March 19, 2007

Acclaimed Violinist Chee-Yun appointed
Guest Artist-in-Residence at SMU

Dallas (SMU) – Renowned violinist Chee-Yun has been named guest artist-in-residence at SMU for the spring semester. As part of her introduction to the greater Dallas community, Chee-Yun will join cellist and SMU faculty member Andrés Díaz and guest pianist Wendy Chen in a recital at 8 p.m. March 21 at Caruth Auditorium in SMU's Owen Arts Center.


The recital is to include Saint-Saëns’ Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor; Paul Schoenfeld’s “Café Music”; and Tchaikovsky’s Trio in A minor for Piano, Violin and Cello. Admission is free; contact the Division of Music of the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU for more information, (214) 768-1951.

Chee-Yun, who is known for her romanticism and flawless technique, has performed with many of the world’s foremost orchestras, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with whom she has performed at Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. An active recording artist, Chee-Yun’s recording of Penderecki’s Metamorphosen Concerto (Naxos) with the composer at the podium was hailed by The Strad as an “engrossing, masterly performance.”  Other recordings by Chee-Yun include a cross-over disc which has sold more than 20,000 copies alone in Korea, Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, and the Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3, the Sonatas of Szymanowski and Frank, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, a disc of French Violin Sonatas and a disc of virtuoso pieces. Chee-Yun and cellist Andrés Díaz will record Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with pianist Barry Douglas this May.

An Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and Young Concert Artists International Auditions winner, Chee-Yun can be heard frequently on National Public Radio's “Performance Today,” on WQXR and WNYC radio in New York City, Public Radio International and numerous syndicated and local radio programs across the United States and abroad. For additional information on Chee-Yun, please visit her web site at

Cellist Andrés Díaz is an associate professor at the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. Since winning the First Prize in the 1986 Naumburg International Cello Competition, Diaz has impressed critics and audiences with his intense and charismatic performances. His numerous orchestral appearances have included multiple engagements with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra and the Ravinia Festival.

Pianist Wendy Chen won the 1997 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was awarded the Bruce Hungerford Prize.  She has been heard in recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in her New York concerto debut with the New York Chamber Symphony at Alice Tully Hall, and in the “YCA Encores” Series at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. At the age of fifteen, Ms. Chen debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under conductor André Previn.  Since then, she has appeared with the Utah Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Pacific Symphony, and the Cincinnati and Baltimore Chamber Orchestras and is active as a chamber musician, frequently performing with violinist Chee-Yun and cellist Andrés Díaz.

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