Brahms & Dvorak with CMS of Lincoln Center

Saturday, January 20, 2018
7:30 PM
Nightingale Concert Hall

    • The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on Tour
      • Wu Han, piano
      • Michael Brown, piano
      • Paul Huang, violin
      • Chad Hoopes, violin
      • Matthew Lipman, viola
      • Dmitri Atapine, cello

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The Program

Apex Concerts resumes its Seventh Season after the winter break with a presentation by one of the most prestigious chamber music organizations in the nation: the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Reno music lovers will delight in an evening juxtaposing two musical giants of the Romanticism: Antonin Dvořák and Johannes Brahms. Contemporaries and friends, Dvořák and Brahms drew mutual inspiration from each other, and it was to Brahms’ Gypsy-inspired Hungarian Dances that Dvořák turned for his own Slavonic Dances, which proved a sure-fire hit with audiences ever since its premiere. Brahms’ C minor Piano Trio–a work of searing intensity and epic proportions–can be heard before intermission, while Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A major, one of the finest piano quintets in the repertoire, brings the program to a thrilling close. Like most of Dvořák’s output, it is filled with melodic inspiration, rhythmic vitality, emotional impact, and that particular nationalistic voice in his music that is undeniably his own.

DVORAK: Selected Slavonic Dances for Piano, Four Hands
BRAHMS: Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C-Minor, Op. 101
BRAHMS: Selected Hungarian Dances for Piano, Four Hands
DVORAK: Quintet for Piano & Strings in A-Major, Op. 81

The Artists


The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of the largest performing arts complex in the world, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which includes the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera. CMS has its home in Lincoln Center's magnificent Alice Tully Hall. Through its many performance, education, recording, and broadcast activities, it brings the exhilarating experience of great chamber music to more people than any other organization of its kind. Under the inspired leadership of Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han, CMS presents a wide variety of concert series and educational events for listeners of all ages, appealing to both connoisseurs and newcomers. The performing artists constitute a revolving multi-generational and international roster of the world’s finest chamber musicians, enabling CMS to present chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period. Annual activities include a full season in New York, an equally full season of national and international tours, nationally televised broadcasts on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center, an international radio series, and regular broadcasts on SiriusXM and American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Wu Han, piano

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Pianist Wu Han ranks among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. Leading an unusually multifaceted artistic career, she has risen to international prominence through her wide-ranging activities as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, and cultural entrepreneur.  Wu Han is a recipient of Musical America’s Musician of the Year award, one of the highest honors granted by the music industry.

In high demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician, Wu Han has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious concert series and venues across the United States and around the world. She is a frequent collaborator with many of today’s finest musicians and ensembles. Wu Han appears extensively each season as duo pianist with cellist David Finckel, and in piano trios with Philip Setzer. Highlights of her 2016-17 season include international and domestic tours and collaborations with a stellar lineup of artists and ensembles. This year she celebrates a ground-breaking Live from Lincoln Center broadcast; reunites with violinist Daniel Hope and violist Paul Neubauer for a series of nine concerts in Europe; makes long-awaited recital debuts in St. Petersburg and Hong Kong; returns to Seoul, South Korea for the sixth annual Chamber Music Today festival; leads a special patrons’ tour to St. Petersburg, Russia; continues the important work of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS), and launches Music@Menlo’s fifteenth anniversary season.

In addition to her distinction as one of classical music’s most accomplished performers, Wu Han has established a reputation for her dynamic and innovative approach to the recording studio. In 1997, Wu Han and David Finckel launched ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, whose catalogue of nineteen albums has won widespread critical acclaim. The duo’s recording for the ArtistLed label of the Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev sonatas for cello and piano received BBC Music magazine’s coveted “Editor’s Choice” award. The most recent addition to the ArtistLed catalogue, Wu Han LIVE II, was released in December 2016 in collaboration with the Music@Menlo LIVE label and features Wu Han performing chamber works of Taneyev and Dohnányi.

