ARTIST PROFILES

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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Artist Profile: Joel Link

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Long before Joel Link became one of the most renowned violinists of his generation, he made it clear that he was interested in music. How? By standing up at his sister’s recital and announcing that it was his turn to play. He was only three years old at the time. “My parents weren’t professional musicians…

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Artist Profile: Ayano Ninomiya

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Now praised for her “deeply communicative and engrossing” performances (The New York Times), Ayano Ninomiya jokes that she started playing the violin because of peer pressure. “My public elementary school in Massachusetts offered string lessons starting in first grade, and I wanted to sign up because my friends were signing up,” she says. “Becoming a…

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Artist Profile: Jason Vieaux

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There’s no place like Kingston Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux is described as being “among the elite of today’s classical guitarists” by Gramophone, and he’s been recognized as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” by NPR. Celebrated now for his extensive concerto repertoire, Vieaux has loved music since he was young.…

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