September 17, 2019

L’Histoire du Soldat
Alexi Kenney, violin
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
Peter Kolkay, bassoon
Brandon Ridenour, trumpet
Jeremy Wilson, trombone
Tom Van Dyck, bass
Ji Hye Jung, percussion
Bob Bernhardt, narrator

Written for narrator and septet ensemble, L’Histoire du Soldat retells a Faustian legend in which the hero sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for the promise of wisdom and good fortune. The quirky, witty and rhythmically intricate score displays several influences: Russian folk song, Romani fiddlers, klezmer music, the popular music of Spain, and the composer’s recent exposure to jazz.

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Alexi Kenney, violin

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney has been named “a talent to watch” by the New York Times, which also noted his “architect’s eye for structure and space and a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness.” His win at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition at the age of nineteen led to a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall.

Highlights of Alexi’s 2018-19 season include debuts with the Omaha Symphony, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Asheville Symphony, Bay Atlantic Symphony, and Wheeling Symphony, and his return to the Indianapolis Symphony. His recital engagements include the University of Florida, Union College (NY), and University of Southern Maine. Abroad, he will appear in recital with Orion Weiss at Wigmore Hall (London, UK) and debuts with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Lausanne, Switzerland). Alexi has appeared as soloist with the Detroit, Columbus, California, Amarillo, Jacksonville, Portland, Riverside, Santa Fe, and Tulare County symphonies, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Staatstheater Orchestra of Cottbus, Germany, and A Far Cry. He has appeared in recital on Carnegie Hall’s ‘Distinctive Debuts’ series and at Caramoor, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University (CA), and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. He has been profiled by Strings magazine and the New York Times, written for The Strad, and has been featured on Performance Today, WQXR-NY’s Young Artists Showcase, WFMT-Chicago, and NPR’s From the Top.

Chamber music continues to be a main focus of Alexi’s life – he is a new member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two) beginning in the 2018-19 season. He tours with Musicians from Marlboro and musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Institute and regularly performs at festivals including ChamberFest Cleveland, Festival Napa Valley, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (UK), Ravinia, and Yellow Barn. He has collaborated with artists including Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Steven Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, and Christian Tetzlaff.

Born in Palo Alto, California in 1994, Alexi holds a Bachelor of Music and Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he studied with Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. Previous teachers include Wei He, Jenny Rudin, and Natasha Fong.

Thomas Van Dyck, bass

Thomas Van Dyck joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s double bass section in January 2013. An avid chamber musician and recipient of the Maurice Schwarz Prize at Tanglewood and the Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Prize, he has played at the Mostly Mozart Festival, New York City’s Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Boston Chamber Music Society, Harvard University’s Houghton Library chamber music series, Union College Chamber Music Series, Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, Maine, Kingston Chamber Music Festival in Rhode Island, Morrison Chamber Music Series in San Francisco, and the Rockport Chamber Music Festival, among others. A former member of the New World Symphony, he is a frequent guest with the San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony. He is a member of ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), which tours nationally under Frank Salomon Management. In addition to enjoying a diverse performing career, he has been Artist-teacher of Double Bass at the Longy School of Music and guest teacher at the New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, and the Hartt School of Music.

Brandon Ridenour, trumpet

A virtuoso trumpeter and composer, Brandon Ridenour’s brilliance and self-assurance on the concert stage led to his victory at the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. Lauded as “A major talent in the making” (Grand Rapids Press), his wide-ranging activities as a soloist and chamber musician, paired with his passion for composing and arranging, are manifested in his versatile performances and unique repertoire. At the age of twenty, Brandon became the youngest member to join the iconic Canadian Brass, going on to record ten albums and receive two Juno Award nominations with the group. He has performed concertos with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Brandon won the 2006 International Trumpet Guild solo competition. The newest of his three solo recordings is Fantasies and Fairy Tales, featuring his own virtuosic arrangements for trumpet and piano.

