Eric Gratz, violin and Euntaek Kim, piano

Program

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) - Sonata for Piano and Violin, K 301 (1778) ( 16’)
  • I. Allegro con Spirito
  • II. Allegro
  • Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) - 5 Mélodies, Op 35b (1925) (13’)
  • I. Andante
  • II. Lento, ma non troppo
  • III. Animato, ma non allegro
  • IV. Allegretto, leggero e scherzando
  • V. Andante non troppo
  • Florence Price (1887-1953) - Fantasie no. 1 in G Minor (1933) (5’)
  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) - Vocalise-étude en forme de Habanera (1907) (3’)

American violinist Eric Gratz made his concerto debuts at the age of 14 in the United States, Spain, and Portugal. At the age of 17 he appeared as soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra and made his recital debut at the Kennedy Center. At 22 he was appointed Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, and appeared numerous times as soloist with the orchestra for nearly a decade, as well as with The Phoenix Symphony, CityMusic Cleveland, Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Euclid Symphony, Kings Symphony, and the Mid-Texas Symphony, with conductors Giancarlo Guerrero, David Danzmayr, Sebastian Lang Lessing, Akiko Fujimoto, Noam Aviel, and Tito Muñoz. In demand as a guest Concertmaster, he has appeared in recent seasons with the Santa Fe Opera, The Phoenix Symphony, and Louisiana Philharmonic. A dedicated chamber musician and recitalist, Gratz has appeared with artists such as Vadim Gluzman, Anton Nel, and Orion Weiss; members of quartets including Pacifica, Vertavo, Mendelssohn, and Fine Arts; and performs at Mainly Mozart Festival, Castleton Chamber Players, among many others.

As a recording artist, Gratz has appeared on several albums. His debut album of virtuoso works for violin and piano (Eric Gratz, with pianist Euntaek Kim) was released in 2016 on his own label. It charted at #11 on Billboard Classical, making it the top independent release in the United States for its first week. He has subsequently recorded two other albums with the Olmos Ensemble, Olmos Live (2016) and Made In France (2019), performing works by Harbison, Prokofiev, and Ravel.

A passionate educator, Gratz currently serves as an Apollo’s Fire Senior Teaching Artist-in Residence at Southland College Prep in South Chicago. He has sat on competition juries from the local level to MTNA Nationals, and has taught at Rice University, University of Texas Austin, and Texas Christian University. A proponent of utilizing new technology to help democratize education, he has recorded several hours of video courses for TONEBASE Violin, focusing on the music of Kreisler, Ysaÿe, and Beethoven. Eric Gratz plays a violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, c. 1840. For more information, please visit ericgratz.com.

Hailed by The New York Times as “nimble” and “colorful,” Euntaek Kim is receiving worldwide recognition for his brilliant work as pianist, conductor, and composer.  

Native of Incheon, South Korea, Kim moved to the U.S. at the age of 13, after sweeping all of the major piano competitions in his native country. After his move, Kim’s prowess proved unstoppable: He won prizes in numerous competitions, including The 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, was admitted to The Juilliard School College Division at the age of 16 with the “Presidential Distinction,” and was the main feature of the 2005 PBS documentary titled “Euntaek Kim and Performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.”

Kim is currently in the midst of compiling live recordings of the complete piano works by Sergei Prokofiev, which can be found on his YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/@euntaekkim).

About the Dame Myra Hess Concerts

The concerts are generously sponsored by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council and by individual donors.

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