Piano Extravaganza

ONLINE: Piano Extravaganza
March 11, 2022  7:30pm HST

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Pianists Monica Chung, Jonathan Korth, Katy Luo, and Thomas Yee present an evening of piano duos, including Rachmaninoff’s dark and beautiful Suite No. 1 and hilariously fun arrangements of well-known pieces by Marc-Andre Hamelin and Greg Anderson. Join us for all 20 fingers working hard for this concert presented live and also broadcast into your living room.

Pianist Jonathan Korth enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer and professor, working with young musicians at the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 2008. In more normal times, he performs across Asia, the United States, and Europe, with recent concerts in Bangkok, Beijing, Chicago, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo. Locally, you may have heard him presented by the Honolulu Chamber Music Series, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Chamber Music Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi Concert Society, Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra, faculty concerts at UH Manoa, and SCEP Live concerts since Fall 2020.

Mr. Korth’s enthusiasm for chamber music has led to collaborations with violinists Martin Beaver and Robert McDuffie, cellists Zuill Bailey and Sung-Won Yang, and with many members of the HSO. Collaborations with Hawaii based musicians over the last decade have been particularly enjoyable and entertaining, which should be clear with this duo concert! When not playing the piano, he enjoys hiking and fine dining, well-paired activities.

Katy Luo is a pianist, arts administrator, and lecturer of music at both the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and the University of Hawai‘i at West O‘ahu. For the last 30 years, Katy has taught and performed extensively throughout the US, mostly in New York City, where she resided for 14 years. Katy’s performing experience ranges from the works of the classical masters performed on period instruments to the works of Cage, Ligeti, Schnittke, and other contemporary composers. Katy is an alumna of the Young Musicians Program, a community outreach program at the University of California at Berkeley designed to offer first-class music education to low-income youths. Her passion for community organization led to her involvement formerly at the Boys Choir of Harlem and at the Bloomingdale School of Music, where she was both Resident Teaching Artist and the Founder/Director of A4TY(Album for the Young): Student New Music Project, a program that provides children the opportunity to compose original compositions for fellow young musicians and to premiere works written by living composers. This program, now in its 18th season, was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Grant. Katy holds a BMus from Oberlin Conservatory, and a M.M. & D.M.A from Stony Brook University. Katy’s past teachers have included Jacqueline Chew, Haewon Song, Monique Duphil, and Gilbert Kalish.

Pianist Monica Chung made her solo debut with the North Carolina Piedmont Triad Symphony Orchestra at the age of 10 performing Mozart Concerto K246. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras in London, Hungary, New York, and St. Petersburg in Russia under the baton of the late Sviatoslav Luther. An active chamber musician and soloist, she has participated in festivals around the world. She is founder of the series A Night of Chamber Music with Ensemble Henrietta, which is a collaborative ensemble of international musicians.

Monica’s passion for teaching developed during her undergraduate studies, during which time she became faculty of the piano departments at the historical NYC landmark Greenwich House Music School, and Bergen Academy of Music and Art. She has taught as Music Lecturer at Kauai Community College, and maintains a full private studio of talented young pianists. Monica is founder of a new collaborative piano summer course called Partner Piano Playing (PPP), which took place for the first time in July 2021 on Kauai. She is the present Vice President/President-Elect of the Hawaii Music Teachers Association.

Some of Monica’s favorite shows as music director include Hawaii Childrenʻs Theatre After Dark production of the controversial show Spring Awakening (August 2021), Kauai Community Players production of Sweeney Todd (May 2019), Nice Work If You Can Get It for Kauai Performing Arts Center (2017), and Carnival for Kauai Community College (2016).

Thomas Yee from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, has won First Prizes in over 20 national and international competitions. Most recently, Dr. Yee earned an unprecedented distinction from his alma mater, Memorial University of Newfoundland: he was presented with the Horizon Award for Lifetime Achievement under the age of 35 for extraordinary professional, volunteer, and academic achievement. Highlights of his career include winning top prizes at the Josef Hofmann International Piano Competition where he was also awarded a special prize for the best performance of the imposed piece, Ludmilla Kneskova International Piano Competition where he also won a special prize for best etude, Le Tremplin International (International Stepping Stone) where he also won a special prize for best contemporary work, Canadian Federation of Music Teachers Association Schubert Recital Competition, Concours de Musique du Canada, Young Artists Concert Tour Series Competition, and the Eastman-Hamamatsu Piano Competition among others.

Dr. Yee earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland where he studied with Maureen Volk and received the University Medal for Academic Excellence. He received his Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied with Angela Cheng and Alvin Chow. He earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with and was teaching assistant of Nelita True. He has also studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Dr. Yee is Professor of Music and Associate Music Department Chair. He has also served on the faculty at the State University of New York at Buffalo. As a chamber musician he is a member of a faculty trio, Trio Xia, with flutist Dr. Frederick Lau and cellist Dr. I-Bei Lin. Trio Xia has completed two concert tours of Taiwan and one in Japan. He is also a member of Trio Benetri, with violinist Lynn Kuo and cellist Rafael Hoekman.