies at age four. Since then she has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay, Evergreen Symphony of Taiwan, and National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and in recital in Chicago, New York, Nova Scotia, Rio de Janeiro, Montevideo, and Taipei. She was a prizewinner in the International Paganini Competition and took second prize in the International Naumburg Competition. The New York Times describes her as an “unusually individualistic player” with “electrifying assertiveness” and “virtuosic abandon”.

As a chamber musician Ms. Lin has been a participant of the Marlboro Music Festival and the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia, and has toured extensively in the United States as part of the Chicago String Quartet, in China as part of the Overseas Musicians, and in Taiwan as a member of Taiwan Connection Music Festival. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University and DePaul University and was a faculty member of the Taos School of Music in New Mexico.

Ms. Lin is a founding and current member of the Formosa Quartet, which won first prize in the 10th Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The Formosa Quartet’s recording of works by Mozart, Debussy, Wolf and Schubert on the EMI Debut Series has won critical acclaim from Gramophone and The Strad magazines, and the quartet performs in major venues around the world including the Chicago Cultural Center, the Library of Congress, Caramoor Festival, Cornell University, Maui Classical Music Festival, Taipei’s Novel Hall, BBC In Tune, and Wigmore Hall.

Ms. Lin is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music. She gave her New York debut in Merkin Hall, where the program included her poetry set to music. Her poem “The night of h’s” received Editor’s Choice Award from the International Poetry Foundation, and her poetry/music presentations have been featured in Chicago, at Cornell University in Ithaca, and on radio in Taipei, and have resulted in collaborations with composers Dana Wilson, David Loeb, and Thomas Oboe Lee.

In the 1999-2000 season Ms. Lin was Second Assistant Concertmaster of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her activities with the Formosa Quartet, she is a member of Trio Voce with cellist Marina Hoover and pianist Patricia Tao; the Trio recently released its first CD of works by Shostakovich and Weinberg, Inscapes, on the Con Brio label. Ms. Lin is also a member of the Chicago Chamber Musicians, whose Composer Perspectives series won the ASCAP award for adventuresome programming. She received a Grammy nomination as part of CCM’s Grammy-nominated CD of works for winds and strings by Mozart. She is on the faculty at Roosevelt University and a proud native of Chicago.

 

Deborah Pae, cello

Praised by critics for her “focused intensity and extraordinary musicianship" ((San Diego Union Tribune), “superb tone”, and “high level of interpretative intelligence” (Transcentury Blog), Korean-American cellist DEBORAH PAE has received international acclaim for her powerful performances, uncompromising curiosity for expression and devotion to the arts. Ms. Pae has appeared as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Asia, at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Berlin Philharmonie, and the 45th GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden.

Pae’s 2018-2019 season highlights include engagements in Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, Maui, and Boston where she will give the world premiere of a new concerto by Jeffrey Mumford titled 'of radiances blossoming in expanding air' with Phoenix Orchestra; and Taiwan. Her academic appearances include masterclasses and performances at Bowling Green State University, the University of Houston, UC Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, Taipei National University of the Arts, and Tunghai University.

Ms. Pae is the cellist of the award-winning Formosa Quartet, recipients of the First Prize and Amadeus Prize at the 2006 International London Quartet Competition, and founding member of the Namirovsky-Lark-Pae Trio, winners of the 2016 Tarisio Trust Young Artist Grant and 2012 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has recorded numerous solo and chamber music works for radio and television broadcast as well as for labels including New World, TYXarts, Bridge, Fuga Libera, Zig-Zag Territoires, and Outhere Records. Pae has also been a featured artist at festivals including Marlboro, Ravinia, Crans-Montana Classics, and the Amsterdam Cello Biennale where she has shared the stage with artists including Itzhak Perlman, Pamela Frank, Charles Neidich, and members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Mendelssohn, Takács, and Cleveland String Quartets.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, and Associate Artist at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium, Ms. Pae is committed to mentoring the next generation of young artists. She is Professor of Cello at Eastern Michigan University, cello and chamber music faculty at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Formosa Chamber Music Festival, and Taipei Music Academy & Festival, and Faculty Emeritus at the Perlman Music Program. Her mentors have included cellists Joel Krosnick, Laurence Lesser, and Gary Hoffman, violist Kim Kashkashian, and violinist Itzhak Perlman.

Ms. Pae travels and performs with her trusty companion, a Vincenzo Postiglione cello (c. 1885) from Naples, Italy.

 

 

KOINONIA TRIO

The Koinonia Trio was formed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in September 2015. Their mission is closely related to their trio name, “Koinonia,” a transliterated form of a Greek word, which means “communion, joint participation.’ Since its formation, the trio has won 1st Prizes at the 2017 Briggs Chamber Music and was awarded the University of Michigan Performing Arts EXCELerator Grant Fellowship as well as a grant from the Binkow Endowment for Chamber Music. In the past year, Koinonia has performed in New York City, Florida, across the Midwest, toured Europe, and was an ensemble in residence at the Innsbrook Institute and the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival. In addition to performing, the trio has given masterclasses at the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Music and has engaged in the Ann Arbor community by giving outreach concerts and workshops at retirement homes and schools.

 

Hyejin Cho, piano

Earning musical recognition of a unique artist with great sensitivity and a profound ability to reach any audience with an enriching message, pianist Hyejin Cho is a highly active performer who has performed across the United States, Germany, Italy, Austria, England, Japan and Korea in venues such as Hill Auditorium and the Sheldon Concert Hall of St. Louis.

An active soloist, Hyejin is currently engaged in an all-Mozart Concerti project with Northern Illinois Chamber Orchestra. She recently performed with Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 at Hill Auditorium. In addition, she is developing a Schumann piano concert series in Freeport, Illinois, to support the community.

