Recital To Feature the Winners of Undergraduate Music Competition

The piano will be the featured instrument when the winners of the 2008-2009 Friends of Music at Yale Undergraduate Recital Competition show off their musical talents in a performance on Sunday, Feb. 8.

The free concert will take place at 3 p.m. in Sudler Recital Hall of William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St., and will feature piano soloist Justin Jee ‘10 and four members of a piano quartet: violist Jessica Chang ‘09, pianist Lee Dionne ‘11, cellist Christopher Gibson ‘10 and violinist Matthew Mouradian ‘09. Jee and the quartet were co-winners of the annual competition.

The first part of the program will feature Jee in a performance of Hindemith’s “Piano Sonata no. 2 in G Major,” Haydn’s “Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50” and Poulenc’s “Trois Pièces pour Piano.”

The quartet will then perform Alfred Schnittke’s “Piano Quartet in A minor (after Mahler)” and Brahms’ “Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60.”

A reception will immediately follow the recital.

Jee, of Calhoun College, studies piano at Yale with Wei-Yi Yang and chamber music with Wendy Sharp. He is a member of the Yale Glee Club and has performed many solo recitals both at Yale and in California. He was a three-time gold medalist in California competitions as well as ­winner of many other state competitions.

Chang, of Branford College, has appeared as a soloist with the Yale Bach Society and is principal violist with the Opera Theatre of Yale College and the Yale Collegium. As a member of the Brunell String Quartet, she recently made her debut at Carnegie Hall. She has been a principal violist at the Tanglewood, Aspen and California music festivals as well as a prize-winner in major competitions. She has studied with Jenny Rudin, Jesse Levine, Jodi Levitz and Daniel Panner. In addition to playing viola, Chang is an avid Chinese harpist.

Dionne, of Ezra Stiles College, has been playing piano since the age of four and chamber music since the age of 10. While at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, he studied chamber music with Jonathan Cohler at the New England Conservatory and won the Junior Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Alisier Trio. He was featured in “From the Top.” He is a piano student of Yang at Yale.

Gibson, of Saybrook College, is from the United States and Japan, where he attended Yokohama International High School. He spent his summers in the United States at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, Indiana University Summer String Academy and Tanglewood String Quartet Workshop. As a filmmaker, he won second place in 2003 at the Santa Barbara International Student Film Festival for a short collage film combined with his cello music. He received Yale’s Summer in Japan Fellowship in 2008 for his “Bach Film Project,” a work-in-progress combining a visual collage of Japan with Bach’s “Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 4.”

Mouradian, of Morse College, is a member of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, in which he has also served in various administrative and creative capacities, most recently as the producer of the annual Halloween show. At Yale, he studies violin with Sharp.

The Friends of Music at Yale supports undergraduate musical activities. In addition to giving a public performance, the winners of the organization’s competition also win a monetary prize. This year’s competition, held Nov. 9 in Sudler Hall, was judged by William Boughton, conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra; Leena Crothers, a pianist and teacher at the Neighborhood Music School; and Richard Warren Jr., curator of Historical Sound Collections at Yale’s Irving S. Gilmore Music Library.

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