BMC Community Concert Series – March
First Mondays Concert Series
March 4, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.
Porter Center at Brevard College
Chamber Music Tuesdays
March 5, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.
Hendersonville First United Methodist Church
Benjamin Sung, violin
David Kalhous, piano
Assistant Professor of Violin at Florida State University, violinist Benjamin Sung is also concertmaster of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, a faculty member of the Brevard Music Center and principal second violin of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and a roster artist for Florida Arts on Tour. Recent concert highlights include the 2015 Brevard Music Festival; the first annual Festival y Academia del Nuevo Mundo in Aruba; the Cuban premiere of the Schnittke Concerto Grosso No. 1 and the Estaciones Portenas by Piazzolla; and a TED talk for TEDx Fargo. His 2015-16 calendar includes recitals and masterclasses at the University of Miami and Rutgers University; the Brevard Music Festival, Festival Nuevo Mundo in Aruba, and Festival Virtuosi in Recife, Brazil.
Sung has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Camerata Romeu of Havana, Cuba, the Virtuosi of Festival Internacionale de Musica in Recife, Brazil, and the National Repertory Orchestra. He is equally in demand as a chamber musician, having shared the stage with great performers including pianist Monique Duphil, and cellists Antonio Meneses and Marcio Carneiro. He is a past winner of the Starling Award of the Eastman School of Music and the Violin Fellowship of the Montgomery Symphony, and an Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant.
An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, Sung has recorded the music of composers Steve Rouse and Marc Satterwhite for Centaur Records, has performed and taught for Studio 2021 at Seoul National University, and has worked with many of the greatest composers of this generation, including John Adams, Pierre Boulez, George Crumb, and Helmut Lachenmann. He recently released an album of new American works entitled FluxFlummoxed on Albany Records, a recording that Fanfare Magazine calls "a brilliant performance of four superb works" with "impeccalbe intonation and tone production."
Sung holds a Bachelor's degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Oleh Krysa, and Master's and Doctorate degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, from the studio of Nelli Shkolnikova. Sung also studied at the Professional Training Program at Carnegie Hall, the Lucerne Festival Academy, the New York String Seminar, and the Chamber Music Residency at The Banff Centre. Benjamin lives with his wife Jihye and son Aiden in Tallahassee, Florida, where he enjoys running, chasing Aiden around the yard, and everything that comes out of Jihye's kitchen.
David Kalhous is increasingly gaining recognition and critical acclaim in the United States and Europe for his wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous programming spanning more than three centuries. He has appeared as a soloist with Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, Prague Philharmonia, Israel Symphony Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic, and Chamber Philharmonia Pardubice. As a recitalist and a chamber musician, he performed at the Prague Spring Festival, Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Czech Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, Czech Radio's Studio Live Rising Stars Series. In New York City, he appears at Bargemusic, Symphony Center, and Spectrum; in Chicago, at PianoForte Foundation and Constellation. Kalhous regularly performs, lectures, and teaches masterclasses at leading American, European, and Israeli universities and conservatories.
He has recorded for Czech Radio and Television, and has written, produced, and hosted programs devoted to piano music for Prague's Classic FM Radio.
David Kalhous' interest in new music has resulted in collaboration with many composers who have dedicated works to him. He regularly performs with Fonema Consort in Chicago and Konvergence in Prague. He gave the debut performance of Ligeti's piano Études and Feldman's For Bunita Marcus in Prague, and is preparing a CD of eight newly commissioned works for piano.
David Kalhous studied at the Prague Conservatory with Jaroslav Čermák. He subsequently attended Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University, and Yale University, and studied with Paul Badura Skoda, Emil Leichner, Victor Derevianko, David Northington, and Peter Frankl. He also worked with Jerome Lowenthal at the Music Academy of the West. David Kalhous holds a DMA from Northwestern University, where he worked with Ursula Oppens. He previously taught at Texas Tech University School of Music.