Hyun, Mesa & Rolim Piano Trio
Hyun, Mesa & Rolim Piano Trio
Thursday, August 29
7:30PM | Kimberton Inn
Join us for a special performance by three world class musicians.
About The Artists
Katie Hyun – Violin
A winner of Astral’s 2016 National Auditions, violinist Katie Hyun has appeared as soloist with NOVUS Trinity Wall Street, the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Columbia Festival Orchestra, among others. Praised for her “sensitivity and top shelf artistry” (Cleveland.com), she has also been featured as concerto soloist with South Korea’s Busan Sinfonietta and Incheon Philharmonic. She has appeared in numerous festivals, most recently in Bravo! Vail (CO), Mostly Mozart (NY), the American Bach Soloists Academy (CA), and the OBX Chamber Series (NC). Previous festival appearances include Chamber Music Northwest Winter Festival in Portland, Oregon, Bright Sheng’s “The Intimacy of Creativity” festival in Hong Kong, and the “New York in Chuncheon” and Busan Chamber Music festivals, both in South Korea. On Baroque violin, Ms. Hyun frequently performs and records with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Helicon Foundation, and New York Baroque Incorporated.
Ms. Hyun is the founder and director of Quodlibet Ensemble, a small chamber orchestra that debuted to great acclaim in 2008. The Ensemble, scheduled to appear at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in December 2018, has also appeared on the Tri-Noon Recital Series at Rockefeller University (NYC), the Essex Winter Series (CT), the Shepherd Music Series in Collinsville (CT), the Yale British Arts Center (CT), and at Drew University (NJ). Quodlibet Ensemble made its New York debut in March 2016, and released its debut album of Corelli Concerti Grossi in the spring of 2014.
Ms. Hyun was also a founding member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet, which won the Concert Artists’ Guild auditions in 2011, and a spot on the roster of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two Program. The quartet’s debut CD was also featured among ‘The New York Times ’ “Best of 2015.” The ASQ has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and at Chamber Music Northwest, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, the OK Mozart International Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institution, and the Caramoor Summer Music Festival. The quartet has collaborated with such eminent artists as the Tokyo String Quartet, Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, Carter Brey, Edgar Meyer, Michala Petri, James Dunham, and Deborah Hoffman.
Ms. Hyun received an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where she studied Baroque violin with Robert Mealy, and modern violin with Ani Kavafian. She holds a Master’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Philip Setzer. She also studied with Aaron Rosand and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree.
Thomas Mesa – Cello
The Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa has established himself as one of the most charismatic, innovative, and engaging performers of his generation. Mr. Mesa was the winner of the $50,000 First Prize in the 2016 Sphinx Competition; the Thaviu Competition for String Performance (Chicago, 2013); The Astral Artists 2017 National Auditions; and the Alhambra Orchestra Concerto Competition. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States and Mexico, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Santa Barbara Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra which received this rave review from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “A listener with closed eyes would have been hard pressed to distinguish [Mesa’s] shapely, expressive performance from that of another gifted artist two or three times his age.”
As a recitalist, appearances include the Mainly Mozart Festival, The Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC, Bargemusic, University of Miami’s Signature Series, Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Columbia University, Flagler Museum, Carnegie Hall, The U.S. Supreme Court, The Heifetz Institute, California Center for the Arts, Meadowmount School of Music, Strad for Lunch Series, International Beethoven Project, Perlman Music Program Alumni Recital, and universities nationwide.
As a recording artist, Thomas was featured on the GRAMMY-nominated album, “Bonhoeffer,” with the multiple GRAMMY winning group called The Crossing Choir. He has appeared with them as soloist at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, Longwood Gardens, The Winter Garden (broadcast on WNYC) and the Theological Seminary in New York City. Mr. Mesa and The Crossing also collaborated on the American premiere of “Astralis” for choir and solo cello by renowned composer Wolfgang Rihm and have more collaborations/premieres scheduled for future seasons. Other recording projects include the piano and cello works of Brahms, Beethoven, a whole album dedicated to the music of Debussy, and a special project in collaboration with PARMA Recordings in a “Call for Scores” that will bring together and record new works for solo cello and cello/piano. This project will include an album release concert at The DiMenna Center in New York City and the CD will be available on all commercial streaming platforms.
