Moët Trio presented in collaboration with Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series
THIS EVENT HAS OCCURRED Friday, June 10, 2011 / 7:30 PM Featuring: Yuri Namkung, violin Yves Dharamraj, cello Michael Mizrahi, piano
Regarded as “technically and interpretatively outstanding” (Strad Magazine), the Moët Trio shares a thought-provoking program revolving around the theme of "Memories."Yuri Namkung, Yves Dharamraj, and Michael Mizrahi will lead the audience through a musical narrative expressing how master composers use music to embody, mimic, and trigger memories.
Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target. The Neighborhood Concert Series is a program of the Weill Music Institute.
PROGRAM: Dvorak Piano Trio no. 4 in E minor "Dumky," Op. 90 and movements from Schumann Piano Trio no. 2 in F major, Op. 80; Beethoven Piano Trio no. 6 in Eb Major, Op. 70/2; and Schubert Piano Trio no. 2 in Eb Major, Op. 100 About the ensemble: Equally in demand as concert soloists and recitalists, Yuri Namkung, Yves Dharamraj, and Michael Mizrahi formed the Moët Trio in 2005 and were immediately invited to prestigious artistic residencies across North America. After a performance at Music@Menlo, the San Francisco Classical Voice wrote that “[s]eparately and together, these are musicians you will want to hear repeatedly in coming years.”
The Moët Trio has performed at major venues across North America, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Jordan Hall and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Barge Music and Flushing Town Hall in New York, the United States Embassy to Canada, and the Virginia Arts Festival. The trio made its New York debut in 2008 on the Schneider Concert Series at the New School. Festival appearances include Music@Menlo (California), the Perlman Chamber Music Program (New York), and Canada’s National Arts Centre (Ottawa). They have worked with the preeminent chamber musicians of our time: Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Miriam Fried, Wu Han, David Finckel, Claude and Pamela Frank, Gilbert Kalish, Jorga Fleezanis, Donald and Vivian Weilerstein, Paul Katz, Natasha Brofsky, and Joseph Kalichstein, among others.
All three members of the trio are enthusiastic about sharing classical music with new audiences. Through Astral Artists, the trio made several visits to Philadelphia public schools where they engaged in a series of interactive residencies culminating in live performances for students. During a residency at the Menlo School in California, they conducted several workshops drawing connections between music and mathematics, art, world history and music theory. The trio has made frequent appearances on Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Music Series, which brings diverse performances to all five boroughs in New York City. Members of the Moët Trio have received degrees from Yale University, the Yale School of Music, Columbia University, the University of Virginia, and the Juilliard School. As a trio, they recently completed the prestigious two-year Piano Trio fellowship at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Yuri Namkung - violin Violinist Yuri Namkung made her European debut in 2002 with the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich by invitation and under the direction of David Zinman and made her New York premiere in 2005 with the Orchestra of St.Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, playing Bach’s Double Concerto with violinist Cho-Liang Lin. She later repeated the performance with the Seattle Symphony. In 2007, she also appeared in concert with Li Jian and Kyoko Takezawa at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall.
She has collaborated with artists Ralph Kirshbaum, Paul Neubauer, and Heidi Grant-Murphy at La Jolla’s SummerFest, with clarinetists Anthony McGill and Alex Fiterstein, and with the Avalon, Biava and Corigliano Quartets. Passionate about sharing music throughout the world, she was invited to teach and coach at Music@Menlo by David Finckel and Wu Han, directors of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Music@Menlo. She has begun and maintains a regular relationship with El Sistema in Venezuela and in January 2009, was invited to Panama for the Panama Jazz Festival. At the invitation and guidance of pianist and Unicef Ambassador Danilo Perez, she will continue her work in Panama as educator, performer, and head of the string department through Fundacion Danilo Perez.
In 2005, Namkung received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University. Concurrently enrolled in Columbia's Joint Program with the Juilliard School, she graduated with a Master of Music under the tutelage of Cho-Liang Lin and Donald Weilerstein in 2006. She completed her studies with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried in the Graduate Diploma Program at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2009. She has served on the faculty of the University of Alabama and was recently appointed as Instructor of Violin at the Interlochen Arts Academy in the Fall of 2010.
Yves Dharamraj - cello As part of the Juilliard School’s Centennial celebration in 2005, cellist Yves Dharamraj made his New York debut with the Juilliard Orchestra under the direction of James DePreist performing William Schuman’s A Song of Orpheus at Avery Fisher Hall. He also performed Dvorak Concerto with the Asian Artists and Concerts Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall. Other highlights include appearances with the Florida Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, Houston Symphony and Green Bay Symphony.
As chamber musician, he performs regularly with the Asiana Virtuosi, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and is a member of Ne(x)tworks, a cutting-edge group of performing composers. He has appeared in such venues as Carnegie's Zankel Hall, 92 St Y and Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York); Ravinia Festival, Orchestra Hall and Dame Myra Hess Series (Chicago); Disney Hall and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LA). Dharamraj has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Orion, Cleveland, and Tokyo Quartets, Miriam Fried, Misha Dichter, and Itzhak Perlman, among others.
In 1998, Dharamraj matriculated at Yale University where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Master of Music, and an Artist Diploma where he studied with Aldo Parisot. He has also worked with Paul Katz at the New England Conservatory and completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at the Juilliard School in the studio of Darrett Adkins and Joel Krosnick.
Michael Mizrahi - piano Pianist Michael Mizrahi has performed as soloist with major orchestras including the Houston Symphony, National Symphony, and Prince Georges Philharmonic, in halls such as Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Boston’s Jordan Hall. He has given solo recitals at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC and has made repeated appearances on Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concert Series. Chamber music festival appearances include Music@Menlo, Verbier, the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival. Mr. Mizrahi won First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Ima Hogg International Competition, as well as first prizes in the International Bartok-Kabalevsky Competition and the Iowa International Piano Competition. He won third prize in the San Antonio International Piano Competition in 2006. Mr. Mizrahi has been on the artist roster of Astral Artists since 2005.
Mr. Mizrahi is a founding member of NOW Ensemble, a chamber group devoted to the commissioning and performing of new music by emerging composers. Mr. Mizrahi’s passion for the music of our time has led to several commissions and world premieres of new works for solo piano. An enthusiastic promoter of music education, Mizrahi has presented lecture-recitals and master classes in the United States and abroad. As a member of Ensemble ACJW, Carnegie Hall’s prestigious Academy program, Mr. Mizrahi spent two days a week from 2007-2009 working with music programs in New York City public schools.
Michael Mizrahi received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, where his concentrations were in music, religion and physics. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Claude Frank. He was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Music at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.