Riverside Symphony Presents COMPOSERS AT PLAY
Under the baton of music director conductor George Rothman, Riverside Symphony will present the second installment of its 2016-17 season at Alice Tully Hall on Saturday evening, January 28. From Jacques Ibert's effervescent Parisian Music Hall time (Divertissement) to Juan Trigos' endearingly brash bass concerto, a confident assimilation of high and low culture, to a wittily buoyant, little-known Haydn symphony, the program shows composers in a largely (though by no means exclusively) carefree musical state of mind.
Composer and conductor Juan Trigos guides the construction of his work according to an original concept he terms Abstract Folklore in which various vernacular and literary traditions are incorporated. Trigos has dubbed one feature of his musical language "primary pulsation", which he describes as the resonance and interrelation of polyrhythmic and polyphonic musical events. This trait is clearly evident in the concerto-whose protagonist, Korean bassist Ha Young Jung (full bio below), captured first prize in the 2013 Koussevitsky Young Artist Awards, a Silver Medal in the Koussevitzky International Double Bass Competition and Grand Prize in the Moscow International String Competition.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Double Bassist Ha Young Jung is an active soloist who has performed with such prominent orchestras as the Royal Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Southbank Sinfonia, and Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared as a guest artist at the Bergen International Festival, Eilat International Festival, Hardanger International Music Festival, and Wimbledon International Chamber Music Festival. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Jung has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra and English National Opera. A fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2009 under the auspices of the ESU Scholarship, she has been a member of the Razumovsky Academy since 2006, where she received the Razumovsky Trust Scholarship.
Currently a doctoral candidate at Boston University, Ms. Jung has studied at the Royal College of Music, The Juilliard School, and The Yale School of Music. Her list of principal teachers include Edwin Barker, Timothy Cobb, Rinat Ibragimov, Chang-HYoung Lee, Tom Martin, and Donald Palma.
George Rothman, Music Director of Riverside Symphony since its inception, has guest conducted throughout Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States. He has led world and New York premieres of major American and European contemporary composers at Lincoln Center while championing emerging composers on an international scale through readings, workshops, and recordings. In addition to the standard repertory, he has focused on lesser-known works by noted composers from all periods, ranging from the Baroque era to 20th-century masters, and has presented New York premiere performances of works by Prokofiev, Ravel, and others. A native New Yorker, Rothman trained at the Manhattan School of Music, The Juilliard School, Queens College's Aaron Copland School of Music, and, as a scholarship student, at Tanglewood Music Center, where he studied with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.
Currently a member of Brooklyn College's Conservatory of Music faculty where he serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra, his prior academic affiliations include Columbia and Yale Universities.
Riverside Symphony, co-founded in 1981 by George Rothman and Anthony Korf, has been widely noted for its unique focus on discovery-of young artists, unfamiliar works by the great masters, and important new pieces by living composers from around the world, for which it provides a rare forum at its annual Lincoln Center concert series at Alice Tully Hall. Critically acclaimed for its vibrant performances of music from all periods, the orchestra counts New York's finest instrumentalists among its membership. Riverside Symphony CDs have brought international acclaim, including a Grammy nomination and Editor's Pick from Britain's Gramophone and The New York Times. The orchestra can be heard on Riverside Symphony Records (1401 Constant), Bridge Records (9057 Ruders; 9091 Imbrie; 9112 Davidovsky; 9294 Korf), and New World Records (383 Davidovsky, Korf, Wright).
These concerts are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.