ARTIST PROFILES

Young Artist Mini Recital

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In 2017, Artistic Director Natalie Zhu invited then 8-year-old Ian Lin, the son of former KCMF treasurer Bing-Xuan Lin and Christine Liu, to a KCMF piano masterclass. He participated again the following year. Fast forward six years and the now 14-year-old Lin is poised to return to a KCMF stage for our 2nd Annual Young…

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Artist Profile: Hezekiah Leung

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As a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Rolston Quartet – the first-prize winner of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and the 2018 recipient and first international ensemble chosen for Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award – Hezekiah Leung is recognized for being an exceptional violist. As a lifelong musician, his path…

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Artist Profile: Priscilla Lee

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Since she was a young child, Priscilla Lee has been drawn to the cello. “I remember going to the music store and seeing a cello in the window,” she says. “I pointed at it and said ‘I want to play that!’” She began taking lessons at age five, and her childhood dream of playing the…

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Artist Profile: Richard Woodhams

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If you ask Richard Woodhams, principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra for over 40 years and one of the world’s foremost oboists, what inspired his celebrated career as a musician, the answer comes quickly: “I owe a great deal to my early musical experiences.” Woodhams is the youngest of five, and he remembers his home…

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Artist Profile: David Shifrin

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A Yale University faculty member since 1987, clarinetist David Shifrin is one of only two wind players to have been awarded the Avery Fisher Prize since the award’s inception in 1974. Prior to this accomplishment, his love of music began at a young age. He fondly remembers his father playing violin and opera recordings frequently,…

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Artist Profile: Clancy Newman

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Acclaimed for being “entirely dazzling” (San Francisco Chronicle), “in a class of his own” (Philadelphia Inquirer), and having “effortless mastery” (San Diego Union Tribune), Clancy Newman has traveled the world as an award-winning cellist, composer, producer, writer, teacher, and guest lecturer. He has captivated audiences with his musical style and in return, Newman has been…

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Artist Profile: Jasmine Lin

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Celebrated for being an “unusually individualistic player” with “electrifying assertiveness” and “virtuosic abandon” (The New York Times), Jasmine Lin is a Kingston Chamber Music Festival fan favorite. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, she is a founding and current member of the Formosa Quartet. At the KCMF concerts on August 2nd, 4th, and 6th, Lin will…

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Artist Profile: Dominique de Williencourt

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An avid adventurer, French cellist and composer Dominique de Williencourt has traveled to all the deserts of the world – and brought his cello with him. Prior to these travels, his journey with music started early. “At the age of 15, I met the great French violinist Zino Francescatti who convinced me (and my parents!) to choose the cello and…

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Artist Profile: Amy Yang

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Recognized as a “jaw-dropping pianist who steals the show…with effortless finesse” (Washington Post), Amy Yang, Associate Dean of Piano Studies and Artistic Initiatives at Curtis Institute of Music, will make her debut on a Kingston Chamber Music Festival stage this summer. Her origin story begins in a small apartment in China where a piano felt…

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Artist Profile: Che-Hung Chen

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When violist Che-Hung Chen joined The Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 20, he earned the distinction of being the first Taiwanese citizen to ever do so. How had he found his way to the viola and then to Philadelphia? Simple answer: “It chose me.” Growing up in Taiwan, Chen often attended his older brother’s…

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