Winsor Music Young Artists: Kang, Rymer, Crozier
September 8, 2013
The Winsor Music Chamber Series, under the direction of acclaimed oboist Peggy Pearson, will present its Fall Concert on Sunday, September 8. This concert is one of Winsor’s Young Artist Programs, featuring violist Wenting Kang and cellist Tony Rymer. The program will feature the world premiere of Daniel Crozier’s Masque, now paired with his Toccata for oboe and strings. Also included are a transcription by Beethoven of his own piano sonata in E major, and the powerful G minor piano trio of Robert Schumann. The concert begins at 7:00 pm, at St. Paul’s Church in Brookline. Wenting Kang, who was born in China in 1987, started to play the violin when she was six years old and switched to play the viola at the age of fifteen. She has been selected to participate in international music festivals such as Verbier Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, and Schleswig Holstein Music Festival. Also, she has won the 1st place in the 5th August Dombrovski International Competition, the 1st prize and special awards in the 1st China Viola National-Festival Competition, the 3rd prize in the 17th Johannes Brahms International Competition, and Robertson prize in the 13th Primrose International Viola Competition. After graduating from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, she is currently studying with Garth Knox and Kim Kashkashian for her Master of Music degree at New England Conservatory. Cellist Tony Rymer has performed major concerti to critical acclaim with the Atlanta Symphony, Boston Pops, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony, among others. He was the First Prize Winner of the 2009 Sphinx Competition Senior Division and took 3rd place in the 2009 Stulberg International String Competition. A native of Boston, Tony began playing cello at age five, attended the Walnut Hill Arts School, was a Project STEP scholarship student from 1996-2007, and was awarded the prestigious Kravitz scholarship in 2007. One of the first recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Award on the NPR national radio show From the Top, he has also been heard as soloist on WGBH Boston, WCLV Cleveland, and NPR’s Performance Today. An avid chamber musician, Tony has collaborated in concert with artists such as violinists Ani Kavafian, Miriam Fried, Itzhak Perlman, oboist Peggy Pearson, violists Kim Kashkashian, Barbara Westphal, and cellist Paul Katz. Tony has played privately for Yo-Yo Ma and performed in master classes for Anner Bylsma, Steven Isserlis, and Pieter Wispelwey. He completed his undergraduate and Masters of Music at the New England Conservatory where he studied with Paul Katz and Laurence Lesser and held the Laurence Lesser Presidential Scholarship. Works by award-winning composer Daniel Crozier have received performances in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Boston, Toronto, Syracuse, at Washington’s Kennedy Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival Composers’ Symposium, and by the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and have been recorded by MARK Records and Navona Records as well as for broadcast by the Belgian Radio and Television Network. Ceremonies for Orchestra, the first movement of his first symphony, has been recorded by the Seattle Symphony under conductor Gerard Schwarz. The “Toccata for Soprano Saxophone and String Trio” was premiered in 2002 by saxophonist Branford Marsalis and the Walden Chamber Players. In June 2004, he was invited by composer John Harbison to serve as a guest composer at the “Songfest 2004 Program for New Art Song” at Pepperdine University. Daniel Crozier holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and has served on the faculty at the Peabody Preparatory, Radford University, and is currently Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at Rollins College. Tickets and information about the September 8 concert can be found at winsormusic.org, or by calling 781-863-2861.