Now in their third term as Co-Artistic Directors of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wu Han and David Finckel hold the longest tenure since Charles Wadsworth, the founding Artistic Director. They are the founding Artistic Directors of Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in Silicon Valley that has garnered international acclaim, soon to celebrate its fifteenth season. Wu Han also serves as Co-Artistic Director of Chamber Music Today, an annual festival held in Seoul, Korea. The festival is at the forefront of expanding the presence of chamber music in the Far East.

Wu Han has achieved universal renown for her passionate commitment to nurturing the careers of countless young artists through a wide array of education initiatives. For many years, she taught alongside the late Isaac Stern at Carnegie Hall and the Jerusalem Music Center. In 2013, she established a chamber music studio at Aspen Music Festival. Under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Wu Han launched the new Chamber Music Encounters program in New York and co-directs the LG Chamber Music School, which serves dozens of young musicians in Korea annually.

Michael Brown, piano

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Equally acclaimed as a pianist and composer, Michael Brown has been described as “one of the most refined of all pianist-composers” (International Piano) and “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” (The New York Times). His unique artistry is reflected in his creative approach to programming that often interweaves the classics with contemporary works and his own compositions.

A recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Brown regularly makes solo appearances with orchestras such as the Seattle, North Carolina, New Haven, Albany, Flagstaff and Richardson Symphonies. During the 2016-2017 season, he was also selected by pianist Sir András Schiff to perform across the US and Europe, including debut solo recitals in Zurich’s Tonhalle and NYC’s 92nd Street Y.

Highlights of the upcoming 2017-2018 season include concerto appearances with the Maryland, New Haven and Erie Symphony Orchestras, as well as solo recitals at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Music Center at Strathmore, and the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr in Bochum, Germany. Since joining the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) Two Roster in 2015, Mr. Brown also continues as a CMS Artist on a U.S. tour, and a Lincoln Center recital with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis.

For both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, Mr. Brown has also been appointed the Composer-in-Residence for the New Haven Symphony, a position that will include a symphonic commission to be premiered in 2019, as well as the opportunity to mentor the upcoming generation of promising young composers. Other upcoming commissions include works for Osmo Vänskä and Erin Keefe and a clarinet quartet for a consortium of gardens around the U.S., to be premiered in 2018 at Wave Hill, Longwood, and Desert Botanical Gardens. He has also received commissions from the Maryland Symphony, Bargemusic, Concert Artists Guild, Shriver Hall, Norton Building Concerts, Pianofest in the Hamptons, and pianists Jerome Lowenthal, Roman Rabinovich, Adam Golka, David Kaplan, and Orion Weiss.

A prolific recording artist, the 2017-18 season will see the release of two new albums: one as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony and Ludovic Morlot in Messiaen’s Trois petites liturgies de la présence divine,and one as a soloist with the Brandenburg State Symphony in a world premiere recording of Samuel Adler’s First Piano Concerto for LINN Records. Other albums include an all-George Perle CD (Bridge), a debut solo recording (CAG) and collaborative albums with pianist Jerome Lowenthal (CAG), cellist Nicholas Canellakis (CAG) and violinist Elena Urioste (BIS).

A native New Yorker, Mr. Brown was the First Prize winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the recipient of the Juilliard Petschek Award, and is a Steinway Artist. He has performed at Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall in NYC, the Kennedy Center in DC, Wigmore Hall in London, DeSingel in Antwerp, and the Louvre in Paris; and appeared in festivals such as Marlboro, Music@Menlo, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Ravinia, Bard, Chamber Music Sedona, and Moab. He has earned dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. Additional mentors have included Leon Fleisher and Richard Goode, as well as his early teachers, Herbert Rothgarber and Adam Kent.

In his spare time, he enjoys cooking kale, reading and obsessing over American history, memorizing obscure Woody Allen films, and dreams of walking 50,000 steps in one day.

Paul Huang, violin

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Recipient of the prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2017 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists, violinist Paul Huang is quickly gaining attention for his eloquent music making, distinctive sound, and effortless virtuosity.