Romie de guise Langlois, clarinet

Praised as “extraordinary” and “a formidable clarinetist” by The New York Times, Romie de Guise-Langlois has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. She has performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble ACJW, and at Festival Mozaic, Music@Menlo and Banff Center for the Arts. Ms. de Guise-Langlois is a winner of the Astral Artists’ National Auditions and a recipient of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation award.  She was also awarded First Prize in the Ima Hogg Competition, the Woolsey Hall Competition at Yale University, the McGill University Classical Concerto Competition and the Canadian Music Competition. An avid chamber musician, she has toured with Musicians from Marlboro and has appeared at numerous chamber music series, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Philadelphia and Boston Chamber Music Societies, 92nd Street Y, the Kennedy Center, and Chamber Music Northwest. She has performed as principal clarinetist for the Orpheus and Saint-Paul Chamber Orchestras, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the New Haven and Stamford Symphony Orchestras, NOVUS NY and The Knights Chamber Orchestra. A native of Montreal, Ms. de Guise-Langlois earned degrees from McGill University and the Yale School of Music, where she studied under David Shifrin. She is an alumnus of Ensemble Connect and The Bowers Program, and is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, after having previously served on the faculty of Montclair State University.

Peter Kolkay, bassoon

Called “stunningly virtuosic” by The New York Times and “superb” by the The Washington Post, bassoonist Peter Kolkay claimed First Prize at the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 2002 and was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004. He is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and a member of the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tenn. He is Associate Professor of Bassoon at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.

Current season highlights include a recording of Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat, a chamber music appearance on the String Theory series in Chattanooga, and a solo performance at Bargemusic in Brooklyn, N.Y. Kolkay’s recent seasons have included solo recitals at Wolf Trap, Merkin Hall, St. Martin’s Abbey (Wash.), and the Teatro Nacional in Panama City; concerto appearances with the South Carolina, Rochester, and Westchester Philharmonics and Waukesha Symphony; and chamber music engagements at Music@Menlo, the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Spoleto USA Festival, and the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival.

Kolkay actively engages with composers in the creation of new works. He recently performed the world premiere of Joan Tower’s bassoon concerto, Red Maple, with the South Carolina Philharmonic, and will premiere a new work for solo bassoon by Gordon Beeferman in February 2015. Kolkay has premiered solo and chamber works by Judah Adashi, Elliott Carter, Katherine Hoover, Harold Meltzer, Russell Platt, John Fitz Rogers, and Charles Wuorinen. His debut solo CD, titled BassoonMusic and released in August 2011 on CAG Records, spotlights works by 21st-century American composers. Kolkay was awarded the Carlos Surinach Prize by the BMI Foundation for outstanding service to American music by an emerging artist.

Kolkay earned a doctorate from Yale University as a student of Frank Morelli and a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with John Hunt and Jean Barr. A native of Naperville, Ill., Mr. Kolkay holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis., where he studied with Monte Perkins. His other interests include travel, modern and contemporary art, and mystery novels.

Jeremy Wilson, trombone

Trombonist Jeremy Wilson is acclaimed for the versatility and lyricism of his playing as well as his insight and commitment as a teacher. Currently Associate Professor of Trombone at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, Wilson is something of a legend in trombone circles. On his first-ever audition attempt at the age of 25, he won a prestigious position with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and its sister organization, the orchestra of the Vienna State Opera. Just out of college, he honed his performance skills in Vienna as a member of one of the most renowned musical organizations in the world. At the time, he was the orchestras’ only American full-time member, splitting his time between second trombone, first trombone, euphonium, and bass trumpet.

During his tenure in Vienna (2007-2012), Wilson performed hundreds of orchestral concerts at home and in 28 countries around the globe under the batons of the world’s leading conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann, and Franz Welser-Möst. At the Vienna State Opera, he played over 550 performances of 85 different operas and ballets, including five complete Wagner “Ring” cycles. He had the honor of performing with some of the greatest opera singers of our time, including Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Jonas Kaufmann, and Anna Netrebko, and his artistry is documented on numerous recordings.

A native of Tennessee, Wilson returned to his home state in 2012 to fulfill his long-time passion for teaching and devote more time to his young family. He accepted a full-time teaching position at Vanderbilt University but continued a busy performance schedule as well. During the 2013-14 arts season, he served as guest principal trombonist with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and subbed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He also has performed on several occasions with the Saito Kinen Orchestra at the special invitation of Maestro Seiji Ozawa.

