Wie ein Lied: Songs without Words

Bloomfield Hills
Friday, March 29, 8 PM

Ann Arbor
Saturday, March 30, 8 PM

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Pre-Concert Lecture starts at 7:15pm

Japanese violinist Noyuri Hazama has received international recognition for her performance on both modern and historical performance. She received her Masters Degree with distinction from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague under Ryo Terakado. She has been the recipient of many prizes in solo competitions, including the top prize in the Premio Bonporti International Baroque Violin Competition in 2015. As a chamber musician, she has performed concerts with internationally acclaimed artists such as the principal players of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kuijken family. She is a founding member of the prize-winning historical instrument quartet The Goldfinch Ensemble. They were invited to perform in many festivals including Early Music Festival in Lagos, Festival de Sablé, and York Early Music Festival, and Ambronay. As an orchestral musician, she has played with groups including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bach Collegium Japan, Netherlands Bach Society, Ricercar Consort, il Gardellino and Orchestra of the 18th Century with which she recently performed Mendelssohn’s violin concerto.

Eva Lymenstull, a native of Michigan, has performed as a baroque cellist and violist da gamba throughout Europe and the US, including appearances with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Holland Baroque Society, and the Orpheon Consort, as guest principal cellist of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, and Apollo’s Fire, and as principal cellist of Symphonie Atlantique. She has performed at the Utrecht, Boston, and Utrecht Early Music Fringe Festivals, and on New York’s Gotham Early Music series. As the winner of the 2017 Voices of Music Bach Competition, Ms. Lymenstull recently recorded Bach’s D minor cello suite. Upcoming season highlights include a CPE Bach cello concerto performance with the CWRU baroque orchestra and a recording project with Lyra Baroque Orchestra. Ms. Lymenstull received a master’s degree in baroque cello from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where she studied with Jaap ter Linden, and also holds degrees from Rice University and the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing a DMA in historical performance practice at Case Western Reserve University.

Shin Hwang, a prize-winner of the 1st International Westfield Fortepiano Competition, is a versatile keyboardist who has won recognition in both modern and historical performance. After completing his Masters degree at the University of Michigan with Penelope Crawford and Arthur Greene, he received the prestigious Fulbright Grant to study in the Netherlands at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague with Jacques Ogg. In 2011, he was invited to perform at the United States Library of Congress for the American Musicological Society Lecture Series: “What the Autograph Can Tell Us: Beethoven’s Sonata in E major, Opus 109”. Other significant performance engagements include solo and chamber performances in the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Vredenburg Leeuwenbergh in Utrecht, Het Bethanienklooste and the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Schokland. As a recipient of the DAAD Grant, he completed additional studies with Robert Hill at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg and is currently completing a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Performance Practice at Cornell University under the guidance of Malcolm Bilson.

In an era when virtuosity seemed to prevail in the realm of instrumental music, many composers took to the Lied as an alternative genre of expression. Yet, their songs were not always confined to those with words; its influence also infiltrated instrumental music. The program explores Schubert and Beethoven’s most cantabile – or singable – chamber works including Schubert’s Grand Duo for Violin and Piano, D. 574 and Beethoven’s renowned ‘Archduke’ Trio, Opus 97. The lyricism in both works expose their inspiration from the Lied – conceived with the human voice and its expressions in mind.