Jennifer Carsillo, violin; Yoonie Han, piano; Arnold Choi, cello
Three experienced chamber musicians with a passion for collaboration form the Gloriosa Trio, a piano trio that is already creating buzz in its inaugural year. The trio’s carefully-crafted thematic programs delivered in exuberant performance appeal to diverse audiences around the country. Pianist Yoonie Han, violinist Jennifer Carsillo, and cellist Arnold Choi looked to the beauty of nature to inspire them with a name for their group–they found one in the Gloriosa, or “flame,” lily– a fitting symbol to describe these musicians’ fervent desire to share the music they love.
Hailed by the Washington Post for “her musical imagination and feel for complex textures,” South Korean pianist Yoonie Han is the first-prize winner of the Washington International Piano Competition (2011), the Fulbright Concerto Competition (2011), Juilliard’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition (2008), the World Piano Competition (2008), and the Kosciuszko Chopin Competition (2005), and has garnered major prizes at the Helsinki Maj Lind International Piano Competition and Milan Concorso Pianistico Ettore Pozzoli Internaziole. Following her 2001 grand-prize award in the Korea National Music Competition, the Korean Ministry of Culture named her its “most promising young artist.” In 2009, Ms. Han was honored with the Gawon Music Award as the “most brilliant pianist aged 17 to 31 of any nationality who possesses the most promising potential for global prominence.”
Ms. Han made her solo debut with the Seoul Philharmonic at age 13, and has since performed with the Berlin Symphoniker, Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, Banff Festival Orchestra, and I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milan, under such maestros as JoAnn Falletta, Leif Segerstam, Philippe Entremont, and Lior Shambadal. She has performed at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Berlin Philharmonie Hall, Finlandia Hall, Slovak Philharmonic Hall, the Bergamo Festival in Italy, Salle Cortot in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Se-jong Performing Arts Center in Korea, Villa Bertramka Mozart Museum in the Czech Republic, and The Frick Collection Museum in New York City. Her performances have also been broadcast on WQXR-New York and on National Public Radio’s “Artist Showcases.”
Ms. Han received a Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music studying with Eleanor Sokoloff, and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School as a pupil of Robert McDonald. She continues studies with Philippe Entremont and Jean Saulnier, and is completing her Doctorate at SUNY Stony Brook. Yoonie Han is a Steinway Artist and has toured Steinway Halls in the USA and Europe.
Violinist Jennifer Carsillo has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Russia, Jamaica, Austria, California, Florida, Texas, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana, and the District of Columbia, and has performed recitals throughout the United States and in England, France and Italy. In 2006, Jennifer became the violinist of the Evangeline Trio, joining founding members Ruth Drummond (cellist) and Gay Grosz (pianist).
Last season’s recitals included collaborations with artists such as violin virtuoso Vadim Gluzman and Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu, as well as a Colorado recital Ms. Carsillo performed with her husband, Michael Butterman, in honor of Sarah Chang. An advocate for new music, Jennifer Carsillo premiered Todd Gabriel’s Harmony, Sincerity, and Energy for Violin and Piano at Centenary College’s School of Music in February 2013. This season’s highlights include a new piano trio being written for her by composer Gregory Robin, performing at New York City’s Harvard Club with the Gloriosas, and joining chart-topping artist Simone Dinnerstein in a performance of Bach’s C minor Sonata for Violin and Piano (BWV 1017).
Ms. Carsillo was in residence as the violinist for the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, performing and recording seven world premieres written for the group, together with the standard works of living composers. She was also a featured artist at the Prince Albert Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, and traveled to France and Italy to perform a series of violin and harp duo recitals with Parisian harpist Isabelle Perrin for the Chateau de Montcaud and the Maestro Foundation Cremona. The success of these recitals led to a new collaborative project: a concerto for harp and violin by the French master composer, Jean-Michel Damase, written for the duo and debuted in October 2007. Ms. Carsillo has also performed with the Ritz Chamber Players and was featured with the band Metro Area at Miami Beach’s Winter Music Conference—the dance music industry’s signature annual event.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Carsillo was introduced to the violin through the public school system, and her passion for music led her to the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Marilyn McDonald. After winning the Oberlin Concerto Competition, Ms. Carsillo continued her education as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and under the tutelage of the legendary pedagogues Franco Gulli and Josef Gingold at Indiana University, earning her Master’s Degree in violin performance.
Jennifer Carsillo’s latest commercial recording showcases her unusual gift as a narrator with many voices in Bradford Ross’ A Family for Baby Grand. Recorded with the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic Orchestra, the disc also features the great American actor John Lithgow narrating Francis Poulenc’s The Story of Babar. Jennifer also performed (violin) with her sister, jazz vocalist Lori Carsillo, on Lori’s album Jazz Lullabies for Little Dreamers.
Arnold Choi has performed to great acclaim throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A prizewinner at Korea’s Gyeongnam (Isang Yun) International Music Competition, Mr. Choi has also won first prize at the Pasadena Showcase Instrumental Competition, the Kingsville International String Competition, the Canadian National Music Festival and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition, among others. In the summer of 2008, Mr. Choi received the grand prize at the International Stepping Stone competition in Quebec City, and in 2012, received second place at the Carlos Prieto International cello competition in Morelia, Mexico.
Mr. Choi has performed as soloist with numerous orchestras around the world including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony, the Okanagan Symphony, Calgary Civic Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra. At the age of 14, he gave his first solo recital tour in Mexico. In 2011 Arnold and pianist Wonny Song gave a fourteen concert recital tour in Canada sponsored by Jeunesse Musicale. Most recently in November 2012 Arnold gave three performances of the Elgar Concerto with the Okanagan Symphony.
A versatile performer, Mr. Choi continues to remain active in all fields of classical music as a soloist, orchestral and chamber musician. In the summer of 2005 he acted as Principal Cellist of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra during their tour of Japan and Germany, and was principal cellist of the Banff festival Orchestra, and the Yale Philharmonia.
In 2012, Mr. Choi and celebrated Canadian pianist Peter Longworth recorded 6 volumes of cello repertoire for Frederick Harris Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. These recordings will be used as pedagogical tools for young cellists throughout North America.
Mr. Choi studied with John Kadz at the Mount Royal College Conservatory in Calgary before receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles with Ronald Leonard in 2009. He also has his Masters of music degree and Artist Diploma from the Yale school of Music studying with Aldo Parisot. Arnold is currently pursuing his Doctor of Music degree with Colin Carr at Stony Brook University and is currently performing on the 1696 “Bonjour” Antonio Stradivari cello generously on loan to him from the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank.