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Apr 17, 2011 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Bravo Dvorak! New York Classical Players

CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT. New York Classical Players present music by CHEONG-MOOK KIM, MENDELSSOHN, and DVORAK. Admission Free.


A. Dvorak                     Nocturne for Strings in B major
F. Mendelssohn         Double Concerto for Violin and  Piano (Robin Scott, violin / Min Kwon, piano)
Cheong-Mook Kim    Sanjo No. 1
A. Dvorak                     Serenade for Strings

Dongmin Kim, conductor
Robin Scott, violin
Min Kwon, piano


The New York Classical Players is a professional performing group of highly-gifted young instrumentalists from different cultures committed to bringing 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 careers as critically acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians, and orchestral musicians in major American orchestras.

Music Director, Dongmin Kim has conducted orchestras in Germany, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Korea, and the States such as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Studying with Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin and Christoph Eschenbach, he was awarded the distinguished Karajan Fellowship and served a residency with the Wien Philharmonic at the Salzburg Music Festival, and was a cover conductor as Schmidt Conducting Fellow at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

The 2010-2011 season marks the inaugural season for the New York Classical Players presenting a number of free concerts in different venues around New York metropolitan area; Manhattan, New Jersey suburbs NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.

Repertoire in the inaugural season includes the works spanning from Baroque, to Mozart, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Piazzolla. In addition, the New York Classical Players is highly committed to creating new repertoire to convey a different dimension of interest to the public by presenting the pieces by young outstanding composers of today.

Today's most exciting young performing arts organization, the New York Classical Players takes responsible for being an emerging cultural source in connecting people with a broader world of musical art and culture.



JOSEF SPACEK leader/concertmaster
Josef Spacek ranks among the foremost representatives of today’s young violin generation. Since his childhood, he has performed at many major concerts and festivals. He has given concerts throughout the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Great Britain, Poland, Switzerland, China, Japan, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark and the US.

Most recently he won the 1st prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition in 2009, the 3rd prize and the Young People’s jury prize at the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition in 2008. In 1999 he won the grand prize at the Kocian International Violin Competition in the Czech Republic.

As a soloist Josef has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Hradec Kralove Philharmonic, the Czech Chamber Orchestra, the Berg orchestra, the Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg and the Zofin palace Symphony Orchestra.

Josef has soloed with numerous conductors, including Christoph Eschenbach, Jiri Belohlavek, Ondrej Kukal, Frantisek Preissler, Ondrej Lenárd, Juri Gilbo and Jaroslav Krcek. As an orchestra player, he was appointed as concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra Seminar in2007 and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.

Josef was awarded a full-scholarship at the Meadowmount summer school of music where he studied with Stephen Shipps from 2000-2004. He has participated in masterclasses led by foremost musicians such as Rugierro Ricci, Ulf Hoelsher, Sylvia Rosenberg, David Kim and Dong Suk Kang. He also studied chamber music with Steven Tenenbom, Ida Kavafian, Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank, Michael Tree and Schmuel

In 2006, Josef released his debut CD featuring the complete Ysaye sonatas. He also released a CD for the NHK (Japan) with his trio and subsequently toured Japan. Josef is the constituent members of Starling
Quartet with his brother cellist Petr. He also appeared in a concert with Roberto Diaz in Rockport, Maine in 2007. He frequently appears on Czech television and Czech radio.

Josef began to play violin at the age of six. He studied with Pavel Prantl at the Music Gymnazium in Prague, and with Jaroslav Foltyn at the Prague Conservatory. In 2004 he entered the Curtis Institute where he studies with Jaime Laredo and Ida Kavafian and Shmuel Askhenasi. Josef is currently studying with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School.

Josef plays the 1855 Jean Baptiste iullaume violin, which was generously loaned to him from Laurits Larsen, the founder of Larsen Strings. It is a Guarneri (Cannon/Paganini) model that was made for Delphin Alard and owned by Arthur Grumiaux.



Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Apr 17, 2011 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM


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