Jared Blajian, cello and Kuang-Hao Huang, piano

Program

  • Samuel Barber (1910-1981) - Cello Sonata Op. 6 (1932) (18’)
  • I. Allegro ma non troppo
  • II. Adagio — Presto — di nuovo Adagio
  • III. Allegro appassionato
  • Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) - Cello Sonata Op. 65 (1961) (20’)
  • I. Dialogo
  • II. Scherzo — pizzicato
  • III. Elegia
  • IV. Marcia
  • V. Moto Perpetuo

Cellist Jared Blajian has performed as soloist as well as a chamber and orchestral musician on some of the most prominent stages in the world including Carnegie Hall and Severance Hall in Cleveland. A dedicated chamber musician, Blajian has studied with musicians including Gilbert Kalish, David Finckel, Wu Han, Marcy Rosen and with members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, and Juilliard string quartets, along with Jaime Laredo and Sharon Robinson of the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. He has attended festivals including Music@Menlo, the International Musician’s Seminar at Prussia Cove, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Perlman Music Program, ENCORE Chamber Music Institute, and the Heifetz Institute. He has performed with the Tesla and Argus String Quartets, as well as with cellist Zuill Bailey and legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman. Blajian received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Dr. Melissa Kraut and received his Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California as a student of cellist Ralph Kirshbaum.

Commended for his “perceptive pianism” (Audiophile) and “playing that is sensitive and wonderfully warm” (American Record Guide), Chicagoan Kuang-Hao Huang is a highly sought-after collaborative pianist whose performances have taken him throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has performed in New York City’s Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall; in Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center and NPR’s Tiny Desk; and at every major venue in the Chicago area, including the Harris Theatre and Symphony Center. He is often heard live on WFMT and has also performed on WQXR and on Medici.tv. Mr. Huang has recorded for Aucourant, Cedille, Innova and Naxos, including a CD of flute fantasies with flutist Mathieu Dufour, a premiere recording of early songs by Alban Berg with mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, and a survey of songs by Chicago composers with baritone Thomas Hampson. Mr. Huang can also be heard with violinist Augustin Hadelich on the official recordings for Suzuki Violin Books 4-6. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Huang serves on the faculties of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Concordia University-Chicago.

From 2014-2021, Mr. Huang was the driving force behind Make Music Chicago, a citywide celebration of music every June 21st. He also founded the organization’s Pianos in the Parks program, which partners with the Chicago Park District to give all Chicagoans access to outdoor pianos as well as free lessons. Currently, Mr. Huang serves on the Advisory Council for the Make Music Alliance and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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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