Piano Ensemble Festival
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Guest Artists- Wei-Han Su and Hye-Jung Hong
of Missouri State University
Wei-Han Su and Hye-Jung Hong of Missouri State University headline a one-day piano ensemble festival. Performers, teachers, fans of piano duets are welcome as we feature two Steinway D pianos in Winifred Moore Auditorium.
10:00 Lecture Presentation – 20th-century American piano duet literature
11:00-12:30 Master class
We invite those interested in performing to email Pat Eastman no later than October 15, providing names of performers, exact title of the repertoire selection, movement(s) and composer. Participants in the master class will be chosen by the guest artists.
12:30 Lunch on your own
4:00-5:30 Open Piano Lid!
High School and College students, Teachers, Amateurs and Professionals are invited to perform ensemble music on our two Steinway Ds for a like-minded audience.
7:30 Ensemble Festival Concert
Wei-Han Su and Hye-Jung Hong
Pat Eastman and Donna Vince
Susan Martin and Ruth Price
Webster University Faculty
Since giving her debut at the Palace of Arts in Seoul, Korea, Hye-Jung Hong has performed in recitals in Germany, Holland, Italy, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan and Canada. In the U.S., she has appeared as concerto soloist with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and has given numerous solo and collaborative concerts. She has performed at the Missouri Music Teachers Association State Conference, and has appeared on concert series in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In 2004, she appeared as guest artist at the Amadeus Piano Festival in Oklahoma. Recent performances include a guest concert at the 19th Kota Kinabalu Music Festival in Malaysia; recitals at Tainan National University of the Arts and National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan; a guest recital at Sangmyung University in Korea; concerts at Pittsburg State University, Spelman College and Louisiana State University in the U.S.
Dr. Hong has received critical praise for the artistry of her performances. Her playing has been described as “full of energy and electricity that stimulates the Korean musical world.” (Piano Eum-Ak) The German newspaper Die Rheinpfalz praised the “musicality, crystal clearness and elegance” of her performances.
Hye-Jung Hong received her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Her principal teachers include Julian Martin, Dominique Weber, Daewook Lee and Yonghee Moon. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Piano at Missouri State University, and serves as Co-Vice President of Auditions for the Missouri Music Teachers Association.
Wei-Han Su's concert activities have taken him to the major cities of the United States, England, Russia, Italy, Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan. He has performed in such prestigious venues as the Purcell Room at the South Bank Centre, England and the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. In 1991, he made his orchestral debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle.
Dr. Su was a featured recitalist at the Walnut Hill Summer Music Festival in Boston, Massachusetts in 1999 and 2004. He has made frequent guest appearances at universities and colleges in the U.S. and Asia, and has presented recitals on concert series in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Cambridge Chamber Orchestra, and Springfield Symphony Orchestra among others. Recent appearances included recitals at Tainan National University of the Arts and National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan; Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul, Korea; Penn State University, Texas State University-San Marcos and Kansas State University in the U.S. His compact disc recording of the music of Charles Ives with tenor Andrew Childs was released on the Centaur label in 2006.
Dr. Su received the Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors from Cambridge University, the Master of Music degree and the Performer's Diploma from the Royal College of Music, London, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory. While attending the Royal College of Music, he won the Chappell Gold Medal, the College's highest honor for pianists. His principal teachers include Boris Slutsky, Yu Chun Yee, Joyce Rathbone, and Yonty Solomon. He is currently Professor of Piano at Missouri State University, where he is the recipient of a University Award in Teaching in 2005.