His recent and forthcoming engagements include debuts with the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev (St. Petersburg's White Nights Festival), Berliner Symphoniker with Lior Shambadal (Philharmonie Berlin debut), Detroit Symphony with Leonard Slatkin, Houston Symphony with Andres Orozco-Estrada, Orchestra of St. Luke's with Carlos Miguel Prieto, Seoul Philharmonic with Markus Stenz, Taipei Symphony with Gilbert Varga (both in Taipei and on a U.S. tour), and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra with the late Christopher Hogwood. This season, he will also be making his Chicago orchestral debut at the Grant Park Music Festival, as well as performances with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Knoxville Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Brevard Symphony, Windsor Symphony, and the Hilton Head Symphony.

During the 2017-18 season, Mr. Huang makes recital debut at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland and embarks on a recital tour in La Jolla, Chicago, Toronto, Palm Desert, Taiwan (Taipei, Hsinchiu, Tainan), New York, and culminating at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  In addition, Mr. Huang continues his association with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for three separate tours in the U.S., Europe, and the Far East and return to Camerata Pacifica as their Principal Artist. 

During 2014-15 season, he debuted on Lincoln Center's "Great Performers" series and stepped in for Midori with Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony to critical acclaim. He has also made debuts at the Wigmore Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and the Louvre in Paris.

His first solo CD, Intimate Inspiration, is a collection of favorite virtuoso and romantic encore pieces released on the CHIMEI label. In association with Camerata Pacifica, he recorded "Four Songs of Solitude" for solo violin on their album of John Harbison works. The album was released on the Harmonia Mundi label in fall 2014.

A frequent guest artist at music festivals worldwide, he has performed at the Seattle, Music@Menlo, Caramoor, Bridgehampton, La Jolla, Moritzburg, Kissinger Sommer, Sion, Orford Musique, and the Great Mountains Music Festival in Korea. His collaborators have included Gil Shaham, Cho-Liang Lin, Nobuko Imai, Lawrence Power, Maxim Rysanov, Mischa Maisky, Jian Wang, Frans Helmerson, and Marc-Andre Hamelin.

Winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Mr. Huang made critically acclaimed recital debuts in New York and in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center. Other honors include First Prize at the 2009 International Violin Competition Sion-Valais (Tibor Varga) in Switzerland, the 2009 Chi-Mei Cultural Foundation Arts Award for Taiwan’s Most Promising Young Artists, the 2013 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and the 2014 Classical Recording Foundation Young Artist Award.

Born in Taiwan, Mr. Huang began violin lessons at the age of seven. He is a proud recipient of the inaugural Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees under Hyo Kang and I-Hao Lee. He plays on the 1742 ex-Wieniawski Guarneri del Gesù on loan through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. His website is

Chad Hoopes, violin

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Acclaimed by critics worldwide for his exceptional talent and magnificent tone, 22 year old American violinist Chad Hoopes has been appearing with numerous ensembles throughout the world since he won the first prize at the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition.

„…jaw-dropping virtuosity …but also a gift for dramatic pacing and a distinctive, convincing sense of poetry… [A] sense of lyricism, gripping dramatic flow and intellectual depth all came together in a bravura performance“ hailed the Washington Post after his debut at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in January 2016.
In the 2015-2016 season he gave his debuts with Philadelphia Orchestra at Bravo Vail Festival under Bramwell Tovey, with National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts under Stéphane Denève and his Berlin debut with Konzerthausorchester Berlin under Dennis Russell Davies.
In spring 2016 he also made his London debut at Royal Festival Hall with National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and conductor Kristjan Järvi performing Michael Daugherty’s violin concerto „Fire and Blood“.
In the same season he was also Munich Symphony Orchestra’s first Artist in Residence, a position created specifically for him.

In future seasons he will go on a tour with Orchestre Symphonique de Strasbourg, perform at Ravinia Festival and Beethovenfest Bonn (a concert presented by Sir András Schiff), with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain and will return to MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi.
In October 2014, Chad Hoopes celebrated a highly successful debut with Orchestre de Paris at Salle Pleyel. Among other highlights of last seasons he gave his recital debut at Tonhalle Zürich, went on a tour to Russia with MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, played performances with Vancouver Symphony and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, performed at Dresdner Musikfestspiele and gave his highly acclaimed Munich debut with the Munich Symphony Orchestra.

