Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto N.2 in D-Dur
Wolfgang A. Mozart: Piano Concerto N.12 in A-Dur, kv.414
Vitaliy Hubarenko: Mono-opera "The Love Letters"
Russian soprano YULIA PETRACHUK and Ukrainian conductor YURIY YANKO premiere a mono-opera by Ukrainian composer VitalyHubarenkoThe LoveLetters based on the novel Tenderness by Henri Barbusse.
"The Love Letters" is a masterpiece of chamber opera heavy with emotions and thoughts of a woman sending letters to her lover after being separated for reasons, not within their control. Over 20 years she kept sending him letters until the day came where her final note arrived and she revealed to him that she had committed suicide the day they were split. She did not want him to suffer, and thus, she devised this plan to allow the memories of her to fade, and the impact of her death will affect him less.
Korean pianist CHULHEE YOON and Deutsche Gramophone Recording cellist MEEHAE RYO complement the program with performances of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.12 and Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
YURIY YANKO – CONDUCTOR
Director - Chief Conductor of the Kharkiv Philharmonic, Honored Artist of Ukraine, the winner of the International competition named by Vakhtang Jordania.
The works of maestro Yankois characterized by a high culture of performance, knowledge of musical styles, and national schools. Crisp and clear gesture, emotional, dramatic and demanding to work with the orchestra - all that created a reputation as one of the best conductors of Ukraine. He graduated as a conductor-choirmaster Kharkiv Special Music School (1980), Kharkiv State University Art named by I.Kotlyarevsky(1985), as an opera and symphony conductor - National Music Academy named by P.Tchaikovsky(1991); the conductor of Academic Symphony Orchestra of ZaporozhyePhilharmonic (1991-1994), artistic director
and conductor of the chamber orchestra of Kharkiv Specialized Secondary Music Boarding School (1999-2004).
Since 1994 he conducted at Kharkiv Academic Opera and Ballet named by M. Lysenko.
He was a conductor-producer of many plays. Since 2001 he has been artistic director and principal conductor of the symphony orchestra of Kharkiv Philharmonic. In 2004 he became its director. He received the diplomas of the regional state administration (2002, 2006), the highest award of Kharkiv mayor "For diligence" (2004).
Mr. Yanko is a winner of the regional rating "Kharkiv Citizen of Year" (2001-2006), a regional award "Public Recognition" (2004), as well as a municipal creative prize named by B.Gmyrya(2007). Famous musicians of our time (D.Bashkirov, B.Kotorovych, V. Kraynyev, D. Kramer, Y. Loyevskyy, M. Petrov, S. Stadler, N. Shtarkman, O. Knyazyev, S. Shodzhyand many others) highly evaluated conducting skills of Maestro Yanko. He has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra of Moldova, with orchestras in many cities of Russia and Ukraine. Audience from many countries knows his familiar art: Bulgaria, Holland, Egypt, Spain, Italy, Germany, South Korea, Poland, Russia, USA, France, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland.
SYMPHONY IN C –ORCHESTRA
Founded in 1952 as The Haddonfield Symphony, Symphony in C began as a community orchestra allowing amateur musicians to pursue their love of music by performing for the Haddonfield and southern New Jersey communities. Its debut performance was in January 1954 under music director Guido Terranova. Since then, it has grown into one of only three professional training orchestras in the United States preparing musicians and conductors who are on the cusp of world-class careers through concert, educational outreach, and professional development programs.
During the 1987-1988 season, the Symphony began providing training and performance opportunities to young professional musicians with the establishment of its Professional Development Internship Program. Over the next 13 seasons, this program grew to encompass all 78 positions within the orchestra. In 1991, the Symphony established the position of assistant conductor.
The first holder of this position, Alan Gilbert, was named music director of the Symphony in 1992.
During his tenure, he appointed the first composer-in-residence, Daniel Dorff, and launched the Young Composers’ Competition. From 1997 to 2000, Music Director Daniel Hegeexpanded the Music Matters, educational programs and Professional Development Internship programs for Symphony musicians.
