Guest Artists Day 5
Lecture: Alfred Hill - his life and music with focus on the seventeen string quartets
10 June 2023, 10:00 AM
Donald Maurice is Emeritus Professor at Victoria University of Wellington. He has performed internationally for five decades as a solo violist, viola d’amorist, chamber musician and conductor, and has
presented at 19 International Viola Congresses. He has performed for NZ diplomatic missions in Asia, Europe and North America. The CD of his live 2008 performance of Boris Pigovat's "Holocaust Requiem", with Orchestra Wellington, received critical acclaim in Europe and North America. Donald’s solo and chamber music discography spans 20 CDs. His publications on Béla Bartók and Alfred Hill have become standard texts in academia, and the documentary films he has produced on Christoph Graupner and Boris Pigovat have been screened in Europe, North America and Asia. In 2014 he was awarded the MNZM forservices to music.
World Premier: Gem's Anzioletti's Viola Concerto #1 with Marco Misciagna
Lecture Recital: The Viola Music of Georg Abraham Schneider (1770-1839)
Exhibitor: Gems Music Publications
10 June 2023, 11:00 AM A 407
Kenneth Martinson, is the Past President of the International Viola Society, and is the owner of Gems Music Publications. Formerly, he was assistant professor of Viola at University of Florida, Western Illinois University, and the Crane School of Music- SUNY Potsdam (Potsdam, NY). Recently, he has finished his D.M.A. from Stony Brook University. He has also served previously as Secretary of both the American and International Viola Societies.
Ken has performed throughout the United States and Canada as well as Brazil, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Russia, South Africa, and Switzerland, and was a featured guest artist at the 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2017 and 2019 International Viola Congresses. At the 2017 congress, he performed the world premiere performance of the
Alessandro Rolla Viola Concerto in D, BI. 542, a work which was left unfinished by the composer, and has been finished and published by Martinson.
Workshop: Creating your own cadenza for Hoffmeister or Stamitz
10 June 2023, 10:00 AM MACM
Lecture Recital: Murawski & Kimber in 25 minutes
10 June 2023, 12:00 PM PC 807
Full Recital: Hans Gál: Works for Viola, Piano, Violin and Oboe
10 June 2023, 12:00 PM MACM
Christine Rutledge began her life-long love of viola in the 3 rd grade in the Detroit Public Schools and had the good fortune of studying with several of the world’s greatest teachers, including Karen Tuttle and Michael Tree at the Curtis Institute; William Preucil, Sr. at the University of Iowa; and David Holland at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Rutledge is a devoted and passionate pedagogue. Her teaching career began at the University of Notre Dame, where she was also a member of the critically acclaimed Notre Dame String
Trio. Since 1998 has taught at the University of Iowa, where she is Professor of Viola. Rutledge founded Linnet Press Editions for Viola in 2007, which is devoted to scholarly-based performance editions and transcriptions of baroque works for viola. Her most significant publication is a transcription for viola of Bach’s Suites for Solo Cello, based on a decade of
research and manuscript comparisons. Though passionate about the baroque repertoire, Rutledge is no stranger to music from all periods, especially contemporary music. She is a frequent collaborator with the world- renowned Center for New Music at the University of Iowa, with whom she has made several commercial recordings, including Jeremy Dale Roberts’ Lines of Life.
