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DO-HYUN KIM, PIANO
Pianist Do-Hyun Kim attended the Seoul Arts High School for three years, where he could develop his musical background along with academic excellence.
ALBERT CANO SMIT, PIANO
21 year-old pianist Albert Cano Smit has performed as soloist and chamber musician across Europe and America, and has been praised for playing "with the maturity of someone three times his age" (CBC Music).
DO-HYUN KIM, PIANO
Pianist Do-Hyun Kim attended the Seoul Arts High School for three years, where he could develop his musical background along with academic excellence. In 2013, he transferred to Cleveland Institute of Music from Seoul National University. He has won numerous awards in Korea, including the Korean National Chopin Piano Competition, Samick Piano Competition and Kukmin Daily Piano Competition. In the spring of 2014, he performed as soloist with the CIM Orchestra. He was a fellow of the 2014 Gilmore Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
ALBERT CANO SMIT, PIANO
21 year-old pianist Albert Cano Smit is the First Prize winner of the 2017 Walter W. Naumburg Piano Competition. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician across Europe and America, and has been praised for playing "with the maturity of someone three times his age" (CBC Music), for his "dazzling technical and emotional dexterity" (DNA) and musicianship "a superb musician has spoken" (Le Devoir).
His recital appearances have taken him to such prestigious venues as the the Bozar’s Henry Le Boeuf Hall in Brussels, the Maison Symphonique in Montreal, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Royce Hall in Los Angeles, the Teatros del Canal in Madrid, the Palacio de Festivales in Santander, the Enric Granados Auditorium in Lleida and the Espai Ter in Torroella, amongst others. As a soloist he has performed with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, the Manchester Camerata, the Blackburn Symphony Orchestra, the Nottingham Youth Orchestra, and the American Youth Symphony.
In 2015, he gave a four-hand performance of the Schubert Fantasy with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet at Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, followed by repeat performance in 2017 at the Wallis Annenberg Center Hall in Beverly Hills. He has toured frequently with violinist Will Hagen, and is a passionate chamber musician. He has collaborated with Andrej Bielow, Gary Hoffmann, the Cuarteto Casals, the Ebène Quartet, the Szymanowski Quartet, the Gerhard Quartet and Lev Sivkov.
Besides the Naumburg prize, Mr. Cano Smit was also a finalist of the Concours International de Montreal 2017 for piano and has been awarded multiple prizes. He won his first international piano competition at age 14 at the 2011 International Chopin Festival in Mazovia, Poland. Since then he has won first prize at numerous competitions including the 2015 International Piano Competition “Eugenia Verdet” in Barcelona, Spain; the 2014 Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Junior Intercollegiate Competition; and the Chopin Prize at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, United Kingdom.
This season’s highlights include his recital debut at Carnegie Hall, appearances at the Wissembourg Festival, Rheingau Musik-Festival, a recital tour of Spain featuring the world premiere of Miquel Oliu’s preludes, further collaborations with Will Hagen across Germany and the US, as well as his debut at L’Auditori de Barcelona and at Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.
Currently, Mr. Cano Smit studies with Ory Shihor at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California. He is also under regular tutelage by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and has benefited from major artistic advice by Ferenc Rados, Stephen Hough, Kevin Kenner, Ilya Itin, Christian Blackshaw, Sergei Babayan and Richard Goode. Previous teachers include Graham Caskie and Marta Karbownicka. He is an alumn of the Verbier Festival Academy.
Photo: Laura Dean
2016 Chamber Musicians in Residence: Aeolus String Quartet
Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the country that prepares them for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, and leadership.
Hanzhi Wang is considered to be one of the shining stars amongst the young upcoming generation of classical accordionists. Despite her young age, she already has a remarkable career, and tours all over the world as soloist and chamber musician.
OMER STRING QUARTET
Comprising violinists Mason Yu and Erica Tursi, violist Jinsun Hong, and cellist Alex Cox, the Omer Quartet is a leader among today’s young string quartets.
A program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States that prepares them for careers combining musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership. It offers top-quality performance opportunities, intensive professional development, and the opportunity to partner throughout the fellowship with a New York City public school.
“The new face of classical music for New York ... these performers have the musical goods,” said The New York Times. This is just one of the many accolades Ensemble Connect has received for the quality of its performances and its fresh and open-minded approach, performing a wide range of music—from centuries past to works written days before an event—in a variety of performance venues. The group performs its own series at Carnegie Hall and has regularly appeared at The Juilliard School’s Paul Hall and other venues throughout New York City, including (Le) Poisson Rouge nightclub in Greenwich Village, Subculture in NoHo, and Galapagos Art Space, National Sawdust, and Roulette in Brooklyn.
