Music for Clarinet, Strings, and Piano
- Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
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After graduating with honors in applied piano performance at the University of Montana Chris Biehl moved to Paris France. There he was very lucky to become one of the few private piano students of Nadia Boulanger. He also was chosen by Fulbright scholar Terry Braverman to accompany him to the Tchaicovsky competition in Moscow where he was almost chosen to win the accompaniment prize. There was a fight among the jury over this subject but in the end the old guard won out.
Chris was also privileged to work with Madeleine Milhaud on several song cycles by her husband Darius. He worked with many fine singing teachers as their studio accompanist including Patricia Brinton & Yva Barthelemy with whom he worked with many fine singers such as Regine Crespin, Barbara Hendricks & Henri LeDroit.
Chris was also chef de chant for many productions in Paris, mainly the Paris production of "Nine" where he was singled out by the composer Mory Yeston as having done a better job than than in New York. Equally Chris is a composer. He has written music for many plays in Germany & France & Switzerland. Recently his music was chosen by a French fim director for a short film that will be shown at the Berlin Fim Festival.
Born in Germany but of Korean descent, Samuel Park received his earliest musical training in various parts of Europe. A graduate of the Juilliard School, his exceptional musicianship has earned him a reputation as an artist who, in addition to his versatile interpretations of the classics, is known for his dedication and commitment to historical performance practice. Throughout his career he has concertized in over six different continents of the world and has instructed master-classes in the United States, Europe, China, Korea as well as Japan and Brazil. A frequent participant at numerous music festivals, Samuel Park enjoys spending most of his summers at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Crested Butte Music Festival and serves as co-concertmaster of the Chelsea Music Festival. In the recent years, he has appeared as soloist in Paganini's Violin Concerto No.1 with the Northwest Florida Symphony and was featured as soloist in the world premiere of Lee Johnson's The Spheres. He currently serves as concertmaster of the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra.
Gregory Young the director of the School of Music at Montana State University, where he was Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and founding director of the Undergraduate Scholars Program. He has served as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Architecture, principal clarinetist with the Bozeman Symphony and the Intermountain Opera Orchestras, and Chairman of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research. He holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan, and has taught at the University of Prince Edward Island, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and the University of Western Ontario. The United States Information Agency sponsored his concert tour of Brazil with the Kreutzer Trio and soprano Elizabeth Croy, and he has toured as concerto soloist in Europe, Africa and Asia. He has served as the chairman of the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research and helped start the British Conference on Undergraduate Research.
Kris Williams was awarded the prestigious Brechemin Award Scholarship for excellence in performance for two consecutive years. Accepted into a graduate program as a freshman, she became a member of the University of Washington String Quartet, studying for two years with the Philadelphia String Quartet and also performing in concert with them.
Winning a national audition for a string quartet residency in New York under the auspices of the Lenox String Quartet, she became a member of the Acadia String Quartet as artists-in-residence at Elmira University giving lectures and demonstrations, teaching cello and performing in various concerts and recitals at the university. She studied cello with Donald McCall and chamber music with the Lenox Quartet. While in New York she was principal cellist with the Tri-Cities Opera Company and gave a world premiere for solo cello by Michael Convertino. Shortly after this, Kris suffered a broken back, which brought her career to an end. At the same time she had received an offer to audition for the Kronos String Quartet on a recommendation by Joel Krosnick. She also was invited to play for Rostropovich in Washington D.C. but her injury was too severe. Now, 34 years later, she has returned to playing the cello. Currently living in Bozeman, Montana, Kris teaches private cello lessons, performs with local professionals, and coaches chamber music.
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