Ronaldo Rolim – Piano
With “a special ability to present touching interpretations” (El Norte), Brazilian pianist Ronaldo Rolim is a prominent figure among the newest generation of outstanding musicians. Acclaimed for his “consummate elegance” (New York Concert Review) and “mastery of phrasing, agogic accents, and dynamics” (Oberbaselbieter Zeitung), he has performed extensively over four continents, in such venues such as Carnegie Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Great Hall of the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts. He is a winner of Astral’s 2017 National Auditions. He has also captured top prizes at numerous international competitions, including the James Mottram, Bösendorfer, San Marino, Lyon, and Teresa Carreño competition, as well as the prestigious Concours Géza Anda in Zurich.
In the 2017-2018 season, Mr. Rolim was featured in a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Enrique Granados, with performances of the composer’s complete Goyescas in venues in the U.S., Europe, and Brazil. Recent guest soloist performances include Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 with the Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella, Debussy’s Fantaisie with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic in Brazil, and a German tour of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 5 with Ukraine’s Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra. Other recent performances include both the Grieg and Schumann concerti at the Septembre Musical Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, the Chausson concerto with the São Paulo String Quartet, and an appearance in “Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety” in the Bernstein Centenary Festival hosted by the Minas Gerais Philharmonic. Mr. Rolim has performed with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Concerto Budapest, Phoenix Symphony, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as many of Brazil’s foremost ensembles. A frequent presence at international music festivals, he has been featured in solo recitals and chamber music performances at Ravinia, Folle Journée, Accademia Musicale Chigiana, Musikdorf Ernen, Académie Musicale de Villecroze, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, and the Lake George Music Festival. His performances have been featured in radio broadcasts in Brazil (Radios MEC and Cultura), the U.S. (Spokane Public Radio and WBJC Baltimore), and Europe (Radios SWR 2, BBC 3, Rai 3, and France Musique). He has also been featured in several television programs in his home country, including Brasil Piano Solo, a series of recitals dedicated exclusively to Brazilian music, presented by the TV Cultura Channel. He has also participated in the documentary Magda Tagliaferro: A World Inside The Piano, in which he performed music of Scriabin.
A passionate advocate of chamber music, Mr. Rolim is the founding member of Trio Appassionata, formed in 2007 with violinist Lydia Chernicoff and cellist Andrea Casarrubios. Some of the ensemble’s recent projects include tours of Brazil and China, and the release of its debut album gone into night are all the eyes, for Odradek Records. Featuring piano trios by American composers, Gramophone said the disc “deserves automatic respect”, presenting “music-making as impressive and dangerous as a granite cliff” (International Record Review). Mr. Rolim greatly enjoys working with diverse chamber musicians, and has performed with the Aizuri and São Paulo string quartets, and members of Ensemble Connect, the Baltimore Symphony, the Brazilian Symphony, and Bronx Arts Ensemble.
Ronaldo Rolim began musical studies with his mother, Miriam Correa, and gave his first public performance at the age of four. He was admitted to the Magda Tagliaferro School in São Paulo as a student of Zilda Candida dos Santos and Armando Fava Filho. After winning the Nelson Freire and the Magda Tagliaferro national piano competitions at the age of 18, he moved to the U.S., where he studied with Flavio Varani at Oakland University (Michigan), Benjamin Pasternack at the Peabody Conservatory, and Boris Berman at the Yale School of Music. He recently concluded his doctoral thesis on the wartime programmatic works of Karol Szymanowski at Yale University, which will serve as the basis for a recording project to be released in 2019.