Musicians From Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute

Performing at Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan on April 9, 2017

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Miriam Fried, violin and program director
Alexi Kenney, violin
Haeji Kim, viola
Tanner Menees, viola
Oliver Herbert, cello
Xioahui Yang, piano

 

Miriam Fried, Program Director and Violin

Miriam Fried has been recognized for many years as one of the world’s preeminent violinists. A consummate musician—equally accomplished as recitalist, concerto soloist or chamber musician—she has been heralded for her “fiery intensity and emotional depth” (Musical America) as well as for her technical mastery. Her supreme blend of artistry and musicianship continues to inspire audiences worldwide. Miriam Fried has played with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Europe. Chamber music plays an important role in Ms. Fried’s musical life. She was recently the first violinist of the Mendelssohn String Quartet and collaborates regularly with her son, pianist Jonathan Biss. Miriam Fried continues her impressive tenure as Program Director of Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute.

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Alexi Kenney, violin

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney has been named “a talent to watch” by the New York Times, which also noted his “architect’s eye for structure and space and a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness.” His win at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition at the age of nineteen led to a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Recital Hall. This season Alexi appeared as soloist with the Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Portland, Riverside, and Tulare County symphonies, the Staatstheater Orchestra of Cottbus, Germany, and A Far Cry. Upcoming highlights in the 2017-’18 season include recitals on Carnegie Hall’s ‘Distinctive Debuts’ series, at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University in California, and at Lee University in Tennessee, as well as performances with the Amarillo, California, Columbus, and Santa Fe symphonies and the Rhode Island and Las Vegas philharmonics. Recent recitals include those at Caramoor, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Jordan Hall in Boston, and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. He has been profiled by Strings magazine and the New York Times, has written for The Strad, and has been featured on Performance Today, WQXR-NY’s Young Artists Showcase, WFMT-Chicago, and NPR’s From the Top. Chamber music continues to be a main focus of Alexi’s life, touring with Musicians from Marlboro and Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and regularly performing at festivals including ChamberFest Cleveland, Festival Napa Valley, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (UK), Ravinia, and Yellow Barn. He has collaborated with artists including Pamela Frank, Miriam Fried, Steven Isserlis, Kim Kashkashian, Gidon Kremer, and Christian Tetzlaff. Born in Palo Alto, California, in 1994, Alexi holds a Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he is currently completing his Artist Diploma as a student of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. Previous teachers include Wei He, Jenny Rudin, and Natasha Fong.

 

Haeji Kim, viola

Haeji Kim was born in Flushing, New York, and grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has appeared as a soloist with the Birmingham-Bloomfield, Dearborn, Marquette, Northern Lights Music Festival, and Rochester Symphony Orchestras. She also participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall in 2012 as a violinist and in 2014 as principal violist. Among her honors are top prizes from the New York Young Music Artists auditions, resulting in a solo debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs Stillman Kelley Competition, and the solo competition of the Michigan chapter of the American String Teachers Association. She has attended such festivals as Summit Music Festival, Triada Music Festival, Pilsen International String Academy, Cambridge International String Academy, and Center Stage Strings, and she has participated in master classes with Midori, Rodney Friend, Ida Haendel, and Kim Kashkashian. She began violin lessons with Sharon Rothstein at age 6, switching to the viola at age 16. Her teachers have included Dmitri Berlinsky, Geoffrey Applegate, Almita and Roland Vamos, Christina Khimm, Aaron Rosand, Danae Witter, and Stephen Shipps and Caroline Coade of the University of Michigan. She currently studies with Roberto Díaz as a Susan Dewar DeCamp Annual Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

 

Tanner Menees, viola

Tanner Menees started playing the violin at age 4 and picked up the viola at age 17. As a violist, Tanner is an avid chamber musician and has studied chamber music with members of the Tokyo, Guarneri, Cleveland, Vermeer, Alban Berg, and Ébène Quartets. He has performed alongside such artists as Gary Hoffman, Clive Greensmith, Martin Beaver, Ronald Leonard, and Richie Hawley as part of the Colburn Chamber Music Society. In 2010, Tanner performed in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as a finalist of the International Chamber Music and Ensembles Competition, and in 2011 took second prize at the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition as a member of the Kammer Trio. Tanner is a committed orchestral musician as well, having appeared as principal viola with the Colburn Orchestra under the batons of Sir Neville Marriner, Yehuda Gilad, and Robert Spano. As a soloist, he has performed with the Colburn Orchestra under the direction of Thierry Fischer. Tanner is an Artist Diploma candidate at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Paul Coletti.

 

Oliver Herbert, cello

Oliver Herbert is a cellist from San Francisco, California. He is currently under the tutelage of Peter Wiley and Carter Brey at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Upcoming solo engagements include appearances with the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Santa Cruz Symphony, and Las Vegas Philharmonic. Upcoming chamber music festival engagements include performances at ChamberFest Cleveland, Music at the Vineyards, and his second summer at RSMI. Oliver’s most recent competition awards include the first prize and Pablo Casals prize in the 2015 Irving M. Klein International String Competition, as well as the second prize in the 2015 Stulberg International String Competition. Before starting his studies at Curtis, Oliver was a student of Clive Greensmith at the Colburn Music Academy. Oliver currently plays on a cello made by Richard Tobin in 1820 on generous loan to him from the RSMI Instrument Bank.

 

Xioahui Yang, piano

Pianist Xiaohui Yang was born in Liaoning, China. A 2013 graduate of the Curtis Institute, she currently studies with Robert McDonald at Juilliard in pursuit of a master’s degree. Xiaohui won first prize in the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, among many other competition honors. She has participated in master classes with Emanuel Ax, Peter Serkin, Jerome Lowenthal, Gary Graffman, Richard Goode, Jonathan Biss, Seymour Lipkin, and Pavlina Dokovska. She has attended such music festivals as the Third Beijing International Music Festival and Academy, Beethoven Institute, Taos School of Music, and Tanglewood. American audiences have seen her in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, with Curtis on Tour in San Francisco and South Korea, in recital in Milwaukee, and in duo performances in Hawaii. She has worked with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.