Prize-winning young ensemble’s debut on our series, featuring a World Premiere by the eclectic Canadian composer Vivian Fung and two trios by Beethoven.
Maria van der Sloot, violin; Christine Lee, cello; Jung-eun Kim, piano
Vivian Fung new commission World Premiere
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio, Op. 1, No. 1
Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio, Op. 97, ‘Archduke’
L’arc Trio formed in 2018 out of a shared passion and joy for the piano trio repertoire. The trio met as students of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music program for postgraduate chamber music studies. While still in their first season, the trio was unanimously awarded the 2018 Barbara Fritz Chamber Music Award by the Berkeley Piano Club and gave their sold-out debut at the Berkeley Piano Club in January 2019. The trio was also featured in the 2018-19 Music for Food San Francisco concert series and performs frequently in San Francisco. As part of their programming for the 2019- 2020 season, they will be commissioning a brand new work by Vivian Fung.
JUNO Award-winning composer Vivian Fung has a unique talent for combining idiosyncratic textures and styles into large-scale works, reflecting her multicultural background. NPR calls her “One of today’s most eclectic composers.” This is supported by many of her latest works, including Humanoid for solo cello and prerecorded electronics; Clarinet Quintet: Frenetic Memories, a reflection on her travels to visit minority groups in China’s Yunnan province; Earworms, commissioned by Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, which musically depicts our diverted attention spans and our multi-tasking lives; and The Ice Is Talking for solo percussion and electronics, using three ice blocks to illustrate the beauty and fragility of our environment.
Highlights of Fung’s 2018–2019 season include a new orchestral work commissioned by the Winnipeg New Music Festival; a new work for two solo violins and strings for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, to be premiered in Winnipeg and then taken on MCO’s tour of the Maritime provinces; and a new string quartet for the American String Quartet, commissioned by the Red Bank Chamber Music Society. Many distinguished artists and ensembles around the world have embraced Fung’s music as part of the core repertoire, including the Winnipeg New Music Festival, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Milwaukee Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, Suwon Chorale of South Korea, Metropolis Ensemble, and American String Quartet, to name a few.
In 2012, Naxos Canadian Classics released a recording of Fung’s Violin Concerto [No.1], Piano Concerto “Dreamscapes,” and Glimpses. The Violin Concerto earned Fung the 2013 JUNO Award for “Classical Composition of the Year.” Several of Fung’s other works have also been released commercially on the Telarc, Çedille, Innova, and Signpost labels. Fung’s awards and grants include the 2015 Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award for achievement in new music from SOCAN, a Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Gregory Millard Fellowship, and grants from ASCAP, BMI, American Music Center, MAP Fund, American Symphony Orchestra League, American Composers Forum, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre and currently serves as Vice Chair of the board of the American Composers Forum. Born in Edmonton, Canada, Fung received her doctorate from The Juilliard School in New York. She currently lives in California with her husband Charles Boudreau, their son Julian, and their shiba inu Mulan, and is on the faculty of Santa Clara University.
Praised by The New York Times as a “clear delight,” Christine Lee is an emerging cellist whose performances have taken her all over North America, France, Norway, and South Korea. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School where she studied with Bonnie Hampton, Darrett Adkins, and Richard Aaron, as a recipient of the Irene Diamond Fellowship and the Satterlee and the Juilliard Alumni Scholarships. She has performed alongside artists such as Gil Kalisch, Ian Swensen, Itzhak Perlman, and many others. She has participated in masterclasses with David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, and Philippe Muller. As an orchestral musician, she has led the Juilliard Chamber and Opera Orchestras as principal cellist for performances at Carnegie, Avery Fisher, and Alice Tully Halls, and joined the Juilliard Orchestra on tour with Itzhak Perlman. Beyond the realm of classical music, she has also worked with the legendary dancer/choreographer Mark Morris in a collaboration of dance and orchestra. In the summer of 2016, Christine co-founded a music ensemble named Ensemble Blank, which focuses on premiering music of the 20th century and whose concerts are held in art museums in Seoul, South Korea. Equally committed to community engagement, Christine was featured on the national Korean Broadcasting Station for her piano trio benefit concert to raise awareness and support for children in foster homes in South Korea. In 2017, Christine was selected as one of two music- focused Fulbright Scholars to study in Paris, concentrating on 20th century French music with renowned cellist Michel Strauss. She has since moved to San Francisco to pursue Chamber Music studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Bonnie Hampton.
Jung-eun Kim was born in Changwon, South Korea, and made her solo debut with the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra at age 11. Since then, Jung-eun has won several prizes both in the United States and Korea, including the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, Fresno Musical Club Competition, Berkeley Piano Club Dorothy Van Waynen Competition, Eumaksekye Piano Competition, Ceramic Palace Hall Concours and Music Education News Concours. She made solo appearances in the winners’ concerts of all of the above-mentioned competitions. Jung-eun has concertized with numerous symphony orchestras, including Konkuk Symphony Orchestra, Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra, Changwon Youth Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea. In 2015, she gave a recital as part of the Rising Star Debut series, “The 25th Sinchoon Concert.” In 2017, she was featured with her chamber group in the NPR’s From the Top program broadcasted nationwide. Jung-eun has also participated in master classes with legendary musicians such as Leon Fleisher, John Perry, Garrick Ohlsson and Vladimir Feltsman. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Music in Chamber Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Yoshikazu Nagai and Jon Nakamatsu.
Violinist Maria van der Sloot has been a prizewinner at the Canadian Music Competition and the Canadian Music Festival and has appeared as as soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has performed extensively throughout North America. With the Mahewa Quartet, she was awarded the Grand Prize in Chamber Music at the 2008 Canadian Music Competition. As part of the Boston-based Emma Quartet, she performed in Jordan Hall, as well as at the Banff Centre in Canada. She has collaborated with artists including Dimitri Murrath, Gil Kalish, Roberto Diaz, Eugene Izotov, Jonathan Vinocour, Ian Swensen, Geoff Nuttall, Jean-Michel Fonteneau, and Maciej Kulakowski, among others. She has performed for Music for Food, NPR’s From the Top, the Boston Symphony Prelude series, the Virginia Arts Festival, and the Calgary Philharmonic Emerging Artists series.