Recently Hyejin was chosen as a recipient of the prestigious Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, which enables her to do recording projects including the Schumann solo piano project.

A passionate chamber musician, Hyejin is a founding member of the award winning Koinonia Trio, performing concerts in New York City, the Midwest, Florida and Europe. As a vibrant and service-minded ensemble, the trio has organized and given outreach concerts and workshops. In addition, she has collaborated with world class musicians, including Gilles Apap, Chee-Yun Kim, David Halen, Aaron Berofsky, Danielle Belen, Matthew Lipman and Matthew Zalkind, among others. Hyejin also has had many collaborative projects including duo projects with violinist Rita Wang, with whom she performed in Italy, Austria and the Midwest.

In addition to performing, Hyejin is enthusiastic about teaching, serving as a piano faculty at Center Stage Strings, Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute and String Preparatory Academy at the University of Michigan and as a Graduate Student Instructor in Piano at the University of Michigan.

Originally from Seoul, Korea, Hyejin graduated from Ewha Women's University as a Valedictorian. After graduation, she came to the United States, having studied with Menahem Pressler at Indiana University and earned a Master of Music degree and Artist Diploma. Recently, she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Christopher Harding.

 

Christine Harada Li, violin

Violinist Christine Harada Li is a versatile artist who is devoted to inspiring audiences through solo, chamber and orchestral music, and has performed across the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, and Israel.  Passionate about chamber music, Christine has collaborated with many exceptional artists, including David Halen, Yehonatan Berick, Gilles Apap, Guy Braunstein, Amihai Grosz, Zvi Plesser, Ayano Ninomiya, members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Calidore String Quartet, and others. Christine has had the opportunity to perform in orchestras such as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, and Ann Arbor Symphony. She has performed in notable halls, including the Konzerthaus Berlin, the historical Hill Auditorium, and Mitsunaka Hall in Japan. In addition to performing, Christine takes leadership in various art organizations and serves as Artistic Director and founder of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, Co-Education Director at the Innsbrook Institute Summer Festival and Academy, and Vice President of the Anchorage Fine Arts Society.

Christine grew up in a musical family and began studying violin at the age of five and piano at the age of ten. Her childhood principal teachers were Beverly Beheim for violin and Rumi Smith for piano. Dedicated to both instruments, Christine competed in both violin and piano competitions. Most recently she won the University of Michigan Concerto Competition with Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto. She also won 1st Prizes with the Koinonia Trio in the 2017 Briggs Chamber Music Competition and the East Central Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Competition. She has won awards in the Hannoversche Börse der Musiktalente Competition 2013 with Das Hammerstein Trio, Marguerite Downey Piano Competition, Alaska MTNA Piano/Violin Performance Competition, among others. In 2012, Christine was selected as the winner of the Young Alaskan Artist Award and Scholarship and presented a recital with YAA director, Juliana Osinchuk. Christine was also the winner of the 2009 Anchorage Youth Symphony Concerto Competition and 2009 Mary and Lucian Cassetta Scholarship. Christine made her international debut when she was 10 years old at the Talent Education Research Institute’s Suzuki Summer School in Matsumoto, Japan.

Currently Christine is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts, studying with David Halen at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance. Christine graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and completed her Master of Music degree at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany. Her principal teachers there were Yehonatan Berick, Elisabeth Kufferath, Anne Röhrig (baroque), and Arthur Greene (piano).

 

Nathaniel Pierce, cello & tenor

Nathaniel Pierce, cellist and tenor, is a highly active chamber musician. He is a founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Anchorage Chamber Music Festival, and Co-Education Director at the Innsbrook Institute. Pierce is a founding member of the Koinonia Trio.  The Trio were Excel fellows at the University of Michigan, and won the Briggs Chamber Music Competition in 2017. Pierce arranges art song and operatic literature for cello, voice and piano, singing and playing the cello simultaneously. In 2013, he performed as a soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has also been a featured soloist with the Toledo, Dexter, Dearborn, Albany, Ann Arbor and Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphonies, as well as the University of Michigan and Indiana University Symphonies. In 2018 Pierce attended the Oberlin Acoustics Workshop as a Visiting Artist, and was a member of the faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Faculty.

Recent projects include a recital with Martin Katz of cello/voice arrangements, the Alaskan premier of Paul Schoenfield’s Three Rhapsodies for Piano Quintet, and performing Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Rose Chamber Orchestra and Walter Verdehr.

In 2015 his Eisenberg quartet won the Kuttner Quartet Competition at Indiana University. In 2014, Pierce was a prize-winner in the Matinee Musicale Competition. As a member of the Bloomington Piano trio, he studied under Menahem Pressler. In 2008, he won the Louis Potter Cello Competition. Pierce has performed at festivals such as Aspen, Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, Madeline Island, Chautaqua, International Music Academy Pilsen, Green Mountain, Indiana String Academy, New Mexico Chamber Music Festival, Three Bridges International Music Festival, and Bowdoin Music festival.

Nathaniel has performed and featured many compositions by renowned University of Michigan faculty composers: William Bolcom, Kristen Kuster, Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng, and Paul Schoenfield. He has collaborated with Ayano Ninomiya, Jorja Fleezanis, David Halen, Martin Katz, Yehonatan Berick, Gilles Apap,  among others.

Pierce received his Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance at the University of Michigan under the instruction of Richard Aaron, and completed his Master of Music with Brandon Vamos at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, also studying voice with Andreas Poulimenos. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Anthony Elliott, cellist, Martin Katz, collaborative pianist, and Scott Piper, Professor of Voice, at the University of Michigan.

 

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