Assistant Conductor RossenMilanovwas appointed Music Director in 2000, and led the organization for fifteen years, attracting the finest young musicians and soloists and increasing the orchestra's artistic profile. In July 2014, Maestro Milanovannounced his departure at the end of the season, after being named Music Director of the Columbus Symphony and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. After an extensive international search, the Board of Directors selected 31-year-old StilianKirov as Music Director. Maestro Kirov assumed artistic leadership on July 1, 2015, and made his debut performance with the orchestra on September 19, 2015.
In 2004, the Symphony was awarded the national MetLife Award for Community Engagement in recognition of its programs serving people with special needs. In 2006, the Symphony moved its concert series to the Gordon Theater at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts and changed its name to Symphony in C in to reflect its commitment to the cultural and economic redevelopment of Camden. Symphony in C has been designated a Major Arts Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and was awarded a Citation of Excellence in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
MEEHAE RYO – CELLO
Deutsche Gramophone Recording Artist Ms. Meehae Ryo’s breathtaking technical virtuosity and captivating melody put her as the most recognized cellist in the Republic of Korea. She endeavors to play music, which makes both herself and her audiences happy. Not only is she a beloved cellist, but she is also determined to train pupils by sharing her experiences and skills.
Meehae’s passion for music is enough to make her one of the most preferred cellists by numerous orchestras. These include: the Wiener Concert Verein (Wiener Symphoniker Kammer Orchester), Berliner Symphony Orchestra, , Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Belgrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia, Hongkong Philharmonic Orchestra, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaerntner Symphony Orchestra, the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, Hradec Kralove Philharmony, Madeira Classical Players in Portugal, Kazakhstan National Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra and Seoul Classical Players.
Meehae’s first recording was with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra under maestro Vladimir Valek as the conductor; it was a commemoration album of Schumann’s 150th death by Sony Classic. In 2013, she recorded Saint-Saëns and Elgar cello concerto with Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, which is released by Deutsche Gramophone.
She is regularly invited to be the jury of numerous international competitions, such as Beethoven International Cello, Janigro International Cello, Khachaturian International Cello, and Riga Strings Classic. Also, she is participating in Vienna Strings International Competition in May 2019, Belgrade Cello competition in April 2020, and Osaka International Competition in October 2019.
YULIA PETRACHUK –SOPRANO
"Yulia is a special and unique artist, able to hold her own on any stage in the world” - Daniel Rigazzi, Stage Director at Metropolitan Opera in NYC.
“I have rarely had a chance to work with an artist as wonderful as Yulia. She is emotive on stage, she is incredibly hard-working, she is driven, and on top of it all, she has an absolutely beautiful voice” - GiovanniReggioli, Conductor at Washington DC National Opera.
Born in Russia, Ms. Petrachuk studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and is a graduate of Bern Opera Studio in Bern, Switzerland.
Her debut as a professional opera singer was with the State Theater Bern, Switzerland in 2010. She has also performed with Theater Biel (Switzerland), Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Opera Ischia (Italy), DicapoOpera Theater NYC, Great Moscow Hall, Vocal Productions NYC and Opera Camerata. Some of her leading roles performed include Fiordiligi, Mimi, Violetta, Nedda, Iolanta, Tatiana, Euridice, Flaminio, Lauretta, Adina, and Marguerite.
In 2012, Ms. Petrachuk received a grant by The Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridge, and in 2015 she was one of the Finalists in the Vocal Arts DC Discovery Series Competition in Washington DC. In 2015, she won the Montpelier Art Center's Classical Recital Series Competition.
In 2014, she made her debut at the Carnegie Hall with Steven Crawford, pianist and assistant conductor of Metropolitan Opera.
In November 2015, Ms. Petrachuk successfully performed the World Premiere of "Yulia" (a song cycle for soprano and strings dedicated to her by composer E. Dubois) at the MerkinConcert Hall at Kaufman Music Center in New York City, in collaboration with the renowned Italian pianist Carlo Pari.
