Aug. 30, 2007
DALLAS (SMU) – Internationally renowned violinist and recording artist Chee-Yun has been named Artist in Residence at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas, effective in August 2007.
“Chee-Yun served as Guest Artist in Residence at the Meadows School for the spring 2007 semester, and we are thrilled that she is joining us as a full-time faculty member,” said Nancy Cochran, Director of the Meadows School’s Division of Music. “The students have come to adore her, and she has already become a wonderful colleague to fellow faculty members. She will teach applied violin and present a solo recital as well as participating in multiple activities in the Division.”
Chee-Yun has previously served as resident Starling Soloist and Adjunct Professor of Violin at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Visiting Professor of Music (Violin) at Indiana University School of Music.
“I am very happy to be joining SMU,” said Chee-Yun. “I love the university and the students here, and I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of the greater Dallas artistic community.”
Her debut concert at SMU, the first offering in the Meadows School’s 2007-2008 Distinguished Artist Recital Series, will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 28 in Caruth Auditorium, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students. For more information, call the Meadows ticket office at 214-768-2787.
Known for her romanticism and flawless technique, Chee-Yun has performed with many of the world’s foremost orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, L’Orchestre de Paris, Toronto Symphony, Houston Symphony and National Symphony, and with such distinguished conductors as Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowsky, Charles Detoit, Hans Graf, James DePriest, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Krzysztof Penderecki, Neeme Järvi, and Pinchas Zukerman. Overseas, she has made numerous tours with such orchestras as the Haifa Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Germany’s Braunschweig Orchestra and the MDR Radio Leipzig and has performed with the St. Petersburg Camerata, the Bamberg Philharmonic, the Bilbao Symphony, the London Festival Orchestra, the NHK Orchestra, the Nagoya Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra and the Seoul Philharmonic. As a recitalist, Chee-Yun has performed in many major cities including New York, Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, London, Paris, Tokyo and Seoul. Committed to chamber music, she has toured with “Music from Marlboro” and appears frequently at Spoleto/USA, a project she has been associated with since its inception.
Career highlights include appearances at the Kennedy Center’s “Salute to Slava” gala honoring its departing music director, Mstislav Rostropovich, the Mostly Mozart Festival including the orchestra’s tour to Japan, the Pacific Music Festival in a premiere of Lou Harrison’s Suite for Violin and String Orchestra, the inaugural concert at the Danny Kaye Playhouse in New York City, a performance with Michael Tilson Thomas in the inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and the U.S. premiere of the Penderecki Sonata No. 2 with pianist Barry Douglas at the Kennedy Center. Other recent highlights include her tours of the United States with the San Francisco Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas conducting) and Japan with the NHK Symphony and the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, performances across three continents of the Penderecki Concerto No. 2 with the composer at the podium, and her performance at the American Ballet Theatre’s Fall Gala with principal dancers of the Company.
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 of music from the opera, movies and Broadway, which has sold more than 40,000 copies in Korea alone; Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole; and Saint- Saëns’ Violin Concerto No. 3 with the London Philharmonic under the direction of Maestro Lopez-Cobos. She also has recorded the sonatas of Szymanowski and Franck, the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, a CD of French violin sonatas and a CD of virtuoso pieces. Most recently, Chee-Yun and cellist Andrés Díaz, an international recording artist and associate professor of cello at the Meadows School, have recorded Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with pianist Barry Douglas.
A 1990 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and 1989 Young Concert Artists International Auditions winner, Chee-Yun can be heard frequently on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and on WQXR and WNYC radio in New York City. She has also been featured on CNBC, Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” Public Radio International and numerous syndicated and local radio programs across the United States and abroad. In 1993, Chee-Yun returned to Korea to receive the “Nan Pa” award, the country’s highest musical honor. She was honored in a different manner in the United States, when she was invited to perform at the White House for President Bill Clinton and his guests in honor of the recipients of the National Medal of the Arts.
A native of Seoul, South Korea, Chee-Yun has been performing publicly since age 8 when she won the Grand Prize of the Korean Times Competition. At age 13, she came to the United States and was invited to perform the Vieuxtemps Concerto No. 5 in a Young People’s Concert with the New York Philharmonic. At age 15, she appeared as soloist with the New York String Orchestra under Alexander Schneider at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
In Korea, Chee-Yun studied with Nam Yun Kim. In the U.S., she has worked with Dorothy DeLay, Hyo Kang and Felix Galimir (for chamber music) at The Juilliard School.
For additional information on Chee-Yun, please visit her website at www.chee-yun.com.
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