Partial Concert: Contemporary Dutch works for viola
10 June 2023, 2:00 PM, MACM
Violist Emlyn Stam is active as a chamber
musician, soloist, pedagogue and performance
researcher in the Netherlands and
internationally. Since 2014 he has been artistic
director of the New European Ensemble an
international ensemble for contemporary and
20th century music. As a soloist Emlyn Stam has made numerous appearances for Dutch radio and television. He performed concertos with the Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra d’Espinho(Portugal) and the Schönberg Ensemble. Emlyn
has also performed at numerous festivals such
as Festival Vlaanderen, the Kuhmo Festival in
Finland, Sound of Stockholm, Connect Festival,
Giverny Chamber Music Festival, International
Chamber Music Festival Utrecht and Grachtenfestival Amterdam. His many chamber music performances have included concerts with the Parkanyi Quartet and regular appearances with the Ysaÿe Trio of which he is a founding member. The trio released two c.d.’s for the Dutch Record Company. As a teacher Emlyn regularly gives masterclasses in both viola playing and chamber music. He taught at numerous conservatories in the Netherlands, Estonia, China and Sweden. He currently teaches at the Fontys University for the Arts in Tilburg. Emlyn is an active music researcher and completed his doctorate at the Academy for Creative and Performing Arts at the Leiden University in 2019 with a dissertation entitle In Search of a Lost Language: Performing in Early-Recorded Style in Viola and String Quartet Repertoires. His research focuses on late 19 th and
early 20 th century performance practices. He is regularly invited to give guest lectures on his research such as at the University of Leeds, the Hochschule der
Künste in Bern and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. The Disseration can be found here:
A playlist with musical recordings made for this research project can be found here:
Lecture Recital: Expanding Viola Repertoire before 1800
10 June 2023, 1:00 PM, A407
Violist Namgon Lee is an active performer and arranger specializing in historical performance. As a performing scholar, Mr. Lee has been investigating historically approached transcriptions to expand early viola literature. Namgon’s recent recital presented his arrangement of various lute music, including Bach’s Lute Suite in c minor, Mudarra’s Fantasia X, and Suite in G minor by Visée for baroque viola. Namgon has been featured as a guest artist in many renowned periodic orchestras, such as Ensemble Caprice (Montreal), Tempesta di Mare (Philadelphia), and Bach Solisten (Seoul). In 2017, Namgon made his concerto debut with Baltimore Baroque Band. Since 2019, Mr. Lee has been the principal violist of the McGill Baroque Orchestra. Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music and a Master’s Degree from Peabody Institute. Currently, Namgon is pursuing his doctoral degree at McGill University under the instruction of Olivier Brault. In his leisure time, Namgon loves to cook and try out new recipes and plays many different styles of tunes on the fiddle.
Nam Joong Kim
Partial Concert: Simply passion
10 June 2023, 2:00 PM, MACM
Nam Joong Kim is one of Korea’s top violists who interacts and communicates with the public through
the viola, resonating with our heart and life with deep profound tunes. Kim has been so much loved by critics and fans from home and abroad thanks to her strong presence and energy that she presents on the stage with her diverse repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary music. That is well explained by the remarks that the public always uses to describe her
performances: “Charismatic”, “Genuine” and “Dancing Bow”. Moreover, she passionately delivers various stories through music on global stages as being the first- ever violist performing solo at the UN General Assembly Hall in New York and the winner of the 2016 Global Artists for World Peace at United Nations. Kim’s 2016/2017 season was filled with a wide variety of performances both in Korea and abroad. In 2016, she was invited to perform at the Korean War Armistice Day Commemoration in Washington D.C, and in the same year, she was showered with praises by the Chinese audience after holding a solo recital and master class at the Shanghai University School of Music. She performed at a sold-out show once again at the biennale recital at Seoul Arts Center in July 2017. Subsequently, she debuted as a Music Director leading 75 brass musicians at the Christmas Festival Opening Concert in conjunction with the celebration of Winter Season at Seoullo7017 that is known as Korea’s High Line Park. Kim was regarded as “a musician who expresses deep emotion through diverse tones” by Maestro
Myung-Whun Chung who is described as “a spiritual conductor” by Le Monde. She served as the
Principal Viola for 2 years at the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, being appointed at the first audition
held when Maestro Chung took his role as Principal Conductor. From 2005 to 2013, she served as a
member of the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra. She was also the Principal Violist at the Chamber Orchestra for its nationwide tour who is led by world renowned violinist Kyung Wha Chung. Kim’s soloist career took off in 2014 when she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, New York as a part of Emerging Musicians Series by the New York Concert Artists & Associates. Recognized for her contribution in art, she received the New Jersey Governor’s Awards. Since 2015 when executing her excellent act as a soloist at Berliner Philharmonie, she has been holding a 5-year-long recital series with the theme “Dancing Bow” in Korea. Apart from being invited to perform on various international stages, including Bowdoin International Music Festival, New York Summit Music Festival and Vivace Music Festival, Kim is also devoted in nurturing young talents. She currently teaches at Yewon School, Seoul Arts High School, Goyang High School of Arts and Incheon Arts High School. Born in Seoul, the top violist had her first recital at the age of 14 at the National Theater of Korea. During her school days, she was elected as a representative of Korea at the Asian Youth Orchestra
and performed not only in China and Japan at the United Nations 50 th Anniversary Concert for its Asia
tour, but also in major stages in the US which includes Carnegie Hall, the White House and Lincoln
Center. Legendary violinist Isaac Stern commended Kim as “simply rare for violist to execute such captivating profound tone with burst of emotions, right after, she was then invited to represent Korea at the Miyazaki Music Festival and Isaac Stern Workshop for Young Musicians. In 2004, she had her debut
recital in the US at the Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall.
