Concerts take place at Darnton & Hersh Fine Violins in downtown Chicago. We delight in presenting both emerging and established artists to new audiences. A reception follows each performance.
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Alexander Hersh Cello Recital
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm$10 – $25
Cellist Alexander Hersh will play works by Shostakovich, Brahms, Japanese composer Toshiro Mayuzumi, and Turkish composer Fazil Say with pianist Beilin Han at a recital on Thursday evening, October 1.
Tickets may be purchased online or at the door.
Shostakovich: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40
Fazil Say: Dört Şehir (Four Cities) for Cello and Piano
Toshiro Mayuzumi: Bunraku, for solo cello
Brahms: Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano in F major
Having just made his Symphony Hall debut with the Boston Pops and his Kennedy Center debut in the Spring of 2015, Alexander Hersh is quickly establishing himself as a rising young talent. A fourth-generation string player, he has performed in the US, Canada, and Europe. Hersh has received numerous awards as both a soloist and as a chamber musician, including the Hellam Young Artist Competition, Boston Pops/New England Conservatory Competition, New England Conservatory Honors Competition, Society of American Musicians, the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, the Jules M. Laser National Chamber Music Competition, the Chicago National Chamber Music Competition, and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Alexander Hersh has participated in music festivals worldwide including: Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Amsterdam Cello Biennale, Kronberg Academy Cello Masterclasses, Olympic Music Festival, Kneisel Hall, Domaine Forget, New York String Orchestra Seminar, National Arts Centre Young Artists Programme, Madeleine Island Summer Music Camp, and the Meadowmount School of Music. In the Summer of 2014, he served as principal cellist for the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Raised in Chicago, Hersh began playing the cello at the age of 5. He studied with Steve Balderston and Hans Jensen, and attended the Academy at the Music Institute of Chicago. As a high school student he twice appeared on NPR’s “From the Top,” and performed as soloist with the Chicago Youth Concert Orchestra, and the Oak Park Symphony. In May, Hersh received his Bachelor of Music with academic honors from New England Conservatory, where he was a student of Laurence Lesser and recipient of the Clara M. Friedlaender Scholarship. In the Fall, he will pursue his Masters of Music at New England Conservatory, where he will work under the tutelage of Paul Katz.
Beilin Han was born in Shanghai, China and studied piano from the age of 3. At a young age, she won 1st prize in the young artist competition in Shanghai. Ms. Han attended Shanghai Conservatory of Music, won the 8th Hong Kong International Piano Competition, and was awarded the China’s highest scholarship. She received full scholarships to both Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore and then the University of Kansas for her Master’s Degree.
In Kansas, she studied with Jack Winerock and Sequire Costa, winning top prizes in many prestigious competitions including first place in Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Scholarship Competition, Kansas City National Scholarship Competition, Naftzgar National Young Artist Competition, and others. She was invited to perform with the T’ang Quartet in Singapore and Portugal’s Gulbenkian Orchestra. Ms. Han has toured internationally as a concert pianist performing in China, Portugal, Spain, and throughout the US. In addition to Ms. Han’s successful solo career, she has enjoyed chamber music and collaborating with such artists as pianist Alberto Portugheis, counter-tenor Paul Esswood, and violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, among others. She has also worked for world-famous conductors such as Riccardo Muti and Christoph Eschenbach.
In 2008, Ms. Han graduated from Roosevelt University, where she received her Artistic Diploma with Dr. Solomon Mikowsky (Manhattan School of Music) and Mr. Meng-Chieh Liu (Curtis Institute of Music). Ms. Han is currently a collaborative pianist in both Roosevelt University (Chicago College of Performing Arts) and DePaul School of Music. She joined the collaborative piano faculty of Heifetz International Music Institute in 2011 and Cremona (Italy) International Music Academy in 2014.
This concert is a presentation of the Darnton & Hersh Launchpad Project, which brings talented and energetic young artists to the forefront of Chicago’s chamber music scene. Ticket are $25 ($10 for students), and are available online or at the door. The audience will have an opportunity to meet the artists at a reception immediately following the performance.