This performance by cellist Julia Yang and pianist Jung-A Bang took place on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 3:00 pm.



Program

Composer Work Time
Ludwig van Beethoven 7 Variations on “Bei Männern” from The Magic Flute, WoO. 46
Manuel de Falla Suite Populaire Espagnole
Shih-Hui Chen Shui
Intermission
Lili Boulanger Deux Morceaux, Op. 17
Johannes Brahms Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38

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About the Artists

Julia Yang

Julia Yang

Praised for “her sense of joyful virtuosity” (South Florida Classical Review) as a concerto soloist, Julia Yang is a dynamic and versatile cellist, founding member of the Merz Trio and former member of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect and the New World Symphony.

As a soloist, Ms. Yang was featured in spring 2019 on Performance Today as a Young Artist in Residence and has garnered top prizes at numerous competitions such as the Lennox International Competition and the Union League of Chicago’s Young Artist Competition. She has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras including the New World Symphony Orchestra, Central Florida Symphony Orchestra, and Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra.

An avid chamber musician, Julia has been noted for her “ecstatic solos” (Reading Eagle), “deep tone,” and “precision,” (South Florida Classical Review) and has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Europe, Australia and Canada. Festival appearances include Marlboro, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, Yellow Barn, Perlman Chamber Music Program, Britten-Pears’ Young Artist residencies, and Poland’s Krzyzowa-Music. Her solo and chamber performances have been broadcast throughout the United States as well as in Germany, and she can be heard on CD with the Aldeburgh Strings (Linn Records).

As an orchestral leader, Ms. Yang has toured as principal cellist of the New World Symphony, and has performed as principal under conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Susanna Malkki, James Gaffigan, John Adams, and Leonard Slatkin and many others in halls ranging from New York’s Carnegie Hall and Boston’s Symphony Hall to D.C.’s Kennedy Center and Miami’s New World Center and Arsht Center.

Jung-A Bang

Jung-A Bang

Praised for her “charming and uncompromised virtuosic playing” by the Calgary Herald, pianist Jung-A Bang has appeared in prestigious concert halls across the world as a soloist and collaborative artist. Ms. Bang has performed in venues including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall; Merkin Hall in New York City; Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center; Jordan Hall in Boston; Chicago’s Cultural Center (live-streamed by WFMT;) and IBK Hall at Korea Arts Center and Ewon Arts Center, both in Seoul, Korea.

In high demand as a collaborative pianist, Ms.Bang has served on the staff of Banff International Music Program and Aspen Music Festival, as well as at major music schools, including The Juilliard School and New England Conservatory.

A native of South Korea, Ms. Bang holds a Bachelor of Piano degree from New England Conservatory, a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from The Juilliard School, and a Doctorate degree in Collaborative Piano from New England Conservatory. Ms. Bang is currently a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Walnut Hill School for the Arts.