In December 2016, she had a recital at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall with American pianist Michael Fennelly and performed a world premiere of a song cycle "Winter Wood" by Emmanuel Dubois for soprano and harp.
In June 2017, she performed the role of Donna Anna in Mozart's opera Don Giovanni with the Vienna Music Festival in Vienna, Austria. Also, in July 2017, Yulia participated at the Maryland LyricaYoung Artists Program and performed a concert at the Italian Embassy of Washington DC with Javier Arrey, baritone and Jonathan Tetelman, tenor (soloists of Metropolitan Opera).
In January 2018, Yulia performed at Smetana Hall in Prague, the Czech Republic with conductor Alfredo Sorichettiand New World Symphony Orchestra. Also, in January 2018, she represented the Russian Cultural Center at the annual Carnegie Hall Gala Concert in New York City.
In April 2018, Yulia performed soprano solo in Brahm'sGerman Requiem with Easton Choral Society in Easton, MD along with baritone Javier Arrey and conductor Wes Lockfaw.
In June 2018, Yulia successfully performed World Premier of the Requiem for the Fallen by E. Dubois in Saint-Clair in France. And in July 2018, Yulia performed at the Rossini Festival "Case Sonore" in Monteleone, Italy with renown Rossini bass Bruno Pratico and pianist Carlo Pari. In August 2018, Yulia participated at the Festival "Solo BelcantoMontisi" in Montisi, Italy.
In December 2018, Ms. Petrachuk performed Soprano Solo in Christmas Oratorio by Saint-Saëns with Easton Choral Arts Society in Easton, MD and had her debut at TeatroAnnibalCaro in CivitanovaAlta, Italy with maestro Alfredo Sorichettiand Orchestra SinfonicaPuccini.
Recently, in May 2019, Yulia performed at Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, Austria with world-famous violinist Shlomo Mintz, winner of the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition cellist Denis Shapovalovand maestros HakanSensoyand YuriyYanko.
Some of her future performances include US-premiere of the Requiem for the Fallen by Dubois at ZankelHall (October 2019), Elekta'srole in Strauss' opera Elektra at the Salzburg Great Hall of Mozarteumin Austria (May 2020) with conductor Ernest Hoetzl and Thueringen Philharmonic Orchestra, and many other various operatic and concert series performances in USA, Italy, Austria, Russia and France.
More info: www.yuliapetrachuk.com
CHULHEE YOON - PIANO
Praised by musicians and critics for his precise touch and virtuosity, Chulhee Yoon is one of the most prominent pianists in South Korea. He has extensive experience as a solo pianist as he performed in the regular concert series of Korea’s major orchestras such as Korean Symphony, Kangnam Symphony, Ulsan, Busan, Pohang, Wonjoo, Changwon, KNUA among others. Furthermore, he was also invited to perform as a distinguished guest artist with various international orchestras such as Belgrade, Monterey, etc. He also played as an invited guest artist in several international music festivals, most notably Beethoven and Cesky Krumlov collaborating with Mischa Maisky among other renowned artists.
Also, Mr. Yoon arranged many thematic concerts with composer’s solo works as well as their magnificent chamber works for many numbers of years sponsored by the Seoul Cultural Foundation and media like Magazine Nobless. In 2018, he performed Mozart Piano Concertos with Traum Chamber Orchestra as both a pianist and a conductor.
During his studies in Germany, Mr. Yoon won many world-renowned international competitions such as Le Muse, Rachmaninoff, and Senegalia. In his national country, he was a top prizewinner at Joong-Ang Newspaper Competiton, Busan MBC Competition before going abroad. As of his achievements, he was invited to be part of a jury member of the international competitions such as Bosendorfer (USA) and CAMPUS (France).
Chulhee Yoon received his Diploma and Konzertexamen in Freiburg and Trossingen, Germany where he studied with Edith Picht Axenfeld, Vitaly Margulis, and Boris Lvov.
Between 1998 and 2001, he was a professor at Ulsan University. Currently, he is a professor at Kookmin University.