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Mar 16, 2012 8:00 PM

Mozart to Walton

CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT. New York Classical Players and violinist Josef Spacek.

The New York Classical Players returns to the Bohemian National Hall with former artistic leader, violinist Josef Spacek,  concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and current artistic leader, bassist DaXun Zhang, recipient of the Avery fisher Career Grant. Spacek and Zhang will join the New York Classical Players with Bottesini’s Grand Duo for Bass and Violin. Music Director and conductor, Dongmin Kim, will open the program with Mozart’s Divertimento and conclude with Walton’s Sonata for Strings.

Mozart to Walton
Mozart / Divertimento No. 3, K. 138
Bottesini / Grand Duo for violin and double bass (Josef Spacek, violin / DaXun Zhang, double bass)
Elliott Bark / Reminiscence 
Walton / Sonata for String Orchestra

The New York Classical Players is a professional performing ensemble of highly-gifted young instrumentalists from different cultures committed to bringing free classical repertoire concerts to the public.

Envisioned by Dongmin Kim in 2009, the New York Classical Players brings together seven nationalities combining personal and cultural strengths and a high level of chamber musicianship based upon democratic principles in the process of creating music.
Trained at distinguished music institutions, members of the New York Classical Players are en route to careers as critically acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral musicians in major American and European orchestras.

In the midst of their successful second season in 2011-2012, the NYCP continues to present free concerts in different venues around the New York metropolitan area. Repertoire includes pieces spanning from Haydn and Beethoven to Pendercki and Isang Yun. This season’s guest artists include Stefan Jackiw(violin), Josef Spacek(violin), Kim Kashkashian(viola), Emily Smith(viola), Jasmine Choi(Flute), Uriel Vanchestein(clarinet), Edward Auer(Piano), and Daxun Zhang(double bass). In addition, the NYCP is highly committed to creating new repertoire to convey a different dimension of interest to the public by presenting pieces by oustanding, young composers of today, including Uriel Vanchestein, and Yoomi Paick.

One of today's exciting young performing arts organizations, the New York Classical Players aims to reach out to diverse audiences through all boroughs of New York and  New Jersey in order to enrich the human spirit and enhance cultural vitality of life through performances at the highest artistic level.


About the Artists

Dongmin Kim, conductor
Dongmin Kim is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation. He gave a critically acclaimed debut with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in 2008. His conducting experience includes the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM, the Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic and the Ensemble Zandonai, among many others.
Dongmin has conducted Opera The Magic Flute at the Seoul Arts Center with “9-sold-out” performances. He was the first to conduct a new opera Lorenzo de Medici by P.Q.Phan in 2007. He led Die Flut by Boris Blacher, and Bastien und Bastienne by Mozart. As assistant conductor at the IU Opera Theater, he covered La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Madama Butterfly, The Tale of Hoffman, and West Side Story among others.
Dongmin was awarded the distinguished The Karajan Fellowship and served a residency with the Wien Philharmonic at the Salzburg Music Festival. He has also studied and worked together with Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Leonard Slatkin, Christoph Eschenbach, Mstislav Rostropovich, Sergiu Comissiona, and Gustav Meier. Dongmin was one of conducting staffs at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as the Schmidt Conducting Fellow, a position he has held until 2006, and covered entire classical series for such artists as Andrew Litton, Christoph Poppen, Garrick Ohlsson, Lynn Harrell and Lang Lang.
As a fine violist, Dongmin Kim has held the principal viola positions at the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra under the music directorship of Michael Tilson-Thomas, the Yonsei Symphony Orchestra in Seoul and the IU Symphony Orchestra. He was the first violist ever to win First Prize in the Yonsei Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition where he appeared as solo violist with great success. As a recitalist and chamber musician, he has given numerous concerts in Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore as well as the United States.
A native of Seoul, Dongmin Kim studied orchestral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University under David Effron, Thomas Baldner and Imre Pallo. As associate instructor, he taught the graduate conducting courses, and served as the music director of the IU All Campus Orchestra. Prior to his study in the States, he graduated from Yonsei University, where he was awarded the Music Merit Scholarship.

Josef Spacek, violin
Born in the Czech Republic, virtuoso Josef Špaček’s most recent appointment as concert master of the Czech Philharmonic is a testament to his incredible talent. The young 25 year-old balances the prestigious role with his flourishing solo career. In 2009, Špaček won the Michael Hill International Violin Competition and both Third Prize and the Young People’s Jury Prize in the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in 2008. Špaček has been guided by some of the most highly regarded pedagogues, including Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo at the Curtis Institute of Music and Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School.
As a soloist, Špacek has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Czech Chamber Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic. He has soloed under conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Asher Fisch, Jiří Bělohlávek, Roy Goodman, Jakub Hrůša, Aleksandar Markovic, and Rossen Milanov. A regular at music festivals, Mr. Špacek has performed at the Dvořák Prague Festival, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Bohuslav Martinů Festival and the Moravian Autumn Music Festival.
Špacek released his debut CD featuring the complete Eugène Ysaÿe sonatas for solo violin in August 2006. His next recording, scheduled for release by Naxos in 2011, will feature the works of H.W. Ernst. Highlights of the coming seasons include Janáček’s Violin Concerto and Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Czech Philharmonic, Josef Suk’s Fantasy for Violin with the Janáček Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Taipei Philharmonic in Macau, and recital appearances in both Europe and Asia. 

DaXun Zhang, double bass
In April 2007, Mr. Zhang won an Avery Fisher Career Grant, only the second double bassist in the history of this prestigious award. In the summer of 2008 he returns to the Music@Menlo Festival and tours Korea with the chamber ensemble DITTO. During the 2008-2009 season, Mr. Zhang continues his residency with Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society Two. He also performs as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and gives recitals at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CA), Jordan Hall (MA), Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Maple Ridge Music Society (Canada), among others. He performs a unique duo recital with pipa player Yang Wei at Fox Hill Village (MA) and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.
Mr. Zhang has performed extensively with the Silk Road Project, including concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and in Japan and California. He recorded the soundtrack to a 10-part documentary series with the Silk Road Project and its Artistic Director, Yo-Yo Ma, which aired in Japan on NHK Television. The CD was released as Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon on Sony Classical. He has also joined with fellow Silk Road musician and pipa player Yang Wei and pianist Tomoko Kashiwagi to form the innovative chamber ensemble Qi Lin.
As concerto soloist, Mr. Zhang has appeared with the Pacific Symphony, the Monroe Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Cedar Rapids Symphony. He has given numerous recitals throughout the States. He has also performed chamber music at the La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest, the Linton Chamber Music Series (OH), the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival and the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival.
DaXun Zhang is the first double bass player to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and start a career under the auspices of Young Concert Artists. He also won the La Jolla Music Society Prize, the Orchestra New England Soloist Prize, and The Fergus Prize. Mr. Zhang performed Carmen Fantasy in at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in 2006.
Mr. Zhang was the first double bassist ever to win First Prize in the 2003 WAMSO competition, leading to a performance with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra. In 2001, Mr. Zhang was the youngest artist ever to win the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. He has also received the Grand Prize of the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition.
Born in Harbin, China, he has been playing the instrument since the age of nine, and studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing beginning at the age of eleven. He continued his studies in the U.S. at the Indiana University Jacob School of Music, where he worked with Lawrence Hurst. He has served on the faculty of Northwestern University and was recently appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin.



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