Dmytro Choni, 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Medalist
Friday, October 28, 2022
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Orvis Auditorium

Coming off of his bronze medal winning performances at the 2022 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Ukrainian classical pianist Dmytro Choni is set to appear at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Mae Zenke Orvis Auditorium for a one-night-only event on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 PM.

Only the second Ukrainian pianist to medal at the prestigious Cliburn competition, Choni won hearts and accolades with a compelling and colorful musicality that is fortified by a genuine, immediately engaging stage presence. As one critic noted: “Each time he strode onstage, it was with winning confidence and a big smile. He’s clearly an accomplished, assured―and communicative—pro” (Dallas Morning News, June
22, 2022).

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Honolulu Chamber Music Series: Dover Quartet
Friday, November 18, 2022 • 7:30 P.M.
Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
 
Named one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years by the Britsh Broadcasting Corporation Music Magazine, the Dover Quartet has become one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world. Its members have drawn on the heritage of the Guarneri, Cleveland, and Vermeer quartets, having been mentored extensively at the Curtis Institute of Music and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music by Shmuel Ashkenasi, James Dunham, Norman Fischer, Kenneth Goldsmith, Joseph Silverstein, Arnold Steinhardt, Michael Tree, and Peter Wiley.
 
During the 2020–21 season, the Dover Quartet presented more than 25 virtual concerts to audiences across the globe, recorded and produced at Curtis Institute of Music, where they are the Penelope P. Watkins Ensemble in Residence.
 
 
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Honolulu Chamber Music Series: Steven Isserlis and Connie Shih
Saturday, February 18, 2023 • 7:30 P.M.
Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
 
Cellist Steven Isserlis has appeared regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, and London Philharmonic, and with many of the world’s foremost chamber orchestras. He has led a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, and author. Acclaimed for his profound musicianship, he is also noted for his diverse repertoire, command of phrasing, and distinctive sound with his use of gut strings.
 
The recipient of many awards, Mr. Isserlis’s honors include a CBE in recognition of his services to music, the Wigmore Hall Gold Medal, and the Piatigorsky Prize. He is also one of only two living cellists featured in Gramophone’s Hall of Fame. Writing and playing for children is another major enthusiasm and he has written the text for three musical stories for children with music by Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley, as well as books for children about the lives of the great composers.
 
Canadian pianist Connie Shih has toured North America and Europe with Steven Isserlis, and Asia with Joshua Bell. Her CD with Steven Isserlis of early 20th century cello and piano sonatas was released on the BIS label.
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Honolulu Chamber Music Series: Trio Karénine
Sunday, March 12, 2023 • 4:00 P.M.
Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
 
Founded in Paris in 2009, Trio Karénine takes its name from Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. The trio of Charlotte Juillard (violin), Louis Rodde (cello), and Paloma Kouider (piano) has been acclaimed by critics and audiences for their musical integrity and passionate interpretation and was the top prizewinner at the A.R.D. International Competition in 2013.
 
Trio Karenine’s discography displays a wide repertoire. Their first recording, dedicated to Schumann piano trios, was released in 2016 and was rewarded with five Diapasons and international acclaim. The trio subsequently released an album dedicated to Maurice Ravel, Gabriel Fauré, and Germaine Tailleferre in 2018 and a recording of Dvorak, Shostakovich, and Weinberg trios in 2019. The most recent album, a program of transcriptions (Schönberg, Liszt, Schumann), was released in 2021 and received five Diapasons and five stars from Classica Magazine.
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Honolulu Chamber Music Series: Ocean Music Action featuring musicians of The Knights
Saturday, April 8, 2023 • 7:30 P.M.
Orvis Auditorium, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
 
Honolulu-born bassist and composer Shawn Conley is returning home to present an innovative program with musicians he has met along his musical journey as part of the Silkroad Ensemble and the adventurous Brooklyn chamber orchestra, The Knights. Violinist Colin Jacobsen, a founding member of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and artistic director of The Knights; flutist Alex Sopp, a member of yMusic, The Knights, and NOW Ensemble; and harpist Megan Conley, fellow member of The Knights, former Principal Harpist of the Houston Symphony and founder of Ocean Music Action, join Mr. Conley for this concert and residency. The program will feature music inspired by the ocean and nature
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