Further highlights of recent seasons included invitations to the Louvre in Paris, Rheingau Musik Festival and Moritzburg Festival as well as his debut with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine in addition to several performances with New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) in the US and Europe. Since 2014 Chad Hoopes is a member of the prestigious CMS Two Program.

His debut recording with the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra under Kristjan Järvi (Mendelssohn and Adams concertos) was released in spring 2014 on the French label Naïve and enthusiastically received by both press and public.

He has performed with leading orchestras such as San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Houston Symphony, as well as Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada.

Chad Hoopes is a frequent guest artist at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland and at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, where he was named the winner of the prestigious audience award. He also received the Cleveland Arts Prize 2013.

He was the third Artist-in-Residence in the history of the Classical Minnesota Public Radio, during the 2011/12 season.

Born in Florida, Chad began his violin studies at the age of three in Minneapolis, and continued his training later at the Cleveland Institute of Music under David Cerone and Joel Smirnoff, and from 2013-15 at Kronberg Academy under the tutelage of Professor Ana Chumachenco, who remains his mentor. He plays the 1991 Samuel Zygmuntowicz; ex Isaac Stern violin. Chad Hoopes is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at Dorn Music.

Matthew Lipman, violin

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The recipient of a prestigious 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, American violist Matthew Lipman has been hailed by the New York Times for his "rich tone and elegant phrasing" and by the Chicago Tribune for his "splendid technique and musical sensitivity." As one of the most promising young advocates of his instrument, his debut recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Sir Neville Marriner was released last year on the Avie label and reached No. 2 on the Billboard classical charts. Next season, Mr. Lipman will debut as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra and Illinois Philharmonic, and he has performed concertos with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber, Juilliard, Ars Viva Symphony, and Montgomery Symphony orchestras and recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., South Orange Performing Arts Center in New Jersey. The only violist featured on WFMT Chicago’s international list of 30 Under 30 top classical musicians, he has been profiled by The Strad and BBC Music magazines and performed Penderecki’s Cadenza for solo viola live on WQXR New York with the composer in attendance. Mr. Lipman has performed with the Chamber Music Society at Alice Tully Hall, Wigmore Hall, and at the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Germany as a member of CMS Two and was a top prizewinner of the Tertis, Primrose, Washington, and Stulberg International competitions and is a NFMC Young Artist. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees as an inaugural Kovner fellow from The Juilliard School, where he continues to serve as teaching assistant to Heidi Castleman, and he has also studied with Misha Amory, Steven Tenenbom and Roland Vamos. A native of Chicago, Mr. Lipman performs on a fine 1700 Matteo Goffriller viola loaned through the generous efforts of the RBP Foundation.

Dmitri Atapine, cello

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Dmitri Atapine has been described as a cellist with "brilliant technical chops" (Gramophone), whose playing is "highly impressive throughout" (The Strad.) As a soloist and recitalist, he has appeared on some of the world's foremost stages, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill halls at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, he has appeared with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and his frequent festival appearances have included Music@Menlo, La Musica Sarasota, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, and Aix-en-Provence Festival, with performances broadcast on radio and television in Spain, Italy, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea. His multiple awards include top prizes at the Carlos Prieto International, the Florian Ocampo, and the Llanes cello competitions, as well as the Plowman, New England, and Premio Vittorio Gui chamber competitions. His recent engagements have included collaborations with such distinguished musicians as Cho-Liang Lin, Paul Neubauer, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Wu Han, Bruno Giuranna, David Shifrin, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet. His recordings, among them a world premiere of Lowell Liebermann's complete works for cello and piano, can be found on the Naxos, Albany, MSR, Urtext Digital, BlueGriffin and Bridge record labels. Mr. Atapine holds the doctorate degree from Yale School of Music, where he was a student of Aldo Parisot. Born into a family of musicians, his teachers have included Alexander Fedortchenko and Suren Bagratuni. The Artistic Director of Ribadesella Chamber Music Festival and Apex Concerts, he is the cello professor at the University of Nevada, Reno and is a member of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's CMS Two program.


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