Throughout the two-year program, Ensemble Connect fellows are supported by rigorous, ongoing professional development programs to ensure that they gain the necessary skills to succeed in all areas of the fellowship and to become leaders in their field. Areas of emphasis include artistic excellence, engagement strategies both on and off the stage, leadership, entrepreneurship, and preparation for their work in the schools. Sessions are led by experts in the performing arts field, professional teaching artists, and Ensemble Connect alumni. Coaching sessions are also provided for fellows, as well as access to world-renowned composers such as Meredith Monk, Thomas Adès, John Adams, David Lang, and Steve Reich.
Hanzhi Wang is considered to be one of the shining stars amongst the young upcoming generation of classical accordionists. Despite her young age, she has already enjoyed a remarkable career, frequently touring worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. Critics have described her playing as “technically flawless” and with “remarkable stage presence,” which adds to her innovative musicianship. Recently, she won the Beijing International Accordion Competition in China and Klingenthal International Accordion Competition in Germany as well as the Arrasate International Accordion Competition in Spain (2013), and was awarded the Premio Category of the International Accordion Competition in Castelfidardo (2015). She was most recently named a winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York.
OMER STRING QUARTET
Comprising violinists Mason Yu and Erica Tursi, violist Jinsun Hong, and cellist Alex Cox, the Omer Quartet is a leader among today’s young string quartets. Most recently first prizewinners of the Young Concert Artists Auditions, the quartet was also top prizewinners of the XI Premio Paolo Borciani Competition in Italy, the Trondheim Competition in Norway, the Bordeaux International Competition in France, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Critics have praised the quartet for playing with a “sense of discovery and adventure, but also with considerable finesse.” Having just completed a graduate residency at the New England Conservatory, they are currently the Doctoral Fellowship String Quartet in residence at the University of Maryland.
The quartet has performed with internationally renowned artists such as Kim Kashkashian, Clive Greensmith, Eugene Drucker, Cho-Liang Lin, the Assad Brothers, the Borromeo String Quartet, and collaborated with composers such as Sean Shepherd and Perry Goldstein. They were invited to the Banff International String Quartet Competition, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, McGill International String Quartet Academy, the Ravinia Steans Institute, and the Perlman Music Program. They have also served on the faculty of New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School.
The quartet’s current mentors are Katherine Murdock and David Salness, and they have worked closely with Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Kim Kashkashian, and Soovin Kim.
Bravo! Vail is proud to showcase outstanding chamber ensembles in the early stages of major professional careers.
These musicians benefit immeasurably by performing, teaching, and learning throughout the Vail community, in concert and collaboration with Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott and other renowned Festival musicians.
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Instituted in 2016, the Luis D. Juarez Honorary Music Award supports and extends opportunities for students to pursue musical studies of the highest caliber. Recipients will have displayed commitment, dedication, and excellence in their musical studies. The goal of the award is to provide financial assistance to a student in his or her pursuit of serious high-level music studies in an accredited program, camp, academic institution, or another similar setting, or to assist with the costs of instruments, software, or other materials essential to the student’s continued musical studies.
In a letter to Bravo! in December 2015, Luis wrote:
"Bravo has given me the means to grow as a person, and as a student. Through the chance to work with you as a teacher, I have gained a greater appreciation for my teachers at school and decided that I want to be a teacher. I am passionate about being a music teacher, and I see myself in a classroom, directing a choir, or teaching kids the piano or the guitar. I believe that a good teacher can influence what kind of a person a child will be when they grow up, and that music can help them through life’s rough patches. If I can help the next generations in any way, I strongly believe that it’s through music education.
I am the first of my family to be graduating high school, and to be moving on to college. This is all very new for me and your support has meant the world to me. Thank you for everything.
2017 Award Recipient:
We are thrilled to announce the recipient of the 2017 Luis Juarez Music Award. Based on his outstanding application and the recommendation of our Bravo! Education team, we are proud to present this award to Mr. Mack Callicrate.
Mack recently graduated from Vail Christian Academy and has been an Assistant Teacher in our After-School Piano Program for the past three years and has dedicated his time and energy to improving the experience for our piano students. He has been an integral part of our teaching team and has constantly proven to be a gracious and generous colleague.
Mack will attend the University of San Francisco this fall to pursue studies in Performing Arts and Social Justice with a concentration in dance and a minor in Political Science, Pre-Law. He hopes to participate in the school's 6-year program that allows him to receive his bachelors degree in the first three years and then his JD law degree after the next three.