SCCO: Art of the Quartet

September 18, 2021 | 6:00pm | HPAC Ballroom

September 18, 2021  | 6:00pm

HPAC Ballroom

J.S. Bach–Selections from Art of the Fugue

Contrapunctus I
Contrapunctus 4–subject inverted
Contrapunctus 6–In French style
Contrapunctus 9–double fugue in four voices
Contrapunctus11–Triple Fugue in four voices

Amy Beach–Quartet in one movement Op. 89

Intermission

Beethoven–“Cavatina” from String Quartet Op. 130

Florence Price–Five Folk Songs in Counterpoint

I. Cavalry
II. Clementine
III. Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
IV. Shortnin’ Bread
V. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Performers:

Akiko Hosoi: Violin
Adrienne Harmon: Violin
Chiu-Chen Liu: Viola
Luke Krafka: Cello


Artists Bios:

Luke Krafka: Cello

Luke Krafka, (BM & MM from The Boston Conservatory, Artist Diploma from CUNY) has performed as a chamber musician and soloist throughout the United States, Western Europe, Canada, China and Mexico. As a winner of multiple chamber music competitions including Alexander/Buono international chamber competition and ICCEC Chamber Competition, he and his duo partner (Ann Bermont) co-founded the Halcyon Chamber Music Series in Brooklyn, NY in 2014. Since then, they have put on over 50 concerts, collaborating with some of the best musicians in the city. Luke recently released his debut solo album, featuring solo cello works by Bach, Ligeti and Kodaly. Lastly, Luke is CEO of KinkedIn, an up and coming app that allows people to connect and express themselves for being exactly who they are. For additional information, go to www.trykinkedin.app

Chiu-Chen Liu: Viola

Violist Chiu-Chen Liu enjoys a diverse career in orchestra, chamber music and pedagogy. Recent performances include engagements with Chamber Music Hellas in Greece, Cremona International Music Academy, Alion Baltic International Music Festival, Festival Suoni D’abruzzo in Italy, BAMcafé Live, American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, American Chamber Music Ensemble, New York Classical Quartet, Attacca Quartet and Lecture-Performance Series at Columbia University. Chiu-Chen has served as principal viola with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Sarasota Opera, Di Capo Opera, Fairfield County Chorale Orchestra. Her chamber music performances have been broadcast on NPR and WQXR radio.

Currently residing in New York City, Chiu-Chen relocated from her native Taiwan at age seventeen to study at the Manhattan School of Music. She later earned her Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College The New School for Music, receiving full scholarship as a student of Hsin-Yun Huang, Mark Steinberg and Laurie Smukler. A dedicated teacher, Chiu-Chen was appointed the String Department Chairperson from 2013 to 2016 at the Third Street Music School where she is currently serving as a full time violin, viola and chamber music faculty.
In addition to Music, Chiu-Chen is also an active visual artist. She is currently serving as the Visual Artist-In-Resident for the Olympic Music Festival in Washington State, VivaViola Festival in Taiwan and the Sejong International Music Festival at the Curtis Institute from 2013-2014.

Adrienne Harmon: Violin

As an in demand performer in the Hudson Valley, Adrienne Harmon is a regular member of the Chapaqua Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra, various small chamber ensembles and is an associate musician with the Bard College Orchestra Now program as well as a substitute musician for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Adrienne’s career has taken her to Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee, where she served as a second violin in The Nashville Symphony for multiple seasons, receiving the honor of a Grammy for the recording of Stephen Paulus Three Places of Enlightenment. Adrienne has performed many styles of music and has shared the stage with The Cleveland Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma, Tony Bennett, Brandy Carlile, Diana Ross, recordings for Toby Keith and various movie and video game scores. Ms. Harmon holds violin faculty positions at Dutchess Community College, Music Conservatory of Westchester and Nesin Cultural Arts Aspiring Young Musicians program in Monticello, New York.

Of all the various styles of music, Adrienne most enjoys chamber music because of its unique ability to bring the art of musical conversation to life.

Akiko Hosoi: Violin

A resident of New York City, Japanese violinist Akiko Hosoi is an active solo and chamber music performer across the United States, while being a member of the New Haven Symphony and Stamford Symphony Orchestras. Akiko enjoys collaborating with other artists and organizations dedicated to promote community enhancement and social justice, with projects such as organizing outreach performances at veteran hospitals, hospices, schools, and state prisons across the US, as well as benefit concerts to raise money for the 3/11 Fukushima disaster. Akiko also maintains a performing presence in Japan with regular recitals as well as outreach collaborations with Alexander Technique Studio Tokyo. In 2016, Akiko partnered with Sullivan County (NY) non-profit arts organization Nesin Cultural Arts (NCA) to co-establish and lead the Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra, a conductor-less string orchestra, whose mission is to serve the community and elevate the quality of life for all generations through artistic expression and cultural experiences.

Always trying to inspire the younger generation, Akiko is in high demand as a violin instructor. Through NCA she has co-founded the Aspiring Young Musicians Program and the Summer Music (Arts) Academy, designed to provide students aspiring to develop their musicianship with regular and frequent contact with high caliber performing artists who have a commitment to music education. In 2019 she was invited to teach as a strings instructor at Summer Music in Tuscany, Italy.

Akiko has had an international career from an early age. After attending the Junior Department of the Toho Gakuen School of Music, she enrolled in the Purcell School of Music in London where she was a recipient of many awards and scholarships including the British Government Music and Ballet Scholarship. As a solo recitalist and chamber musician, she worked with distinguished pianists such as Noriko Ogawa and Boris Berezovsky; touring the UK, Finland, Malta, Russia and Japan. A third-prize winner in the 4th Uralsk International Violin Competition in Kazakhstan, she performed with the West Kazakhstan Philharmonic Orchestra. Festival invitations include Mozarteum Summer Music Academy, Encore School for Strings, Taos School of Music, Perlman Music Program Chamber Workshop, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Akiko has performed in masterclasses for Ida Haendel, Gyorgy Pauk and Zakhar Bron, and as a chamber musician, has worked with Seymour Lipkin, Bonnie Hampton, Peter Salaff, Roger Tapping, Donald Weilerstein, and members of the Borromeo, Brentano, Cavani, Orion and Shanghai Quartets. Akiko holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. Her teachers include David Cerone, Ronald Copes, Maurice Hasson, Lydia Mordkovitch, Kazuki Sawa, and David Updegraff.