In addition to his versatility as an orchestral player, Wilson is highly sought as a soloist and chamber musician. The winner of numerous solo competitions, he has been featured in concerto performances and solo recitals in venues across the country. As a chamber artist, he has performed with a range of brass ensembles, including Tri-Star Brass, Maniacal 4, and the award-winning trombone quartet from the University of North Texas, and he is a regular member of the Blair Brass Quintet, composed of Vanderbilt faculty. With his keen affinity for jazz, Wilson also was a member of the University of North Texas’s famed One O’Clock Lab Band, the University of Tennessee’s award-winning  ensemble Tennessee Trombonery, and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra. He recently released his debut album titled Perspectives.

Highly respected as a dedicated teacher and clinician, Wilson has given masterclasses and lectures around the United States. He has been a featured guest artist at the International Trombone Festival, the American Trombone Workshop, and the Trombones de Costa Rica Festival. His students have been finalists for several domestic and international competitions and have participated in many prestigious summer festivals. Wilson currently  serves on the Vanderbilt Faculty Senate, is faculty advisor for the Pi Delta chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is Music Director and Faculty Advisor of the Commodore Orchestra, a Vanderbilt campus orchestra comprised mainly of non-music majors. He recently received the Blair School’s Faculty Excellence Award.

Wilson started studying music in the sixth grade, becoming a serious student of the trombone in high school. In college, he double-majored in music education and performance at the University of Tennessee, where he was a Presser Scholar, before getting a Master of Music at the University of North Texas, graduating in 2011. His teachers have included Don Hough, Vern Kagarice, Jan Kagarice, Tony Baker, and Tom Lundberg.

Wilson currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife Kristi and their three children.

Ji Hye Jung, percussion

Praised as “spectacular” by the Los Angeles Times and “extraordinary”  by the Ventura County Star, the Times describes percussionist Ji Hye  Jung as “a centered player who can give the impression of being very  still yet at all places at once”.

Ms. Jung began concertizing in her native South Korea at the age of  nine where she performed more than 100 concerts including solo  appearances with every major orchestra in Korea.  Soon after coming to  the United States in 2004, Ms. Jung garnered consecutive first prizes at  the 2006 Linz International Marimba Competition and the 2007 Yale  Gordon Concerto Competition.

With percussion repertoire still in its formative stages, Ms. Jung  feels strongly about collaborating with composers to further the  creation of a new voice for the art form.  She has commissioned and  premiered works by several important composers including, Kevin Puts,  Alejandro Viñao, Paul Lansky, John Serry, Lukas Ligeti, and Jason  Treuting.  In 2013 she made the premier recording of Michael Torke’s  marimba concerto Mojave and in 2014 recorded Phillip Glass’ Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra for the Naxos label.

Ms. Jung frequently performs with many of today’s most important  conductors and instrumentalists. For six years she has served as  principal percussionist with the west coast-based chamber music ensemble  Camerata Pacifica, with whom she has premiered works by Bright Sheng  and Huang Ruo.  She has also recorded Stravinsky’s Les Noces with  JoAnn Falletta at the Virginia Arts Festival, performed as soloist with  David Robertson conducting an all Messiaen program at Carnegie Hall,  and made her concerto debut with the Houston Symphony under the baton of  Hans Graf in 2005.

Other performance credits include appearances at Portugal’s  Tomarimbando Festival, the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in Ireland,  The Intimacy of Creativity in Hong Kong, the Grand Teton Music Festival,  Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and the Grachtenfestival in  Holland.

In 2015 Ji Hye Jung was named Associate Professor of Percussion at  Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. She previously served as  Associate Professor of Percussion at the University of Kansas for six  years. An active educator and clinician, Jung has presented  masterclasses at the Curtis Institute, the Peabody Conservatory, Rice  University, Beijing’s Central Conservatory, and the Karol Szymanowski  Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland.

Ji Hye Jung completed a Master of Music degree from the Yale School  of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Institute of  Johns Hopkins University, both under the tutelage of Robert van Sice. As  an artist endorser, she proudly represents Pearl/Adams instruments, Vic  Firth sticks and mallets, and Zildjian cymbals.

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