Kim has been making a name for herself since her school days from winning top prizes in the Strings
Section of Seoul National University Music Competition and Dong-A Music Competition and
performing three solo concerts after being selected as Kumho Young Artist, which is known as “the
cradle of Korea’s talented musicians”. Graduated from Sunhwa Arts High School, Seoul Arts High School, and Seoul National University College of Music with Summa Cum Laude in Korea, Kim furthered her studies at Indiana University
Bloomington, receiving full scholarship under the Music Merit Award. She received guidance from Atar
Arad and graduated with the highest honor in Graduate Performance Diploma. In 2016, she obtained her Masters in Music Pedagogy in Sang Myung University.
Partial Concert: Longing for Lyricism
10 June 2023, 1:00 PM, MACM
I am passionate about sharing the beauty of the sound of Viola, providing recitals and outreach projects mainly in North America, as well as occasional performances in Europe and Asia. My repertoire covers a wide range of musical styles ranging from early music to contemporary works. I have a well-developed repertoire of chamber music ready for potential collaborative projects. I also continue developing and polishing my solo repertoire with generous continued support of feedback from Nobuko Imai and lessons with Gerald Stanick, the former violist of the Fine Arts Quartet.
My love for performance is the core of my driving force as a musician; I have performed extensively as both a soloist and a chamber musician; my solo performances were recognized as the first prize winner in the Collegiate Division of Progressive Musicians Online Classics Competition based in Las Vegas USA, and my former quartet, Wisteria String Quartet, received the shared first prize winner of the Young Musicians Competition 2019 at Friends of Chamber Music in Vancouver. I also gained extensive experiences in orchestral playing by serving as a principal violist at the University of Victoria Symphonic Orchestra working with a Hungarian conductor and composer, Ajtony Csaba. I was also a regular member of the Sidney Classical Orchestra which provided me valuable opportunities to work along with professional orchestra members of the Victoria Symphony.
I am also honored to be the recipient of the Johann Strauss Foundation competition Scholarship 2018 which supported me participating and performing in several music academies and festivals across Europe working with internationally acclaimed artists, such as Imai Nobuko, Thomas Riebl, Hariof Schlichtig, Gilad Karni, Jean Sulem, and Lars Anders Tomter.
I hold both Bachelor and Master’s degree of viola performance from the University of Victoria under the tutelage of Joanna Hood of the Lafayette String Quartet. Inspired by my mentor who is a dedicated Baroque ensemble player, I have been developing experience and knowledge of early music through studying at the Tafelmusik Summer Institute, performing with the Collegium Baroque Ensemble led by Chloe Meyers, and working with the Baroque Orchestra Mentorship Program under the direction of David Mcguiness. My interpretation of Bach was praised as the shared first prize winner of the Regional Solo Bach Competition 2018 in Canada.
I am constantly seeking and enthusiastic for a chance to expand my horizon as a musician; I am a founding member of the Finnerty Trio and explore underrepresented repertoire written for Clarinet, Piano, and Viola. The trio was featured in the outreach concert series presented by Victoria Summer Music Festival 2022. My musicianship is deeply rooted in the communicative aspects of chamber music regardless of form or setting of my current projects.
Emerson de Biaggi
Partial Concert: Brazilian music for solo viola (1968 - 2018)
10 June 2023, 1:00 PM, MACM
EMERSON DE BIAGGI – DMA
Earned his Bachelors’ degree at USP in 1988, was a member of the São Paulo City Orchestra from 1988 to 1990. Studied with Raphael Hillyer and Steven Ansell
at Boston University, finishing his Masters’ degree in 1992. Completed the DMA program at UCSB in 1995, studying with Heiichiro Ohyama, Donald McInnes and
Ronald Copes. Returned to Brazil in 1997, joining the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 1999. Principal viola player at São Paulo Chamber
Orchestra and Unesp Chamber Orchestra from 1999 to 2001. Since 1998, has been teaching viola and chamber music at Unicamp, São Paulo State University. Takes part in various chamber ensembles and teaches at the main Music Festivals in Brazil. As soloist, has performed with orchestras all over Brazil, mostly presenting contemporary Brazilian viola repertoire. Founding member of the Brazilian Viola Society, recently elected its president for the 2022-2024 mandate.
Performance with Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra
10 June 2023, 4:00 PM, Prince Mahidol Hall
"Harold in Italy" with TPO's Principal Viola
10 June 2023, 4 PM, Prince Mahidol Hall